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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FROM:   Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center   Inc.

2795 Front St. ‘F’ Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

CONTACT:  Jack Hayes

(330) 945-9354 or 1-800-565-2926

[email protected]

Connecting Touch Hosting Clothing Drive

September 13, 2014, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio–Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is hosting a clothing drive from now until October 15.  “As the weather is starting to cool down, we are digging through our closets looking for our fall and winter clothing.  When you go through your closet and you see items you haven’t worn in 2 years, there are people in our local community who will wear them everyday! We are conducting a clothing drive to help those individuals in our community who need your extra clothing” said Jack Hayes, President of Connecting Touch.  The collected clothing will go to a local shelter who will distribute the clothing to the homeless in Akron area.   “We will be collecting new and gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves, so clean out your closets and help someone stay warm this winter”, continued Hayes.  “We need to come together as a community and help those who are in need.  With high unemployment in Summit County, there are many families who need our help.  Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated!”, added Hayes.  And for each item you bring in you will be entered in a drawing for a free ½ hour massage with a paraffin hand treatment so the more you bring in, the more chances you have to win.  Connecting Touch is located at 960 Graham Rd. Suite 4 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and items can be dropped off anytime between 9am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.  Call 330-945-9354 for more information.

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FROM:           Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center   Inc.

960 Graham Rd. Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

CONTACT:    Jack Hayes, President

(330) 945-9354 or 1-800-565-2926

[email protected]

Connecting Touch Giving Free Massages to Veterans

September 11, 2014, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio—Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. 960 Graham Rd. Cuyahoga Falls Ohio will again this year be giving free half-hour massages to U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11. “It is our small way of thanking the veterans for their sacrifices to protect our freedoms,” said Jack Hayes, president of Connecting Touch.  Hayes served in Vietnam in 1968-1969, and he knows how important it is recognize and thank veterans for their service.  “I hope other businesses will also do something to thank the veterans,” adds Hayes.  Along with the free massage, each veteran will receive a “To show our appreciation” goodie bag filled with items donated from area businesses.  If you or your business would like to donate something to the goody bag, call 330-945-9354.

Veterans should call 330-945-9354 to schedule their half-hour appointments.  Hayes asks that veterans bring proof that they are U.S. military veterans and that they call soon because he anticipates high demand for appointments.

Connecting Touch, a Cuyahoga Falls-based wellness center specializing in massage therapy for health and wellness, is located at 960 Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls and has been providing massage therapy for over 19 years with a client base of over 15,000 clients.

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Connecting Touch Hosting Clothing Drive

The community-minded Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center Inc. (960 Graham Road, Suite 4, Cuyahoga   Falls) is hosting a clothing drive through March 30.“So as you clean out the closet, bring in gently used and clean coats or articles of clothing,” is the invitation being extended by Jack Hayes, president of Connecting Touch. The clothing will go to Springtime of Hope to be distributed to those dealing with homelessness or other poverty issues.“Having a clean house puts a smile on your face. Helping someone in need puts a smile on your soul,” is Hayes’ philosophy. “For each [usable] item you bring in, you will be entered in a drawing for a free half-hour massage with a paraffin hand treatment, so the more you bring in the more chances you have to win.”Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Questions? Please call 330-945-9354.

Connecting Touch Hosting Food Drive

October 17, 2012, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio–Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. is hosting a food drive from October 16 to November 15 to benefit OPEN M.   For every five nonperishable food items donated, the donator will receive a free certificate for a paraffin hand treatment as a thank-you gift.  “We need to come together as a community and help those who are in need.  With high unemployment in Summit County, there are many families who need our help, so dig in your pantry or buy an extra food item when you at the grocery store and bring in some food to help feed a family,” said Jack Hayes, president of Connecting Touch.  “Whatever you can do to help will be appreciated by many!” added Hayes.  Connecting Touch is located at 960 Graham Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls and food items can be dropped off anytime between 9am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.  Call 330-945-9354 for more information.

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Connecting Touch Hosting Coat Drive

September 20, 2012, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio–Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. is hosting a coat drive from now until October 15 with the proceeds going to the Springtime of Hope who will distribute the collected clothing to the homeless in Akron area.   “We will be collecting new and gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves, so clean out your closets and help someone stay warm this winter”, says Jack Hayes, President of Connecting Touch.  “We need to come together as a community and help those who are in need.  With high unemployment in Summit County, there are many families who need our help.  Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated!”, added Hayes.  And for each item you bring in you will be entered in a drawing for a free ½ hour massage with a paraffin hand treatment so the more you bring in, the more chances you have to win.  Connecting Touch is located at 960 Graham Rd. Suite 4 in Cuyahoga Falls and items can be dropped off anytime between 9am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.  Call 330-945-9354 for more information.

