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Who's News in Catering for September 9, 2023

In Memoriam

Mark E. Thees passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in his home on August 19, 2023. 

A graduate of St. John's Jesuit High School, Mark was a devout Catholic with many longtime friends in the Toledo Clergy. Mark attended church every morning with his father, Bill at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. He was an avid Notre Dame Football fan, a season ticket holder who hardly missed a game. Mark was a highly respected businessman in the Toledo area as the President/CEO of The Pinnacle in Maumee, Ohio for over 25 years. A man devoted to service, he helped many people in times of need including his employees and their families whenever he had the opportunity. He loved to golf and to have his morning cup of coffee with the same group of friends every morning for years. 

Spouse to Elizabeth Thees, they met at Meadowbrook Place where their mutual love for food and people brought them together. They served the community together for many years through their multiple business ventures. He was a beloved father to his twins, Taylor and Jamie and step-father to Alex and Sam Crow. Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Shari Thees; and his brother, Paul Thees. In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his father, Bill; and his siblings, Mike (Charlene) Thees, Michelle (Steve) Meehan, Maureen (Jake) Jagos; and sister in law, Michelle Thees. Mark absolutely adored his many nieces and nephews and was a proud new grandfather. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sisters of the Visitation, 1745 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43607, Monsignor Schmit Youth Foundation, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604, or a charity of the donor's choice. A private service and burial were held. A celebration of life including a Memorial Mass will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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Since the devastating wildfires less than a month ago, the SEARCH Foundation has distributed over $120,000 to industry individuals in Maui, all while continuing our mission to assist professionals across the globe impacted by accidents, illnesses and other natural disasters. SEARCH desperately needS your support to continue to fund these crisis relief cases for our industry friends and colleagues. In a world filled with uncertainties and unexpected challenges, the SEARCH Foundation stands as a lifeline for event professionals caught in the crossfires of life-altering crises. Our mission has always been to provide unwavering support to those who make moments unforgettable, but today, SEARCH is coming to you with a plea for help. Please consider making a one time donation to the crisis relief fund, or pledging your support to the SEARCH100. SEARCH humbly asks you to join us in making a difference. Your contribution to the SEARCH Foundation can be a beacon of hope for those who need it most. Together, we can ensure that event professionals facing crises find the support, strength, and resilience they need to rebuild their lives and continue creating extraordinary experiences for us all. Please consider making a one time or a recurring donation today, and let your generosity be the light that guides them through the darkest of times. Together, we can write stories of hope and renewal in the lives of those who make our most cherished moments possible.

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