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As a business professional, you know that the arts are critical to our community’s infrastructure, supporting economic development and strengthening the attraction of central Ohio as a great place in which to live, work, and play. Since 1951, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has served as central Ohio’s flagship music organization. Living and working in the community, CSO musicians are interwoven throughout the region’s fabric, accompanying performances by other companies, performing in other local orchestras, and teaching and coaching young musicians. In 2015–2016, CSO concerts and programs served over 500,000

generating $11.6 million in economic impact for Columbus.

central Ohioans,

CSO programming reflects and serves our vibrant, diverse community, with four programming “brands”— Masterworks, Pops, Picnic with the Pops, and Education and Community Engagement — that offer something for everyone, including adults, K–12 students, young musicians, and families. From classical to hip-hop, youth orchestra concerts to rock and roll (and everything in between),

we are proud to be an orchestra for everyone in Columbus, serving your employees, clients, colleagues, and their families.

Play your part: support the CSO today! Corporate and individual gifts to the CSO directly benefit our extraordinary performances, enriching education programs, and community engagement initiatives that make great music accessible to all. Contact Denise Rehg, Vice President for Development, 614-719-6690 or drehg@capa.com. Photos: Randall Schieber

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Letter from the editor

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A Guide to Phil AnthroPy 2017

elcome to Giving, a brandnew publication from Columbus Monthly and Columbus CEO magazines. This guide to personal and corporate philanthropy in Central Ohio is full of resources that you can use all year long; we hope it finds a special place on your bookshelf or coffee table. We spoke with executives from two very different companies to get an idea of how each approaches corporate charity programs on page 4. And for individuals looking to give back to their communities, we have a list of 30 outstanding nonprofits that offer volunteer opportunities on page 8. Also included is an extensive list of charitable events to fill your social datebook throughout the year. Turn to page 19 and mark your calendars with events that range from family-friendly gatherings to black-tie galas. Central Ohioans are known for being passionate about giving back. We hope that you find your favorite organization

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(or even a new favorite) as you peruse these pages throughout 2017. Happy giving,

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A Big-Little match with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

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Volunteer options at 30 local charitable organizations

What it took for one nonprofit to get started

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The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisorÂŽ to more than 2,500 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that are making a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Visit columbusfoundation.org or call 614/251-4000 to learn how we can help you achieve your charitable goals and strengthen the community.

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by Mary Yost

Charity Begins at Work two Central ohio companies discuss corporate philanthropy

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Crane Group, now in its fourth generation of family ownership, is more diverse, with real estate and investments as well as a business portfolio that includes Able Roofing, Pet Paradise, Screen Machine Industries and the company’s signature Crane Materials International and Crane Renovations Group.

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hether a company is 7 years old or 70, it can and should have a philanthropic strategy, say executives of companies from both ends of that spectrum. For Crane Group, which celebrates 70 years in business in 2017, the strategy is simple, says Hope Sharett, director of community stewardship. “We say ‘Columbus has been good to us; we will be good to Columbus.’ And it’s just an open hand— What can we do from what we have?—and doing it as wisely and strategically as possible. But there’s not a question that we will give.” The Champion Companies, in its seventh year of operations, started its corporate philanthropy program, the Champion Cares Foundation, two years ago with a similar outlook. “Our focus today, and really since the inception of starting our foundation, has been basic needs; maybe a little sprinkle of social change in there,” says Michelle Yeager-Thornton, chief operating officer of the business she started in 2010 with her brother, Brian Yeager, that owns and manages apartment communities. The company has grown from 200 units at its inception to about 5,000 in 12 apartment communities across Columbus currently.

“We say ‘Columbus has been good to us; we will be good to Columbus.’ And it’s just an open hand—What can we do from what we have?—and doing it as wisely and strategically as possible. But there’s not a question that we will give.” Hope Sharett, Director of community stewardship, Crane Group

Though very different companies, Champion and Crane are each strongly committed to community philanthropy. Sharett and Yeager-Thornton met recently at the Columbus Foundation—which helps both businesses with their corporate giving programs— to share their perspectives. Yeager-Thornton says she and her brother wanted their philanthropy to mirror their passions. As young parents with seven children under the age of 5 between them, focusing on basic family needs called to them. “It’s hard enough to be a parent to young kids, but if you don’t know where you are going to live and you don’t know how you’re going to eat, that’s just a whole other layer,” YeagerThornton explains. Champion focuses its giving on three organizations: the YWCA Family Center, Children’s Hunger Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. In 2016, the Champion Cares Foundation raised $100,000 in an August golf invitational, up $35,000 from the year before. That enabled it to give $50,000 each to the YWCA and the Hunger Alliance, YeagerThornton says. Crane Group does much of its giving through the United Way of Central Ohio, with all 35 members

of its corporate headquarters staff involved, many giving at leadership levels, Sharett says. In both companies, though, philanthropy is also a hands-on proposition, beginning with executives and engaging employees as well. “There’s a stated program that we articulate to the community called Crane On Board, where we are actively placing leaders in the company on boards of nonprofits around town,” Sharett says. With family members and company executives often serving on more than one board, Crane leaders serve on 75 nonprofit boards, she adds. That allows Crane to provide the assistance that many nonprofits sorely need, Sharett says, having, for instance, IT executives help the boards they serve with their technical expertise. “Our IT guys are … quite popular and provide some great service in their board service,” she says. “They’re wonderful, wonderful guys who bring this unique set of skills in places where it’s often lacking. So we encourage our leaders to find a nonprofit that speaks to their passion and dig their heels in.” Having Crane family and staff on so many boards “helps the company to know, then, what is going

Photos courtesy the Champion Companies (top left and bottom right), Crane Group (top right and bottom left)

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Champion staff at YWCA Family Center.

Crane volunteers open Barack Recreation Center playground, which they helped build in Columbus’ Lincoln Park.

Crane executive leadership team with raised gardens they built for Lancaster Community Action Agency.

on in town, right? What nonprofits are in need, maybe pushing toward some kind of innovation or collaboration, and hearing that from the inside really helps us to direct our funding,” Sharett explains. Crane also backs up its financial contributions and board work with service projects, such as helping Star House, a drop-in center for homeless youth, with needed improvements like painting and floor repair. It’s a matter of “let’s get out, let’s get into contact and let’s see where our dollars have gone,” Sharett says. For Champion, its charitable commitment helps to engage employees, many of them millennials who want to be connected with their community, Yeager-

Thornton says. Now with 100 employees, two-thirds to three-fourths get involved in opportunities to help support Champion’s philanthropy, she estimates. Fridays and Saturdays are the company’s busiest days, but Champion closes its offices on the Friday of its golf outing and on the Saturday of a Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio so employees can participate if they’d like. “You have to lead by example. So if our associates can see that it’s just more important to close our offices and help people in need, I think that that resonates more with them,” Yeager-Thornton says. Company-backed service projects include serving

Champion staff help out at YWCA Family Center.

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cranegroup.com owners: Crane family Founded: 1947 employees: 700+ support: 35 group leaders on 75 nonprofit boards

meals at the YWCA Family Center eight times a year and staffing a resource room at the center one Saturday a month to help clients write resumes for a job search or secure permanent housing. Champion employees also serve on committees to plan the golf outing, she adds. To raise awareness of the needs of the nonprofits it serves, Champion shares information about each organization with those who rent its apartments, YeagerThornton says.

“We’re having that conversation with all of them when they sign their lease. There’s paperwork right in that lease package that informs [them] of what Champion Cares is. It informs them of the three nonprofits that we support here in town. We’ve got a Champion Cares table in each one of our leasing offices that has pamphlets and literature for these organizations, and then the last piece of this—we created a round-up-your-

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Champion turns out to Bowl for Kids’ Sake

The Champion Companies thechampioncompanies.com

owners: Michelle Yeager-Thornton, Brian Yeager Founded: 2010 employees: 100 total annual giving: $250,000 and 750 volunteer hours

rent program, so any of our residents who want to opt in for the $1, Brian and I, Champion matches that.” Yeager-Thornton was proud to hear from Mary Lynn Foster, Children’s Hunger Alliance president and CEO, that at an event for the nonprofit “someone came up to her afterwards and said, ‘I know exactly who you are because I live at Champion’s property at Lake Club, and they participate in giving money to you.’ So that’s a win, you know.” Crane’s philanthropy has evolved through the interests of each generation, Sharett says. “As the generations kind of came into their own and became more prominent within the company, their causes did also. … And the family and the company are very much ears to the ground—what can we do to keep that quality of life preserved and to improve it? So the philanthropy has changed as the times have changed.” For Champion, being intentional in its hiring helps the company attract employees who share the owners’ passion for giving, Yeager-Thornton says. “If they’re coaching a sports team or they help out in their church daycare room, those are individuals that are already giving their time and their talent, and that transfers. So just 6

hiring those people that maybe share some similar fundamentals; they come to Champion, we present these opportunities and they usually just jump in and the rest is history.” Sharett and YeagerThornton identified other best practices for companies that want to create or improve corporate philanthropy programs. “It’s critical to really build relationships with the nonprofits that you intend to support,” Sharett says.

