Jacob and Cyla (Hawkins) Geopfert hadn’t planned on hitting the numbers lottery, not only once but twice in recent years. Yet the Cuyahoga Falls couple did just that.
The first time was when they got married, on 9-10-11. That date, Jacob said, wasn’t picked for its memorable numeric sequence: “We wanted to pick a date when Ohio State was playing a team no one would care about football. … It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later that we realized the significance of the date.” The couple wed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Cuyahoga Falls.
Little did the Geopferts know that another numbers coincidence was in their future.
They welcomed their first child, Lila Faye, on 11-12-13 at Akron City Hospital.
“Cyla had been in labor since Monday morning and the baby still wasn’t coming,” Geopfert said. “So she ended up having a C-section.” The baby was born at 8:36 p.m. weighing in at 8 pounds 10 ounces.
As fate would further have it, Lila shares the same birth date as her paternal grandfather, Joe Geopfert of Rootstown.
Lila’s father works in the family business, the Geopfert Co. (air conditioning and heating), as operations manager; her mother works for Edgepark Medical Supplies in Twinsburg in continuous improvement.
Aid for typhoon victims
Akron’s Harley Prunty is trying to help the victims devastated by Typhoon Haiyan’s recent deadly rip through the Philippines. On Bantayan Island, his wife Maria Theresa Prunty has more than 24 family members who are still missing.
Authorities estimate that the typhoon is responsible for around 10,000 deaths, although the official count had not reached that number at this writing. Millions are without power and shelter.
Prunty has teamed up with Phyllis Byrd of Helping Hands of Summit County and has set up an account at Charter One at 2420 Wedgewood Ave., Akron, Ohio 44312. Please make checks out to Helping Hands of Summit County and write Philippines Relief on the memo line.
Also, the Acme grocery store on Wedgewood has set up a collection bin for dry, nonperishable food items for this effort.
The Red Cross has been full-speed ahead in responding to emergency needs with food and water, dealing with blocked roads, downed infrastructure and communication systems. To donate to the American Red Cross to support typhoon relief, please visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
Van for Special Olympics
Patti Hetkey, spokeswoman for the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) was more than happy to share the good news that members of the county’s Special Olympics teams “will be riding in style thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of the Kiwanis and the MCBDD. … Special Olympics coordinator Kathy Miller officially accepted the keys to the Special Olympics’ brand new passenger van.”
Medina County’s is the third-largest Special Olympics program in the state, giving more than 250 athletes the chance to participate in sports including track and field, basketball and volleyball. There are 17 sports offered for individuals with disabilities in Medina County.
‘Shop with a Cop’ benefit
Big, beautiful poinsettias to the Richfield Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66, which again is sponsoring its annual “Holiday Open House/Silent Auction” from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7, at the home of Jason and Jordan Serpentini, 3491 Douglas Drive, Richfield.
All proceeds benefit area police departments’ “Shop with a Cop” program. Santa will make an appearance at this buffet dinner and auction. Deadline to reserve is Nov. 30. Call Mary at 330-659-0438 with number of adults and children attending; $25 donation per family. Checks are preferred, made payable to FOP Lodge #66 Shop with a Cop Program.
Your information will be entered in a raffle. Additional raffle tickets are $1, six for $5, for an Apple iPad, Polar Express Train Set, and cash prizes of $200 and $100. Bring address labels for your raffle tickets.
“The members of the Richfield Police Department distributed approximately 45,000 tickets to 31 police departments in a six-county area,” wrote Mary Serpentini, open house coordinator. “Each department sells tickets so that they can take children in disadvantaged situations from their respective communities on a shopping trip to Wal-Mart in Stow.
“The Richfield Police Department is solely responsible for raising funds to purchase the prizes that are provided to the winning holders in the six-county areas. The Richfield Police Department also provides a pizza party, costing nearly $2,500, after the Wal-Mart shopping spree … In 2012, 305 children benefited from this program.”
Unable to attend but want to make a donation? Please contact Michael Simmons or Paul Fister at the Richfield Police Department at 330-659-9500.
Free Christmas concert
The Christmas Groove, a free benefit concert of Christmas music, has become an annual tradition for Medina County families who will be delighted to know this year’s event is scheduled for 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Highland High School’s Performing Arts Center (a new location), 4150 Ridge Road, Medina.
“While the concert is free, donations will be accepted the night of the show,” wrote Diana Van Horn, event co-organizer. “This year’s beneficiary is Medina Creative Housing. The mission of Medina Creative Housing is to promote the development and ongoing management of permanent, affordable housing and quality services for persons with disabilities living in Medina County … Past beneficiaries have included Love INC, Brunswick Food Pantry and Oasis of Hope,” a pregnancy and parenting support center in Medina.
A note of sympathy
It is with great sadness that I report the Nov. 8 death of Roschelle Wilt — the subject of past columns — who had undergone more than 60 major surgeries since 2006 for Crohn’s disease and a raft of other complications.
Thanks, dear readers, for sending her encouragement and holiday cards over the years. They meant the world to her and to her very dedicated mother, Leslie Wilt.
Ministry aids women
Rahab Ministries — a local Christian ministry “dedicated to rescuing and restoring women who are trafficked into prostitution in Northeast Ohio — raised $36,000 at its recent Scarlet Cord Benefit Concert at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson.
“The $36,000 raised (including in-kind donations) will be utilized to continue to help Rahab Ministries reach its goal of securing a safe house, a residential home where women can heal,” wrote Executive Director Rebecca Moreland. “The ‘scarlet cord’ of hope that Rahab Ministries extends is the safe haven of Jesus, along with transitional assistance and support, while breaking the chains of sexual slavery.” For more information, call 330-819-3326.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com