Red Cross, Cornerstone Church celebrate and raise donationsWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporters of the American Red Cross joined staff and volunteers for an evening of glitz and glamour as well as amazing food donated by 25 local restaurateurs at “Oscar Night 2009.” The gourmet treats ranged from chocolate dipped strawberries from the Melting Pot to a refreshing salad from Le Petit Gourmet to Beef Wellington bites from Mancy’s.
Among the corporate sponsors offering monetary support of the event was Pilkington North America.
“Pilkington North America was proud to support American Red Cross’ Oscar Event 2009, but most importantly we view it as supporting a local organization geared at service and community involvement,” said Rachel Hepner, marketing and communications manager for Pilkington
“You can’t predict when crisis is going to strike, so knowing our donation could potentially help a family or community in need and keep a greater sense of hope in Toledo made us proud to be a sponsor and community contributor,” said Hepner.
The staff and board of the Red Cross were pleased with the community and corporate support of the event.
“I’m truly grateful to Pilkington and all of our financial supporters for making OSCAR Night one of the premiere events in Toledo. They have helped us raise much needed funds to assist the Red Cross in fulfilling our mission every day,” said Tim Yenrick, Red Cross executive director.
Gross proceeds of the event are estimated at $83,500 and profits will be used to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Recently, Cornerstone Church held a community-wide “Big Bouncy Baby Shower” during its annual women’s conference. The conference, which features several international speakers over a three day period, ends with a luncheon. This year the church decided to turn the luncheon into a benefit to support several organizations that serve single pregnant women in the community.
The church registered its baby shower event at local stores and attendees were encouraged to shop the registry and buy items on the wish list. Over 1000 items were donated, including essentials like cases of diapers and formula, as well as clothing, toys and furniture.
One of the agencies benefiting from the collection was Mom’s House. Cornerstone supports the Mom’s House regularly throughout the year with monetary support as well as with items donated from the congregation.
“The level of generosity we receive throughout the year from Cornerstone church is inspiring,” said Mom’s House Executive Director, Christina Hicks. “It communicates the powerful message that they believe in the future of our young families.”
Mom’s House helps low-income, single moms graduate from high school, technical school and college. Cornerstone Church offers on-going support of Mom’s House because of its philosophy on the lives of the people it serves.
“Mom’s House is not worried about the girls’ pasts. They are future focused. Mom’s House is working on a positive future for the girls and their children,” said Pitts.
Mar. 26 Milestones. Join the YWCA as it celebrates the role of women as leaders in our community during this luncheon honoring 7 local women. Tickets are $45. Call (419) 241-3235 for more information.
Mar. 28 The Mix Up. It is the Arts Commission’s party for all five senses. There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres and sweets, eclectic tunes and rhythms from a variety of local acts, specialty drinks and a cash bar, a silent auction showcasing creative works from local artists, and many hands to shake and high-fives to exchange with the coolest creatives around. Tickets are $75. Call (419)254-2787 or visit mixup2009.com for more information.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping non-profit organizations and businesses work smarter together for the greater good of our community. Connect with her on www.facebook.com or follow at www.twitter.com/csenack.