Justin Williams of Massillon is one lucky guy. He is marrying the woman of his dreams, Jennifer Bauer, in September, and recently won a $3,500 vacation to a destination of his choice from Gasser Fine Jewelers in downtown Canton where he bought his fiancé’s engagement ring. The contest was open to those who purchased engagement rings, wedding bands or anniversary bands from Gasser during the past year.
Speaking of winners, winners of the Gasser Fine Jewelers sixth-annual Gingerbread House Competition are: Taylor May of Jackson High School, first place; and Megan Ferguson, also of Jackson High School, second place. Both girls received $500 scholarships from Gasser Jewelers. All entries were made by local high school students from Hoover, Jackson, R.G. Drage and Canton South high schools. A total of 14 gingerbread houses were on display for the public to enjoy and to vote for their favorite one.
STUFF THE BUS
Candle Coach is having its Cuddly Companion Campaign — Stuff the Bus with Teddy & Friends 17th annual Children’s Caravan.
For the past 16 years, stuffed animals have been collected and donated for the children of Akron Children’s Hospital. The bus will be at Jackson High School on March 2 to collect donations.
A goal is set at one toy for each child that visits the hospital throughout the year. Currently, that count is 500,000. Stuffed animal donations must be new with original “Thinking of You” tags, along with your name and address.
ARTS IN STARK AWARDS
The ArtsinStark Board of Directors has awarded $85,000 in Special Project Grants. Fifteen grants of up to $7,500 were awarded, and 32 mini-grants of $750 or less were awarded. An additional $55,000 will be awarded to SmARTs partnerships with schools and announced at a later date.
Among the mini-grants, seven were awarded to individual artists, including Clare Murray Adams who will create handkerchief memories for seniors, Margene May who will design a quilt with middle school students and Marty Chapman who will host a wood turning show featuring area craftsmen. Mini-grants awarded to area schools include a pop-art stamp project at Fairless elementary and high schools, a solar powered “tree of light” sculpture at Louisville Middle School, and the creation of illuminated poetry at North Canton Middle School.
Mini-grants awarded to area non-profit organizations, include Julliard Arts Center to create mannequins portraying historic artists, the Paul & Carol David YMCA to host an after-school theater program for 350 youth, and Stark County Jobs and Family Services for a 10-week hip-hop dance program. Some of the non-profits earning awards for larger projects include Canton Calvary Mission’s recording studio project for teens; a 16-week schedule of live entertainment at Lions Lincoln Theatre; Soroptimist International’s film regarding the empowerment of women, and jazz activities and concerts corresponding to the North Canton Playhouse’s production of Chicago in 2012. For a complete list of grant winners, go to www.ArtsinStark.com.
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