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  • Stark County Scene: New venue discourages no one

  • Two local charities host successful fundraisers

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  • There were no losers at the Blackjack tables during the 2013 Let Your Light Shine event earlier this month, but the big winner of the night was the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health agency.
    “We treat children with behavioral problems,” said Mike Johnson, CEO of the community-based, mental health agency. “Proceeds from events like tonight’s event generally support prevention programs.”
    Since Brookside Country Club is under remodeling construction, about 100 people gathered in the indoor tennis facility on the club grounds. The club is expected to be done by mid-March.
    “This is a different venue, but I think one of the main differences is the room,” said Johnson. “If you put this many people in the ballroom, we would feel a lot more crowded.”
    The event raised about $34,000 which will benefit the agency’s mental health services and programs. Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health is already planning its 4th Annual Mini-Golf Invitational June 21 at 5 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.
    Amy Weisbrod, the new executive director of the Stark County Hunger Task Force is dancing in the streets. Well, maybe not literally, but she feels like it.
    The organization’s most recent fundraising effort — a Guest Sommelier Night at Bender’s restaurant — raised $16,000, enough for 112,000 pounds of food.
    “We are very thankful for a community that supports feeding the hungry,” said Weisbrod, who attended her first Guest Sommelier Night earlier this month.
    Sommeliers, attorney David DePasquale and physicians Michael Linz, David Linz and Dean Borth, spent most of their night going table-to-table suggesting wines either from Bender’s extensive cellar or their own collections to accompany guests’ dinner selections.
    Among those attending were Allen and Chrissy Schulman, Daryl and Kit Lupsor, Ed and Louise Mahoney, Dr. Gregory Wood, Dr.George and Doris Kmetz, Terry and Gail Moore, Scott and Karen Fitzpatrick, Peter and Connie Keplinger,Jonathan and Susan Stump, and Bob Mahoney and Kathy Seibel.
    Save the date for the Domestic Violence Project’s Hearts with Hope “A Night in New York City” annual gala. Jim Tressel will be the keynote speaker. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Kent State University Stark Campus University Center.
    Also, Goodwill’s Computers Again program is looking for donations of computers an electronics. Equipment is reconditioned and provided to low-income families and individuals and nonprofit organizations and schools. Call 330-445-1101.
    Got a tip about a fundraising event? Contact Denise Sautters at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com or 330-580-8321. Follow her on Twitter @dsauttersREP.

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