Major kudos to Glitzy Finds, an upscale women’s Fairlawn consignment boutique, which has settled on a super creative way to introduce its customers to the important work of nonprofits.
Susan Labbato, owner of the 5-year-old business, has tapped three local organizations to create permanent displays in its three dressing rooms: Habitat for Humanity, Victim Assistance Program and Harvest Home, Haven of Rest’s homeless shelter for women and children.
Staff from Victim Assistance (which provides free services to victims of crime and trauma in Summit County) fashioned a faux house window to remind customers that “behind every window there is a story.”
Glitzy Finds is located at 2747 Crawfis Blvd., Fairlawn.
Hope Walk inspires
Julie DiVitto, 91.3-FM The Summit radio’s community outreach and volunteer coordinator, has more than just a pedestrian reason for promoting Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center’s annual “Hope Walk,” which is in its seventh year.
Supportive in the past, DiVitto will be taking part in the walk for the first time on behalf of a longtime Summit member and volunteer who is battling cancer.
“I really wish there was a Stewart’s Caring Place in the late ’80s,” lamented DiVitto. “I lost my grandma and uncle to cancer two years apart, and it would have been wonderful for my family to have resources similar to Stewart’s.”
DiVitto is hoping to rally listeners and others for the May 11 walk at Bicentennial Park, 3486 S. Smith Road, Fairlawn. Registration gets under way at 8 a.m. followed by the 9:15 a.m. walk. Preregistration is available at www.StewartsCaringPlace.org.
Stewart’s Caring Place, located at 2955 W. Market St., Fairlawn, provides free support services to persons and families touched by cancer in Summit, Medina, Stark, Portage and Wayne counties, offering a wide range of programs and workshops. It offers an extensive resource center, massage therapy and yoga, professional counseling, support groups, attorney consults, children’s programs, wigs and more.
Browns join event
Big, beautiful bouquets to Jacob’s Warriors, a local nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and provide support to children and families affected by blood disorders. The group will host its second annual fundraiser to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital from 3 to 7 p.m. May 18 at the Sto-Kent Family Entertainment Center, 3870 Fishcreek Road, Stow.
This year’s effort will be getting a strong assist from Cleveland Browns players T.J. Ward and Phil Taylor who will take part in bowling, putt-putt, sand volleyball and more. Raffles, including a 50/50 with donations from local businesses, are planned.
“Last year’s Jacob’s Warriors [fundraiser] was able to raise over $3,000 with $1,500 being donated to the hospital and all other proceeds going to the foundation to assist local families of children with blood disorders,” wrote Amanda Creque, Jacob’s Warriors co-founder. “This year the goal is to raise over $6,500 with all ticket proceeds being donated to the hospital and all other proceeds going to the foundation.”
Jacob’s Warriors is named for Jacob Whiteman, a now 11-year-old Streetsboro boy who was born with a rare blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan anemia.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.jacobswarriors.weebly.com.
Weight loss convention
Some 500 members of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club Inc. will descend on Akron for their annual “State Recognition Days” ceremony May 3-4 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.
TOPS — founded in 1948 with more than 330 chapters statewide, including 15 in Summit County — is the original Biggest Loser.
“TOPS members compete within their own weight divisions and the 20 women (including two teenagers) and 12 men who will be recognized for their weight loss efforts lost a total of 1,463.75 pounds during 2012,” said Karen Jones, statewide spokeswoman.
“TOPS will recognize those members who have reached their goal weights in 2012 with the biggest losses no matter how long it has taken them. The four members who are referred to as our 2012 Ohio State Royalty lost a total of 319 pounds.”
Lots of motivational workshops are planned including presentations by medical personnel. And in keeping with this year’s theme of “Weigh Out West,” members will be taught country line dancing by a representative from Universal Nursing Services. Akron’s Derbytown Chorus also will perform tunes from its How the West Was Sung show.
Barberton resident Doris Lutz — a member of KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) — will be recognized for having maintained her goal weight for more than 52 years.
For more information about TOPS Club Inc., or to find a local chapter, please visit www.tops.org or call 1-800-932-8677.
Math funds add up
Big, beautiful bouquets to Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA) students who recently competed in a Math-A-Thon (hosted by its National Junior Honor Society) and got sponsors in anticipation of completing a math “funbook.” All proceeds went to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Jaeda Dancy, OHDELA student support coordinator, said the goal was to raise $1,000 but the final amount ended up being $3,869. “I was really proud and impressed with our students who went the extra mile to raise money for St. Jude’s … We also had teachers who helped us reach this goal by donating on behalf of their students.”
The top fundraisers were second-grader Rylee Hannah, $533, who received a $50 gift card; seventh-grader Katie Thomas, $425, who received a $25 gift card; and sixth-grader Kylie Peters, $277, who received a $20 gift card.
OHDELA is a home-based online school for K-12 students.
Teen gives back
Meet 16-year-old Akron Digital Academy student Brandon Sales, a super volunteer.
Meghan Ryckman, development coordinator for the academy, shared his story:
“Brandon has been attending the academy for three years. His teachers started talking with Brandon about extracurricular activities. Through their conversations they discovered that Brandon had been volunteering at the Akron-Canton [Regional] Foodbank and Gennesaret homeless shelter for over 10 years.
“Brandon’s father Jerry has been volunteering there for as long as Brandon can remember and one day he asked Brandon if he wanted to go with him. Brandon said yes and has been going ever since. He never shared it with anyone because to him it wasn’t a big deal; it’s just what people do. He volunteers every Wednesday and Friday for a total of five hours a week. While there he picks up food from the food bank and delivers it to the shelter, unloads the truck, washes the tables and floor, and fills in wherever else he is needed …
“Brandon’s goal is to enroll in the Animal Management Vocational Program at Ellet High School so that he can become a vet assistant and help animals.”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com