Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help Fundraiser

Raising Money for Housing

By Pat Nowak

In Northwest Ohio, heroin and opioid deaths are skyrocketing. The situation in our own community is among the worst in the United States with nearly 300 deaths expected this year due to overdoses.  This crisis is affecting people across all ages, ethnicities, and classes; it does not discriminate.

The Lucas County Sheriff’s Department,  Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board,  Toledo Lucas County Health Department, IHeart Media, 13ABC, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Walker Funeral Home, MLiving Magazine, City Paper and The Chamber Partnership are banding together to fight this epidemic through a major initiative called Help with Heroin,(www.helpwithheroin.com).

However there is a severe shortage of resources in NW Ohio to beat this epidemic.  That is why  Help with Heroin, along with Zepf Center, is launching a major fundraiser “Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help” on Saturday, October 29th.  All proceeds will go towards developing housing specifically for mothers, allowing them to continue working on their recovery without having to be separated from their children, which is the #1 reason why women leave treatment.   These women will also have access to community resources and develop support systems.

“Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help” will be an evening of music, friends and fun!  The event will take place at Maumee Bay Brewing Company and feature a fashion show with clothing from Ragazza, Amy’s Alley, Elegant Rags, Vivian Kate and Sophia Lustig worn by Starbound Models. There will be a live skirt auction and  grazing from area restaurants, Ciao, Maumee Bay Brewing, Treo, LaScola, Beirut and Manhatten’s. Tickets are priced at $50.00.   Emcees include Melissa Voetsch – 13 ABC, Meaghan Mick -92.5 KISS FM and Fred LeFebvre – 1370 WSPD.

Women are asked to wear their favorite skirt that tells a “story” and relive the memories that wearing it brings back to them. Men are also welcome to wear their favorite skirts, however, most will have  misplaced them, so a favorite shirt will do – the event is for everyone!

This year’s hard working committee includes: Sally Goligoski, Joanna Koenigsecker, Laura Glover, Katy Walker, Lynne Saad, Candy Baker, Robin Libbe, Karen Freiberger, Lori Smith, Sandy Roberts, Cy Dunlap, Trina Meadows, Maggie Dame, Cheryl Johnson, Cassie Roman, Terri Barricklow, Cathy Carroll. You can help by becoming a sponsor, donor or purchasing tickets.

6pm | Saturday | October 29 Maumee Bay Brewing Co. | 37 Broadway St. Tickets: $50.00 | zepfcenter.org | 419-841-7701

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