George Lantz of Vienna knew he wanted to attend the Camden Clark Foundation's Charity Gala last Saturday night when he learned Mike Audia would be the chef. Lantz and Audia of Clarksburg had been close friends but had not seen each other in 40 years. Both were involved in the Young Democrats organization - Lantz as president of the Wood County chapter and Audia as statewide president. As an attorney in Charleston, Lantz helped Audia adopt two children - including Mike II - in the early 1970s. Young Mike now owns and operates Mike Audia's Restaurant in Nutter Fort near Clarksburg that his father founded. He also attended the gala, which had "An Italian Christmas" theme. Older Mike, 79, was happy to talk to his friend Lantz at the foundation fundraiser at the Parkersburg Country Club. "It's good to see you," Audia told Lantz. "Mike's a good guy," Lantz said. "He was a close friend." Audia spent several hours preparing and cooking for the benefit - including setting up pasta and antipasto stations and bringing Italian sausage, bread and cheeses. He also brought silent auction items donated by Clarksburg businesses.
The spirit of giving was evident at Cynthia (Andrews) Deem's Christmas party Dec. 5 at J.P. Henry's in Parkersburg. Deem, president/CEO of TLC In Home Care Services Inc., asked party attendees to bring presents for disadvantaged children. Thirty-five gifts were collected and will be given to foster children, Deem said. TLC also adopted a family at Christmas, providing $150 for each of the three children and a gift certificate for food to the parents. The dinner was for the company's 36 employees and companies that send business to TLC. Deem has grown the Parkersburg business since founding it in 1998, providing daily care for 40 clients, including six people who require around-the-clock care. Deem is president of AMBUCS, which provided $150 to eight children at Christmas and $100 for dinner to the four families involved. "I enjoy giving back to the community and helping people," Deem said.
Another Second Saturday Socials in Parkersburg will begin at 5 p.m. today at Nostalgia, 810 Market St., with a walking tour or bike ride through the Julia-Ann Square Historic District. This will be followed at 6 p.m. by an open house at the Nostalgia store to celebrate its first year in business, said co-owner Martha Lamp. Wine and cheese, wassail and hors d'oeuvres will be served, live music will be provided by Larry Wheatley, models will sport vintage fashions carried in the shop, and people can get pictures taken in a Victorian sleigh with vintage attire provided by Nostalgia, Lamp said.
Lee's Studio, 3113 Murdoch Ave. in Parkersburg, is having a "celebration memorial" for Patricia Hull from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Hull, 61, of Parkersburg died on Nov. 14. She was a beauty consultant at Lee's for 28 years, starting two years after the business opened in Grand Central Mall. Hull was a dear friend and valued colleague to Lee's Studio owner Lee Rector. "She had an impact on many people's lives; she was a huge part of our business," Rector said. Rector hopes people will stop by on Sunday to "tell us your Pat moment."
Following another successful Festival of Trees fundraiser in Parkersburg this month, Easter Seals West Virginia is looking to open a clinic in Wood County by March to expand its outpatient medical rehabilitation services. A building of about 8,000 square feet is being sought, said Lorie Untch, CEO of Easter Seals at the main office in Wheeling. From an office at 408 Juliana St. in Parkersburg, Easter Seals employees go into homes and schools to work with special needs children. Easter Seals West Virginia wants to grow and add employees in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Untch said.
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