Hooks for hunger catches big results



AVON/AVON LAKE – A total of 48 teams and 150 fisherman in the recent Hooks for Hunger walleye tournament and 47 children and families in the youth derby on the pier, as well as a few dogs, raised record-setting total of $23,000 for Community Resource Services (CRS).

Winners of the day — besides CRS — included 4-year-old Nolan Votruba, who won for biggest fish of the day with a 17-inch sheephead; and 8-year-old Porter Machovina, who won the casting competition with most accurate cast.

More than 100 local businesses and individuals donated to the event. The main sponsors were Ford UAW Local 2000, Sysco, Randall’s Team Shop, Jake’s on the Lake, Erie Outfitters and Cabela’s.

As the event continues to grow, so does its list of organizers: Brian Belmont, Sean Boutin, Scott Bruegger, Nicole Haas, Ed Moran, Tom Murphy, Tim Pinchek, Tyler Randall and Joe Reitz.

Summer’s must-do events are flying by, but there are still plenty of upcoming events to put on your calendar:


The Lorain Public Library’s Book Truck will continue dropping by the Avon Aquatic Facility (36265 Detroit Road)Fridays through July 28. There will even be a library employee around to read to pool patrons during rest periods from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Also, each Tuesday, pizza and ice cream food trucks will roll up, serving hungry swimmers all summer. Additional special events and lessons from swimming to scuba can be found at avonpool.com.

The Love Haiti Fund, which was started by Avon High School Graduate Jeremiah Burris, helps to feed thousands of people, pay for children’s medical treatment and send 100 orphan children to school. In addition to an ever-growing number of initiatives, Burris even opened a Love Haiti store – all the profits from which go right back into the nonprofit. Love Haiti’s annual basketball tournament will take place July 29 at 9 a.m. at Swartz Road Park (35001 Swartz Rd., Avon) The games will be three on three. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $60. The winner receives three pairs of Yeezy V2 350 boosts. All proceeds go to empower Haiti.

It’s time again for the Jeremy Cares “We Love Jeremy Golf Outing.” This year’s event will take place August 12 at Avon’s Bob-O-Link Golf Course. Register online at jeremycares.org or at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. Early bird registration – prior to July 12 is $370 per foursome. After July 13, it’s $410 per foursome. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, visit the website. All funds raised goes toward special projects, scholarships, and a room at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, which is provided free to families throughout the year.

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Two more concerts in the park are planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miller Road Park: The Patriots Band on July 23 and Colin Dussault’s Blues Project August 6. Bring snacks and blankets!

The Summer Market will offer shoppers treasures to dig through. Also at Veterans Memorial Park, this summer’s market will take place July 28 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Avon Lake Farmers Market continues at United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd. each Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A little healthy competition for a good cause returns with Avon vs. Avon Lake Varsity Football Game
September 8 at Avon’s Joe Firment Chevrolet Stadium. Avon and Avon Lake collection trucks will be at the stadium at 6 p.m. There will also be drop off locations throughout Avon and Avon Lake, including all schools. Visit www.aalcrs.org for location information. A trophy will be awarded to the community with the heaviest truck! Items most needed are peanut butter, cereal, canned meats and fruits, paper products. Non-perishable items only. Monetary contributions are also accepted. Each $1 contributed will be counted as 5 pounds! For more information call Pam at 933-5639. Last year, both communities together donated $14,720 and 6,433 pounds of food. Since its inception in 2010, the “SOUPer  Bowl Food Drive” has raised a total of 43,551 pounds of food and $73,801 in monetary donations.





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