Kim Hone-McMahan

An auction of beautiful artwork will be held Feb. 4 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. It’s the third annual Angel Art Auction that will benefit two wonderful groups: Stewart’s Caring Place, a center that provides a caring environment for those battling cancer, and the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation, which contributes to many efforts in the area.

Andrea, the daughter of Summit County judges Linda Tucci Teodosio and Tom Teodosio, died following a skiing accident on Feb. 12, 2011, at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. The 22-year-old was well known as a companion to the elderly, friend to the environment and a guardian to the oppressed.

As a family, the Teodosios, including their son, Chris, began the foundation and decided that the auction should be held in February. While it can be a gloomy month, the auction lifts the spirits of Andrea’s family and so many more who knew and loved her.

The event, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., promises to filled with food, drink, entertainment and fun. Tickets, which begin at $43.19 for young professionals, can be purchased by visiting www.andrea?

Thank you to the Teodosio family. Andrea’s lovely character shines through all that you do for this community.

Fun evening

More than 750 guests are expected to attend the 19th annual Red & White on Thursday, a wine and food event presented by Cleveland Clinic Akron General, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.

The event, voted one of the best in Akron by AkronLife Magazine, is expected to raise more than $83,000. All proceeds support local Arthritis Foundation initiatives, including advocacy and access, help and support, and research.

In addition to food from local chefs and wines from domestic and international wineries, the night, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Quaker Station at the University of Akron, will feature an auction.

General admission tickets are $95 at the door. Purchase online at or call 216-285-2822.

Singing valentines

Each year around Valentine’s Day, the Derbytown Men’s Chorus sends quartets to deliver singing valentines around Akron. In addition to delivering two love songs, they present the valentine recipient with a box of candy, a red rose and a personalized card from their loved one.

The cost normally varies from $39 to $59.

Many singers are veterans who have children or grandchildren serving overseas. This year, the gang is doing something special to thank members of the military who are in Iraq or Afghanistan and have a valentine living in the greater Akron area. The valentine can be a spouse, mother or special someone.

The chorus says parents of those who are serving in these combat zones should ask their sons and daughters to email C.A. Wilson at requesting a singing valentine.

They will take it from there — including sending the service member photos of the valentine being delivered.

What a thoughtful bunch. Thanks, guys.

Kim Hone-McMahan can be reached at 330-996-3742 or Find her on Facebook at