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MEDINA Women, Wheels, and Waffles

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Women, Wheels and Waffles is "a comfortable, delicious venue in which to learn about your car." It is truly that simple. It is open to moms, daughters (great for new drivers), grandmothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, neighbors - the only rule: no men!

This annual event hosted by Mighty Auto Pro in Medina is one of the best one-on-one programs offering women a chance to really ask questions and become educated about the proper way to care for their vehicles. What certainly adds to this pleasant experience is the outstanding, complimentary breakfast buffet that is part of the free package.

This year's WW&W event took place October 6, at Mighty Auto Pro, 290 South Prospect, and was attended by more than 85 women, both repeat and new visitors. First-time guest Rose Murphy was very impressed with the food and information and said she would return again next time. Repeaters often attend because they have changed vehicles since their last visit and need to be updated.

McJak provided the candy for the table favors, and everyone had an opportunity to win one of several raffle prizes drawn at the end of the event. Prizes included the "lottery lollipop" table centerpieces created by Leigh Anne Best, a $100 VISA card, and many gift certificates from local merchants.

The elaborate breakfast buffet was prepared by 17 Public Square (formerly Main Street Cafe). Chef Ryan Kasson said this was the restaurant's first off-premise event, and everyone agreed it was excellent: chicken, waffles with candied pecans, local honey and Ohio maple syrup, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, avocado toast, scrambled eggs with peppers, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. Also available were Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

The premise of the two-hour event is to let guests wander to any or all of the stations in the Mighty Auto Pro garage, and ask the trained technicians any questions they have; there is no such thing as a stupid question.

The education stations covered such basics as changing a tire, checking fluid levels, and adjusting to computers' roles in cars. The ASE Master Certified Technicians were very helpful in addressing those topics as well as many other questions.

Technician Mike explained to inquiring women the locations of fluid holders in cars and how to check them, and the importance of maintaining proper levels in each one. He also strongly stressed the importance of regular oil changes.

Technician Dean spoke to those who needed to know more about constantly advancing computer systems in cars. He explained the inconsistency in different models' systems, what some of the limitations are with each one, and most of all, the need to keep up on the ever-changing improvements and advances. Education is a big issue; technicians and car owners alike must take the time to learn how much or how little computers control vehicles. The bottom line in all instances is always: be alert!

Leigh Anne Best, who has been with Mighty Auto Pro 14 years, and Laura Frank initiated the "Brakes for Breasts" fight against cancer 12 years ago, with the first Women, Wheels, and Waffles presentation. Everyone at Mighty Auto Pro connected with the movement sported bold "Brakes for Breasts" shirts; Event organizer Cathy Whetstone added a ruffly tutu, just for fun.

As for the reason to start this campaign, Best quoted Frank, who said, "As a business owner we have visibility. With visibility comes responsibility." Frank has lost family members to cancer, and creating greater awareness and helping to raise funds to fight the disease seemed like the most logical way to assume that responsibility.

During the month of October, Mighty Auto Pro is giving away free quality brake pads or shoes. Customers pay only for the labor and any other necessary parts, and 10 percent of these proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. There are now 154 shops in 34 states, and two countries, the U.S. and Canada. In the last seven years, the auto repair shops have donated more than $606,709 to vaccine research.

Dr. Vincent Tuohy, Cleveland Clinic, believes in the goal of prevention through inoculation, and has been instrumental in spearheading this new way of looking at breast cancer control. For more information on the Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund visit

Stop in to have your brakes safety checked and learn more about this cancer research endeavor.