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Holi​day with Heart Charity

43rd Gayla: On Hiatus 2020; Toledo Club

About Holiday with Heart

David Bingham - David, a long time friend of founding member David Hindall, is not sure when he first attended the Gayla. David became a member of the board of directors when some of the founding members wished to step back from their leadership roles for this event. David’s role on the committee is to do whatever he is told, and be quick about it. He can always be counted on to mix a cocktail or lick a few stamps. In addition to his charity work through Holiday with Heart, David is the board chairman (Senior Warden) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where he is active in feeding the poor and providing leadership for the church. Professionally, David is an advanced practice nurse providing psychiatric care through the community mental health organization, Harbor. In March of 2010, David began providing psychiatric care to members of the HIV community through the Ryan White Program at UTMC.

Rick Cornett - Rick first attend the event in 1991 and has been an active supporter ever since. In 2005 Rick joined the board of directors when the new committee was formed and has proudly served to help raise funds and awareness for causes in the Northwest Ohio GLBT community. In the past he has worked with SRO, Decked Out, Sex, Drag and Rock & Roll, and, most recently, the Toledo Pride Festival and parade. Rick is involved in all aspects of the event but his main focus is publicity, advertising and promotion to ensure the event receives proper coverage in the local media. Rick is a staff writer with the Toledo Free Press with a reoccouring column on GLBT issues. He also writes three columns for Pride's Eye magazine and also serves as their photographer. Rick serves as the liason between the event and the Toledo gay bar community collecting new names for our mailing list and encouraging new people to attend. He was responsible for naming the organization Holiday with Heart and collaborates in the website design. A professional floral designer for over thirty years Rick is employed by ProMedica at the Flower Market in Toledo.

Ed Hoffman - The founders of the Christmas Dinner Dance were Ed Hoffman, Dick Flock and David Hindall. Coming from various positions in the Northwest Ohio businesses, these individuals decided to create an event that would bring the GLBT community together during the holidays. Over the years all three of these men have supported multiple charitable organizations but the dinner dance, which began in 1977 with 16 people in attendance, has been their most enduring hallmark.

Steve Maenle - Steve began working to support the local LGBT community as a student at the University of Toledo working with three other students to form the first official University recognized Gay Lesbian Student Union. In addition to providing education, public awareness and training specific to the LGBT population, Steve worked with the Office of Affirmative Action to get language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation included in regulations governing conduct on the campus. After starting to attend the Holiday With Heart event in 2009, this interest in activism was rekindled. Steve began volunteering with the committee, and was pleased to be asked to join as a Committee member in 2013. Steve is looking forward to working with this smart, fun, dedicated group by continuing the work of developing corporate sponsorships. Steve works as a developmental disabilities professional. His work includes serving as a member of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Behavior Support Advisory Committee, Statewide Positive Culture Initiative Committee, and served as the Program Director for Sunshine Children’s Home for 10 years. Steve now works as a Program Administrator with Ohio’s largest non-profit provider of developmental disabilities services, CRSI. Steve is a Toledo native currently residing in the Close Park neighborhood.

Wayne North - Wayne first attended in 2005 as a guest of some friends and has not missed a year since. Wayne's first Gayla was also the event at which he met his partner, David Bingham. Wayne began working with the Gayla as an understudy to the founders. He made formal application to the State and Federal government, and Holiday with Heart became a recognized charity the next year. As a board member, Wayne works with the other members to create a fun and memorable evening for the guests while raising significant financial support for the charities. His goal has been to expand participation in the event to include a wider representation of the GLBT community. In other roles, he has been associated with Assistance Dogs of America since 1981 and served as Board President for 6 years. He is also active in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Toledo. Wayne manages the financial aspect of the organization. A licensed veterinarian in the State of Ohio and Michigan, he has been in private practice in Perrysburg, Ohio since 1978.

Jack Howard - Jack joined the HwH board in 2017 but his involvement with the LGBT community isn’t new. It began in 1970 as one of the founding members of PRO-Toledo (Personal Right Organization). He helped write the constitution and served as one of the early presidents. He also helped to originate the PROgram, their monthly newsletter, and underwrote the cost of the PRO phone hotline. About the same time Jack invited personal friends to his house for coffee on a Tuesday night. That became a weekly event to socialize as an alternative to going out to bars. Since many of his friends were active in PRO, the event began to rotate among members’ homes and became known as the PRO coffee group. The name changed and is now known as the Glass City Men’s Coffee Group (GCMCG) which still meets every Tuesday. They celebrated their 50 Anniversary in 2019!! Jack is a Toledo native, graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology, then obtained his MBA as a finance major from the University of Toledo. After working in banking for 15 years, Jack and his partner started a mortgage company which they owned for 25 years. He was a founding member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Northwest Ohio, served as president three times, and later became their administrator to run their operations. Now retired, Jack is eager to serve on the HWH board to help on any assignment with a primary focus of soliciting sponsors for the annual banquet.

Susan Carter - Susan Carter graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in fine art and enough talent to begin making her living…dressing dummies at J.L. Hudson’s store at the new Franklin Park Mall. Her passion for justice and equality drove her back to UT in 1989 for a Master’s in Counseling so she could offer lesbian/gay affirming therapy in our community. When her best friend, Harold, was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, her life and work were permanently redirected. Louis Escobar gave Sue the opportunity to become a volunteer support group facilitator for the NOVA Program and David’s House. She also volunteered at the first HIV test site in Toledo inspired by Ann Locher RN and since 1991, Sue has been part of UTMC’s Ryan White program, working with Joan Duggan, MD. These dear friends and mentors brought knowledge, purpose, and passion to Sue’s life. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is dedicated to justice and equality and Sue has lent her energy to it since the 1990’s including 10 years as Ohio board president. As for her fine art degree, Sue’s performance art exhibits, banners and picket signs, are frequently seen on the nightly news, at rallies for peace, justice and human rights from Toledo to Washington D.C.  

Joann Jakeway- Jo has been on the Holiday with Heart committee since 2015. She started her volunteer career at the age of 14 with the Toledo ZOOTeen program and put in 4500 hours in a 5 year period. After many options and decisions, she has finally found her niche. Jo currently works as a Volunteer Accessibility Supervisor at the zoo which helps individuals with disabilities be able to volunteer at the zoo. She wears many hats in the community. Not only does she serve on this committee but also serves as board president to The Promise House Project. Jo, and her wife, Gina currently have 7 adopted children and are fostering 2 others. They have been featured on the Human Rights Campaign website in recognition of Adoption month. Jo enjoys giving her time to her family and serving the community. Her motto is "Be the Change you wish to see in the world"-Ghandi​

Nick Nevins- Profile pending

An American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Her talent first came to light when at age 15 she won a shooting match against traveling-show marksman Frank E. Butler, whom she later married. The couple joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show a few years later. She became a renowned international star, performing before royalty and heads of state.