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Published: Monday, 1/21/2013

ON THE TOWN

Volunteers make a difference

Friends hold Miracles 4 Melissa fund-raiser at Elks Lodge

BY BARBARA HENDEL
BLADE SOCIETY EDITOR
Committee members Megan Martinek, left, and Bethanie Cherry, right, pose for a photo with Melissa Belcher and her son Aden at the Miracles 4 Melissa Fund-raiser. The event raised money for Mrs. Belcher who is in the mid to late stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Committee members Megan Martinek, left, and Bethanie Cherry, right, pose for a photo with Melissa Belcher and her son Aden at the Miracles 4 Melissa Fund-raiser. The event raised money for Mrs. Belcher who is in the mid to late stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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Now more than ever, nonprofits, food banks, health-care agencies, and youth organizations need assistance through financial donations or volunteer service. Museums, the zoo, the symphony, the opera, libraries, schools, shelters, the Scouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and more wouldn't be possible without individuals who give of their time, talent, or money. And many times, those who make a difference do it in their own quiet way without expecting recognition.

A good example is all of the local fund-raisers. They don't just happen. It takes sponsors, volunteers, and donations from vendors for flowers, photography, and food.

Friends created the Miracles 4 Melissa Fund-raiser held Jan. 12 at the Elks Lodge on Holland-Sylvania Road. Melissa Belcher, 40, a former teacher at Northview High School and volleyball coach at Central Catholic High School, is in the mid to late stages of Lou Gehrig's disease. Friends raised more than $15,000 to help with her care. WTOL-TV's Chrys Peterson, a friend of Melissa's, was the emcee.

Among the supporters were Brad and Laura Rieger, Jeff and Tamara Goetz, Doug and Brenda Dymarkowski, and Nick and Renee Stack. Megan Martinek was event chairman.



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