Happy belated birthday greetings to Michael “Mike” Scalera, who’s still bagging groceries at Acme No. 1 after taking the stand there nearly 25 years ago.
The always handsomely dressed Mike — the subject of past columns — just turned 96.
He’s made healthy choices, Mike says: good exercise and a chance to interact with good customers. And Mike is still golfing on a weekly basis.
Earth Day fundraiser
Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in Stark County have partnered with Friends of Stark Parks for an Earth Day fundraiser Tuesday.
Fifty percent of the sales from all of these eateries (up to $15,000) from 5 to 8 p.m. that day will go to the Friends of Stark Parks for highlighting environmental issues and protecting the earth’s natural resources. “The fundraiser will support efforts to develop the 13 parks encompassing more than 7,000 acres of land and 1,200 acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs in the Stark County Park District,” wrote Latoya R. Hunter, spokeswoman for Chipotle. “The event will also help implement new educational programs.”
Chipotle Mexican Grill is “committed to serving food made from sustainably raised ingredients,” Hunter noted.
Go Green event
Big, beautiful bouquets to some 75 associate volunteers from 15 area Kohl’s department stores, who on Earth Day — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday — will be helping the Boy Scouts of America-Great Trail Council at Camp Manatoc Scout Reservation, wrote Sydney Hofer of Kohl’s.
“This volunteer effort is part of Kohl’s fifth annual National Go Green Event in celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day … As part of this initiative the company will donate a total of $2 million in grants to nonprofits nationwide for the fifth year in a row, including approximately $12,500 in grants to Boy Scouts of America-Great Trail Council.
“Volunteers will be helping to get the camp ready for summer by setting tent platforms, staining buildings, building tables, grills and bunks and even building a bridge.”
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Calling all guys not afraid to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” for the ninth annual event planned for 5 p.m. Friday, with all proceeds going to support the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties.
The walk kicks off at Akron’s Lock 3 Park. “The event has achieved tremendous energy!” wrote Dana Zedak, director of the Rape Crisis Center. “We are inundated with team stories describing the planning, including the fun and laughter that is sure to be a part of this event. Next week, you will start to see some of these stories in a series called Hero Tales of the Big Ten!”
“At the same time we are all having so much fun, I want to give the reminder that we are doing this because women are suffering from the trauma of sexual violence in staggering numbers,” Zedak continued. “Estimates from the FBI state that one in six women will be a victim of sexual violence during her lifetime … This the first year we will be honoring survivors themselves at the event in some very unique ways …
“Survivors of sexual violence attending the event will have the option to wear a shirt recognizing their survivorship, and five awesome sponsors will be listed on the back of this shirt.” Those sponsors are the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office — Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, the Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund, Roetzel & Andress, DJ Kenny Kidd and Jumpstart Video Productions of Akron. For more information, please call 330-777-4723.
Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley is trying to raise $25,000 before its big Rebuilding Day on Saturday to purchase materials and supplies for major repairs on nine homes in Summit County.
The mission of Rebuilding Together is to keep low-income senior, disabled or military veteran homeowners “safe, warm and dry.”
To make a donation, please visit http://rebuildingtogethersc.donorpages.com/RebuildingDay2014/. You can also call 330-773-4100.
Blooming Brunch, the GriefCare Place’s popular fundraiser now in its 12th year, is planned for May 3 at Silver Lake Country Club. Doors open at 10:45 a.m.
With the theme “Planting the Seeds of Hope,” the event will feature speaker Katherine Miracle, a former investigative newspaper reporter and founder and owner of Miracle Resources LLC, a consulting, training and educational resource for business and nonprofits. It will also have fashions from Clothes Mentor, a silent auction, inspirational music by mother/son vocalists Carla and Jason Davis, and a treasure chest raffle.
The GriefCare Place’s mission “is to provide a safe place where grievers gather together, under the guidance of a facilitator, to educate, encourage and uplift each other throughout the entire healing journey after the death of a loved one.” It has served more than 10,000 people since its founding in 1997, and its free services are utilized by churches, social service agencies, schools, extended care facilities, nursing, medical, ministerial and psychology students, hospices and community organizations.
The GriefCare Place (4499 Darrow Road, Stow) also provides individual counseling for children, teens and adults with professionals trained in grief therapy, for a small fee.
Cost for the Blooming Brunch is $50 ($25 tax deductible) with sponsorships available. Reservations must be in by Friday. Please call 330-686-1750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.