Pounds: Sad goodbyesWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Two sad pieces of news reported at www.toledofreepress.com deserve a second mention.
Robert G. Bennett, who bought the assets of Tony Packo’s in 2011 and whose company operated 26 Burger Kings, died May 8 at the Cleveland Clinic.
He suffered a short illness, according to a news release. In 2011, he successfully bid on the court-ordered sale of Tony Packo’s assets.
Bennett, 76, was born in New York City. He grew up in South Florida and moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1966. He opened a Toledo Burger King the following year and moved to the area.
Bennett was an active fundraiser for Central Catholic High School and was a past director of the Toledo Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in addition to being involved with other charities and groups. He was also a past chairman of the National Franchisee Association’s Committee for Franchisee/Franchisor Relations.
Bennett made a tremendous impact on the community and Toledo’s business community is weaker for his loss.
It’s not a death, but there is also sadness around the closing of a Downtown arts institution. Twenty years after it opened, 20 North Gallery will close May 25, its owners announced in a news release May 10.
“The time has now come for the owner and staff of 20 North Gallery to move on to other endeavors and for 20 North Gallery to become a part of Toledo’s rich cultural history,” said.
The gallery will host a free 20th birthday celebration and closing reception from 6-9 p.m. May 24, 18 N. St. Clair St.
The gallery opened in 1993 and has displayed the work of more than 200 artists in more than 130 exhibitions. Its closing exhibition, “All Good Things,” is a retrospective showcasing two decades of the gallery’s triumphs in the arts and arts-based urban development, according to the release.
Owner Eric Hillenbrand said he’s proud of the impact 20 North Gallery has had on Downtown.
“I was not aware of another commercial gallery in Downtown Toledo when we started in 1993; now galleries and artists dot the landscape of Downtown — this is, unquestionably, 20 North Gallery’s most important legacy,” Hillenbrand said. “I am grateful to the over 200 artists whom we have represented over the years for sharing their talent with us and the Toledo community, as well as the many talented staff members who have contributed to our success, most notably Peggy Grant, art director Emerita, and Condessa Croninger, art director. Their commitment to the gallery and its mission has made it the jewel of Toledo’s gallery scene.”
Saying goodbye is never easy. Our thoughts go out to Bennett’s family and we wish the best for the owners of 20 North Gallery.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.