Make-A-Wish 2018 Toledo BIG Wish® Gala!

As the old saying goes: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Three big principles of any solid financial plan are to save, spend and give. Most people forget about the giving part, though, because they think mostly about saving and spending.

But giving is just as important. It softens the heart of the giver and frees their soul from dependence on money. You’ll never walk away from giving feeling bad! (Source)

Those wise words from the money guru himself, Dave Ramsey, resonate in my mind as I eagerly raid my closet for something to wear to the upcoming Make-A-Wish 2018 Toledo BIG Wish® Gala!


Make-a-Wish Foundation is a household name, but how much do we really know about it?

The heartfelt experience of local wish kids coupled with ongoing independent research from a pediatric specialist illustrating the impact of wishes on kids battling critical illnesses will be the highlights of the 2018 Make-A-Wish® Ohio Kentucky & Indiana BIG Wish® Gala, presented by RMF Nooter, to be held on Friday, April 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn. An event fundraising goal of $150,000 has been set to help make wishes come true for at least 18 local kids battling critical illnesses in Northwest Ohio.

An event fundraising goal of $150,000 has been set to help make wishes come true for at least 18 local kids battling critical illnesses in Northwest Ohio.

Dr. Anup Patel, Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, was inspired to conduct an academic research study of the physical and financial outcomes of a wish journey on eligible kids after observing firsthand the impact of a wish on patients. Preliminary observations of his study will be conveyed during the BIG Wish Gala. (Pics from 2017 BIG Wish Gala)


Currently, only one out of every two eligible kids experience a wish.

One of the reasons Dr. Patel has since joined the Make-A-Wish America Advisory Board is to increase medical provider awareness of the benefits of a granted wish on eligible kids. Currently, only one out of every two eligible kids experience a wish. During the Gala, wish kid Hannah, of Northwood, Ohio, and her mom will speak about how Hannah’s treatment journey inspired her to wish to be a medical student. She ultimately hopes to become a pediatrician.



 WHAT:           Make-A-Wish 2018 Toledo BIG Wish® Gala                                                 


WHERE:            Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons 

6165 Levis Commons Boulevard Perrysburg, Ohio 43551


WHEN:               Friday, April 13th

6:30 p.m. – Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction

7:30 p.m. Dinner Program

TICKETS:         Tickets and event sponsorship information are available at

The early findings of Dr. Patel’s study will be highlighted at the event, with the full results to be published later in 2018. Currently, there are nearly 123 medically eligible wish kids in Northwest Ohio.

In addition to hearing the inspiring stories from kids and families whose lives have been changed by a granted wish, two local professionals will be honored by Make-A-Wish:

  • Volunteer of the Year – Linda Chaney. Volunteering to support multiple wishes at a time, Linda truly believes in the Make-A-Wish and does everything she can to make sure all of her wish kids have an incredible wish journey.
  • Medical Professional of the Year – Sue Hoover, ProMedica. Sue refers every child that is eligible to Make-A-Wish; she’s referred over 100 children during her time at ProMedica.


I am looking forward to learning more and sharing what I learn. Are you familiar with Make-A-Wish Foundation? Are you interested in learning more and/or donating or perhaps know someone who is? Please feel free to share and tag a friend. And stay tuned for my follow-up post.


St. Paddy’s Day Events for Kids in Toledo

May the lilt of Irish laughter Lighten every load – May the mist of Irish magic Shorten every road and may you taste the sweetest pleasures That ere Mom on the go in Holy Toledo bestowed…..


Mallstars St. Patrick’s Day Party!!

In conjunction with Live Happy Franklin Park Mall invites Toledo to ‘Get Happy!’ during a full day of fun and joyful events. The Food Court will be bursting with kids’ craft activities, Irish dancers, and happy happenings throughout the day.

When: Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Franklin Park Mall 5001 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623

3/17/18 Schedule of events:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – #HappyActs Wall and family friendly crafts and games in Food Court
  • 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet with Poppy & Branch from Laurel’s Princess Parties
  • 2:00 p.m. – Performance by the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance

Cost: FREE



Shrek the Musical!!

St. John’s Jesuit High School is putting on Shrek the Musical-Saturday, March 17th Matinee @ 2pm

Shrek the Musical based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

Where: Valentine Theatre 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Show times: Saturday @ 2pm, 7pm, & Sunday @ 2pm

Ticket price: $12 per seat



The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School

A mischievous leprechaun is causing all kinds of trouble at school, but Gingerbread Man is back to save the day! Come enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, with activities to follow.

