Kim Hone-McMahan

Here it is — the Big Event, Kelly’s Healing Hearts, supporting Kelly’s Grief Center, a place that lovingly provides counseling for the bereaved.

Bob and Cathy Reeves’ 16-month-old daughter, Kelly, died a few days before Christmas 2002 in a tragic accident.

As she had done many times before, Kelly was riding in the back seat of the family’s car, munching on a pretzel to help relieve the pain from teething. But she started choking. Though an emergency squad rushed the little girl to the hospital, she could not be saved.

Since her death, the Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation has raised more than $500,000 to provide grief counseling through Kelly’s Grief Center, scholarships and more.

To help with their efforts, and have a wonderful time in the process, the Big Event, with food, fun and dancing, will be held at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center on Feb. 26. Tickets start at $75 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to mingle with friends while bidding on auction packages. Later in the evening, dance to the sounds of Gypsies in the Palace.

For tickets, visit www.kellysgriefcenter.org.

Hollywood party

The King CLC PTA’s fundraiser, Hollywood: A Red Carpet Event, is scheduled for March 12 at Tangier restaurant in Akron.

The event will help the PTA buy things like school equipment and rewards for students, sponsor the Science Olympiad and more. London Bridge will perform and there will be an auction.

Tickets, which are $35, can be purchased by visiting or mailing a check to King CLC, Attention: Angela Dinkins, 805 Memorial Parkway, Akron 44303. Include your name, phone number, email, address and the number of tickets you are purchasing. Questions can be directed to ksauction2016@yahoo.com.

Pasta for shoes

The annual Esther Ryan Shoe Fund spaghetti dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Prince of Peace Hall, 1281 Shannon Ave., Barberton.

Barberton firefighters will prepare the meal, including salad, beverage, bread and dessert. Carry-out is available. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 10. Proceeds will purchase shoes for children in the Barberton City Schools.

You can buy the popular 2016 Pleasant Pointe assisted living facility calendar, featuring senior residents who posed (nearly) nude for charity. The calendar sales also benefit the Esther Ryan Shoe Fund.

Recognizing advocates

The Community Health Center is presenting the Phoenix Awards, honoring those who devote their time and talent to help people suffering from addiction.

The award recognizes community members who are saving lives, keeping families together and helping to erase the stigma. The honorees are Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, Summit County Juvenile Court; Dr. Garry Thrasher, medical director, Oriana House Inc.; 91.3-FM The Summit; and Dee Price, volunteer of the year.

The event is at the Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, Akron. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the program and dinner an hour later.

All proceeds benefit the treatment and recovery programs at Community Health Center.

For tickets, contact 330-315-3770 or email Dave.Rich@commhealthcenter.org.

Kim Hone-McMahan can be reached at 330-996-3742 or kmcmahan@thebeaconjournal.com. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kim.honemcmahan1.