Joyce M. Johnson
Passengers boarded the 37th annual Sugartown Express on Friday evening to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
The event was moved downtown this year to Quaker Station, where it was first held at its inception.
The casual after-work party included its traditional fare of hot pizza, pretzels and hors d’oeuvres served by local celebrity waiters.
Sugartown Express was founded by Madeline and Libert Bozzelli in 1976.
Anita and Randy Sanford brought their daughters, 10-year-old Hannah and 6-year-old Hailey, who hit the dance floor.
Sadie Kelly shared a table with Kristyn Lebovitz and Mike Davis.
Danny Konecny was diagnosed with Type I diabetes on Dec. 3. His parents, Dave and Jen Konecny, came with their family to learn and connect with other parents.
“We wanted to do anything we could to make our son’s life better,” Dave Konecny said.
Jon Jenney and his wife, Kristin Hildreth, are longtime supporters of diabetes research.
Tom Crump was attending for the first time, along with Nancy Berkovitz.
Celebrity servers included Dina Anzevino, Don Corpora, James Davis, Sue Hobson, David Kern, Dr. William Landis, John and Tom Luck, Dr. Eliot and Michelle Mostow, Gene Nixon, Dr. Linda Sedlacek, Ilene Shapiro, Dr. Tim Stover, Judges Tom and Linda Teodosio, Patrick Weschler and Howard Walton.
“I used to come here as a guest and now I’m a server,” Anzevino said.
“We enjoy the food and the nice atmosphere,” said Debbie Getz, who drove from Massillon with her husband, Dennis Getz.
Stow residents Margie Easterling and John Papp agreed that the drive in the snow was worth it to be there to support the cause.