Bill Owens had only been executive director of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center for three weeks back in January 1998 when he found himself serving pastries to celebrate the birthday of a long-dead composer.

Bill Owens had only been executive director of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center for three weeks back in January 1998 when he found himself serving pastries to celebrate the birthday of a long-dead composer.

It was the beginning of a relationship between a local entrepreneur and the settlement house that has blossomed since – and one that will continue May 3.

The 15th annual Mozart's Spring Fundraiser to benefit the resources center will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 3 at the bakery owned by Anand and Doris Saha at 2885 N. High St.

Admission is a $45 donation for an individual, $80 for a couple or $250 for a sponsor, which includes admission for two.

The money raised May 3, coupled with donations from various past events, including an annual holiday fundraiser, will push donations from Mozart's events over the $200,000 mark, Mr. Saha said.

He said the milestone is "remarkable," for him, his staff and his family.

"It's a big deal," Saha said. "For me, it's just the biggest, happiest moment."

"It's a chance for a couple of things to be recognized, which is the work of the agency and the fine-dining opportunity that Mozart's has brought to Clintonville," Owens said.

"It's been a great partnership. (Saha) has helped us out in numerous ways over the years with food for folks at Thanksgiving with pumpkin pies, with Christmas cookies at the holiday season."

Owens recalled he had been on the job only a short time when Saha approached him to enlist the nonprofit organization's help in obtaining a one-day liquor permit so wine could be served at the annual birthday party held at the bakery for its namesake.

"I spent about 12 to 14 hours, something like that, serving pastries," Owens said, "and the board members were serving wine.

"That was our first fundraising event with Mozart's."

The center received $400 from the proceeds, which helped to pay for a new computer, the executive director said.

The settlement house has benefited greatly from Mozart's fundraisers over the years, Owens said.

"While it isn't the majority of our funding, which comes from United Way and government funding, it's about a third of what we might raise in special events throughout the year," he said.

"We find through this event and the other fundraisers we have that what we're doing through CRC is crucial for the functioning of our neighborhood, for everybody in our neighborhood to be taken care of, which is what should happen in a high-quality neighborhood," Owen said.

Saha said the May 3 fundraiser will be bittersweet for him, because it will be the first one held since the May 30 death of his good friend Paul Love, who was called "Mr. Clintonville" in his obituary.

In addition to the fundraiser, donations of LEGO bricks for another charity Saha has started– Million LEGOs for Kids – will be accepted at nearby Vienna Ice Cafe.

Those dropping off any number of the educational toys will receive a free gelato. The toys will be donated for use by children initially at the resource center and later at other organizations that help underprivileged children.