Past Events and Press
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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
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
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.
Holiday with Heart Announces White Level Sponsorship
The Ryan White Center at the University of Toledo Medical School conducts programming educating on PrEP and HIV awareness. PrEP, an acronym from Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is the use of prescription drugs by people who do not have HIV/AIDS as a strategy for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. It is an optional treatment which may be taken by people who are HIV negative, but who have substantial, higher-than-average risk of contracting an HIV infection.
Currently, the only drug which any health organization recommends for PrEP is Truvada, which is the brand name of the Gilead Sciences drug combination of tenofovir/emtricitabine. The Centers for Disease Control says that "PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool."
This year Holiday with Heart is pleased to have Gilead Sciences as a Sponsor of our 38th annual Gayla. Click the logo to visit the Gilead Sciences website.
Brent Industries Return Sponsor for Holiday with Heart Gayla
We received great news of another return Sponsor of the 2015 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.
Dessert Sponsor for Holiday with Heart Gayla
The Holiday with Heart event has experienced many wonderful dessert sponsors over the years, and 2015 will be no exception. Susan Allan Block has generously taken on the role this year. Susan is a French trained chef crafting European style desserts and pastry with love and local ingredients with her business Vendome Pastry.
With Vendome Pastry’s online store front, Susan is able to craft your tart to order, when you need it. When you place your order online, you’ll select the day on which you’d like the tart to be available, and the location that’s most convenient for you. Vendome Pastry has two locations for pickup, the Paula Brown Shop, or Vendome Pastry Kitchen 5960 Angola Rd. #5 in Toledo. If you’d like to share a tart with a friend for a special occasion, you can also order a beautiful gift certificate that can be redeemed for one tart at any time. Supporting the local economy is a priority of Susan’s so all ingredients used are fresh, seasonal and either locally produced or sourced. Click the logo to visit the website. Thank you Susan!
The University of Toledo Sponsor of HWH Gayla
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 2015 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.
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 Program at UT Medical Center
Cause: HIV Awareness and ‘PrEP’ education
Promise House Toledo
Cause: Establish a home for homeless youth in the Toledo Area, serving all sexual orientations.
The Holiday with Heart Fund
A fund within the Toledo Community Foundation to support LGBT causes in the N.W. Ohio Area.
HWH Participates in Toledo Pride Parade and Festival
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. If 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.
HWH Attends Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
On Monday, November 17th, 2014 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.
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.
HWH Financials 7/1/13 Through 7/1/14
- Donations to Charitable Objectives
1. Toledo Pride Center
2. Holiday with Heart
Current Checking Account Balance (8/11/14)
HWH Foundation Balance (6/30/14)
Holiday with Heart on WSPD Radio Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Holiday with Heart committee member Rick Cornett has been invited back to the Eye On Your Weekend radio show, hosted by Michael Miller of the Toledo Free Press.
Last year Rick appeared on the radio show promoting the Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla and is excited to be returning this year as the public relations person for the charity organization.
The interview will air on Friday, November 29th, at 6:00 PM, on WSPD 1370 AM.
Holiday with Heart is grateful to Michael Miller and WSPD Radio for the exposure and opportunity to promote the 36th annual holiday dinner and dance benefiting the local LGBT community.
Holiday with Heart Receives Award
Holiday with Heart was one of five recipients of Equality Toledo's Annual Equality Awards presented on Sun., Oct. 20, 2013. The award, given in recognition of service the the local LGBT community, is a great honor that we are most grateful to accept. Other recipients included Torie Thorne (Toledo Pride Foundation, Pride Center 419), Shannon Fry and Leslie Hancock (Rainbow Area Youth), TAGALA - John Widmer, and Michael Miller, Editor in Chief of the Toledo Free Press. Our congratulations go out to the other award recipients, and our sincere thanks go to Equality Toledo.
