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Registration Opens for 2016 Gayla 
Holiday with Heart maintains a mailing list and uses it to mail invitations to the December annual Gayla in late October each year.  A formal event invitation is not required, the Gayla is open to the public.  We take registrations until the event capacity is reached, or until our November 29th deadline.  If you are not currently on the mailing list, you can get a copy of the registration form by clicking on the HWH event photo under this paragraph.  Print the form to fill out, then mail it, along with your payment, to: Holiday with Heart 2815 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo,OH 43610.  We appreciate when you send one copy of the registration form for each attendee.  To be added to the mailing list for future events e-mail your contact information to Neil at  We look forward to seeing you at the 39th annual Gayla!  

First Major Bank to Sponsor Gayla Event  

It has been a long term goal of the Holiday with Heart Charity to partner with a major banking institution to sponsor the Gayla event.  We could not be more excited to announce that Fifth Third Bank has stepped forward to be that first.  Corporate social responsibility is a way of life at Fifth Third Bank. They are committed to actively engaging individuals and community groups to affect positive change for the betterment of all.  Their motto “We live here, too” speaks to that commitment to improving lives in all the markets they serve.  Fifth Third Bank happily provides banking and financial services to its LGBT customers, and looks forward to serving you.  The Holiday with Heart Committee will move the checking account for the 501c3 to a Fifth Third account.  We are deeply appreciative of the sponsorship, and look forward to working with Fifth Third in our mutual objective to improve our community.

Toledo LGBT Bar Alliance Members Join to Sponsor Gayla

Three members of the Toledo LGBT Bar Alliance have come together to do a joint sponsorship of the 39th annual Gayla.  Mojo Bar/Legends Showclub, RHouse Bar and McCune's Other Side Bar & Bistro/My House Diner are included in this much appreciated sponsorship.  Sponsorship of the event assist HWH to direct a greater portion of the reservation sales to the charitable objectives.  Please visit the websites of these great local LGBT businesses, and support them by giving them your patronage throughout the year.


Paramount Advantage Return Event Sponsor

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 December 4th 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 return sponsorship, and send our deepest appreciation to Paramount Advantage.  Click the logo to visit their website.
         Sponsorship Supports Promise House and TSA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative 

Dessert Sponsor of Gayla Event Announced  

Since historic marriage equality, news stories have held reports of bakeries denying service to LGBT couples seeking wedding cakes.  In light of this, HWH is excited to announce that Eston’s Gourmet Creations will be the full dessert sponsor for the 39th annual Gayla this year.  Eston’s at 5433 Monroe Street, Toledo, is a welcoming environment for all couples, regardless of orientation, to shop for and purchase wedding cake services.  We welcome Eston’s support of the local LGBT communities.  Eston’s creations are made in their bakery from scratch using only high quality ingredients by Chef Esterson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He has owned and operated Eston’s Bakery for over 29 years which includes a retail store and production facility.  He creates every recipe himself for each of Eston’s delicious products.  Click the logo to visit the website.

Sponsor Dave and Kerri Photography Welcomed to HWH

HWH welcomes the support of the photography sponsor for this year’s event Dave and Kerri Photography.  Dave and Kerri Photography’s philosophy is to provide the best Engagement and Wedding photography possible to couples who love their style and artistic imagery.  They capture the moments that will tell the stories that will make up your histories.  Even more than that, they create an experience for clients.   Clients walk away with more than a photo; they walk away with a memory.  The job is not done until your photos are turned into prints and tangible memories.  Working with Dave and Kerri Photography is about knowing that you deserve the best, and are getting the best.  Click on the logo to visit the website.  HWH appreciates this photography sponsorship.  Sponsorships help to offset the cost of putting on the event, allowing a greater portion of ticket sales to go to the charitable objectives.    

Toledo's LGBT Bars Continue Tradition of Red Wagon

This year the Toledo area LGBT community welcomed it's newest gay bar Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits as the newest addition to the Uptown Entertainment District located at 1205 Adams Street.  Georgjz419 will partner with Holiday with Heart to once again bring you the "Little Red Wagon Raffle".  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 is a young tradition where local LGBT bars fill the wagon with liquors, special barware and goodies for your home bar.  Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket and will be sold up until the Holiday with Heart Gayla on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.  You need not be present to win. When available, tickets can be purchased at Georgjz and at the Holiday with Heart Gayla. 

