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Holi​day with Heart Charity

43rd Gayla: Sunday, December 6, 2020; Toledo Club


Equality Toledo Community Food Pantry Grant

Holiday with Heart is pleased to be able to direct support to ​necessary community food resources during this time of pandemic and economic strain. This summer HWH was able to direct $4,000 to support this effort.  Equality Toledo Community Pantry is a no barriers pantry dedicated to making sure that food-insecure people and their families have barrier-free options regardless of legal status, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Click on the Equality Toledo Food Pantry Image to link to their Facebook page and learn more!

In Person Gayla Event On Hiatus

Sadly we must report that Holiday with Heart will be on a years hiatus for 2020. The unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the safety of our attendees, and the financial strain of many of our sponsors and supporters necessitated this decision. Watch your mail, this website and Facebook page for news on alternative arrangements. We intend to pick Beneficiaries and go forward with requesting financial support for the charitable objectives, and perhaps a short program via live cam day of event. Thank you for your continued support of HWH!

2019 Gayla Another Successful Fundraiser

​Thanks to all of our guests, sponsors, volunteers, and other supporters for the great outcome this year! Holiday with Heart Charity raised $20,772 from the 2019 Gayla event. See the chart below for financials. The HWH Committee has determined how these funds will be distributed among the listed beneficiaries:

  • $5,000 - LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay
  • $5,000 - University of Toledo Foundation LGBTQ Scholarships
  • $5,000 - Promise House Project Van
  • $3,983 - Holiday with Heart Fund Toledo Community Foundation

A donor driven Matching Fund Challenge at the event raised another $6,111 for the Holiday with Heart Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation. This increased the overall contribution to the HWH Fund from the 2019 Gayla to $10,094. The remaining income ($1,789) was directed to the charity's checking account for 2020 event seed funds ($4,087 combined current balance).

2020 Date Announced For Gayla Event

The Holiday with Heart Galya charity dinner dance for 2020 will return to the traditional first weekend in December. Holiday with Heart is happy to announce the date as Sunday December 6th this year. The Gayla will again be hosted at The Toledo Club in downtown Toledo. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Beneficiaries Announced for 2019 Gayla Event

As part of our mission, Holiday with Heart is committed to administer the financial support necessary to further the missions of 501(c)(3) organizations that provide direct assistance to the local LGBT community. After careful review of applications submitted, at the September 26th meeting of the HWH Committee, the three beneficiaries of funds that will be raised through the 2019 Gayla event were selected. Click on the logo images to visit the websites and learn more about these worthy causes:   

LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay

To support the Bi-weekly support group programs

University of Toledo Foundation

To help fund scholarships for UToledo Undergraduate students who identify as active LGBTQ community members

Promise House Project

To support the Street Outreach Program, specifically to purchase a van for distribution of care packages

First Event Sponsor for 2019 Gayla Announced        

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce our returning blue level sponsor, and first sponsor to support the 2019 Gayla, Equitas Health. Equitas Health is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. This year it will serve more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, behavioral health,​ HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives. With 13 offices in 10 Ohio cities (including Toledo at 3450 West Central Ave.), the support you’re looking for is right around the corner. Click on the logo to visit the Equitas Health website. 

Fifth Third Bank Welcomed as Return Sponsor 

We could not be more excited to announce that Fifth Third Bank will once again join with HWH in support of the LGBT communities of NW Ohio. Corporate social responsibility is a way of life at Fifth Third Bank. They are committed to actively engaging individuals and community groups to affect positive change for the betterment of all. Their motto “We live here, too” speaks to that commitment to improving lives in all the markets they serve. Fifth Third Bank happily provides banking and financial services to its LGBT customers, and looks forward to serving you. We are deeply appreciative of the sponsorship, and look forward to working with Fifth Third in our mutual objective to improve our community.

