Tuesday, November 20, 2012

United Way hosting women's event: Food for the Holidays


On Thursday, November 29, United Way of Lake County is hosting a women’s leadership event called “Food for the Holidays” featuring the best holiday foods from the county’s most prestigious restaurants.

The event will take place at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature a salad & pasta bar with wine as well as samples and desserts from Match Works Tavern, Skye Restaurant, Vittori’s Buon Appetito, Aladdin’s Eatery, Great Harvest Bread Co., Bakers Square, The Cupcakery, Reider’s Market, Golden Crust Bakery, Feren Fruit & Gift Baskets, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Market Spice, Gartman Model Bakery, Giant Eagle and more.

Local chefs, Tom Quick of Match Works Tavern and Susan Miga of Skye Restaurant, will also be on hand to give demonstrations.

The event, which is sponsored by Paul Vanek, M.D., is $50 to attend with all proceeds going toward women’s programs supported by United Way of Lake County.

“Not only will ‘Food for the Holidays’ be a fun-filled evening offering some of the finest foods in Lake County, it’s also a way for the executive women in our community to show their support of other women who are struggling,” said Lisa Nelson, owner of Right Track Benefits and Co-Chair of the 2012 United Way of Lake County Campaign. “It’ll be a lot of fun for a great cause.”

To RSVP, call Elizabeth Brick at 440.639.1360 or e-mail at ebrick@uwlc.org. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 27.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Holiday Reflections - What do they mean to you and to others?


What do the holidays mean to you? For most (including myself) the holidays mean gathering with family and friends, sharing meals, giving gifts to those you care about, staying warm and safe on the roads, enjoying the beauty of winter, etc...
What do the holidays mean for someone who does not have a place to live?
What do the holidays mean for a child who loses their gloves and does not have enough money to get new ones?
What do the holidays mean for someone who is not able to buy gifts for anyone?
What do the holidays mean for those who need stand in line (in the cold) for food, for heat, for shelter?
These questions are not meant to bring gloom to a beautiful and joyful time in many people’s lives, these questions are meant to help put our community into perspective, because there are people in Lake County going through these things. These questions are asked to allow you to pause, while in the hustle and bustle of shopping or cooking or greeting, and consider two things: the first is reflection on and thankfulness for what you do have, even if it does not seem like much. The second is that maybe, in your day-to-day holiday shopping, you pause to buy two loaves of bread instead of one to give to a food pantry, or to buy two tubes of toothpaste instead of one to help someone in this community’s day become just a little easier, or to buy an extra pair of gloves to give to a child who needs them.
Please allow your thankfulness for what you have to extend  to others. Even just ONE extra pair of gloves can be the difference for someone having a difficult winter.  
It is a joyful time for many - please help it be a joyful time for all.
If you do pick up extra food or clothing while shopping or if you would like to donate your time, please dial 2-1-1 or call United Way of Lake County (440-352-3166) so that your items and time are given where they are most needed.
 
Thank you for reading.
Makella Slavick
Special Projects Coordinator
United Way of Lake County

Friday, November 2, 2012

Women's Leadership Event: Food for the Holidays!



You’re Invited



 


To a special exclusive Women’s
Event featuring...

The Best Holiday Foods
Enjoy a salad & pasta bar with wine
Sample foods and desserts from:
Match Works Tavern
Skye Restaurant
Quail Hollow
Vittorio’s Buon Appetito
Aladdin's Eatery
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Bakers Square
The Cupcakery
Reider’s Market
Golden Crust Bakery
Feren Fruit & Gift Baskets
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Market Spice
Gartman Model Bakery
Giant Eagle and more!

Also Featuring Local Chefs
Tom Quick
from Match Works Tavern
&
Susan Miga
from Skye Restaurant

Thursday, November 29
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe
$50

*All money raised will benefit women’s programs supported by United Way of Lake County.

RSVP by Tuesday, November 27 by calling Elizabeth Brick at 440.639.1369 or ebrick@uwlc.org. Space is limited.

Sponsored by:
Paul Vanek, M.D.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dentists offer Cash for Candy


Lake County dentists offer cash for candy to help
United Way of Lake County and the Troops

 

Participating dental offices in Lake County are offering $1 for every pound of Halloween candy collected from November 5 through November 9 - up to $5. 

The dentist will then make a monetary donation to United Way of Lake County and the candy they collect will be sent to the troops. By donating candy to Cash for Candy, people are able to help the Lake County community, the troops, and their teeth. Drop by the office closest to you and make a difference!

