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Lake Erie Improvement Association presents Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue

Guest speaker State Representative Chris Redfern with LEIA president Jim Stouffer and guest speaker Ohio Senator Randy Gardner.

“There is not a more vital resource in our backyard than Lake Erie,” said Lake Erie Improvement Association (LEIA) President and Chairman/CEO of Catawba Island Club Jim Stouffer Friday at LEIA’s Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue event held at Catawba Island Club. “The lake affects jobs and families. Anything we can do as a marine or hospitality industry we need to do it. We have to make sure this resource stays vibrant.”

LEIA is a Lake Erie watershed-wide economic sustainability initiative dedicated to healthy waters and fish by promoting cooperation and wise resource management for the benefit of the Lake Erie basin. The goal of LEIA is to reduce nutrient loading into Lake Erie and to help address other Lake Erie challenges. LEIA bridges the gap between public and private Lake Erie stakeholders, using a business model approach. LEIA is uniquely positioned as the organization that speaks for healthy Lake Erie dependent businesses to promote economic sustainability.

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Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue

The Lake Erie Improvement Association is holding a fundraiser Friday, May 2 from 4-7 p.m. to help heal Lake Erie and bring awareness to its growing health needs. The event, called Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue, is hosted by Catawba Island Club and Lake Erie Marine Trade Association in conjunction with the Progressive Catawba Island In-Water Boat show to support the efforts of the Lake Erie Improvement Association. 

Special guests for the evening will include Ohio State Senator Randy Gardner and Ohio State Representative Chris Redfern. There will be grazing food options, beverages, door prizes and music by Colin Dussault’s Blue’s Project.

Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue is generously supported by First Federal of Lakewood, Clemons Boats, Happy Days Boating, Marine Max, Pier 53, South Shore Marine, Skipper Bud’s, Riverfront Yacht Sales and Services, Catawba Moorings, and Great Lakes Brewery.

To purchase a ticket for the event or to make a donation to the Lake Erie Improvement Association visit healingthelake.eventbrite.com or call the Catawba Island Club at 419-797-4424.

The Lake Erie Improvement Association is a nonpartisan Lake Erie watershed-wide economic sustainability initiative dedicated to healthy waters and fish by promoting cooperation and wise resource management for the benefit of the Lake Erie basin. For more information on the Lake Erie Improvement Association visit lakeerieimprovement.org.

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BPW Auction held at Catawba Island Club

Countdown to Summer was the theme to this year’s annual Business and Professional Women’s scholarship fundraiser auction that was held Saturday, April 5, at the Catawba Island Club. A silent auction, a live auction and a raffle raised just under $5000. The money will go toward scholarships BPW provides to area women and area women’s organizations.

The speaker invited to the event was Michelle Ish, BPW scholarship recipient and human resource specialist at The HR Department. When she contacted Lori Madison from BPW, Ish already had a four year college degree, but she wanted to do something more. Ish wanted to get her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and with the help of the BPW scholarship program she was able to do that. With the SPHR she was able to start The HR Department.

“I couldn’t have done it without the BPW scholarship,” said Ish. “I needed the continual commitment of education to reach my goals and they (the BPW) were able to help me achieve that.”

The money raised at the auction will be added to the money raised at the BPW Celebrity Server event that was held in the fall; $7000 was raised at that event. The money raised will go to 2014 fall scholarship recipients and 2015 spring/summer scholarship recipients. In addition to funding the scholarships, BPW also supports Ruth Ann’s House, Buckeye Girls State, Ohio Business Week, Leadership Ottawa County and BPW members.

For more information about the organization or if you wish to donate, contact Kimberly Leneghan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 216-346-9874.

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