Inaugural ball fetes Toledo’s new mayor

Barb and Tim Petee during Wade Kapszukiewicz’s mayoral inaugural ball at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel in Toledo on Jan. 20, 2018.

More than 500 community movers and shakers strolled into the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel for the Inaugural Ball “Our City, Our Future” in honor of new Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

Barb and Tim Petee during Wade Kapszukiewicz’s mayoral inaugural ball at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel in Toledo on Jan. 20, 2018.

The hotels top-floor bar — The Heights — provided a fabulous cityscape view for the sponsors reception with the mayor at $300 per ticket. Guests sipped spirits and sampled passed hors d’oeuvres including seafood shooters, steak bites, and crab cakes. Seen were Ford and Phyllis Cauffiel, Bob and Sue Savage, Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak and husband Russ, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Barb and Tim Petee, Bill Sanford, Toledo Councilman Cecelia Adams, Bob and Kim LaClair, Patrick Kenney, J.R. and Beth Toland, retired Judge Fred McDonald, Toledo Police Chief George Kral, Tom and Marlene Uhler, Rhonda Sewell, Diana Patton, Clyde Scoles, Jason and Kelly Daniels, Jay Black, Peter Silverman, Rita Mansour, state Sen. Mark Wagoner and wife Merideth, Bill Carroll, Barb Lang, Jeff and Lisa Smith, Ed Beczynski, Commisioner Pete Gerken and Polly Taylor Gerken, Tom and Jane Manahan, University of Toledo President Sharon Gaber, Jenny Carter-Cornell, Bill Petruzzi, Larry Sykes, Cheryl Waugh, and Toledo Councilman Peter Ujvagi and his wife Betty.

The main event was on the first floor with live music provided by Jason Quick and the Quicktet for attendees who paid $175 each, which included two drink tickets. There were all ages and all fashions from suits and tuxedos to long and short gowns and cocktail ensembles in a variety of colors including red, purple, cream, blue, green, and the classic black.

Dining stations included a beef carving station, an appetizer station including wood-fired pizzas from The Heights, a mac and cheese bar, and a Polish station featuring pierogi and locally famous Stanley’s Market Kielbasa to honor Mayor Kapszukiewicz’s Polish heritage. Of course, the dessert station was the icing on the cake, with all kinds of sinfully delicious treats including chocolate mousse cups, lemon tarts, pecan tarts, petite tiramisu, and more.

Mayor Kapszukiewicz thanked everyone for their support, saying, “We’re gonna make mistakes but learn from them — we are going to be proactive!” He introduced his parents, Karen and Walter Kapszukiewicz, and family, then staff including chief of staff Katy Crosby and others, commenting that his staff is a group of young, talented, and optimistic professionals. Special guest was Mr. Cordray, a Democratic candidate for governor, who spoke highly of Mayor Kapszukiewicz.

Witnesses to it all were former mayors Michael Bell and Donna Owens, who had been at the interfaith prayer service at Warren AME Church that morning and were duly impressed with the wonderful service.

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Spotted were Sharon Speyer and Dean Monske, Matt Heyrman, Greg and Erin Telecky, Jim and Jane Ruvolo, Mike and Julie Beazley, Jason Kucsma, Jen and Mark Skeldon, Jesus Angel, Marv and Nancy Robon, Robert Gabriel, Lou Tosi, Leah Michael, Sarah Skow, John Jones, Ramy Eidi, Dan Desmond, Patty Wise, Carol and Charlie Contrada, Paul and Ginny Toth, Phil and Katherine Moline, Chris and Regina Joseph, and Richard Rideout, Kate Kelley, and Paul Sullivan who sported “Wander the Warehouse District” logo T-shirts.

The party continued with an After Hours Celebration at $75 each or two for $100, which included two drink tickets and bar snacks with music provided by Rick Clark of Touch the Sky DJs. Brian Epstein was among the group, as was Joe McNamara. Parting gifts were logo tumblers.

Kudos to Gretchen DeBacker, inaugural weekend chairman, and the ball planning committee: Angela Lucas, Yvonne Trevino, Deborah Rayford, and Erik Greathouse. There were more than 50 reception and ball sponsors including gold category sponsors Toledo Regional Association of Realtors, Continental Real Estate Companies, Bricker & Eckler, Huntington National Bank, and Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer on Adams Street celebrated its 15th anniversary with a Birthday Party Luau. Greeting everyone to the open to the public event was Zach Lahey, general manager. Mr. Lahey is the grandson of community supporter Jackie Rousseau-Werner. His parents, who are always busy working in the restaurant, are Marty and Barb Lahey.

The fun tropical-style party included food and beverage specials, games, and door prizes — but no weather talk — as the Steven Woolley Band played peppy tunes.

Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! A kick-off party was at the Toledo Renaissance Hotel to announce an Anniversary Gala fund-raiser on April 14 at the hotel. The goal is to raise $250,000, to help reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026.

Barbara Hendel is The Blade’s Society Editor. Contact her at bhendel@theblade.com or call 419-724-6124.

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