‘Clue’ murder mystery night to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House

From RED SHOE SOCIETY BG AND BEYOND Become a detective for the night as a mystery unfolds at the Wood County Historical Museum. A Murder Mystery fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio makes you a detective in this live game of “Clue” at the ultimate setting of the museum. You will enjoy an evening of mystery, culinary delights and a chance to win prizes. The Red Shoe Society BG and Beyond, the group organizing the fundraiser, has collaborated with many talented people to present their first ever Murder Mystery. The script is an original piece written by Tyler Severino, a Bowling Green aspiring playwright. Jo Beth Gonzales, BGHS drama teacher is helping to incorporate the drama students as suspects in the mystery. The whole idea of kids helping kids was the intent and was certainly achieved. The event date is Saturday, Sept. 22, 7-9 pm at the WC Historical Museum at 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Tickets for the event are $40 and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, participation in the event as a detective (costumes optional, but highly encouraged) and the chance for your team to win prizes for solving the mystery. Ticket sales are limited, so be sure to purchase yours early online at or at J & M Carryout, 10015 S Dixie Hwy., Portage, OH. Any questions you have can be directed to the Red Shoe Society BG and Beyond by calling 567-694-5172. The Ronald McDonald House, Toledo’s home-away-from-home, offers families who travel to Toledo for their children’s specialized medical care a warm, safe, clean, and friendly environment. The newly constructed Ronald McDonald House has 22 private bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious kitchen with well-stocked pantries, family-friendly dining and living rooms, children’s play area, laundry facilities, playground, and secure parking. We serve over 500 families each year, with the average length of stay being eight days. The Ronald McDonald House represents our community’s concern for those among us who battle the devastating effects of a child’s serious illness or injury. We have over 200 regular volunteers that help us help others. For more information about this incredible charity, visit

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Michael Hoskins thinks the world of BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In talking about growing up in Bowling Green, Michael Hoskins described a lost world. He moved around campus just before Anderson Arena was built and with the football field was located where the College of Business now stands. He spent days at the natatorium and the “old” men’s gym – he was confused why it was called that because he never saw any old men there. “It a very perfect kind of college town life” that included pals such as Mike Marsh. Marsh was there to greet him Thursday when Hoskins returned to campus. The middle child of three, Hoskins moved here at 11 when his father William Hoskins took a position at the College of Business in 1965. His father had been recruited by then President William T. Jerome and Dean William Schmeltz, who were interested in bringing top scholars, especially in international business, to campus, President Rodney Rogers said. Hoskins said his father was “desperately recruited,” and could have made more money elsewhere, but stayed in Bowling Green. His work extended from founding the International Business program at BGSU to co-founding the Academy of International Business, the leading organization in the field, Rogers said. Hoskins attended BGSU, first in computer science, before changing his major to finance, graduating in 1977, before heading off to work at IBM. But then he moved to his passion, as, in Rogers’ words, a “serial entrepreneur.” Taking his father’s lead, he traveled the world. He lost touch with his alma mater for some time. That happens, Hoskins said. Then 12 years ago through Marsh, he reconnected with campus. And as he started to follow what was going on at BGSU, he became more impressed. He made donations. He founded the Hoskins Global Scholars program He said he’d reached that stage in his life where he started wanting to give permanency to his contributions. After talking with Interim Provost John Fischer, Hoskins decided not only to permanently endow the scholarships, but to contribute to the renovation of University Hall. On Thursday the university celebrated the naming of the Michael E. Hoskins Grand Foyer. Also, the “fifth generation” of Hoskins scholars were introduced. They are: Quinn Eberhard, a chemistry major; McKenzie Moss, forensic science and Spanish major; and Hannah Finnerty, international studies. Eberhard is…

ACT*BG’s Amazing Race to benefit Montessori School

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE On Friday May 18, 2018, The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce ACT*BG Project Team will host their annual event, Amazing Race Bowling Green with proceeds benefiting the Montessori School of Bowling Green. Participants can sign up a team or sign up alone and be placed on a team and make some new friends! Tickets are $25 per person & May 17th is the deadline for registration. Participants can RSVP to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce by calling 419-353-7945 or email Marissa Muniz at The event will begin at 6:30pm on May 18th at Bowling Green Performing Arts Center located at 530 W. Poe Road in Bowling Green, Ohio. Complete Challenges and solve puzzles around BG to win the race! Join us at Howard’s for the after party catered by Brookdale BG, featuring Pizza Pub 516 & Chipotle favorites! The party will include heavy Hors d ’Oeuvres, a cash bar and entertainment. For more information, contact Marissa Muniz or checkout the flyer on the BG Chamber website. ACT*BG (which stands for Active – Community – Teamwork) is a highly active Project Team of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. ACT*BG has a mission to attract and retain professionals in the Bowling Green, Ohio area. The focus is connecting active professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, educational, and professional development events.

