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Film Premier for Ohio to be HWH Fundraiser

Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be premiering "A Very Sordid Wedding" written and directed by Del Shores!  This film is the long awaited sequel to "Sordid Lives".  The fundraiser will be at the Maumee Indoor Theater in Toledo, OH. on Sunday, September 10th. Tickets are now on sale using the link below (click image to link to “Brown Paper Tickets” website).  This is a 21 and over event.  The movie will begin at 3:30 p.m with a cocktail hour starting at 2:30.  Pricing for the show is as follows:

Seating only: $25
Seating with one included cocktail: $30
Seating with two included cocktails: $35

A Very Sordid Wedding deals with the questions, concerns, bigotry and fallout of what happens when marriage equality comes to a small Texas town where not everyone is ready to accept it.  Creator Del Shores’ uses his trademark comedy and the beloved characters from his cult smash hit Sordid Lives and Sordid Lives: The Series to deal with these important current social issues and the very real process of accepting your family for who they are instead of who you want them to be.
Come out and have a great laugh with the Holiday with Heart Committee!

Date Announced for 40th Holiday with Heart Gayla Event

This year, in 2017, Holiday with Heart Charity will celebrate it's historic 40th anniversary event.  The founders of the annual holiday dinner dance began the event in 1977 with 16 people in attendance.  Today it's stands as Ohio's longest running LGBT fundraiser.  Please visit the History tab on this webpage to learn more about the history of Holiday with Heart.  The HWH Committee has announced that the date for this special Gayla will be Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. Please join us this year to help support the Northwest Ohio LGBT communities (beneficiaries to be announced later this year) while having a great time celebrating 40 years of Holiday with Heart.

Disbursements of Funds Made to 2016 Beneficiaries

On January 28th, 2017, Holiday with Heart held a check presentation event to disburse proceeds raised from the annual fundraiser dinner dance on December 4th, 2016, to the three beneficiaries.  Promise House Street Outreach Program received a check for $5,000.  This support will go towards connecting youth 14-24yrs old with safe and supportive spaces, community based case management, and counseling referrals. A check in the amount of $5,000 was awarded to the Toledo School for the Arts.  This support will be used for their Diversity & Inclusion LGBT Program. A deposit of $5,000 was made to the Holiday with Heart Foundation at the Toledo Community Foundation.  Thanks to all of our 2016 attendees, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, a total of $15,000 was distributed to the beneficiaries.

First 2017 Event Sponsor of Gayla Event  Announced 

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce our returning sponsor, and first sponsor to step up to support the 2017 Gayla, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio).  Equitas Health is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations.  This year it will serve more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.  With 13 offices in 10 Ohio cities (including Toledo at 3450 West Central Ave.), the support you’re looking for is right around the corner.  Click on the logo to visit the Equitas Health website.  

Hitchings Insurance Return Sponsor of 217 Gayla
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 2017. 

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.

The University of Toledo Return Sponsor of 2017 Gayla Event
The University of Toledo has been one of the longest running continuous sponsors of the Holiday with Heart Gayla event.  We are pleased to continue this relationship with the 2017 support of the Office of Special Events and the UT Foundation.  We are pleased to be students, alumni, donors, friends and community partners of The University of Toledo.  Sponsorships of the event are greatly appreciated as they help defray the cost of putting on the event, allowing a greater portion of ticket price to go towards the charitable objectives of HWH. Click the logo to visit the website for the UT Foundation.
Buckeye Broadband Partners with HWH for Second Year

Holiday with Heart is pleased to have the return commitment from Buckeye Broadband, partnering with HWH in LGBT Support for the N.W. Ohio communities for the second year in a row.  NW Ohio/SE Michigan’s premier provider of broadband services Buckeye Broadband will be among the sponsors of the 2017 Gayla Event.  As an organization regarded for high levels of customer service and community support, the Holiday with Heart Committee is pleased to welcome again Buckeye Broadband to our mission of supporting the LGBT communities locally.  Click the logo to visit the website for Buckeye Broadband.  

New Event Sponsor for Gayla Event Mockensturm, Ltd.

This 40th year of the Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla is one deserving of historic levels of support.  In that spirit, Holiday with Heart is glad to see brand new event sponsors stepping forward to support the local LGBT communities through sponsorship this year.  Event sponsorships help direct a greater portion of ticket sales to the charitable objectives.    
Mockensturm, Ltd: Attorney and CPA resolving your tax debt issues.
Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to finding solutions to your legal problems. Big national companies advertise tax resolution services and toss out phrases like "pennies on the dollar",while failing to mention they are not lawyers and they are not local.  At Mockensturm, Ltd, their firm is led by a dual professional who is both an attorney and a certified public accountant (CPA). They are located right here in Toledo, Ohio, and take a personal interest in resolving the tax issues and other legal problems facing individuals and businesses in Lucas County and the surrounding communities. HWH thanks Mockensturm, Ltd. for the sponsorship.  Click the logo to visit their website.

Paramount Advantage Return Event Sponsor for 2017

Paramount Advantage will join with Holiday with Heart again this year in helping to reach our charitable objectives by being a return sponsor of the 40th anniversary event December 3rd.  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 return sponsorship, and send our deepest appreciation to Paramount Advantage.  Click the logo to visit their website.

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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 committee member Neil Koplitz at 

HWH Financials

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


2017 Event Sponsors:

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