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The Suburbanite
  • Around Town: Meals on Wheels has Main Event fundraiser

  • Western attire will be the dress code when Meals On Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties introduces “The Main Event,” an annual dinner and auction to benefit the agency Nov. 9 at Glenmoor Country Club.

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  • Western attire will be the dress code when Meals On Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties introduces “The Main Event,” an annual dinner and auction to benefit the agency Nov. 9 at Glenmoor Country Club.
    The western ambiance and décor will match the theme for the evening, “Give Hunger the Boot,” which celebrates the agency’s work in combating hunger in the two-county area.
    Being honored this year are William Belden, Jane Gibbons Schirack and Stanley A. Cmich, who are responsible for establishing the Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties program.
    Belden is the chairman of Belden Brick Co. in Canton.
    After graduating from University of Notre Dame in 1964, he held engineering, sales and executive positions in the electrical industry before joining Belden Brick in 1983. He served as president until 1993 and then as chairman and CEO until 2008. He continues to serve on numerous business, civic, nonprofit and education boards.
    Cmich, who died in 2009, was the mayor of Canton from 1964 to 1983, and remains the longest-tenured chief executive in the city’s history. After serving as sheriff’s deputy in Cuyahoga County and an enforcement agent for the Ohio Department of Liquor Control, he was appointed as Canton’s safety director in 1954. As mayor in the early 1970s, he recruited Belden and Schirack to help launch a senior meal program for the county, which later became Meals On Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties.
    Schirack was a community volunteer and activist for more than 50 years. She is past president of the Stark County Medical Auxiliary, the Stark County Historical Auxiliary, the Museum Guild of Canton Art Institute and numerous other civic organizations, and served on the boards of several other organizations, including the local United Way and Red Cross chapters.
    In addition to the dinner, there will be silent and live auctions. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
    Darlene Violet is serving as general chairwoman of the event. She is president and founder of Shared Blessings for which a portion of the event proceeds will support, along with Canton Calvary Mission, Massillon Salvation Army, and Refuge of Hope Ministries.
    Information about sponsorships and dinner reservations may be obtained by calling the agency at 330-832-7220 or by visiting  www.mowmainevent.org.  
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU
    The United Way of Greater Stark County recently received a check for $10,000 from Gervasi Vineyard’s first Grape Harvest Festival. Proceeds from festival activities, such as cornhole, bocce ball, grape stomping and the festival’s Italian buffet contributed, in addition to Festa Gervasi!, as did vendors who donated a portion of their proceeds.
    Also, recently, the Stark County Knights of Columbus gave the Pregnancy Support Center (PSC) a check for $48,000. The money will cover the cost of two new ultrasound machines for the nonprofit.
    Page 2 of 2 - Last year, the PSC did more than 280 ultrasounds for the women of Stark County. These new machines will allow for more accurate testing, better quality pictures and faster results.
    WHOOPS!
    In Monday’s Around Town column about Frank Jasionowski, I apparently neglected  to tell you when the rigatoni dinner benefit will be held. It is Nov. 10 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Canton Eagles at 6979 Sunset Strip Ave. NW in Jackson Township. Call 330-806-9355 or 330-806-4845 for ticket information. Tickets, $10 each, will also be sold at the door.
    Send tips about acts of kindness, anecdotes, honors and other items of interest to Denise Sautters, Around Town, The Repository, 500 Market Ave. S, Canton OH 44702. Information also can be faxed to her at 330-454-5745 or emailed to her at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com.