Thursday, September 23, 2004

Walkers step up for two charities

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Two charity walks overlapped this weekend and brought together thousands of people walking for Down syndrome and AIDS.

An estimated 4,200 walkers for Down syndrome participated in the third annual Buddy Walk, which started at Newport on the Levee, while 1,000 others started at Sawyer Point in the 15th annual Red Ribbon Walk for AIDS.

Parts of both groups met on the Purple People Bridge, going in opposite directions.

"The Buddy Walk was much bigger than planned," said Jane Page-Steiner, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. She said money from the walk covers about 33 percent of the agency's $350,000 budget.

Page-Steiner said organizers will know in the next few weeks how much was raised this year.

"Some teams are still reporting money. We urge groups and families to put together teams for the Buddy Walk," she said.

One family group was Annie's Army, walking for Annie Gerhardt, a 6-year-old student at Ayer Elementary School in Anderson Township who has Down Syndrome.

Volunteers are still tallying money from the Red Ribbon Walk. Vickie Brooks, executive director of the AIDS Volunteers of Greater Cincinnati, said the walk brings in about 10 percent of the agency's $2 million budget.

$62,000 raised

The Walk to D'feat ALS Sunday in Winton Woods generated $62,000 and brought support for Lorri Carey from across the country.

Lorri Carey of West Chester is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. There is no cure for the disease. Her sons, Paul,13, and Christian, 11, put together a team of friends and schoolmates called The Kids 4 Cure to raise money for research. The team was represented by 500 walkers.

"The boys shattered their lofty goals of having 100 walkers and raising $10,000," said their father, Paul Carey. "We are very proud of Paul and Christian and very thankful to everyone that supported their effort."

The boys presented the check to the Western Ohio Chapter of ALS Monday.

Paul Carey said supporters came from Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Kentucky.

Playground renovation

Tuesday, employees from Federated Department stores will demolish the playground at Memorial's Mansfield Child Development Center, 1607 Mansfield St., Over-the-Rhine.

On Oct. 8, employees from Deloitte & Touche will start building a new playground. Employees from Convergys will finish the construction on Oct. 9.

Forest Green Container will donate Dumpsters for the demolition. Impact Environmental Services will help with the demolition, and Nu-Blend Paints will donate paint.

Charity auction

A support group for heart-transplant patients, called "Change of Heart,'' is holding an auction at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Montgomery Business Hall, 7777 Ted Gregory Lane, Montgomery.

The group is made up of nearly 350 men, women and children who have received heart transplants over the last 20 years at University Hospital. It provides financial support to heart recipients and emotional and spiritual support.

The auction will have antiques, collectibles and sports memorabilia. Proceeds will help cover costs for anti-rejection medications.

For more information, call (513) 523-8709 or (513) 310-7007.

Clean-up days

About 40 volunteers are expected to get involved in a clean-up campaign in Lockland at 10 a.m. Saturday, working through the Lincoln Heights-Lockland Weed & Seed program.

Richard Headen, coordinator of the program, said 10 Dumpsters will be spread around Lockland to collect debris and junk.

"We will not be able to take any hazardous material,'' Headen said.

The cleanup will start at the Lockland Recreation Center, 101 North Cooper Ave. Another cleanup has been scheduled on Oct. 23 for Lincoln Heights, Headen said.

He said people who are handicapped can call (513) 260-8308 and arrange for help in disposing of debris or junk.

University gets grant

Ohio Northern University in Ada has received a $100,000 grant from the Jacob G. Schmid-lapp Trust.

The grant is for the university's College of Business Administration building.

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