Leadership BG to raise funds for Habitat, CASA

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leadership BG Class of 2018, a program of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, invites you to join us for an evening of fundraising and community building benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Wood County and Wood County CASA. This event will take place on Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Campus Quarters on 107 State Street. We will have Dennis Hopson as a special guest to talk and mingle with guests. Dennis is a former NBA player and past Assistant Coach for the BGSU men’s basketball team. Also attending will be Commissioner Craig LaHote as a VIP Bartender donating his skills and tips! Come enjoy the nacho bar, raffle items, music and fun! Habitat for Humanity will be building homes in our county over the next 3 years. They need our support to give the new homeowners the best start they can get. We will be collecting both donations and a list of home owner items that can be found on the event’s Facebook listing. These items include rakes, snow shovels, and more. Wood County CASA supports the best interests of some of the youngest in our community. As Court Appointed Advocates for minors, they need help compiling ice breaker bags. These bags, which include games, puzzles and other activities for kids of a variety of ages, help the Child Advocate build trust with the ones they need to support and advocate for. They are in need of a number of items (see list in event post on Facebook) and or monetary donations to go toward purchasing these items. Come on out to support this worthy cause and help raise money for Habitat for Humanity Wood County and Wood County CASA! For more information contact the BG Chamber at (419) 353-7945 or visit The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce supports an environment for the development and success of business within the Bowling Green area. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Celebrates, Educates, and Strengthens its Investors through Business Improvement Events, Grants, Services, Leadership, Legislative Updates and Group Savings Programs. We are your Community Connection via ‘The Morning Show’ radio program WBGU 88.1FM, Wood County Safety Council, Annual Awards, Holiday Parade and Fireworks. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce is Celebrating 82 years; Established 1936

BGSU’s top fundraiser Shea McGrew leaving; Balzer, Kuhlin take on new roles

In the middle of its $200 million Changing Lives for the World comprehensive campaign, Bowling Green State University is changing leadership in a key position. President Rodney Rogers announced Friday that Shea McGrew, vice president for university advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation, “will be leaving the University to pursue new opportunities.” In the letter to the campus community, Rogers wrote: “Shea has been instrumental in the success of our campaign and in strengthening our alumni engagement and outreach. I thank him for his hard work and service to the University over the last five years. The campaign has raised more than half its goal. Today (Monday, March 26) Rogers announced that Dr. Bill Balzer has been appointed to serve as interim vice president for University Advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation. Also, Mike Kuhlin, who is chair-elect of the BGSU Foundation Board, will serve in an advisory role to the president on the campaign. Kuhlin has a long career with AT&T and Ameritech retiring as senior director of corporate relations. Part of his role was guiding the company’s philanthropy. After retiring from Ameritech, he worked as a communications and development consultant for a number of national companies. For five years, he was the director of corporate, foundation and government support for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Kuhlin, a 1986 journalism graduate from BGSU, provided the lead donation for the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Center. Rogers wrote that the search for a permanent replacement for McGrew will begin immediately. Cecilia Castellano, vice provost for strategic enrollment planning, will chair the search committee. The university has retained Issacson and Miller, a well-known national search firm, to help with the search. Balzer is currently vice president for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. He will retain his current duties. He is the former Dean of BGSU Firelands. “His focus in the coming months will be to oversee and, where appropriate, improve organizational structure and processes in University Advancement to ensure that we’re in a strong position to welcome the division’s next leader,” Rogers wrote. As adviser to Rogers, Kuhlin will serve on the search committee and as a liaison with the Foundation Board “to continue and accelerate our momentum on our comprehensive campaign so that we will meet and exceed our goal,” Rogers wrote. “He will also…

United is still the way to help charities in changing times, new CEO Wendy Pestrue contends

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Wendy Pestrue is a not complete newcomer to the United Way. Less than a month on the job as the president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Toledo, she explains she has not made her career with the charity. But, she said, when she was a teenager in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas, she was the United Way Flame. “I went to the luncheons for the fundraising campaign, and when they allocated funds, I got to visit the agencies and help celebrate their good work,” she said. “It was an interesting exposure to United Way at a young age.” She went on to work her way through college as a vocational nurse, then worked in education and earned a law degree. Her career has been with education and health care non-profits. That included working at Defiance College and living in Perrysburg. She and her husband, Justin Pestrue, moved to the area when he took a job in analytics with Michigan Medicine. She was happy to return to the region, and plans to move soon into the Toledo area. Pestrue, 51, stopped by the United Way office in Bowling Green last week to introduce herself. She takes over an agency at a time of change. The old way of doing things doesn’t necessarily work anymore, and the trail forward has yet to be blazed. The United Way model has lived for 100 years, she said, “but what does it look like in the next 100 years?” Donations are down, not only in the Greater Toledo area, but nationwide. “Trend been going down the last few years,” she said. That’s a result of many changes in society. Sue Clanton, area director for Wood County, said “stagflation” has played its part. Also, changes in the work place has made the company-based approach, where the United Way makes a pitch to assemblies of employees, no longer sufficient, Pestrue said. Companies downsize, and many more workers, especially younger workers, aren’t employed in offices. The way people give to charity has changed, especially among millennials. Crowd sourcing for particular causes continues to grow. That’s how millennials give, Pestrue said. They tend to be intensely involved, and then move on. And they like events, both attending and working at them. Clanton said the recent…

Exchange Club kicks in $10,000 for Wooster Green

From THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF BOWLING GREEN The Exchange Club of Bowling Green has donated $10,000 towards the development of the Wooster Green Project.  “Wooster Green is an important community effort that will greatly enhance the quality of life in Bowling Green and the Exchange Club is pleased to support this project,” said Club President Jenny Swope.  “We think it will be an exciting addition to our city and we are proud to join other community groups and individuals in helping Wooster Green become a reality,” she added. Since its 1946 founding in Bowling Green, the Exchange Club has a long history of supporting community organizations and programs, including scholarships for Bowling Green High School students, charitable work, donations to community organizations, and participating in community events. Prevention of child abuse is a prime club focus. Funds to support its philanthropy efforts comes primarily from the Exchange Club’s annual pancake breakfast, which this year will be March 17 in the Bowling Green High School cafeteria, and a Reverse Raffle. The Exchange Club meets at noon on Tuesdays at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Visitors are welcome to learn more about the Club and its upcoming events.