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Published: Thursday, 11/15/2012

Fund-raisers, fun, farces highlight weekend of events

BY REBECCA CONKLIN KLEIBOEMER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

If you have some money just itching to be spent, there are some great places to do it this weekend that will put some much-needed cash into the coffers of area organizations.

A silent wreath auction begins today at the Waterford at Levis Commons independent and assisted living community to benefit Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.

Since 2007, the nonprofit chapter of the Honor Flight Network has flown nearly 1,400 veterans to Washington to view the memorials built in their honor. The free one-day trip includes transportation to and from Washington, bus service to the memorials, and all meals and beverages throughout the day.

Wreaths were donated by area businesses and will be on display and open for bids until Dec. 14 at the Waterford, 7100 S. Wilkinson Way, which will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winning bidders will be notified by Dec. 17, and wreaths must be collected by Dec. 21.

For information, call the Waterford at 419-874-2564.

A C-note and sugar-free sweet tooth are all you need for the 7th annual Sweet Success Gala to benefit Diabetes Youth Services, to be held Friday at Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg. A cute cocktail dress may be in order as well.

Admission is $100 at the door, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction bidding. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., with programming beginning at 8:15 p.m. that includes a live auction and Fund-A-Camper drive.

The Sweet Success Gala helps to fund educational services for more than 3,000 children in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan living with type 1 diabetes, according to a news release.

The mission of Diabetes Youth Services is to teach children how to manage their diabetes and live healthy, confident and independent lives. Since 1984, it has offered programs funded solely by donations from the community, from summer camps to family programing and school support programs.

Waterford Bank, which recently opened a branch in Perrysburg, is sponsoring the event. For information, contact Sherry Gibson of Diabetes Youth Services at sherry@dys4kids.org.

The Gifts and Giving holiday sale Sunday at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club will benefit Cherry Street Mission, a homeless shelter in Toledo.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the club, 502 E. Second St. Several Perrysburg merchants and other vendors will have jewelry, homemade goodies, art, and other items for sale.

The $5 admission fee will go toward Cherry Street Mission, which provides shelter, food, and clothing to up to 230 men and women a day, as well as offers a biblically based rehabilitation program, substance abuse and mental health assistance, job-readiness training, GED preparation, and computer literacy courses.

Other events this weekend include:

  • Owens Community College student productions of Short Farces by Anton Chekhov at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at college's Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre in Perrysburg Township.
  • An artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at River House Arts, 115 W. Front St., Perrysburg, for Ivan Kende's exhibit "Archetypes."
  • A tree lighting ceremony at Levis Commons from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at rconklin@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter @RebeccaConklinK.



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