Jewell Cardwell

Don Whitmer was “dancing on air” when he shared the latest chapter of being a grandfather.


The Mogadore man, already blessed with 11 grandchildren, just added four more — all at once.


Son Anthony Whitmer and his wife, the former Kelly Smith, of Tallmadge, recently gave birth via cesarean section to quadruplets: one boy and three girls at Akron General Medical Center.


Bryson, Kendall, Alana and Janelle were born one week shy of seven months, their weight ranging from 3 pounds, 2 ounces, to 4 pounds, 11 ounces. They are still in the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital.


Tony Whitmer got married at 38 and became a first-time father at 41. He formerly was girls basketball coach at Twinsburg, Hudson and Green high schools and has a lawn-care business. His wife is an eighth-grade teacher in the Green school district and coaches girls cross country.


The other happy grandparents in the quads’ welcoming committee are Don Whitmer’s wife Joyce and Kelly’s parents, Tim and Leslie Smith of Tallmadge.


Nominate senior volunteer


The Home Instead Senior Care office, which serves seniors in Medina, Summit and northern Wayne counties, is seeking nominations of senior volunteers to honor at its Salute to Senior Service program for their contributions to the community.


“Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors,” said Pam Myers, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office. “And what a difference we have observed in seniors’ health, attitude and outlook among those who choose to stay active as they age.”


Nominees must be 65 or older and volunteer at least 15 hours a month. Nominations can be accepted at www.SalutetoSeniorService.com through March 15; forms also can be requested at?ckoehler@homeinsteadinc.com.


“State Senior Hero winners will receive plaques, and their stories will be posted on the SalutetoSeniorService.com website,” wrote Jenna Gallagher, spokeswoman for Home Instead Senior Care.


Dinner to fund trip


A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is planned for 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Carovillese Lodge & Club (lower level/back door), 570 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron.


All proceeds from the event — hosted by Solar Education and Outreach, an Ohio State University student chapter of the American Solar Energy Society — will help fund a return trip for four students to Haiti. They will install a larger solar array to power an indoor and outdoor lighting system at two elementary schools in Port-au-Prince and a small computer lab.


Sirna & Sons Produce and DeVitis Italian Market are providing the food. A limited number of tickets at $10 ($5 for children 12 or younger) are available at DeVitis, 560 Tallmadge Ave., Akron. A 50/50 raffle will be held. Please call Briana Bennington at 330-703-1161.


Auction at country club


The 17th annual Friday@5 Silent & Oral Auction is being planned by the University Park YMCA along with event sponsor Dr. Geraldine McDonald Carter for 5 p.m. Friday at Portage Country Club.


The event features a “grazing” dinner, dessert buffet, beverages and auction items, including an African Safari Adventure, Hilton Head and Orlando condos, a hot-air balloon ride and Akron Aeros loge.


Proceeds benefit the Akron Area YMCA’s Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign. Last year’s campaign provided more than 4,300 children, teens and families with the chance to experience day camps, child care, swim lessons and other Y programs.


Early reservations are a must. Please call 330-434-9622 or visit www.akronymca.org/universitypark.


Benefit for OPEN M


The second annual Music for OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) benefit is planned for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Musica in downtown Akron with all proceeds going to support OPEN M’s Free Clinic.


The clinic fills a huge void in the community, serving folks without health insurance and providing more than 3,200 free patient visits last year.


The bands helping to provide a much-needed shot in the arm to the clinic are the House of Popes, Freez-r-Burn, Peep, Wash Jones and Scott and Hallie.


“The plan is for the music to start just before 8 p.m. with quieter acoustic music and get gradually louder as the evening goes on,” said Michael Graham, professor of history and director of graduate studies in history at the University of Akron and one of the organizers.


Donation is $10 at the door for those who benefit from employer-sponsored health insurance and $6 for those who must buy their own or don’t have any.


Musica is at 17 Maiden Lane in downtown Akron.


Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email jcardwell@thebeaconjournal.com.