At 3 years old, Silas Mozingo doesn’t know anything about golf. Yet those close to him are hoping the Charity Golf Outing honoring him Sept. 8 at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links will make a monumental difference in his life — bringing him a much-needed service dog.
The event benefits 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that trains service dogs for special needs.
When Kate and Mike Mozingo of Green reach their fundraising goal of $13,000, the professionals will begin accessing Silas’ daily activities and needs before selecting and training the perfect dog for him.
Silas has a neurological disorder and seizures and a speech delay and is just now, with the help of therapists, able to walk short distances. A properly trained dog will alert Silas’ parents when he is having a seizure and assist with mobility tasks.
The golf outing is a shotgun scramble beginning at noon. The $65 cost ($260 for a foursome) includes 18 holes, cart and dinner. Lots of prize categories — skins, closest-to-pin and other games. To reserve your spot, please contact Mike Mozingo at 330-472-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorships are available: cart for $50; scoreboard for $250. Silent auctions are planned.
Donations are also accepted at 4 Paws for Ability, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, OH 45385. Please put Silas Mozingo on the memo line of the check.
Another golf event
A squad of retired Cuyahoga Falls firemen are hosting the Michael Cantu Benefit Golf Outing Sept. 17 at Mayfair Country Club, 2292 Raber Road, Green.
Michael — the 17-year-old son of Tina (Durbin) Cantu and the grandson of retired Cuyahoga Falls fire Lt. Jack Durbin and his wife, Dale — suffered a serious neck injury with spinal cord damage in 2011.
Registration and breakfast get underway at 7:30 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75, $300 per team. It includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages. There is an auction and a raffle of two Ohio State University football tickets.
To register (deadline is Sept. 1) or to make a donation, please contact Bruce Wurgler at 330-388-3628 or email@example.com.
Sharing medical care
Dr. Alfredo Casino grew up in the Philippines before coming to America as a young physician resident and practicing for 30 years as a general surgeon in Akron. Since his retirement, he has been invested in trying to help the folks in the Philippines who are unable to get proper medical attention.
“He resides in the Portage Lakes area where he holds an annual fundraiser to finance the overseas medical care,” his daughter Melissa Tortorella shared, adding that his passion is helping the less fortunate.
Casino hosted another fundraiser Sunday in conjunction with his 80th birthday, along with his family, including his wife, Amelia, a former nurse, the couple’s five children and 13 grandchildren, and members of his church family at The Chapel in Green.
Money raised by Casino’s 17-year-old American Foundation to Aid the Poor (AFAP) goes to fund eight medical missions where teams perform 75 major repairs and reconstructions of cleft lips and palates. Life-changing operations to be sure. The average cost is $300 per patient.
The money raised also supports other doctors for different missions, a priest who was once pastor of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Akron and is now stationed in the Philippines, and the Haven of Rest Ministries.
Interested in making a donation? Please make checks payable to AFAP and mail to 57 Whitefriar Drive, Akron, OH 44319.
The Young Black Professional Coalition is sponsoring its “I Know I Can” back-to-school drive and community resource fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Deon’s Grooming Lounge, 926 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron, to help prepare inner-city youths for school.
The coalition is hoping more children will avail themselves of these gifts of bookbags and school supplies. Boys will receive haircuts and girls will be treated to manicures. And more than 75 community resources ranging from utility and housing assistance to job placement to secondary education enrollment have been recruited to participate.
To date, more than 1,700 Akron area students have benefited from this program.
For questions or to make donations, please call Steve King at 330-701-8327 or Eric Fletcher at 614-668-2225. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pregnancy Care of Summit County — a local nonprofit pregnancy support center providing material goods, emotional support, emergency food assistance and educational programming — is sponsoring its fifth annual “A Night at the Races” fundraiser Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 2055 Glenmount Ave., Akron. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and races at 6:30 p.m. The $20 ticket includes a meal, dessert and beverages. Basket raffles (items still needed) and 50/50s will be available; buy a horse and naming rights for $10. Race sponsorships are $100 and food sponsorships are $250. All checks should be made payable to Pregnancy Care and mailed to the organization, attention Shannon, 195 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron, OH 44310. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks.
Walking for a cause
The second annual “Energy for Life Akron Walkathon,” organized by the Northeast Ohio/Cleveland Chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, is planned for 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.
The disease can be inherited or triggered by damage to the mitochondria, and affects one in every 200 people who carry the mutation.
According to research, mitochondrial dysfunction may be at the core of other diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), autism spectrum disorders and some cancers.
The walkathon, sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital and CrossFit Energy, was brought to Akron last year at the request of Dr. Bruce Cohen, director of pediatric neurology at Akron Children’s Hospital. He has earned an international reputation for his work in mitochondrial disease and is a trustee on the UMDF board.
To join “Cohen’s Champs of the NDSC” or start your own team, go to www.energyforlifewalk.org/Akron. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Towell, event co-chair, at 330-807-5068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com