Medina business selling heart-shaped cookies, bracelets to support Arc

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 6 March 2023 at 6:42 pm

Case-Nic also doing basket raffle as fundraiser for agency

Photos by Ginny Kropf: (Left) From left, Mary Lou Tuohey and her sisters Laura McDonough and Amy Murray set up a window display at Case-Nic Cookies to promote a basket raffle in celebration of March as “Developmental Disabilities Month.” (Right) Nicole Tuohey, left, and her mom Mary Lou give feedback to Mary Lou’s sisters, Laura McDonough, left, in the window and Amy Murray who are helping set up a display at Case-Nic Cookies for a window basket raffle to benefit ARC Glow.

MEDINA – Case-Nic Cookies is again celebrating March as “Developmental Disabilities Month” by urging everyone to “have a heart.”

The business’s owner, Mary Lou Tuohey, wants to send a message that no one should be judged by their disabilities.

Nicole Tuohey holds a cookie which her mom’s shop, Case-Nic Cookies, is selling, along with bracelets Nicole made to benefit ARC Glow.

In support of Developmental Disabilities Month, Tuohey and her daughter Nicole are again promoting a window basket raffle to support Arc GLOW. Nicole, who was born with Triple X Syndrome, attended the Arc’s Rainbow Preschool from the age of 3 months to 5 years and currently attends Day Hab through Arc Glow.

Also in honor of the month, Case-Nic is selling heart-shaped cookies for $1 and Nicole has made bracelets, which also sell for $1. All proceeds go towards programs that assist individuals who are part of the Arc.

The window raffle will feature more than 50 items on which to take a chance, including 29 gift certificates from Medina merchants. There are also wine baskets, books, lottery tickets and Bills and Sabres memorabilia.

Mary Lou came up with the idea for a window raffle during Covid, when people couldn’t congregate. The baskets are all on display in Case-Nic’s window and a bucket is placed on a table near the doorway. When the store is closed, people can take a sheet listing all the baskets out of the bucket and purchase a sheet of tickets for $10. After indicating on the sheet how many tickets they want placed in each basket, they place their money in the envelop with the sheet and drop it into the mail slot.

The drawing will be on April 1.

Mary Lou has loaned her window out to several organizations for similar raffles since Covid, including OCALS, Beds for Brian and PAWS.

Mary Lou said the money Case-Nic Cookies has donated to the Arc GLOW enables the agency to purchase things they couldn’t otherwise afford with all the funding cuts they have received.

Mary Lou and Nicole, assisted by Mary Lou’s sisters Laura McDonough and Amy Murray, arranged the window on Saturday. When the store is closed, the bucket will be placed outside the door from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.