Feb. 22--The votes have been tallied and the winner of the Cleveland Cavaliers' "EveryFAN" local hero has been announced. He will be taking a bow on EveryFAN night, presented by Bud Light during the Cavs' game against the Washington Wizards at 6 p.m. Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The winner is Reggie Winters, a full-time firefighter and arson investigator from Massillon.
The Cavs Scream Team converged on him in front of his co-workers, Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and his fiancee Jessica, who nominated him.
Winters, the Cavs'Katie Jo Kisow said, "was recently presented with the City of Champions Accommodation for heroic efforts in rescuing a family from a fire and going above and beyond to help them recover."
At the game, Winters will receive royal treatment along with dinner for two at the Hard Rock Cafe, bench-warmer passes, a pair of courtside seats, a personalized Cavs jersey, a prize pack including an air hockey table, electric guitar, cooler and much more.
"Reggie Winters is not the only local hero who will be celebrated during Sunday's game," Kisow continued. "All first responders in attendance will be recognized for their dedication and service. To show appreciation for their hard work, the Cavs donated 250 tickets to local first-responder organizations, including USO active duty military members, Cleveland police officers. Cleveland firefighters, Cleveland Clinic critical care transport teams, and the Cleveland Clinic police department." The Cavaliers Youth Fund 50/50 raffle also will feature a local hero twist benefiting the Cleveland Cops and Kids Foundation.
Tickets are available at 800-820-2287, www.cavs.com, all northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations and at the Quicken Loans Arena box office.
Big helping hand
Big, beautiful bouquets to Up 'til Dawn at the University of Akron, which raised more than $7,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Up 'til Dawn is a student-run philanthropic program on college campuses aimed at raising funds and awareness of the work being done at St. Jude.
Megan Vermillion, executive director at the local Up 'til Dawn, said the money was raised, in large measure, from a newspaper fashion show that featured a variety of attire made from newspapers donated by the Beacon Journal's circulation department.
It all computes well
Major kudos to Malone University, which for the last 14 months has been donating old computer hardware and electronics to Goodwill's "Computers Again" program, with more than 80 of the university's computers being reconditioned and sold at a discount to local low-income families.
"Malone is committed to the local Canton community and to using our resources wisely," said Adam Klemann, support and infrastructure manager at Malone. "The collaboration with Goodwill's Computers Again program is a natural way to meet both of these objectives."
Mike Felcyn, technical support specialist, is likewise big on the collaboration: "When I first met with Goodwill to discuss the opportunity to 'recycle' old hardware I never imagined the impact it could have with our community at large. It's such a great exampled of Malone's foundational principle, 'Christ's Kingdom First.' I am so glad to be part of such a wonderful service."
Drive for Mobile Meals
Henry Vigor and Bill Libby, coordinators and members of the Mission Board of the First Congregational Church of Hudson, are applauding the good works of its members' volunteer efforts on behalf of Mobile Meals, and encouraging other churches to get on board:
"Mobile Meals has, for many years, received funding by the First Congregational Church of Hudson's Mission Board. In 2013 the Mission Board approved an effort to start asking church members to volunteer delivering meals to shut-ins in Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Twinsburg. In eight months, 18 church members and friends have been delivering meals to approximately 30 families. Each volunteer only needs to deliver meals to shut-ins one day a month. Each route time involves from one to two hours."
Mobile Meals provides meals daily to more than 2,500 people in Summit, Portage, Medina, Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, generally referred by doctors and social agencies. Meals are prepared and picked up for delivery at Key Towers on Fishcreek Road, Stow; Sutliff Apartments at 1850 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls; and Glen Chamberlain Park, 10260 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg.
Interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Mobile Meals? Please contact Cheryl Bunch at 330-653-5200 or 330-650-0295.
Students stand tall
--Big, beautiful bouquets to St. Sebastian Parish School students under the tutelage of sixth-grade teacher Mike McDonald, who raised more than $900 as "change bandits" for Akron Children's Hospital's "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" fundraiser.
"The most remarkable thing is that the students were given a time period of two weeks to bring in their change, but with all the days off of school because of the cold weather, the students had just five days," wrote school spokeswoman Michelle Huber. "We are so proud of our students and their commitment to help others."
--Major kudos also to Akron'sArchbishop Hoban High School, which at its recent "Red Out" basketball game against Gilmour Academy (in Gates Mills), raised awareness about heart health by asking students to wear red, giving an American Heart Association T-shirt and free admission.
During the school day, students donated money for the privilege of wearing jeans and raised $500 for the association.
Hoban's chapter of the National Honor Society will host a Red Cross blood drive 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school's gym.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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