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September 2011 eNewsletter 

Chapter Director’s Note 

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I want to thank you for taking the time to read our chapter e-newsletter.  I am so grateful for your ongoing support of CCFA as well as the time and attention you put into reading our monthly updates - for I realize that you all lead busy lives with a great many personal and professional responsibilities.  I can only imagine the corresponding number of emails you each receive every month, week, and day – related to other charitable organizations you support, political causes, your children’s schools, professional associations, family, and friends.  I want to make it easier for you and all of our constituents across Northeast Ohio to recognize our monthly e-newsletter so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle; unopened because it’s not clear the message is from your local chapter, or worse yet, left to rot away in your junk mail folder.

And so, we are inviting YOU to name the Northeast Ohio Chapter’s monthly e-newsletter, which goes out to 8,400+ people.  Please send all idea submissions to Terri, by the close of business on October 13th.  Staff will select the winning name, to be rolled out in the October issue.  The contest winner will receive a CCFA workout towel and the opportunity to write a guest column in October.  Need a sample idea to get your creative juices flowing?  Consider ‘The Pipeline’.

A special thanks to the long-time volunteer (who will remain anonymous) who came up with this creative and fun idea! 

We will be eagerly awaiting your ideas.       


Lesley Hoover

Lesley Hoover, Chapter Director 


Donor Spotlight: Phil Moshier    

phil moshierPhil Moshier is a long-time supporter of CCFA, going all the way back to 1997 when he first became a member.  "My son Mike was diagnosed with Crohn's when he was in 8th grade, and I was fortunate to have two neighbors who happened to be pediatric gastroenterologists: Barbara Kaplan and Bill Michner.  They were incredibly helpful, and referred me to CCFA.  I first got involved by attending educational meetings to learn more about Crohn’s disease.  Barbara also introduced us to Fred Rothstein, who became Mike's gastroenterologist.  Mike had an 18 inch resection surgery 3 years later, when he was in 11th grade and, knock on wood, has been in remission ever since.

Phil currently serves as Treasurer of our Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Golf Tournament.   He provides generous financial support for our year-round events and activities, this year including the 24th Annual Golf Tournament, the Northeast Ohio Research Initiative, Movie Gala, and making unrestricted donations - which are the most valuable.  In 2003, CCFA honored Phil with the Distinguished Service Award to acknowledge his commitment to CCFA.  

Phil is a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.  He works as a Private Wealth Advisor with Sagemark Consulting.  We would like to thank Phil for his ongoing commitment and leadership of CCFA and as well as his generous contributions - which help us provide mission-critical programs. 


Volunteers Needed 

CCFA is looking for a few good volunteers to….

  1. Be a part of our cheer squad at Take Steps Akron.  Join us at 4:00pm on October 1st at Lock 3 Park in Akron to cheer on our walkers.  Pom poms will be provided!  Please email Katie: if you are available.
  2. Provide office support with assembling patient packets, delivering materials to G.I. offices, and administrative support.  Please email Terri: if you are interested.
  3. Join the Movie Gala Committee to help plan this new event to be held December 8th at the Capitol Theatre.  Please email Terri: to learn more or join the committee.
  4. Fill our two open internships: Take Steps Intern and Development Intern.  If you know an area college student, grad student, or recent graduate who may be interested, please refer them to contact Terri: for full position descriptions.  Internships are a terrific way to build your resume and gain valuable professional experience.


Take Steps Akron – Just 4 Days Until the Big Event

Take StepsCurrently, we have raised $32,892, which brings us to 60% of our fundraising goal.  This is a huge increase over last year’s event and we still have time to spare!  Let’s make these final 4 days count.  Contact Katie if you need any assistance coordinating fundraising events or email campaigns.  A big thank you to all our committee, walkers, and team captains for your fundraising efforts – we couldn’t do it without you. 

As many of you already know, we are offering a series of exciting incentives for fundraising leading up to the event – with recent prizes including Italian-themed basket of goodies courtesy of Earth Fare and a Flip Camcorder.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win exciting prizes while raising funds to support CCFA’s mission-critical programs. 

Join us on October 1st at Lock 3 Park to experience the 2nd Annual Take Steps Akron.  All are welcome!

Bricco logo.jpgTake Steps Akron Awards/Benefit Dinner

Come to Bricco for a CCFA benefit dinner hosted by our committee.  Bricco is generously donating 15% of proceeds to CCFA Northeast Ohio.