The participating offices are: Macy Family Dentistry in Mentor (440-255-8133), Albrecht Family Dentistry in Mentor (440-358-0495), William D. Nelson, DDS in Concord (440-357-7575), Jeffrey C. Bailey, DDS (440-256-8150), Concord Orthodontics in Concord (440-350-7400) and Willoughby (440-946-4247), Center for Dental Health in Willowick (440-944-0881), Murray J. Berkowitz, DDS in Willoughby (440-946-6373), Dental Specialists of Lake County in Mentor (440-266-1740), and Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills (440-975-8444).

Please call the office’s phone numbers to hear their hours of operation.

To contribute or get involved with this year’s fundraising campaign, contact Jean Argo, resource development, director, at 440.639.4583 or jargo@uwlc.org.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Volunteers needed for United Way's 5K run and 1 Mile Walk

United Way of Lake County is looking for volunteers to help them with Sunday's 5K run and 1 Mile Walk at Chagrin River Park in Willoughby.

Volunteers are needed for registration, timing, handing out water and standing on the trail to help direct people through the course (along with some other miscellaneous tasks).

If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Nick Carrabine at 440.639.1131 or NCarrabine@UWLC.org by Thursday, October 18. Volunteers will need to report at 7 a.m. until about 11 a.m.  

For those still interested in registering for the run/walk, please read below:

The race will take place at the beautiful Chagrin River Park in Willoughby on Sunday, October 21. Pre-registration cost for the 5K is $20 (including a shirt) and the 1 mile walk is $15 (including a shirt). Day of race registration starts at 8 a.m. and is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1 Mile walk (shirts included while supplies last.)

Each participant receives a two-week trial membership to Mentor Fitworks and a two-week trial membership to Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club as well as being entered into a raffle with some great prizes. Proceeds for the event go to United Way-funded programs and participants are also encouraged to bring a donation of gloves or mittens to help those without them for this upcoming winter.

The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile walk at 9:15 a.m. For more information on participating or sponsoring, please contact Makella Slavick at 440.639.4583 or at MSlavick@uwlc.org.

To register for the 5K, click here. To register for the 1 Mile, click here. Online registration closes on October 17.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Purchase your Super Raffle tickets now!

 Do you dream of going on a cruise or taking vacations to Florida, South Carolina or Chicago?

How about driving a 2013 Ford Focus, flying across the country or training with a personal trainer at the gym for one year?

Now is your chance to do all of the above as United Way of Lake County's Super Raffle tickets are now on sale!

This year's Super Raffle consists of 59 prizes, which were generously donated from area businesses.

In 2011, Super Raffle raised more than $55,000.

Tickets for Super Raffle are $5 each or six for $25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.uwlc.org, by phone at 440.352.3166 or in person at United Way of Lake County's office, 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH 44060.

Money raised during Super Raffle benefits 74 partner programs that United Way of Lake County funds. These programs focus on senior citizens, health & human Services, children & families and basic needs.

A live drawing will take place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. If present at the live drawing, winners can pick from available prizes. A separate drawing for the Ford Focus will be held at United Way of Lake County's Celebrity Server event, which is Thursday, March 14, 2013 at LaMalfa.

Top prizes include:
  • 2013 Ford Focus 2-year lease OR $5,000 cash option from Classic Automotive Group
  • Five-day Cruise from Asa Cox Homes
  • Harbour Town, SC Vacation from The Crockett Team
  • Hilton Head, SC Vacation from Right Track Benefits
  • Chicago, IL Weekend Getaway including a Ladies & Gentleman Salon & Spa day and tickets to The Second City
  • Isle of Tierra Verde, FL Vacation from Frank and Jane Kaim
  • Disney World Vacation
  • Fort Myers, FL Vacation from Stanley Steamer
  • 14 Lake County Captains Loge Tickets from Lake Health
  • One Year of Massages from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa
  • Beauty for a Year from Jenniffer & Co.
  • One Year Fitworks Membership with Personal Trainer from Mentor Fitworks
  • Six VASER Shape Treatments from Vanek Plastic Surgery
  • Laser Hair Removal and DermaSweep from Dr. Janet Blanchard
  • Laser Hair Removal Package from North Coast Laser Cosmetics
  • iPad2 from The Lubrizol Corporation
  • One Year of Free Lawn Mowing from Sharp Edge Tree & Landscape
  • Airline tickets from STERIS
To see all 59 prizes, visit www.uwlc.org.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gift Basket Raffle


Purchase Tickets for United Way of Lake County's Gift Basket Raffle  
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United Way is doing a gift basket raffle! Drawing is going to be on November 20,
and the winner does not need to be present. Tickets are 1 ticket for $1 and 6 tickets
for $5. If interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Makella Slavick at
MSlavick@uwlc.org or 440-639-4583. If ordering via email, please specify the
basket(s) you would like for your tickets. The proceeds go towards the programs
that United Way of Lake County helps to fund.
There are 14 total baskets; continue reading for a decription of each.
 
