Letter to the Editor: Smoke on the Water success benefits Red CrossWritten by Chris Kozak | | firstname.lastname@example.org
To the Editor;
From July 30 to Aug. 1, nearly 30,000 people packed Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo for the Columbia Gas of Ohio Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross event. They devoured ribs from the best BBQers in our area; they enjoyed great local and national entertainment; and, whether they know it or not, they helped a young family on Wernert Avenue.
Early in the morning of Aug. 3, the Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross helped a family of four — two adults and two pre-teen children — who escaped a single-family house fire in west Toledo. When the family’s home burned down, the Red Cross was able to offer shelter, clothing, food, comfort and compassion.
The 2010 event was a tremendous success in terms of recognition and awareness for the Red Cross, but most importantly in dollars earned. While we are still counting, I am comfortable, and proud to say that we raised more money in 2010 than we did in 2009; that is great to say in any year, amazing to announce in this economy.
I’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for the support of 2010 Smoke on the Water. Additionally, this event would not have been possible without the 350 volunteers who generously gave their time to make this event possible. That includes the Smoke on the Water executive committee, a group of some of the best and brightest in our community. Without this dedicated group of individuals, Smoke on the Water simply does not happen, much less shine as an overwhelming success.
The Red Cross was fortunate to see sponsorships double, a testament to the hard work and reputation of past year’s events and crowds. For 2010, we were fortunate to count many partners, including Columbia Gas of Ohio and KeyBank, First Solar, Health Care REIT, Heartland Health Care, Mercy, Meijer, Regency Hospital, Labatt Blue, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Heineken; our media partners, without whom the public would not have known about our event, included Toledo Free Press, FOX Toledo and Cumulus Toledo; all were very generous with their space, time and talents.
On behalf of the 2010 Smoke on the Water Committee, I want to say thank you to all who helped, participated in and attended our event. See you in 2011.
Smoke on the Water