Michelle Yeager-Thornton with Elfi Di Bella of YWCA, Brian Yeager with Mary Lynn Foster of Children’s Hunger Alliance

“Our focus today, and really since the inception of starting our foundation, has been basic needs; maybe a little sprinkle of social change in there,” Michelle Yeager-Thornton Coo, The Champion Companies

“The best value is when you are there for a longer haul. … Then they can be more honest with their needs, and we can really be partners in moving forward. So, you know, getting from behind the computer screen and out and talking and just breathing the air together, walking the facility together and really bringing more than just your finances,” she adds. Yeager-Thornton advises, “I would tell anyone who was getting ready to dip their toe in or to start something maybe more formal,

be genuine with it, first and foremost, because I think that everybody can tell if you are not—your team members, the nonprofits or organizations that you’re supporting. You need to be genuine with it.” Sharett says Crane’s company example “makes me think about my own household. What can we do? … I think we all have that ability. We all have that ability to say, ‘What can I do today? Tomorrow? For my neighborhood?’ We live here, let’s make it the best it can be.”

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Opportunities by Emma Frankart Henterly

30 Ways to Give Back

Central ohio has countless organizations that let individuals help out in their communities.

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Every branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a homework help center for students from kindergarten to 12th grade, staffed by library employees and volunteers. Calculus not your thing? Sign up to be a reading buddy to help kids from kindergarten through third grade practice their skills. columbuslibrary.org

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Grown-ups need educational help, too. The Columbus Literacy Council recruits and trains volunteers to help adult students study for the GED, learn English as a second language or improve literacy and math skills. columbusliteracy.org

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Bring a little joy into a cat or dog’s life by volunteering at a shelter. There are dozens to choose from, including Capital Area Humane Society, Pets Without Parents, Colony 8

Cats & Dogs and Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter. Want to do a little more? Ask about fostering a furry friend.

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Share your love of the Capital City by acting as a tour guide or information specialist at the Ohio Statehouse. If spreading knowledge about Ohio’s government and history isn’t enough, the Statehouse offers some pretty sweet perks—like museum shop discounts, free parking and special event invites—to reward its volunteers for time well spent. ohiostatehouse.org

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Help curb the spread of HIV/AIDS at Equitas Health. Answer hotline phone calls, get trained to provide counseling to those taking HIV tests and more. equitashealth.com

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If woodworking is your thing, you can head to the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio to help repair and assemble furniture or load and unload trucks. If you’re not much for physical strength, you can help out in the office or thrift store, help clients choose pieces to take home or help plan and execute special events. furniturebankcoh.org

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Have a green thumb? Put it to use at one of the Local Matters community gardens. If plants tend to wilt whenever you’re near, there are plenty of opportunities to help in the organization’s classrooms and kitchen or at special events. local-matters.org Style and makeup mavens can help women in need of support at Dress for Success. Educate women on workplace-appropriate makeup and wardrobe or act as a personal shopper. columbus.dressfor success.org

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Put food on hungry families’ plates at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church’s Food Pantry. Help clients with their shopping and offer recipe suggestions before getting everything loaded up in their vehicle. bspc.org

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Whether you’re an only child or from a huge family, it’s never too late to gain a younger sibling through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Get matched with a Little and work one-on-one to motivate and encourage him or her through positive mentorship. bbbscolumbus.org

Did you know that 90 percent of the humanitarian work at the Red Cross is performed by volunteers? Join the team at blood donation centers year-round, or sign up to provide extra services after a disaster strikes. redcross.org/volunteer

Improve your community with Keep Columbus Beautiful, led by the Columbus Department of Public Service. More than 9,000 volunteers work on more than 500 projects to support beautification and education programs in the city. columbus.gov

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hatever your talents or passions may be, Columbus has a nonprofit that could use your help. Central Ohio has hundreds, if not thousands, of organizations looking for volunteers; we found a few to get you started.

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Keep things from getting too hot in the kitchen with Freedom a la Cart, a group dedicated to helping survivors of human trafficking rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. Lend a hand preparing meals for the organization’s shelter or catering services. freedomalacart.org

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Team up with the all-volunteer Columbus Audubon Society to spread its mission of education and conservation. You can participate in citizen science projects like the annual bird count, join monthly education programs or join a board or committee to support the environment. columbusaudubon.org

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Not afraid of commitment? Sign up to become a docent at the Columbus

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Give back to those who have served by helping out at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center. Volunteers help with transportation, mail, canteen, patient escort and clinic services for veterans. columbus.va.gov

Reading buddies at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Museum of Art. After a six-month training period, you’ll sign on for at least two years of providing museum tours and spreading your love of fine arts in Columbus. For a less-intense option, look into frontline volunteer options. columbusmuseum.org

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Help make homeownership a reality for a family by working with Habitat for Humanity. Special programs for women, veterans and faith organizations construct homes locally and abroad. habitatmidohio.org

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Make sure the show really does go on at the Jewish Community Center’s Gallery Players theater company. They’ll train you to run light and sound boards, or you can join the props, scenery or dressing crews. Prefer to stay in the front of the house? Ushers are key players, too. columbusjcc.org

transformation. The camp needs counselors, lifeguards, kitchen staff, family sidekicks and more to make each season a reality. flyinghorsefarms.org

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Facilitate creativity at Open Door Art Studio, which empowers adults with disabilities to develop their artistic voices. Prepare gallery exhibitions, assist in the studio or help out behind the scenes. opendoorartstudio.org

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Flying Horse Farms gives kids with serious illnesses a magical summer camp experience, and you can be part of that

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Work with families who need stable, permanent housing through the Homeless Families Foundation. HFF relies on volunteers to provide its services, from reading to children to working at its holiday store. homelessfamilies foundation.org

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Prepare companion animals for a rewarding life of service by raising one of Canine Companions for Independence’s puppies to young adulthood. From there, professional trainers take over so the pup can go on to help those with physi-

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A docent-led tour at the Columbus Museum of Art

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When sick children have to stay at Nationwide Children’s Hospital long-term, their families often stay at the Ronald McDonald House to be close at hand. Help them feel at home by preparing meals, baking snacks, hosting activities, assisting at events, joining a housewarming team and more. rmhc-centralohio.org

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Do you know American Sign Language? Stonewall Columbus needs interpreters for its LGBTQ programs and events throughout the year. If you’re not ASL-fluent, you can help out at the annual Pride Festival or by joining an outreach team. stonewallcolumbus.org

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For those families of patients who are too old for Nationwide Children’s Hospital (and by extension, the Ronald McDonald House), there’s Unverferth House at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Volunteers help with housekeeping, landscaping and meal preparation to make families feel at home while loved ones are hospitalized. unverferthhouse.org

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Help “give illness a giant time out” by volunteering at events with A Kid Again. The organization aims to foster

Get animals back on their feet—or paws, or claws—at the Ohio Wildlife Center. From record- and housekeeping at the wildlife hospital to taking calls on the information line, your love of the furry and feathered can make a difference. ohiowildlifecenter.org

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Save a life, just by picking up the phone. Suicide Prevention Services trains and enlists volunteers to staff its 24-hour crisis hotline, listening to those in need and connecting them to vital services. suicideprevention services.org

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Act as a docent, staff the visitor center or tend the shrubs at Topiary Park. There’s nothing quite like the painting-come-to-life in Downtown Columbus, and you can help make sure the magic lives on. topiarygarden.org

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Team up with the city through Join Us Columbus, the service organization headed by Experience Columbus, the city’s tourism group. Get involved in everything from programming at places like the North Market and Columbus Commons to major events like concerts, festivals and races. joinuscolumbus.com

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A Perfect Match overwhelmed by the plethora of volunteer options and don’t know where to start? Fear not; these organizations will help match you with the volunteer opportunity that works best for you.

