Joyce M. Johnson

Fun was just a spin away at the fourth annual Spring Fundraiser and Casino Night held Friday evening to raise money for the Zane Foundation.

Proceeds from the gala at the Tangier restaurant in Akron will help provide services for children and adults with special needs. Guests had the chance to win jewelry as well as tickets to Disney World.

The evening included a live and silent auction, raffles, casino fun and dancing.

Kerrie and Andy Middelberg say the group has helped their daughter Izzy since she was diagnosed with autism at 2.

Kerrie said, “She had about five words when she was first diagnosed and now at age 5 she is close to speaking sentences.”

David and Kathleen Burt and friend Ron Boyard attended together. Kathleen Burt said, “This gives families options for different opportunities for their children that they would not ordinarily have.”

April Stephens said, “The Zane Foundation paid for a lot of my son’s various therapies.”

Volunteers helping to make the event successful this year were Kim Fabry, Pam Dargan, Amy Garrett, Lisa Poppenhouse, Leigh Belvedere, Barbara Harris, Kim Eliadis and Stacy Youssef. Youssef said, “We are selling keys for a chance at a treasure as well as numerous consultation prizes.”

Stacey King swapped bags with her husband, John.

One contained a gift card to a home improvement store and the other, a Mexican restaurant certificate.

Emily Boli from Canton and Julia Kafantaris from North Royalton were planning on gambling just for fun.

Rick and Anne Heller donated their condo for a vacation in North Myrtle Beach.

The sisters from the Delta Gamma Sorority at Kent State University assisted with the event.