Five years ago Tuesday, Elias Adin of Perrysburg passed away at the age of 7 months of a brain tumor, but he is still having an impact on lives.
The Elias Adin's Comforting Hearts nonprofit organization will put on a dating auction to raise money to help children with cancer at 7 p.m. Saturday at Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub in Perrysburg.
"It is good to have it this week because it is a week to celebrate his life," Kele Pallitta said, of Perrysburg the mother of Elias. "To do this for him, it is great."
Dates with seven bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned off. Steve Reamey and Christina Williams from 13abc will emcee the event. The singles taking part in the bidding process will walk on stage with a biography read about them while a song of their choice is played.
It is the second year of the event. Last year the nonprofit raised $4,000, but Mrs. Pallitta wants to double that this year. A few things hurt the donations last year including the soft-opening of the casino on the same night and not as much sponsors support which they have this year.
"This is a fun group [of contestants]," Mrs. Pallitta said. "It is really exciting and the crowd gets going. People can fight back-and-forth with bidding. They have friends that come and bid on them too."
All the fun at the end of the day is to raise money to help children with cancer.
The Elias Adin's Comforting Hearts organization makes care packages and sends them to hospitals to give to the children in need and their mothers. Packages include coloring books and crayons for children as well as snacks for parents for the long time spent in waiting rooms and at clinics.
The organization started out sending these to the Toledo Children's Hospital, but now sends them to the Cleveland Clinic, Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. She also said they are trying to start sending them to Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor too.
"We take pride in ourselves since all the money we make will go straight back to the children," Mrs. Palitta said. "It is about local things too, getting local sponsors and helping local businesses."
The organization also helps give children some of their wishes. This past Christmas, it helped with a boy's gift from Santa and sent one family to an aquarium in Cincinnati that the child really wanted to go to.
"We're not Make-A-Wish, but we try to help bring joy to the children," Mrs. Palitta said. "With these parents off work with their child some of them can't afford small things like that."
Contact Matt Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-356-8786.