Besa besa specializes in directimpact projects, meaning volunteers interact directly with the people benefiting from their service. Popular projects include serving meals at shelters, cleaning and baking cookies at the Ronald mcDonald house and providing manpower at food pantries. givebesa.org

Columbus gives Back emphasizing service with a social twist, Columbus Gives back hosts monthly happy hours for volunteers (benefiting various charities, of course) and specializes in evening and weekend opportunities. Partners include lifeCare Alliance, community kitchens, the Clintonvillebeechwold Community Resource Center and more. columbusgivesback.org

HandsOn Central Ohio this organization boasts one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation. It partners with nonprofit, school, faith-based and community organizations; opportunities range from working with the homeless to board memberships. volunteercentralohio.org

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MAKING TOMORROW BETTER.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Carmel Foundation donors, tens of thousands of Mount Carmel patients, families, physicians, nurses and staff in central Ohio received needed medical care, education, spiritual care and support last year alone. But unlike the year, the need doesn’t end. There are still thousands of our neighbors — some of our most vulnerable — who need nutrition, vaccinations, wellness services, mammograms, end-of-life care, and access to medical and nonmedical resources. And supporting Mount Carmel in providing exceptional healthcare to everyone in our community is what the Mount Carmel Foundation’s faith-based mission is all about. Because of you and your investment in the Foundation, our neighbors in need can continue to have a compassionate, healing presence in their lives. They can breathe easier. They can smile more. They can take care of today so tomorrow can be even better.

To make your tax-deductible donation or planned gift to the Mount Carmel Foundation, visit mountcarmelfoundation.org today.

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Case Study Launching a Nonprofit in Ohio the founders of marin’s hope detail what it takes to get an organization off the ground.

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hen Marin Riggs died of a heroin overdose at the age of 20, her mother Heidi knew she needed to do something to keep her daughter’s memory alive and help others in need. “I always wanted my own nonprofit, but I needed to know it had a mission,” Riggs says. “I’ve seen so

Marin’s Hope Founded: June 2016 Capacity: six women at marin’s Place; 12 men at shannon’s Place CEO/founder: heidi Riggs Executive director/founder: leigh Gadek Board of directors: heidi Riggs, leigh Gadek, Anthony matheson, michelle Wolfe and Jeff brehmer Partnerships: next level Gives, a philanthropic organization and leadership program, is working to raise $88,000 for marin’s hope by the end of 2016. How to help: Visit  marinshope.org to learn more about how you can volunteer your time or donate. 

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many parents open nonprofits that fail. This was going to be part of my daughter’s legacy, and I wanted it to have a purpose.” Her brainchild, Marin’s Hope, provides sober housing for both women and men after they complete treatment for addiction. The organization includes a house for women called Marin’s Place and another for men called Shannon’s Place. Both are named for individuals who lost their battles with addiction. Riggs plans to open more housing in the near future. “The problem in Ohio is that we don’t have enough treatment, even to get people well, and then when they come out they need a recovery community,” says Riggs. “The responsibility of helping and changing lives can be really overwhelming, especially when we’re in the middle of this epidemic.” Since starting Marin’s Hope, Riggs has worked tirelessly to give others the recovery community support that her daughter never had. She says the passion to celebrate Marin’s life is what kept her going through the challenges of keeping up a successful organization. Riggs also credits her team

members, who share the same passion. Leigh Gadek, executive director of Marin’s Hope, is in recovery for addiction herself. Gadek has used her own life experiences to encourage the residents. “I think what motivates me is knowing that there is hope, and I am able to show others that there is hope. If I can even help save one life, it’s worth it to me,” she says. Riggs and Gadek started the nonprofit in June 2016. “It’s not just about starting a nonprofit; it’s the purpose behind it. Asking yourself if you can make a difference in your community, I think that’s most important,” Riggs says. The process hasn’t been easy. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes paperwork and research that goes into starting a nonprofit. A good place to start is the publication, “Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio,” published by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. It’s comprehensive, but the legal jargon could be difficult to understand. In fact, one of the guide’s first recommendations is to seek professional counsel, as every nonprofit is different. Riggs did just that, hiring Ministry Consulting

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Group, a firm that specializes in nonprofit administration, to help her with the legal procedures. The recommended first step in the process is to register with the Secretary of State’s office to ensure your chosen name is available. Then, if the organization is to be tax-exempt, file an application with the Ohio Department of Taxation to obtain 501(c) status. Finally, contact the IRS to obtain an Employer Identification Number. The IRS recognizes more than 20 types of tax-exempt organizations, according to the guide, covering everything from religious groups to social clubs. Choosing the right one can have huge advantages for the organization, such as whether contributions made to it are deductible. The nonprofit’s representative has to work directly with the IRS to obtain the right tax-exempt status, which often requires a great deal of knowledge about tax codes. A professional who is familiar with the protocol can help to ensure there are no errors that would delay the proceedings. The process can be daunting, but Riggs and Gadek both feel that everything they have been through up to this point has been well worth it. “If you have the will and desire to help others, you can do anything you set your mind to,” Gadek says. “It doesn’t matter who you are or your background. ... What matters is the passion behind it and how much time you are willing to invest in what you truly believe in.”

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a Kid aGain 777-G Dearborn Park Ln. Columbus, Ohio 43085 614-797-9500 akidagain.org

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about annual revenue: $2.14 million number of employees: 12 established: 1995 number of locations: Three facebook.com/akidagain @akidagain

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Corporations and foundation: 42% Individuals: 32%

leadersHip Jeffrey d. damron CFRE, CEO board oF direCtors John F. Kelley iii Chair

In-kind: 26%

Vision: Every child in America with a lifethreatening illness can be a kid again.

tom diMarco Member

Whether a child is battling an all-toocommon illness like cancer, or a rare illness like Hunter syndrome, they all deserve to be … A Kid Again!

Cindy Hilsheimer Member Jennifer Marshalek Member

Matt Monnin Vice Chair

Carrie Maun-smith Member

poe timmons Treasurer

bridget Mcauliffe Member

John a. price Secretary brian diMasi Governance Mike Crotty Member

Mission: A Kid Again fosters hope, happiness and healing for children with lifethreatening illnesses and their families.

Michael McCurdy Member brent thomas Member barbara Matta Honorary Member

All year long, we host courageous kids, siblings and parents at cost-free events called Adventures. Adventures are exciting outings like Kings Island; Cedar Point; the Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati zoos; Zoombezi Bay; OSU Father & Son Basketball Clinic; Mother & Daughter Pampering at Charles Penzone salons; Cleveland Indians games and many more. Adventures include tickets, food, parking, mementos and wonderful memories to last until the next great Adventure. Every Adventure enables our families to “Give Illness a Time Out!” This year, A Kid Again will host 30 Adventures for more than 13,000 hurting people.

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Volunteer and GiVinG opportunities: • Make a personal gift • Become a board leader or join a committee • Add A Kid Again to your corporate matching program • Volunteer • Hold a fundraising event in your community or office • Become a valued corporate partner FundraisinG eVents Time Out May 6, 2017 Give illness a Time Out with Honorary Chairs Barbara and Thad Matta. Enjoy dinner, an auction and live music inside the Schottenstein Center. akidagain.com/timeout Full Throttle Open June 19, 2017 A unique golf outing directed toward the Central Ohio construction community. This opportunity allows contractors and subcontractors to meet leaders in the industry in a relaxed setting. Stars & Strikes July 2017 Join the stars and bowl some strikes in the ultimate bowling challenge. Your team will bowl with current and former Buckeye athletes.

4800 Roberts Rd., Columbus, OH 43228 614-219-6100 kimballmidwest.com

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AlviS 2100 Stella Ct. Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-252-8402 alvis180.org

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About annual revenue: $22.5 million number of employees: 550 established: 1967 number of locations: 47 facebook.com/alvisinc @Alvis180

SouRceS oF FunDing Since 1967, Alvis has been giving people the inspiration, encouragement and tools to turn their lives around. As a human service organization, we serve 7,000 people annually in two unique client groups: those who have spent time in the criminal justice system and those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. But all of our clients have something in common: They share the need and desire to become contributing members of society, to pull themselves up and turn their lives around by 180 degrees. And Alvis clients are successful. Their success is driven by evidence-based, proven programs that lead people to employment, instill independence and build self-worth. Three years after completing our program, 79 percent of our clients remain contributing members of society. This means families and neighborhoods are strengthened and stabilized, which creates safer, improved communities for us all. Each Alvis success story is made possible by the staff, volunteers, donors and organizations that value a person’s potential rather than focusing on their past. We continuously seek to engage individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Alvis is a great place to volunteer or intern, and donations of money and material items are always needed and appreciated.

