November 26, 2014

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100 Guys charity group to hold inaugural meeting July 10

LORAIN — Borrowing a page from the ladies, businessmen Jim Leone and Jim Walborn are looking to emulate the success of the four-year-old 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County.

The men hope to generate the same level of interest and money through 100 Guys Who Care About Lorain County, a fledgling organization that will have its inaugural recruitment meeting 7 p.m. July 10 at DeLuca’s Place in the Park in Lorain.

Begun in 2010, the 100 Women group has raised $130,000 for 12 nonprofits across Lorain County.

The men hope they can enjoy the same initial success of their female counterpart group, which attracted 65 women and raised $6,000 at its first meeting to benefit the Soul to Sole effort by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County that provides new shoes to needy youngsters.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to do this,” Leone said.

President of Agape Insurance & Financial Services in Sheffield, Leone co-founded the men’s group along with Walborn, who is president of the Elyria-based Banyan Technology freight software management firm.

“All the kudos go to the 100 Women,” Leone said. “It’s their idea. We’re just complementing it. Imitation is the best form of flattery.”

Meetings are held quarterly. Each session lasts an hour, offering time for networking after the formal meeting is done.

During each meeting, the men who attend are each asked to write a check for $100 to be donated to a charity that evening. A recipient charity will be picked at each meeting from nonprofits whose members attend.

“Each charity will make a one- to three-minute presentation,” Leone said, noting the charity must have secured its federal nonprofit status.

Because the group has no overhead of any kind, 100 percent of the money collected at each meeting goes directly to the selected charity, Leone said.

It will be up to each person in the group whether they wish to give individually of their time and talents to benefit any organization the group raises money for. “That will be totally up to each guy’s discretion to offer their time and services,” Leone said.

Future meetings may be at DeLuca’s or other locations to be determined, Leone said.

The first get-together of the 100 Guys group comes a night after the 100 Women meet.

“We hope the women will give us some press and encourage their husbands and significant others to come to our meeting,” Leone said. “We can touch a lot of lives and help a lot of charities.”

To learn more about 100 Guys Who Care About Lorain County, call Jim Leone at (440) 527-0402.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.