Children’s Activity Fair
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Mom’s Club of Cleveland holds community service project
Rick Pope and his Instructors, Theresa Pope, Bekki Samples and Leslie Greear from Tiger Rock Tae Kwon Do are ready to meet patrons at the third annual MOM's Club Children's Fair. This year, 55 vendors were scheduled to attend, including 12 schools, 18 agencies and 35 businesses.
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The MOM’s Club of Cleveland recently hosted its largest community service project — the third annual Children’s Activity Fair — at the YMCA. The Feb. 25 event brought together the top private elementary schools, preschools, Parent’s Day Out, home school organizations, home-based and small businesses, agencies and nonprofits that cater to children. This year, 55 vendors were scheduled to attend, including 12 schools, 18 agencies and 35 businesses.

Much effort is required to put on such a large event, said Lori Hammonds, co-chairman of the event. “We have a great working relationship with the YMCA and many of the vendors are repeat attendees from the past three years.” She said it’s a win-win situation. “We provide a free space from them to get their information out and then draw parents and grandparents of young children to the event,” Hammonds said.

“This year more than 250 people attended and we had everyone represented from horse back riding at Lucky Acres Stables, play-dates at Hidden Hills, early intervention services like Signal Center and Siskin, to boutique children’s fashion represented by Poppeas, Girl Scouts, Home catering with Tasteful Gatherings, and sewn items from Fitted Stitches. It was a great event,” Brnik added.

In addition, the club offered vendors the opportunity to purchase an ad in an ad booklet that was given free to attending families. This money was then donated to the National Mother-to-Mother fund, which provides financial scholarships to families of MOM’s club members in crisis. The club was able to raise more than $450 through this effort.

“It’s really important to our chapter to give back to the Mother-to-Mother fund. During the tornado outbreak, two members lost their entire homes and received $10,000 each,” explained Jayne Klinger, MOM’s Club president.

“We also allowed The Refuge Center to cater lunch food and profit from the sale of the food,” Klinger said. “It was another way we could help a local non-profit while providing food.”

The MOM’s Club is a support group for stay-at-home moms. A monthly schedule of events for their members is set and the club meets monthly at the YMCA for its business meeting. The group enjoys playdates, field trips, community service projects, book club, frozen meal swap, how to workshops, for-sale page, monthly potlucks, breakfast buddies, Mom’s Night Out and lunch dates.