Making a change

An evening of elegance aims to make a difference for at-risk youth, as Toledo’s Young Men and Women For Change hosts a black-tie benefit on Saturday, November 17. The non-profit was founded in 2006 by Shawn Mahone to provide a safe and structured environment for kids to examine their choices and maybe pick a new and better path. The group holds a monthly Dose of Reality bootcamp-style overnight seminar for kids from four to 18 years old at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in South Toledo. Mahone, a former drill instructor with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, leads at-risk youth through an intense program with a “scared straight” philosophy. (The push-ups aren’t optional!) But his charges are also made to realize that people care about them, and their lives are important.

The benefit at the Holiday Inn French Quarter is held in memory of Michael Anthony Gbor, a young veteran of YMWFC’s program who took his own life March 27th. “We really want to get a message out to the community that kids need help,” says assistant director Terri Brown. “There are so many children going down the wrong path and not making the right choices.” The night of food and music will raise money for a scholarship fund which will send an OLPH student to St. John’s Jesuit, as well as expand YMWFC’s outreach. Interested donors should contact Ms. Brown.

$50. 7pm. 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. 419-340-3393. —MD