Wine Tasting Dinner and Fundraiser

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Location: The Black Sheep Vineyard, Adena, Ohio

For a ticket price of $25 per person, guests were treated to a dinner of chicken, baked potato, salad, wine cake, and a glass of wine, plus soft drinks and coffee. A Chinese raffle with donated prizes, and a 50-50 raffle were also held.

A total of $3,327.00 was raised, all for The Melanoma Research Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success, and a fun time!

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Twins Days 5K Run

Today a few friends and I participated in the Twins Days 5K Run, part of the annual Twins Days festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk and kid’s fun run benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation. Thank you to my friends for joining in, and thanks to all of the other runners and walkers!

Bicycle helmets provided by Bell Sports

Thank you to Bell Sports for providing both Ray and I with their Bell Influx bicycle helmet.

Kevin in his Bell Influx bicycle helmet

This is my favorite helmet, and I’m not just saying that because Bell gave me this one for free. This is the third Bell Influx that I have owned. I like it because it provides a good balance between high-end styling and fit, but at a moderate price. The sun visor is easily detachable for road bike riding.

Bell is a division of Easton Bell Sports, which also produces Giro helmets, Blackburn and Delphi cycling accessories, and other well-known products for motor sports and team sports under the Bell, Easton, and Riddell brands.

Mexican Fiesta

We held a Mexican Fiesta at The Farm Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, featuring appetizers and beverages with a “south of the border” theme. All proceeds benefited the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Door prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle drawing were held; thanks to our guests for the donations of the door prizes. Through the prize drawings and other donations, $2,075.00 was raised for the MRF.

Entertainment was provided by Dan Pinciaro.

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Emmanuel Yeboah

I had the honor of meeting Emmanuel Yeboah when he spoke at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio on February 8, 2007.


Emmanuel Yeboah was born in Ghana, a nation in West Africa. He was born with a severely deformed leg. Physically disabled people in Ghana have traditionally been shunned, hidden, or even killed. Those who survive are left to a life of begging in the streets.

In July of 2002, Mr. Yeboah rode a bicycle across Ghana in order to raise awareness of the plight of disabled people in his country. By the time he finished his 10-day journey, he had become a national hero.

Since then, Mr. Yeboah has received the 2003 Casy Martin Award from Nike, and the 2005 ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. He has used the funds from these awards and grants to distribute wheelchairs to disabled people in Ghana, and to provide scholarships for disabled Ghanaian children. His goal is to build a state-of-the-art sports academy in Ghana that will employ only the disabled, but will be open for use by all. He also hopes to organize a national team to compete in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, and plans to run for the Ghanaian Parliament.

A film has been made of Emmanuel Yeboah’s story, called Emmanuel’s Gift.

Beer ‘n Brats Party

On Sunday September 17, 2006, a “Beer ‘n Brats” party was held at The Farm Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. Our guests enjoyed selections of domestic and imported beer and bratwursts, as well as other tasty side dishes and beverages. Live music for the evening was played by Dan Pinciaro.

Many thanks to those in attendance, as well as those who were not able to attend, but sent donations. A total of $2,118.00 was raised for The Melanoma Research Foundation.

Jerry & Donna Anderson, Adena, OH
Diane Basich, Adena, OH
John & Becky Black, Adena, OH
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Bowman, Wheeling, WV
John & Maggi Campbell, Steubenville, OH
Tom & Connie Crothers, Adena, OH
Sally Culler, Mount Pleasant, OH
Michele Dorgan, Wheeling WV
Keven & Jennifer Fazio, Solon, OH
Bob & Lynn Ferda, Adena, OH
Joyce George, Cadiz, OH
Kerry, Chris, & Carrie George, Adena, OH
George & Irma Hooker, Adena, OH
Elsie Kaminski, Colerain, OH
David Karbowsky & Gwen Brogan, Carnegie, PA
Marlyn Klee, Brooklyn, NY
Ron & Linda Kovalski, Adena, OH
Ron & Chris Kowalski, Adena, OH
Margaret Kruszewski, Adena, OH
Carol Lepic, Saint Clairsville, OH
George & Linda Luke, Adena, OH
Jeff, Marianne, Juliana, & Alex Madzia, Saint Clairsville, OH
Jeff & Shelly Masloski, Adena, OH
Jim & Kathy Masloski, Lockbourne, OH
Vivian Masloski, Adena, OH
Matt & Candace McBee, Moundsville, WV
Martin & June McKim, Adena, OH
Larry & Karen Michalo, Dillonvale, OH
Paul Moore, Richmond, OH
Dan Obertance, Steubenville, OH
Betty Oxley, Adena, OH
Vince & Shirley Pastre, Adena, OH
Virginia Petricca, Atlasburg, PA
Ray & Pam Petrilla, Adena, OH
Jim & Alexis Petrilla, Saint Clairsville, OH
Dan Pinciaro, Steubenville, OH
Dorothy Rauscher, Adena, OH
John & Carol Repka, Yorkville, OH
Ted & Bonnie Riggle, New Concord, OH
John & Brenda Roski, Adena, OH
Mary Agnes Roski, Adena, OH
Dave & Carolyn Saksa, Cadiz, OH
Phil & Sherry Sawchuk, Mount Pleasant, OH
Becky Schneider, Coraopolis, PA
Jake & Blanche Schneider, Atlasburg, PA
Betty Shannon, Burgettstown, PA
Dan Signorini, Tiltonsville, OH
Buzz & Lisa Smith, Saint Clairsville, OH
Paul & Sara Spragg, Adena, OH
Jim & Danielle Sobleski, Adena, OH
Brenda Spear, Wintersville, OH
Chuck & Linda Strizak, Mount Pleasant, OH
Harry & Pat Thompson, Adena, OH
Joe & Sarah Truini, Adena, OH
Fred & Carol Webb, Adena, OH
Ned & Jean Woolums, Saint Clairsville, OH
Ted & Mary Woolums, Massillon, OH
Helen Yanczura, Adena, OH
Bob & Diane Yanok, Adena, OH
Janice Zalewski, Adena, OH
Frank & Cheryl Zamski, Dillonvale, OH
Frank & MaryAnn Zeroski, Adena, OH
Mike & Bunny Zonkoski, Adena, OH

Fundraising Training Meeting

The Melanoma Research Foundation hosted a Fundraising Training Meeting on August 18 through 20, 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chicago (O’Hare).