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Barbara Hendel

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Fund-raiser helps local mothers recover from drug addiction

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    Tamara Bumpus, right, and her childhood friend Melvin Cooks at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser at the Zepf Community Center in the former St. Mark’s Church on Collingwood Blvd.

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    Members of the T-City Groove band entertain the guests at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser.

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    One of the paintings up for auction at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser at the Zepf Community Center in Toledo.

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    Emcee Fred LeFebvre, 1370 WSPD, in a kilt for the occasion at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser.

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    Tom and Sherry Andrews at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser.

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    Tim and Sally Goligoski at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser at the Zepf Community Center in the former St. Mark’s Church on Collingwood Blvd.

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    Tables are decorated with a fall theme at the Zepf Center.

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    Guest speaker Trina Meadows at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser.

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    From left, Fred Lang, Fred Le Febre, and Ted Marczak, all sporting skirts at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser.

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    Barb Mauntler, left, and Judy Lang at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser.

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    University of Findlay trustee Duane and wife Kathy Jebbett, of Findlay, center, brought their daughter Keri and son-in-law Justin Taylor to see the room they funded at the University of Findlay donor's gala at the Center for Student Life and College of Business.

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    From left, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, University of Findlay vice president for advancement Marcia Latta, UF President Katherine Fell, and UF Alumni Board Vice President Nicole Busey admire the Veterans Wall in the new building at the University of Findlay's donor's gala.

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    Former Ohio House Speaker and University of Findlay Trustee Emerita Jo Ann Davidson, left, talks with UF President Katherine Fell at a reception prior to the University of Findlay's donor's gala at the Center for Student Life and College of Business.

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    George and Shirlee Whitson of Findlay, left, greet UF President Emeritus DeBow Freed at the University of Findlay's donor's gala at the Center for Student Life and College of Business.

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    University of Findlay Board Chair A.R. Charnes greets former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.

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    Former Ohio House Speaker and University of Findlay trustee Emerita Jo Ann Davidson, left, talks with UF President Katherine Fell.

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    Artists Anastie Taylor, 10, left, Ry' Lee Davis 5, center, and Frankie Burnside, 10, right, hold their work during the Padua Center fund-raiser at the Sullivan Center.

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    Honorees Eric Lyons, left, Suzette Cowell, center, and Martin Porter, right, during the Padua Center fund-raiser at the Sullivan Center.

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    Frankie Burnside, 10, left, and her mother Fridae Coleman, right, during the Padua Center fund-raiser at the Sullivan Center.

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    John Bolster President of the Sylvania Sister City Commission.

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    Woodstock, Ontario Mayor Trevor Birtch and Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough.

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    Janet Shearer, chairman of the anniversary celebration. The Sylvania Sister City Commission celebrated the 25th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Woodstock, Ontario at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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    Lori Woodman and Woodstock police officer Jim Dalueg during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration.

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    Artist Ian Mahoney with his painting during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration of its sister city relationship with Woodstock, Ontario.

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    Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch listens as Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough gives a toast during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration of its sister city relationship with Woodstock, Ontario during a dinner at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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    Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch and Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough.

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    Artist Ian Mahoney and Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration of its sister city relationship with Woodstock at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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    The gift to Sylvania from Woodstock, Ontario on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their sister city relationship.

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    Elena Taylor, Savana Fraser and Ron Fraser of Woodstock, Ontario with Sylvania City Council President Mary Westphal.

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    From left, Sylvania Township Trustee John Cradall and Sylvania City Council member Jason Mishka and Mark Luetke during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration of its sister city relationship with Woodstock, Ontario during a dinner at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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    From left, Woodstock Councilor Jerry Acchoine, Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch, Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and Sylvania City Council member Mark Luetke.

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    From left, Sylvania City Council members Jason Mishka and Mark Luetke with Sandy Luetke during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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    Sylvania Town Crier Michael Lieber during the Sylvania Sister City Commission 25th anniversary celebration of its sister city relationship with Woodstock, Ontario at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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THE Zepf Center’s Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser reaped more than $44,000 for housing for drug-addicted mothers to recover without being separated from their children, the No. 1 reason why women leave treatment, said event chairman Pat Nowak.

The event, held at the Zepf Community Center in the former St. Mark’s Church on Collingwood, was transformed by Joanna Koenigseker with children’s skirts, fall arrangements, and lighting, which added to the already wonderful building.

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Tamara Bumpus, right, and her childhood friend Melvin Cooks at the Zepf Center's Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help fund-raiser at the Zepf Community Center in the former St. Mark’s Church on Collingwood Blvd.

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Emcee Fred LeFebvre of 1370 WSPD, himself sporting a kilt, led the evening. The interim director of the Zepf Center is Deb Flores. Ohio is No. 1 in the country for overdose deaths with 4,050 in 2016. Toledo is also high on the drug list. Trina Meadows, a mother of four with two children who have drug issues, bravely told her story.

