A big tip of the hat to Chuck Auerbach — father of Dan Auerbach, who with Patrick Carney makes up the Black Keys, the award-winning, Akron-born rock band. Chuck came to the aid of a local refugee, Nai Rot from Burma, who had been duped by a used car dealership that sold him a lemon that ran less than an hour and then refused to give him his money back.
After learning of the situation, Chuck Auerbach raffled an autographed vinyl copy of the Black Keys album El Camino, which raised $718 to help Nai purchase another vehicle. The winner was Anne Lazzerini, who attended Firestone High School with Dan and Patrick.
Thanks also to the local mechanics who donated their time in making sure that Nai’s new ride — a 1999 Dodge Stratus — is road-worthy, and to all involved in helping him know the true heart of America and Akron.
The family of 16-month-old Gabriel David Beres is hoping you consider attending an Italian Dinner fundraiser 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Stow Heritage Barn to help him have life more abundantly.
Gabriel, son of Gabriel Joseph and Sonja Beres of Norton, has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder, progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis. Doctors say he needs a liver transplant before next summer.
Dad was formerly a long-distance truck driver but has chosen to stay at home with Gabe; Mom is a registered nurse. They’re raising money to cover costs associated with Sonja’s unpaid time off work, insurance deductibles, co-pays, travel, medications, after-transplantation costs and other unforeseen expenses.
Once a healthy liver is located for Gabe, the transplant will take place at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Tickets for the dinner fundraiser are $15 and will be sold for three time slots: 1 to 3 p.m.; 3 to 5 p.m.; and 5 to 7 p.m. Stow Heritage Barn is at 5238 Young Road, Stow.
Also on the menu? A “Not Necessary to Be Present Raffle,” a 50/50 raffle, a baked goods sale table and more.
Questions or reservations? Please email BabyGabrielBeres@gmail.com.
Tribute to nurses
Sixteen special nurses representing area hospitals will be saluted at the 12th annual Cameos of Caring at 6 p.m. Oct. 19, in the Student Union ballroom at the University of Akron.
The event, hosted by UA’s School of Nursing, “pays tribute to nurses who treat patients and families with care, dignity and compassion, while demonstrating excellence in nursing,” wrote Tracie Epner, administrative secretary for the school of nursing.
“Cameos of Caring was created in 1999 by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing to honor those unsung heroes on the front lines of health. The University of Akron’s School of Nursing is the third university nationwide to use the Cameos of Caring event as a strategic approach to addressing the nursing shortage.”
Honorees receive a crystal statue depicting a nurse comforting a patient. They are: Linda Kremer of Uniontown, Summa Akron City; Virginia Abell of Akron, Summa St. Thomas; Kristin Trill of Seville, Akron General Medical Center; Christina Vujanov of Akron, AGMC; Heather Hall of Strasburg, Aultman Woodlawn; Jennifer Brackman of North Canton, Aultman; Amanda McComas of Rittman, Summa Rehab; Sarah Carper of North Canton, Edwin Shaw; Devon Egger of Cuyahoga Falls, Summa Western Reserve; Laurel Celik of Akron, Akron Children’s Hospital; Kathy Harris of Tallmadge, Robinson; Pam Fetterman of Medina, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman; Heidi Martinez of Uniontown, Barberton; Michelle Snyder of Wadsworth, Crystal Clinic; Dennis Maio of Massillon, Mercy; and Holly Mohn of Massillon, Affinity.
The Cameos of Caring recipients also serve as Ambassadors of Nursing, speaking to at least three community groups within the year as a way of elevating the nursing profession.
Proceeds from the gala go to the Cameos of Caring scholarship fund. Cost is $100. For more information, please call 330-972-6674.
Spin for Life
A Spin For Life fundraiser is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, with registration getting underway at 9:30 a.m.
The indoor event celebrates the contributions to the community by the late Stephen A. Comunale Jr., and raises funds for the financially strapped families dealing with cancer that the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation assists. To learn more about the foundation, please visit www.stephencomunale.org.
Trainer and motivator will be Jackie Banayan of Jacob Superior Kinetics and featured cyclist will be Ken Hanson, who is the 2012 USA National Criterium Champion. Participants are encouraged to bring their own heart monitors. Solo riders must raise $200 per hour in pledges; teams, $1,200 for the six hours. Please call Monica Stevens at 330-835-5985 or visit www.stephencomunale.org for updates.
A full night of culinary delights and vintage fashion await those attending Goodwill Industries’ eighth annual Taste of Vintage gala and auction, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway, Akron. Patron reception is at 5 p.m.
In the seat of honor will be Jerry H. Welty for his dedication to the Akron community. Event chairs are George and Beth Sherwood.
Food will be available from Ken Stewart’s Grille, Little City Grill, Papa Joe’s, Pearl Coffee Co., Robert J. Events & Catering, Saffron Patch of Akron, Schumacher’s, Silver Lake Country Club, The Bakery at Hattie’s Cafe, the Orange Trük, Tito’s Mexican Grill, Valley Cafe and West Point Market.
Auction prizes include a four-person Goodyear blimp ride, a 50-person swim party at Camp Manatoc Aquatic Center in Boston Township, and a seven-day Disney Dreams package.
Cost is $75, $100 to $250 for patrons. RSVP to www.tasteofvintage.com or 330-724-6996.
Coats for Kids
Mancan Inc. Staffing Agency, with local offices in Canton, Massillon, Tallmadge, Medina and Wooster, in collaboration with the local United Way, is kicking off its third annual companywide Coats for Kids campaign with a goal of collecting and distributing 2,000 new or gently used coats. Deadline is Nov. 15.
For drop-off locations, please visit www.mancan.com or call Eastern division vice president Debbie Lindsay at 330-456-7284.
The Eastern Ohio chapter of the Pajama Program’s holiday event is Dec. 6, in partnership with Wayne County Children Services.
“We need everyone’s help so we can provide all these children brand new pajamas and books,” said Patty Gillespie, Eastern Ohio chapter president. “We’ll also be having cookie decorating and a craft for all of them to do. Please start your PJ/book drives now so we’ll be able to put a smile on a lot of beautiful little faces that depend on us to keep them warm!”
For more information, please contact Gillespie at email@example.com.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org