Jeffrey Paul, the founder of Wigs for Kids, called in from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, where he was celebrating the organization's 35th anniversary with a walk-run 5K fundraiser. Jeffrey started Wigs for Kids when his young niece was diagnosed with leukemia and begged her Uncle Jeff, who was a hair stylist, to restore the hair she lost during treatment. Jeffrey created a beautiful and versatile wig that allowed her to look good and even participate in gymnastics. Since then, his organization has helped countless children who have lost their hair due to disease or trauma. One of them is Leah, who also spoke by phone from the fundraiser. She received her first wig when she was in kindergarten; now, Leah is about to turn 16 and is the "fashion leader of her school," Jeffrey said. Leah expressed her gratitude. "I don't know what I would do without Jeffrey Paul and Wigs for Kids," she said. Jeffrey and his nonprofit organization provide wigs and all products for free. Learn what you can do to help the cause by visiting their Facebook page or their website.
Michael Purdy co-owns Blimp City Bike & Hike, which is having a fundraiser to benefit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Called Pint Night, the event is taking place on July 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the store, 1675 Merriman Rd. in Akron. No reservations are needed. Just go to the store, which is the only bike shop actually on the Towpath Trail, Michael says, and buy a $10 ticket on the night of the event. In return, you'll get two pints of craft beer from the R. Shea Brewery, which is across the street, and a free raffle ticket for a chance to get a new bike or other prizes. For more information about the bike shop and its events, visit the Blimp City Bike & Hike Facebook page. The store also has a website.
Carol Haines is on the board of Keep Akron Beautiful and is chairing "Green the Scene," the organization's annual fundraiser. It supports KAB's community beautification projects including the city flowerscapes, graffiti removal, litter pickup and clean-up days. The Aug. 30 event takes place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bud and Susie Rodgers Garden at the Akron Art Museum. There will be free beer and wine, the Swensons Food Truck, a silent and live auction, and much more. Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased online or by phone at 330.375.2116.