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Date Set For 2018 Annual Gayla Event 

The Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla Committee is pleased to announce the date for the 41st annual Gayla as Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at the historic Toledo Club in downtown Toledo.  Please check out the rest of our website to learn how to get involved with this 501c3 charity dinner dance, that is Ohio's longest running fundraiser for LGBT communities causes.  We look forward to another great event this December. 


Beneficiaries of Gayla Event Announced For 2018

Thank you to all of the deserving 501c3 organizations providing direct assistance to the N.W. Ohio LGBT communities that submitted Beneficiary Applications for 2018.  Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla Committee is pleased to announce the beneficiaries for funds raised through the 2018 Gayla event.  Click the logos to visit the websites for these deserving organizations and causes:
Lucas County Children's Services will use funds to 1) to enhance outreach to LGBTQI community for purpose of recruiting foster and adoptive families 2) supplement training to current foster parents on meeting needs of LGBTQI youth 3) training to teens living in LCCS programs to increase sensitivity to LGBTQI peers.






                   Equality Toledo will use funds to support a food pantry project.

                     Harvey House will receive in kind donations of necessary supplies.
Eclipse is a new organization in Toledo. It's mission is to provide support, education, and empowerment to those in the LGBTQ+ community who identify as African American or other Peoples of Color in Northwest Ohio and the surrounding areas.  Holiday with Heart funds will help establish new program.

The Holiday with Heart Fund within the Toledo Community Foundation is within $10,000 of reaching it's initial goal of one hundred thousand dollars.  That is the point when revenues generated from the fund can go to support 501c3 organizations providing direct support to the N.W. Ohio LGBT communities throughout the year, not just one time a year after the annual Gayla event.


First 2018 Event Sponsor of Gayla Event Announced 

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 41st anniversary event December 2nd.  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.


Equitas Health Will Be Blue Level Sponsor in 2018  

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce our returning sponsor 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. 
Buckeye Broadband Return Sponsor For 2018  

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 third year in a row.  NW Ohio/SE Michigan’s premier provider of broadband services Buckeye Broadband will be among the sponsors of the 2018 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.  


First Time Sponsor in 2018 Glass City Kitchen & Bath 

The Holiday with Heart Committee is pleased to announce first time sponsor of the annual Gayla event Glass City Kitchen & Bath.  We are appreciative of sponsorships as they help cover the cost of putting on the event, allowing a greater portion of tickets/reservation sales to go to the chartable objectives. Many people have fond memories of The Anderson's, and working with Tim Bexten, the kitchen designer there for over 20 years.  When The Anderson's closed Tim was approached by vendors who encouraged him to open his own store.  He has moved forward with that dream and opened Glass City Kitchen & Bath at 2104 N. Reynolds Rd. in Toledo.  With Team Member Michael Walker, Tim plans to treat his customers in the same manner he did at The Anderson's, and to run a business of honesty and integrity. 
Click on their logo to visit the Facebook page for Glass City Kitchen & Bath.      



PricePro Chad Lievens Sponsors 2018 Annual Gayla

When you need a great pre-owned car with a great price, then you should go to PricePro at 1671 Toll Gate Drive in Maumee and see Chad Lievens. PricePro has a huge inventory and they price the vehicles to move. Thanks to the streamlined one-person process, most retail transactions take place in less than an hour, once the customer has decided on a vehicle.  With an aggressive pricing strategy, the price is typically thousands of dollars lower than competitors. The locally owned dealership was founded in 2013, and looks forward to serving this community for many years.  Let Chad Lievens get you out on the road in a car that you will love today!  Click on the logo to visit the webpage for PricePro.


Return Sponsorship of Mockensturm, Ltd. Announced

Mockensturm, Ltd. joined the historic levels of support for the 40th anniversary Gayla in 2017.  Holiday with Heart is glad to have Mockensturm Ltd. continue this show of support to the local LGBT communities through return 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.






Signature Bank Shows Support for LGBT Communities

Signature Bank at 4607 W. Sylvania Ave. in Toledo, was founded in 2002 as a locally owned and operated bank that focuses on the business, institutional, governmental and professional communities in Northwest Ohio.  They are owned by approximately 500 local shareholders and governed by a local board of directors.
Their local decision making gives them the ability to provide custom solutions to clients.  The “Gold Standard” service philosophy is supported by their clients’ opinions; 100% of Signature Bank clients consistently recommend their banking services to others.
Holliday with Heart is so pleased to announce Signature Bank as a sponsor of the 2018 Gayla.  This show of support for the local LGBT communities is greatly appreciated.  Click the logo image to visit the website for Signature Bank.









New Sponsor Honors Decades Long Tradition of Support

The Flower Market was the first and longest running sponsor of the annual Gayla event.  They would provide an annual in-kind sponsorship of flower goods and services to the event.  The Flower Market was purchased by Bartz Viviano this year.  Holiday with Heart is so pleased to learn that Bartz Viviano will keep this tradition of support to the LGBT communities.  We welcome them to Holiday with Heart Charity and are thankful for the commitment.  If you’re searching for “florist near me” in Toledo, Ohio, you need to go with Bartz Viviano – simply the best local florist. They have been delivering happiness with beautiful flowers to the Toledo area since 1964. Their creative florists create custom flower arrangements – from everyday flower bouquets to special event centerpieces. With same-day flower delivery you can get gorgeous blooms, plants and gift baskets to your door year-round. See why generations love getting and sending flowers from them.  Click the logo to visit the website. 


