Cheers to YOU #TeamDeLuca

by Renee on May 12, 2017

candidatesWell, I don’t even know where to begin to thank you enough, #TeamDeLuca, for all you did to help make my Man/Woman of the Year Fundraising for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society a success. A week ago, on Friday, May 5th, we celebrated our 10-week fundraising efforts at the Renaissance Ballroom in downtown Cleveland. As a group, the LLS M/W candidates raised more than $584,000 to fund the fight against blood cancers. It was a record-breaking year! And as a team, you my friends, helped me to raise nearly $30,000!!! This is the email I got from the Northern Ohio LLS office after the totals came in:

WOW!!!!  I don’t even know where to begin with saying THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!  What an incredible 10 weeks you and your team had.  We are so grateful for your efforts with this campaign and I hope you want to continue to stay involved with the campaign in some capacity! I wanted to give you final numbers after Friday’s Finale.  You and your team did such an incredible job and ended up with a total of $29, 716.61!  (EDIT: After all the funds were counted post-event…our team ended up with a total of over $35k!) I hope you are feeling proud of all you accomplished, we are for sure grateful!  I know Paul was with you every step of the way and your efforts are moving mission forward, so thank you!

So cheers to youfunds, friends, I raise my glass to our achievement. From our Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer event, to the Networking is Dead in the Vault party, to collecting donations at the Kenston Lacrosse Youth Night game and every donation made online and through checks and your supporting my friends in their efforts to raise money for this cause, plus all the silent auction donations, we made it happen. I look forward to living in a world without cancer of any type someday. Let’s continue to help make someday, today.



Friends, someday

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Northern Ohio chapter by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for the 2017 Man/Woman of the Year. I am part of team from NE Ohio working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year. My goal is $50,000, not so much because I am after the title, but because that is the amount needed to name a book of cancer research in Paul’s honor. Imagine being able to say the CURE for CNS Primary Lymphoma came about because of research in his name!


Most of you who have followed this blog know that Paul lost his life to CNS Primary Lymphoma in October of 2015. It came on very quickly, and left our family with a huge hole in our hearts–he is greatly missed. Paul had participated in the Team in Training “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” event to raise money for LLS in 2006, 2007 and 2008–it was a cause that was near to his heart. I’m participating in the LLS Man/Woman of the Year  2017 because I want to continue the good work that he did, and find a cure for this cruel disease sooner rather than later. Many of you have donated in Paul’s memory already, and have been part of #TeamDeLuca for some time, and I appreciate it more than you know. Thank you for any further contributions you can make to our cause!

Thank you, and CHEERS to finding a CURE for cancer! #CancerSucks


2nd Annual Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer Challenge

by Renee on February 15, 2017

tastingIt’s just over a year since we held the very first Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer Challenge, and this year, it will be even bigger! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 7 p.m. and warm up with a dozen different winter ales! Once again, I am using the event to raise money to battle cancer through the Northern Ohio Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Of course, having lost Paul to CNS primary lymphoma in 2015, it is a cause that is near to my heart.

While we held the smaller first event at the home of our good friend Doug Ricketts, Dougthis year we are opening it up to the public, and holding it at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall on Main Street. We have a dozen delicious winter warmers for you to sample…and at the end we’ll find out which was the crowd favorite. If you’re not a beer drinker, that’s all right too, there will also be wine, pop and water to drink. (There are designated driver tickets available as well.)

Pair all those libations with pizza, chili, appetizers and other delicious treats, and you have a great party! We’ll also have a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. Donations for our auction which you can bid on and win include:

And more! (If you’d like to donate something to our auction, please email me at

brewingWe’ll also have a very special batch of the Erie Son Ale, brewed with Chardon BrewWorks by Doug Ricketts and Denis Marino.

You can buy your tickets right here, or at the door. There is a donation button when you click on the ticket button if you cannot attend but would like to contribute to our cause. Thank you so much, our goal is a CURE! Cheers!



Six Years Gone…Blog-aversary

November 1, 2016

Somehow September 2016 escaped without my noting that I started this blog six years ago already. Quite a bit has changed in my life since I launched this virtual bar: Paul gone, kids grown, New Albion brewed, many travels. You can read my very first post here. I have written about my journey in getting […]

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