When: Storytime & activities @ 11am March 17th

Where: Barnes & Noble at Fallen Timbers and Franklin Park

Cost: Free




Holiday Hairbow or Bowtie

Accessorize your holiday outfit with a fashionable St. Patrick’s Day or Easter Hair or Bowtie! Create a hair or bowtie using colorful seasonal fabric, chenille stems and a clip. The ties are easy to make and you’ll be ready for your holiday party or family gathering in no time!

Where: Pat Catan’s Crafts 3010 Navarre Ave, Oregon, OH 43616Oregon, Ohio

When: Saturday, March 17th from: 10am-12pm and Sunday, March 18th from: 1-3pm

Cost: Free



Monster Jam

Metro PCS Presents Monster Jam®, which features larger-than-life Monster Jam trucks driven by world class athletes, returns to Toledo’s Huntington Center March 16-18 with four shows. In addition, this year’s lineup includes two Pit Parties. The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family.

Where: Huntington Center 500 Jefferson Ave, Toledo, OH 43604

Show times are: Friday, March 16, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Huntington Center Box Office or at



Circus (Leprechaun are sure to enjoy these Shenanigans)

Since their first Circus in 1952, Zenobia Shriners have presented an annual Circus in Toledo. In 2018 they are presenting their 67th annual Shrine Circus for the enjoyment of all of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The Shrine members are excited and proud to present another opportunity for friends and neighbors to experience the wholesome family entertainment the circus provides. This year, the famous Jordan World Circus returns to Toledo to once again provide an array of breathtaking acts for your enjoyment. As the lights dim, close your program, sit back in your seat and witness the excitement of these fantastic acts.

Where:  SeaGate Convention Centre 401 Jefferson Ave, Toledo, OH 43604

Showtime: Thursday March 15, 2018  6:30pm, Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm and 7:30pm, Saturday March 17, 2018  11:00am, 3:00pm and 7:00pm,  & Sunday March 18, 2018  1:00pm and 5:00pm

Cost: $10 and up!


Grab your boarding pass!!

It’s time to earn your wings during a visit to Imagination Station’s newest permanent exhibit. The interactive flight simulator, Flight: The Sky’s the Limit will open to the public on Saturday, March 17. The flight simulator experience takes visitors to new heights as they test their aviation skills at the controls of a Saab 340 jet. Before flying the friendly skies, visitors will learn about the science of flight and the variety of STEM careers available in aviation.

The aircraft was donated and customized by presenting sponsor Toledo Jet, with support from students from Toledo Public Schools’ Aviation Center. Students prepared the cabin by disassembling the jet, removing electronics and hardware, and constructing the simulator base in preparation for science center visitors.

The new exhibit is truly a labor of love for David Corwin, owner, Toledo Jet. He became interested in airplanes in eighth grade when he visited the TPS Aviation Program, then Macomber Vocational Technical High School. His wish is to inspire the same interest in Imagination Station visitors.

“I hope this exhibit helps kids realize that an aviation career is not an impossible dream. It’s within reach right here in Toledo,” Corwin said. “The education needed to work in the aviation industry, whether it is pilot or mechanic, is readily available at TPS, and a student can graduate from high school and be immediately employable by the aviation industry.”

Hours: Imagination Station is open 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday and Noon – 5pm on Sundays. The science center will be open Monday, April 2, for spring break.

Cost: Lucas County residents receive $1.50 discount and FREE Saturday admission for kids 12 & under with paid adult admission.



May the roads rise to meet you.

May the wind be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

The rain fall soft upon your fields

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Top 10 Kid Approved Spring Break Destinations in Toledo

I asked the kiddos to make a list of the top 10 things that they would like to do over Spring Break in Toledo.

Here are their requests: (click on each to be linked to the website & get hours/cost)




1. Aquarium at the Toledo Zoo (Finally OPEN!! I can’t wait to see it! Eee!)

Photo by Jay Hemdal
Photo by Jay Hemdal


2. Mud Hens Game



3. Walleye Game

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4. Ritter Planetarium



5. Imagination Station Dinosaurs (Special Spring Break Hours!)

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6. Fun Factory

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7. Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center

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8. Indian Creek Zoo (Weekend Hours only)

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9. In 2Art

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 10. Build it! (Egg Hunt April 3rd..$7 & kiddos receive a LEGO bunny & 1 hour of open play, register today!)

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And I must admit I am pretty impressed…these are all activities that are also fun for moms & dads too! There are some great family destinations on this list! Props to the kids!! Let the countdown to spring break begin!!!