Prizm Magazine Media Sponsor of 2019 Gayla 

HWH is pleased to announce the media sponsorship of Prizm magazine. Prizm exists to connect LGBTQ+ people across Ohio to a statewide community that shares their triumphs, joys, setbacks and struggles. Prizm is a bimonthly magazine that covers news, politics, health, arts, entertainment, fashion, and culture through journalistic storytelling and informative content with a modern, artistic edge., the digital counterpart to Prizm magazine, provides current news, events and information that’s relevant to Ohio’s local LGBTQ+ community. Contributing writers and photographers from across the Buckeye state offer original content that engages readers with breaking news, captivating photo galleries, and thought-provoking commentary. 21,000 free-racked glossy magazines distributed in the first 3 days of publication months to 1,000+ locations throughout Ohio

Signature Bank Shows Support for LGBTQ Communities

Signature Bank at 4607 W. Sylvania Ave. in Toledo, was founded in 2002 as a locally owned and operated bank that focuses on the business, institutional, governmental and professional communities in Northwest Ohio. They are owned by approximately 500 local shareholders and governed by a local board of directors. Their local decision making gives them the ability to provide custom solutions to clients. The “Gold Standard” service philosophy is supported by their clients’ opinions; 100% of Signature Bank clients consistently recommend their banking services to others. Holliday with Heart is so pleased to announce Signature Bank as a return sponsor of the 2019 Gayla. This show of support for the local LGBT communities is greatly appreciated. Click the logo image to visit the website for Signature Bank.

Hitchings Insurance Agency Return Sponsor of 2019 Gayla

Hitchings Insurance is an independent agency serving the needs of Ohio consumers since 1968. As one of the leading agencies in Northwest Ohio, they are strongly committed to their clients, company partners, and communities. Holiday with Heart appreciates this commitment to the LGBT communities of Northwest Ohio with the return sponsorship of the Gayla event for 2019. Hitchings agency offers a broad range of insurance products and services, including auto, home, business, farm, health and life. They are aware that every individual, farm or business has unique insurance coverage needs. As an independent agency representing many companies, can match your coverage requirements with just the right policy to fit your one of a kind situation and budget. They are located at 717 North Main Street Findlay, OH 45840. Click the newly redesigned logo to visit their website.

Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management New Sponsor

Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management specializes in assisting individuals and families with the financial challenges and issues faced with retirement planning, and investment portfolio management. They realize every client’s situation is unique; that’s why Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management offers a wide array of financial programs tailored to each client’s specific financial plans and needs. Holiday with Heart is grateful to our first time Event Sponsor and encourages you to check out their services. Click the logo below to visit their website. The local branch office is at 900 W South Boundary Bldg 5B Perrysburg, OH 43551. Give them a call at: (419) 794-4700

Buckeye Broadband Partners with HWH to Sponsor Event

Holiday with Heart is pleased to have the return commitment from Buckeye Broadband, partnering with HWH in LGBT support for the N.W. Ohio communities. Buckeye Broadband, NW Ohio/SE Michigan’s premier provider of broadband services, will be among the sponsors of the 2019 Gayla Event. As an organization regarded for high levels of customer service and community support, the Holiday with Heart Committee is pleased to welcome again Buckeye Broadband to our mission of supporting the LGBT communities locally. Click the logo to visit the website for Buckeye Broadband.    

Liberty Title, Inc. Will be First Time Sponsor in 2019

Amy Jones, Owner and President of Liberty Title, Inc. started Liberty Title, Inc. to give home owners and real estate professionals another choice: Someone who will look out for them and/or their client's interest and explain the process of a real estate closing in a relaxed and non-threatening environment. Liberty Title is not just another title company! For over 15 years, in Toledo Ohio at 4210 Sylvania Ave., Suite 201, Liberty Title has employed friendly and knowledgeable title professionals who are happy to close a real estate transaction anyplace, anytime including but not limited to your home or workplace, and we are available after hours, weekends, and Holidays at NO EXTRA CHARGE! We even offer same-day closings. Liberty Title, Inc. is fully insured and licensed to protect your transactions from errors and omissions. Let Liberty Title earn your trust, we are proud to serve your title needs. The company has one main mission statement ... Good Old Fashioned Customer Service! 

Toledo LGBT Bars Unite to Support Annual Gayla

Holiday with Heart is pleased to announce that the Toledo LGBT bars will join forces this year to continue the annual HWH tradition of the "Booze Wagon" as one of the raffle items. This wagon is filled with bottles of premium liquor and barware. Raffle tickets are $20 each and are available at the Gayla event Sunday December 8th. Holiday with Heart appreciates the continued support of Georgjz419 and Mojo/Legends Showclub. Click their logos below to visit their Facebook pages.