T City Groove and Dusk played tunes as celebrity bartenders Lori Olender, Stuart Goldberg, Sandy Spang, Kurt Young, Dave Gierke, Tom Mackin, Anthony Spinazze, and Doug Adams-Arman poured spirits. Area restaurants provided tasty tidbits: Ciao Ristorante, Zia’s Italian, Real Seafood Co., Saba’s Bistro 1705, La Scola Italian Grill, Pumpernickel's Deli and Cafe, Shorty’s True American Roadhouse, Libardo's Catering Co., the Pinnacle, Manhattan’s Pub ’N Cheer, and Marsha’s Buckeyes. Desserts were by women in recovery.

Live and silent auctions included trips to Turks and Caicos Islands and France, sailing cruises, dinners, wine tastings, Disney tickets, and airline tickets.

Major sponsors were Stapleton Insurance, Walker Funeral Home, GKN Driveline-Bowling Green, Central Travel, Jim Findlay, Huntington Bank, CISP, Fifth Third Bank, City Paper/Mature Living, WTVG-TV, Channel 13, and iHeartMedia-Toledo.

Assisting with the evening were Laura Glover, Katy Walker, Candy Baker, Karen Freiberger, Christina Baskey, Sandy Roberts, Cy Dunlap, Jane Wurth, Cheryl Johnson, Cassie Roman, Terri Barricklow, Cherie Schneider, Dana Devers, Amy Parker, and Sally Goligoski, who recently broke her hip and shoulder but came to show her dedication for the cause.

Seen were Stu and Jo-Jo Goldberg, Polly Tait, Bill and Cathy Carroll, and Steve Roberts.

THE University of Findlay’s donor's gala was for more than 350 guests to see the new Center for Student Life and College of Business. The school raised $10 million for the 78,000-square-foot structure. The Oiler Marching Brass and cheerleaders greeted guests who arrived from all across the country.

Building campaign chairman Pam Beall of Findlay, trustee chairman A.R. Charnes of McCormick, S.C., and university president Katherine Fell recognized donors. The Alumni Veterans Wall, funded by the classes of 1966 and 1967, was announced. Former Ohio House Speaker and trustee emerita Jo Ann Davidson was recognized with a student leadership development suite named in her honor by graduates of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute. Anita Kromer of Sandusky accepted a plaque in honor of her father, Shiv Gupta, a longtime professor who had made a sizable contribution to the school.

Building tours and demonstrations were followed by the grand finale, a fireworks display.

Seen were president emeritus DeBow Freed of Ada, Sherri and Jerry Brumbaugh, Kolleen Kirk and her parents Joe and Diana Kirk, George and Shirlee Whitson, Chris and Mary Beth Hammond, and Gary and Rhonda Harpst, all of Findlay, and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta and his wife Marcia Latta, the university's advancement vice president.

CHILDREN of the Padua Center George and Jamel Allison, Asantie Taylor, and Frankie Burnside were the emcees for the Pieces of Art fund-raiser presented by the Padua ministry. About 150 supporters gathered in the Sullivan Center at Gesu Roman Catholic Parish for a live auction of student art work, a silent auction, and dinner by Carolyn's Personal Catering with cupcakes donated by Wixey Bakery as Straight Up with the Rev. Art Niewiadomski, Will Kinsey, Norm Damschroder, and Kevin Korecki played tunes.

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The featured speaker was the Rev. Anthony Gallagher. Recognized for service to the community were Suzette Cowell of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union and the Knights of Columbus Council #386’s Eric Lyons and Martin Porter.

SYLVANIA Sister City Commission celebrated the 25th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, during a dinner at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

Town Crier Mike Lieber beckoned everyone. Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough presented Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch with a commissioned painting of Sylvania’s Sister City garden by Ian Mahoney, a Sylvania Southview senior.

The relationship began in 1992 through the outreach of Sylvania’s then-mayor the late James Seney and the mayor of Woodstock at the time Margaret Munnoch to promote peace and economic development throughout the world.

The local Sister City organization recently became an official city commission that includes Sylvania Township and the Sylvania Schools, and plans are already in the works for student exchanges and civic and business partnerships.

Event chairmen Jan and Dave Shearer were assisted by John Bolster, Sylvania Sister City Commission chairman, Jennifer Archer, Andi Erbskorn, Mayor Stough, Mark Luetke, and Laura Bigelow.

Woodstock guests included Councilior Jerry Acchione and Sister City Commission members Ron Fraser, Mike Billham, and Jim Dalueg, and Woodstock Police. On the local front were Mary Westphal, council president, council members Mr. Luetke and wife Sandy, Mark Frye and wife Cynthia, and Jason Mishka, and Sylvania Township Trustee John Crandall and wife Sue.

Contact Barbara Hendel at bhendel@theblade.com or 419-724-6124.

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