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Lights! Camera! Action! at local Oscar party

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    The Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    The Toledo Club's annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the main dining room.

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    The Toledo Club's annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the main dining room. Professor Elliot McFarlane.

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    The Toledo Club's annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the main dining room.

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    The Toledo Club's annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the main dining room.

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    The Toledo Club's annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the main dining room.

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    The Toledo Club's annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the main dining room.

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    A Murder Mystery Party at Pub1897, set in the 1920's, at Toledo Country Club. Bob Eberly, Carol Eberly, Nancy Hart, Candy Millon, Mike Zapiecki.

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    A Murder Mystery Party at Pub1897, set in the 1920's, at Toledo Country Club. Rebecca & Brian Conrad - Rosie Marie & North Side Mobster.

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    A Murder Mystery Party at Pub1897, set in the 1920's, at Toledo Country Club. Melissa Buher, Nancy Hart, Andrea Miller, Meredith Moon, Jessica Novotny.

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    A Murder Mystery Party at Pub1897, set in the 1920's, at Toledo Country Club. Jenna Cron, Liz Batman, Jessica Novotny, Melissa Bucher.

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    A Murder Mystery Party at Pub1897, set in the 1920's, at Toledo Country Club. Bob Eberly & Carol Eberly- P.I. Pinkerton & Bernie Booze.

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    A Murder Mystery Party at Pub1897, set in the 1920's, at Toledo Country Club. Joseph & Amy Zavac - Kitty Cocktail & Cy Ramsey.

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    From left: Hannah Duschl, Marcia Pisanti and her son Dominic Pisanti attend Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Byblos and Beirut's Elias Hajjar, left, and his dad Labib Hajjar serve guests during Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Brad and Alanna Smaw look over auction items during Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    From left: Red Cross volunteers Chad Everhardt, Katie Boss and Chelsea Brown are on hand to tell of their experiences during Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Students from St. Francis take on the role of paparazzi as guests arrive on the red carpet during Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Red Cross disaster program specialist Krystal Starling, left, and logistics lead Suzy Lowery attend Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Brian and Melicent Collins attend the Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    From left: Kevin Lintjer, and United Way's Chad Rutkowski and Karen Sock attend Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    From left: Steve Lauber, Cathy Jenkins and Gary Schaber attend the Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Mary Lynn Foster, Red Cross regional CEO, and Matt Niedzwiecki, of the Red Cross biomedical services, attend the Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    From left: Red Cross executive director Rachel Hepner-Zawodny, board chair Steve Piller and Oscar event chair Stephanie Kuhlman attend Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    From left: Denise Benton, Gary Schaber and Dee Talmage attend the Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    Karen and John Yark attend the Red Cross' Night at the Oscars at Yark Automotive's BMW of Toledo in Toledo.

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    The Exchange Club of Toledo hosted its 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Historic Lobby of the Oliver House on Saturday February 24, 7 – 9 p.m. Ron Reeder, Carla Smith, and Louise Kachmarik.

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    The Exchange Club of Toledo hosted its 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Historic Lobby of the Oliver House on Saturday February 24, 7 – 9 p.m. CEO of The National Exchange Club, Tracey Edwards, and Debbie Baldwin.

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    The Exchange Club of Toledo hosted its 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Historic Lobby of the Oliver House on Saturday February 24, 7 – 9 p.m. Max Lambdin of Cherry Street Mission Ministries, and his wife Deborah, an owner of Create: Art Studio + Workshop.

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    The Exchange Club of Toledo hosted its 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Historic Lobby of the Oliver House on Saturday February 24, 7 – 9 p.m. Alice Markland and Michele Martin

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    The Exchange Club of Toledo hosted its 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Historic Lobby of the Oliver House on Feb. 24. Richard Brundrett, event chairman, Steve Edwards, and Chris Knapick, of Heidelberg Distributing Co.

