Akron’s Betty Dalton has been tapped by Child Guidance & Family Solutions to receive the Friend of Children Legacy award at its Mending Hearts & Minds/Diamond Anniversary Legacy Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.
The salute to Betty lauds her this way: “Betty Dalton has spent a lifetime investing in the needs of our children — from grade school with The Helping Hand Club; to high school, scrubbing beds and furniture in the hospital rooms for polio patients; to her years in the Junior League, with Family Services of Summit County, with the Akron School Board — a lifetime committed to her belief that ‘our children, their welfare … the resources we invest in them are surely the greatest legacy we leave to our community.’ ”
Reservations close May 2. For more information, please call 330-384-2882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $50 with sponsorships available.
Library food drive
Congratulations and hosannas to the Medina County District Library, which collected almost 6,000 pounds of food for Feeding Medina County to distribute to hungry families.
“In 2012 MCDL brought back the popular Food For Fines program, forgiving library fines with the donation of select food items,” library community relations associate Tina Sabol wrote. “In 2014, Food For Fines at MCDL collected 5,920 pounds of food, which has estimated value of $9,827. All food items were donated to Feeding Medina County.”
“MCDL staff were delighted with the response from our community and glad to help fulfill this need in Medina County. Our members were happy to contribute to community residents while eliminating their fines,” said Carole Kowell, director, Medina County District Library.
The Women’s Board to the William P. Kannel Juvenile Court Center will sponsor its 31st annual Spring Fundraiser and Fashion Show at noon April 24 at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, with doors opening at 11 a.m.
Focus on Family is the theme with models of all ages showcasing fashions from Dillard’s Summit Mall store. Julie Jones, University of Akron softball coach and a member of the board, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Also planned is a silent auction and raffles for a week in a condo in Siesta Key, an overnight stay for two at 1910 Glidden House in Cleveland plus a $50 coupon for dinner, and two tickets to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, two tickets to the Ohio State football game against Kent State University and a lottery ticket tree. A bake sale and a spring flower sale are planned. Some of the plants were raised by youths in detention who are involved in the greenhouse program sponsored by the Women’s Board.
Cost is $18, with choice of lunch. Reservations — which close April 21— can be made by contacting Barb Jones at email@example.com or 330-338-1164; or Barb Mattern at 330-633-7968.
Funds raised will “assist the court in updating facilities, providing educational programs, supporting the CASA/Guardian Ad Litem program, providing Easter baskets and Christmas gifts for youth in detention, Shelter Care and Safe Landing, providing recreational equipment, arts, crafts and games used with Reward Nights for those in detention who demonstrate appropriate behavior,” said Barb Jones. “This year alone we have pledged over $50,000 to update the gym and cafeteria. And our members have logged thousands of volunteer hours.”
Big, beautiful bouquets to Ashli Breit and “Team Fox” who are running in the Pro Football Hall of Fame half marathon April 27 in Canton to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease research.
They are doing this in honor of Ashli’s father-in-law, 61-year-old Steve Breit, retired assistant principal at Lake Middle School, who is battling Parkinson’s and is still a huge part of the school where Ashli teaches sixth grade. Ashli has organized a group of 10 teachers from Lake Middle School to run as a team.
“Teachers are so often on the short end of the stick with compliments, and this group of teachers are just wonderful advocates of our community and consistently do for others without hesitation,” wrote Julie McMahan, director of communications and community relations, Lake Local Schools.
Members of Team Fox in addition to Ashli are Amy Nelson, Kathy Hadinger, Betsy Bowers, Pete Esterle, Andrea Schafer, Brian Reed, Barb Linton, Adam Booth and McMahan.
Actor Michael J. Fox — who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s — continues to be a huge cheerleader for funding and awareness for this motor system disorder.
For more information visit www.michaeljfox.org/foundation/events/ and search for the date.
Big, beautiful bouquets also to Metis Construction Services in Kent, which has launched a “March into Literacy” project for the benefit of Summit County Children Services.
“Metis Construction believes that literacy is a fundamental building block to success,” spokeswoman Katie Wright wrote. “Just like Olympic skiers need to be surrounded by snow to be successful skiers, children need to be surrounded by books to be successful readers, students and future community leaders. Through the March into Literacy project over 490 children will receive brand new books with their Easter baskets this year …
“In order to provide these new books, Metis Construction partnered with Usborne Books & More, a children’s book publisher that offered a 50 percent matching grant. The project collected donations from fellow business owners and individuals interested in supporting the children of our community.”
Hats off to the following for their support: JP Cabinets, Ohio Benefits & Insurance Group, Ron Maghes Insurance Group, JD Williamson Construction, KMC License Services — Fairlawn BMV, Besso Clinic Chiropractic, Kent Elastomer Products Inc. and Peak Physical Medicine. Special thanks also to Rich Bedell, Mark Ferguson, JT Stimler, Judy Zeitler, Wendy Eldridge, Elizabeth Eaken, Andrea Denton, Annette and Bob Oborn, Jeffery Meyers, Susan Summerville and Phil Lopez for their generosity.
Interested in learning more? Please contact Katie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Akron-based GASP (Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection) hosts its seventh annual “Spring Party at the Akron Zoo” fundraiser 6 to 9 p.m. on May 4 at the zoo, you must make a reservation (costs are $100, $150 patron). Please call 330-247-1402. Information was not complete in an item that ran in this column April 7.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com