1. Agency Basket #1
                          
 
 
Agency Basket #1 includes a polartec blanket, painting, handmade plate and candle, three knit potholders
and handmade cards from the Fairport Harbor Senior Center, a painting, wooden necklace, leaf pin and
santa ornament from Mentor Senior Center, an 'Over the Hill' doll from the Willowick Senior Center,
a pen, tape measure, and chip clip from Lake Geauga Recovery Centers, watermelon lip balm from
the Lake County Free Clinic, a keychain from Western Reserve Community Development, the client
mission statement from New Directions for Living, and silverware wind chime, votive candle and
holder from Madison Senior Center.
  
2. Agency Basket #2
                        
Agency Basket #2 includes a framed starfish poem from Lake County Church Network, two tickets  
to Seusical and two ceramic leaf pieces from the Fine Arts Association, a $40 gift certificate for
services from the Lake Health Wellness Insititute, three stuffed fish from Captains Charities, men's
and women's travel bags including toiletries from the Salvation Army, a tote bag from Starting Point,
a pem from Western Reserve Counseling, a coolie from Lifeline, watermelon lip balm from the
Lake County Free Clinic and client success stories from Catholic Charities.
 
 3. Agency Basket #3
                         
 
 

 
Agency Basket #3 includes a framed self-portrait from Forbes House, a handmade quilt and  
stuffed toy from Birthright, a ceramic santa from Eastlake Senior Center, a portfolio, coffee mug
and pen from Neighboring, a backpack, pedometer, watermelon lip balm and two pens from
Lake County Free Clinic, a letter opener and keyboard cleaning tool from the Salvation Army,
two wood frames, scratch-off lottery tickets and a pen from Senior Independence/Faith in Action,
and a hyacinth potpourri door hanger from the Madison Senior Center.
 
4. Agency Basket #4
                                         
Agency Basket #4 includes a crocheted afghan, four cross-stitch items and a tote bag from  
Perry Senior Center, a flower arrangement from Wickliffe Senior Center, a golf shoe bag,
accessory bag, and travel coffee mug from Big Brothers Big Sisters, a placemat made by art
therapy client and related article from Hospice of the Western Reserve, a client story DVD
from the Kidney Foundation, a letter opener and keyboard cleaning tool from the Salvation  
Army, homemade honey from the Kirtland Senior Center, and a framed photo from Camp
Sue Osborn.
 
 
 5. Agency Basket #5
 

                            
Agency Basket #5 - Council on Aging provided an igloo cooler, magnets, grippers, water bottle,
note pad and pen. YMCA donated a T-shirt, sandals, swim goggles, swim cap and tote bag.
Lifeline provided a coolie. Child Care on the Square provided crafts made by children and
a basket. American Red Cross provided a personal protection pack. A brochure from Crossroads,
a travel cofffe mug from Project Hope, an excercise DVD from Arthritis Foundation, a pen
from Western Reserve Counseling and a book of meditations, a tote bag and a notebook from
Lake Geauga Recovery Centers are also included.
 
 
6. Tailgating Season Basket
                         
The Tailgating Season Basket includes a 6-pack of Mike's Hard Lemonade, a 6-pack of

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, a 6-pack of Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing Co.), a
6-pack of Heineken Light, a 6-pack of Dos Equis, a 6-pack of Mooshead Lager, a 35 oz. jar  
of Planters Cocktail Peanuts, one bag of Kings Delicious Roasted Gold Trail Mix, and one
bag of Hampton Farms Peanuts.
 
7. At the Movies Basket
                                
The At the Movies Basket includes ten packs of movie candy, two bottles of water, two bags
of Nature's Basket organic popcorn, one can of pringles and four movie tickets for Atlas Cinemas.
 
8. Cook with a Foreman Basket
 

                               
The Cook with a Foreman Basket includes a slope patented George Foreman Grill, three
kitchen towels, a two piece pocket pot-holder and oven mitt,  one bottle of Petite Sirah 'Fusion'
Zinfandel Red Wine from Borra Vinyards, one Farberware serving fork, and one grill spatula.
 
9. Taste of Italy Basket
                                
The Taste of Italy Basket includes one Bottle of Bella Sera Pinot Noir, one book - 'Pizza, Bread,
and Savory Tarts,' $10 to Scotti's Italian Eatery, $10 to Mario Fazio's Restaurant, three free
large pizza coupons for Longo's Pizza, one bottle of Bertolli extra virgin olive oil, one bottle
of Ragu pasta sauce, and two boxes of Barilla pasta.
 
