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For the 17th year, the SHC Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon drew a sold-out crowd December 7, at Weymouth Country Club Grand Ballroom, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina. This annual popular, and much anticipated, event sold 400 advance tickets in three days after the date was announced. The doors did not officially open until 10 a.m., but eager guests were waiting outside by 9 a.m.

People were anxious to visit The Galleria of Shops - Ann's Decadent Delights, Bling Fashions, Brenda's Jewelwings, Creatively Yours Floral Accents, Fashion Flair, Gene Osburn, JK Gift Shop, Lovely by Lisa-Sanisa Sellers, Oak Ridge Farm, Made in Medina, Rings and Other Things, Salon Evangelene, SHC Staff, Sew Much More, Simply Silver, The Link Day Programs, and The Olive Tap - and to view the raffle baskets with a wide variety of very inviting items donated by more than 120 individuals, companies, and organizations.

Shoppers were greeted by gentlemen volunteers in tuxedos selling raffle tickets: Brian Coughlin, Kent Daugherty, Andy Dunham, Scott Fravel, Harold Kasten-Krause, Al Melchiorre, Bob Montgomery, Adam Ritterspach, and Don Spickler.

Attendees shopped and bid on raffle baskets from 10 a.m. to noon, at which time the luncheon and fashion show began. Emcee Adam Ritterspach welcomed everyone and thanked them for again supporting the work of SHC, which has been in existence 66 years. He said in the 17 years since this event began, SHC has raised half a million dollars; this year the goal was $40,000.

Ritterspach introduced SHC Executive Director Melanie Kasten-Krause, who has been with the organization more than 36 years. Kasten-Krause said she is always happy when this event takes place, but this year she was especially happy because she had some very exciting news to share.

SHC has evolved in the past 66 years, from having no services in the area to being able to offer a broad range of valuable services and programs for people with disabilities, allowing them to live, learn, earn, and play in their communities. After being identified as SHC for the past 20 years, the organization is now entering a new decade in 2020, and with that comes a new look and a new name.

Kasten-Krause told the audience that for the first time she was going to be one of the show's models --- with a twist. She and several SHC individuals strategically located and waiting throughout the ballroom then modeled the BIG REVEAL.

They "unveiled" the new logo printed on the shirts they were wearing under their jackets, bearing the new name: THE SOCIETY, under which was written Trusted. Compassionate. Experienced. She told the guests they were the very first to see it.

It was then time to start the show. This year's models - Chad Calvo, Matt Canter, David Cathcart, Megan Daugherty, Logan Detwiler, Samia Evans-Brooks, Josh Fry, Lena Haberkost, Heather Helderman, Alexis Kent, Lisa Knapp, Carol Neuzil, Alyssa Nutter, Kate Patterson, Diane Prekop, Brianna Nice, Dave Rump, David Sandrock, Mike Soldo, Jason Stanton, Audrey Stone, and Cheryl Zeh - delighted the audience as they appeared wearing lovely outfits. Guests resumed shopping after the luncheon until 3 p.m.

This year's Diamond Sponsors ($2,500) were Westfield Insurance Foundation and Ann Gaborsky. Emerald Sponsors ($1,000) were Andy and Mary Dunham, 620 Corporation, Oswald, MelCap Partners LLC, Salon Evangelene, The Weymouth Club, and Woodbine Products Company.

Ruby Sponsors ($500) included Clampco, ABC Therapy Ltd., Amcor, Wadsworth Eye Clinic, Inc., Kent and Judy Daugherty, Corinne P. Hadley, Medina Veterinary Clini LLC, Dr. Kelly Parker, Robert and Cheryl Morsek, and Parker Funeral Home. In addition, there were 13 Gold Sponsors ($250) and 20 Silver Sponsors ($125).

The committee that orchestrated the very successful event included Sandy Andos, Jennifer Anzalone, Peg Carey, Judy Daugherty, Sue Detwiler, Karen Fravel, Jeni Gray, Cheryl Gressler, Melanie Kasten-Krause, Lynn Leckie, Sue Mitzel, Mary Lou Nepodal, Lisa Nida, Alicia Pizon, Samantha Rowerstein, Karen Toelke, and Gloria Wyles.

Guests were reminded about the Giving Tree, where they could select an ornament on which a resident had written an item they would like to receive. Anyone interested in purchasing either a gift or making a cash donation towards one should contact the SHC office, 4283 Paradise Road, Seville, 330-722-1900, for further information. Gifts should be delivered to the office no later than December 19, 2019.