Committee Members Steve Maenle, Andrew Larsen, Rick Cornett and Ed Hoffman
Back Row: Torie Thorne, Michael Miller, Shannon Fry, Leslie Hancock, Ed Hoffman, Sherry Tripepi. Front Row: John Widmer, Steve Maenle, Rick Cornett, Andrew Larsen
Holiday with Heart Donates $650 to new Pride Center 419
(L to R) Lexie Staples, Sherry Tripepi, Torie Thorne, Ed Hoffman and Rick Cornett
On September 5th an open house celebration was hosted by Pride Center 419 to welcome the Toledo LGBT community into the new pride center. Over 200 people attended the event with support from all aspects of the lesbian,gay,bisexual, transgender community and our allies. Members of the Holiday with Heart committee made a formal check presentation of $650 to Pride Center 419 to help assist with their daily operations. Pride Center 419 is a rented space within the Collingwood Arts Center at 2413 Collingwood Blvd., and it is a collaborative effort with the Pride of Toledo Foundation, Equality Toledo and Toledo Rainbow Alliance. Pride Center 419 will provide resource information, community meeting space, LGBT book and video library, hygiene pantry and special events for the LGBT community.
Holiday with Heart is proud to support the Pride Center 419 with contributions made by you. Your continued support of the Annual Dinner and Dance helps the local community establish resources such as this one. Thank you.
Join Holiday with Heart at the Toledo Pride Parade & Festival, August 24, 2013
Join us in celebrating the 4th Annual Toledo Pride Parade and Festival at Promenade Park. The entire Holiday with Heart Committee and volunteers will be present for this Toledo tradition. Watch for us riding and walking in the parade as the lovely and talented MaKayla Sinclaire Styles and Eve Madison toss candy and blow kisses to the onlookers. Following the parade, Holiday with Heart will be set up at the festival to answer any questions about the charity and to collect new names and addresses for the mailing list. In 2011 and 2012, Holiday with Heart made the Toledo Pride Foundation a beneficiary of our annual Gayla. A total of $4,000 has been donated to help assist with hosting the Toledo Pride Parade & Festival. Holiday with Heart is proud to be a part of Toledo Pride again this year, and we looking forward to meeting you. Please stop by our booth to say hello and receive a save the date bookmark for our 36th Annual Charity Gayla, Sunday, December 8th, at the Toledo Club. For more information, visit the Toledo Pride website or follow them on Facebook. See you downtown!
Holiday with Heart Sponsor's Gay Games Film
Check out this free showing of Take the Flame, a documentary of the Gay Games which is to be held in Cleveland next year.
$13,000 Dollars Raised at 35th Annual Gayla
The Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla committee is proud to announce our proceeds from the 35th annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla held Dec. 1, 2012. Over thirteen thousand dollars was raised for our benefiting charities. We will be presenting a $2,000 check to the Toledo Pride Foundation for their efforts with the Toledo Pride Parade & Festival, $2,000 to the Spectrum Gay and Lesbian Endowment Fund at the University of Toledo, and $2,000 to the Toledo office of AIDS Resource Center. An additional $2,000 will be deposited in the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation. The remaining $5,000 will be held in reserve for our start up costs to present the 36th annual dinner and dance in December of this year. Our deepest expression of appreciation is extended to everyone who came out and helped support our efforts in bettering the local LGBT community. We can't thank you enough!
Free Showing of "How to Survive a Plague"
Checks PresentedTwo checks were presented to our beneficiaries for 2012 at the Opera Ain't No Drag event held on Feb. 2, 2013 at the Collingwood Arts Center. A $2,000 check was presented first to the Toledo Pride Foundation, and another $2,000 check was presented to Spectrum UT (Gay and Lesbian Endowment Fund at the University of Toledo). Without your generous support these funds would not have been able to be given to support our community. Thank you!
Holiday with Heart now Oldest LGBT Fundraiser in OhioIt was brought to our attention by the Gay People's Chronicle reporter, Anthony Glassman, that Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla is now the oldest and longest running LGBT fundraiser in the entire state of Ohio. As we've become a more blended society many of our annual gay and lesbian fundraisers and events are folding and falling by the wayside. Just here in Toledo we have lost SRO, Lend A Loving Hand, Decked Out, Sex, Drag and Rock & Roll and our Unity Picnic. Holiday with Heart was founded in December of 1977 by Ed Hoffman, David Hindall and the late Dick Flock. The first get together consisted of sixteen friends gathering for unity to celebrate the holidays and has become the premiere social event for the Ohio LGBT community and friends. We are very proud of this new distinction and only have the local LGBT community to thank. The first thirty five years was only the beginning, and we only hope to get bigger and better with your support.
Toledo Ballet Presented a Mini-Production at the Gayla
Holiday with Heart was proud to present a mini performance at this year's Charity Gayla. Party-goers were treated to a holiday classic by dancers from the Toledo Ballet performing excerpts from their venerable production of The Nutcracker! Founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger, Toledo Ballet boasts the longest running production of
The Nutcracker in North America.
