American Red Cross in Wood County’s annual Fire & Ice event featuring Toledo News Now’s Jerry Anderson as MC took place Friday evening at The Clazel in Bowling Green. More than 300 people attended the event. Sponsored by Rudolph/Libbe Inc., the evening honored first responders and community partners while raising funds to support American Red Cross in Wood County disaster relief and preparedness. A special presentation highlighted the commitment Red Cross has to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families.
Guests danced to live music provided by The Bourbon Street Band, watched a Bowling Green State University student juggler, and took photos in a portable booth provided by Phototwine. Hors d’oeuvres were served by several area restaurants and local firefighters participated in a celebrity bartender contest to raise additional funds to support the Red Cross. Attendees participated in a wine bottle raffle to win an iPad sponsored by Cousino Harris Disaster Kleen-up. They also had the opportunity to purchase a key for $25 for a chance to unlock a case holding an exquisite piece of jewelry provided by C. Sterling Jewelers. This year, the Red Cross received the addition of a special glass art bowl hand-crafted by the Bowling Green State University Glass Art Department especially for the Fire & Ice event. Students Mitchell Noah and Mark Borsz used an Italian glass blowing technique - encalmo - to make the piece that was auctioned off to the highest bidder.