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Barbara Hendel

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Some parties for causes, some just for fun


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    Dr. Marie L. Bush, co-chair; Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, Dr. Deborah Washington, president; and Lisa E. Dubose, event chair. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Fall to Fabulous dance fundraiser in Toledo, Ohio on September 28, 2013.

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ALPHA Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter’s third annual dinner dance fund-raiser was Sept. 28 at the Hotel at UTMC, on the campus of the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio.

Since 1952, Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter has contributed more than $210,000 for college scholarships and community service in the Toledo area. In 2013, the local chapter awarded high school graduates $7,000 in scholarships.

The 280 guests, all dressed in evening wear, mingled during a social hour. Greeting everyone were local chapter president Deborah Washington, a Toledo Public Schools principal, and event chairman Lisa Dubose, a 26-year member and past chapter president.

After a tasty sit-down dinner, two music genres were offered. One room was filled with people listening to song stylist Ramona Collins.

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Another room offered dance music with DJ JRoc of WJUC 107.3 radio, which had the dance floor packed for line dancing.

Seen were Marie Bush, Katina Johnson, Paul Hubbard, Mayor Mike Bell, Connie Preston, Alisha Gant, Donnetta Carter, and members of undergraduate chapters at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

An estimated $6,000-$7,000 for scholarships and community service is expected.

DOG print balloons, playing cards, dice, and lots of red, black, and white set the scene for the eighth annual Dealin’ for Dogs on Sept. 14 at Tam-o-shanter in Sylvania. The event which raised $34,000 for Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence.

Executive director Tim Harrington and board chairman Ted Bowman welcomed everyone.

The emcee was London Mitchell for the 260 party-goers.

Guest speakers Julie and Joe Voll talked about their son Justin and his therapy dog Herman, a rescue dog, commenting, “who rescued who?” Casino gaming tables provided by Impact Fun enticed many to play for prizes, but all for the cause. There were also live and silent auctions, raffles, and Putt-putt, Go Fetch, and Wine Toss games.

A real hit was the dog race won by Tim Yoder and his Team Chihuahua. The winning team earned naming rights for a puppy in training, now called Kinsey.

Gary Schaber won the Bahamas vacation package, Pam Bloomfield won a night at the Hilton Garden Inn and gift cards to Max & Erma’s, Coldwater Creek, Funny Bone Comedy Club, and Blooms Studio Salon, and Barry Lazarus won an Olympus camera.

Seen were Lorie and Ric Clark, Jenny and Harry Barlos, Karen and Greg Hazelton, Brecken Libbe Price and Ryan Price, and Robin and Phil Pilcher.

Event chairmen Karen Bade and Gale Tedhams were assisted by nearly a dozen committee members.

AHOY Matey! Party-goers dressed as captains, first mates, sailors, and a few dock dusters stepped aboard for the Toledo Ski Club annual cocktail party “Join the Navy/Anchors Away” on Sept. 14 at the Maumee River Yacht Club.

The night was right for the party overlooking the Maumee River. Adding to the nautical theme were the lighthouse centerpieces designed by member Karen Wolfe. Fred and Sharon Coburn, Diane and Larry Dunbar, and Amanda and Matt Olrich enjoyed music on the outdoor patio.

The committee included Karen Wolfe, Ron Vandriesen, Barb Farley, Tricia Fee Mainhardt, Carol Linker, Ginger Safford, and TSC social director Sherrie Jacquot Zirn.

BALLROOM dancing is alive in Toledo. In addition to the several ballroom dance studios where one can learn and practice, there is the Cotillion Dance Club, which started in 1940. The Cotillion fall dance was Sept. 14 at Belmont Country Club.

Event chairmen Barbara Gunning and Bernice Young organized a wonderful evening that included a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner. Guests in formal wear danced the night away to the big-band tunes of Swingmania. The band also played Sept. 27 for the Fall Fiesta dance party at Stranahan Great Hall for Paramount.

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