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Pop-Up Talent April 26

Tickets are going fast for the Pop-Up Talent event at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, a benefit for United Way’s Pop-Up Adventure Play Program. 

The event features a dinner with choice of two entrees, a cash bar, entertainment by local celebrities, music by the Naked Bacon Band, and a silent auction for such items as:

• 18 holes of golf and lunch at the Catawba Island Club
• Cedar Point tickets
• A one year Rescue Marine membership
• Photo art by Diane Rozak
• VIP passes to African Safari
• A Mon Ami gift basket
• An OSU gift basket
- and much more

All proceeds will benefit United Way’s Pop-Up Adventure Play Program, which supports child-directed play to build innovative and creative problem-solving skills in our local communities. Thrivent Financial, Ottawa County Chapter #30011, will provide matching supplemental funding for this project.

Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. They’re available at: 

• Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Port Clinton 
• Danbury Zoning Department, Marblehead 
• Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Oak Harbor
• The Crafty Needle, Elmore

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Play, the Important Work of Children

On a Monday evening two professional play-workers intrigued a group of curious community leaders to learn about encouraging free play through adventure playgrounds. Morgan Leichter-Saxby, of Vermont and the UK, and Suzanna Law, of Manchester, England, both professional playworkers, talked and played at Bataan School in Port Clinton as one of 16 stops on tour of the United States. Suzannah is the organizer of the tour and is working on her PhD in play work. Morgan has been in the lead on play work training since Pop-Up Adventure Play’s inception and has spoken at over a dozen international conferences. 

Adventure playgrounds are new to the United States and to Port Clinton. Last fall Tricia O’Connor and Melissa Bayer, who did not know each other at the time, separately called Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, with the idea of using adventure play to engage and involve local children and adults, to help revitalize the community. 

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United Way recognizes partners

This week at United Way of Greater Toledo’s monthly Chief Professional Officer meeting, several local nonprofit organizations were recognized for the outstanding services they provide to our community.

The Chief Professional Officer meetings provide a venue for United Way funded community partners to share information and discover opportunities to advance collective work and drive change in our community.

“We value each and every partnership we have in our community. It is through these partnerships that we can and will continue to move our work in the community forward,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. “The work of these organizations matters mightily, so we want to recognize them.”

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