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Beneficiaries Announced for 2015 Event

Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla is a 501(c)3 status non-profit organization committed to raising funds that directly support the LGBT community of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. We try to diversify the organizations that receive our financial support each year.  This year funds raised from the event will go to support: 

Ryan White Center at the University of Toledo Medical School.
Cause: HIV Awareness and ‘PrEP’ education

Promise House Toledo
Cause: To help establish a home for homeless youth in the Toledo Area. A home that will serve all sexual orientations.

The Holiday with Heart Fund.
A fund within the Toledo Community Foundation to support LGBT causes in the Northwest Ohio Area.

HWH Participates in Toledo Pride Parade and Festival 2015

Legendary Toledo entertainer Twila Starr joined the HWH committee and over 50 local businesses, community organizations and religious organizations participating in the Toledo Pride Parade with thousands of excited, supportive spectators lining the streets of Downtown Toledo on Saturday August 29th.  We passed out candy canes along the parade route reminding people that Ohio's longest running LGBT fundraiser would take place this year on Sunday December 6th at the Toledo Club.  Throughout the day HWH had a booth set up, educating festival attendees on the mission of HWH and helping people sign up for our e-mail list.  The three days of events were said to have attendance of over 19,000 people.  Grand Marshal of the event was Jim Obergefell who was plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges that established marriage equality nationally.     

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"Little Red Wagon" Returns With Mojo/Legends Sponsorship

Mojo and Legends Showclub will once again support HWH with a Red Level Sponsorship of the 2015 Gayla.  Just as last year, when tickets become available (TBA on this website) it will be your chance to purchase a raffle ticket where the proceeds benefit Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, and the booze benefits your holiday cheer!  The Little Red Wagon contains about 20 bottles of Bacardi and Skyy liquors with special barware and goodies for your home bar.  Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket and will be sold up thru the Holiday with Heart Gayla on Sunday, December 6th, 2015.  You need not be present to win.  All proceeds are donated directly to the Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla to support the mission of developing financial resources for the LGBT community in NW Ohio.  When available, tickets can be purchased at Mojo’s & Legends Showclub and at the Holiday with Heart Gayla.  

Flower Market Continues Support for 2015 Gayla Event.

Holiday with Heart thanks our longest running Sponsor, The Flower Market, as it steps forward once again with 2015 Gayla Sponsorship.  The Flower Market, a member of ProMedica Health System, is conveniently located near the campus of The Toledo Hospital/ Toledo Children's Hospital at 3890 Monroe St.  They offer daily delivery to The Toledo Hospital, Toledo Children's Hospital and Flower Hospital and proudly serve the floral needs for all entities of ProMedica Health System, and the flower buying public.  Your satisfaction is their number one concern.  The Flower Market has proudly served the Toledo community since opening its doors in 1950, and has always been committed to provide a high quality product at a competitive price. With over 150 years of experience among the employees, the staff is best suited to meet all your floral needs.

HWH Announces First Time Sponsor for 2015

Lievens Market & Outdoor Living strives to be a positive force in the community by the way it conducts business, and treats its customers and employees.  Holiday with Heart appreciates this commitment to community as it partners with Lievens as a sponsor of the 2015 Gayla event.  Sponsorships are important to the mission of Holiday with Heart as they help direct a greater portion of event ticket sales to our chartable objectives in the LBGT communities locally.
Lievens Market & Outdoor living is the premiere farmers market in the Toledo area, conveniently located in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Providing fresh produce at great prices is what makes Lievens Market a favorite destination for area residents.  In addition to produce, Lievens Market also carries a great selection of plants, outdoor living products, garden whimsy, fountains and statuary, memorials, and landscape products.  Stop by and check out all of the great items at  Lievens Market and Outdoor Living.  They are located at 10411 Fremont Pike,  Perrysburg, OH 43551.  Click the logo to visit their website.