Welcome Return Sponsor Great Lakes Sound and Lighting 

Holiday with Heart has been blessed with the support of Great Lakes Sound and Lighting, as their services put a finishing touch on the December event that adds so much beauty and elegance to the environment of the spectacular Toledo Club.  Established in 1985, Great Lakes Sound has been providing professional sound and lighting services to customers all over the United States.  Increasing demand has allowed them to expand services into a full event production company.  Accepting challenging situations and offering cost effective/workable solutions is the core of their excellent customer service history.  Thanks Great Lakes for your commitment to the 2016 Gayla.  Click the logo to visit their website.

Buckeye Broadband Partners with HWH in LGBT Support 

NW Ohio/SE Michigan’s premier provider of broadband services Buckeye Broadband will be among the sponsors of the 2016 Gayla Event.  As an organization regarded for high levels of customer service and community support, the Holiday with Heart Committee is pleased to welcome Buckeye Broadband to our mission of supporting the LGBT communities locally.  Click the logo to visit the website for Buckeye Broadband.      

First Time Sponsor of Gayla Event   

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce our new sponsor of the event 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.  

Beneficiaries Announced for 2016 Gayla Event

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce it's three beneficiaries of the 2016 Gayla Event that will benefit from proceeds raised from the annual fundraiser dinner dance at the Toledo Club Sunday December 4th, 2016.  Click the logos to link to the websites and learn more about these non-profit organizations. 

Promise House Project’s Street Outreach Program
Support will go towards connecting youth 14-24yrs old with safe and supportive spaces, community based case management, and counseling referrals.
Toledo School for the Arts
Diversity & Inclusion LGBT Initiative
The Holiday with Heart Fund
A fund within the Toledo Community Foundation to support LGBT causes in the N.W. Ohio Area.

Flower Market Continues Support for 2016 Gayla Event.

Holiday with Heart thanks our longest running Sponsor, The Flower Market, as it steps forward once again with 2016 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.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Return Sponsor for 2016

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 2016 Gayla event.  We are grateful for the on-going support of local LGBT communities.  Click the logo to visit their website.

Hitchings Insurance To Be Return Sponsor For 2016 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 2016. 
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 1st Announced Sponsor of 2016
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 2016 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.

Holiday with Heart May Fundraiser at Toledo Club Success

The Holiday with Heart event on May 6th, 2016 was a fundraiser to benefit Promise House Project, and the Holiday with Heart fund at the Toledo Community Foundation.
HWH partnered with friends and supporters of legendary Toledo entertainer Twila Starr, and Pisanello's Pizza, to celebrate Twila's 60th birthday.  The event was attended by over 200 supporters, raising $4,372 towards the charitable objectives.  These funds were split between the two beneficiaries, each receiving $2,186. 


Holiday with Heart to Co-Host May Fundraiser at Toledo Club 

On Friday May 6th, 2016 Holiday with Heart will partner with friends and supporters of legendary Toledo entertainer Twila Starr, and Pisanello's Pizza for a Fundraiser Event to celebrate Twila's 60th birthday.  Please join us for this fun community event that will benefit the Promise House Project, and the Holiday with Heart fund at the Toledo Community Foundation.  Beginning at 7pm at 235 14th Street in Downtown Toledo, the event will include ticketed cash bar cocktails at 7pm, heavy grazing at 8pm, dancing, and drag performances beginning at 9pm, continuing until 1am.  Twila's list of guest performers include: Jennifer Fox, Denise Russell, Sonya Ross, and Lady T. Tempest.  Attire for the event is "Club Casual" (no shorts, denim, or collarless shirts).  Reservations can be purchased in advance for $25 by clicking on the poster image below to link to the reservation form.  If paying by credit card simply fill out the form and scan it back to
If paying by check, print off the form, and send it, along with your check, to Holiday with Heart 2815 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, OH. 43610.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $50 per ticket.  Come have fun and support the LGBT community.  

Proceeds From 2015 Gayla Event Distributed to Beneficiaries 

Thanks to the outpouring of support from sponsors, volunteers, event attendees and contributors; Holiday with Heart Charity was able to raise $15,000 from the 2015 Gayla event at The Toledo Club.  On January 13th the HWH Committee met for it's annual event wrap-up, and made the determination that proceeds would be split equally among the three Beneficiaries.  Funds raised from the event will go to support: 

  • Promise House Toledo - $5,000
  • Ryan White Program at UT Medical Center- $5,000
  • Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation- $5,000

On Wednesday February 24th, a check presentation was held to make these distributions to Promise House Toledo, and the Ryan White Program.  A check in the amount of $5,000 was contributed to the HWH Fund at Toledo Community Foundation.  Look for the annual disclosure of 501c3 operating financials to post here.

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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


2016 Event Sponsors:

Sponsorship Supports Promise House and TSA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative 

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