Zepf Center News

Don't Skirt the Issue - Help!

A Benefit for Zepf Center
Recovery Housing

Published Friday, September 8, 2017

The Zepf Center is repeating its very successful fundraiser “Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help” on Friday, October 20 at the Zepf Community Center, 2272 Collingwood Blvd. All proceeds are directed towards developing housing specifically for mothers, allowing them to continue working on their recovery without being separated from their children, the #1 reason why women leave treatment.   Last year almost  $30,000 was raised for this project.

“Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help” is an evening of music, friends, and fun at the Zepf Community Center featuring Glass City Talent 419 and Guy in the 419 - Pat McCarty. Emcees for the evening include Melissa Voetsch -13 ABC and Fred LeFebvre 1370 WSPD.

Read one woman’s story: For many years, when people hear about the city of Toledo, they think of a nice place to live and do business.   Unfortunately, now when you say Toledo many think of heroin and illicit drugs.  Unfortunately, Ohio happens to be number one in the country for heroin related deaths.

Here in the Toledo area, Karen Freiberger is trying to come up with ideas to remedy some of this problem.  She has joined in this fight against heroin for several personal reasons.  She is the mother of two children.  Her son is an F-18 aviator in the Marine Corps and her beautiful daughter is a 10-year heroin addict (currently in recovery).  They both come from the same middle-class upbringing and yet chose such different path. Because of this, she feels the need to battle this horrible drug to help save the community in which I live.

The event features food from area restaurants, including Ciao, Zia’s, Real Seafood, Saba’s Bistro, LaScola, and Manhattan’s. Desserts are being planned by women in recovery.  Amazing gifts are lined up for the live and silent auctions including a trip to Turks and Caico’s with airfare, an apartment in France, sailing cruises, dinner and wine tasting at Plat 8. Tickets are $60.00 each - for tickets or more information, please visit the event page or call 419-841-7701.

Major Sponsors are Stapleton Insurance, Walker Funeral Home, GKN Driveline-Bowling Green, 5/3 Bank, City Paper/MLiving Magazine, 13Abc, IHeart Media-Toledo and Sylvania Advantage

This committee planning the fundraiser are Sally Goligoski, Joanna Koenigsecker, Laura Glover, Cathy Carroll, Katy Walker, Candy Baker, Karen Freiberger, Christina Baskey, Sandy Roberts, Cy Dunlap, Trina Meadows, Maggie Dame, Sarah Lancaster, Pat Nowak, Jane Wurth, Cheryl Johnson, Cassie Roman, Terri Barricklow, Cherie Schneider, Dana Devers and Amy Parker.

For information:  Pat Nowak – 419-461-0155, pnowak258@gmail.com

Items for Auction

  • One week accommodations for two at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos with $1000 for airfare
    Value $3500. Donated by Jane Wurth and Central Travel
  • Sailboat ride for 6 with lunch – your skippers Tom and Sherry Andrews
    Value Priceless
  • Wine Tasting Dinner for 8 at Plat 8 – Value $800.00
    Donated by Gary and Terrie Barricklow
  • Hamilton tickets for two with one night accommodations in downtown Chicago
    Value $600 – Donated by Pat Nowak and Steve Roberts
  • Day trip and refreshments on boat
    Value Priceless – Donated by Scott Sydlak
  • Wine Tasting Progressive Dinner and Boat Ride at Hidden Harbour for 8
    Value - $800 – donated by Pat Nowak, Cy Dunlap, Karen Freiberger and Sandy Roberts
  • Personal Training for 10 with a wine and cheese reception at Embody by Jake – Voted MLiving Reader’s
    Choice Award for best trainer – Value $500.00
  • Private tour and reception for 10 at the Snooks Dream Cars Museum
    Value $350 – Donated by Jeff Snook
  • Afternoon of pampering with hair and makeup experts at Kevin Charles
    Value $500 – donated by Kevin Charles
  • Wine and paint evening for 10 at Unruly Arts
    Value $100 – donated by Unruly Arts
  • Wine Basket – Value $400
    Donated by Mindy and Paul Vesoulis
  • Leggings for a year from Lularoe – Value $300


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