Fashionably Late: Aug. 24 event honors Gretchen Gotthart SkeldonWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon, a Toledo woman known for her extensive charitable work and her talent as a saleswoman with Libbey Glass, lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010 at age 47.
Her memory is kept alive, however, through the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund, an organization set up to benefit breast cancer awareness and research as well as charities that benefit or help children with cancers or disabilities.
The group will host the Fashionably Late fundraiser from 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 24 at Centennial Terrace. The event will feature the bands Watermelon Men, Dew Droppers and Homewreckers. Fashionably Late tickets are $20. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $250. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar as well as a concession stand. The event, taking place outdoors, will occur rain or shine.
Gretchen DeBacker is on the fund’s Caring Committee.
“We sort of promised it will be the best party of the summer, and we certainly think it is,” she said.
DeBacker said the charity’s goal is to make substantial donations to several charities in honor of Gotthart Skeldon.
“We don’t like to give money that’s a drop in the bucket — we try to find a new need and tackle that need,” she said.
In the four years since the charity’s founding, the fund has donated a revamped music program to Sunshine, given money to Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio, created the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio to cover the needs of cancer patients and has given to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Gretchen was a wish granter for Make-A-Wish, and for the last several years. We have fully funded a wish family, and we have a wish in Gretchen’s name,” DeBacker said.
The Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund passes a momentous monetary milestone this year.
“The cool thing about this year is that we will pass the $100,000 mark. We will be close to $120,000,” DeBacker said.
Fashionably Late will help the charity pass that mark.
“[At Fashionably Late], people just drink, dance, meet old friends, see new friends,” DeBacker said.