Sheffield Village runs and parties for arts programs


Photo by Michele Murphy Sheffield Village’s annual “Art After Dark” fund-raiser drew more than 100 guests to help raise money for Brookside High School’s marching band and TrueNorth Cultural Arts. Seated left to right, are Mayor John Hunter, Sandra Willis, band booster president, and Montay Burks, general manager, Homewood Suites. Standing behind on the left is Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools Superintendent Michael Cook and Rick Fortney, executive director of TrueNorth.

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – More than 100 guests sipped wine and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while listening to live music and bid on 50 silent auction items during Sheffield Village’s annual Art after Dark fund-raiser last weekend.

Beneficiaries of the event, as well as a 5k run/1k walk held earlier in the day, are Brookside High School marching band, which will purchase new uniforms, and True North Cultural Arts, which mounts an annual series of local theater productions and educational programs. They will stage “Annie” in the late fall.

Mayor John Hunter, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools Superintendent Michael Cook and True North Executive Director Rick Fortney greeted guests, then ushered them into the bustling Homewood Suites.

This is the first year the event was held at the Homewood Suites on Transportation Drive in the Village. Manager Montay Burks said the recently-opened facility was delighted to host. Catering was provided by local restaurateur Tim Moff, owner of Sugar Creek Restaurant. Guests were treated to a wine-tasting by Guiseppe’s Wine Cellar of Amherst. Mayor Hunter said businesses and individuals donated a total of $8,000 in gifts to the silent auction.

Performers were The Grady Miller Group playing and singing Americana and Blues. Later attendees listened to singer Monica Olejko accompanied by pianist Anthony Trifiletti. Both are Lorain County natives and affiliated with TrueNorth.

A final tally of funds raised for the two organizations will be made public shortly.

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