June 25, 2016

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Despite low attendance, Charity Ball still successful

MEDINA TWP. — Fewer people than usual attended the 14th annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball this year, due to illness and the flu going around, but it was no less glamorous.

The same amount of money was raised this year as last year, said Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman.

Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley presents a check for $3,500 to Rhonda Wurgler, executive director of the Children’s Center of Medina County, with board president Jennifer Graham on Sunday at the 14th annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

This year, through sponsorships and ticket sales, a total of $21,000 was raised for five local charities.

The ball, which included a sit-down dinner and dancing, was Saturday at the Weymouth Country Club.

Each of the three county commissioners chose two local charities to receive $3,500, and this year, two commissioners chose Feeding Medina County.

Geissman chose Feeding Medina County and the Medina County Historical Society, Commissioner Adam Friedrick picked Feeding Medina County and the Medina Health Ministry, and Commissioner Steve Hambley chose United Way of Medina County and the Children’s Center of Medina County.

Representatives from each charity accepted checks from the commissioners who had chosen them.

Geissman said the money raised for Feeding Medina County will allow the nonprofit to “get into every school and allow these kids to take a backpack of food home every weekend.” The organization focuses on children and seniors, she said.

She said 178 people attended the gala, and usually more than 200 attend. However, she said, “I’ve never seen the dancers so lively.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.