July 24, 2016

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Charities receive financial boost

MEDINA TWP. — Donors and grant recipients donned leis, floral shirts and grass skirts for a Hawaiian-style celebration of the Medina County Community Foundation’s announcement of $30,000 in grants to 14 local charities.

Almost 150 people attended the dinner Friday at the Weymouth Country Club. The “Spring into Summer” fundraiser celebrates the solstice — the official start of summer — and the spirit of charitable giving in the community.

Jean Holland, director of the Kidney Foundation of Medina County, said that she will use the money to help people deal with rising medical costs.

“Right now the biggest concern is helping people afford their medications,” she said. “In this economy, every dollar helps.”

How much each group will receive wasn’t announced.

The dinner featured a silent auction with items ranging from a football signed by Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor to a six-pack of locally brewed Lagerheads beer.

“Our goal is to raise $60,000 tonight,” said Gwen Perry, chairwoman for the planning committee that organized the event.

All the proceeds from the auction benefited the Community Fund.

Perry, who began planning the dinner in February, said her favorite part of the night is the presentation of the check to the charities.

“I love when we give it out and knowing that they can get projects done in the community,” she said.

Timothy Hagerty, executive director of the fund, stressed the importance of even the smallest donation.

“We want people to understand that many hands make light work,” he said.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.