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Medina County Commissioners Ball raises spirits, funds

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    Attorney Ed Bowers, left, Lafayette Township Trustee Lynda Bowers, Laura Hutson and Medina County Commissioner William Hutson arrive at the Medina County Commissioners Ball on Saturday.

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    Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman, right, chairs the Medina County Commissioners Ball every year. Geissman poses with Alan and Becky Narvy of Stow.

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    David Palmer, a trustee of Medina Creative Housing, attends the Medina County Commissioners Ball with his wife, Beth, on Saturday.

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    Kimberly Marshall, economic development director for the city of Medina, attends the ball with her husband, Charles Marshall.

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    Michael Reynolds, president of the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce; his wife, Lisa Reynolds, right, a sixth-grade teacher at Highland Middle School; and Mary Thomas of Olmsted Township attend the ball Saturday.

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MEDINA TOWNSHIP — Michael and Lisa Reynolds first attended the Medina County Commissioners Ball four years ago. They haven’t missed one since.

“The event supports causes we believe in,” said Lisa Reynolds, a sixth-grade teacher and tennis instructor at Highland Middle School in Granger Township. “And it brings the community together for those causes.”

Michael Reynolds, president of the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, enjoys the social aspect of the dinner dance.

“It’s always good to meet a lot of people in the community and see what they can accomplish when they come together,” Michal Reynolds said.

The 20th annual Medina County Commissioners Ball was Saturday night at Weymouth Country Club. The original date was Jan. 19 but the ball was rescheduled because of a snowstorm.

The event raised about $33,000, and about 165 people attended. Over the years the ball has brought in more than $400,000 for local charities.

This year’s’ recipient organizations — chosen by commissioners Pat Geissman, Colleen Swedyk and William Hutson — included Disabled American Veterans Chapter 72 of Medina County; First Impressions Inc., a Medina County nonprofit that gives economically disadvantaged women business attire they can wear on job interviews; and The Giving Doll, a Wadsworth charitable organization that makes handmade cloth dolls for needy children.

Also benefiting were Medina Creative Housing, a Medina corporation that helps residents with disabilities live independently; and Oasis of Hope Pregnancy and Support Center in Medina.

Rhonda Beck, clerk to the commissioners, is part of the committee that organizes the ball, which includes dinner and dancing. This was her her fourth year.

“It’s been awesome,” Beck said. “It’s been great to be part of something that benefits so many of our nonprofits, helping them with projects they otherwise would have no money for.”

Geissman came up with the idea for a charity ball. Before becoming commissioner, she was executive director of the Medina County Unit of the American Cancer Society, and she knew how local charities struggled to raise money.

Geissman believed the commissioners could use their influence to gather people together and support local charities. She was right.

Each person attending the ball donates $60, while businesses and individuals too numerous to mention sponsor the event. Over the past 20 years, the ball has helped more than 30 nonprofit organizations.

Alan Narvy, a member of the Stow Income Tax Board of Review, and his wife, Becky, attend the ball every year.

“It’s a good cause, and we enjoy dancing,” Becky Narvy said. “Weymouth has one of the better dance floors. It’s hard to find a place like this. They always treat us right.”

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