Cool Red Cross ‘Fire & Ice’ event to scorch Wood CountyWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Attendees can forget the wintry temps with music, food, raffles, auctions and a celebrity bartending contest at Fire & Ice: Rock ‘N’ Roll for the Red Cross on Feb. 17.
“The event was created three years ago as an opportunity for people to support the Red Cross of Wood County and really enjoy an evening out with family and friends,” said Chris Diefenthaler, director of the American Red Cross of Wood County, of the event at the Clazel Theater.
“Fire” in the event name refers to the Red Cross’ relationships with local firefighters and emergency responders.
“We do support each other quite heavily when we’re responding to someone affected by natural disaster in their homes,” Diefenthaler said.
“We rely on [the Red Cross] in cases when people suffer a fire loss and are unable to provide for themselves in the short term,” agreed Captain Tom Sanderson of the Bowling Green Fire Division, also a member of the American Red Cross of Wood County Advisory Board.
“Ice” calls out to the time of year and Winterfest, an annual Bowling Green celebration, Diefenthaler said.
Jerry Anderson of WTOL will host the event and The Bourbon Street Band will play classic rock and dance music while guests sample appetizers from six restaurants: Qdoba Mexican Grill, South Side 6, Blue Pacific Grill, JB’s Sarnie Shoppe, Myles Baker Street and The Doughnut Box. A cash bar will be available as well.
Several raffles and auctions will occur during the night, including a 20-item silent auction with Walleye and Mud Hens tickets, Pandora bracelets and more. A $2,500 diamond necklace from C Sterling Jewelers will also be raffled off. For $25, each raffle participant gets a key that may or may not open the box that holds the necklace.
Last year’s sold-out Fire & Ice raised $22,000 for the American Red Cross of Wood County, a figure Diefenthaler expects to surpass this year with more sponsors, including presenting sponsor, Rudolph|Libbe.
An awards ceremony and video presentation honoring those who participated in natural disaster aid during the past year is also planned.
Sanderson emphasized the importance of the Red Cross. “A lot of people think the Red Cross only provides blood services and disaster relief, but they also do considerable services for military families in Wood County and they were there, of course, when the tornado hit in Lake Township,” he said.
Sanderson coordinated the celebrity bartending contest, which pairs firefighters from Rossford, Perrysburg, Troy Township and Bowling Green with Clazel bartenders.
Last year, the firefighters, a “giving group of people,” raised $900 in tips during the contest, Sanderson added.
Tickets are $25 each or two for $40. Call (419) 352-4575 to purchase. Fire & Ice begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Clazel Theater, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green.