In 2017, Alvis will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Please join us for Evening of Light, our keystone anniversary fundraiser benefiting our Family and Children’s Program, on April 28 at L Brands headquarters. During this inspiring and fun event, we will celebrate our successes and share our vision for breaking the generational cycle of incarceration through transformative programs and services that empower those we serve.

Direct support/ corrections programs: 58%

Contributions/ grants/other program support: 7%

Direct support/ programs for the developmentally disabled: 34%

United Way of Central Ohio program support: 1%

executive committee/ boARD oF tRuSteeS

Sandra neely Secretary

James benseler Chair nikki m. Reiss First Vice Chair Hon. Stephen mcintosh Immediate Past Chair

luke brown Treasurer Rick bersnak Sr. Trustee Keith Stevens Trustee Denise m. Robinson President and CEO

Be a part of turning lives around. Please call us at 614-252-8402 or visit us at alvis180.org. giving 2017 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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Fisher house Foundation 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, Maryland 20850 888-294-8560 or 301-294-8560 fisherhouse.org aBout annual revenue: $66 million number of employees: 22 established: 1990 number of locations: 71 houses, plus headquarters facebook.com/fisherhouse @fisherhousefdtn sources oF FundinG

Organizations: 36% In-Kind: 22% Foundations: 21% Individuals: 21%

leadershiP david a. coker President Mary B. considine Chief of Staff Kerri childress Vice President, Communications Brian Gawne Vice President, Community Relations tish stropes Vice President, Strategic Partnerships denise dolan Chief Advancement Officer Board oF trustees staff sgt. dale Beatty, U.S. Army National Guard (Ret.) Paul W. Bucha Gerry Byrne Gen. Michael P.c. carns, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) James W. carrier cecily M. carson

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Patricia l. courter lt. Gen. John a. dubia, U.S. Army (Ret.) Martin l. edelman tammy Fisher Barbara Gentry “ranger” Mark Jones lt. Gen. charles s. Mahan, U.S. Army (Ret.) david J. Mcintyre Jr. Bruce Mosler erin Mosely Mary Jo Myers Gen. richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) a. Jack nickert lynne Pace Kyra Phillips William P. Pope suzie schwartz lt. Gen. Martin r. steele, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) Gen. Gordon r. sullivan, U.S. Army (Ret.) denzel Washington Pauletta Washington Gail Berry West Montel Williams

Fisher house Foundation is there For Military and Veterans’ FaMilies Because “a FaMily’s loVe is Good Medicine” When Brayden and Deklin were born they weighed 2 ½ pounds—combined. In fact, the doctors weighed them in grams on Day 2: Brayden at just 400 grams and Deklin only a little bit heavier. “It’s hard to believe,” says Army Sgt. Frank Wooten, the boys’ father. “Brayden’s legs were smaller than my little finger. Their eyes were not even open yet.” The twins were born Jan. 26, 2011, and for the next 4 ½ months, Frank and Canndice, the boys’ mother, lived on a daily—and sometimes hourly—emotional roller coaster, never knowing if their boys would survive. And if they did, would they ever be able to play baseball, read a book or dance? During the ordeal, the Lackland Air Force Base Fisher House in Texas was their home and their refuge, allowing them to be just steps from their babies. Lackland is one of 71 Fisher Houses located near Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs hospitals. For 25 years, Fisher House has been a “home away from home” for our nation’s wound-

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ed, ill or injured service members, veterans and their families. “I truly believe it was the miracle of modern medicine that kept my boys alive, and the love we felt from our family at Fisher House that gave us strength to go on,” says Canndice through fresh tears. “You just can’t imagine how indebted I am to Fisher House, for giving Frank and me a home at one of the most difficult times in our lives.” Today, Brayden and Deklin are thriving, active, vibrant little boys. Determination, the miracle of modern medicine and the love of their Fisher House family have all coalesced to help create a happy, delightful American military family.

7000 Cardinal Place, Dublin, OH 43017 614-757-5000 cardinalhealth.com

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MetHoDist elDerCare serviCes 5155 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43214 614-888-7492 methodisteldercare.com

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about annual revenue: $38.9 million number of employees: 670 established: 1969 number of locations: Four facebook.com/MethodistElderCareServices @mecsrc

Mission stateMent: Methodist ElderCare Services has been serving the Central Ohio community for close to 50 years through Wesley Glen, Wesley Ridge, Wesley At Home, Hospice Services at Methodist ElderCare, Adult Day Care Services and, opening in 2017, Wesley Woods at New Albany. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation in 1967, Methodist ElderCare Services is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our purpose is to provide quality housing, healthcare and services to seniors in an intentionally faith-based community, on a firm financial foundation, through effective strategic planning. In a world of “one size fits all,” we strive to meet the needs of each individual, and our staff focuses on excellent customer service at every turn, with a kind heart and a listening ear. Our goal is to build strong and lasting relationships with you, our donor, by listening, implementing and celebrating your gift. Goals: Our goal is to provide an ideal quality of life for the senior community in our region. Older people matter to God and us, meaning they are deserving of abundant, productive lives. We believe this can be best accomplished when people reside in a community, constantly interacting with others. We are important because we encourage an often marginalized population to thrive. We continue to be stewards of the resources God has given us. Financial gifts help address the many financial needs at our properties. Donated

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funds benefit current and future residents. When offering a gift, we will provide you with a range of options specifically developed to achieve your individual goals. The development staff members are committed to bringing your giving plan to fruition according to your specifications. Once received, your gift is used as you requested in a timely and efficient manner. A collaborative flow of communication with you is our primary objective, and we commit to keeping you informed on how your gift has benefited our community. GivinG opportunities: • Outright gifts • Planned giving • Stocks and bonds • Real estate • Annuities and life insurance • Charitable care for residents who outlive their resources • On-site volunteering

Operational revenue: 95%

Interest and dividends: 1%

Contributions: 3.5%

Other: 0.5%

leaDersHip Margaret r. Carmany CEO

boarD oF DireCtors John (Jack) Whitaker Chair

robert Wehner CFO Dawn schaffner COO

Mark J. palmer Vice Chair Mark e. storer Treasurer eugene Folden Jr., ph.D. Secretary robert a. Holm Chair of Development

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The ohIo sTaTe unIversITy comprehensIve cancer cenTer – arThur G. James cancer hospITaL anD rIcharD J. soLove research InsTITuTe 460 W. 10th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43210 800-293-5066 cancer.osu.edu abouT number of employees: More than 300 researchers and 200 specialized oncologists established: 1976 number of locations: 11 facebook.com/OSUCCC-James @osuccc_james

sources of funDInG Individual gifts: 50% Corporate gifts: 29% Foundation gifts: 11% Other organizations: 10% LeaDershIp michael a. caligiuri, mD Director, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center; CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute boarD of DIrecTors Janis block Jeri b. block Kenton r. bowen michael a. caligiuri, mD William h. carter Don casey nick coe Jeg coughlin Jr. Dale Darnell William farrar, mD sander flaum steven Gabbe, mD Libby Germain ellie e. halter sarah benson hatcher

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francie henry cindy hilsheimer Lisa a. hinson robin v. holderman peter Z. horvath Irene J. Levine Diane nye marnette perry richard r. porter robert p. powers a. mark puskarich Daniel h. rosenthal charles e. ruma mark c. ryan michael h. schoen David e. schuller, mD Judith e. Tuckerman Dennis Welch robert c. White Jr. alec Wightman rita J. Wolfe Jay Worly cheryl L. Krueger, emeritus member Dustin frazier, legal liaison

The ImpacT of GIvInG on our paTIenTs: marsha's sTory Marsha Harris, now 73, retired several years ago after decades of teaching students in Upper Arlington. In January, Marsha noticed herself growing short of breath while walking. She thought it might have been lingering effects from a respiratory virus she’d picked up last fall, but decided to mention it to her doctor a few weeks later, just to be safe. Tests indicated that Marsha, a non-smoker, had lung cancer. Marsha was referred to David Carbone, MD, a medical oncologist and researcher at the OSUCCC–James and one of the world’s leading experts on treating lung cancer. Through philanthropic support, Dr. Carbone is just one of many top experts that were able to be recruited to Ohio State to continue their research and serve patients in our community. Dr. Carbone's research was among the first in the world to identify specific gene mutations inside cancer cells that allow doctors to target lifesaving medicine to those cells. When Dr. Carbone met Marsha, he also tested her for those mutations. She had the very mutation that he’d discovered years ago. Now, Marsha takes a pill each day that targets those genes and keep her cancer under control. She is back to her normal self, maintaining her passion for fitness and golf.