10. Bundle of Joy Baby Basket
                               
The Bundle of Joy Baby Basket includes two Build-A-Bears, a plush baby blanket, diapers,
children's books, baby-wipes, baby-wash, a bib, pacifiers and a bottle.
 
11. Inner Bliss Zen Basket
                              
The Inner Bliss Zen Basket includes Terra Verde handmade organiz body products - lavender
mint solid lotion, lavender eucalyptus body soap, and lavender lemongrass lip balm made
from local ingredients, a lavender gel candle, an in-home yoga DVD, a ceramic tea cup and
herbal teasan with morrocan mint tea, and lavender socks.
 
12. Sports, Food & Shopping Basket
 

                             
The Sports, Food & Shopping Basket includes two tickets to a Cavs game, two tickets to a  
Monsters game, two tickets to a Lake Erie Storm game, $50 to Legacy Village, $25 to Skye
Fine Dining and $15 to Giant Eagle.
 
13. Gone Fishing Package
 

                           
 With the Gone Fishing Package, you and three of your friends will be treated to a day on
Lake Erie. Lunch and beverages will be provided and with a little luck you will catch some  
fish to take home.
 
14. Happy Birthday to You Basket

 

                           
The Happy Birthday to You Basket includes a $50 gift card to Macy's, a $50 gift card for
Cheescake Factory, birthday cards, candles, five lottery tickets, a bottle of Ferrante Jester's  
Blush wine, happy birthday glasses, and a box of Lindt Gourmet Truffles.
 
 15. Best of Baking Basket

 

                        
The Best of Baking Basket includes the book, 'Crazy About Cookies' by Kristina Castella,
the book 'Fabulous Cookies' by Hilaire Walden, a gift certificate for one of Miss Betsy Crocker  
(UWLC staff member)'s homemade pumpkin rolls, a jar of cookie mix by Miss Betsy Crocker,
a baking tin, two box cake mixes and a  holiday plate.
 
16. Cuisine Basket
                          

 

The Cuisine Basket includes a selection of Giant Eagle's Market District cuisine - a bottle
of Sonoma County Chardonnay, gouda cheese, petite toasts, italian pepperoni, whole wheat
penne pasta, herbed olive oil, diced tomatoes and pumpkin pasta sauce.
 
If interested in purchasing tickets ($1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets), please contact
Makella Slavick at MSlavick@uwlc.org, or call 440-639-4583. The proceeds from the
baskets go towards the many programs that we help fund. By purchasing tickets, you
getting the chance to benefit yourself, but you are helping your community!
 



Monday, October 8, 2012

Register for United Way's 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk

United Way of Lake County is warming the hands and hearts of Lake County by hosting a Warm Hands, Warm Hearts 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

The race will take place at the beautiful Chagrin River Park in Willoughby on Sunday, October 21. Pre-registration cost for the 5K is $20 (including a shirt) and the 1 mile walk is $15 (including a shirt). Day of race registration starts at 8 a.m. and is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1 Mile walk (shirts included while supplies last.)

Each participant receives a two-week trial membership to Mentor Fitworks and a two-week trial membership to Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club as well as being entered into a raffle with some great prizes. Proceeds for the event go to United Way-funded programs and participants are also encouraged to bring a donation of gloves or mittens to help those without them for this upcoming winter.

The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile walk at 9:15 a.m. For more information on participating or sponsoring, please contact Makella Slavick at 440.639.4583 or at MSlavick@uwlc.org.

To register for the 5K, click here. To register for the 1 Mile, click here. Online registration closes on October 17.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Register for United Way's 5K run and 1 Mile walk

United Way of Lake County is warming the hands and hearts of Lake County by hosting a Warm Hands, Warm Hearts 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

The race will take place at the beautiful Chagrin River Park in Willoughby on Sunday, October 21. Pre-registration cost for the 5K is $20 (including a shirt) and the 1 mile walk is $15 (including a shirt). Day of race registration starts at 8 a.m. and is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1 Mile walk (shirts included while supplies last.)

Each participant receives a two-week trial membership to Mentor Fitworks and a two-week trial membership to Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club as well as being entered into a raffle with some great prizes. Proceeds for the event go to United Way-funded programs and participants are also encouraged to bring a donation of gloves or mittens to help those without them for this upcoming winter.

The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile walk at 9:15 a.m. For more information on participating or sponsoring, please contact Makella Slavick at 440.639.4583 or at MSlavick@uwlc.org.

To register for the 5K, click here. To register for the 1 Mile, click here. Online registration closes on October 17.