Signs of spring are finally showing up all over, and it would not be spring in the greater Summit County area without the annual "Blooming Brunch," the popular fundraiser now in its 13th year, sponsored by The GriefCare Place.

This year's event, which will include a silent auction, will take place on May 2 from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silver Lake Country Club, 1325 Graham Road in Silver Lake. Bidding on silent auction items will begin immediately after the doors open.

The featured guest speaker this year will be Lisa Ryan. Come hear her talk on "Grategy." You know, your gratitude strategy -- Grategy? Ryan wants to know, and if you don't have one, she'll help you define one. Ryan knows just how powerful gratitude can be and will share that power.

Lisa Ryan, the owner of Grategy, is a nationally recognized professional speaker and gratitude expert who specializes in teaching corporations, associations, and non-profits the power of gratitude. She has been featured in two films and is the author of five books. She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International. She has a bachelor's degree and a MBA from Cleveland State University.

For ticket costs, sponsorships or reservations, which must be in by April 28, contact The GriefCare Place at 330-686-1750 or at

The GriefCare Place's mission is to provide a safe place where grievers gather together, under the guidance of a facilitator, to educate, encourage, and uplift each other throughout the entire healing journey after the death of a loved one. Since its inception in 1997, more than 10,000 individuals throughout Northeast Ohio have found the ongoing support and care they need through The GriefCare Place and its programs. It is used by churches, social service agencies, schools, extended care facilities, nursing, medical, ministerial, and psychology students, hospices and community organizations. All these services are provided free of charge.

The GriefCare Place also provides individual counseling services for children, teens and adults with a licensed, professional counselor, trained in grief. There is a small fee for this service. The GriefCare Place is located at 4499 Darrow Road in Stow in the Keystone Vet building - entrance in rear.