Marsha is just one example of how donations to the OSUCCC–James make a difference in patients' lives. Her story is, as Dr. Carbone says, a success of science. But that science can’t happen without support from individuals who are passionate about creating a cancer-free world. Join us in supporting cancer research at the OSUCCC–James. Any gift can make a world of difference in the lives of our patients. We can cure cancer, but we can’t do it without you. For more information, please visit cancer. osu.edu/givingguide.

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to share information about your 2018 charitable events, email ehenterly@ columbusmonthly.com.

charitable events in 2017 compiled by Emma Frankart Henterly

Date TBD SPRing CAPA gala Benefits: cAPA Location: tbD Time: tbD share in a special night of entertainment only cAPA can provide. cAPA, a respected producer and manager of world-class productions, will celebrate 2017 with its annual fundraising gala. this one-of-a-kind event will feature top-notch entertainment, cocktails and a sumptuous menu at one of columbus’ premier venues. 614-719-6710, capa.com SPRing Swing For Diabetes Benefits: central ohio Diabetes Association Location: tbD Time: tbD since 1989, golfers have taken to the greens to raise funds to benefit Central Ohioans with diabetes by funding education, detection, a camp for children with diabetes and other programs. the tournament includes 18 holes of golf, the use of a cart and driving range, gifts, prizes and free beverages on the course. 614-884-4400, diabetesohio.org FALL 180 Degree Impact Luncheon Benefits: Alvis Location: ohio statehouse, 1 capitol square, columbus Time: noon At this special 50th anniversary luncheon, Alvis will be joined by community leaders, legislators, agencies and supporters who helped shape its success. Alvis will thank and cheer the many faces responsible for turning hundreds of thousands of lives, families and communities around over the past 50 years. 614-252-8402, alvis180.org

January JAn. 14 My Brother’s Closet Pop Up Shop Benefits: columbus urban league Location: columbus urban league, 788 mount Vernon Ave., columbus Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. support your community and gain a new professional look at the seasonal my brother’s closet Pop up shops. Items available include suits, ties and all the accessories needed to create a stylish, professional look, all for a minimal price. 614-257-6300, cul.org

JAn. 16 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Benefits: morehouse college and the King Arts complex Location: Greater columbus convention center, 400 n. high st., columbus Time: Doors 7 a.m., event 7:30–10 a.m. this annual breakfast honors Dr. martin luther King Jr.’s contributions to civil rights and equality in the U.S. Columbus’ flagship Martin Luther King Jr. Day event promotes awareness about Dr. King and his tenets of democracy, justice, love and hope and inspires attendees to apply these guiding principles to their lives. 614-2520868, mlkjrbreakfast.com JAn. 26 Dogs & Drinks for Directions Benefits: Directions for youth & Families Location: strongwater, 401 W. town st., columbus Time: 5:30–8 p.m. this happy-hour event features great food, beverages, music and networking. mingle with co-workers and new friends and learn about a great community organization that provides counseling, treatment and afterschool prevention programs to help youth overcome daily challenges and lead positive lives. tickets are $35 each and include admission, all food items and two drink tickets. 614-294-2661, dfyf.org JAn. 28 Wonderball Benefits: columbus museum of Art Location: columbus museum of Art, 480 e. broad st., columbus Time: 8 p.m. Deviate from the usual. Wander into a world of wonder. Join honorary co-chairs larry smith and Piper Kerman to experience the curious, the strange and the marvelously mad at Wonderball—an affair of wondrous proportions at the columbus museum of Art. With games to be played, drinks to be drunk, food to be feasted, indeed, very few things are truly impossible. 614-629-0328, columbusmuseum.org JAn. 30 State of STEM Benefits: the metro schools Location: the Grand event center, 820 Goodale blvd., columbus Time: Registration 7:45 a.m., program 8:30– 10 a.m. Join the metro schools for breakfast and a stimulating presentation on the critical role stem education plays in moving the central ohio

region forward by preparing students for the global economy. 614-259-6639, themetroschool. org/stateofstem

February FEB. 1 The New Albany Community Foundation’s Jefferson Series Presents Patrick J. Kennedy Benefits: the new Albany community Foundation Location: mccoy center for the Arts, 100 e. Dublin-Granville Rd., new Albany Time: 7 p.m. Join the new Albany community Foundation’s Jefferson series for “An evening with Former u.s. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy.” 614939-8150, newalbanyfoundation.org FEB. 3 UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon on Education Benefits: the united negro college Fund Location: Renaissance columbus Downtown hotel, 50 n. third st., columbus Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. hosted by mayor Andrew J. Ginther, the event highlights the critical needs of low-income and minority students from columbus who want to earn a college degree. 614-221-5309, uncf.org/ columbusmayorsluncheon FEB. 4 Big Wheels Benefits: lifecare Alliance Location: l.A. catering event center, 670 harmon Ave., columbus Time: 6 p.m.–midnight Attended by more than 400 guests, this annual black-tie event embraces a tradition of community camaraderie and support, featuring an evening of entertainment and an array of auction items. 614-437-2877, bigwheels2017.kintera.org FEB. 4 Dancing with Our Stars Gala Benefits: Down syndrome Association of central ohio Location: Villa milano banquet center, 1630 schrock Rd., columbus Time: 6 p.m. experience a gala like no other, featuring choreographed dances performed by adults with Down syndrome. In addition to the performance, guests will enjoy delightful hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing, all while raising funds and awareness for the Down syndrome Association of central ohio. 614-263-6020, dsaco.net/gala giving 2017 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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FEB. 10 Flavors of the vine Wine Tasting and Auction Benefits: Recreation unlimited camps and camper scholarship fund Location: hilton Columbus/Polaris, 8700 lyra Dr., Columbus Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. Central ohio’s no. 1 charity wine-tasting event, complemented by a sumptuous array of delicacy and dessert foods, plus silent and live auctions. more than 150 wines to taste. 740548-7006, recreationunlimited.org

Location: hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus Time: 6 p.m.–midnight the premier social fundraising experience of the year for young professionals, the Columbus community and local businesses. the event combines an exciting live auction with a themed show—all for charity—featuring fully-loaded “experience packages” to bid on, live bands and entertainment, complimentary food samples and more, giving attendees an all-out taste of Columbus. 614-579-9398, date2remember.org

FEB. 10 Paws to Party Benefits: Citizens for humane Action Animal shelter Location: Columbus Athenaeum, 32 n. Fourth st., Columbus Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m. Paws to Party is ChA Animal shelter’s annual benefit gala celebrating its 13th year as the shelter’s classiest event. Come enjoy dinner and wine, browse the fine array of silent auction items and mingle with ChA adoptable pets, all to support the pets that need it the most. 614-891-5280, chaanimalshelter.org

FEB. 25 nosh Benefits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: the Ivory Room, 2 miranova Place, Columbus Time: 5:30 p.m. nosh is the premiere gala of its kind for the Central ohio chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. the event will include a cocktail hour with unique CF-inspired by-the-bite tastings from eight of Cameron mitchell’s top chefs, a delicious sit-down dinner, exciting live and silent auctions and much more. 614-8906565, nosh.eventscff.org

FEB. 11 ProMusica Soiree and Benefit Benefits: Promusica Chamber orchestra Location: Westin Columbus, 310 s. high st., and southern theatre, 21 e. main st., Columbus Time: Benefit 6 p.m., concert 8 p.m. Witness two masters, Vadim Gluzman and Philippe Quint, challenge one another in an evening of dueling violins, showcasing the stunning artistry and versatility of these worldclass musicians. beginning with a pre-concert reception in the historic ballroom of the Westin, mix and mingle with friends before heading to the southern theatre for a collaborative concert featuring Promusica. 614-464-0066, promusicacolumbus.org

FEB. 25 Snowflake Gala Benefits: Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club Location: Country Club at Muirfield Village, 8715 Muirfield Dr., Dublin Time: 6:30 p.m. The 2017 Snowflake Gala features appetizers and dinner, a wine pull game, a silent auction, live entertainment and more. event proceeds benefit Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club’s grants and scholarship programs, including grants to women who are overcoming obstacles to continue their education. Individual, group ticket and sponsorship packages are available. tickets are $125 before Jan. 30, $140 after. 614-205-7368, dublinwomensclub.com

