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Published: Tuesday, 4/23/2013

Shopping fund-raiser benefits March of Dimes

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Ginny Rose, of Perrysburg, left, and Iris Rockwell of Toledo admire a summer hat Sunday. The Spring Shopping Expo at the Holiday Inn French Quarters in Perrysburg helped out the March of Dimes. Ginny Rose, of Perrysburg, left, and Iris Rockwell of Toledo admire a summer hat Sunday. The Spring Shopping Expo at the Holiday Inn French Quarters in Perrysburg helped out the March of Dimes.
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Linda Szykowny was tired of unorganized and low-attended craft shows so she created her own today at the Holiday Inn French Quarters that also helped out the March of Dimes. 

Mrs. Szykowny said she thought the Spring Shopping Expo she was putting together would be for about 30 vendors, but she ended up having to say no to some after getting more than 60 crafters and direct sale vendors.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spring Shopping Expo in Perrysburg

"My motivation for this is to get a lot of shoppers here and along the way benefit a charity," she said, She is an independent consultant for Essential Bodywear and will have a booth at the event.

When looking for a charity it was easy for her to go with March of Dimes because her daughter's high school friend Suzanne Weller works for the non-profit organization. March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant deaths.

"March of Dimes is a organizations I've always supported," Mrs. Szykowny said. "I have four grandchildren all born healthy and two kids healthy, but a lot of people haven't been as lucky with premature babies."

She was excited about the proceeds from booth fees that will go to March of Dimes will have a high percentage going right to research instead of to a CEO of the organization. 

It is March of Dimes 75 anniversary, and Mrs. Szykowny is excited about the organization supporting the new laws being passed prohibiting early C-section births when there is no urgent need to do so. She said babies brain's are developing in the last two weeks of pregnancy.

"It is for a good cause, and shoppers like going to places if they know it helps charities too," she said.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, or 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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