Fire & Ice gathers support for many Red Cross efforts PDF Print E-mail
Written by RACHEL GAST Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:48
“Fire & Ice” ice sculpture at the Cla-zel. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
he fourth annual Red Cross Fire & Ice fundraiser enjoyed a successful run Friday night. The event raises disaster relief funds, heightens military awareness, and allows local firefighters to showcase their bartending skills.
By the end of the night, roughly 400 tickets had been sold.  Donors listened to the Bourbon Street Band and eyed the silent auction prizes lining the dance floor.
Several donors purchased a $25 key to win the necklace or spent $30 on a bottle of wine for a chance to win the iPad.  Tips for the Celebrity Bartenders were placed in each fireman's black and yellow boot.
Troy Township Fire Chief Randy Woodruff  took home the Celebrity Bartender trophy a highly sought after award among the county's firefighters.  Rudolph/Libbe earned the "On Fire" title for a $5,000 donation to the Red Cross.
Master of ceremonies, WTOL anchor Jerry Anderson kept the crowd entertained throughout the night.  "This is the largest crowd yet," he said.  "Sometime down the road, you will have helped someone in Wood County" by donating to the silent auction or participating in the Wine Raffle.
Prizes included a weed whacker, several baskets of food from local restaurants, and an iPad.  "There isn't anything I wouldn't be happy with," event co-chair Ginny Stewart laughed.  Co-chair Pam Fahle added, "I wouldn't mind winning that necklace."
The necklace, donated by C Sterling Jewelers, is worth $2,300.  Several Bowling Green restaurants donated the hors d'oeuvres and their staffs to cater the event.
Wood County Red Cross Director Chris Diefenthaler said:  "We received double the number of silent auction prizes this year.  The generosity is much more than we ever expected."  Stewart explained that "so many people support the Red Cross we don't have any trouble getting prizes."
Diefenthaler has been the director of the Wood County Red Cross since 2008.  She says she spends roughly 50 percent of her time fundraising while the other 50 percent is spent on "disaster services, services to the military, and coordinating CPR and first-aid training."  She said fires are the most common disaster the northwest Ohio chapters of the Red Cross respond to.
Stewart and Fahle stress that anyone who is effected by "blood, flood, or fire" will be aided by the Red Cross, "so please be generous.  All your money stays in Wood County."
The co-chairs have worked on event for the past three years, contacting food vendors, working with public relations, the event committee and the Clazel.  The Clazel donates the venue every year and are fabulous to work with, they said.
The fundraiser takes 10 months to put together.  
The Bowling Green State University Red Cross helped staff the event and BGSU senior Matthew Robinson wowed the crowd with his juggling act.
While an ice sculpture of a Fender Stratocaster gleamed at the bar, several BGSU ROTC members were applauded on stage.
Fahle explains that soldiers "give up their lives tirelessly to defend this country" so the Red Cross wants to acknowledge their services.  This years' Fire & Ice event is to recognize the work of firefighters and the armed forces.
The military family service of the Red Cross "is a program people often don't think of paired with the Red Cross," said Diefanthaler.  "The Red Cross started with the military, but it isn't well known by the general public."
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:52

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