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Disco Fever raises $18,000 for family center
It was a groovy time in East Toledo on Saturday, April 28 when the East Toledo Family Center held its Disco Fever Gala.  Big hair, bellbottoms and wide collared shirts filled the room as guests enjoyed the disco theme.  The 15th annual Gala had a crowd of nearly 250 people who support the agency. 

Tina Shaerban of WTOL Channel 11 News served as master of ceremonies. She presented Distinguished Citizen Awards to Joe Kochanski and George Marshall, and the Richard Fisher Educator Awards to Michelle Hammond, Jennifer McKarns and Sue Rowe.

Educators of the Year. Michelle Hammond, Jennifer McKarns,
Dick Fisher(event chairman) and Sue Rowe.

Chairpersons Dick and Sandy Fisher were also presented with a Distinguished Citizen Award and the crowd honored them with a standing ovation.

The disco theme was displayed throughout the room and was the creation of Dick and Sandy Fisher, chairpersons of the event.  Peace, love and joy posters were hanging around the room along with disco balls that were part of each centerpiece. The dance floor was filled as D.J. Doug Kwiatkowski played all the favorite tunes from the 1970s. 

Approximately $18,000 was raised by bidding on the silent auction, buying mystery boxes and signing up on various raffle boards. The proceeds from the event were to benefit the child care department which includes the center’s preschool program, before/after school program and summer child care.

Sponsors were Mercy St. Charles Hospital and Toledo Refining.

The right thing
The East Toledo Club awarded $350 scholarships to two Waite High School students at its May luncheon. The two are: Lauren Miller who plans to attend the University of Findlay and major in occupational therapy and Jessica Kendall who plans to attend the University of Toledo and major in medicine.

 The scholarships are based on academic achievement and volunteer service to the community.

On the boards
Four new board members were elected at Indebancorp’s annual meeting held in April. They are: John Caputo, Dean Davis, Dr. Dennis Laub and Gary Macko.

Indebancorp is the parent company of National Bank of Oak Harbor.

Officers elected were Charles Hablitzel, president; James Dunn, vice president; Dr. Dennis Laub, assistant vice president; Gary Macko, second assistant vice president and Marie Truman, secretary

Sponsors of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Program are accepting nominations for the 17th annual event that showcases young, dynamic leaders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community. It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area.

Nominations are due by Friday, June 15. Go to

Chrys Peterson, WTOL news anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event which will be held Thursday, September 27.

Gold stars
H. J. Miller Insurance Agency of Northwood has been named one of the Top 10 growth agencies in Ohio for 2011 for Auto Owners Insurance Ohio. The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Lima, OH, and at a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment. H. J. Miller Insurance Agency has represented Auto-Owners since 1956.

The Oregon/Northwood Rotary Club will hold its annual golf invitational Friday, June 22 at Chippewa Golf Course.

The fundraiser helps the club fund service projects such as Breakfast With Santa, Dictionaries for Third Graders, Ohio Reads tutors and the Challenger Learning Center.

Sponsors and teams are sought. Go to

The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf classic Thursday, June 28 at Chippewa Golf Club.

At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its Simply Social networking luncheon Wednesday, June 6, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at Luckies Barn & Grill. 3310 Navarre in Oregon. RSVP to Sarah at 419-693-5580.

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