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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!  

Winner of Little Red Wagon Raffle Announced

Event sponsors Mojo’s Bar & Legends Showclub provided The Little Red Wagon (containing 17 bottles of Bacardi and Skyy liquors with special barware).  Raffle tickets were sold up to, and at the Gayla on Sunday, December 7th, 2014.  This raffle brought in $1,700 to support the charitable objectives of Holiday with Heart.  We are pleased to announce that Mr. Lee Hitchings ticket was drawn as the winner.  Mr. Hitchings company Hitchings Insurance was a sponsor of the event.  We are pleased to know that the prize added to the New Year's Eve holiday cheer at the home of Lee and his partner Hector Loera. Congratulations Lee & Hector!

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

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Support Our 2014 Sponsors Throughout the Year

This Thanksgiving we received great news of another first time Sponsor of the 2014 Gayla.  Brent Industries is a local firm operating on South Ave. in Toledo.  They provide a smart alternative to the traditional methods of disposing of textiles containing hazardous and non-hazardous materials in compliance with EPA guidelines.  Utilizing a mineral spirits based dry cleaning process, they are able to recondition these materials for reuse.  The solvents used for cleaning are reclaimed and refined to produce a clean product for reuse.  Sponsorships are appreciated as they defray costs of the event, helping to direct a greater portion of ticket sales to the charitable objectives.  We look forward to meeting  Mr. Lange & Mr. Scott, and their guests.

Culinary Forces Join to Support LGBT Community

Tim Schulien will join with Pam Weirauch at Pam's Corner to provide the desserts for the Gayla this year.  Tim is returning for his second year, having brought about the dessert splendor of the 2012 Gayla.  Mr. Schulien is pictured below with Toledo Blade Columnist Barbara Hendel, who gave the 2012 dessert spread a particular mention in her column.  Pam is a great friend and supporter of the local LGBT communities, and respected local restaurateur.  We are grateful for the support, and excited to see what these mega forces of the dessert world will put before us this year!  Click the logo to visit the Pam's Corner website.

Paramount Advantage Helps With Support to Mpowerment

Paramount Advantage will join with Holiday with Heart this year in helping to reach our charitable objectives by underwriting support to Mpowerment.  We are pleased to bring this pairing together, as both organizations work 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.

Paramount Advantage sponsorship helps underwrite support to Mpowerment

Mojo's & Legends Showclub Sponsor HWH Event

It is with great pleasure that Holiday with Heart announces the Red Level Sponsorship involvement of Mojo's bar and Legends Showclub.  Mojo and Legends are LGBT (gay) clubs and female impersonator theaters in Toledo, Ohio.  Formerly the Ripcord and Blush bar in Toledo, Mojo and Legends is undergoing transfer of ownership, and an expansive remodeling to bring Toledo's newest gay place to play!  All bars are non-smoking, except the outside patio as permitted by law. Mojo's is located at 115 N Erie St Toledo, Ohio 43604.  Legends Showclub is next door at 117 N Erie St Toledo, Ohio.  Stay tuned for details of the "Little Red Wagon" Raffle.  Click the logo to visit the website.  Sponsorships are deeply appreciated as they defray costs of the event, helping to direct a greater portion of ticket sales to the charitable objectives. 


HWH Pleased to Announce Newest Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that William E. Takacs will join with Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A to sponsor this year's charity Gayla.  A respected presence in our Northwest Ohio community since 1955, the attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., have accumulated more than 300 years of experience. As trial lawyers, they are committed to thorough case preparation, skillful negotiation and a willingness to take cases to trial when that is the best option. You will find their dedication to your legal needs drives everything they do.  Click the logo to link to their website.   
HWH Pleased to Announce First Time Sponsor
Holiday with Heart is pleased to have Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick as a Red Level Sponsor of this year's Gayla event. The law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP has it's roots in the Toledo community going all the way back to 1925.  It's current Toledo office (one of 6 now nationally) at 1000 Jackson Street in Toledo was an award winning project for it's civic commitment to Downtown Toledo.  Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick provides a wide breadth of legal services to varied industries and individuals, and does so with a stated value of inclusion, and a commitment to diversity.  Click the logo to visit their website. 
HWH Pleased to Announce First Time Sponsor
We are pleased to have Hitchings Insurance as our newest sponsor.  Based in Findlay, they have been assisting LGBT citizens of N.W. Ohio with insurance needs since 1968.  Hitchings Insurance is an independent agency that can match your coverage requirements with just the right policy to fit your one of a kind situation and budget.  Click the logo to link to their website.
Beneficiaries Announced for 2014 Annual Dinner Dance
Why Marriage Matters Ohio is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio. This campaign is about having conversations and sharing stories, showing that same-sex couples and their families should be welcomed and treated fairly in Ohio. It is about opening hearts and minds throughout our state.
It is a discussion that allows Ohioans in communities across the state to examine their attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people—to consider new information and perhaps reconsider old ideas. It is an opportunity to move a conversation forward about love, commitment, and family.
In Ohio, this conversation has begun. It is time to raise significant visibility of same-sex Ohio couples and their families. This project was founded by Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the ACLU Foundation of Ohio.
                                        Mission Statement:
The mission of Toledo Mpowerment is to create a happy, healthy, united gay community through education and empowerment.
We are here to provide a safe place for 18-29 year old gay/bisexual/transgender men to make friends, get education they need, and to learn and grow from our programs so that they may go out into the community and help promote HIV education and safer sex.
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Paramount Advantage sponsorship helps underwrite support to Mpowerment

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