Spring Gala

The Great Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its Spring Gala on April 21 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. More than 275 guests were welcomed by Scout Executive Pat Scherer and Board President Tim McNutt.

Betsy Kling of WKYC (Channel 3) served as emcee; the Hudson School of Music Jazz Trio played; and Eagle Scout Jacob Schul gave the invocation.

The gala raised more than $92,000 for Family Scouting and for projects at Camps Butler, Manatoc and Stambaugh.

Ken Babby, owner and CEO of the Akron RubberDucks, was given the Community Service Award for his efforts to provide an affordable, family-friendly fan experience and for his charitable, wellness and education initiatives. He was also awarded an Outstanding Ohioan Proclamation, presented by state Sen. Frank LaRose, an Eagle Scout and BSA executive board member.

A pre-party was held at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, hosted by Jim and Julie Pulk.

Committee members were Jean Geopfert (chair), Caroline Altizer, Kathy Armstrong, Donna Axson, Tom Craig, Lisa Lambert, Peggy Paskiet, Gary Pitman, Victoria Romanda, Shannon Sinex and Walt Schwoeble.

Learn more at www.gtcbsa.org.

Reverse raffle

A reverse raffle for the Falls Cancer Club Inc. was held April 14 at The Venue in Tallmadge, raising more than $5,600.

The final lucky ticket was worth $1,500, and the raffle also offered gift card pinwheels, a 50/50 drawing, sideboards, a barrel of different beers, basket auctions and lottery trees.

Proceeds benefited the Falls Cancer Club, a nonprofit volunteer organization that helps support Cuyahoga Falls cancer patients by providing durable medical equipment and financial assistance for their medical, doctor, hospital, lab and pharmacy bills.

More than 120 were in attendance. It was the final event for co-chair Joann Sam, who will be relocating to Arizona.

Read about the group at the Falls Cancer Club Facebook page.

Annual meeting

“Investing in Our Future” was the theme of the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s annual meeting at the Akron Civic Theatre on April 19. More than 150 local residents attended the event, and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan served as honorary chair.

Proceeds support the GCEF Scholarship Fund, which awards academic scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students in Greater Akron.

The North Coast Men’s Chorus Coast­liners performed, and photographer Shane Wynn unveiled TransAkron, portraying the stories of trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people in the Akron area (www.transakron.com). Emcee was comedian Karen Williams, who founded the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts (HaHA).

Ken Ditlevson, director of Kent State University’s LGBTQ Student Center, received the Paul Daum Award, which honors commitment to LGBTQ causes and contribution to the Greater Akron community.

Find out more about the fund at www.akroncf.org/Initiatives/GayCommunityEndowmentFund.aspx

Lots of desserts

The Dessert Extravaganza to benefit the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Foundation was held at the Roses Run Country Club on April 19.

Participating restaurants included 2 Girls’ Café & Bakery, Aladdin’s, Beef O’Brady’s, Bistro on Main, Cupcake Binge, Custom Cake Creations, Darby’s on 59, Great Lakes Baking Co., Handel’s, Lager & Vine, Old Carolina Barbecue Co., Olive My Heart, Pallotta’s Pastries, Pancho & Lefty’s, Panera, Rosewood Grill and Teresa’s Pizza.

There was a silent auction as well as a raffle for a “Journey of Knowledge” pendant. The Library Foundation announced new illuminated exterior signage will be installed on the front and side of the library building, paid for by last year’s event. This year’s event raised more than $22,000.

For more information, visit smfpl.org/dessert.