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American Red Cross Thanks Gala Attendees and Supporters

WWII plane
The night went off perfectly, and we are so thankful for everyone who attended to support the Red Cross and for our volunteers. - Danis Putzbach

The American Red Cross of Ottawa County hosted the Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls of Company Red Friday, July 19 at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The 6th annual Club Red fundraising gala was a benefit for local Red Cross disaster relief and recovery.

This year’s theme encouraged guests to wear World War II or USO apparel as they were transported to the 40’s for the evening. Guests to the sold-out affair enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and dinner provided by Zinc Brasserie. Honored guests were Dr. Harold Brown and his wife, Dr. Marsha Bordner, as well as Dorothy “Dottie” Patrick. Retired Lt. Col. Brown served as a Tuskegee Airman and flew a Red Tail P-51 Mustang during World War II. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in March 2007 for his brave service and dedication to our country. Dottie, an accomplished pilot, is a past member of the women aviators group, ‘Ninety-Nines, Inc.’, and an active member of the Erie-Ottawa County Airport Authority. Gala chair Danis Putzbach shared her personal memory of Patrick building and flying plane in the Patrick family room.

Members of The Ohio State University (OSU) Traveling Band, under the direction of Jon Waters, energized the crowd by playing Big Band-era music and OSU standards. Waters also opened the live auction portion of the evening by offering a prize package including a day with the OSU band for two people, passes to Skull Session, and sitting with the band at a home game.

“We would like to especially thank everyone who volunteered for and sponsored this year’s event. Their contributions are so important to its success,” said Beth Leggett, director of American Red Cross in Ottawa County. “Our volunteers exemplify our mission every day, whether responding to disaster calls in the middle of the night or spending hours coordinating events like this. We couldn’t support our community without their dedication and I can’t thank them enough. We would also like to thank the local businesses and individuals who supported us with donations for our auctions and sideboard prizes.”

Crown Battery Manufacturing, Co. and Janotta & Herner shared the B-17 Flying Fortress sponsor level. B-25 Mitchell level sponsors were Carbo Forge, Inc.; Magruder Hospital; O.E. Meyer, Co.; red, white, & brew of Elmore; The Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Anthony and Myrna Pastore; Richard and Michelle Schultz; and Kim and Liz Skrinak. P-38 Lightning sponsors included Arby's - Giaco Enterprises, Inc; Barnes Wendling CPAs, LLC; Biro Manufacturing Company; Catawba Bay Builders, LLC; Catawba Mini Storage, LLC; Kwest Group; Materion Brush Inc.; Northern Manufacturing; Ohio Edison, a First Energy Company; R.J. Runge Company, Inc.; Sutton Property Leasing, LTD; The Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Walker Funeral Homes; Zink Calls, Inc.; Bill and Meridith Beck; Karen Blizzard; Gary Brookins; Ed and Shirley Carlson; Elizabeth Harr; Nancy Herl; Eric and Peggy Rolf; and Kim and Liz Skrinak. Ford Tri-Motor Tin Goose sponsors were Baumann Auto Center; Hartung Ti tle Agency, Inc; Marine Max; Round House Bar & Park Hotel; SH Distributing/Yacht Club Trailers; and Mark and Tina Hablitzel. This year’s grand raffle was donated by Bassett’s Market and the members of American Red Cross of Ottawa County Club Red.

Club Red is a ladies’ auxiliary providing educational opportunities to further the services and programs of the American Red Cross of Ottawa County. The volunteer-led group is devoted to humanitarian services and compassion.

“The night went off perfectly, and we are so thankful for everyone who attended to support the Red Cross and for our volunteers,” said this year’s event chair, Danis Putzbach.