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The Amazing Island Raise

The Amazing Island Raise kicked off 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, from The Catawba Inn. 33 teams of raisers headed to Put-in-Bay on the noon Miller Ferry to race around the island just like the Amazing Race. These teams solved clues and completed challenges to win prizes while raising funds and awareness for Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA. These two children’s charities support and advocate for families and children in crisis.

This is the second season of The Amazing Raise-Put-in-Bay style and the number of teams and individuals participating has more than doubled! Joyful Connections and CASA would like to thank the sponsors, teams and all who have supported this great event!

Thank you,

Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA

 

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The Amazing Raise raises money for Joyful Connections and CASA

Photos by Rob Zajac

On Saturday, June 14, thirty three teams traveled to Put-in-Bay to participate in the Amazing Raise to benefit Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The thirty three teams, which more than doubled the number of last year’s fifteen teams, were made up of 160 people. The teams traveled the island to eight different locations and at each location they were asked to complete a task to earn a clue for their next destination.

In addition to the eight main destinations, there were master challenges including having teams ask for donations from residents with the most cash raised getting a prize.

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Joyful Connections celebrates Supervised Visitation Awareness Month

Supporters and Board Members of Joyful Connections. Sitting L to R: Dr. Hablitzel, Ottawa County Community Foundation, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. Standing L to R: Executive Director Joyful Connections Sheila Powell, Corrine Creeden, Joy Roth, Gary Macko and Wayne Biggert.

There are thousands of children and families that are in need of supervised visitation services. Parents, guardians or family members may have chemical dependency, mental health or domestic issues which can put strain on a child’s home life. Joyful Connections is a safe place where children can visit their parent or family member who may have a problem with any of these issues, but wants to try and work them out for the sake of their family and the sake of their child.

“No matter what has happened to these kids, they’re excited to see their parents,” said Sheila Powell, Executive Director of Joyful Connections. “Seeing their parents and having that connection gives them a taste of normal.”

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