June 27, 2016

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‘Holly Jolly’ show delighted audiences

Medina County’s Tour de Force Entertainment Company, under the direction of artistic director Francine LeRoy, presented its annual holiday show, “A Holly Jolly Holiday,” Dec. 22 on the stage of the Medina Performing Arts Center.

To the delight of the capacity audience at the first of two performances, a very talented company of 40 young artists in colorful costumes sang and danced to the music of the holiday/winter season, with everything from solo performances by Lindsey Copley, Justine Teachout, Olivia Conley, Morgan Wolk and Alexandra “Xan” Potter, to elaborately choreographed ensemble numbers by the entire group. The program also included a preview of some exciting new material.

At intervals during the show, an amusing video was shown featuring each member telling of his or her best and worst Christmas gifts.

Special guest numbers featured the Musical Theatre Class performing to “Mister Santa,” Ballet 102 youngsters dancing to “A Marshmallow World,” Ballet 101 doing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and Ballet 103 doing “The Simple Things.”
Senior Tour de Force members, many who have been dancing for years, will be graduating this summer from local high schools and going on to further their education. They include Arica Wolfe, Taylor Williamson, Conley, Copley, Teachout, Lauren Hesley, Dawn Gotlieb, Wolk and Potter.

As a non-profit organization, Tour de Force depends on the donations of those who appreciate its mission: “to develop, promote and foster community interest in the performing arts by presenting professional quality programs, thereby giving qualified dancers and entertainers the opportunity to participate in such programs.”

Grants were provided by W.A. Stephenson Charitable Foundation, Medina County Arts Council, A.G. Edwards and Dr. and Mrs. Angelo (Chip) Bonsutto. Event corporate sponsors were Component Systems Inc., Gaming Products Inc., Bill Doraty KIA, The O’Neill Group, Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, Property Adjustment Ltd. and Mike, Patty and Alison Sega.

Gold sponsors were A and K Enterprises, Nina Anthony (Violet Anthony), Theodore C. Anthony Jr., Andrea and Jimmy Arnaout, J. David Conley, Economy Model and Pattern, Diane Griffin, John and Josie Hanna, George and Virginia Kresina, The Gazette (in kind), John and Pamela Morgan, Mower Works/TMWI Company, Chris-topher and Michelle Murillo, Tim and Gineen Nelson, Wayne and Carol Powell, Primitives Only Antiques, Prudential Kovack Realtors, Beulah Reiter c/o Bizz Fisher, Beverly Rollin, Simmons Brothers Construction, Anthony Townsend, (in memory of Ann Potter), Calvin and Katrina Undercoffer, Matt and Kim Wilkes, Sean J. Wolfe Carpentry and Tim and Margaret Wolfe. In addition, there were 65 more business and individual sponsors at the Silver level, about 75 at the Bronze level and about 140 at the Friends level.

Other Tour de Force members showcasing their many talents, ranging in age from 16 to 11, were: Elizabeth Fisher, Cara Robeson and Samantha Murillo, 16; Haele Wolfe, A.J. Hanna, Brittany Tosatto and Alexa Lopez, 15; Alex Williamson, Jenny Semock and Katelyn Hanes, 14; Lauren Breck, Lindsey Robeson, Mackenzie Murray, Jayna Wolfe, Amanda Petry, Ali Nelson, Shannon Wilkes and Marissa Henriksen, 13; Jennifer Bonsutto, Sara McCullough, Katie Morgan, Kathryn Undercoffer, Oksana Klue and Ksenia Klue, 12; and Hannah Andrews, Cassie Lopez and Emily McCullough, 11.

A few of the many people who enjoyed the traditional holiday performance included Bill and Nancy Kubinski and their grandchildren Matt, Julia and Lucie Kubinski, Melvin and Elizabeth Fellhoelter, Bob Senkar, Fred and Coni Wolk, Kim and Kevin Gasser and Joe Hanna.

Birthcare board
Birthcare of Medina County recently announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2007-08. These individuals who bring enthusiasm and expertise to the agency are: Edward F. Bugner, Diane M. Bugner, Claudia Cihlar, Marie Edmonds, Marguerite Krahe, Sally Pap, Roseanne Summerville, Marita Tulisiak and Kenneth Wolff. Most recent grants and notable contributions to the organization include a grant in the amount of $2,546.20 by the Feckley Charitable Foundation for the purchase of cribs and mattresses. Other $500 grants recently received were from The Westfield Insurance Foundation’s Volunteer Grant Program, St. Martin’s Infant of Prague Guild and Knights of Columbus Medina Council 4168.

Festival of Trees results
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund announced the results from the organization’s inaugural Festival of Trees. The festival, presented in conjunction with Shining Star Sponsor Akron Community Foundation, netted more than $12,000 to benefit women’s and children’s programs in Medina County.
President Penny Evans extended thanks to the very generous support of the community and the event sponsors: Akron Community Foundation, Rubber City Radio Group (WAKR, WONE, WQMS), Mimi Vanderhaven’s Fabulous Buys, Pat Catan’s/Medina, MetLife/Penny Evans, Dick and Betty Lynham, FirstMerit Bank, Rabbit’s Foot Garden Center and Bistro, Western Reserve Bank, A.G. Edwards/Joe Hanna, Homestead Insurance Agency Inc. and Dorman Farrell LLC.

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, a fund of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the quality of life for women and children in Medina County. Over the years, it has grown to nearly $218,000 and has made grants totaling $42,352.

Huston may be reached at accent@ohio.net.