Gala Raises $1 Million for Southwest General: Around The Town Maternity Expansion

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — The 2022 Tiara Gala, held in early April, raised more than $1 million for a multi-million dollar maternity ward expansion and renovation project at Southwest General Hospital, 18697 Bagley Rd.

Proceeds from the biennial event, hosted by the Community Health Foundation, a nonprofit that centralizes fundraising efforts for SWGH, will enable the hospital to double the size of its existing maternity unit while adding a higher level of care for mothers and babies – raising it from level I to level II of care.

When the full scope of the project is complete in mid-2022, the new Cosgrove Maternity Center at Southwest General will be the only Level II Special Neonatal Care Nursery and Maternity Serving Southwest Cuyahoga and Northern Counties. Medina.

The Tiara gala featured high-profile guests including Robin Swoboda, former television news anchor, and Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University and former head football coach at Youngstown State University. ‘Ohio.

In July 2021, the Cosgrove Family Foundation donated $1.25 million to support the hospital’s maternity project. The Foundation was established by Bill Cosgrove, President and CEO of Union Home Mortgage and his wife, Paula Cosgrove, Vice President of the Foundation, to provide community access to needed services and resources for local families.

The Cosgrove Family Foundation was one of the main sponsors of the Tiara gala, alongside longtime hospital donors Mike and Lori Catanzarite. The two additional contributions were announced at the gala.

Wayne and Debbie Brassell, donors and trustees of Southwest General, have pledged a major gift of $100,000, in addition to their significant contribution to the hospital’s behavioral health services, to name the bridge that connects the new units labor and delivery and postpartum.

Ron and Mary Jane Warzel, donors and trustees of Southwest General, have pledged more than $500,000 to support the new neonatal special care nursery.

William A. Young, president and CEO of Southwest General, said the donations “not only support Southwest General’s mission to provide safe, high-quality patient care, but also demonstrate the personal commitment of our donors to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve for generations to come.

The drawing reports: The Berea Kiwanis Club’s April meeting featured a 100/100 draw, where it paid out $5,000 to 10 winners. Another $5,000 will pay for half of the club’s annual high school scholarships.

Winners include Mary Ann Deimling, $2,000; Dave DiBlasio, $500; Mark Comstock, $500; Roy Mallarnée, $500; Against Templeman. $300; Joe Germana, $300; Jack Woodards, $300; Daune Jaynes, $200; Jim Templeman, $200; Nancy Doutt, $200..

Support group: Are you the caregiver of a gender-sensitive, expansive, or LGBTQ+ child?

If so, you are invited to join an interactive caregiver support group sponsored by Connecting for Kids at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Middleburg Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 16699 Bagley Road.

This virtual event will provide families with resources to help them make informed decisions for their child.

Kristen Pepera, MEd., LPPCC-S, and Lisa Pepera, MEd. LPCC-S, from Colors+, will host a discussion where families can learn, connect, and find resources to better support and affirm their child.

Fresh products: The Greater Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will dispense fresh produce — rain, snow or shine — from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 27 at the Brook Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 6155 Engle Road.

Food will be distributed to those in need on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. For more information, call the library at 216-267-5250.

Regional competition: Berea-Midpark High School students in the Polaris Career Center’s Biomedical Sciences satellite program recently won top spots in regional competitions.

The students participated in the Future Health Professionals competition at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Brecksville.

Qualifiers for the state competition in Columbus are Eden Gedama, 1st place, medical math; Karina Black, 2nd place, research on persuasive writing and expression; Kaylie Oliver, 3rd place, persuasive writing and speaking research; MacKenzie Peck 2nd place, clinical specialty; and Tiffany Talbot, 2nd place, family physician.

In addition, Naomi Melnick and Aiden Cheney will participate in the review on health issues.

Swim team honors: Five members of Berea-Midpark High School’s swim and dive program received All-Southwestern Conference honors.

Senior swimmer Abby Calaway has been named to the first team. Ethan Dort, Morgan Hartman, Evan Kehoe and Eliza Wegner were honorable mention All-Southwestern and Conference selections.

The All-SWC teams were selected by the conference championship meet and the eight Southwestern Conference coaches.

SCAN Hunger Center Pantry: 39 W. Bagley Road, Williamsport Plaza. 440-260-7226. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Friday of the month and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the fourth Friday.

Church Street Ministries Pantry: 1480 Bagley Road, 440-239-0549. Open from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Mini pantry: There are two small free food pantries located near the People’s Community Church, 628 Wesley Drive, and the Cuyahoga County Berea Branch Library at 7 Berea Commons. The Prospect Pantry is on the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive.

Ride in love: Free hot meal 2-4 p.m. third Sunday of the month at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, Keller Center, 66 Adalbert Street. Eat in or take away. The next meal is April 20.

Free community meal: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, served 5-6 p.m. second and last Wednesday of the month. Drive-up only. The next meal is April 13.

People’s Community Church Pantry: 628 Wesley Drive, 440-234-0609. Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The next open pantry will be on April 16.

Pantry for animals: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Contact 440-234-2034 or [email protected] for more information.

Senior lunches: Monthly Elders Luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road in Berea. Lunches are $5 and are served at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Michelle Skutt at 440-234-6080.

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