Akron’s Goss Memorial Church feels especially blessed, given the treasure it has in its midst.
He’s 106-year-old congregant Raymond “Ray” Neill.
Neill is still an active member of the Kings Herald Sunday School class, and can be found passing out church bulletins. He will be honored at a luncheon after Sunday morning’s service, said Pastor Kevin Burkholder. Join me in wishing him well.
A call to action
Working in Progress Akron — a nonprofit group that is about the serious business of helping disadvantaged youths, African-Americans in particular — is sponsoring an all-hands-on-deck session and extending an open invitation to area males ages 6 to 18.
A “Call to Action Young Men’s Conference: I Am My Brother’s Keeper” is planned for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 29 at the University of Akron’s Student Union, with speakers, team-building exercises and a parent session.
Check-in and continental breakfast is 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Catered lunch also provided. Students ages 6 to 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is $5 for students; parents are free. Please call 330-474-9472 or register at www.workinginprogress.org and click on Events.
Clothing sale is benefit
Kudos to Women for Women Ohio, a nonprofit group that’s hosting an “Office to Evening” clothing sale April 4-6 at the Fairways of Twin Lakes, 1519 Overlook Drive, Kent.
“High quality women’s clothing, both new and gently used, will be available at terrific prices,” wrote member Judy Hirschman. “Clothing includes business suits, dresses, evening gowns, jackets and more. Designers such as Hermes, Max Mara and Diane von Furstenberg will be represented.”
A preview from 4 to 8 p.m. April 4 costs $20 (includes wine and hors d’oeuvres plus early-bird shopping). Other times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5, and noon to 4 p.m. April 6. Free admission.
Women for Women Ohio is a group of Summit and Portage county women who are raising money to help young women in Cambodia attend high school and college.
For more information, please visit www.w4wo.org.
Girl wins Disney grant
Big, beautiful bouquets to St. Hilary School seventh-grader Rachel Reese, who, in keeping with the school’s mission of “developing tomorrow’s leaders today,” has been awarded a $500 grant through Disney’s Friends for Change program.
“Rachel learned about this national grant program while watching the Disney Channel on one of her snow days and filled out the application and budget plan herself,” wrote school spokeswoman Debbie Sinopoli. “She plans to use the grant money to organize a service project she created, Project Playroom Toys.”
The project will benefit the families at Haven of Rest, which serves the homeless. It will take place on April 12, Global Youth Service Day. Rachel will use it to work toward her Girl Scout Silver Award, and will invite about 100 fellow Scouts to help.
Help to Rose Project
The Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation, with a strong assist from dedicated volunteers, is gearing up for its “Rose Project” and “Rosebuds” dress collection to distribute new and gently used prom dresses to girls in foster care and otherwise in need.
Girl Scout Troop 1016 (Holy Family Catholic Church in Stow) has for the second year collected dresses, accessories, shoes, jewelry and makeup. Clients or shoppers are recruited through the CASA Guardian ad Litem program, Summit County Juvenile Court and Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA).
Personal shoppers will assist the girls and a seamstress will help with alterations. Coit Cleaners donates its services. Refreshments also will be served.
Rosebuds, a new program, provides gently worn special-occasion dresses to infants, toddlers and little girls in foster care.
Donate dresses in the lobby of Summit County Juvenile Court, 650 Dan St., Akron; or April 5-6 at the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation booth at the Stow-Munroe Falls Community Showcase.
Pickup is available. Call 330-630-2243 or email andrea firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nonprofit supports the values that the late Andrea Rose Teodosio held dear. The daughter of Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio and Summit County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Teodosio, Andrea died Feb. 12, 2011, in a skiing accident. She was 22.
Prom dress special
The Canal Fulton Public Library, 154 Market St., Canal Fulton, also is rolling out a prom dress special for high school girls in that area.
The library is encouraging area girls and women to donate new or gently worn, current style prom or special occasion dresses to the library’s Prom Dress Giveaway that will take place on a date to be determined in April.
Dresses will be accepted through April 1 at the reference desk.
Questions? Please call 330-854-4148. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Big, beautiful bouquets to Tammi Griffeth, director at Assembly Child Care & Learning Center in Mansfield, for providing “Happy Healers” to Akron Children’s Hospital. Happy Healers, she said, are “cute [gel] characters that can be warmed or cooled. Basically a boo-boo pack.”
“I manage a child care center of almost 150 children, ages range from 6 weeks to 12 years,” Griffeth explained. “We have had many parents that have needed the services of Akron Children’s Hospital over the years.
“Recently, we as a child care center wanted to give back. I reached out to ACH and offered to do a small fundraiser to purchase Happy Healers for one of their units to use for children as a way to give comfort. ACH was excited and clearly on board. They expressed they could use 20 packs.
“Our families have stepped up and have collected over 300 packs. We donated 50 to ACH and are also working with the Mansfield Red Cross Disaster Outreach … ACH does so much for our children, and yes, we are not a local Akron company but they do not only care for local children. We want them to know we care and we appreciate them. It’s a small gesture from a small center.”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.