BGSU and Toledo Zoo draw supporters for annual eventsWritten by Christine Senack | | email@example.com
Bowling Green State University recently gathered Falcon fans for Falcon Bash, a day of golf, barbeque dinner and live auction. Up for bidding were travel excursions and Falcon events including lunch at child’s school with Falcon football players and "on the bench" opportunities during the coming Falcon athletics season.
One of BGSU’s long time business supporters is Newlove Realty. As an alumnus and a past trustee, Dick Newlove invests into his alma mater with a focus on programs that benefit the school’s student body. Falcon Bash is an event that Newlove said he enjoys because it promotes all student athletes.
"This event really supports, not a specific sport, but the whole program. I think that is important because sometimes some of the less popular sports need support," he said.
The Falcon Club recently adopted the motto "18 sports, 1 team" to become more inclusive of all student athletes, regardless of the sport they play.
BGSU’s Scott Seeliger estimates that Falcon Bash will produce net proceeds of $80,000. Proceeds benefit the Falcon Club, which awards student athlete scholarships and meets other needs of the BGSU sports teams.
"The University brings a lot to the greater Bowling Green area. Athletics contributes to our economy. When we do better, the community does better," he said.
While Falcon sports fans were gathering in Bowling Green, fans of all other animals were gathering in Toledo. The Toledo Zoo offered its 21st annual ZOOtoDO, inviting patrons to the grounds for an evening of grazing and dancing among the animals. The success of the evening is made possible in part by 54 restaurateurs, who donate their food, staff and culinary talents.
Renewing its sponsorship of the event were the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers and National City Bank.
As the presenting sponsor of the event, National City Bank President Brian Bucher said he believes the event features an attractive clientele for business purposes and appreciates the cause, "It is a ’who’s who’ of Toledo, and it benefits a great cause — helping one of the premier organizations in Northwest Ohio, the Toledo Zoo."
Also offering support to the Zoo’s event were the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers. John LaRiche of LaRiche Chevrolet Cadillac recognizes the regional importance of the Toledo Zoo and the gala event.
"Dealers like to give back to the community. This is a way for us to give back as a group throughout Northwest Ohio," he said. LaRiche owns Chevy dealerships in Findlay and Swanton. Dealers throughout the region came together to support the event because of the geographical reach of the zoo.
As a member of the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers, Doug Kearns from the Yark Automotive Group also contributed underwriting funds to the ZOOtoDO.
"Our motivation is that we think that the Toledo Zoo is one of the fine organizations in our community," he said. "We like to associate our business with organizations in our community that have the same values and standards of business and customer service."
The Toledo Zoo’s Mary Fedderke estimates that the net proceeds reached $235,000. The funds raised will benefit the general operations of the zoo.
"It is a major part of our budget that allows us to do the education, conservation and visitor services programs that we think make the Toledo Zoo special," she said.
July 7-13 The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Defending champion Se Ri Pak will be joined by some of the biggest names on the LPGA tour at this year’s tournament.
The tournament has contributed over $5.75 million to 110 Northwest Ohio Children’s Charities since it’s inception in 1984. Additionally, the tournament has donated over $1M to the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio. Admission price ranges from $15 (grounds) to $250 (18th green skybox). Call (419) 531-3277 or visit jamiefarrowenscorning.com for additional information or to order tickets.
July 11-13 Polish Festival. Lagrange Street is transformed into a truly ethnic Polish Village. The festival features children’s games, polka bands, dance contests, crafts, and Polish food. This annual event is sponsored by the Lagrange Development Corporation and helps fund neighborhood home improvement programs and high school scholarships. Admission charge is $3, $2 for Golden Buckeye Card holders, and children 5 and under are admitted free. Visit polishfestival.org or call (419)255-8406 for more information.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping people and
businesses to develop strategies for philanthropy and community
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PHOTO: Toledo Zoo board member, Bob Maxwell thanks National City’s Brian Bucher for the continued support of ZOOtoDO.