In the event you’re planning to see the movie Sparkle — inspired by the Supremes and starring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston — pay very close attention to the club scene, as it features Akron’s own Quaid McIver as an extra.
Be forewarned: it happens fast, so you have to stay focused.
Quaid, you may remember, is the now 24-year-old Akron man who lost both legs just above the knee during a workplace accident on July 3, 2010. It happened when an unoccupied SUV he was detailing at an automobile dealership inexplicably accelerated, slamming him against the wall.
Thanks to Hanger Orthotics and Prosthesis, he’s navigating well with his prosthetic legs.
He was among hundreds who turned out for the casting call when the scene was being shot in Detroit. Join me in congratulating him on this venture, and stay tuned, as Quaid is optimistically mapping out his future.
A fundraiser is planned — featuring Christian music, good food and speakers addressing the troubling issues of domestic and child abuse — on Sept. 8 at Jubilee Temple Church, 1131 Massillon Road, Akron, with all proceeds going to fund a movie, Story of Faith: Surviving Battered Woman.
“The movie depicts a true-life story of one of our group members, Lucille Laurenzi, and how she endured a life of violence against herself and her two boys by her abusive husband,” said Eric Kowalski, who helped plan the benefit.
“With God’s help, she survived the whole ordeal, and is now helping others who are suffering from similar situations. Here, we want to show that anyone can overcome severe trials, if they have Christ in their life.”
The program runs from 3 to 7 p.m., with Laurenzi speaking and singing one song at 6 p.m.
Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for ages 13 to 17. Because of the subject, children under 13 are not invited. For information, please call Esty Crissman at 330-633-6093.
Please be advised that the church and its parking lot are smoke-free.
Golfing for food bank
Big, beautiful bouquets to ACRT, an Akron employee-owned company specializing in training utility foresters and helping utility companies develop strong vegetation management programs. Employees and supporters recently hit the links at Ellsworth Country Club with the noble goal of raising funds for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Early donations and money raised on the greens totaled $11,470. More than 70 ACRT employees, customers and vendors supported the event.
President and Chief Executive Michael Weidner was in awe: “We were overwhelmed by the number of participants at this year’s golf event, as well as the private donations.”
In need of cards
Roschelle Wilt, a young woman you met a few years ago through this column, could use some cheering up via cards.
Roschelle continues to battle Crohn’s disease and a raft of other complications, undergoing 65 operations in six years, with many more to come.
After all that time being hospitalized, including time on life support, she was recently released to ManorCare Akron for therapy while she tries to build her strength for a liver transplant.
In addition to her own health trauma, over the last few months her stepfather died of a heart attack and her mother was diagnosed with C. diff, an infection of the intestinal tract causing diarrhea and colitis.
She’s down but not out. Clearly she can benefit from a little pick-me-up from your cards. Please mail to: Roschelle Wilt, c/o ManorCare, 1211 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313.
Fund for baby
The Jaxxon Ledbetter Benevolent Fund has been moved to FirstMerit Bank.
The 5-month-old son of Nina and James Ledbetter, featured in an Aug. 18 column, was born with a rare genetic disease called Jarcho-Levin Syndrome.
Valerie on the mend
The family of Akron’s Valerie Jones, especially her sister Shirley Jones in Las Vegas, wants to say thank you to all who took the time to send cards, about 200 of them, when she was battling for her life.
The 55-year-old Valerie, who has Down syndrome, heard from teachers, bus drivers and strangers from as far away as Guam.
The good news today is that Valerie, earlier diagnosed with a severe inflammation of the lining of the heart chambers and valves, seems to be on the mend.
‘Growing Through Grief’
Whether your grief is fresh or has been lingering for years, you may benefit from Akron General’s Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope’s free eight-week Growing Through Grief series, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 6, at the VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township.
Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve space at 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.
“Share stories, emotions, victories and hopes, and receive tools for handling the normal grief response,” is how the sessions are being billed. “The group will meet every Thursday for eight weeks; choose to attend either the afternoon or evening group.”
The Friends of Hower House — in the great tradition of the Hower family, notably Blanche Bruot Hower and her daughter Grace Hower Crawford — have recognized the following for their outstanding commitment to volunteerism:
• Patricia Absalom, nominated by Karen Smith, Victorians and Friends of Hower House.
• Diana Gayer,nominated by Renee Pipitone, Greater Akron Musical Association.
• Sally Oneacre, nominated by Candy Mirman, Stewart’s Caring Place.
• Eloise Sheaves, nominated by Jane Startzman, Akron Civic Theatre, Lock 3 and First Night.
• Elsie M. Teets, nominated by Candy Pollard, Family & Community Services Inc.
• Melinda Whitehead, nominated by Terry Bishop, Dominion and Dominion Foundation.
The celebration of these honorees, open to the public, is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hower House, 60 Fir Hill, University of Akron. Cost is $30. Please call 330-972-6909 to make a reservation.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.