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Amazing Raise fundraiser
Thirty-three teams participated in the second annual Amazing Island Raise, a fundraiser for Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA held on Put-in-Bay June 14.

The 160 participants raced around the island, solving clues and completing challenges. The top finisher was “Nautical Nuisance” led by team captain Emily Dunfee, which finished in just over one hour and 40 minutes. Coming in second place was “FUNraisers” captained by Chris Galvin.

“The Ratchet Squad” with captain Jennie Cramer led the effort for fundraising, coaxing visitors to the island to donate $205. The trivia challenge on the Miller Ferry was won by “The Incredibles,” captained by Diane Kurfis.

Joyful Connections is a supervised visitation and exchange center that provides a safe homelike atmosphere for children to visit with their families.

Ottawa County CASA is a highly trained volunteer group that advocates on behalf of children being served through the Juvenile Court system.


Leadership Ottawa County
The 2014 Leadership Ottawa County class was recognized at a graduation ceremony May 21 at the Catawba Island Clubhouse.

L.O.C board members and alumni congratulated the graduating class and recognized their hard work in successfully implementing their class project, Pop Up Talent.

The project involved an April fundraiser that supported United Way’s Lake Erie Adventure Play Program, which encourages creative problem-solving skills in child-directed play using recyclable items.

During the graduation ceremony, the LOC board presented the annual Leadership Award to alumnae Eryn Bauer Sanders, Rural Outreach Coordinator with the Ability Center of Ottawa County leadership in helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.

The 2014 class members included:
Diane Ball, OSS Solid Waste District; Kathy Berger, Terra Community College; Laurie Cleaver, Ottawa County Transportation Agency; Kathy Dale, Danbury Township Zoning; Steve Hall, First Energy; Steve Lange, Ottawa County Sanitary Department; Dawn Segaard, Ottawa County Board of DD; Vern Shepherd, Lakeside United Methodist Church; Amy Simkus, Stein Hospice; Becky Simpson, Ottawa Soil & Water District; Kirsten Trammel, Otterbein North Shore and Andrew Wells, Kroger.

Leadership Ottawa County is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop, strengthen and enrich leaders within Ottawa County through an annual community leadership development program.

To learn more about this program or to apply for enrollment for the 2015 class, visit leadershipottawacounty.com.


Club Red membership event
American Red Cross of Ottawa County’s Club Red recently held the 8th Annual “Sherry & Chocolates” event at the home of Eric and Peggy Rolf on Catawba Island.

Ninety guests attended the annual membership drive, hosted by Club Red founder Cindy Amerine. The evening featured a tour of “Eagle’s Ridge,” the picturesque Rolf home. Guests also enjoyed music presented by pianist Greg Fox.

Club Red co-chairs Lynn Majce and Danis Putzbach shared information about the ladies group and its mission to educate the public of the many Red Cross programs and services offered locally and across the country.

The event also heralded the upcoming “Bavarian Summer Fest – Willkommen” Club Red Gala, which will be held Friday, July 18 at 6 p.m. at the Catawba Island Club. Tickets are $110 and are available now by contacting the American Red Cross of Ottawa County at 419-734-1100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the event, visit redcross.org/ottawagala2014.

Club Red is open to all women interested in supporting the American Red Cross. For more information on how to become involved, call Lynn Majce at 419-798-5986.


Pastor ordained in ceremony
Juli Bertalan, pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Main Street, Millbury, was ordained June 11.

The service was held at Bertalan’s home church, Calvin United Church of Christ, Bakewell Street, East Toledo. Rev. Daniel Bush, Northwest Ohio Association of United Church of Christ and Rev. Ed Heilman, Park Congregational United Church of Christ, Toledo, presided over the ordination service.

Other pastors who participated in the service included her father, Rev. Imre Bertalan, executive director of Bethlen Retirement Communities, Ligonier, Pa.

Pastor Juli’s service was presented in English, with parts spoken in Hungarian. A reception followed at the Hungarian Club of Toledo.

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