PricePro Chad Lievens Sponsorship of 2019 Annual Gayla

When you need a great pre-owned car with a great price, then you should go to PricePro at 1671 Toll Gate Drive in Maumee and see Chad Lievens. PricePro has a huge inventory and they price the vehicles to move. Thanks to the streamlined one-person process, most retail transactions take place in less than an hour, once the customer has decided on a vehicle. With an aggressive pricing strategy, the price is typically thousands of dollars lower than competitors. The locally owned dealership was founded in 2013, and looks forward to serving this community for many years. Let Chad Lievens get you out on the road in a car that you will love today! Click on the logo to visit the webpage for PricePro.

HWH Announce New Sponsor in 2019 Key Realty

Holiday with Heart is very pleased to announce a new sponsor for 2019: Key Realty. Find Your Toledo Home. Key Realty Specializes in Toledo Real Estate. It is the premier online real estate website for the metropolitan Toledo area, designed to inform consumers on how to be a pro in the real estate market and avoid common pitfalls that are costly. The articles and tools throughout the site are FREE, with zero strings attached. Contact: Keith Degnan, Key Realty. Click the logo to link to the website and contact details. 

Return Sponsorship of Mockensturm, Ltd. Announced

Holiday with Heart is glad to have Mockensturm Ltd. continue the show of support to the local LGBT communities through return sponsorship this year. Event sponsorships help direct a greater portion of ticket sales to the charitable objectives. Mockensturm, Ltd: Attorney and CPA resolving your tax debt issues. Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to finding solutions to your legal problems. Big national companies advertise tax resolution services and toss out phrases like "pennies on the dollar", while failing to mention they are not lawyers and they are not local. At Mockensturm, Ltd, their firm is led by a dual professional who is both an attorney and a certified public accountant (CPA). They are located right here in Toledo, Ohio, and take a personal interest in resolving the tax issues and other legal problems facing individuals and businesses in Lucas County and the surrounding communities. HWH thanks Mockensturm, Ltd. for the sponsorship. Click the logo to visit their website

Gilead Sciences Return Sponsor for 2019 Gayla Event

PrEP, an acronym from Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is the use of prescription drugs by people who do not have HIV/AIDS as a strategy for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. It is an optional treatment which may be taken by people who are HIV negative, but who have substantial, higher-than-average risk of contracting an HIV infection.

Currently, the only drug which any health organization recommends for PrEP is Truvada, which is the brand name of the Gilead Sciences drug combination of tenofovir/emtricitabine. The Centers for Disease Control says that "PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool. People who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months."

This year Holiday with Heart is pleased to have Gilead Sciences as a Sponsor of our 42nd annual Gayla.

Miller Lite Sponsorship of 2019 Gayla Event

We are pleased to have Miller Lite return as a second year sponsor for Holiday with Heart. They have made an in kind donation of over $500.00 with vinyl patio banners and posters to promote the event within all the Toledo LGBT bars. Thank you to Brian Saunders for making this happen, and giving the event much needed exposure through your generous donation.

Paramount Advantage Commits to Return Sponsorship

Paramount Advantage will join with Holiday with Heart again this year in helping to reach our charitable objectives by being a return sponsor of the December 8th Gayla. Paramount was a first time sponsor in 2014 and we are pleased to once again have the support of this organization that works to support health & wellness in our community. Paramount Advantage is an Ohio Medicaid managed care plan. They serve Aged, Blind and Disabled and Covered Families and Children Medicaid consumers, including Healthy Start and Healthy Families, who choose to join Paramount Advantage. We are pleased to announce this return sponsorship, and send our deepest appreciation to Paramount Advantage. Click the logo to visit their website.

Thanks to First Time Sponsor North Star Blue Scope

Holiday with Heart is very pleased to announce our new first time sponsor for the 2019 Gayla. North Star Blue Scope, in Delta, is evolving the art of steel making. Their highly-skilled team uses a high-tech, 4-step process to turn raw materials into hot rolled bands for end use in various industries including automotive, construction, agriculture and general manufacturing applications. They have a community-focused culture: “We’re not individuals performing separate jobs, we’re a community working to better an entire team. And like a family, we look out for each other and seek opportunities to be a good neighbor. With a community relations team dedicated to coordinating volunteer efforts, we’re proud to support over 50 local and national organizations including Adopt a Highway Litter Control, the American Red Cross, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.” Holiday with Heart is appreciative of being on this growing list of community causes supported by North Star Blue Scope. 

