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The Believe Center celebrates 2 years in operation with thanks to grant providers

At a press conference on June 9, 2014, the director of the Believe CenterTonya Durán—stated that the Center is one of the Feed Lucas County Children, Inc.’s (FLCC) food venues and in that capacity feeds approximately 300 individuals on a daily basis, Monday thru Friday.


“We are thankful to FLCC. Every year more than 30,000 children in Lucas County don’t have enough food to eat. When the school year ends, so do the school lunch programs that give most of them at least one meal a day. Poor and hungry, some children are so desperate they dive into dumpsters to search through the garbage for their next meal.

“Many children and families living in poverty don’t know where to turn for help. Feed Lucas County Children (FLCC) isn’t a food bank or a soup kitchen. Instead, we provide children with free meals that are balanced, healthy, and hot. Our program has coordinated a community-wide initiative involving over 80 agencies to offer a safe haven, educational programs, and sports during critical summer months; I’m Proud to be a FLCC Site,” exclaimed Ms. Durán.

Tony P. Siebeneck (director of FLCC) and James Bloom (of Sustainable Local Foods, LLC) were present to explain the programs.

Grants received

Ms. Durán then explained that the Center had received two grants—the Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation had approved a grant to the Center in the amount of $6,640. “These funds will be used to support our baseball, basketball, and football programs,” said Ms. Durán.

“The Toledo Community Foundation grant will be used to purchase equipment for our baseball, basketball and football teams and to purchase football uniforms for our football program.  This will allow us to purchase new safe helmets for our teams. Our concern is always the safety of our youth and by having the resources to purchase these new helmets we are assuring that when the children/youth play these sports they will have the best protection possible,” said Ms. Durán.

The director also thanked the City of Toledo, Dept. of Neighborhoods for granting the Center the sum of $17,950 for sports and activities programs.

Ms. Durán concluded that on September 12, 13, and 14, the Center will be having its annual fundraiser “Keeping Sports Alive” Carnival, featuring music, food, and games.

El Corazón de México will be hosting fundraiser at Center on June 21

According to its director, Elaina Hernández, the ballet folkloric dance group El Corazón de México will be hosting a fundraiser at the Believe Center on June 21, 2014, from 6:00pm to midnight. Its dancers will be showcased at 7:15pm. Guests will also be entertained by DJs Lalo González and Anthony Durán. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost is $10.00.  

For more information on the Believe Center or how you can support its community effort, call Marie (Tonya) Durán at 419-244-6097, or email to:  [email protected]

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