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Like father, like son

By Mark Davis

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 13, 2012

The business was doing OK, but at a price. Jack Hayes was tired of operating his massage-therapy clinic seven days a week, juggling employees’ and clients’ schedules, missing his wife.

In late 2008, Hayes asked for help. He composed an email to another businessman who’d managed to make ends meet with a six-day work week. Hayes’ request was simple: Should he close on Sunday, too?

Two days later, the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, business owner got a response. In an email, Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, cited Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

On the first Sunday of January 2009, a sign on the door of Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center Inc. of Cuyahoga Falls announced that the business no longer would operate on Sunday. “At that point, Mr. Cathy and I were on the same level,” Hayes said. “I would rather be open six days a week with the Lord on my side than seven days without it.”

It would be easy to say the Lord is on Dan Cathy’s side; Chick-fil-A, a College Park-based business with more than $4 billion in annual sales at 1,600 locations, is one of the nation’s largest family-owned restaurant chains.

A more appropriate assessment: Cathy is on the Lord’s side. Those who know Cathy say he’s a businessman who believes the real business of life comes from following the Bible, even if it angers others.

Cathy’s beliefs have recently put him to the test. On a national radio show, he said advocates of same-sex marriage are “inviting God’s judgment.” In another interview, he affirmed his belief that marriage should be between a man and woman.

Cathy’s statements set off a debate that’s played out in talk shows, on opinion pages, in blogs and in Chick-fil-A restaurants everywhere. On Aug. 1, thousands of people crowded Chick-fil-As across the country in a show of support for Cathy. Two days later, supporters of same-sex marriage held “kiss-ins” at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.

The controversy echoed another sparked a year ago when critics attacked donations from WinShape Foundation Inc., Chick-fil-A’s charity, to organizations that critics say promote hatred of gays.

Some business experts questioned Cathy’s judgment, saying it was pointless for a high-profile executive to embroil his entire business and well-developed brand in the middle of national dispute.

The recent uproar appears to have caught Chick-fil-A by surprise. Cathy, 59, declined several interview requests through Chick-fil-A’s public relations division, and has been nearly silent in the past few weeks.

Others aren’t as quiet.

“He’s one of the finest human beings I’ve ever known,” said Ken Bernhardt, a Georgia State University marketing professor and adviser to the chain.

Bernhardt recalls a colleague who called Cathy, asking if it was OK if the university used the image of a statue commissioned by Chick-fil-A to adorn T-shirts that would be distributed at an impending conference. Cathy said sure — then offered to buy them.

Of course, Cathy can afford to buy a mountain of T-shirts, Bernhardt said. But that’s not the issue.

“Dan didn’t make the person ask for that,” said Bernhardt.

Such personal accounts of Cathy don’t resonate with everyone.

Marci Alt would like to share her story with Cathy. She’s married to a woman, has two children and recently started an online petition inviting his family to dine with hers. “I’ll even make matzo ball soup for him, like a good Jewish girl.”

Alt said she supports Cathy’s right to speak his mind, but is opposed to the chain’s WinShape Foundation funding groups that she termed anti-gay. “It angers me that he’s so close-minded that he all he can see is himself,” the Decatur resident said. “Aren’t we all God’s children?”

Cathy, said Bernhardt, came up the traditional way. The oldest son of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, he got started in the family business with a broom, sweeping the Dwarf House, the chain’s first restaurant. A 1975 business graduate of Georgia Southern University, he oversaw an array of operations, opening restaurants all over the country. In 2001, he became the president and chief operating officer.

“He is a servant leader,” said Phyllis Hendry, president and CEO of Lead Like Jesus. The Augusta nonprofit stresses leadership principles based on Jesus’ teachings; Cathy is a member of its executive advisory board.

Hendry recalls the organization’s 2009 annual meeting, held in Dallas. One session went long, dragging into the afternoon. Attendees struggled to pay attention.

Suddenly, Cathy burst through the door, pushing a cart stacked with chocolate milkshakes. “He thought we needed a little pick-me-up,” Hendry said.

He leads by example, said Stephen Briggs, president of Berry College, where Cathy is on the board of trustees. The chain’s WinShape Foundation also funds 30 scholarships for incoming students each year.

“He’ll see a piece of trash lying on the sidewalk and without breaking stride, he’ll pick it up and put it in his pocket,” said Briggs. Before long, he said, others are picking up trash, too.

‘Once,” said Briggs, “I saw him do it in a McDonald’s parking lot.”

