West Side Cause for Celebration
Million Meals Movement
GREATER AKRON — Karen DeLuca, author of “Living Your Life in Gratitude,” is leading the campaign for the Million Meals Movement with a goal to raise $500,000 during the next three years. The money will be used to purchase and package 1 million nonperishable meals, which will be distributed through food cupboards and community free meal programs to homeless and vulnerable individuals within Akron and surrounding communities in Ohio, according to DeLuca. Proceeds also will be distributed by the grassroots nonprofit organization Hands & Paws in Gratitude to support the rescue and preservation of animal friends. The Million Meals Movement plans to mobilize activists, business leaders, community groups, civic organizations, schools, churches and local residents to help in the fight against hunger. Partnerships with organizations such as Outreach, Feed6, local food cupboards and community free meal programs have been established. In addition, a portion of the proceeds collected will be shared through a partnership with PAWSibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, which will ensure that donations go to area shelters for the feeding, rescue and care of animals, according to DeLuca. This year’s campaign target is $100,000, which will support the purchase and distribution of 200,000 meals and result in a significant contribution to animal shelters, said DeLuca. Fundraising events include a Motorcycle Charity Ride June 8 at Carlton Harley Davidson, and a Pet Parade Walkathon and a golf tournament are in the planning. The major event will be held at Thanksgiving and will bring together volunteers in a marathon food packaging event that will include family entertainment, fun activities and music. For more information, contact Hands & Paws in Gratitude at 330-940-2129, visit www.handsandpawsingratitude.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stand up for Downs
WEST AKRON — Stand up for Downs (SUFD) is kicking off its first stand-up comedy event in Ohio to raise money and improve the lives of those with Down syndrome. The event will take place June 15 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Tangier, 532 W. Market St. The headliner will be Gary Gulman, a nationally touring comic who has appeared on late-night TV, “Last Comic Standing,” HBO and more. Also featured will be Cleveland’s Mike Polk Jr., who has just finished his book “Damn Right I’m From Cleveland.” Rob Snow, founder of SUFD, will emcee the event. Tickets are $30 to $50, with all of the proceeds going to SUFD. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit www.thetangier.com/entertainment.php or call 330-376-7171.
BATH — Donations are being accepted for the Bath Loves Boston fundraising event, which will take place June 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Bath Church United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 3980 W. Bath Road. Created by Revere High School freshman and Bath resident Dana McKinney, Bath Loves Boston will support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing who are overcoming injuries and loss of life. The “mother-daughter” evening will include appetizers and desserts, raffle prizes and a runway fashion show with music. Mothers and daughters of all ages are welcome to attend. Admission is $10 per person, with children younger than 6 admitted for free. All proceeds will be provided directly to the victims through the H.A.L.O. Foundation, according to organizers. To donate a raffle prize, refreshments or other sponsorship, or to make reservations, call 330-338-3893 or email Debbie@TimeToSpareLLC.com. All donations will be recognized in the event program and other event publicity.
GREEN — For the third consecutive year, Hattie Larlham will host the Hustle for Hattie 5K run/1-mile walk in support of people with developmental disabilities June 29 at 8:30 a.m. at Green High School. All proceeds from the race will benefit the people with developmental disabilities served by Hattie Larlham. Participants can choose either a 5K run or 1-mile walk on a course that leads through the neighborhoods surrounding Green High School. The 5K run costs $25 for runners who preregister or $30 on the day of the race. The 1-mile walk costs $10. Everyone who preregisters will receive a complimentary Hustle for Hattie T-shirt. The top three men and top three women in the race will win gift baskets, while the top three runners in each age group will receive medals. Chaney Events Management is the official timer for the race. People interested in participating can call Hattie Larlham Program Director Kimberly Bartell at 330-899-0980. Runners also can register online at http://tiny.cc/hustleforhattie. Green High School is located at 1474 Boettler Road.
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