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Barbara Hendel


So many events, so much fun

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    LeSo Art Gallery assistant director Bradley Scherzer, left, and co-owners Amber LeFever, center, and Adam Soboleski, attend the Passport to Hope event.

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    From left, Sharon Brown, Mark Ridenour, and Larry Boyer, all with Waterford Bankcorp Inc., enjoy the shareholders’ banquet.

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    Planning Committee: Erica Parish, Debbie Katich, Yatika Langford, Dana Mollenkamp, Vicky Case.

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    Andy Devine, Dan Rogers, CEO of Cherry Street Mission, and John Jones, board member at the fund-raiser.

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    From left, Thelma Cyigon of Maumee with D.O.V.E. trustee Julie Oswald Abbey of Maumee, and Candy Vanderhaven of Plymouth, Mich.

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    Linda Cunning of the Cherry Street Mission presents Julie Payoff of The Andersons a plaque for the company’s involvement.

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WATERFORD Bankcorp Inc. hosted its annual shareholders' meeting April 16 at Inverness Club. But the real fun was the post reception where cocktails flowed as guests schmoozed.

Greeting everyone were Michael R. Miller, chairman & CEO; Michael W. White, president & COO; and Lawrence C. Boyer, executive vice president and senior lending officer. Seen were Sam (director) and Mary Gianino, Stephen H. Swigart (director), Marc (director) and Terry Stockwell, Mark (director) and Karen Ridenour, and Dr. Stephen Saddemi (director) and Mary Saddemi.


SNOWBIRDS from our area supported the Toledo-based Development Of Vietnam Endeavors (D.O.V.E.) Fund via a benefit dinner April 17 at the Saigon Paris Bistro in Fort Myers, Fla. Nearly $1,800 was raised to help the leper villages of Vietnam.

Entertaining the more than two dozen guests were young pianist Timmy Hoang and recording artist Tom Treece on guitar: He is a D.O.V.E. trustee from Monroe who winters in Fort Myers.

Event chairmen were D.O.V.E. members Dan Gregg, who winters in nearby Estero, and Florida resident Angela Perino, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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ASTRONAUT Don Thomas signed copies of his recently released book and posed for pictures Saturday in the Tony Packo's restaurant at The Andersons in Maumee.

In The Orbit of Discovery: The All-Ohio Space Shuttle Mission, Mr. Thomas tells how he worked to fulfill his dream of becoming an astronaut. The book, co-authored by Mike Bartell, a former Blade city editor and instructor at the University of Toledo, is $20.


GUESTS toured the world through dance and food during the "Passport to Hope" fund-raiser April 5 at Wildwood Manor House. It was a fund-raiser for Unison Behavioral Health Group to create awareness about youth who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues.

International grazing stations, a silent auction, and professional dance instructors leading classes on the waltz, cha-cha, line dancing, and belly dancing set the fun scene for the 135 attendees.

The $7,000 raised benefits the children's partial hospitalization program at the center. Sponsors included The Andersons, Brooks Insurance, The Delp Companies, and Commuter Advertising.

THE Martin Luther King Center Kitchen for the Poor celebrated its 45th anniversary April 26 at Memphis Pearl in Sylvania. The event raised more than $5,000 to provide food, clothing, counseling, and support to homeless and low-income people. About 100 guests enjoyed New Orleans-themed cuisine, live music, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and a cash bar.

ALSO helping the less fortunate is Cherry Street Mission, which held a fund-raising banquet April 10 at Grace Church in Perrysburg and raised more than $80,000 for its programs.

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

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