February 28, 2008

The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, Jewell Cardwell Column: Friends Rally to Support Cancer Victim

By Jewell Cardwell, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Feb. 28--Friends of Kelly (Braman) Keith and the Barberton Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are coming together to sponsor two fundraisers on her behalf.

But first a little background.

"Kelly Keith is a lifelong resident of Barberton. She is 41 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2007," was how her friend and advocate Jeff Sweitzer introduced her plight.

"Unfortunately, in January, she was informed that the cancer spread to her brain and spinal fluid. She is in the process of additional aggressive treatment.

"She is the wife of Allan and they have three wonderful children -- Amanda, 4; Sam, 2; and Ben, 1. She does have a super network of friends and family who are putting on two benefits to help offset the rising medical costs associated with her treatment."

Check out the Web site -- http://www.friendsforkelly.com -- so lovingly organized in her honor.

The first of Kelly's benefits is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lake Anna After Dark, 469 W. Lake Ave., Barberton. There are appetizers, music and dancing with DJ Matt Oliver, a 50/50 raffle, charity blackjack and more on the menu. Cost is $10.

For more information, please call Kelly's best friends since childhood, Marie Myatovich at 330-745-1781 or Andrea Lloyd at 330-607-1040.

Details are still being ironed out for the May 3 benefit.

In the meantime, a Kelly Keith Fund has been set up at Chase Bank (any branch).

Youngster honored

Dylan D. -- the Akron boy who raised, in lieu of gifts for his recent 13th birthday, $915 for Mobile Meals to feed the elderly homebound -- has been named an "Honorary Employee."

Another Mardi Gras

"Mardi Gras 2008" -- the benefit for the Victim Assistance program -- is shaping up to be a grand fundraiser for the cause.

The event -- in its 16th year -- is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Todaro's Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron, with a social hour, sit-down dinner, dance entertainment by the Music of the Deacons, live and silent auction, raffle prizes and more.

Cost is $75 per person, with various other sponsorship levels available.

In the special spotlight will be award recipients -- David A. Brockman, CPA with Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Company -- the Bernard Rosen Community Service Award; and Dr. William Hauser and Dr. AnneMarie Scarisbrick-Hauser and son Eric Hauser -- Volunteers of the Year.

Each guest will receive a ticket for the grand-prize drawing. For more information, please call 330-376-0040.

Fighting MS

Katie Herman -- a 31-year-old Stow wife and mother -- refuses to allow multiple sclerosis (MS) to win.

Diagnosed with MS when she was 22, Herman works for Summit County Juvenile Court. In addition to participating in the annual MS Walk with a team she formed -- the Fighting Irish -- Herman is heading an MS fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Riverfront Family YMCA.

Herman, who also sells Pampered Chef products, is partnering with other small businesses (Premier Designs Jewelry, Pure Romance, Mary Kay, purses from Jolie Sacs, Partylite, Beauticontrol and Tastefully Simple) for the event, with all proceeds going to the National MS Society. There will be lots of raffles.

For more information, please contact Katie Herman at [email protected]

Helping in style

Zonta ABC (Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls) will celebrate International Women's Day in high style with a noon luncheon and benefit style show, silent auction and raffles Saturday, March 8, at Guy's Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)

The fundraiser, which is in its 24th year, will spotlight fashions from Coldwater Creek at Summit Mall.

Zonta International is composed of executives and professionals coming together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Money from the local club benefits a potpourri of charitable projects -- Harvest Home at the Haven of Rest Ministries, Victim Assistance, and the Vernal Trushel Displaced Homemakers Scholarship at the University of Akron. Tickets for the luncheon, which must be purchased in advance, are $25. For more information, please call style show chairman Sara Sehm at 330-760-5196. Raffle tickets are also available at six for $1.

Personal donation

Debbie Lantz of Cuyahoga Falls is understandably pleased that her 8-year-old granddaughter, Alexis Lewis of Cuyahoga Falls, recently donated 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love, Inc. which makes wigs for children with medical hair loss.

Alexis -- the daughter of Jennifer Stamp and Tim Lewis, both of Cuyahoga Falls -- is a second-grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls.

An honest man

A concerned resident is trying to find the owner of a woman's ring he found in November near Summa Health System Barberton Hospital's Parkview Cancer Center.

He's gone to the expense of placing ads in the Barberton Herald and the Akron Beacon Journal but hasn't been able to track down the owner.

So, if it's yours, call 330-825-7762 with a description.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or [email protected]


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