June 29, 2016

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Have a ball while supporting local charities

MEDINA — When was the last time you went to a ball?

In a couple weeks, you’ll have your chance — and you’ll support some local charities while you’re at it.

County Commissioner Steve Hambley, left, poses with Deborah Poland and Al Morrison from Faith in Action’s Expanded Transit Option Program at the 12th annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball in 2011. About 180 guests attended the event at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Township. The event raised $22,500 for charity. Medina County commissioners’ choices to receive funding that year were: Feeding Medina County, Pat Geissman; Medina County Community Fund/Faith in Action’s Expanded Transit Options Program, Hambley; Project: LEARN & Medina Health Ministry, Sharon Ray. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The 14th annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball will be 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina Township.

“It’s like a gala,” said Commissioner Steve Hambley, who will attend with his wife. “For married couples, it’s almost like prom.”

The ball will feature a band, dancing, a cash bar and a choice of berry-crusted pork loin, potato-crusted salmon or vegetable lasagna for dinner.

Tickets are $60 per person, and proceeds support charities.

In addition, eventgoers can choose to sponsor the event with a tax-deductible donation. Sponsors will be acknowledged by the commissioners at the event and on the county’s website, www.co.medina.oh.us.

“The bulk of our donations to the charities comes from sponsorships,” Hambley said.

The commissioners’ office requests community members respond by Wednesday.

For an invitation, contact Clerk Pam Vereb at (330) 722-9208 or pvereb@medinaco.org.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Feeding Medina County, the Children’s Center of Medina County, United Way of Medina County, Medina County Historical Society and Medina Health Ministry.

“It’s very hard for nonprofits to collect money every year,” Commissioner Pat Geissman said. “This is something the commissioners can do to help out.”
Each year, commissioners choose two charities each to support.

This year, Hambley selected the Children’s Center of Medina County and United Way of Medina County, while Geissman chose Feeding Medina County and the Medina County Historical Society.

“For me, the Children’s Center was important because it helps children who’ve been sexually abused,” Hambley said. “And the United Way has been doing a lot of work with Living Well Medina County, which I think is important work.”

Geissman said she believes preserving the county’s past is important; she chose to support the Medina County Historical Society so it can get a new roof.

She said she also chose Feeding Medina County because the group is trying to get free weekend lunches for children who receive free lunches at any elementary school in Medina County.

“It’s important that young children have good nutrition to grow,” she said. “There is such a need that I asked commissioners Hambley and (Adam) Friedrick to support them, too.”

Hambley said he had already promised to support his two charities, but Friedrick agreed to help out. As a result, Feeding Medina County will receive two shares of the proceeds instead of just one.

Friedrick also is supporting Medina Health Ministry, which provides general medical care to eligible patients.

“One of the reasons I like Medina Health Ministry is that it’s not just a handout,” he said. “It gives aid to people who are going through a tough time, but aren’t covered by the government umbrella.”

Hambley said all five organizations can count on receiving a significant donation.

“In the past, we’ve raised anywhere from $2,500 to $4,000 per charity,” Hambley said. “It’s a great cause.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.