Elk & Elk Earns Top Fundraising Team Award at Relay for Life

On Saturday, June 20, Elk & Elk employees joined the fun at Mayfield Area Relay for Life’s Carnival for a Cure to benefit the American Cancer Society. The 12-hour event attracted 28 teams, 70 volunteers and 191 participants from Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Lyndhurst and surrounding areas.


More than $34,000 was raised by participating teams prior to the start of the event, and the amount grew to more than $40,000 by Sunday evening. In addition to music, games and food, Carnival for a Cure featured a variety of opportunities to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones who lost their battle with the disease.

Elk & Elk’s team, Relay’s Angels, raised over $4,200 for the cause and earned the Top Fundraising Team Award. Participating employees hosted a variety of in-office fundraisers, including candy bar and flower sales.

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Members of Elk & Elk’s Relay’s Angels at Mayfield Area Relay for Life’s Carnival for a Cure.

“In 2010, I was looking for something different to get our office involved in. We decided to try out the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and have been hooked ever since,” said Dawn Urban, the Human Resources Manager at Elk & Elk. “Everyone who plans the event, participates in the event or just comes out to the event is there for the same reason. Cancer has touched every single one of us in one way or another, and to share the laughter and the tears with a whole community of people is priceless.”

Help Relay’s Angels reach their fundraising goal by making an online donation. Mayfield Area Relay for Life will be accepting donations until August 30.

Hope’s Turn at Bat to benefit the American Cancer Society

Urban, who is a former Mayfield Area Relay for Life chairperson, is also hosting Hope’s Turn at Bat, an annual softball tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, the tournament attracted 70 girls fast-pitch softball teams and raised $5,000. Nearly 80 teams have registered to play in this year’s tournament, which will take place July 17 through July 19.

Click here to learn more about Hope’s Turn at Bat.Mayfield Area Relay for Life’s Carnival for a Cure

About Relay for Life:

Relay for Life is a community fundraising walk to benefit the American Cancer Society. The money raised by the events supports cancer research, Hope Lodge® facilities, the Road To Recovery® program, Look Good…Feel Better® services, Reach To Recovery® support programs and more. Click here to learn more about Relay for Life.

Race for the Place Recap

On Sunday, June 7, Elk & Elk joined more than 4,100 supporters at the 15th Annual Race for the Place to benefit The Gathering Place. The event, held at Beachwood Place, is the largest local celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day.

Elk & Elk was a sponsor of Race for the Place 2015, and partner Marilena DiSilvio serves on the Board of Directors of The Gathering Place.

A group of more than 30 Elk & Elk attorneys, employees, family members and friends came together in support of the event. Team Elk Tracks exceeded its $1,500 goal, raising a total of $1,830 for The Gathering Place.

Team Elk Tracks helped raise more than $1,800 for The Gathering Place.
Team Elk Tracks helped raise more than $1,800 for The Gathering Place.

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This year’s event, which was presented by University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, raised more than $350,000. The teams who raised the most money included Zelman & Associates, Strides for Sherri, Fully Functional and Shaker Soles, and Jack Bialosky was the top individual fundraiser.

“Our gratitude goes out to each and every one of you for participating in Race for the Place by registering, putting together teams, donating and asking family and friends to donate,” said Eileen Saffran, CEO. “More than 4,000 walkers and runners showed their support at Beachwood Place at this year’s event.”

Participants had the option of walking or running either a 1-mile or 5K race. Before the races, cancer survivors were honored during the Survivor Ceremony, and a variety of family activities were offered in the Celebration Village throughout the event. An awards ceremony followed the races.

All funds raised by Race for the Place benefit The Gathering Place, a community-based cancer support center in Beachwood, Ohio. Since January 2000, The Gathering Place has offered a variety of free programs and services to address the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer in the greater Cleveland community and their support networks.

Next year’s Race for the Place is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Visit www.touchedbycancer.org for more information about The Gathering Place.

Fireworks: Family Fun or Safety Hazard?

Fireworks are erupting in Ohio—political fireworks, that is. In recent years, state legislators have been hearing from advocates on both sides of the fireworks debate. Some feel that fireworks are too dangerous, and cite their life-altering impact on consumers, including severe eye injuries, loss of limbs, and even death. Manufacturers, on the other hand, are lobbying to legalize more consumer fireworks in Ohio.

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Last year, Danial Peart of Phantom Fireworks in Youngstown, Ohio told lawmakers that legalizing bottle rockets and other consumer-grade fireworks would lead to greater fireworks safety education. “History has shown that with a focused education campaign, legalizing consumer fireworks use actually decreases injuries to the consumer,” he said.

Dr. Gary Smith, director of the center for injury research and policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, sees things in a very different light. “There is no safe way to use backyard fireworks,” Smith said. “Every type of legally available consumer firework has been associated with serious injury or even death.”

Most Dangerous Fireworks

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,400 injuries due to fireworks were treated in U.S. emergency departments in 2013. Of those, more than half occurred in the 30 days surrounding Independence Day. Small fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to kids. However, children younger than 15 years of age accounted for nearly half of all fireworks-related injuries.

Sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter. That’s as hot as a blowtorch! In 2013, there were an estimated 2,300 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers

Small firecrackers are especially dangerous to kids, who may try to light the explosives in their hand or relight “duds.” Hand and finger injuries account for 32 percent of all injuries.

Roman candles can cause serious eye injuries, including corneal abrasions.

Bottle rockets may seem like innocent fun, but they can also inflict eye damage and account for 70 percent of injuries to bystanders.

Fireworks Safety Tips

If you do decide to buy legal fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time, and then move away quickly.
  • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Ohio Consumer Fireworks Laws

Although you may buy consumer (1.4G) fireworks from a licensed wholesaler or manufacturer, you cannot discharge any consumer fireworks (firecrackers, bottle rockets, etc.) in the State of Ohio. [ORC § 3743.65(B)] You must transport all fireworks purchased in Ohio out of the state within 48 hours of the purchase. The only items that can be used in Ohio are designated “trick and novelty” which smoke, pop, and/or sparkle. [ORC § 3743.80]



Bill legalizing fireworks in Ohio clears Senate panel” by Jackie Borchardt, Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 9, 2014.

2013 Fireworks Annual Report: Fireworks-Related Deaths, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries, and Enforcement Activities During 2013” by Yongling Tu and Demar V. Granados, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington DC, June 2014.