Making a child’s holiday a little brighter, 
one gift at a time

2018 event

our goal

Thursday, November 1, 6-9pm

Shawnee Country Club

1700 Shawnee Road, Lima, OH 45805

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Are you looking for a fun girls night out to socialize and give back to the community?  If so, you have come to right spot.  We will have 10 shopping vendors with a variety of items to kick off your holiday shopping as well as wonderful silent auction items. Appetizers and desserts are included with your ticket purchase.  


Stella & Dot, Erin Reckner

Thirty-One, Valerie Stumbaugh

Betsey's Boutique

Pointe of Joy

Crunchi Cosmetics, Brooke Carter

Aprons & Doll Clothes, Georgia Groves

what is the cole collection event?

“When you die what do you want your eulogy to say?”

This question caught Megan Rockey off guard. This was supposed to be a business coaching session. It seemed a little personal. While she had been thinking lately about how to build a powerful brand, she had not seen herself and her journey as a core component in that plan.  

Even though the question was new to her, the answer came easily. “I want it to be just like my grandmother’s,” Megan replied. Her grandmother – the one she had been so close to and who had passed just recently.

Later that night, rocking her infant daughter to bed, Megan reflected on that conversation. Even though she had been searching for her purpose for some time, the ideas so easily now fell into place. She could merge her creative interests with something that mattered, something that could honor her grandmother, Virginia Cole Galvin Crouse. It was here in the quiet of the darkness that the Cole Collection was first born.

Building on an annual shopping event in her hometown of Lima, Ohio, Megan developed the premise for the Cole Collection: a celebration featuring a curated collection of unique products from Ohio vendors that would benefit the local community. All vendors would agree to donate a percentage of their profits to the designated cause giving customers an opportunity to shop for good.

Megan selected Allen County Children Services as the beneficiary of the event. The proceeds would be used to purchase Christmas presents for foster children that otherwise might not receive any. With ten months for planning, Megan estimated that she would be able to provide about half of these kids with holiday gifts.

Gathering a planning committee of ten, Megan utilized her event planning, design and marketing background to solicit vendors and corporate sponsorships. On November 5, 2014 the City Club bustled with one hundred shoppers making the Cole Collection a sold out event. At the end of the night, the team had raised over $14,000, double their original goal. This allowed them to provide Children Services with gifts to not just half but all 217 kids in foster care in Allen County!

In her own words, “Over the past year there were several moments when things fell into place and the journey just felt right. People would step up and volunteer to be on the committee, businesses would commit to a sponsorship and even a $5,000 donation made on the event night. All of the amazing moments that transpired over the last year were not about us but about the community collectively coming together to help others. I had many times prior to the Cole Collection when I felt like I was swimming upstream but something kept us moving along with this project and determined to make it happen. And it did.”

How did the cole collection event start?

To purchase christmas gifts for all 260 foster children in the care of Allen County Children Services

The Cole Collection 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 purpose of the Cole Collection event is to impact the children in the foster care system by making their Christmas a little brighter this year.  The proceeds from the event will allow us to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children in Allen County.  Our goal is to purchase gifts for all 260 foster children this year.  This will be a great time to start your holiday shopping.  There will be 10-12 vendors selling a variety of products such as jewelry, clothing and other holiday gifts.  Unique auction items will also be available at this year's event.  We were overwhelmed with the wonderful response from the community the past two years and look forward to another successful event this year.