For two weeks, Hollywood Casino Toledo’s “Hollywood Cares” committee collected donations of peanut butter and jelly from its team members to benefit Food for Thought, a local food bank.
On Nov. 15, Sam Melden, Food for Thought’s executive director accepted the donation, which included enough peanut butter and jelly to cover Food for Thought’s needs for 17 weeks and feed almost 6,000 people.
“I think the cool story here is how the Hollywood team members rallied around such a creative idea, and in such a big way,” Melden said. “Such a large donation will help Food for Thought continue its work throughout our region.” The Hollywood Cares committee at Hollywood Casino Toledo includes team members from many departments that are willing to dedicate their time to community outreach initiatives. In September, they fielded a team of 43 walkers for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and raised over $2,100 for the event.
Vice President of Human Resources at Hollywood Casino, Jennifer Spencer said the committee is special because the team members get to choose what organizations they want to support. “When we had the idea for this committee it was important for us to give the team members a choice with whom we partner because if they are passionate about a cause, the work they do will be more meaningful.”
Fremont Toastmasters Celebrating 60 years
Fremont Toastmasters will mark its 60th anniversary in December. A dinner will be held Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at Fremont Alliance Church, 936 N. Brush St., Fremont. Alumnae and friends may learn more about the event by contacting Tom Scherf at 419-332-5363 or
Reservations are requested by Dec. 4. The cost is $11. Members of the public are invited to learn more about Toastmasters by contacting Pat Church at
or calling 419-901-0121. Since 1953, the club has been dedicated to helping people become better speakers and leaders.
“Fremont Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to overcome their fear of public speaking and sharpen presentation skills,” says Joyce Hayden, President of Fremont Toastmasters. “Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one’s confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener.”
The Fremont club meets each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the first-floor Chestnut Café at the Fremont Memorial Hospital, at 715 S. Taft Ave., Fremont For more information about the club, visit 1402.toastmastersclubs.org.
Raffle winner announced
Friends of the Genoa Branch Library have announced the winner of the October Art Basket Raffle was Shelly Sanderson of Genoa. The Friends would like to thank all who purchased tickets.
During the month of December, the group is offering a special lifetime membership available at a cost of $50, which includes a free tote bag. Membership applications are available at the library, 602 West St., Genoa.