Left to right Ben Treece, Cindy Smith, and Christie Materni during the Pints for Pups event Thursday, 07/18/13, at Table Forty 4 in Toledo, Ohio.
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
■ A SOIREE to greet the faculty of the world-renowned English National Ballet School was July 20 in the home of Dave and Maggie Kaser. The school's summer course in the United States is in Toledo, hosted by Ballet Theatre of Toledo.
British guests were Samira Saidi, Sarah McLiroy, and Paul Lewis. Also seen were Lee Murray, Joe and Sue Albrechta, Dee Dillon, Tony and Colleen Geftos, Dorothy Price, Anne Marie Getz, and Nigel Burgoine, artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Toledo.
■ PINTS 4 Pups presented by Block Communications Inc., The Blade's parent company, was July 18 at Table Forty 4. Participants purchased a glass for $25, which entitled them to a complimentary draught beer.
Approximately $6,800 was raised to benefit 4 Paws Sake canine rescue of northwest Ohio, an all-volunteer group that rescues, provides sanctuary, and finds new homes for abandoned, stray, or neglected dogs. All proceeds go toward medical bills, food, kennels, and other items.
Event chairman Ben Treece was assisted by Kristen Mollenkopf, Bruce Douglas, Michael Schneider, Candiss Schneider, Rachellyn Marsh, Dana Syrek, and Jay Barman.
■ BASTILLE Day (La Fête Nationale), the French national holiday commemorating the fall of the Bastille Prison in 1789 and the beginning of the French Republic in 1790, was July 14.
Members and guests of the Alliance Française de Toledo (Toledo French Alliance) gathered at the Lambertville home of Joyce Blanton and Sam Ball to celebrate French culture, wine, and cuisine.
After a round of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, a trifle decorated with the French flag and the Eiffel Tower, the creation of member Hanan Kashen, was served.
■ THE EIGHTH annual Cancer Survivor Celebration was held recently at Mercy St. Charles Hospital with more than 100 survivors and guests. The day included breakfast, local survivor stories, vendors, and keynote speaker Blackie Scott of Decatur, Ga. She is a breast and ovarian cancer survivor and nationally known speaker and author on business etiquette with books such as It's Fun to Entertain and Get Your Funny Bone Off the Table.
Among the attendees was Beverly Vasko, one of the first patients in Toledo to take advantage of the Survivorship Training and Rehab program through Mercy, the first one certified in Ohio. It offers physical, occupational, speech, and lymphedema therapists for cancer patients during and after cancer treatment. The program was founded by Dr. Julie Silver, who was diagnosed with cancer and realized there were unmet rehabilitation needs after her treatment was over.