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Relief funds available to help tornado victims recover
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 22 July 2010 15:01

Tornado victims who are in need of assistance to meet both immediate and long-term recovery needs are urged to contact WSOS Community Action, Inc. caseworker Lisa Mora at 419-836-8986.

WSOS, a private nonprofit Community Action Agency, is helping to oversee distribution of funds available through the Lake Township Long-Term Disaster Relief Fund.

Among the funds available to help victims are the proceeds from a benefit concert held at Metcalf Airport July 11. More than 6,000 people attended the fundraiser, which brought in more than $57,000 in cash and gift cards valued at $6,650, said Teri Michalak., chairman of the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the relief fund.

Michalak added that donations are still coming in and those unable to attend may make monetary donations to State Bank, 301 N. Main St., Walbridge.

Mora will meet with victims to assess their needs, both immediate and long-term. After the assessment, she will present recommendations to a seven-member committee comprised of church representatives, government officials and members of the community. The committee reviews applications and oversees dispersal of the funds, based on need. Officials say they are concerned that some victims may not be aware of the availability of the assistance because they have been displaced from their homes. 

Fundraisers planned
A pair of fundraisers are being organized to benefit Lake Township Police and Fire departments.

A Ride to Recovery to benefit Lake Township Police and Fire will be held Aug. 7 at Signature Harley-Davidson in Perrysburg.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The donation is $10 per person. Bikes will depart from Signature H-D at noon.

The police-escorted ride will travel through tornado-devastated areas in Wood and Ottawa counties, ending at about 2 p.m. at Pub 51, 5110 Woodville Rd., Northwood, where there will be a cookout, raffles, corn hole tourney, KENO and more. Live music will be provided by He Said, She Said at 9 p.m.

Rossford Police & Fire will hold a fundraiser to benefit Lake Township Police and Fire Associations Aug. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at IBEW Locals 8 and 245 Union Halls, 727 Lime City Rd., Rossford.

There will be refreshments including hot dogs and hamburgers, beer and pop and live music. Commemorative T-shirts will also be available.

To participate, contact Officer Jodi Johnson at 419-666-7390.

WTOL-TV anchor Jerry Anderson will host “Lifting Up Lake,” a 5K run-walk-crawl to benefit Lake Local Schools Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

The $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt. Register online at or on-site on the day of the race. Sponsors for the event are Lake Local Schools and Northwest Ohio School Boards Association.

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