Elegantly addressed tables of red and black set the scene as the Lori Lefevre Trio entertained. Asian, Hungarian, French, and Mediterranean stations sated appetites.
Special performances were by iDance and the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio under the direction of the University of Toledo.
Emcee Andrew Kinsey of WTOL-TV, Channel 11 welcomed everyone.
Tom Gibney, board president, and Jim Whiteman, foundation president, presented the newly appointed executive director, Roger Fortener, who said he looks forward to upholding the center’s mission to help people with intellectual disabilities obtain the highest quality of life possible.
Honorary chairman Sharon Jefferson shared a story about her daughter, Darci, who at 3 months was diagnosed with a brain tumor, causing an intellectual disability. Still she has accomplished so much, including competing in swimming competitions and is swim-certified through the Red Cross.
Recognized was the honorary committee: Mr. Whiteman and Lois Whiteman, Wendy Austin, Dr. Stephen Bazeley, Felicha Morris and Kevin Morris, Dr. R.W. and Laurie Mills, and Lauren and Byrne Stapleton.
Pamela Rose of Pamela Rose Auctioneers with Jordan Rose and Beth Ann Manning encouraged guests to bid on the silent and live auction items.
The night was extra exciting for Mrs. Jefferson, who won the Las Vegas raffle, and Jenny Furey who won the lottery tree raffle.
Among the nearly 300 attendees were Candy Millon and Mike Zapiecki, Lori Brodie, Nancy Hart, Heather and Jeremy Unsinger, Karen Medina, Esther and Charlie Hargraves, Deb and Tillman Sandusky, Mike and Nora Cassidy, Emil and Penny Marks, and Stu and JoJo Goldberg.