Local benefit to educate children, build homesWritten by Kathryn Milstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Four groups will perform at The Pinnacle Thursday night for charity as part of the venue’s Twylite Thursdays.
June 16’s charity will focus on the Global Education Campaign (GEC) and the HUT Outreach community service organizations.
Proceeds from the $10 cover charge will be split between The Pinnacle and the charities to pay for entertainment, snacks and donations. A cash bar at the event will donate 15 percent of its profits to the charities.
“At the door, they’ll ask you what charity you want to donate to,” said Jessica Weinberg, the public relations coordinator with GEC. “Half of our donations go to HUT, and half of HUT’s donations will go to us.”
Because the venue does not charge charities to host the event, the charities had to sign up for an evening, Weinberg said.
There will also be a silent auction at the event featuring items such as Mud Hens tickets, glass art, a signed CD by Kathy Mattea and a flag flown over the U.S. Capital, she said.
Vice President of HUT Outreach Nicole Coulter said she expects about 100 guests at the event.
“If you can take your family out for $40, and eat, with good entertainment, and even help a charity, that’s a good deal,” she said.
HUT Outreach will have a table with items made from Haiti for sale. HUT’s proceeds from the table, and evening, will go toward expanding HUT’s youth and community center in Haiti so it can provide a place for orphaned children to sleep at night, she said.
Coulter, who said the event is family-friendly, is looking forward to seeing the entertainment.
“The Skoobie Snaks have worked with us before, and they’re always a crowd favorite,” she said.
Skoobie Snaks is a Toledo-based band that plays pop and party music from the past three decades. Also at the benefit will be the Mexican folk dance group Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas, African drum group Village of Toledo and the Irish dance class of the Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts.
“I’m excited about seeing the Skoobie Snaks myself,” said Weinberg. “I haven’t seen them yet. It’s fun to have a party band.”
Weinberg said the advantage of this kind of benefit is that the benefit is not targeting one group of people.
Co-Founder of GEC Dr. Munir Ahmad said he would love to use the benefit as a way to reach beyond the normal audience.
“We take it as an opportunity to make people aware,” he said. “We would certainly love to tell people what we do, which is promote education throughout the world.”
GEC’s proceeds of the night will be sent to children in Pakistan who need an education. He said a child could be sent through the school system in Pakistan for about $200.
“Education is a means of self-reliance,” he said. “It provides an escape that we can afford in this country.”
Ahmad said he would be happy with a reasonable size crowd. Weinberg said she agreed with his sentiment.
“While The Pinnacle aims for 50 guests per organization, there are an unlimited number of seats, with no RSVP required,” she said.
The Pinnacle is located at 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee and features different charity organizations from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 8.