Company Name - Company Message
Your Hosts for the Evening
David Bingham - David, a long time friend of founding member David Hindall, is not sure when he first attended the Gayla. David became a member of the board of directors when some of the founding members wished to step back from their leadership roles for this event. David’s role on the committee is to do whatever he is told, and be quick about it. He can always be counted on to mix a cocktail or lick a few stamps. In addition to his charity work through Holiday with Heart, David is the board chairman (Senior Warden) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where he is active in feeding the poor and providing leadership for the church. Professionally, David is an advanced practice nurse providing psychiatric care through the community mental health organization, Harbor. In March of 2010, David began providing psychiatric care to members of the HIV community through the Ryan White Program at UTMC.
Rick CornettRick first attend the event in 1991 and has been an active supporter ever since. In 2005 Rick joined the board of directors when the new committee was formed and has proudly served to help raise funds and awareness for causes in the Northwest Ohio GLBT community. In the past he has worked with SRO, Decked Out, Sex, Drag and Rock & Roll, and, most recently, the Toledo Pride Festival and parade. Rick is involved in all aspects of the event but his main focus is publicity, advertising and promotion to ensure the event receives proper coverage in the local media. Rick is a staff writer with the Toledo Free Press with a reoccouring column on GLBT issues. He also writes three columns for Pride's Eye magazine and also serves as their photographer. Rick serves as the liason between the event and the Toledo gay bar community collecting new names for our mailing list and encouraging new people to attend. He was responsible for naming the organization Holiday with Heart and collaborates in the website design. A professional floral designer for over thirty years Rick is employed by ProMedica at the Flower Market in Toledo. 
Ed Hoffman - The founders of the Christmas Dinner Dance were Ed Hoffman, Dick Flock and David Hindall.  Coming from various positions in the Northwest Ohio businesses, these individuals decided to create an event that would bring the GLBT community together during the holidays.  Over the years all three of these men have supported multiple charitable organizations but the dinner dance, which began in 1977 with 16 people in attendance, has been their most enduring hallmark.



Steve Maenle - Steve began working to support the local LGBT community as a student at the University of Toledo working with three other students to form the first official University recognized Gay Lesbian Student Union. In addition to providing education, public awareness and training specific to the LGBT population, Steve worked with the Office of Affirmative Action to get language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation included in regulations governing conduct on the campus. After starting to attend the Holiday With Heart event in 2009, this interest in activism was rekindled. Steve began volunteering with the committee, and was pleased to be asked to join as a Committee member in 2013. Steve is looking forward to working with this smart, fun, dedicated group by continuing the work of developing corporate sponsorships.  Steve works as a developmental disabilities professional. His work includes serving as a member of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Behavior Support Advisory Committee, Statewide Positive Culture Initiative Committee, and served as the Program Director for Sunshine Children’s Home for 10 years. Steve now works as a Program Administrator with Ohio’s largest non-profit provider of developmental disabilities services, CRSI. Steve is a Toledo native currently residing in the Close Park neighborhood.
Wayne North - Wayne first attended in 2005 as a guest of some friends and has not missed a year since. Wayne's first Gayla was also the event at which he met his partner, David Bingham. Wayne began working with the Gayla as an understudy to the founders. He made formal application to the State and Federal government, and Holiday with Heart became a recognized charity the next year. As a board member, Wayne works with the other members to create a fun and memorable evening for the guests while raising significant financial support for the charities. His goal has been to expand participation in the event to include a wider representation of the GLBT community. In other roles, he has been associated with Assistance Dogs of America since 1981 and served as Board President for 6 years. He is also active in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Toledo.  Wayne manages the financial aspect of the organization. A licensed veterinarian in the State of Ohio and Michigan, he has been in private practice in Perrysburg, Ohio since 1978.
Jack Howard - This is Jack’s first year on the board/committee and he’s eager to help make the event special and to assist in any way he can.  He’s not new to LGBT involvement.  Jack was one of the founding members of PRO-Toledo (Personal Rights Organization), helped write its constitution, and served as one of the early presidents.  He also helped to originate the PROgram, their monthly newsletter, and underwrote the cost of the PRO phone hotline.  About the same time Jack invited personal friends to come to his house for coffee on a Tuesday night.  That became a weekly event to socialize as an alternative to going out to the bars.  Because of Jack’s involvement in PRO the Tuesday gatherings began to rotate among other members and became known as the PRO coffee group.  Nearly 50 years later they still meet, now known as the Glass City Men’s Coffee Group.   Jack is a Toledo native, graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology, then obtained his MBA as a finance major from the University of Toledo.  After working in banking for 15 years, Jack and his partner started a mortgage company which they owned for 25 years.  He was a founding member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Northwest Ohio, served as president three times, and is currently the treasurer, as well as Administrator to run their operations.  “I really look forward to the annual Christmas gala to renew old acquaintances and to meet new friends.  It’s especially rewarding to be involved since this event raises funds to help the LGBT community.” 

