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.
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,
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.
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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