Bethany House - Megan Coyle-Stamos & Kathy Griffin

The Real Seafood Restaurant hosts Bethany House Celebrity Wait Night

By Matthew Kent

Megan Coyle-Stamos, president of Coyle Funeral Home, and Kathy Griffin, executive director of Bethany House, attended Celebrity Wait Night benefiting the domestic violence organization April 15.

A recent fundraiser for a long-term domestic violence shelter for victims and their families in Toledo appears to have been another successful event.

The Bethany House held its Celebrity Wait Night April 15 at the Real Seafood Restaurant, where attendees had the opportunity to tip their servers. All proceeds from the event went directly back to the Bethany House, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis in Sylvania, Ohio.

Executive Director Kathy Griffin said the organization wanted to grow its event and said she was amazed at the number of people who were in attendance this year.

“We’re just delighted,” she said.

The event in 2012 managed to raise about $10,000, a figure Kathy said she hoped to exceed due to being in a larger venue. Bethany House was formed in 1984 by a Franciscan nun and after a series of moves, officials moved forward in 2009 in purchasing a two-story apartment dedicated for those affected by domestic violence.

The organization has also been able to change the lives of those it serves. Kathy said Marilyn Fox, the founder of the Mazie Foundation, has spearheaded an effort to get women at the shelter vehicles, pending they meet certain criteria. So far, four women have been able to receive cars.

“She is dedicated to empowering women and children,” Kathy said.

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