The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) recently nominated the Real Seafood Company in Toledo as one of the state of Ohio’s 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award winners and as a result, is now nominated for consideration for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Good Neighbor National Award!
The Real Seafood Company of Toledo hosts several events throughout the year helping to support local community organizations. The most notable of our events include the Cherry Street Mission Thanksgiving Dinner, the Knight of the Vine wine auction for St. Francis de Sales High School, Celebrity Wait Nights and Silent Auctions.
I. CHERRY STREET MISSION THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thursday, November 22, 2012 – 3rd Annual
The Cherry Street Mission Ministries (CSMM) Thanksgiving Dinner is exclusively provided for guests of CSMM on Thanksgiving Day. Toledo-area resident Michael C. Gibbons, President of Mainstreet Ventures Inc., contacted Cherry Street Mission Ministries three years ago offering to host a Thanksgiving dinner for guests of CSMM as a charitable donation to the mission. This particular event is very special, mainly because this event is a 100% volunteer effort. The food donation, preparation and serving of the dinner is a combined effort of many vendors, individuals and families in the Toledo –area that strive to bring one day of normalcy to the lives of those in need. The guests of CSMM are given the fine dining experience, and the memory of enjoying their thanksgiving meal with friends and family. This year, we served Thanksgiving dinner to over 440 CSMM guests and delivered over 640 carry-out hot meals on Thanksgiving Day to CSMM families that could not attend the dinner. Since 1947, CSMM has served homeless and low-income individuals. The doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide food, clothing, shelter and other vital services including, literacy and vocational training, resource networking and job readiness assistance.
II. KNIGHT OF THE VINE
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 – 6th Annual
The KNIGHT OF THE VINE is an event aimed at benefiting St. Francis de Sales High School Endowment Fund. The 2012 event raised over $180,000 and in the past six years, cumulatively, has contributed over $500,000 for the school. This is an event for the true wine aficionado and guests of the event enjoy a gourmet dinner paired with fabulous wines followed by an exciting auction of exclusive wines from private cellars and wineries and one of a kind experiences and trips. For information on the event, visit: www.knightofthevine.com. The event was created in 2007 after Michael C. Gibbons, President and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures, Inc. and Toledo-area resident, discussed with Father Ron Olszewski, President of St. Francis de sales High School, how to impact the school’s scholarship program. “Instead of just giving a donation, I felt we could create a truly unique annual event for the Toledo-area that would raise significant funds for St. Francis,” Mr. Gibbons explains. All the event proceeds benefit the St. Francis de Sales High School Endowment Fund, a program that assists students with scholarships and financial assistance.
III. Celebrity Wait Night – Christ Child Society
Christ Child Society – Celebrity Wait Night raised over $30,000. RSC provided the restaurant space, donated food and staff time, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds from food sales and tips went to the charity. The restaurant was closed for this private event. We have been conducting this event since Feb 2000.
IV. Celebrity Wait Night – Toledo Hearing & Speech
Toledo Hearing & Speech Celebrity Wait Night is an event closed to the public. A portion of food sales and server tips goes to the charity. Last year, we helped raise over $11,000 (including a silent auction). We have been doing this event for 6 years, but this event has been with Mainstreet Ventures for over 10 years.
V. Celebrity Wait Night – Lourdes College
Lourdes College Celebrity Wait Night: http://www.lourdes.edu/
We had over 300 people attend this very successful event that helped to raise almost $25,000. This is our second year doing this event.
VI. Celebrity Wait Night – Central City Ministries
In just one night, we helped to raise over $30,000 for this event. We have helped with this event for the past 5 years. Central City Ministry (CCMT) is a consortium of two elementary schools located in central Toledo. Central City Ministry educates children in an interfaith and multicultural environment while offering students clear goals and expectations, strict discipline and attendance standards, pre-and post-school day extracurriculars, and efficient school management. Central City Ministry believes all children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment regardless of where they live and economic situation.
VII. Taste of the Nation – Share our Strength
This event was held at the Toledo Club and we along with other area restaurants contributed to this event. We donated food and our Chef’s time. The ticket price for this event goes to the charity. We are happy to participate in this event.
VIII. Red Cross Oscar Night – Benefits the Red Cross
February 26, 2012
This is a similar event to the Taste of the Nation, where we contribute food and our Chef’s time to help raise funds for the Red Cross. This event was held at Owens Community College and general raises over $75,000.
IX. Toledo Public Schools on the Job Training
Started in September 2012 and ongoing throughout the school year.
This Stepping Out program is a career technical program for students with disabilities. The teacher works with the student to develop a career goal for the Stepping Out program on each student’s Individual Education Plan. This Individual Career Plan and the Individual Education Plan guide our schools to teach the students according to his/her individual needs. Real Seafood Company contributes by working with teachers and students to support the program and help to provide jobs to students through this managed program. We have a group of approximately 5-10 students that assist with back of house operations that come once a month. We also have individual students that do on the job training. In 2012, we had two students participate as part of this program to help give them a boost in their careers. This program is set up to help students develop necessary skills.
X. Kid’s Unlimited After School Program
Kids Unlimited specializes in after-school and summer programs in Toledo inner-city schools – Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys, Rosary Cathedral School, North Pointe Academy and Kids Unlimited Academy. Kids Unlimited is an after-school and summer program offered 5-days a week for K-8-grade students, which provides additional academic, social and moral guidance through volunteer activities and mentorship. The children attending Kids Unlimited programs have shown significant improvement on their Ohio Achievement Assessments, grade cards and behavior reports. RSC works with this after-school program by giving the students a special tour of RSC, shows them how to safely prepare food, and then provides a meal as part of educational program.
XI. Silent Auction Contributions
We provide free gift certificates for different organizations to use in their silent auctions to help raise funds for their organization. Silent auction contributions to local charity events include:
Anne Grady Foundation – Enchanted Evening, Assistance Dogs of America, Aurora House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Ohio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Ohio- Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Central Catholic High, Cherry Street Mission Ministries- Arts festival, Cherryland Humane Society, East Toledo Family Center, Fairview Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fraternal Order of Police-Shop with a Cop, George Mancy Memorial Golf Tournament, Great Lakes Scrip, Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Kids Count Too, Inc. Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner, Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Mobile Meals of Toledo, National MS Society, Northwest Ohio Hurricanes Fundraiser, Paws & Whiskers Cat Shelter- Cool Cat Strut, Public Interest Law Association- University of Toledo, R.E.S.T.O.R.E., Inc – Fatherhood Walk, Racing for Recovery, St. Anne Mercy Hospital, St. Damian Catholic School, St. Francis de Sales High School- Fun A Rama, The American Heart Association-Toledo , Heart Walk, The Arts Communication of Greater Toledo, Toledo Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing, Toledo Christian School, Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food bank-Hearts of Fire Benefit, University of Toledo Athletic Department, University of Toledo Law Review, and Village House.