Barbara Hendel: Aurora Project catches a game, raises funds

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Jul. 22—FUND-RAISING can be challenging. But Aurora Project Inc., established in 1986 as a social service organization that provides housing and a comprehensive housing and life skills program to empower homeless women and their children, has found a new way to help raise funds.

They have been recruiting volunteers to work the concessions at the Mud Hens' home games.

They have worked three games so far and have committed to 10 more. The first two games were worked by the Aurora Board. The third game was sponsored by Owens Corning. They even had four interns help out.

Aurora gets a guaranteed $40 per volunteer or a percentage of the food and alcohol sold from the concession stand, whichever is greater.

For July 2 (when there were fireworks), they increased the guaranteed amount. Aurora recruited 27 people to maximize earnings for the night and made $2,700!

Other upcoming sponsors include SSOE (three games), La-Z-Boy (two games), Savage and Associates (one game), Owens Corning (two games), Apple Store (two game), and The Andersons (one game). There are several other sponsors in the works as well, including a corporate sponsor through the United Way.

Any organization that can pull together 12 or more volunteers who are age 16 or older should contact Aurora board member Deb Dauer at

In addition to this fund-raising effort, the 28th annual Aurora Golf Classic presented by Owens Corning is Aug. 9 at the Toledo Country Club. For information go to the Aurora Project website.

SO WHAT are you doing to help make a difference in our community? Let me know.

Many fun events are coming:

THE opening reception for the solo show of Maumee Valley Country Day School alumnus Jonathan Ralston, '88, Shadows and Enlightenment, kicks off with an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 20 North Gallery. There will no doubt be several MVCDS alumni at the free and open to the public event. Come join the fun.

It is the first live, in-person show at 20 North Gallery for more than 15 months.

A special guest will be Mr. Ralston's mother, Hydie Ralston, who recently retired as the school's business director.

THE SUMMER Spectacular presented by the Arts Commission's Art Loop programming is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Uptown Toledo. There will be art, dance performers, Birds Eye View Circus, hot rods, face painting, music, food trucks, and more.

THE sixth annual Chalk it Up! The Lighthouses of the World event in Vermilion is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7. The free event includes colorful original works of chalk art, artists creating artwork onsite, opportunities for budding artists to create chalk art, a kids coloring contest, and more.

"It was on Aug. 7 in 1789 that Congress approved an act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers. What a fitting tribute to the beacons that guide boaters' way all around the world," said Robbie Brown, event coordinator.

Also happening just outside of downtown Vermilion the same day is the Vermilion Beach Market at Sherod Park.

For information go to or call event coordinator Robbie Brown at 305-924-0874 or Marilou Suszko, executive director of Main Street Vermilion at 440-963-0772.

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