FEB. 18 Fight for Air Climb Benefits: American lung Association Location: Rhodes tower, 31 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 8 a.m. by joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American lung Association while training to climb the stairs of Columbus’ Rhodes tower. 614-279-1700, climbcolumbus.org

FEB. 25–March 2 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer Benefits: the urban and shelley meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the ohio state university Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer hospital and Richard J. solove Research Institute Location: Departs from Fort lauderdale, Florida, with stops in CoCoCay and nassau, bahamas Time: Departs 5 p.m. on Feb. 25, returns 7:30 a.m. on march 2 3,500 buckeye fans, cancer survivors and buckeye greats (including Archie Griffin, A.J. Hawk, Cardale Jones, Katie smith, James laurinaitis and many more) will enjoy five days and nights of entertainment and buckeye-themed events while raising money for the urban and shelley meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the osuCCC— James. 614-792-6204, buckeyecruise.com

FEB. 23 go Red for Women Luncheon Benefits: Go Red for Women Location: hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 n. high st., Columbus Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. be sure to take your seat with other women (and men) as we speak up together to beat the no. 1 killer of women: heart disease. 614396-4434, heart.org FEB. 25 A Date 2 Remember Benefits: Columbus Inspires

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FEB. 26 Spin for Camp Bridgeway Benefits: bridgeway Academy Location: tbD Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. spin for Camp bridgeway is a fundraising event to support Bridgeway Academy, a nonprofit

organization with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Funds raised will support the organization’s summer camp program, providing much needed recreational and academic programming for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. 614-262-7520, bridgewayohio.org FEB. 27 Menu of Hope Luncheon Benefits: Children’s hunger Alliance Location: hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 n. high st., Columbus Time: 11:30 a.m. Children’s hunger Alliance works throughout ohio to purposefully ensure that children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity. the 22nd annual luncheon supports the 630,000 children across ohio who do not know where their next meal is coming from. Award-winning journalist and AbC-tV host John Quinones will be the featured speaker. 614643-8020, childrenshungeralliance.org

March MARCH 3 Off the grid Benefit: educational programs at the Wexner Center for the Arts Location: Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 n. high st., Columbus Time: 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m. off the Grid is a dance party for Columbus’ art-loving foodies. organized by the center’s philanthropic young patrons group, GenWex, proceeds from the event benefit the Wex’s educational programming for youth and families. 614-688-3070, wexarts.org MARCH 3 Off the Wall Benefits: heinzerling Residents Location: Grange Insurance, 671 s. high st., Columbus Time: 6:30–10 p.m. silent and live auction event to support heinzerling residents with severe developmental disabilities. off the Wall features unique resident artwork, fabulous auction items, food, drinks and live entertainment. Proceeds fund field trips, therapy equipment, adaptive technologies and personal care items for residents. 614-272-8888, heinzerling.org MARCH 4 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Benefits: big brothers big sisters of Central ohio Location: Columbus square bowling Palace, 5707 Forest hills blvd., Columbus Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Participants raise money online and/or turn in their pledge money on event day to collect incentive prizes, including t-shirts, gift cards and more. bowlers enjoy an all-day roster of entertainment, including raffles, complimentary food and drink, media, surprise celebrity guests, music and fun. hourly announcements and updates thank and recognize bowlers and sponsors who have contributed to the event. 614-839-2447, bowl-big.org

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MARCH 4 Bravo! Benefits: bexley city schools’ bexley education Foundation Location: st. charles Preparatory school, 2010 e. broad st., bexley Time: 7 p.m. bravo! is where the bexley community gathers to celebrate and support its outstanding public schools—schools that have earned national recognition for academic excellence. the annual event is organized by a volunteer committee that works for months to create an exciting and profitable evening of auction fun, food and socializing. As the bexley education Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, bravo! attracts a large crowd, usually 500 to 700 persons for a casual evening of fun, food and socializing, making it one of the largest events of its kind in columbus. 614-338-2093, 501auctions.com/bravoforbexley

MAY 5 Hat Day JUN 1 Tastings on the Terrace AUG 25 Field to Table

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MARCH 4 McCoy gala Benefits: mccoy center for the Arts Location: mccoy center for the Arts, 100 e. Dublin-Granville Rd., new Albany Time: 7 p.m. celebrating local talent through art and musical entertainment. enjoy delicious local fare, cocktails and the special bourbon classroom. Proceeds benefit the performing arts in New Albany. 614-719-6710, mccoycenter.org MARCH 7 Opera Columbus Gala Benefits: opera columbus Location: ohio theatre, 39 e. state st., columbus Time: 6 p.m. Drink and dine on the historic ohio theatre stage. the gala includes special vocal performances by opera’s brightest stars and an exciting live auction. 614-719-6710, operacolumbus.org MARCH 11 Eat Up! Columbus Benefits: Freedom a la cart Location: st. charles Preparatory school, 2010 e. broad st., bexley Time: 6–10 p.m. the eat up! columbus dinner party showcases the talent of five up-and-coming columbus chefs who prepare an innovative five-course meal with drink pairings. Proceeds support Freedom a la cart’s work to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking in central ohio. 614-304-1463, freedomalacart.org/eat-up MARCH 18 The Buckeye Ranch Bash Benefits: the buckeye Ranch Location: tbD Time: 5:30 p.m. Join the Buckeye Ranch for a reception filled with food, fellowship and drinks before attending a bon Jovi concert with VIP seating. sponsorship and individual packages are available. contact Rachel levine for more information at rlevine@buckeyeranch.org. 614-539-6441, buckeyeranch.org

A PLACE WHERE NEW IDEAS EXPLODE At the Hotel LeVeque, we’ve created meeting spaces designed to inspire inspiration itself. For reservations visit HotelLevequeColumbus.com For event inquiries email zboor@fhginc.com 50 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215

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MARCH 18 CATCO gala Benefits: CAtCo theater productions, education classes and theater outreach programs Location: Columbus museum of Art, 480 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 6:30 p.m. CAtCo is Central ohio’s professional equity theater company, providing theater and educational programs for all ages through CAtCo and CAtCo is Kids. the annual gala and live and silent auctions raise funds for CAtCo and CAtCo is Kids’ productions, education classes and the theater’s many public outreach programs, including “At Risk” Residencies in the Columbus Public schools, steAm and Finding Words with the Ohio Attorney General’s office. 614-719-6710, catcoistheatre.org MARCH 18 St. Joseph Montessori School Spring Gala Benefits: st. Joseph montessori school Location: Vue Columbus, 95 liberty st., Columbus Time: 6–10 p.m. the st. Joseph montessori school spring Gala is held each year in support of st. Joseph montessori school. this fun evening includes cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and an always-exciting live auction. the fund-a-need event at the end of the evening supports the sJms tuition assistance program. 614-291-8601, sjms.net

April APRiL 1 CCAD Art Fair Benefits: CCAD student programming Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus Time: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. the CCAD Art Fair has become a destination for art collectors and those who simply love art. Discover exceptional work by CCAD students and alumni. Proceeds from art sold go directly to the artists, and proceeds from ticket sales help fund student programming at CCAD. 614-224-9101, ccad.edu/art-fair APRiL 4 International Awards Ceremony Benefits: Columbus Council on World Affairs Location: hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 n. high st., Columbus Time: noon the International Awards Ceremony is the council’s premier annual event recognizing outstanding contributions to global awareness and education in our community. the ceremony raises awareness and significant funds

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to support educational programs for students, teachers and the community. 614-229-4599 ext. 402, columbusworldaffairs.org APRiL 5 Women of Achievement Event Benefits: yWCA Columbus Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 n. high st., Columbus Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. For more than 30 years, yWCA Columbus has gathered over lunch to honor a select group of Columbus women who have made extraordinary contributions to their families, workplaces and communities. 614-253-3916, ywcacolumbus.org APRiL 6 Lincoln Theatre Gala Benefits: lincoln theatre Association Location: lincoln theatre, 769 e. long st., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. enjoy fantastic heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception in the lincoln theatre ballroom. the evening also will feature special guest artists and performances live on the lincoln stage. 614-719-6710, lincolntheatrecolumbus.com APRiL 7 Bouquet of Flavours Wine Tasting Benefits: Residents of Creative living

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MARCH 30 Celebrity Chef Benefits: Capital Area humane society Location: st. Charles Preparatory school, 2010 e. broad st., bexley Time: 6–8:30 p.m. A strolling food-tasting event with more than a dozen of Columbus’ finest restaurants and adoptable animals looking for their forever home. 614-777-7387 ext. 242, cahs-pets.org

