Businesses located in the Carriage House Plaza, 1016 Tiffin Ave., will be hosting a “Carriage House Block Party” on Friday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include displays by the following United Way partner agencies: American Red Cross, Hope House for the Homeless, Camp Fire Northwest Ohio, Children’s Mentoring Connection, Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services, Century Health, YMCA, Cancer Patient Services, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hancock Saves and West Ohio Food Bank. United Way will also have information on 211 and the Volunteer Hancock County website.
The event will include raffle prizes donated by businesses in the plaza. There will also be free hot dogs and bottled water from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Businesses participating include: Vapor Emporia, Wolfies Roasted Nuts, The Tonsorium, Papillon Boutique, Carriage House Gifts, Jaqua's Monogramming & Design, Mar-Ott Book Nook, National Cash Advance, Showplace Rent-to-Own, Tidy Rides, Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shoppe. There will also be a car wash at the Tidy Rides location with donations accepted for the Fire Relief Foundation, an organization that assists families after a house fire. A live radio remote with WKXA will take place from 11 a.m. to noon.
There will also be a food drive held from now until the end of the event. Nonperishable items can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses. Food will be collected by West Ohio Food Bank for processing and inventory then returned to Hancock County food pantries. Local pantries are in great need of proteins such as peanut butter, canned meats, and tuna.
Raffle tickets will be for sale at $10 to be entered to win a brand new 2013 Ford Focus Titanium donated by Cooper Tires. The vehicle is the first to come off of the assembly line with Cooper Tires as original equipment. The drawing for the car will be held on September 5.