Best of Toledo 2016 – Community

. February 21, 2017.

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Local Least Likely To Want To Be Called A Hipster

Sam Melden
samuelmelden.com
Finalist: Rachel Richardson

Entrepreneur

Will Lucas
will-lucas.com
Finalist: Josh Cooper, partner at White Label

High School

Notre Dame Academy
nda.org
Finalist: Whitmer High School

Private School

Notre Dame Academy
nda.org
Finalist: St. Ursula Academy

College

University of Toledo
utoledo.edu
Finalist: Lourdes University

Higher Education For Nontraditional Students

Lourdes University
lourdes.edu
Finalist: Owens Community College

Suburban Downtown

Sylvania
cityofsylvania.com
Finalist: Perrysburg

Best Neighborhood

The Old West End
toledooldwestend.com
Finalist: Old Orchard

Best Festival

German-American Festival
gafsociety.org/fest
Finalist: The Old West End Festival

Institution We’re Proud Of

Toledo Museum of Art
toledomuseum.org
Finalist: Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Charity

Cherry Street Mission Ministries
cherrystreetmission.org
Finalist: Make-A-Wish Foundation

Place To Volunteer

Toledo Area Humane Society
toledohumane.org
Finalist: Cherry Street Mission Ministries

Non-Profit Event

Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure
komennwohio.org
Finalist: Taste of the Nation – Toledo

Toledoan We Love To Hate

Carty Finkbeiner, former Mayor of Toledo
facebook.com/cartygetsthejobdone
Finalist: Opal Covey, Toledo mayoral hopeful

Toledo Prom King and Queen

Jason Finn and Jeni Belt
helphopelive.org/campaign/10658
True love overcomes obstacles, no matter how large. For Toledo Prom King and Queen Jason Finn and Jeni Belt, true love conquers all. Last year, a freak accident caused Jason to become paralyzed from the chest down. Since then, the couple’s story of overcoming obstacles has caught the attention of Toledoans outside of their Old West End neighborhood (where they served as King Wamba and Queen Sancha of the annual OWE Festival Parade last summer). The community has come together for Finn and Belt, hosting fundraisers to help defray his significant medical expenses. With that community support, it’s obvious why these two are crowned King and Queen of Toledo’s Prom.
Finalists:
King: Mike Bell
Queen: Chrys Peterson

Toledo Class Clown

Carty Finkbeiner, former mayor of Toledo
facebook.com/cartygetsthejobdone
Finalist: Opal Covey, Toledo mayoral hopeful

Redheaded Boy and Girl

Boy: Shaun Hegarty, Investigative Reporter for 13abc Action News
Girl: Alexandra Martin, Sommelier at Revolution Grille

Toledo’s Guidance Counselor

Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools
facebook.com/romules.durant
Finalist: Adrian Meier, counselor at Notre Dame Academy

Toledo’s Life Coach

Dr. Deitra Hickey, motivational speaker and owner of Serenity Health & Wellness
Finalist: Coach Doug Pearson, former head football coach at St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy and Start High School

Toledoan To Send To Space

Opal Covey, Toledo mayoral hopeful
opalformayor.wordpress.com
Finalist: Carty Finkbeiner, former Mayor of Toledo

Politician

Mike Bell, career politician at large
facebook.com/mikebell4lc
Finalist: Representative Marcy Kaptur

Best Thing To Happen To Toledo This Year

The opening of Hensville
hensvilletoledo.com
Finalist: ProMedica moving downtown

Work Environment

Kingston Healthcare
kingstonhealthcare.com
Finalist: Yark Automotive Group

Men’s Barber Shop

Barber Lounge Toledo
barberloungetoledo.com
Tucked inside both the Perrysburg and Sylvania locations of the men’s boutique V Collection, the Barber Lounge Toledo is a relaxing, sophisticated place for a man to discover the best version of himself. Established in 2009 by Kevin Clay, the Barber Lounge’s motto is “Boy by birth, man by age— a gentleman by choice,” and Clay’s trained staff give clients the tools to become a gentleman. Whether you need a hot shave, a shape up or a full cut, the Barber Lounge invites you to relax, unwind and await the transformation.

Finalist: Roosters Men’s Grooming Center

Place To Kayak

Middlegrounds Metropark
metroparkstoledo.com
Finalist: Farnsworth Metropark

Toledo Made: Hometown Point of Pride

Jeep
jeep.com
Finalist: Libbey Glass

Park

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/wildwood
Finalist: Side Cut Metropark

Favorite Free Thing To Do In Toledo

Visit Any Metropark
metroparkstoledo.com
Finalist: Toledo Museum of Art

House Of Worship

CedarCreek Church
cedarcreek.tv
Finalist: Church 3TwentyOne

Professional Networking Group

Business Network International of Northwest Ohio
bninwo.com
Finalist: Women’s Entrepreneurial Network

Boat Club And/Or Country Club

Toledo Country Club
toledocountryclub.com
Finalist: Inverness Club

Thinkpiece About Toledo By Someone Who Doesn’t Even Live Here

“10 Toledo Stereotypes That Are Completely Accurate” by Alan Woods
A list of completely inaccurate stereotypes created for the real estate website movoto.com
Finalist: “These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Toledo: We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Toledo are the best of the best.” By Brandon Mariotti for HomeSnacks.com

Best Place To People Watch

Franklin Park Mall
shoppingfranklinparkmall.com
Finalist: Downtown Toledo

Reason To Move To Toledo

THE ARTS
Finalist: Friendly, great people

Reason To Not Move Away From Toledo

Our low cost of living
Finalist: Family

Best Ballet Company

Toledo Ballet
toledoballet.net
Since the company first opened in 1939, the Toledo Ballet has stood at center stage in our region’s performing arts community. The Toledo Ballet maintains its reputation as the premier institution for cultivating a love of dance, providing high quality education, outreach and performance opportunities, with creative new programs by artistic director Michael Lang. With the oldest continuously running annual Nutcracker performance in the nation, the commitment to excellence is why the Toledo Ballet is named the best.
Finalist: Daryl Jervis Dance Studio

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