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2017 Beneficiary: University of Toledo LGBTQA Initiative 

The University of Toledo LGBTQA Initiative was a beneficiary of the 2017 Gayla event.   On April 19th, 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.  

 2017 Gayla Reservations

 Event Sponsorships

 From Donated Raffle Items

 Total Income From Event
 Toledo Club Bill (after drink credit)
 Decorations, Vocalist, & DJ
Printing, Postage,
& Supplies
 40th Glassware & Plaque Award
 Net Income from 2017 Gayla
 $20, 409

Registration Opens for 40th Anniversary Gayla Event

You are cordially invited to the 40th Annual Holiday Dinner & Dance, the premier social event for the LGBT community and friends, Sunday, December 3, 2017. The Gayla is 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., $85 single ticket, at The Toledo Club, 14th and Madison Ave., Toledo, Ohio.  Event includes cocktail entertainment by Matt Richardson, Photobooth, after dinner dancing with DJ Jason, and raffles. 

Registration Process: Tables seat 10 people. Seating assignments will be filled on a first come basis.  To assure seating preferences, all registration forms for a group must be submitted together along with full payment for that group. There must be a separate registration form for each attendee.  Tickets are not mailed; your pre-paid reservation will be awaiting you at the check-in table the night of the eventThose on our mailing list will have registration cards mailed on October 28th.  If not on this year's list (add by sending contact information to [email protected]), or if in need of additional registrations, click the link below the event photo to download the printable form.

Beneficiaries of 2017 Gayla Fundraiser Announced

Holiday with Heart is happy to announce the beneficiaries of the 2017 Gayla.  This year proceeds raised from the event will go to three causes: The University of Toledo LGBTA Initiatives, YGE Program (Young, Gay, and Empowered), and the Toledo Community Foundation Holiday with Heart Fund.

The University of Toledo LGBTQA Initiative is currently raising funds for a LGBTA scholarship at the University of Toledo.  Funds from the Gayla will go towards their goal of a fully endowed scholarship that could be awarded to two students every year indefinitely. Click on the link to learn more.  

YGE (Young, Gay, and Empowered) is part of the Ryan White Program at the University of Toledo Medical Center.  The funds from the Gayla will go to help continue support services for young, gay, bisexual, and questioning African American men along with a safe place for them to come together.  The group was developed to give these men a place to discuss effective methods to address racial, social, and economic disparities affecting the sexual health of this demographic.  Click on the image to learn more.
The Holiday with Heart fund is a fund within the Toledo Community Foundation set up to benefit LGBT causes.  Visit the Holiday with Heart Foundation tab on this webpage to learn more about the fund.

Film Pre-Release Screening Fundraiser Success

Holiday with Heart Charity held a pre-release screening of the film "A Very Sordid Wedding" written and directed by Del Shores.  This film is the long awaited sequel to "Sordid Lives".  The fundraiser was held at the Maumee Indoor Theater in Maumee, OH. on Sunday, September 10th, 2017.  Thanks to everyone who attended, making this a fun and successful event.  After all cost and splitting profits with the film makers, HWH raised $877.92 to advance the 2017 chartable objectives.   

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.

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.  
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Return Sponsor for 2017

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 the commitment to helping 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 2017 Gayla event.  Also this year SLK will provide a 40th anniversary HWH logo glassware gift to each event registrant of the event.  We are grateful for the on-going support of local LGBT communities.  Click the logo to visit their 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.

Huntington First Time Blue Level Sponsor of 2017 Gayla

Holiday with Heart is glad to announce that Huntington will be a first time significant Blue Level  sponsor of the Gayla event this year.  Toledo, Ohio is the headquarters of Huntington. 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. The leadership and the colleagues at the bank take this role seriously.  These programs underscored 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.

Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant Awarded to HWH

The Jamilynn Fox Agency is an Allstate Insurance Agency with two locations in the Toledo area (6616 Monroe Suite 10, and 5415 Secor Rd.).  Jamilynn has been an Allstate agent for more than 10 years, and has been in the insurance industry for 15 years. She is a commercially certified agent, and also specializes in home, auto and life insurance.  Holiday with Heart is so pleased to be the recipient of a 2017 “Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant”.  This grant was awarded not just on the merits of the chartable work of Holiday with Heart, but also in recognition of the volunteerism that Jamilynn and agent John Turski give to support LGBT causes in N.W. Ohio.   For more than 60 years, The Allstate Foundation has been bringing out the good in millions of lives.  Allstate agency owners, employees, and leaders are passionate about inspiring social change.  Whether it's your home, your family, your bike or your boat, click the logo below to make an appointment with the Jamilynn Fox Agency and see how Allstate can help protect the things that matter most to you in life.

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.

The Flower Market Continues Support For 2017 Gayla Event

Holiday with Heart thanks our longest running Sponsor, The Flower Market, as it steps forward once again with 2017 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.

Financial Advisor Dan Finkel Provides HWH Sponsorship

Dan Finkel has joined with other first time Holiday with Heart sponsors in recognition of this historic 40th anniversary event.  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 for your support of the NW Ohio LGBT communities.  Click Dan's photo for link to his business contact information. 

Broer-Freeman Donate Ruby to 40th Anniversary Cause

Holiday with Heart is honored to have the sponsorship support from new event sponsors Broer- Freeman Jewelers.  They will donate a ruby valued at $1,200 to be raffled at the 40 anniversary Gayla on December 3rd.  This will include a discount on setting the ruby.  Located at 4328 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, they have been operating in Toledo since 1877.  Broer-Freeman isn’t your average jewelry store. Their selection is remarkable, guaranteeing that any product you purchase from them will be of the utmost quality. They also offer custom design services. Whether you want a piece crafted based on a previously-existing design or for it to be an entirely personal creation based upon your unique tastes, Broer-Freeman can help. In addition, they offer a number of repair services.  Broer-Freeman offers appraisals for insurance claims and/or estate collection valuations. GIA-certified staff has the knowledge, experience and dedication necessary to provide you with precisely what you require.  Whether you need to purchase, repair, alter or appraise a piece of jewelry, you can trust Broer-Freeman.

Dessert Sponsors Step Up to Support 40th Gayla

Taking on the role of Dessert Sponsor for the Gayla is a big undertaking that is always much appreciated.  This year desserts for the anniversary event will be provided by Jackie Sullivan and Pattye Nicolls.  Holiday with Heart has been fortunate to have many talented people provide wonderful desserts, and we look forward to adding Jackie & Pattye to that list.   

Toledo LGBT Bars Unite to Support HWH 40th Gayla

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce that the Toledo LGBT bars will join forces this year to continue the annual HWH tradition of the "Booze Wagon" as one of the raffle items.  This wagon is filled with bottles of premium liquor and barware.  In addition they will provide a new raffle item: the "Beer Barrow".  This wheelbarrow will be overflowing with cases of craft and premium beers and beer related barware.  We are much appreciative of the combined support of Mojo/Legends Showbar, Georgjz419, RHouse, Other Side/My House Diner, and Bretz.     

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 for our 40th event.  HWH appreciates these lighting services being donated by Great Lakes in support of the LGBT communities of N.W. Ohio.

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