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Barbara Hendel


Fund-raisers stay outdoors while the weather lasts

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PEOPLE were on the dance floor, at an array of green, pink, blue, and yellow- covered tables, and in the gazebos during the fifth annual Fashionably Late to benefit the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund held Aug. 22 at Centennial Terrace.

The Homewreckers and the Watermelon Men played tunes for the more than 1,200 attendees. Chrys Peterson, former anchor of WTOLTV, Channel 11, made her singing debut with the River Kings rock band. Ms. Peterson is also the honorary chairman for the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Toledo Race for the Cure on Sept. 28 and second annual Findlay Race for the Cure on Sept. 27.

Nearly $25,000 is expected for the Toledo Ballet Adaptive Dance program, a dedicated fund at the Ability Center, a dedicated fund at NWO Susan G. Komen, and a fully funded wish at Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Fashionably Late, started in memory of the late Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon, is run completely by volunteers so all they make goes to the causes. Kudos to the committee of volunteers who made it all happen: Gretchen DeBacker, Phil Skeldon, Bill Gotthart, Mary Chris Skeldon, Denise Walsh, Kristine Hoffman, Molly LeBlanc, Karen Ranney Wolkins, Andy and Mary Pat Marmion, Sarah and Tim Croak, Sally Oberski, Jeff and Tracey Joyce, Yvonne Dubielak, Judy Collins, and Ms. Peterson.

THE eighth annual Car Show & Motorcycle Run was Aug. 11 at Sacred Heart Home for the Little Sisters of the Poor and its tenants. The “Big Ride for the Little Sisters” with 75 motorcycle riders went from Sacred Heart Home in Oregon to Marblehead and back . Oldies tunes filled the air as guests viewed more than 70 cars on display and munched on hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. Raff le prizes and trophies for the best cars shown were also part of the fun. The event, organized by the St. Joseph Auxi l iar y, net ted about $15,000.

TOLEDO Yacht Club’s 10th annual Ladies’ Pool Party was Aug. 9 and for ladies only. Men were not invited for the afternoon of music, a belly dancing show and lessons, pool games for those ladies who actually went in the pool, boutique shopping, raffles, prizes, lunch, and desserts. The talk of the day was about the new dining room opening after Labor Day to the public on weekends.

Welcoming everyone were Cheri Kaintz, first lady of TYC, Ruth Creecy, auxiliary president, and Jane Mathias, event chairman. In addition to a fun and relaxing sunny day, the group raised about $600 for the 100-plus-year-old historic structure.

Contact Blade Society Writer Barbara Hendel at 419-724-6124 or at

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