Those who knew Marissa Norwood know she would want as many folks as possible to attend Zeta Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s LOK (Legacy of Kindness) Fun Dog Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at Akron’s Hardesty Park.
Marissa, who lost a courageous battle with brain cancer at age 12, said her greatest wish “was to be remembered not as a child with a terminal illness but as a child who did a lot of good.”
That’s the reason for this event.
Marissa was known as a CEO of Kindness for her amazingly good works in such a short time while struggling with horrendous medical issues. She was passionate about several subjects, including animals (dogs in particular), victims of domestic violence and children like herself battling serious illnesses.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties.
“The LOK was established at the Akron Community Foundation in March 2010 on behalf of Marissa who bravely battled brain cancer from 2007 to 2009,” wrote the sorority’s Jeannette H. Jones. “While she was enduring brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, Marissa challenged people to join her ‘legacy of kindness’ by supporting programs that helped abused and abandoned animals, victims of domestic violence, and children facing life-threatening illnesses. Marissa, who passed away in December of 2009, asked that her legacy of helping others continue.”
Entry fee for the dog show is $5, which includes free demonstrations by the Akron Police Canine Unit, Sit Means Sit Trainers, and Wags for Warriors.
Dogs can be entered in various contests: Waggiest Tail, Best Owner/Dog Look-Alike or Best Rescue Dog for a $5 per category entry fee.
“By supporting this event, you can help women, children and animals affected by domestic violence,” Jones continued. Various level sponsorships also are available. You can also donate prizes, including appropriate gift certificates, promotional items and more.
‘Basket Ball’ at Hilton
Looking for a fun night out and one with a true purpose? Look no further than United Disability Services’ ninth annual “Basket Ball,” April 20 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.
This has nothing to do with March Madness, or basketball for that matter. While the dress is formal — long and cocktail dresses for the ladies and tuxedoes for the gents — the emphasis here is on creative tennis shoes for both men and women, the more decorative the better.
“Tipoff will be at 6 p.m., with cash bar followed by a gourmet dining experience expertly prepared by the Hilton staff,” writes event spokeswoman Lisa Armstrong. Also featured will be oral and silent auctions with items including vacations, dining experiences, jewelry and more.
“This year’s event will be even more colorful as we go with a carnival-style theme,” said Jeannine Marks, UDS board of directors member and event chair. “We’re adding carnival games and fun to what promises to be a great evening to raise money for UDS. Patrons can also get on their feet and dance to the classic rock sounds of the award-winning band the Hitmen.”
Proceeds support the agency’s new REACH (Recreation, Education, Arts, Community Health) program aimed at getting clients up and moving more, along with their family members.
According to UDS President/CEO Gary Knuth, almost $500,000 has been raised since the Basket Ball began in 2005 to benefit programs and services for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, including respite services for the elderly, transportation and more.
Tickets are $150. For more information on becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item or reserving courtside seats, please call 330-762-9755
Fundraiser at hair salon
Bravo to the Scott Talbot Salonspa, which continues to be a soldier in the army of making sure that children diagnosed with cancer enjoy a quality life in the face of their biggest battle.
It’s hosting its annual “Hair Raising Event,” 6 to 11 p.m. April 20 at McKinley Eagles in Stark County’s Perry Township, 5024 Monticello St. NW. Proceeds help give children with cancer a free, weeklong summer camp experience called Camp Quality Ohio, located at Craftsmen Park in New Franklin at the Portage Lakes. The experience — which includes the campers’ siblings — involves around-the-clock medical personnel, one-on-one volunteer companions and a smorgasbord of activities.
“We have hosted over 350 generous individuals and companies annually,” the salon’s Shelly Talbot-Hepner wrote. “If you would like to attend, we will be selling tickets for the event at each of our Scott Talbot Salonspa locations.” The cost is $50.
It includes a buffet dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, raffles, 50/50 drawing, music by the Brighter Side Band and a DJ for dancing. Those making a minimum prize donation of $250 receive two free tickets. Various sponsorships are available.
For more information on Camp Quality, please visit www.campqualityohio.org. For more information about the Hair Raising Event, please call Shelly Talbot-Hepner at 330-936-6251 or 330-494-9160.
Spring party is benefit
GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) is hosting its annual “Spring Party” from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5 at Firestone Country Club, 452 E. Warner Road, Akron.
This fundraiser provides trained volunteers to deliver various safety programs with the mission of protecting children from dangerous situations — sex offenses, abuse and abduction, just to name a few.
The $100 cost includes dinner, music, silent and live auctions. For more information, please call Debbie at 330-247-1402.
Walkers needed at zoo
Nurse practitioner Pat Summers of Copley Township is again recruiting foot soldiers for the American Liver Foundation’s 5K “Liver Life Walk” 8 a.m. May 19 at the Cleveland Zoo.
Proceeds help with research, education and treatment. “A new treatment has come out for hepatitis C that is around 90 percent effective as a cure! This is a blessing to everyone,” said Summers, who contracted hepatitis C during her career and received a lifesaving liver transplant in 2004.
Sponsor a team or an individual, join an existing team, or form a team. Information is at www.liverfoundation.com/walk cleveland.
Admission to the Cleveland Zoo and Rain Forest is included in the donation.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org