Catholic Charities, Owens, Museum benefit from galasWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Charities signature event, “Art Uncorked,” brought together local Northwest Ohio personalities with some of the area’s finest artists to create masterpieces ready for auction at the evening’s end. This year’s professional artists included Regina Jankowski, working in the medium of jewelry and metal, Julie Webster in ceramics, Gideon Rockwood in glass torch, Aaron Bivins in watercolor, Trish Kohn in jewelry and Julie Schuster in pencil.
Among the corporate sponsors were Joseph and Bonnie Coyle of Coyle Funeral Home. The event was attractive for their business to sponsor because it married two components of their personal and business lives: art and Catholicism.
“The funeral home is a traditional part of Catholic families,” Joseph said.
“And we have a family interest in art and like to support art and artists,” Bonnie added.
“Art Uncorked” co-chairs Bob Arthur and Dody Hamilton estimate the event will raise more than $20,000 to benefit programs of Catholic Charities.
n The Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons celebrated its grand opening with a gala benefit for the Success Scholarship Program at Owens Community College. The elegant dinner party served a double purpose of showing off the best food and ambiance of the new hotel while raising funds for scholarships to be awarded to Toledo Public Schools graduates with financial need.
The president of Gateway Hospitality Group, Bob Voelker, was encouraged by his business associate Larry Dillin to hold the grand opening event as a benefit for Owens Community College.
“We are conscious of what we do in a community,” Voelker said. “Building strong community relations is what makes the hotel successful.”
Dallas Paul shared that the Dillin Corporation knows the importance of community to a business: “Dillin is all about community. Owens Community College is a leader in our community and we are pleased to partner with them,” he said.
Ann Savage, president of Owens Community College Foundation, reported that the event raised $30,000 for Success Program scholarships.
n The Toledo Museum of Art hosted a ticketed signature event, “TAA DA,” celebrating the 90th Toledo Area Artists exhibition. The event invited guests to travel back in time and dress in attire from their favorite of the past nine decades and featured a tiered access to amenities and festivities based on ticket price.
The leading sponsor of “TAA DA” was KeyBank.
“KeyBank provided important early and lead sponsorship for our event,” said TMA Director Don Bacigalupi. “KeyBank is an invaluable community partner who continues to support the museum’s mission of providing world class art experiences for our Toledo community.”
The Toledo Museum of Art estimates that the gala will net $70,000 in proceeds to benefit its operations and programs.
Nov 8: Salute to the Silver Screen Gala. Hollywood “stars” will gather for FOCUS to raise funds for the homeless in Northwest Ohio. The celebrities will be kind-hearted guests who are invited to dress as their favorite actor or character. There will be “Oscars” for the best costumes. Food, music, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar will be provided. Tickets are $50. For more information call (419) 244-2175 or visit www.focustoledo.org.
Nov 15-16: American Girl Fashion Shows. Toledo Children’s Hospital will sponsor four American Girl fashion shows featuring local children. The models will be dressed to resemble the popular American Girl dolls. The fun-filled afternoon of fashion will also include refreshments, raffles and a goodie bag for every American Girl. Tickets are $25. For more information call (419) 291-5463.
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.