On November 1, the HANDS Foundation graciously hosted a lovely sit-down dinner in the private lower level party room of 17 Public Square (previously Main Street Cafe) in Medina. This was the second year the HANDS Foundation has extended its gratitude in this manner.

The gathering served as a token of the Foundation's appreciation to a dedicated group of about 50 people who have played a significant role in the ongoing success of the organization. Guests were able to select an entree from a designated menu of four choices: salmon, steak, chicken, or a pasta and vegetable dish.

HANDS Foundation President Chrissy Waller said the goal of the casual evening did not include a lot of speeches or presentations. Rather, its purpose was to share a meal, relax and visit for a couple of hours, and let the special guests know how grateful the Foundation is for their continued support.

Waller spoke only briefly, to give heartfelt thanks to everyone for all their efforts. Also welcoming the guests were Board member Ryan Boulton and Executive Assistant Liz Murphy.

The very talented keyboardist Dave Young, who has become a familiar and welcome addition at many events, entertained throughout the entire evening.

Included among the distinguished guests were Ohio Representative Steve Hambley, Medina City Mayor Dennis Hanwell and his wife Chris, Judge Kevin Dunn and his wife Lisa, and Medina County Veterans' Service Office Director Ed Zachery and his wife Kim. Hanwell is a past Foundation Board member and served a term as its president.

Coming December 6 is the annual Stuff the Escalade. This popular fund raiser that benefits the HANDS Foundation will be held at Plum Creek Senior Assisted Living Community, 891 Marks Road, Brunswick, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The family-friendly event is free to attend, but the organizers would appreciate a donation of a non-perishable food item that will be given to the Medina United Methodist Church.