Local woman Honored for Tourism work
A local woman was one of two employees in the tourism industry to be recognized for their contributions by Destination Toledo, Inc. (formerly the Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau).
Tina Jaco was selected as the recipient of the Hospitality Employee of the Year, for her outstanding efforts in extending gracious hospitality to visitors of the region. Tina has worked as a server at Maumee Bay Resort since its opening in May 1991. Nominated for her positive attitude and infectious smile, Tina was recognized for exceptional guest service as well as her willingness to mentor new employees at the Resort and impart the importance of each employee in positively representing the area to visitors.
Joe Napoli, President and General Manager of the Toledo Mud Hens was presented the Tourism Impact Award for his work not only in the revitalization of the Mud Hens baseball franchise, but also for bringing hockey and arena football to the new downtown Toledo arena and working to streamline the recruitment and management of the three sports teams that will call Toledo home by the end of 2010.
Organizations from across the Greater Toledo area were encouraged to nominate hospitality employees for the Hospitality Employee Award in recognition of their outstanding service to visitors and guests. A committee narrowed the nominations down to three finalists and then selected with winner. The awards were presented by County Commissioner Pete Gerken and Dave Nolan, President of Destination Toledo, Inc., at the recent Commissioner’s Conference on Tourism.
According to July 2008 statistics from the Ohio Department of Development, tourism in Northwest Ohio brought in $4.7 billion in sales, $1.3 billion in wages, $641 million in taxes and 63,000 employed workers. In Lucas County tourism generated $1.6 billion in sales, $421 million in wages, $208 million in taxes and created 19,000 private sector jobs.
The Oregon Firefighters Association will host its first golf outing to raise funds for it memorial fund Saturday, July 11 at Eagles Landing. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m. Call Michael Jimenez at 419-698-9504
Sponsors and teams are sought for the Randy Kordash Golf Classic to raise funds for the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation. The outing will be held Monday, June 8 at Belmont Country Club.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce is seeking golfers and sponsors for its annual golf outing to be held June 18. Call 419-693-5580.
The East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Scholarship Golf Outing is set for Friday, July 17 at Eagles Landing Golf Course. Call John Eisenhart at 419-346-0231.
Cody Miller, 22, a recent graduate of Heidelberg College, will join Alan Miller Jewelers in Oregon. He will work the floor as a trainee. He majored in business and is the son of Alan Miller, store owner.
Do the right thing
Bay Park Community Hospital will host its annual Treasure Island Celebrity Wait Dinner Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in downtown Toledo. Call 419-690-7700.
United Way of Greater Toledo announced a $9,000 contribution from Toledo Edison and its employees to a basic needs fund offered through United Way and the Toledo Community Foundation (TCF).
Each year, Toledo Edison holds a Harvest for Hunger campaign, rallying employees to help feed needy people in Northwest Ohio.
The basic needs fund is a joint venture between United Way and TCF to respond to the rising number of essential needs in our community. Each organization contributed $100,000 to the fund which offers match grants to qualifying organizations. The $9,000 donation from Toledo Edison will be earmarked strictly for food needs.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, June 19 at 7:15 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
Brad Sander, assistant branch manager at GenoaBank, has been awarded the 2009 Ottawa County Leadership Award for his leadership and dedication to the Ottawa County community. The award was presented at the Leadership Ottawa County Graduation dinner, held Wednesday, May 20.
Sander was recognized for both his personal involvement, and the involvement of GenoaBank in community activities.
Leadership Ottawa County is a community leadership development program that annually brings community leaders together to exchange knowledge and learn about diverse areas of interest in the community as well as share their own unique experiences and backgrounds.