Chicks get charitable

Girls just want to have fun, or so the saying goes. However, some girls want to have fun and help the community. Chicks for Charity is a local organization, started in 2006 by local public relations queen Martha Vetter of R/P Marketing Public Relations. “She lives and works in the community and wants to give back. Rather than creating a bureaucratic organization with boards and committees, she wanted to create a way that people could easily raise money for a good cause,” says Emily Berry, a member of Chicks for Charity. And Vetter succeeded in creating a simple organization. There are no boards or leaders. Instead, individual members throw house parties or events and charge guests a small fee to attend. The proceeds then go to the charity that Chicks for Charity is supporting at that time. Additionally, the entire 1,900 member organization holds an annual event, called Chicks Mix. This year, Chicks Mix will be held at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. It is expected to raise $40,000 for Shared Lives Studio, an organization that provides support to local artists with developmental disabilities. Tuesday, July 16. 5:30-9pm. $37. 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-241-2221. — AW