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Patrons gather for the Cole Collection Boutique shopping fundraiser at the City Club in downtown Lima. A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit foster children in Allen County. Photo; Kelli Cardinal; The 419; Lima; Ohio; Local; Local craftsman; Donation; Silent Auction; Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center; Christmas; Virginia Galvin Crouse; Presents; Holidays

Cole Collection brings Christmas to foster children in Allen County

Taylor Johnson

10660338_299457510256962_8218285551215794107_nLIMA – Christmas is the perfect time to recognize and appreciate giving hearts in the community, and Virginia Galvin Crouse will always be a gold star on Lima’s Christmas tree of generosity.

The Cole Collection, an annual shopping event that raises money to buy Christmas gifts for foster children in Allen County, was founded by Crouse’s granddaughter, Megan Rockey, to honor her beloved grandmother and her love of Christmas.

Since 2014, the Cole Collection event has raised $38,000 and allowed Rockey and her team to purchase Christmas gifts for all 437 foster children in the care of Allen County Children Services.

The event is deeply meaningful to Rockey and her family. Read our interview with Rockey now »

Can you tell me more about what to expect at the Cole Collection event? 

Shopping vendors from throughout Ohio come to our event to sell their products. 20% of all purchases from the evening go towards the fundraising efforts and 100% of ticket sales go to the purchase of Christmas gifts for local foster children.

The event is a curated collection of unique products from Ohio vendors as well as the community collectively coming together to give back to others. The core purpose for the Cole Collection event is to impact the children in the foster care system by making their holiday a little brighter this year. The proceeds from the event will allow us to purchase holiday gifts for foster children in Allen County.

Who does it benefit?

The funds raised from the event are used to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children in the care of Allen County Children Services.

When is the event?

This year’s event will be Thursday, November 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the new Vino Bellissimo (view map). Start your holiday shopping and make a child’s holiday a little brighter this year!

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available now at colecollection.org »

Tickets are available for purchase for $50 each. Ticket includes appetizers, desserts and sponsoring the gifts for one foster child.  There are only 100 tickets for this year’s event.

Where does the money go?

The purchase of one ticket ($50) guarantees Christmas gifts for one foster child in Allen County. 100 percent of each ticket sold goes directly to the child. Half of each ticket goes to purchasing toys, the other half goes to purchasing clothes. Buy now at colecollection.org »

Can I make a donation?

Sure! Fill out the form on the cole collection website »

How did the Cole Collection start?

The event was started by Megan Rockey to honor the legacy of her grandmother, Virginia Galvin Crouse.

This year marks the third Cole Collection event. It is organized by a group of individuals in Lima (Sheridan Balyeat, Holli Ellis, Sherri Fischer, Kelly Frost, Jaye McCain, Karen Miller, Mandy Pasion, Linda Staley and Stephanie Stolly ) who partnered with the Lima Community Foundation. The Lima Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Photo gallery of 2015 Cole Collection event at the City Club