Events provide exercise, support charitable causesWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walk to Cure Diabetes recently took place at Ottawa Park to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 1,200 people gathered for the event. Through corporate sponsorship and walkers’ donations, the walk event raised $230,000.
Scott Estes, CFO of Healthcare REIT, chaired corporate sponsorship for the event, raising more than $50,000. Fritz Rudolph chaired corporate teams with more than 50 teams participating. Amy Jones chaired family teams with more than 120 family teams participating. Estes, Rudolph and Jones each have a child with Type 1 diabetes. Major sponsors were Owens-Illinois and Healthcare REIT.
Proceeds of the event will support research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. Although currently no research diabetes research is being funded in Northwest Ohio, JDRF funds 700 centers, grants and fellowships in 20 countries.
The 15th annual Golf for a Kid outing for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center was the largest and most profitable event yet. More than 135 golfers and guests gathered at Belmont Country Club to raise $62,000 for children and families struggling with abusive environments.
Universal Metals President Bill Feniger said it is the generosity of tournament sponsors that makes this event one of Toledo’s “most charitable fundraisers.” Event sponsors included Universal Metals, the Hylant Group and National City Bank. Feniger has been involved in child abuse awareness for more than 30 years, and his advocacy and commitment to raise funds stems from his desire to protect children and eliminate child abuse for kids who are not able to stand up for themselves. “Someone has to stand up for them,” Feniger said.
The members and friends of the Toledo Red Cross’s Club Red recently gathered for a special night of shopping and fun in downtown Sylvania to benefit the local chapter of the Red Cross. Club Red is a ladies-only organization to honor and harness the wide contribution of women to the Red Cross. Its goal is to find committed women in the community to support the Red Cross, not only financially, but with their time and talents.
The idea and work of the event was led by Pat Nowak of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. Nowak arranged the collaboration of the Sylvania businesses, which stayed open late for the event, and offered appetizers, specials and raffles for the Club Red shoppers. Executive Director Tim Yenrick, said he was appreciative of the effort of the chamber and the businesses, “We are very grateful to the chamber because this event raises funds and awareness of our services,” he said. “We all benefit whenever we can raise awareness.”
Nov. 1: Wine Gala 2008. Mobile Meals of Toledo is celebrating the 21st year of its largest fundraiser of the year. The evening includes wine tasting, appetizers, a gourmet meal and a live auction of fine wines. An extensive silent auction is held throughout the evening. Black Tie optional attire. Tickets start at $125. Visit mobilmeals.org or call (419) 255-7806.
Nov. 1: Dia de los Muertos. Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration dating back more than 500 years, merging the Spanish Catholic faith with the spiritual Aztec culture. Join the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center Sofia in commemorating the lives of loved ones in a festive atmosphere with Mexican food, beverages and music. Tickets are $30. Call (419) 241-1665 for more information.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping people, businesses and nonprofit groups work smarter together for the greater good. She can be contacted at email@example.com.