Wednesday, October 12th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

           1 W Exchange St # A, Akron


* Make your reservations today by calling 330-475-1600 and be sure to say you are with Take Steps.  Be a part of finding a cure!*  


Free Youngstown Educational Program This November

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On Monday, November 7, we will host Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: What Every Patient Needs to Know.   This educational program was very highly received in Akron this summer, and we’re so pleased to be bringing it to Youngstown.  Join us at Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. Registration will open at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Rony C. Awaida of Avamar Gastroenterology and Center for Endoscopy will lead the presentation.  This event is free and open to IBD patients, family members, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about managing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.  Registration is online by clicking HERE or by phone: 216.524.7700. We hope to see you there! 


Attention Shoppers: Online Auction Preview Begins October 1  

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We will be hosting our first ever online auction to raise funds to support mission-critical programs from November 1 – 13th, 2011, with a month-long preview during October.  This is an opportunity to do your holiday season shopping while supporting CCFA at the same time! 

 Committee members Steffani Baker, Barbara Federman, and Karen Paull are hard at work securing donations from area businesses, restaurants, and stores, which we’ll make available for purchase online via our own Bidding For Good site:  We’ll are also seeking vacation packages and other getaways.  Please contact Lesley to learn more, join the event committee, or donate an item:, 216.524.7700.

Hot items secured include:

  • Keurig B130 Commercial Use Gourmet Single Cup Brewing System and 1 box of K-cups coffee, courtesy of Distillata
  • Six month Platinum Membership to any Fitworks fitness center location, courtesy of Fitworks
  • Club DJ or Hip Hop Dancer for a day, courtesy of Rock the House
  • 2 Therapeutic Facials and Skin Consultation, courtesy of Laurice Skin Care and Cosmetics, named Best Facial Salon, Cleveland 2011 by the Small Business Commerce Association


Movie Gala Announcement:  To Be Held at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, December 8th

red carpet.JPGWe will be hosting this event to bring together CCFA supporters in an upscale environment for a brief presentation, social hour with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and their choice of movies playing in the theater followed by dessert.  We are thrilled to be holding this event at the restored Capitol Theatre, built in 1921 and featuring detailed wall murals, classically-inspired architecture, and the atmosphere of the 1920s-era movie palace.  Like a year-round film festival, the three-screen Capitol features independent, foreign and documentary films.  Mark your calendars now!




Team Challenge Vegas - There's Still Time to Join Us 

Team Challenge T-shirtTeam Challenge Vegas stops for a quick photo between the Biomechanics and Form Clinic at our Week Two Training. 

New Benefits
Announcement: We are now offering complementary Fitworks membership passes to all Team Challenge participants for the duration of our training season.  This gives you access to cardio equipment, weights, group exercise classes, and more.  Just select the Fitworks location closest you and we’ll get you set up.  

Haven’t signed up yet?  Now is the time!

Registration fee to increase, October 1st.  Come try us out for a training session - right before Take Steps Akron (October 1 at Lock 3 Park), we are holding our Meditation and Yoga for Runners/Walkers clinic at 2pm.  Training will directly follow at 3pm so we can participate in Take Steps.  RSVP to Carissa Bowlin: or (216) 524-7700 so we have an accurate head count. 

Don’t miss out on this life-changing experience!  

Ready to commit now?  Register today - we’ll get you all set-up with 24-hours to begin your fundraising  and training. 

Team Challenge Track JacketCalling all Alumni!  Every year, Team Challenge comes together as a team for Take Steps – including alumni and participants in the current season.  Esteemed alumns, we are offering you the opportunity to purchase the Team Challenge Alumni T-shirt for $20, or for $50 you receive a Team Challenge track jacket, all to benefit Take Steps Akron.   Don’t delay.  Place your order by Tuesday, September 27th




Team Northeast Ohio has several upcoming fundraisers for Team Challenge:  

  • Benefit Dinner at Applebees in Westgate on October 3rd from 11a.m.–9p.m., hosted by Krissy Hansen
  • Yogurt Vi benefit night on October 10th  from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in Legacy Village, hosted by Debbie, Naomi, and Jerry Isaak-Shapiro



Got Guts Bracelets Available

Call us at 216-524-7700 to place your order, or pick one up at an upcoming CCFA event.  Only $1.00.  These blue silicone bracelets say 'Got Guts' on one side and on the other.


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