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Kathy Smith’s silent auction plans underway

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

After Gabe Ng of Spacebar, a computer shop located at 5687 N. Main St. in downtown Sylvania, put out a call to local downtown merchants to gather donations for an auction for Kathy Smith, he got responses. Ng’s request is to raise funds for a familiar figure on Main Street, Kathleen Smith, who has multiple sclerosis. An author and artist, Smith lives near downtown Sylvania and makes her way through the downtown area thanks to her motorized wheelchair. Her books, If I Could Make It, So Can You, and Rose Petals of Life, detail her challenges associated with her disease.


“Despite all of her challenges, Kathy has a positive attitude and always has a smile and a good word for everyone she encounters,” Ng said. “And, she is certainly a part of our downtown community. But many people here don’t know Kathy and some may not even see her.”

He continued, “I want the community to be aware of the people that we see every day including Kathy, and if she or someone else needs help, we figure out a way to provide that aid. That is what being a part of the community is all about. I also think it is important that if we are part of the community, we should do things that make a difference.”

Ng has organized a community-wide “auction” to be held during the May Red Bird Art Walk. To date, he has amassed several auction items including a $100 gift card and $100 of products from Revé Salon & Spa; a $100 print from local artist Matthew Squibb; a watercolor painting from local artist Larry Golba valued at $150; a Sylvania Arts package from the Sylvania Community Arts Commission valued between $150 to $200; two haircuts valued at $70 from Kevin Charles Hair Artistry; $500 value Geek Pass Cards from Spacebar; a $50 gift card from Sautter’s Market; an advertising package valued at $242 and 12 subscriptions valued at $288 from Sylvania AdVantage; a two-night stay at the Marriot Residence Inn, Maumee valued at $140 per night; an Estate Planning Package valued at $600 from Mockensturm Ltd.; and digital prints valued at $100 to 150 from Lavinia. “We are still accepting auction items,” Ng reported. “And visit FACEBOOK for more,” he said.

In addition to the buying items at the auction, guests who stop by can enjoy finger food provided by Executive Diner; desserts by Brieschke’s Bakery; and live performances by glass mural artist Javonn Bruce and blues guitarist Tony Geha.

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