‘Leap into Luck’ benefit for Riders Unlimited a rousing success

Mar 11, 2020 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

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There were a lot of volunteers at the “Leap into Luck” charity benefit hosted by Leadership Ottawa County on Saturday at the Port Clinton Yacht Club, led by Baumann Chevrolet’s Chuck Miller and his wife, Jerri. In the back row, left to right, are Ashley Walterbusch, Melissa Kapp, Julie Frattaroli, Matt Gottron, Anthony Panfalone, Chuck Miller, and Danny Bond. In the middle row are Tami Matthews, Susie Shaffer, Joanna Capizzi, Heather Gabel, Jerri Miller and Shannon Matso. In the front row are Sonya Zimmerman, Angelica Armendariz and Jennifer Woods. (Photo by Philip Wheeler)

A gala blowout at the Port Clinton Yacht Club on Saturday night by Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) Class 2020 was the “Leap into Luck” charity benefit and LOC graduation gift for Riders Unlimited Inc. (RUI).

About 130 guests enjoyed the evening, with the funds raised going to RUI. The exact amount will be announced at the LOC graduation dinner on April 20. Tammi Matthews of LOC said the goal of $10,000 was surpassed.

“We are an annual community leadership development program that brings community members and business leaders together to learn about Ottawa County from an insider’s perspective,” said LOC Director Carrie Sanchez.

“Class members are provided distinctive growth opportunities to learn more about their community through an intense, nine-month program.”

The program includes activities, field trips and a class project designed to broaden their perspectives and enhance their leadership skills. This year’s class project was to fund RUI. To learn more about LOC, visit leadershipottawacounty.com.

The event sponsors were listed using equestrienne events like Dressage Riders or Barrel Racers, with each heading representing a dollar amount donated. Baumann Auto Center, represented by General Manager Chuck Miller and his wife, Jerri, headed a ‘who’s who’ of local event sponsors, as the lone Dressage Rider. Barrel Riders were Civista Bank, First Federal Bank, and West Bay/Hunters Point Club.

Show Jumpers were Commodore Perry Federal Credit Bank, Happy Days Boating, and U.S.G. Field Hunters were numerous, and represented by groups and individuals such as Bell Mell Tavern and Pizza, Bolte Insurance Agency, Gary and Gini Greunke, and the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus.

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