Toledo Botanical Garden, Southview Football host eventsWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Botanical Garden hosted its sixth Annual Crosby Award luncheon. This fundraising event recognizes the contributions of community leaders in the areas of gardening and the arts and raises money for the Garden’s projects. The selection committee recognized the work of Pat Appold, Adelaide Morse, and Mary Wolfe this year.
Executive Director Janet Schroeder said this year’s luncheon is expected to raise approximately $30,000. This year’s event proceeds will be earmarked for the new children’s garden.
The children’s garden is one of the first projects set to be completed as a part of the Garden’s new master plan developed in 2008 in consultation with the MESA Design Group. Once completed the children’s garden will provide a creative, natural, green space for people to intermingle, exploring gardens, the arts and nature in a free, family-oriented experience. The children’s garden design uses cutting edge research on the benefits of nature on children.
The Crosby Award Luncheon expenses were underwritten by O-I. The company’s generous gift made it possible for gifts from individuals to be designated directly to the children’s garden fund. O-I was pleased to offer its support to the Garden.
“We firmly believe that it is important to be involved in the community,” said Jennie Vancil government and community affairs manager for O-I. “We think that sponsoring the luncheon provides a wonderful opportunity to incorporate the community in support of the Garden.”
The Toledo Botanical Garden offers free admission and parking to all. Funding to build the world-class children’s garden is being secured so that once it is open to the public, it too will feature free admission creating a family-friendly venue that is accessible to all.
Recently a group of Sylvania Southview football players spent a Sunday washing cars at Soap City Car Wash to raise funds for their team during the upcoming football season. Students spent four hours toweling off cars and made $800 for the team.
Parent advisor, Jeanette Hrovatich said that the money raised in these small events are used to pay for “activities that relate to the upcoming season such as equipment or food while traveling. Expenses the team has over and above our parents’ ability to pay-to-play.”
Hrovatich approached Soap City Car Wash Manager, Jim Walrod, with the idea of holding a fundraising event for the football team. Walrod then approached the owner, Tim Matthews. The car wash on Central Avenue opened within the past year an is looking to increase its visibility within the community.
“We are going to be a part of the community and this is a win-win for the school and us,” said Walrod. “The school raises money for their team and more people know what we do and where we are located.”
Small fundraising events like this help to keep pay-to-play fees as low as possible for families allowing students access to school activities regardless of their family’s financial situation. Additionally these small fundraising events teach teens to share with their parents the financial responsibility for school activities.
June 6-7: Old West End Festival. Wander through the Old West End, tour some of the signature homes, find bargains at yard sales and enjoy a parade, art fair and food. Visit toledooldwestend.com for more information.
June 26: Preview Party. Sample fine hors d oeuvres while getting a first look at the Crosby Festival of the Arts artists’ booths. Guests at the preview party will get the first opportunity to purchase artwork offered and speak with the artists. Tickets are $75. Visit toledogarden.org for more information.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals work smarter together for the greater good of our community. On occasion she also presents the TMZ Report on FOX Toledo News First at 4. Connect with her on www.facebook.com or follow at www.twitter.com/csenack.
O-I employees (Sharon McConkey, Sandi Ball, Jennie Vancil and Stacye Fowler) with TBG executive director Janet Schroeder
Members of the Sylvania Southview Football team with Jim Walrod, manager of Soap City.