United Cerebral Palsy Quilt Honors Loved Ones Who've Passed Away

Fred Brown irons a photo of his late brother, Carl, onto the memorial quilt
now on display at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati. Lost loved ones are being honored through a memorial quilt prepared by people with physical disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati.

Seven people in the UCP’s Life Enrichment weekday program developed the idea.

They provided to volunteers and staff photographs of loved ones they had lost.
The pictures were scanned and transferred to paper. The photos were then ironed
onto quilt squares made of fabrics and colors.

Volunteer quilter Kay Cockshutt spent three days hand-stitching together the
memorial squares.

The result was a piece of artwork in remembrance of mothers, fathers, family
and friends who have died.

The memorial quilt was completed in time to coincide with the 40th anniversary
celebration of the Alfred J. Rendigs Memorial Center at UCP on May 23.

“We have not had a formal presentation of the quilt, but it is hanging in
the hallway of our building for public viewing,” said Dawn Campbell Giesman,
development and communication officer for UCP. “It is a beautiful piece of artwork.
Everyone is proud of what it means.”

Visitors may view the quilt on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3601 Victory
Parkway.

The center houses the adult weekday life enrichment and independent living
program.

For more information, call (513)-221-4606

Center gets leftover food

Give Back Cincinnati, a young professional organization, used 10 volunteers
to visit 45 food booths at the conclusion of the 25th anniversary Taste of Cincinnati
to collect food for the Drop-In Center.

Ex-Bengals helping St. Jude

Former Bengals Anthony Munoz, Isaac Curtis and Louis Breeden are helping to
spearhead the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

The Anthony Munoz Foundation will buy the first raffle ticket. Breeden and
Curtis are serving as chairmen. Tickets are on sale for $100 each and a limit
of 7,500 will be sold.

The tickets are sold for a chance to win a $370,000 home being raffled to
benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Fischer Homes is spearheading construction of the St. Jude Dream Home, being
built on a lot donated by Great Traditions Land & Development Company, Ryan
Homes and Zaring Premier Homes in the Lexington Run Community in Batavia.

Other sponsors are Radio Station B-105.1, WUBE, Hancock Fabrics and Riemeier
Lumber.

Tickets are available at the customer-service desk of all Cincinnati-area
Meijer stores and Hancock Fabrics. For more information, call (800) 537-1735
or visit www.stjudedreamhome.org.

Madisonville hosts cornhole

The Madisonville Education and Assistance Center will host its first Eastside
Cornhole Tournament today, beginning at 11 a.m., to raise money for needy families
in the area.

For more information, call (513)-505-4796.

The tournament will be in the Fifth Third Madisonville Campus parking lot,
5001 Kingsley Dr., Madisonville.


Boy, 6, inspires cerebral palsy benefit

Waverly athletes pay to participate in 24-hour event

By Hugh Leach
Lansing State Journal

Cheering: Six-year-old Cole Wallace celebrates a goal Saturday during a soccer
match that was part of the 24-hour Juggle-a-thon to benefit United Cerebral
Palsy of Michigan at Waverly High School in Delta Township. Cole, who has cerebral
palsy, inspired the fundraiser, which had raised more than $3,000 by Saturday
afternoon.

DELTA TWP. – June 19, 2005 – It didn’t matter to 6-year-old Cole Wallace that
nearly every other player on the field was at least twice as tall as him and
more than twice as old.

The youngster was having fun as he and the other players raced up and down
the Waverly High School soccer field Saturday afternoon.

It was in large part because of Cole, who has cerebral palsy, that about 40
Waverly soccer players raised $75 each to allow them to participate in a 24-hour
event that started at 7 p.m. Friday.

It was originally supposed to be an overnight campout for players on the field,
but it evolved into a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy.

“I thought it was so awesome that the kids wanted to do this,” said Terra
Dodds, who coaches the Waverly varsity girls and junior varsity boys soccer
teams.

Although the outing was conceived by Matt Hill, 16, it was his friend Chris
Wallace – Cole’s brother – who suggested using it as a fundraiser.

“I’ve seen what Cole goes through,” said Chris, 17.

“His cerebral palsy is a mild form. A lot of people have it much worse.”

In addition to soccer, features of the event included volleyball, poker, horseshoe
and other tournaments, and donated food.

Chris’s mother, Laurie Wallace, said she was surprised when she learned where
the money would go.

“I’m very proud of him for thinking of his little brother,” she said.

Part of the event involved groups of two or three students, working in half-hour
shifts, trying to keep a soccer ball in the air for the entire 24 hours.

“It was extremely difficult,” said Juggle-a-thon participant Kori Jackson,
16.

“Chris and Matt are a lot better at it.”

It’s difficult even for advanced players, Chris said: “But it’s fun and you
don’t need a lot of room to do it.”

United Cerebral Palsy Michigan Executive Director Linda Potter, who was at
the event both days, said events of this type are vital.

The organization relies on fundraising and donations for about 30 percent
of its $841,000 annual budget.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the Waverly event had raised more than $3,000.

A silent auction later in the day was expected to boost the total considerably.

Contact Hugh Leach at 377-1119 or hleach@lsj.com.