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Barbara Hendel


Winter events, warm hearts

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    Steve McEwen was honored as an Outstanding Citizens of the Year.

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    Megan Newlove was honored as an Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

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    Evelyn Bachman was presented with the Athena Award at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce awards night.

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    From left, Keri Samiec, Sara Swisher, and Juli Samiec attend the Mardi Gras style EPIC birthday bash.

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    Jess Buetikofer gets a corsage pinned on by her husband Eric during the American Red Cross of Wood County’s Fire & Ice event.

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    Debbie Knight, second from left, with Toledo Radiological Associates radiologists who work at ProMedica Breast Care, from left, Dr. Robin Shermis, Dr. Malcolm Doyle, and Dr. Tim Quinn.

Pink ice set the scene for Toledo Walleye Pink in the Rink presented by ProMedica Cancer Institute March 1 and 2 at Huntington Center. While the Walleye played hockey against Greenville, S.C., fans cheered them on as they partied with friends to help raise funds for the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Throwing the first puck on March 2 was breast cancer survivor Debbie Knight. She was in the ProMedica suite, with folks from Toledo Radiological Associates and ProMedica Breast Care. The totals are not in yet, but about $1,500 is the expected net, thanks to the more than 13,000 attendees for the two days.


Epic Toledo's 7th Birthday Bash Feb. 28 at The Pinnacle was a Mardi Gras style celebration with New Orleans-style entertainment from Birds Eye View Circus and New Orleans Party Asylum.

The more than 300 attendees mingled while nibbling appetizers compliments of area restaurants, including Rosie's Italian Grille, Manhattan's Restaurant, Ye Olde Durty Bird, Focaccia's Delicatessen, Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, the Blarney Irish Pub, Zoup!, and Timberline Bakery at the Toledo Zoo.

Seen were Doug Mallette, EPIC's 2014 Chairman and his wife Heather, Paul and Ginny Toth, Matt and Katie Yarder, Nick Cron, and Bo and Melissa Freeman.

Event sponsors included KeyBank, The Andersons, Yark Fiat, and HCR ManorCare.


The American Red Cross of Wood County's annual Fire & Ice event was Feb. 15 at The Clazel in Bowling Green. Emcees Clint Corpe and Don Rose kept the evening on target for the more than 250 party goers who helped raise $28,000. Honored were first responders and community partners. A special presentation highlighted Blood Services.

The night included live music by the Bourbon Street Band, hors d'oeuvres provided by area restaurants, caricature artists, a dollar dance with Freddie and Frieda Falcon, a wine and beer raffle for an iPad mini donated by ATV Food Systems, a corsage raffle to win a piece of jewelry donated by Vanderhoff's Jewely, and a live auction.

A Firefighter Bartender Contest for additional funds for the Red Cross and the Fallen Fighters in Toledo, was won by Troy Township.


The 2014 Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Dinner & Awards February 8 at Bowling Green State University in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union was attended by nearly 270 members and guests.

The new board president is Michelle Evans. Bruce Stevens is the immediate past president.

Megan Newlove and Steve McEwen were honored as the Outstanding Citizens of the Year. Evelyn Bachman was presented with the Athena Award and Michael Penrod was presented with the Zeus Award.


A cocktail reception hosted by Jon Orser March 1 at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club was held before Toledo Symphony's Brahms Project concert featuring guest pianist Kiril Gerstein. In honor of Gerstein's nationality and in keeping with the weather, the hors d'oeurves had a Russian flavor along with a vodka tasting station.

Mr. Orser was responsible for Kiril Gerstein's appearance for both Brahms concertos on March 1 and 2.

Attendees included Dick Anderson, board president, and wife Fran; Beth Bowman, League president, and husband Ted; Deborah Born, Doug and Sue Neckers, Dan Kory and Elaine Canning, Ron and Janet Born, Elizabeth and Alain Dupuy, Don Simmons, Peter and Polly White, Meredith Prime and Fred Calder, Denise Hauden and Kevin Eikum, and Bob Bell, president emeritus, chief artistic officer, and Kathy Carroll, Symphony president and CEO.

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