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Jewell Cardwell: Auction to pay for week-long camp for abused children

By Jewell Cardwell
Beacon Journal columnist

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Northampton United Methodist Church is hosting its 11th annual auction for the Royal Family Kids Camp at 5:30 p.m. April 5 at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St., Cuyahoga Falls.

Proceeds go “to give those children who have been referred by a social service agency — Summit County Children Services, Akron Child Guidance, psychologists and other professionals — a week of positive memories at a campsite especially selected to provide a safe, fun place for the camp experience,” event spokeswoman Susan Davis said.

“Across our nation a report of child abuse is made every four seconds. Over four children die every day from being abused. Over 400,000 children are in the foster care system. Royal Family Kids camps were established to confront abuse and give young children in the foster care system hope. Northampton Church’s camp is preparing for approximately 60 children.”

The experience includes recreational activities, crafts, singing, a cookout and a birthday party — some of the children have never had one. “These children are our neighbors, classmates and friends,” Davis noted. “They are part of our community and this auction is a community event.”

Tickets for the auction are $25. To purchase tickets or donate to scholarships for campers, please call the church office at 330-929-0015.

Among the auction items are: Lunch with Chief David Oliver of the Brimfield Police Department, who has gained national fame with his Facebook page; two Discovery Flight airplane lessons; Coach purse and wallet; tickets to Cleveland Indians, Akron RubberDucks and Akron Racers games; tickets to Weathervane Playhouse and the Cleveland Orchestra; class at the Western Reserve School of Cooking; sewing lessons for kids at My Sewing Cottage and more.

The church is at 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. To learn more about Royal Family Kids, please visit

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Serving Summit, Medina & Stark Counties is seeking support for Bowl for Kids’ Sake, its oldest annual fundraiser, which raises money to pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity, wrote Kamelia Fisher, executive director.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake engages more than half a million people across the country. The local organization raised $33,000 last year and seeks to raise $70,000 this year.

Just organize a team of five bowlers, raise $375 as a team, visit www.firstgiving.coin/bbbssmc to create your page and collect pledges. Here are the dates, times and lanes:

• Dick Hoover’s Lanes in Brunswick — noon and 2 p.m. April 5.

• Park Centre Lanes in Canton — 11:30 a.m. April 19.

• Ghost Alley in Wadsworth — 1 p.m. April 26.

• AMF Hall of Fame Lanes in Perry Township — 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 26.

• Stonehedge Family Fun Center in Cuyahoga Falls — 6 p.m. May 1, and noon and 2 p.m. May 3.

• The Fast Lane in Barberton — 2 p.m. May 10.

For more information, please contact or 330-376-6503.

Children’s Clothing Swap

Lakeview Christian Church, 4613 S. Main St., Green, is sponsoring its bi-annual Children’s Clothing Swap, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at the church.

Here’s how it works, as explained by organizer Betty Bussey: “Our volunteers sort by size, gender, good and play (gently used clothes your children have outgrown); and clean if necessary. We set up our church like a retail store and those who dropped off can come back on our swap day and ‘shop’ for the current sizes needed for their children.

“After a couple of hours, we open it up to anyone. We are basically giving free clothes to those who can use them … We have grown over the past two years we have done this to over 12,000 items during our fall swap.”

Doors open on March 23 and 30 to drop off clothing. Questions? Call the church office at 330-644-8809 or email

Casino Night

Zane’s Foundation board members are busy preparing for their fourth annual Spring Fundraiser and Casino Night, 6 to 11 p.m. April 25 at Tangier.

Proceeds help the five-year-old foundation provide community outreach and educational programs to families who have members with special needs, founder Stacey Youssef said. “Some of the services offered are monthly educational meetings with up-to-date topics and speakers, service support, mentoring, giving parents a place to network and educational seminars. … We also provide quarterly funding assistance. Funding can be designated for things such as summer camp, day camp, different therapies, some medical expenses, respite, adaptive equipment, communicative devices, or other equipment that is necessary to help individuals meet daily challenges.”

Tickets are $40 (appetizers, dinner, desserts and soft drink, tea or coffee) and $50 (includes adult beverages). Cash bar available. Entertainment includes a disc jockey and dance floor, casino activities, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle and many surprises. Prizes include Disney tickets, jewelry from Family Treasure Jewelers and the Piercing Pagoda, an autographed football from the Cleveland Browns, tickets to Great Lakes Science Center, a wine basket, products from Thirty-One Gifts, four tickets to the Akron Zoo, an annual maintenance agreement from Blind & Sons, a gift basket from Serenity Pointe Salon & Spa and more.

For tickets, please call 330-677-9263 or email

Project RISE

Major kudos to members of Akron’s Mount Lebanon Baptist Church for the last five years have hosted a soul-food dinner for homeless families in conjunction with Akron’s Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education).

The program, managed by Debra Manteghi, is a collaborative effort of Akron Public Schools, local homeless shelters and the Akron community, providing supplemental educational services to homeless children and youth.

This year’s event served upwards of 90 children and parents, and was dedicated to the memory of longtime Head Start and Project RISE contributor Karen Dotson.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or