Susan Carter - Susan Carter graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in fine art and enough talent to begin making her living…dressing dummies at J.L. Hudson’s store at the new Franklin Park Mall.  Her passion for justice and equality drove her back to UT in 1989 for a Master’s in Counseling so she could offer lesbian/gay affirming therapy in our community.  When her best friend, Harold, was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, her life and work were permanently redirected.  Louis Escobar gave Sue the opportunity to become a volunteer support group facilitator for the NOVA Program and David’s House.  She also volunteered at the first HIV test site in Toledo inspired by Ann Locher RN and since 1991, Sue has been part of UTMC’s Ryan White program, working with Joan Duggan, MD. These dear friends and mentors brought knowledge, purpose, and passion to Sue’s life.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is dedicated to justice and equality and Sue has lent her energy to it since the 1990’s including 10 years as Ohio board president.  As for her fine art degree, Sue’s performance art exhibits, banners and picket signs, are frequently seen on the nightly news, at rallies for peace, justice and human rights from Toledo to Washington D.C.  

Joann Jakeway- Jo has been on the Holiday with Heart committee since 2015.  She started her volunteer career at the age of 14 with the Toledo ZOOTeen program and put in 4500 hours in a 5 year period.  After many options and decisions, she has finally found her niche.  Jo currently works as a Volunteer Accessibility Supervisor at the zoo which helps individuals with disabilities be able to volunteer at the zoo.  She wears many hats in the community.  Not only does she serve on this committee but also serves as board president to The Promise House Project. Jo, and her wife, Gina currently have 7 adopted children and are fostering 2 others.  They have been featured on the Human Rights Campaign website in recognition of Adoption month.  Jo enjoys giving her time to her family and serving the community. Her motto is "Be the Change you wish to see in the world"-Ghandi

Joe Howe -Joe has been involved in volunteer work since the first days of the AIDS pandemic reaching the Greater Toledo area in the mid 1980’s. He worked as a volunteer with the NOVA Project, going into hospital rooms that nurses often refused to enter to provide haircuts, or simply companionship to men who were dying of AIDS. Joe has sat on the Board of Directors for David’s House Compassion, Inc. and was a former member of the Ohio AIDS Prevention and Planning Committee. He served as the emcee for the first AIDS Awareness Day event for the Lucas County Health Department as well as having a long-standing history as a volunteer with the Red Cross and MCO (UTMC) HIV test sites as an HIV Counselor. Joe has been involved in numerous outreach programs with the HIV/AIDS community, as well as having a long history working within the gay community, both as an entertainer and philanthropically, and is very proud to make the Ruby Anniversary of Holiday With Heart his first year as a member of the Board.

Nick Nevins- Profile pending

Billy Mann - Since a young age Billy Mann has been involved with philanthropy and fundraising. A native Toledoan, Billy was exposed to his current employer the Boys & Girls Club of Toledo in 1995. Over the years he has organized Christmas gift drives for Club families, passed out goodies at the annual Christmas Party and has volunteered his time at the annual fishing derby and at the Club’s Power Hour program.  In 2004 at the age of 18, Billy also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Billy is a 2009 Graduate of Loyola University Chicago, with Degrees in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising. While in Chicago, he worked for The March of Dimes on their Signature Chef Auction, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago as Assistant Events Director, and also the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago as a Development Intern. As President of the Loyola University Marketing Club Billy created unique event experiences including, bringing Donald Trump’s Apprentice winner, Bill Rancic, and past Saks 5 Avenue CEO, Christina Johnson Wolf, as keynote speakers. With family and job offerings in Ohio, Billy moved back to Toledo in the winter of 2009 to work for the Boys & Girls Clubs and American Rent-All. Through his work at American Rent-All, Billy saw the behind the scenes operations of many successful Toledo events. Recently, Billy is now the full time Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo, and handles their signature fundraiser, Barefoot at the Beach, among other events. Billy was a 2012 nominee for the “20 under 40” in Toledo. He is also a third generation board member of the Downtown Toledo Kiwanis Club. Billy has been a volunteer for the Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla for 2 years now, and actively aids the committee with décor and arrangements at the event.

HWH New Members 2017

This year, 2017, brought the departure of Neil Koplitz from the committee with his move to New Jersey.  Jack Howard, Sue Carter, Joe Howe, and Nick Nevins joined in 2017.  The committee now exist of 12 memebers (pictured below with exception of Michelle).  Our thanks to Tom Brooks/Brooks Photography for all of the images on this page.  HWH becomes a stronger team with the strengths each new addition brings.  Stay tuned for profiles section updates.

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