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LOCAL celebrities and movers and shakers in glitzy attire strolled the red carpet past local paparazzo Kurt Nielsen as he flashed his camera while screaming fans at St. Francis de Sales High School vied for autographs. It was Oscar Night at BMW of Toledo, a Yark Automotive dealership, with honorary chairman John Yark helping celebrate the 90th Academy Awards that aired that night.

The annual benefit for the American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region raised $60,000 for local disaster relief.

Once inside the soiree, there was so much to see and do in addition to keeping up with the Hollywood stars’ gowns and jewelry and “who wore whom.”

The Toledo School for the Arts Urban Jazz Combo played peppy tunes, as did Distant Cousinz and Not Fast Enuff. Big Patrick — the World’s Tallest Magician dazzled the crowd with his magic tricks. A wine pull grabbed the attention of many guests.

A silent auction proved a great shopping opportunity. And there were eight raffle baskets: a his and hers pampering package that included a grooming experience at V Couture and a woman’s spa day; a wine lovers’ basket that included exquisite wines from the Bordeaux region of France from Bob Savage and a wonderful Chef’s Table experience from the Benchmark Restaurant; his and hers Shinola watches from Harold Jaffe Jewelers; a barbecue package including an electric smoker, tools, craft beer, and two tickets to a University of Michigan game right on the 25 yard line; a night on the town featuring Toledo sites including a Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel overnight stay, Hollywood Casino certificates, a Toledo Museum of Art tour, and a basket and gift cards for Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery and Middle East Market and Greg’s Diner; a bourbon and cigars basket; a kids’ wagon of items to entertain the family, and an original Star Wars poster.

Tasty edibles were provided by restaurants including Byblos/The Beirut, Poco Piatti, Deet’s BBQ, Element 112, Domo Sushi, Fowl and Fodder, La Scola Italian Grill, Premier Catering, Mancy’s Steakhouse, Real Seafood Cot, The Chop House, Rosie’s Italian Grille, the Benchmark, Greg’s Diner, Black Kite Coffee, and Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn.

Thanks go to sponsors including Heidelberg Distributing Co., BMW of Toledo, First Energy Foundation, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Mercy Health, Columbia Gas of Ohio, ProMedica, Rudolph Libbey Group, Toledo Refining Co., Eastman and Smith, Dana, Owens Corning, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, and 2-Scale.

Bravo to event chairman Stephanie Kuhlman assisted by committee members including Denise Benton, Matt Hoverman, Chris Kozak, and Dee Talmage plus staff members and volunteer Amy Schings!

EVERYONE was a suspect during the Murder Mystery Party at Pub 1897 at Toledo Country Club. Before the event, each member/guest was provided a character description and name, such as Kitty Cocktail or Bernie Booze, and a task for the evening. Most guests came dressed in 1920s attire, since the mystery was set in that era.

Suspicions rose during cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Wannabe sleuths, if just for the night, were busy spying on suspects and checking out the crime scene to find out who done it! But for the sake of a “trial,” the name shall remain anonymous.

THE EXCHANGE Club of Toledo’s 6th annual Wine Tasting Fund-raiser in the Historic Lobby of the Oliver House celebrated the club’s decades of community service.

More than $4,500 was raised for community service and the youth scholarship fund. Sponsors included the Toledo Mud Hens, the Toledo Walleye, Trapped Toledo, Burkett Restaurant Supplies & Equipment, Create: Art Studio + Workshop, Ice Restaurant and Bar, Perrysburg Tennis Center, Kingston Healthcare Co., The Beirut, Georgio’s Café International, and many more. Bravo to event chairman Steve Edwards!

PROFESSOR Elliot MacFarlane returned to the Toledo Club for the annual World O'Whiskey Dinner in the elegant dining room with rich woods and crystal chandeliers. Each tipple married the flavor and heritage of the whiskey with a corresponding gourmet course that was artfully presented, said club member John Fedderke. A round of applause was given to Chef Sean and staff.

Barbara Hendel is The Blade's society editor. Contact her at bhendel@theblade.com or call 419-724-6124.

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