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Sister Cities International Gala raises $20,000

TOLEDO: Some 100 people attended the Toledo Sister Cities International (TSCI) 25th Anniversary Gala held September 15 at The Toledo Club and helped raise $20,000 for the organization, said Sister Ann Francis Klimkowski, Event Chairperson.

The Board of Trustees sponsored the event which celebrated the anniversary of the official start of the TSCI in 1993 as a non-profit organization.  TSCI received community support from Lyden, a Platinum Sponsor and Presenting Company.  Gold Sponsors include John and Yolanda Szuch, and Galloway Family. Silver sponsors are The Sisters of St. Francis, Lourdes University, The University of Toledo Pharmacy Program, Jim Hauden of Root, Inc., Dick and Dolly Flasck, and Scott Savage.

TSCI is made up of ten Sister City committees that serve northwest Ohio as a bridge to global sister cities.

“We have the oldest Sister City partnership with Toledo, Spain, since 1931. A second long-standing agreement was established in 1985 with Qinhuangdao, China. However, it wasn’t until 1993 that we incorporated as a non-profit organization.  That’s when our real on-going efforts started,” said Sister Klimkowski.  “This year we remembered the past, celebrated the present, and connected to the future.”

Guests included the children of Ann Galloway, a TSCI founding board, as well as Gerry Gill, another founding board member. There were representatives for each of the ten Sister Cities organizations.  Some of the others who joined in the festivities included Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; City of Toledo Mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz; Toledo City Councilmember, Peter Ujvagi; Tim Greenwood; Jim and Anna Hartung; Norman and Ora Bell; Judd Johnson; Eric Bergman; Susie Nowak; Asif Bhatti; Stan Machosky; Cynthia Izsak; Elizabeth Balint; Genevieve Kirkbride; Breck Davis; and Samir Abu-Absi.

Sister Klimkowski said the guests were treated to gourmet grazing and cocktails, and feature performances by the Chamber Ensemble with the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra directed by Yang Kun Song. There were silent auctions of Sister City treasures as well as review of the past 25 years.

Guests received a program highlighting the development and growth of the TSCI which includes a more than 85-year history of the association with Toledo, Spain; as well as the 30-year history with Qinhuangdao, China and the new relationship with Nanchong, China; the 25-year history of respectively Szeged, Hungary, and Poznan, Poland; and the new Friendship City relationship with Coburg, Germany. 

Congresswoman Kaptur presented a copy of the history of Toledo Sister Cities International that she read into the Congressional Record. She said, “I had the privilege of initiating the concept of the Toledo Sister Cities International in the early 1990s when the sister city movement expanded greatly in Toledo.  Our relationship with Toledo, Spain began in 1931 long before President Eisenhower conceived the idea that world peace would be advanced by citizen diplomacy.  The work goes on and is worthy of support.”

TSCI will now turn its attention the 10th Annual Toledo Sister Cities International Festival which will be held on April 13, 2019 at the Toledo SeaGate Centre. Participating countries include: Spain, China, Hungary, Poland, Japan, Tanzania, Germany, Lebanon, Pakistan, and India.  The festival kicks off with The Parade of Nations and includes a day-long celebration of cultures from around the world with live performances representing ethnic groups from Sister Cities and the local community.


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