Shumaker Attorneys at Law Return Sponsors in 2019

In Toledo, Shumaker Attorneys at Law firm continues their long-standing position as Northwest Ohio's largest law firm, providing the full range of services to individuals, nonprofits, health providers, small and medium-sized businesses and publicly held and international companies. One of the values of Shumaker is Involved: “We believe in supporting the communities that support us. Beyond our commitment to helping our clients succeed, our involvement in the community brings a higher purpose to everything we do.” Holiday with Heart is pleased to have the return sponsorship of Shumaker for the 2019 Gayla event. We are grateful for the on-going support of local LGBT communities. Click the logo to visit their website.

Dan Finkel/Savage & Associates Continue Support for 2019 

Dan Finkel, financial advisor, has been a member of Savage & Associates since 1999. He helps people build wealth by assisting with retirement savings. He helps protect that wealth with life, health and disability insurance. Then in retirement, he helps people manage their investments and distributions to make sure those assets provide a steady income as long as possible. Thank you Dan and Savage & Associates for your continued support of the NW Ohio LGBT communities. Click Dan's photo for link to his business contact information. 

Glass City Kitchen & Bath Return Sponsor for 2019 

As a new business, The Holiday with Heart Committee was pleased to have Glass City Kitchen & Bath as a first time sponsor of the annual Gayla event in 2018. We are happy to announce the return sponsorship for 2019. We are appreciative of sponsorships as they help cover the cost of putting on the event, allowing a greater portion of tickets/reservation sales to go to the chartable objectives. Many people have fond memories of The Anderson's, and working with Tim Bexten, the kitchen designer there for over 20 years. When The Anderson's closed Tim was approached by vendors who encouraged him to open his own store. He has moved forward with that dream with his business Glass City Kitchen & Bath at 2104 N. Reynolds Rd. in Toledo. With Team Member Michael Walker, Tim plans to treat his customers in the same manner he did at The Anderson's, and to run a business of honesty and integrity. Click on their logo to visit the Facebook page for Glass City Kitchen & Bath.  

Sponsor Honors Decades Long Tradition of Support

The Flower Market was the first and longest running sponsor of the annual Gayla event. They would provide an annual in-kind sponsorship of flower goods and services to the event. The Flower Market was purchased by Bartz Viviano. Holiday with Heart is so pleased that Bartz Viviano keeps this tradition of support to the LGBT communities. If you’re searching for “florist near me” in Toledo, Ohio, you need to go with Bartz Viviano – simply the best local florist. They have been delivering happiness with beautiful flowers to the Toledo area since 1964. Their creative florists create custom flower arrangements – from everyday flower bouquets to special event centerpieces. With same-day flower delivery you can get gorgeous blooms, plants and gift baskets to your door year-round. See why generations love getting and sending flowers from them. Click the logo to visit the website. 

Great Lakes Sound and Lighting Return Sponsor

In the event photo at the top of this Welcome page, one notices the festive, elegant lighting. The snowflake projections, the green up lighting, all give the Gayla event a special touch, year after year. Holiday with Heart is pleased to have the sponsorship of Great Lakes Sound and Lighting again this year. HWH appreciates lighting services being donated by Great Lakes in support of the LGBT communities of N.W. Ohio.

Beneficiaries Check Presentation Held

On March 26th, 2019 the Holiday with Heart board members met with the beneficiaries of the 2018 Gayla event for check presentations. Analese Alvarez accepted for Equality Toledo ($5000), Julie Malkin accepted for Lucas County Children’s Services ($5000), and Stephanie Watkins from Harvey House ($500). A $500 check also went to Eclipse. The remaining $7,288 was deposited to the Holiday with Heart fund at the Toledo Community Foundation. If you are a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides direct support to the LGBT+ communities of N.W. Ohio, please see the beneficiaries information tab for details about applying to become a 2019 beneficiary of the Gayla event. 

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