Holiday with Heart Included in the Parade of Trees
Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, entered a Christmas tree we have into the Holiday Parade of Trees silent auction. Proceeds from our tree went to the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund at UTMC for HIV care. In September the committee went shopping for the tree and decorations at Bronner's Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Committee member, Rick Cornett, and volunteer coordinator, Billy Mann, will be decorated the tree Thanksgiving weekend.
The Christmas trees were up the entire month of December.
Holiday with Heart Featured on Cover of Toledo Free Press
Holiday with Heart has been featured on the cover of the Toledo Free Press. The cover story included an interview with founding member, Ed Hoffman, and board members, Rick Cornett and Andrew Larsen. To read the story, please follow this link. We would like to thank Sarah Ottney for this wonderful story.
Holiday With Heart On WSPD Radio
Holiday with Heart committee member, Rick Cornett, was interviewed on the "Eye on Your Weekend" show with host, Michael S. Miller, on Friday, November 16, 2012. This is the first radio coverage for the Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla in the thirty five year history of the event. We would like to extend our thanks to WSPD radio and Michael S. Miller for inviting Rick onto the show and giving us the opportunity to talk about the charity.The interview can be heard here.
Holiday with Heart Sponsors Masquerade Ball
Holiday with Heart co-sponsored a Masquerade Ball and Black Pride Celebration on October 28, 2012. This event was open to everyone. The festivities highlighted free, confidential HIV testing, community resource tables, and live dance competitions and performances. This one-of-a-kind evening was the first of an annual event for the Toledo area. We are proud to help establish this event for the community.
Holiday with Heart has Toledo Pride
The 3rd annual Toledo Pride Festival and Parade was a great success, and Holiday with Heart was proud to be a part of the celebration. Committee members Rick Cornett and Andrew Larsen rode in the parade with the lovely and talented drag entertainer MaKayla Sinclaire Styles.We were also present at the festival with a Holiday with Heart booth as we collected many new names for our growing mailing list. Committee members Wayne North, Ed Hoffman, Andrew Larsen, Rick Cornett and David Bingham passed out hundreds of special Holiday with Heart bracelets and save the date cards to promote our annual fundraiser. Special thanks to volunteers MaKayla Sinclaire Styles, Matt Stewart, Don Sroczynski, and Troy Hawkins for their assistance and donations.Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Toledo Pride events and stopped by our table to say hello. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Toledo Pride Foundation.
Speak Easy Party raises $2,300 for Holiday with Heart Fund
Many thanks to those you who supported our Speak Easy party on August 5th at Angelo's Northwood Villa. Holiday with Heart founder Ed Hoffman co-hosted the event with the charming Barbara Baker. Fellow committee members Andrew Larsen, Rick Cornett, Wayne North and David Bingham were also present at the roaring twenties party. The fundraiser was a lot of fun with many wearing festive outfits from the period. The event raised and deposited $2,300 into the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation. We now have $11,868 in the account as we push towards our $25,000 goal. Once that $25,000 mark is reached we can start assisting with emergency and critical LGBT causes affecting the Toledo area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We hope that this becomes an annual tradition along with the gayla in December.
Thanks to our generous guests, Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla raised $10,000 in 2011. A formal presentation of $4,000 was made recently to Dr. Joan Duggan, Infectious Disease specialist, at the University of Toledo Medical Center to assist in her research and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Toledo area. A donation of $2,000 was presented to the Pride of Toledo Foundation to assist with the upcoming 2012 Toledo Pride events. $4,000 was deposited into the Holiday with Heart/Toledo Community Foundation fund to assist with our philanthropic interests to the Toledo LGBT community. We could not have done this without YOUR support.
Committee members David Bingham, Rick Cornett, and Ed Hoffman present a check for $2,000 to the Pride of Toledo Foundation to assist with the Toledo Pride Festival and Parade. The presentation was made at outSKIRTS Bar.
(L to R) Committee Members Ed Hoffman, Kenyetta White, David Bingham, Dr. Joan Duggan, Wayne North, Rick Cornett (photo copyright: Tom Brooks Photography)
A formal presentation of $4,000 was made to Dr. Joan Duggan to assist her HIV/AIDS research at the University of Toledo Medical Center.