Weekend beach parties raise funds and funWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, the shores of Lake Erie in Oregon and Port Clinton were the site of fundraisers. Both events featured a beautiful summer day with hot sun rays and a cool breeze, which served as the perfect atmosphere to relax with friends, have fun and raise money for a good cause.
The Boys & Girls Clubs hosted the seventh annual “Barefoot at the Beach” party at Maumee Bay State Park. More than 100 volunteers worked at the event and turned the sandy barren beach into a tropical paradise with tiki huts, fire pits and palm trees. This year, among the volunteers were members of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce’s EPIC group, who served as bartenders, pouring drinks for the crowd.
One of the leading sponsors of the event was Toledo Molding and Die (TMD). President Don Harbaugh said he learned about the Boys & Girls Clubs from his wife, who always told him about the impact they have on kids. Harbaugh supports the clubs through company philanthropy and his personal service on the local club’s board of trustees.
“You see what you do when you walk into the clubs,” Harbaugh said. “It is a concrete difference in the lives of kids.”
Boys & Girls Club President Tim Wade said the event is designed to raise funds and friends. It is an opportunity to spread the word on what the clubs do for kids considered “at risk.” Once familiar with the mission and programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs, it is hoped that new friends made at the event become funders.
“Our problem is not going away. In a down economy, it is getting worse,” Wade said. “Our demands are up and community-minded businesses and people understand that.”
Dave Wehrmeister, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs reported that $100,000 was raised at the event which had approximately 1,000 attendees. Funds will be used to support the mission and programs of the clubs in serving inner city youth.
Gem Beach Rocks Again
Another beach party was hosted a little further out on the Lake Erie shore at Gem Beach Marina in Port Clinton. “Gem Beach Rocks, Again” was held for a second year on the beach of the marina to benefit United Way in Ottawa County.
The daylong event featured music, food, beer and plenty of sun, sand and waves.
The director of United Way in Ottawa County, Chris Galvin, is appreciative of the generosity of Gem Beach in hosting the event again this year.
“Gem Beach has made a strong commitment to the community through expansion projects at the marina and through their investment in the United Way,” Galvin said.
Gem Beach Marina provided the venue, as well as logistical support of the event. Additionally, the marina owners, Steve and Megan Lovitt, serve as volunteer leaders of the event and serve United Way in Ottawa County throughout the year.
Galvin said because of competing events and the economy the gross proceeds of this year’s event will be less than last year’s total of $70,000, but was pleased to have an increase in community involvement. This year 200 people volunteered to help at the event compared to last year’s 130 volunteers.
Aug. 19-24: 2010 Mercedes Car Raffle. Toledo Children’s Hospital is raffling off a new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 in an exclusive drawing sponsored by Vin Devers Autohaus of Sylvania. The car will be raffled on Aug. 24 or when all 500 tickets are sold. Tickets are $200. Call (419) 291-5463 or visit promedica.org/givetch for more information.
Sept. 11-13: Greek American Festival. For the 39th year, the parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral share their culture with Northwest Ohio residents. Enjoy ethnic food, music and dance. Admission is $3. Visit toledogreekfest.com for more information.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals work smarter 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 Facebook and Twitter.