Gayla Event To Be Supported By Return Sponsor for 2015

Hitchings Insurance is an independent agency serving the needs of Ohio consumers since 1968.  As one of the leading agencies in Northwest Ohio, they are strongly committed to their clients, company partners, and communities. Holiday with Heart appreciates this commitment to the LGBT communities of Northwest Ohio with the return sponsorship of the Gayla event for 2015. 

Hitchings agency offers a broad range of insurance products and services, including auto, home, business, farm, health and life. They are aware that every individual, farm or business has unique insurance coverage needs. As an independent agency representing many companies, can match your coverage requirements with just the right policy to fit your one of a kind situation and budget.  They are located at 717 North Main Street Findlay, OH 45840.  Click the logo to visit their website.

Paramount Advantage Return Event Sponsor for 2015

Paramount Advantage will join with Holiday with Heart this year in helping to reach our charitable objectives by being a Red Level Sponsor of the December 6th Gayla.  Paramount was a first time sponsor in 2014 and we are pleased to once again have the support of this organization that works to support health & wellness in our community.  Paramount Advantage is an Ohio Medicaid managed care plan. They serve Aged, Blind and Disabled and Covered Families and Children Medicaid consumers, including Healthy Start and Healthy Families, who choose to join Paramount Advantage.  We are pleased to announce this Red Level Sponsorship, and send our deepest appreciation to Paramount Advantage.  Click the logo to visit their website.

         Sponsorship Supports Promise House and Ryan White Center

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Return Sponsor for 2015

The origins of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Firm go back to 1895 in Toledo history when Marshall and Fraser was formed and became the first tenant in the Spitzer Building, located in downtown Toledo. In 1952 the current firm name was adopted.  In 1985 the ABA Journal awarded Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick First Prize for Civic Commitment for the extensive renovation and landscaping of the firm’s quarters in Toledo at 1000 Jackson Street.  In Toledo, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Firm continues their long-standing position as northwest Ohio's largest law firm, providing the full range of services to individuals, nonprofits, health providers, small and medium-sized businesses and publicly held and international companies.  One of the values of SLK is Involved:
“We believe in supporting the communities that support us.  Beyond our commitment to helping our clients succeed, our involvement in the community brings a higher purpose to everything we do.”  Holiday with Heart is pleased to have the return sponsorship of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP for the 2015 Gayla event.  We are grateful for the on-going support of local LGBT communities.  Click the logo to visit their website.

HWH Thanks Guest & Supporters for Successful 2014 Event

The Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla Committee would like to extend a heart felt thanks to all of our guests, event sponsors, volunteers, donors, and supporters of the 37th annual Charity Gayla in 2014.  Due to the historic level of support, we were able to raise $17,000 to direct to the charitable objectives.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Welcome page for details on disbursements to our beneficiaries, current financials, and updates from the event.  Keep your eye on our website over the coming weeks for further updates, and announcements related to the planning of the 2015 Gayla!  

Disbursement of Proceeds

Through the direct support of Paramount Advantage sponsorship, and the generosity behind the success of the 2014 Gayla, the HWH Committee was able to award a check in the amount of $3,000 to Toledo Mpowerment.  In keeping with the 2014 charitable objectives, the Committee was equally pleased to award a check in the amount of $3,000 to Marriage Matters Ohio, Toledo office.  A check in the amount of $11,000 was deposited to the Holiday with Heart fund at The Toledo Community Foundation.

HWH Financials 1/1/14 - 2/28/15

Beginning Balance
Event Sponsorships
Reservations, Donations, Fundraising
Advertising and Promotion
Printing and Postage
Office, Clerical and Petty expenditures
Event Costs:
  • Entertainment
  • Table Decor
  • Toledo Club Bill
  • Dessert Cost

Bank Charges & Service Fee, Tax Data
Disbursements to Beneficiaries:
  • MPowerment- $3,000
  • Marriage Matters Ohio, Toledo Office- $3,000
  • Candice Milligan care donation (pending)- $500
  • Holiday with Heart Fund at The Toledo Community Foundation- $11,000

Ending Balance


2015 Event Sponsors:

Sponsorship Supports Promise House and Ryan White Center


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