“Do you know a hero?”
That’s the question being posed by the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage counties. “A firefighter who entered a burning house to rescue a trapped family? A passerby who dived into a frozen lake to pull a drowning child to safety? A neighbor who administered CPR to a total stranger? A dog who alerted its family to a fire?”
Nominees must reside or be employed in Summit or Portage counties, and the incident must have occurred in 2013. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. Heroes will be selected in January and saluted during a reception in the spring.
To submit a nomination, please visit www.redcross.org/oh/akron and click on the “Local Programs” link. For more information, please call 330-535-2224.
Golf Charities proposals
The Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is accepting grant proposals from local nonprofit agencies and organizations seeking funding for education, health and human services, civic organizations, arts and culture.
“This year’s funding comes from proceeds of the 2013 World Golf Championships — Bridgestone Invitational, which Northern Ohio Golf Charities presents in partnership with the tournament’s title sponsor, Bridgestone, and the PGA Tour,” wrote NOGCF grant administrator Glenda Buchanan.
“For more than 60 years, Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation has fulfilled its mission of giving back by donating more than $22 million in grants to worthy charities in the area.”
Deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Recipients will be announced in February. For more information, please visit www.nogcf.org/grants or call Buchanan at 330-245-2302.
The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services, which dates back to 1948, will be hosting its annual benefit Rummage Sale 8:30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road, Fairlawn, with all proceeds going to benefit children in the care of SCCS.
“Rummage donations — such as clothing, housewares, lawn and garden items, craft supplies or accessories — are welcome,” said spokesman Chris Vasco. “Please drop off any donated rummage at the Fairlawn Community Center on Friday, Oct. 4, between 8:30 a.m. and noon.” For more information, please contact Sandy DeLuca at 330-379-1994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Walk to Remember’
Twenty-one-year-old Will Bohnak of Cuyahoga Falls, his friends and family are again planning to participate in the Oct. 6 Alzheimer’s Association-sponsored “Walk to Remember.”
In effort to raise more research dollars, the Bohnaks have organized “A Journey for the Memories” (their team name) craft/vendor fundraiser 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Lions Park Lodge, 641 Silver Lake Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls, with 20 tables full of merchandise; cash and carry from direct sales companies. A 50/50 raffle and an auction are planned.
Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s research through the Walk to Remember. For more information, please visit www.alz.org.
‘Grapes for Kids’ Sake’
Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Summit, Medina & Stark Counties is hosting its fifth annual “Grapes for Kids’ Sake,” a wine tasting and silent and live auction, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Fairlawn Country Club. Event sponsor is Sterling Jewelers Inc.
Wines were selected by wine specialist Matt Pruszynski.
“Auction items are being accepted for donation and are a great way for our organization to receive exposure while supporting the cost to recruit, screen, match and coach more successful relationships within the Big Brothers Big Sisters program,” wrote organization spokeswoman Kamelia Fisher.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters provide children ages 6-18 who are facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”
Cost is $100. For more information on donating or volunteering, please call Julie Katz at 330-376-6503 or visit http://mentorwithme.org.
‘Hope Lights the Way’
Akron Children’s Hospital’s “Hope Lights the Way,” at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 1 in Perkins Square in front of the hospital, is a chance to celebrate, honor or remember a special person in your life by having a luminary dedicated in his or her honor.
The event, with refreshments, will be held rain or shine. An inspirational message will come from hospital employee Teresa Hedrick, and entertainment by the Firestone High School tuba and euphonium quartet, a dance troupe from the hospital’s Expressive Therapy Center and a vocal performance by hospital employees Jenna Williams and Franklin Choate.
Luminary dedications are free and there is no limit to the number of requests. Forms are available at the hospital’s human resources department, at www.akronchildrens.org/hope or by calling 330-543-8335 with the information you would like placed on the dedication.
Park free in the Bowery Street Deck. For more information please visit www.akronchildrens.org/hope.
Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio will be featured speaker at Guardians Advocating (Child) Safety and Protection’s (GASP) fall luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path, Akron.
Cost is $45, $60 patron, or $500 sponsor. Reservation deadline is Sept. 27. For more information, please call 330-247-1402 or email email@example.com.
Fran Doll is the founder, and Debbie Reiss is director.
Julie and Derek Miller turned the tragic loss of their baby daughter, Claire Elise Miller, in April 2010 into something good, something that will help other local families with seriously ill children who require extended hospital stays.
“When a parent has a child who has to spend time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Akron Children’s Hospital, the financial burden can be heavy,” wrote Julie Miller, executive director of Love for Claire and the Claire Elise Miller Fund.
“The fund is designed to help working parents that are losing wages to be with their children, parents who are spending day and day out at ACH with meals, parking, and possibly even household bills or child care for other children.”
The organization will host the Family Olympics at noon Oct. 5, at Columbia Woods Park & Pavilion, 4070 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, Miller continued. “The Family Olympics will be a day of fun for the entire family (with lots of kid-friendly competitions). The event will be in conjunction with the Norton Cider Festival. All money raised will go directly to the Claire Elise Miller Fund at Akron Children’s Hospital. … The PICU provides care for more than 1,300 seriously ill or injured children each year.”
Participants get pledges to serve as their admission. Product and monetary donations are appreciated. This year’s goal is $25,000.
Giant Eagle donation
Kudos to the 26 Giant Eagle stores in Portage, Summit and Stark counties for donating more than $78,000 for the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Giant Eagle and their customers for supporting the patients and families of Northeast Ohio fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders at Akron Children’s,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hord, director of the center. Since 2010, Giant Eagle shoppers have donated more than $168,000 to the Showers Center.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org