Local firm aids in nationwide campaign to Help Save the Next Girl
WebArt, a Toledo based web development company is part of the creative team who joined forces with media outlets and the parents of murdered Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington to launch a national multi-media campaign to Help Save The Next Girl.
In a news release, Morgan’s mother, Gil Harrington, stated “The campaign has multiple objectives. In Virginia, we are running the ads on media websites in the triangle surrounding Charlottesville from Richmond to Blacksburg all the way to Washington, DC – in hopes that it might trigger someone’s memory and help authorities in their search for this violent predator.”
October 17 marked two years since Morgan, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student was abducted and brutally murdered after leaving a concert on the University of Virginia campus. Her remains were found in January 2010 on a farm about eight miles away from the bridge where she was last seen. No one has been arrested.
The HelpSaveTheNextGirl.com campaign has national objectives as well. The creative team is developing a multimedia campaign aimed at bringing awareness to the vulnerability of young women and empowering them to make the best choices for their own safety -- and the safety of their friends.
“I have a daughter almost exactly the same age as Morgan was when she was killed,” said Steve Timofeev, WebArt spokesman and an Oregon resident. “As I came to know of the Harrington’s story, I was touched by their tenacity and willingness to reach beyond their grief to help others. I was proud to stand with them in Charlottesville as they launched this critical national initiative.”
The website is to become a central point of information for other victim families nationwide – providing them with action steps, logos, templates and resources to use in their own specific cases. Additionally, the team is utilizing social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to help develop an instant and recognizable communications network for families with a missing child.
Currently, HelpSaveTheNextGirl.com has links to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Center for Missing Adults, the VA State Police Tip Line and the Harrington family site. The goal is to have all 50 states represented so people can quickly link to the unsolved cases and resources for their own area.
“We know we cannot bring our daughter back,” says Morgan’s father, Dan Harrington. “But moving forward, perhaps we can help save the next girl by strengthening awareness and heightening the vigilance of individuals and communities nationwide.”
At the clubs
Christine Brennan, an award winning USA Today sports columnist, best selling author and commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports Radio, will speak to the members of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce on Monday, November 7, 11:30 a.m. at The Toledo Club, 235 14th Street in downtown Toledo.
Brennan, a Toledo native, has covered 14 consecutive Olympic Games, summer and winter. She is the nation's most widely read female sports columnist. She was the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at The Washington Post (1985).
Brennan, a 1976 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement.
Tickets for the luncheon are $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Call Sarah at 419-693-5580 or email her at
Car sales up
The seven dealers located in the Eastern Maumee Bay communities continue to compile strong sales of new cars for the first three-quarters of the year, according to Autoview Online, a data-marketing firm that compiles registration and sales information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Sales are up 28 percent, a drop from first half sales which were up almost 42 percent. The top selling car is the Ford Fusion, followed by the Chevrolet Malibu and Chevy Equinox. The Ford F-150 has replaced the Chevy Silverado as the top selling truck.
The seven dealers are: Dunn Chevy Buick and Mathews Ford in Oregon; Genoa Chevrolet and Genoa Ford in Genoa; Tri-Motor Sales in Oak Harbor; Keller Chevrolet in Gibsonburg and Rouen Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge in Woodville.
The bottom line
First Defiance Financial Corp., parent company of First Federal, has announced net income for the third quarter totaled $4.1 million, or 36 cents per diluted common share, compared to $2.3 million or 22 cents diluted common share for the third quarter of 2010, according to a company news release.
The third quarter results include expense for provision for loan losses of $3.1 million, compared with $5.2 million for the same period in 2010 and $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2011.
Non-performing loans totaled $51.2 million, a increase from $46.2 million from 2010. The balance included $48.3 million of loans that are on non-accrual and another $2.9 million of loans that are still accruing, but are considered non-performing because of changes in terms granted to borrowers. In addition, First Defiance had $5.8 million of real estate owned (OREO), a decrease of $1.6 million or 21 percent from $7.4 million at June 30, 2011 and down from $11.1 million at
The right thing
The staff at Elmore Chiropractic participated in the Oak Harbor Apple Festival and raised $400 for Habitat for Humanity.
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