The camera pans customers and employees, pausing occasionally to focus on one person. “Fired from his job and is worried about how he will provide for his family,” reads a caption beside one diner. “Single mom raising a family alone & trying to make ends meet,” reads another. “Worked hard through high school and accepted into the college of her dreams,” another caption reads.

The video, depicting a Chick-fil-A dining room, is titled “Every Person Has A Story.” Its message: Our customers and employees are more than entries on a profit-loss sheet. Since Cathy posted it on YouTube last year, it’s been viewed nearly 160,000 times.

Cathy has a “standard” in his life, said Charles Carter, retired pastor of Jonesboro First Baptist Church. “For Dan, that standard is the Bible.”

Carter has known the Cathys for years — he and Truett Cathy are best friends — and was Dan Cathy’s pastor until the restaurateur moved to Fayetteville and transferred his membership to another church.

He recalls watching Dan Cathy ski fearlessly down the snowy slopes of Lake Placid, N.Y., on a long-ago vacation. “Whatever he does, he does with complete abandon,” Carter said. “He’s going to do it right.”

Cathy’s been active in social causes, giving time and money to organizations that care for people living on the margin. Earlier this year, he served food at the Atlanta Mission, a Christian nonprofit that feeds and houses nearly 1,000 people every day. He’s been a regular contributor to City of Refuge, a homeless foundation whose headquarters aren’t far from the Georgia Dome. Cathy makes it a stop during bus tours he conducts for Chick-fil-A operators and others.

“I love Mr. Dan,” said Vanessa Cowans, a former client who now volunteers at the center, “and I love it when he comes to see me.”

Cathy believes in mixing with people from different economic levels, said Bruce Deel, an ordained minister who founded City of Refuge 15 years ago. Cathy has a term for it: “Your ears should pop every day.”

Translation: You should see people from different walks of life daily.

“When I look at Dan, I see a model of consistent leadership,” Deel said. “He doesn’t waver.”

Not everyone agrees. Anita Beaty, executive director of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, recalled Cathy spending the night at the shelter and pledging financial help. He cutoff his support after giving the task force more than $200,000, but officials expected as much as $500,000 more.

“We were disappointed,” said Beaty, who’s filed a lawsuit contending business leaders and others conspired to close the shelter by cutting public funding and private donations. “We were expecting him to make good on his pledge.”

She believes Cathy folded under pressure. In a 2010 deposition, Cathy said he did talk with business leaders about his support.

“Billionaires are people too,” said Beaty. “They want to be appreciated by people who are important.”

That’s how Hayes, the Ohio businessman, felt when he saw the email from the billionaire restaurateur. Hayes has five employees; Chick-fil-A, more than 60,000.

“I was still on the fence” about closing on Sunday, Hayes said. “Then I got that email. I said: That’s it.”

Connecting Touch Giving Free Massages to Veterans

September 22, 2010, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio—On Veterans Day, Thursday November 11, Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. will be giving free half-hour massages to U.S. military veterans.  “It is our small way of thanking the veterans for their sacrifices to protect our freedoms,” said Jack Hayes, president of Connecting Touch.  Hayes served in Vietnam in 1968-1969, and he knows how important it is recognize and thank veterans for their service.  “I hope other businesses will also do something to thank the veterans,” adds Hayes.

Veterans should call 330-945-9354 soon to schedule their half-hour appointments.  Hayes asks that veterans bring proof that they are U.S. military veterans and that they call soon because he anticipates high demand for appointments.

Connecting Touch, a Cuyahoga Falls-based wellness center specializing in massage therapy for health and wellness, is located at 960 Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls and has been providing massage therapy for over 15 years with a client base of over 14,000 clients.

Connecting Touch Again Voted #1

May 19, 2010, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio—For the third consecutive year, Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc., 960 Graham Rd., of Cuyahoga Falls, has been voted #1 for Best Massage in the Akron-Canton area through myfoxcleveland.com’s Hot List of the best local businesses. Connecting Touch has been providing massage therapy in Cuyahoga Falls for 15 years and has a client base of over 14,000 clients.   “We are honored and very proud of our entire staff who make awards like this possible and of course a big thank you to our clients who took the time out of their busy schedules to vote for us”, said Jack Hayes, President.

Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. is a Cuyahoga Falls-based wellness center specializing in massage therapy for health and wellness.  The center also offers Reiki Treatments and paraffin hand treatments.

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New Website

May 1, 2010-Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. has announced the launch of its new website.  “Our goal is to make the website educational and easy to navigate”, says Jack Hayes, president.   With the ability to make changes as needed, the website will always be current and fresh.

The website was built by and is hosted by JoltCMS-Affordable website content management.