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37th Annual Dinner Dance Date Set
The 37th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014. This is a change from a previously announced date. In working with our vendors, a Sunday date for this year was necessary to be able to provide the same level of service and elegance our guests have come to expect. Ticket prices are also to remain the same price as 2013 ($75). Mark your calendars now!

Make Reservations for Dinner Dance

If you did not see this save the date card in the mail, no fear, it just means you're not on our mailing list.  If you would like to be on the mailing list, let Neil know at  Click the save the date card image to link to our 2014 Gayla event reservation form.  If using a credit card, simply print the form, fill it out, and scan back to hwhinformation@aol.comIf paying by check, mail to the address at the top of the form. 

Little Red Wagon Raffle Announced

Now is 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 over 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 7th, 2014.  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.  Purchase tickets at Mojo’s & Legends Showclub and at the Holiday with Heart Gayla.  Sponsored by Mojo’s and Legends.

Committee Thankful for Newest Gayla Sponsorship

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.

HWH Attends Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

On Monday, November 17th,  Pam's Corner Restaurant generously hosted a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds for Candice Rose Milligan who was viciously beaten on November 3rd. She was targeted due to her gender identity and expression.  Holiday with Heart attended this event and donated $500 to St Vincent Hospital to be used towards the care of Candice. 
Pictured: Christopher Coleman, Wayne E North, Rick Cornett and Neil Koplitz.

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. 


MC Hostess Announced For 2014 HWH Gayla Event

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce our guest MC and Hostess for this year's event.  Miss Amanda Collins aka Jon Paul is a makeup artist and cosmetologist who started to do drag to raise awareness of Aids and how it was affecting families.  Miss Collins has performed in Europe and all over the US, then went on to win Miss Windsor 3 years in a row, and several awards for comedy, and the ability to make people laugh and forget their prejudices. In a note to HWH Miss Collins comments: "I am always thankful to be asked to help out the community in any way I can I hope you will enjoy my performance ....thanks Amanda Collins"

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.   

Winners of Toledo Pride Ticket Drawing Announced
Holiday with Heart would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the 2014 Toledo Pride Festival and registered to win a free ticket to the 37th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla this year.  We are happy to announce that Sherry Tripepi and James Meyers were drawn as the winners for the $75 tickets.  We look forward to seeing both of them at the event on December 7th at the Toledo Club.
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If you are interested in receiving the latest news, information, and updates from Holiday with Heart, join our new e-mail mailing list.  Please send your e-mail address to Holiday with Heart volunteer Neil Koplitz at
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.
Disbursement of Proceeds
There have been several questions regarding the disbursement of the funds raised at the 2013 Holiday with Heart event. One of our selected recipients for 2013 was Rainbow Area Youth of Toledo (RAY). After announcing this recipient we discovered that they were not an IRS approved 501 organization. We are restricted to donating to organizations with an active 501 status. We have made repeated attempts to contact the leadership of this organization to have them provide a need that we would be able to fund for their organization and encourage them to complete the 501 application process. We have never had a response to these requests. On July 11 we sent a registered letter to the last known address we had for the group and again received no reply. The receipt for the letter was returned on Tuesday August 5th. At our July 2014 board meeting the decision was made to rescind the designated $1000.00 donation and hold the funds for future donations if we had no response 10 days after receipt of the registered letter.
In response to this situation we have now developed an application form that organizations requesting funding must complete. This form includes a request for the necessary IRS designations. We hope the use of this form will prevent future situations such as we experienced with RAY.  
In 2013 we experienced a significant increase in the expenses related to the event. In 2013 the Toledo Club had a change in management. The new management has been more exacting in their accounting of expenses related to events, this, plus the anticipated increase in food and other service costs, accounts for the significant increase in expense. Again we have responded to these changes and had discussions with the Toledo Club management in an effort to reduce costs and maintain the quality of the event. The board has also examined alternative venues for our event and discovered that we would be facing similar costs and losing the quality of venue therefore have elected to remain at the Toledo Club for 2014. We are not increasing the registration fee for the event in 2014.
HWH Financials 7/1/13 Through 7/1/14
  • Award Plaque
  • Bank Services Fee
  • Dessert Costs
  • Donations to Charitable Objectives
             1. Toledo Pride Center                  
             2.   Holiday with Heart 
                   (Toledo Community
  • Entertainment
  • Office Supplies
  • Postage
  • Printing
  • Promotion
  • Table Decorations
  • Toledo Club
Current Checking Account Balance   (8/11/14)
HWH Foundation Balance (6/30/14)
Join Holiday with Heart at Toledo Pride
Plan to attend Toledo Pride in Downtown Toledo on Saturday August 23rd.  Board members and volunteers of Holiday with Heart will be part of the parade kicking off at 12 noon (see parade route map below).  Drop by and see us at the community and vendor booths area and sign up for a raffle for a registration to attend our annual Gayla event at the Toledo Club on Sunday December 7th.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Photos of 2013 Gayla Now Posted
Photos from the 2013 Holiday with Heart Gayla are on the website and on our Facebook page. Please make sure you check them out, and 'Like' our page if you haven't already done so! Enjoy!

2014 Event Sponsors:

Paramount Advantage sponsorship helps underwrite support to Mpowerment

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