Hitchings Insurance Return Sponsor of 2018 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 2018. 
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.
Financial Advisors Savage & Associates, Dan Finkel Sponsor

Dan Finkel has been a member of Savage & Associates since 1999. He helps people build wealth by assisting with retirement savings. He helps protect that wealth with life, health and disability insurance. Then in retirement, he helps people manage their investments and distributions to make sure those assets provide a steady income as long as possible.  Thank you Dan and Savage & Associates for your support of the NW Ohio LGBT communities with this year's event sponsorship.  Click Dan's photo for link to his business contact information. 

Huntington Return Sponsor for 2018 

Holiday with Heart is glad to announce that Huntington will return for a second year as a sponsor of the Gayla event. Huntington Bank has a long and distinguished history of supporting programs throughout Northwest Ohio that are designed to enrich the community.  The breadth and depth of these efforts range from multi-million dollar programs aimed at the revitalization of major parts of the city, to the individual volunteer efforts of Huntington associates at all levels of the corporation. These programs are innovative and creative, and thanks to the partnership between Huntington and local governments and nonprofits, goals have been set and solutions found to area problems. Huntington provides support in a variety of areas including economic development, health care, housing, education and the arts.  Huntington Bank is proud to be in its 149th year as an essential partner in N.W. Ohio.  These programs underscore the innovation that is a hallmark of Huntington’s efforts to support Northwest Ohio programs and nonprofits for the long-term.  Click the logo below to visit their website.
Great Lakes Sound and Lighting Return Sponsor 

In the event photo at the top of this Welcome page, one notices the festive, elegant lighting.  The snowflake projections, the green up lighting, all give the Gayla event a special touch, year after year.  Holiday with Heart is pleased to have the sponsorship of Great Lakes Sound and Lighting again this year.  HWH appreciates these lighting services being donated by Great Lakes in support of the LGBT communities of N.W. Ohio.


Miller Lite Sponsorship of 2018 Gayla Event  

We are pleased to have Miller Lite return as a second year sponsor for Holiday with Heart. They have made an in kind donation of over $500.00 with vinyl patio banners and posters to promote the event within all the Toledo LGBT bars. Thank you to Brian Saunders for making this happen, and giving the event much needed exposure through your generous donation. 



Toledo LGBT Bars Unite to Sponsor Annual Raffle  

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce that the Toledo LGBT bars will join forces again this year to continue the annual HWH tradition of the "Booze Wagon" and "Beer Barrow" as raffle items.  The wagon is filled with bottles of premium liquor and barware.  The "Beer Barrow" is a wheelbarrow overflowing with cases of craft and premium beers.  We are much appreciative of the combined support of Mojo/Legends Showbar, Georgjz419, RHouse, and Other Side/My House Diner.   
PRIZM  Magazine Joins as Media Sponsor for 2018 

Prizm magazine has joined us as a media sponsor. They have donated a half page, full color, ad that will appear in the November issue.  They are a first time sponsor to Holiday with Heart but last year the magazine did a full page profile on our 40th anniversary. They also give us review coverage after the event.  


METRA Magazine Joins as Media Sponsor for 2018  

METRA  magazine out of Detroit has join us as a media sponsor. They donated a full page ad in the November issue.


2017 Beneficiary: University of Toledo LGBTQA Initiative 

The University of Toledo LGBTQA Initiative was a beneficiary of the 2017 Gayla event.  On April 19th, 2018 a check presentation ceremony was held to present the check for $5,000 which will go towards their goal of a fully endowed LGBT scholarship that could be awarded to two students every year indefinitely. 


YGE Beneficiary Update: Ann Locher Fund at UTMC Support

At our April meeting the board of directors discussed the YGE program, one of the planned 2017 recipients.  Due to staffing changes at the Ryan White program, the YGE program is currently on a hiatus with no firm restart date.  The directors discussed to divert the funds to sponsor “Sweetdreams”.  Sweedreams is the spring fundraiser for the Ann Wayson Locher fund at UTMC for HIV care.  We are proud to sponsor this event held May 12th at the Radisson Hotel on the UT Medical Campus.  Jennifer Holiday of Dream Girls fame will be the keynote speaker and entertainment. 


40th Anniversary Gayla Event Was a Huge Success!

Thanks to all of the guests of the event, the sponsors, the volunteers, and everyone else involved; the 2017, 40th Annual Gayla Holiday Dinner & Dance was a huge success!  The financials related to the event are posted below.  In addition to the net income listed from the event, a separate drive for donations to the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation raised another $10,000 night of the event.  One individual made a $5,000 matching promise, if $5,000 could be brought in as checks to the Holiday with Heart Fund on the night of the event.  Having reached this goal, the promised match funds have already been deposited to the fund (see Holiday with Heart Foundation tab on this site).  On April 19th, 2018 Holiday with Heart will hold a check ceremony when checks will be presented to the beneficiaries of the 2017 Gayla.  Check back after the April 19th event for updates on the disbursements to the beneficiaries.  

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