Jewell Cardwell

Two Men and a Truck of Akron is hoping families will come out and support Ronald McDonald House of Akron and participate in its Cardboard Boat Race at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rex Lake in New Franklin.

First the cost: $25 per team (no business logos allowed on the boat); $50 for a business (logos allowed); $100 for a sponsored boat (logos allowed); $10 late registration fee after Thursday.

Victoria Thompson, owner of the Akron franchise, said the registration fee covers up to five people on a team and includes five boxes provided by Two Men and a Truck of Akron, one large furniture box provided by Wayside Furniture and entrance into both the Regatta Race and the Demolition Derby. Email the names and ages of your team members and your contact information, or mail to 1511 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44305.

Boats will be judged based on the categories of most creative, fastest, slowest, best sinking and demolition derby, Thompson said. Bring your own paddles and personal flotation devices; all on board must wear a PFD. After the race, all boats must be discarded and placed in trash containers.

Only corrugated cardboard may be used. “It can be of any thickness but must not be bonded to any other material such as vinyl,” Thompson said. “Wood, metal, Styrofoam, or other materials that would aid in flotation or make the hull rigid are prohibited. … And no material such as Styrofoam or rubber inflation devices may be used to provide buoyancy or maintain flotation.”

To ensure that your boat doesn’t get disqualified, I encourage you to check out the rules at

Lung transplant benefit

Donal G. Evans and his family aren’t just praying for “Lungs for Don,” they’ve launched an ambitious campaign to make it happen.

The 64-year-old Medina resident was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and is in need of a lung transplant.

Evans has never been a smoker. That’s why it’s called idiopathic; there is no known cause. His lungs are able to process only 25 percent of the available oxygen.

Evans — who has been under the care of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center — will have the transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. He’s fundraising to cover the insurance deductible/co-pays.

Evans, an Air Force veteran, and Judy, his wife of 45 years, have four children.

Proof of how invested Evans is in his family is the fact that he’s still working to pay his wife’s health insurance. His co-workers at Buehler’s (state Route 18 and Riverstyx) had a dress-down day, making donations for the privilege of wearing jeans, and raised $375.

Daughter Jennifer Formhals of Creston launched various food-related fundraisers that brought in roughly $600. “My dad, sisters and I made a [nonprofessional] gospel instrumental/vocal CD that we’re selling for $5,” Formhals said.

Six Bob Evans restaurants — two in Medina, two in Wooster, one in Wadsworth and one in Lodi — recently sponsored fundraisers to help Donal Evans by donating 15 percent of their sales over a four-hour period on a given day.

Anyone interested in helping Donal Evans get his lungs? Please email his daughter at for more information.

Truck donation

The folks at CORE (Community Outreach Resources Exchange) Furniture Bank have a huge reason for singing the praises of Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation and the Bridgestone Invitational.

That’s because the foundation and the invitational recently donated an Isuzu commercial truck to CORE for furniture donor pickups.

“In operation since 1988, CORE serves nearly 1,000 Summit County families in need annually with nearly 7,000 major furniture items,” wrote Bill Macchione, volunteer, chairman, board of directors of CORE. Volunteers contribute more than 22,000 hours annually to support CORE’s operations. The additional truck will give CORE flexibility to manage its furniture donation pickups.

They can now pick up that “really good” donation outside of CORE’s normal geographic schedule, run two trucks on busy days, and dedicate a full day to whole-house pickups without affecting the usual schedule.

“CORE also offers a special thanks to Don Sitts Isuzu in Cuyahoga Falls for his staff’s efforts in procuring a hard-to-find crew cab model, for keeping the whole project within budget, and for his ongoing support of CORE’s trucks,” Macchione said.

Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is part of a volunteer organization sponsoring golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for more than 59 years and contributing more than $22 million to local charities, including Akron Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, the Beacon Journal Charity Fund, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Cleveland Foodbank, Metro Parks Serving Summit County and the Akron Art Museum.

For more information on CORE please visit

Annunciation reunion

The first-ever reunion of the 1953 eighth-grade class from Akron’s Annunciation Grade School is planned for Saturday, with a 4 p.m. Mass at Visitation of Mary Catholic Church (formerly Annunciation Church) on Broad Street, followed by a dinner at the New Era restaurant.

“There were 33 in our class; 13 are deceased and two we couldn’t locate,” said Carole (Palisin) Ciraco of Akron. Assisting her in planning were John “Jerry” Smith, Bill Weirtz and Carla (Rinehart) Petras. Out-of-towners coming in for the soiree are Jim Rich of Newark, Calif., Brenda Abel Costello of Hanover, Pa., and John Ryan of Norfolk, Va. For more information, please email

Calvary Chapel kudos

Big, beautiful bouquets to Calvary Chapel in Barberton and its local community service group, Project 330, for spending a week last month helping those in need.

The college-age team, representative of all walks of life, fanned out to the Children’s Christian Home of Ohio in Wooster where they not only worked with children but also did some physical labor like pulling weeds; performed various chores at Haven of Rest Ministries; sorted clothes at Summit Missions; and did yard work for elderly residents in need in Green.

Organization grateful

Community Pregnancy Center in Barberton is grateful to the generosity of two foundations for their gifts to infants in need:

• The Welty Foundation’s donation made it possible for 37 infants to receive new convertible car seats, and new cribs and mattresses for seven other infants.

• The Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation provided new cribs and mattresses to 60 infants.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or