Location: huntington Club at the ohio stadium, 411 Woody hayes Dr., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. A wide variety of fabulous wines and appetizers make this a great evening. All proceeds benefit Creative living’s Resident Assistance Program, which provides 24/7 assistance to Creative living’s physically disabled resident population. 614-421-1226, creative-living.com APRiL 7 Night at the Barre Benefits: balletmet Location: balletmet, 322 mount Vernon Ave., Columbus Time: 7–11 p.m. this fabulous event in the balletmet studios will feature food, drinks, music and more. Come kick back with our company dancers and staff while supporting our mission of engaging the community through quality performances, exceptional instruction, educational programs and the creation of new work. 614-586-8628, balletmet.org APRiL 7–8 Relay For Life of the Ohio State University Benefits: American Cancer society Location: Fred beekman Park, 2200 Carmack Rd., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. April 7–noon April 8

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Relay For life is the signature fundraiser for the American cancer society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time take action against cancer. these events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help the American cancer society make a global impact on cancer. 888-2276446 ext. 3007, relayforlife.org/osu APRiL 15 AiDS Walk Central Ohio Benefits: equitas health Location: mcFerson commons park, 218 West st., columbus Time: Registration 9 a.m. the mission of AIDs Walk central ohio is to raise awareness and funds for hIV/AIDs service organizations through education and promotional activities leading up to the walk and through the participation of corporations, walkers, runners, civic leaders and community members in this annual event. 614-340-6715, aidswalkohio.com APRiL 15 My Brother’s Closet Pop Up Shop Benefits: columbus urban league Location: columbus urban league, 788 mount Vernon Ave., columbus Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. support your community and gain a new professional look at the seasonal my brother’s closet pop up shops. Items available include suits, ties and all the accessories needed to create a stylish, professional look, all for a minimal price. 614-257-6300, cul.org

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APRiL 20 Columbus Symphony Orchestra Gala Benefits: columbus symphony orchestra Location: columbus museum of Art, 480 e. broad st., columbus Time: 6:30 p.m. Join columbus symphony orchestra’s music director, Rossen milanov, and symphony musicians for an affair to remember. special musical entertainment kicks off cocktails with an hors d’oeuvres reception in the museum’s Derby court. A formal dinner with live auction will be complemented by live symphonic music. 614-719-6710, columbussymphony.com APRiL 21 Raise Your Glass to Raise Awareness Benefits: bridgeway Academy Location: ohio history center, 800 e. 17th Ave., columbus Time: 7:30–11 p.m. Raise your glass to Raise Awareness is a tasting event featuring great wines and foods with all proceeds benefiting Bridgeway Academy, a nonprofit organization with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. 614-262-7520, bridgewayohio.org APRiL 21 Wild Crush Wine Opener Benefits: cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Location: tbD Time: tbD enjoy a robust wine tasting for both wine connoisseurs and casual wine drinkers alike. spend the evening tasting wines from up to 20 wineries while sampling food from local columbus eateries and bidding in a lively auction. 614-890-6565, cff.org/centralohio APRiL 22 Blast Benefits: cosI Location: cosI, 333 W. broad st., columbus Time: 7 p.m. Join the celebration, support cosI’s mission and help connect learners of all ages to the wonders and fun of science. explore more than 320,000 square feet of fun while you enjoy food tastings from columbus’ best restaurants and an open bar featuring Rhinegeist beer and wine. Hit the dance floor with live music from the conspiracy band and test your luck at the blind Wine pull and element of surprise Mystery Raffle. It’s a party with a purpose that you won’t want to miss. 614-228-2674, cosi.org/support-cosi/blast APRiL 22 Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Benefits: stefanie spielman Fund for breast cancer Research Location: gowdy Field, 1145 olentangy River Rd., columbus Time: 7 a.m. A 4-mile run/1-mile walk event celebrating the champions in the lives of cancer survivors. 614293-3752, spielmanfund.com APRiL 22 A Taste of Class for Kids Benefits: big brothers big sisters of central ohio Location: nationwide hotel & conference center, 100 green meadows Dr. s., lewis center Time: 6–11 p.m. A taste of class for Kids is an elegant gala event with a culinary twist. guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner, complete with wine selections and inventive signature desserts. During the evening guests will have an opportunity to bid on unique silent and live auction items including travel packages, fine dining experiences, golf excursions, signed sports memorabilia, jewelry and custom gift baskets commissioned by the big brothers big sisters board of Directors. 614-839-2247, bbbscolumbus.org/tock2.html APRiL 26 The New Albany Community Foundation’s Jefferson Series Presents David H. Petraeus Benefits: the new Albany community Foundation Location: mccoy center for the Arts, 100 e. Dublin-granville Rd., new Albany Time: 7 p.m. Join the new Albany community Foundation’s Jefferson series for a “conversation with general David h. petraeus.” petraeus will be interviewed by Dr. peter mansoor, colonel u.s. Army (Ret.), and Raymond e. mason Jr., chair of military history at the ohio state university. 614-939-8150, newalbanyfoundation.org

APRiL 28 Evening of Light Benefits: Alvis Family & children’s program Location: l brands headquarters, 3 limited pkwy., columbus Time: 6:30 p.m. evening of light is Alvis’ inspiring fundraiser that celebrates donors and volunteers, honors its Family of the year and praises the accomplishments of clients. 2017 will be a special celebration of Alvis’ 50 years of community impact, recognizing the businesses, individuals and organizations that made it possible. 614252-8402, alvis180.org April 29 Central Ohio Promise Ball Benefits: central ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Location: Renaissance columbus Downtown hotel, 50 n. third st., columbus Time: 6 p.m. JDRF’s 19th annual promise ball promises an evening of exquisite cuisine, exciting silent and live auctions and Fund A cure, all in support of a vital cause: curing type 1 diabetes. the event also will honor steve and lynnda Davis as the 2017 buckeye promise Award recipients. 614464-2873, jdrf.org/centralohio APRIL 29 Ignite Heart Ball Benefits: American heart Association Location: hilton columbus Downtown, 401 n. high st., columbus Time: 6 p.m. the Ignite heart ball is committed to making an extraordinary impact through research, prevention and quality of care. through local and innovative research, the American heart Association is inspiring individuals to live longer, stronger lives. 614-396-4421, heart.org APRIL 29 Marburn Academy gala Benefits: marburn Academy Location: ohio union, 1739 n. high st., columbus Time: 6 p.m. marburn Academy’s annual gala is attended by more than 300 people each year and features an impressive silent auction with items for everyone, an energizing live auction, a catered dinner and live music. hear touching stories of overcoming challenges and reaching success from students of the past and present. more than 50 percent of marburn families receive need-based tuition assistance provided by marburn’s fundraising activities; the Annual Fund and the gala are the primary sources of these funds. In 2015–2016, more than $445,000 was raised to help families afford a marburn education and to help offset operational expenses not covered by tuition revenue, such as faculty and staff professional development and technology upgrades. 614-433-0822, marburnacademy.org APRIL 29 Romancing the Grape Benefits: easter seals central and southeast ohio Location: huntington club at the ohio stadium, 411 Woody hayes Dr., columbus giving 2017 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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Time: VIP reception 6–7:30 p.m., main tasting 7–10 p.m. Romancing the Grape is ohio’s premier wine tasting event featuring wines from around the world as well as hors d’oeuvres from Columbus’ finest restaurants. the event is held in the exclusive huntington Club of ohio stadium and also features a fabulous silent auction and entertainment. 614-228-5523, easterseals.com/centralohio APRiL 29 The Wellington School 35th Anniversary gala Benefits: the Wellington school Location: the Ivory Room, 2 miranova Place, Columbus Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m. It’s time to celebrate the first 35 years of The Wellington school. the evening will include a plated dinner, a hosted beer and wine bar, a dynamic program commemorating the school’s first 35 years and honoring the incredible faculty at the heart of its work, an extensive silent auction, a live auction and a fund-a-need portion. The Wellington School 35th Anniversary Gala will raise funds that directly impact faculty, celebrating the people who shape young minds and lives. 614-324-8887, wellington.gesture.com

