About 150 Browns fans packed the Barley House in Cleveland Feb. 11 to show their support for star player Josh Cribbs, who signed autographs for free for nearly two hours. An auction raised about $10,000, but not to help the Browns up their bid on a new contract for the All-Pro kick returner/punt returner/running back/receiver. The money was donated to My H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Organize Dreams), a youth outreach program founded by former Browns player Steve Sanders and supported by Cribbs.
— Bob Migra, Special to The Plain Dealer
Singles who hope to become couples packed the party room at Cadillac Ranch downtown on Feb. 11 for Easter Seals’ annual Bachelor/Bachelorette Raffle, where nearly 400 partygoers mingled with a purpose to help raise money for Easter Seals. The laid-back affair had 12 bachelors and 10 bachelorettes nervously waiting for guests to fill their bid boxes with calling cards. Mistress of ceremonies WKYC Channel 3’s Maureen Kyle kept the crowd revved up while attendees did their best to flirt and make memorable impressions. Melissa Kocher, vice president of marketing and development for Easter Seals, said she hoped the happening would raise $10,000 for the group. Overheard: “I’m going home with digits tonight no matter what.”
— Kathleen Murphy Colan, Special to The Plain Dealer