Thursday, August 14, 2003

Some Good News

Luau for late, great volunteer

Allen Howard

A young man who championed Starfire, an organization that helps disabled people, will be honored with a luau from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Greenhills swimming pool.

The event is very fitting for the late Matt Dolan because he was the champion fund-raiser for Starfire, despite his own disabilities.

Dolan suffered from cerebral palsy and seizure disorders. He died in July at his home in Greenhills after brain surgery.

As friends, family, neighbors and Starfire employees gather for the luau, they will honor something else about Dolan - his jovial spirit that inspired everyone who met him.

"Matt was such a special part of our lives for such a long time,'' said Emily Mueller, a neighbor who is planning the event.

Friends say he enjoyed life to the fullest in the 30 years he lived, even with his disabilities. He was an ardent fan of the Reds, Bengals, Bearcats and Musketeers. And he enjoyed playing sports himself as a member of the Winton Woods Special Olympics bowling team.

Dolan was a member of the Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati.

The non-profit agency provides recreational activities for people with disabilities.

For more information, contact Tim Vogt at 281-2100 extension 11.

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About 700 book bags will be donated to kids in the Hamilton and Middletown schools, August 22-23.

The bags were donated through cooperation among the Princeton Pike Church of God, Office Depot, Supports to Encourage Low Income Families (SELF) and the Butler County Commissioners.

They will be distributed 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Symmes Park on Fourth Street in Hamilton; 3-6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Middletown Opportunity Center, 1711 South University Blvd and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Oxford Family Resource Center, 5445 College Corner Pike.

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