Dedicated community friend the Christ Child Society of Akron is sponsoring “Let the Good Times Roll” on March 1 at St. George Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Silent auction and cocktails will be at 6 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. dinner and raffle. Grand prize is $2,500.
One raffle ticket plus two dinners is $135; one raffle ticket plus one dinner, $100; raffle ticket only, $65; or dinner only, $45. Only 175 raffle tickets will be sold.
For tickets, call Lisa DiSabato-Moore at 330-697-7536. For invitations or RSVPs, please call Anne Burris at 330-670-6268 or Debbie Breyley at 330-606-6840. Donated items are still encouraged.
Christ Child Society of Akron, a nonprofit group founded 57 years ago and thoroughly deserving of some kind of medal, has 300 member volunteers and a mission of helping Akron-area children in need, particularly in Akron Public Schools. They’ve provided uniforms (1,800 last year alone), coats, hats and gloves; layettes for local hospitals and bereavement gowns; friendship bags for displaced children and its newest project, a Teen Moms group in Kenmore.
Mardi Gras gala
Victim Assistance Program will be celebrating its 22nd annual Mardi Gras gala at 6 p.m. March 1 at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
“Over 400 guests are expected to enjoy an evening complete with an open bar, gourmet sit-down dinner, auctions, raffles, live band and dancing,” said Shelley Koch, director of development at Victim Assistance Program.
The Rev. Robert Denton will be presented with the Bernard Rosen Community Service Award. The founder and executive director emeritus of Victim Assistance has worked on behalf of victims of crime for more than 40 years. Volunteer of the Year awards will be given to Kim Culp and Lee Morrison.
Party chairwomen Ann Manby and Getta Cornici along with the committee have announced the following auction items:
■ New Orleans getaway, including airfare, hotel and restaurant gift cards.
■ Summit County sheriff’s armored tank ride.
■ Gavin Scott Salon & Spa party for 15.
■ Date Night for a Year with 12 gift cards, flowers and more.
■ Party in a Box with tent, tables, chairs, appetizers and entertainment from Freez-R-Burn.
■ Akron RubberDucks suite and VIP package with behind-the-scenes tour and throwing out the first pitch.
■ Tre Belle dinner and wine pairings for 6.
■ Don Drumm sun sculpture, tickets to Cedar Point, gift baskets, jewelry, gift certificates to theaters, golf courses and area businesses.
Read more about auction items at www.victim assistanceprogram.org.
Tickets purchased before Friday are $85, $95 after. Call Shelley Koch at 330-376-0040, ext. 201, or visit the website. Sponsor and ad opportunities are also available.
Raffle tickets ($10 each or three for $20) are available online for a chance to win one of two Toshiba Excite Pro Series tablets, or a Put-in-Bay getaway on South Bass Island. Winners don’t have to be present.
Since 1972, Victim Assistance Program “has dedicated its mission to ensure that no victim is left behind,” Koch said, serving more than 6,000 people in 2013. “Victim Assistance Program is the only crime victim organization in Summit County that does not discriminate by crime type and the only program that is on scene at homicides, suicides, traffic fatalities and death notifications.” For more information on the program and the services it provides, please call the 24/7 hot line at 330-376-0040.
Louisville coach honored
Congratulations to Sue Gronow, head coach of Girls on the Run at Louisville Elementary School, who was named runner-up for 2013 Coach of the Year at the Girls on the Run International reception in San Antonio.
“There are over 30,000 coaches involved with Girls on the Run each season, and while not all are nominated, being named a runner-up is a significant honor,” said Amy Shock, program director for Girls on the Run of Stark County. “This is the first time that a coach from Stark County has received this distinction.”
Gronow will receive $250 and two tickets to the Girls on the Run five-year celebration on April 5 at Brookside Country Club in Canton.
Girls on the Run is a nonprofit program for girls in third grade through eighth grade to establish and develop self-respect and healthful lifestyles through running, goal setting, keeping promises, good communication skills and all things positive.
LeBron club to see Cavs
The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club, while busy with mentoring programs for young mothers and many more charitable undertakings, is planning a road trip to the Quicken Loans Arena to watch the Cavaliers take on the Miami Heat and LeBron on March 18. Buses will leave Akron’s Wooster-Hawkins Plaza (behind Auto Zone) at 5:30 p.m.
Deadline for reservations (handled on a first-come, first-serve basis) is Monday. A $50 deposit is required. Total cost is $100 ($75 tickets and $25 for transportation). It’s open to the public.
Please call 330-784-2544 to secure your reservation.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org