Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fundraising With Football: The Meadows Turkey Bowl

Mike Meadows and Alan Mowrey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means preparations are well underway for the Meadows Turkey Bowl. The 25th annual football game in the backyard of Mike Meadows home in Medina is more than just an excuse for a bunch of guys to get out of the house on Thanksgiving morning.  It's a fundraiser, with the proceeds split between the St. Vincent de Paul Society and another designated charity every year.

This year's designated charity is the Pete Radke family.  Pete died last June while saving the life of a teenage swimmer who was struggling in the waves off Huntington Beach in Bay Village.  His wife is now raising their four children herself.

While this year's event is the 25th for Meadows, it's the first for Alan Mowery.  The Cleveland Gladiators executive is not only leading a team, he's getting the Arena Football League team involved by offering tickets to Gladiators games for donations to the cause.

Last year, players raised $158,000.  This year, 48 players will raise a minimum of $1,000 each, but many will raise much more in what Meadows describes as "the game within the game."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Killing Ebola And Other Bad Stuff With Nanotechnology

"Fighting the Invisible Enemy,"  namely bacteria, mold and viruses is the mission of Bactronix Corporation.  In this interview, recorded before nurse Amber Vinson's release from Emory University Medical Center, Vice President A. J. Powell and local franchisee Dave Blahnic discuss the nano technology behind Bactronizing, the non-toxic process used to disinfect and sanitize surfaces seen and unseen.

Powell explains how Ebola, H1N1, and Avian Bird Flu are envelope viruses that are becoming more and more immune to bleaches and other toxins currently used to kill them.  Bactronix uses an electrostatically charged spray to dispense Chlorine Dioxide, or ClO 2.  He says the no-touch, on demand technology is a revolutionary concept that will require a paradigm shift for public acceptance.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kidney Screening Planned Locally in November

A kidney screening is planned at the Shaker Launchhouse during National Kidney Month in November. Josh Womack, Regional Development Manager for the National Kidney Foundation serving Northeast Ohio.  He explains why the Kidney and Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) is important, especially for at-risk patients.

Josh talks about the generosity of people like Matthew Figgie of Clark Reliance, who is a kidney transplant recipient, and Jack Marschall,the former TV news anchor who donated a kidney to a stranger.

Josh  moonlights as a stand up comic, and plans to open for former Saturday Night Live alumnus Norm Macdonald at Hilarities on November 15.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sudden Sam McDowell Returns To Cleveland

Sam McDowell/Photo provided by Recovery Resources, with permission

Legendary Indians pitcher "Sudden" Sam McDowell, has spent the last 30 years working off the field for Major League Baseball.  Sam is a certified counselor who helps players handle any family problems they may encounter, from marital to financial to addictions.

He knows first-hand about addiction, admitting alcoholism was the reason he was "kicked out of baseball."  After a career during which he was an all-star six times, led the American League in strikeouts six times, and struck out more than 300 batters in a season twice, Sam wound up living with his parents back in Pittsburgh, his hometown.

He credits his parents will giving him the motivation to finally address his alcoholism.

On November 1, Sam will present the annual Bronze Key Award to Indians President Mark Shapiro at a gala at the Cleveland Museum of Art on behalf of Recovery Resources.

Recovery Resources Brings The Heat: Sudden Sam To Help Honor Indians President Mark Shapiro

Megan Kleidon

The interim President and CEO of Recovery Resources, Megan Kleidon explains why Indians President Mark Shapiro is this year's recipient of the agency's 25th annual Bronze Key Award.

Megan also explains how Recovery Resources has grown in the 60 years since it was founded, and describes the many services offered.

The Bronze Key Gala, where legendary Indians pitcher Sudden Sam McDowell will present Shapiro with the Bronze Keye Award, will be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art on November 1st.

Former Ambassador To The Vatican Discusses Possibility of "Just War" Against ISIS

Francis Rooney, the U. S. Ambassador to the Vatican under President George W. Bush weighs in on the rise of the Islamic State. and the terrorists' brutal tear through Syria and Iraq.  Ambassador Rooney writes in his book The Global Vatican, An Inside Look at The Catholic Church, World Politics and the Extraordinary Relationship Between the United States and the Holy See, that the relationship hasn't been so extraordinary since the election of Barack Obama as President in 2008.

Rooney notes how the U. S. effort to seek a community of nations to confront the threat posed by Islamic extremism is the same message Pope Francis delivered months ago, and wonders whether 
the extinction of Christians in parts of the middle east could have been prevented with a better working relationship between the White House and the Vatican.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Ninth Annual COSE Small Business Convention

This year's event, held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, will feature four keynote speakers, dozens of workshops, a business-to-business trade show, special events and networking. It will also feature the 4th Annual Small Business Pitch Competition, which provides aspiring small business owners, in business for less than two years or generating less than $250,000 in revenues, the unique opportunity to win up to $20,000 to get their idea off the ground while gaining valuable insight from successful business owners who have discovered their key to success.

Jim Aussem of Cavitch, Familo, Durkin offers a preview of the 9th annual Small Business Convention, October 22-24 in this interview.