Cancer “Survivors, Fighters, and Supporters” Photography Exhibit Opens November 7

Aimee and Husband by Frank TuttleSpinelli’s Deli will host “Survivors, Fighters, and Supporters,” a portrait photography show honoring Columbus individuals battling cancer and the loved ones who support them, next month. The exhibit features works by lifelong Columbus resident and Upper Arlington High School science teacher Frank Tuttle. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with free food and beverages. Celebrated local drag queen Vivian Von B. will join the festivities.

The subjects of this photography collection come from all walks of life, with one unifying factor: cancer.

“When people see this show,” Tuttle said, “I want them to walk away knowing that if they were to be diagnosed with cancer, they’ll be amazed by the people who will reach out and help them get through the process.”

Tuttle will set up a donation photo booth at the reception, where guests can be photographed with Vivian and take home 8×10 prints.

All proceeds from the exhibit will benefit Kobacker House, a 24-bed inpatient hospice center situated on 10 acres behind the McConnell Heart Health Center. Kobacker House offers round-the-clock medical care and grief support/education programs in a nature preserve setting.

“In the last five years, I’ve lost so many people to cancer,” said Joe Spinelli, president/owner of Spinelli’s Deli. “We want to raise awareness for caregivers and help build networks for the families and friends of those who are suffering.”

Tuttle has taught high school science for more than 23 years. His first photography exhibit took place in 1992 in the Short North. After a 20-year hiatus, he held a show at Brothers Drake Meadery in June called “Columbus Isn’t A Drag, But This Show Is!” featuring portraits of 11 Columbus drag queens. He has volunteered his media and photography skills with Blues For A Cure and A Christmas To Cure Cancer for the past six years, and wanted to help raise awareness for the Kobacker House given its supportive role in the cancer-fighting community.

Vivian Von B. has performed at events that have raised funds for ARC Ohio, Project Zero Ohio, Camp Sunrise, and Columbus Rocks the Cure.

“Cancer is an ugly disease,” she said. “We want to show others that there are survivors, and that there are people who care and want to help.”

“Survivors, Fighters, and Supporters” will be on display through the end of the year. Spinelli hopes to make the show an annual event.

Spinelli’s Deli is located at 767 Neil Avenue in Victorian Village. It’s open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

About Spinelli’s Deli
Joe Spinelli and Bill Ward opened a Manhattan Bagel franchise at 767 Neil Avenue in 1997. Five years later, they transformed it into the independently owned and neighborhood-oriented Spinelli’s Deli. The Spinelli’s menu includes breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked local pastries, muffins, bagels, locally roasted coffees, fresh-made salads and soups, dozens of hot and cold sandwiches, pastas, flatbread pizzas, seasonal dishes, and take-home dinners. Spinelli’s also offers catering services.

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