WARREN - While raising funds for Christmas gifts and other needs for children housed by Betty's Angels, the local organization also paid tribute to those who serve in the military.
A fundraiser, "Salute to Women in the Military," was held this weekend at the Trumbull Country Club in Warren where women of the military modeled their uniforms as well as casual and formal attire in a fashion show. They were escorted by local men of the military.
Fred Kubli, 94, of Niles, who served in the Air Force Reserves, was the oldest veteran in attendance and escorted many of the models.
Betty's Angels provides assistance and support to children who have left their home due to neglect, and physical or emotional abuse.
Kelli Grace, The Victim's Outreach Coordinator for Attorney General Mike DeWine, was keynote speaker at the event.
She said people like Betty Strawderman, founder and president of Betty's Angels, are helping to make a different in children's lives.
"It doesn't take much to positively change a life forever," Grace said.
Strawderman says the money from the fundraiser will buy Christmas gifts for the children and winter clothes.
"They're with me for all different reason. Some are here due to drug addiction in the area, especially heroin, because of victims of crime, because of a sick parent, or homeless due to the parents not being employed. They need long-term care," Strawderman said.
Betty's Angels currently houses 18 children raging in age from six months to young adult. The house has had additions and the basement was made into rooms.
Strawderman said she is looking for a house or building that would house between 100 and 200 children.
She said there are 30,000 homeless children throughout the state due to joblessness or parents in prison, jail or sick in the hospital.
Donations of personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, linens, paper products, gift cards, clothing, school supplies and anything of a similar nature are needed.
At the fundraiser, different speakers talked about military history and how uniforms have changed over the years.
This is the second year for the event. The first year was held in 2012 at Roby Lee's in Newton Falls.
For information, call 330-321-5604 or 330-609-8420.