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3/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Brides Against Breast Cancer

BEACHWOOD — Brides Against Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit that tours the country selling donated wedding gowns with the proceeds directly going toward programs and services for people who are impacted by cancer, will be at the Hilton Cleveland East/Beachwood, 3663 Park East Drive, March 9-10. The event will include a charity wedding gown sale, where wedding gowns and bridal accessories will be discounted up to 85 percent off the retail price, according to event officials. On March 9 from 5 to 9 p.m., a VIP event will take place in which gowns will be available before the sale opens to the public March 10. VIP tickets cost $20. On March 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the general admission portion of the sale will be part of “A Diamond and a Dream” bridal event. Tickets to that portion must be purchased from the Hilton. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets, call Narkita Horn at 216-910-1285. For details, visit www.bridesabc.org.

 

Honor Good Deeds

CLEVELAND — In March 2011, Solon High School 10th-grader Justin Bachman, who deals with Tourette syndrome, created and held a Tolerance Fair. He invited 48 charity and advocacy organizations to exhibit at a table to interact with fair attendees with the following goals: show the importance of understanding people’s differences; highlight ways in which people can make a difference by giving back to their communities; highlight resources available to people who need help to cope with their differences; and demonstrate Solon is a city inspired to create a tolerant and accepting living environment. His family had set up a 501(c)(3) organization called Honor Good Deeds to fund and manage the mission to expose people to the differences in others through education and involvement. The next Tolerance Fair will take place March 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the I-X Center. The fair will again feature more than 100 organizations that will showcase how to become involved in making a difference. Organizations focusing on tolerance strategies will be on hand to discuss acceptance and anti-bullying techniques. Groups assisting people with a variety of medical and mental handicaps — including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, addiction, brain injury and dating violence — will be on hand to help people find resources. Interactive activities including wheel chair games will be available. The keynote speaker will be Kyle Maynard, a two-time ESPY winner and author of “No Excuses.” Admission and parking are free.

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