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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine is Child and Adolescent Behavior Health’s annual fundraiser bringing community awareness to the programs offered by our agency that benefit the children and adolescents of Stark County.

The nine programs C & A offers include Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Transitional, Trauma Informed Day Treatment, Trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, School-Based Consultation, Sexual Inappropriate Behavior Remediation and Multi-systematic Therapy/Multi-systematic for Sexual Behavior.

This fun-filled event brings together various community leaders to learn, engage and support the mission of C & A – to bring hope, health and happiness to all children. Enlightening the community helps place a spotlight on the need of the agency and the clientele we serve.

The first Let Your Light Shine (LYLS) was held in 2006. Nancy Pryce, then board president, started the annual benefit for the agency. Throughout the years, LYLS has raised more than $450,000 during the past 14 years.

Let Your Light Shine 2020

Chairperson of 2020 LYLS
Chairperson of 2020 LYLS

The 2020 LYLS chair is C & A board member and community activist Monica Gwin. Gwin, who is married to Honorable Judge Scott Gwin, is the public relations specialist for Ohio Mean Jobs of Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.

In addition to being a C & A board member, Gwin is an elected official as a 16-year Plain Local Schools Board Member, Stark State College Foundation Board and vice chairman of the Stark County Democratic Party. She is a member of the Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc., and Chi Omega Sorority.

Gwin has served on the board of trustees of the YWCA, Canton Ballet and Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board. She is past president of the Junior League of Stark County, Ohio, Inc., Stark County Legal Auxiliary and the Canton Junior Woman’s Club. She has co-chaired a variety of steering committees including the Plain Local Bond Issue and the Child and Family Advocacy Center Committee.

She is married to 5th District Court of Appeals Judge Scott Gwin. They have a daughter Molly, a son and daughter-in-law Zachary and Margaret, and one grandson.

Cirque Du Lumier


The theme for this year's Let Your Light Shine annual fundraiser is Cirque De Lumiere. The event will be held April 4, 2020 at The Great Court, Cultural Center for the Arts.

This event promises to be a fun one-of-a-kind event. Watch for more details and make plans to attend.

If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or join one of our committees, please contact Melissa Coultas at 330-454-7917, ext. 117.

Let Your Light Shine 2019

The 2019 LYLS held Feb. 2 under chair Tim Voros was the most successful benefit in the 14-year history. The event surpassed the agency’s goals in terms of community awareness, visibility and financial goals raising more than $54,000. C&A had an insert published in The Repository.

The 2019 committee consisted of Chief Executive Officer Joe French, Event Chair Voros, Director of Mission Advancement Melissa Coultas, Board President Patricia Quick, Catherine Bell, Suzanne Birkbeck, Nancy Bundy, Jennifer Clark, Holly Davies, Nicole Dietz-Hunt, Terri Greenwald, Monica Gwin, Kim Labriola, Kay Lanier, Ann McCabe, Trina Miller, Dan Mucci, Melissa Pitinii, Tam Ramsey, Sherri Tamilio and Sue VanEtten.

C & A employees and friends of C & A volunteered the night of to make the event a huge success. Those volunteers were: Jason Angione, Sandy Baker, Susan Brown, Jodi Burke, Kim Cernansky, Jessie Cline, Brenda Roberts Cline, Sue Dedmon, Ava Dietz, Charlotte Dietz, Larissa Haring, Hope James, Michael James, Lindi Joy, Mary Kreitz, Diane Morrison, Kim Morrison, Tiffany Msafiri, Kelly Nemetz, Taylor O’Lear, Ardith Porosky, Madison Rayman, Debbie Sharkey, Meredith Skotschier and Ashton Thurman.

A unique twist to the 2019 LYLS was a committee of volunteer cookie bakers. These outstanding pastry bakers included Bell, Birkbeck, Greenwall, Gwin, Tara Horner, Lanier, Marvalene Matson, McCabe, Marla McKinney, Miller, Sam Simmons, Meredith Skotschir and Jennette Slutzker.

The 2019 event featured guest speaker Frank Hall, a Chardon High School assistant football coach, who stopped a school shooting at Chardon on      Feb. 27, 2012.


2019 Lyls sponsors

The 2019 sponsors included:
Beacon Sponsor:
The Repository

Shine Sponsor:

PPI Graphics

Sparkle Sponsor:

Norman Eckinger, Jr.
Mike & Kary Flood in honor of Maria Volk’s 90th birthday
Schauer Group

Glow Sponsors:
The DeBord Family
Diebold Foundation
Steve & Lisa Gregory
The Joseph A. Jeffries Co.
Marathon Petroleum Co.
Reed Funeral Home
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Star Sponsor:
Aultman Health Foundation and & AultCare
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Todd & Nancy Bundy
Ellsworth Body Shop
Joe French
T. Raymond Gregory
Dr. & Mrs. Michael McCabe
Stark County Safety Council
Whit-Com Sales, Inc.
Jeff & Lisa Zellers

Photos courtesy of Shawn Wood Photography