May TBD Centennial Celebration Benefits: Planned Parenthood of Greater ohio Location: tbD Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. the #100yearsstrong Centennial Celebration is a night to honor the effort of acting, sharing and celebrating the progress Planned Parenthood has driven for women and families over the last 100 years and support the beginning of the next 100. the evening will feature a special keynote speaker and highlights of the programs and people that provide care, no matter what. 614-224-2235 ext. 3014, ppgoh.org MAY 3 State of the Child Luncheon Benefits: Directions for youth & Families Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 n. high st., Columbus Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. luncheon includes youth music and dance performances, first-hand impact stories, an art exhibit and information about the state of the child in Central Ohio. Tickets are $75 per person, sponsorships available. 614-294-2661, dfyf.org MAY 4 Keyholder Benefits: Women’s Fund of Central ohio Location: ohio theatre, 39 e. state st., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. Keyholder is a night to convene as a community and amplify the voices of women and girls. Guests influence gender equality and economic security in Central ohio. you hold the key to be part of lasting social change— and that’s what Keyholder is all about. It’s a night to give visibility to issues affecting women and girls while also providing inspiration and highlighting solutions. 614-225-9926, womensfundcentralohio.org

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MAY 5 Arty Party Columbus Benefits: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County Location: Clarus Partners, 1233 Dublin Rd., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. CASA’s inaugural Arty Party Columbus event is a juried art show where children’s and young adults’ artwork (pre-K through college) will be sold in a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit CASA’s mission of providing a powerful and consistent voice in court for victims of child abuse and neglect. 614-525-5067, casacolumbus.org

MAY 7 great Strides Benefits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: mcFerson Commons, 218 West st., Columbus Time: Registration 11 a.m., walk noon Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for its largest fundraising event by being a Great strides fundraising walker. this signature event raised more than $390,000 in Central ohio in 2016. Registration is free and includes great online tools to make you a successful walker and/or team leader. Visit the website to register. 614890-6565, greatstrides.cff.org

MAY 5 Dublin Arts Council garden Party Benefits: Dublin Arts Council Location: the Conference Center at oClC, 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. Dublin Arts Council’s 14th annual Garden Party fundraiser is a lovely evening featuring culinary offerings from some of Central Ohio’s finest restaurants, a silent auction, wine and beer bars and live entertainment. Funds provide high-quality, stimulating and educational arts programs, exhibitions and events for the community. 614-889-7444, dublinarts.org

MAY 10 Chroma: Best of CCAD Benefits: CCAD scholarships Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus Time: tbD Columbus College of Art & Design’s annual exhibition showcases amazing student art and design work, from animation and fine art to illustration and photography. the event is free and open to the public. (Parking’s free, too.) 614-224-9101, ccad.edu/chroma

MAY 5 Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin (Hat Day) Benefits: the Conservatory’s pre-K and K–12 education and outreach programs Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and botanical Gardens, 1777 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 11 a.m. hat Day is one of Columbus’ premier social traditions and the conservatory’s signature spring fundraising event. the 17th annual event will bring together more than 600 guests under a grand marquee in the beautiful gardens, adorned in their favorite hats, to enjoy lunch in a day of celebration, camaraderie and philanthropy. 614-715-8044, fpconservatory.org MAY 6 Campfire Columbus Benefits: Flying horse Farms Location: L Brands Headquarters, 3 Limited Pkwy., Columbus Time: 6–11 p.m. Flying horse Farms will host a casual evening of cocktails, live entertainment, food and a few surprises, benefiting our camp programs for children with serious illnesses and their families. 419-751-7077, flyinghorsefarms.org MAY 6 Time Out Benefits: A Kid Again Location: Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. time out allows guests to get a glimpse into the lives of families raising children with life-threatening illnesses. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive silent and live auction items, savor a gourmet dinner and end the night with live music. 614-797-9500, akidagain.org/timeout

MAY 11 Taste of Dine Originals Benefits: the buckeye Ranch Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and botanical Gardens, 1777 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 6–9 p.m. taste of Dine originals, now at Franklin Park Conservatory, is a celebration of food and drink featuring culinary specialties from more than 40 locally owned and operated restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries. enjoy a magnificent wine and food pairing from your favorite high-end bistro or chat with friends over a craft brew and homestyle specialty while mingling with local chefs. 614-539-6441, buckeyeranch.instagift.com MAY 12 CCAD Fashion Show Benefits: CCAD scholarships Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus Time: tbD Join Columbus College of Art & Design for the hottest runway ticket in town. see and be seen as top student designers at CCAD showcase their latest looks in this annual fashion show. For more information and for tickets, visit the website. 614-224-9101, ccad.edu/fashion-show MAY 12 Raise the Roof Benefits: Upper Arlington Community Foundation Location: Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Ln., Upper Arlington Time: 7 p.m. The Upper Arlington Community Foundation has gifted more than $1.5 million to Upper Arlington since 2004, and Raise the Roof is its annual fundraiser. Through grants, the UACF touches the lives of virtually all of its residents with a diverse mix of programs, activities and community improvement projects. 614-2249101, ccad.edu/fashion-show

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MAY 13 Celebration for Life Benefits: James Fund for life at the ohio state university comprehensive cancer center—Arthur G. James cancer hospital and Richard J. solove Research Institute Location: smith & Wollensky, 4145 the strand W., columbus Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m. celebration for life is an exclusive dinner benefiting the James Fund for Life annual fund at osuccc—James. each year, proceeds from the event are used to purchase new technology to support the mission of creating a cancerfree world. seats start at $2,500, and space is extremely limited. since its inception in 2002, this event has raised more than $16.5 million. 614-293-4700, cancer.osu.edu/giving-back MAY 13 Columbus Montessori Education Center’s Gala Benefits: columbus montessori education center Location: hilton columbus at easton, 3900 Chagrin Dr., Columbus Time: 6:30 p.m. Celebrating more than 30 vibrant years, proceeds from the annual gala sustain Columbus Montessori’s mission of delivering high-quality care and education to a diverse community. Funds go directly to financial assistance for students attending CMEC. 614-231-3790, 501auctions.com/cmegala MAY 13 Columbus Walk MS Benefits: ohio buckeye chapter of the national multiple sclerosis society Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr., Powell Time: check-in 7:30 a.m. All proceeds from Walk ms are used to provide programs and services for people with multiple sclerosis and their families, as well as to support MS-related research efforts to find the cause and cure for multiple sclerosis, a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. 855-372-1331, msohiobuckeye.org

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MAY 14 No Show Mother’s Day Gala Benefits: homeless Families Foundation Location: online Time: All day you are cordially invited to not attend the homeless Families Foundation’s third annual no show Mother’s Day Gala. That’s right; cancel the band, cancel the caterer and don’t show up. Donate and help struggling mothers secure a brighter future for their children. the event is virtual, but the need is real. 614-715-8551, noshowmothersday.org MAY 15 Charity Golf Classic Benefits: cancer support community central ohio Location: Medallion Club, 5000 Club Dr., Westerville Time: Registration 9:30 a.m., program 11 a.m. The Charity Golf Classic is the signature event of cancer support community central ohio. It draws 180 golfers to the Medallion Club’s beautifully manicured 27-hole golf course for a great giving 2017 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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day of golf and support of a wonderful cause. Proceeds help provide services to those affected by cancer. 614-884-4673, cancersupportohio.org/ signature-fundraising-events

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MAY 18 2FGR presents the 2017 Run for Down Syndrome Benefits: Down syndrome Association of Central ohio (DsACo) Location: throughout Dublin Time: 7 p.m. Join DsACo and 2FGR Running Club’s eighth annual Run for Down syndrome. the evening includes 5K and 10K runs and a 100-meter dash for children ages 10 and under, along with food and fun. more than 1,000 runners and walkers supported DsACo and the Run for Down syndrome in 2016 and raised more than $40,000. 614-263-6020, dsaco.net/runfords MAY 18 In Christy’s Shoes–Sole Celebration Ohio Benefits: Local nonprofits that provide programming for women in need Location: tbD Time: 6–9 p.m. this event combines shoe fashion and fundraising while remembering the life of one woman who continues to inspire others to step up for women in need. Funds raised benefit local programs that directly impact women in challenging circumstances. Attendees will enjoy a fashion show, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and a guest speaker. 614-9896995, inchristysshoes.org MAY 19 Portraits of Recovery Benefits: Amethyst, Inc. Location: hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 n. high st., Columbus Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. the Portraits of Recovery luncheon raises awareness and funds to support Amethyst’s mission to foster a culture of recovery, empowering women and families in a safe, sober community. It features women sharing their journeys of recovery from addiction in an effort to reduce stigma around addiction, trauma and human trafficking. 614-221-7293, amethyst-inc.org MAY 20 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure Benefits: susan G. Komen Columbus Location: throughout Downtown Columbus Time: 8 a.m.

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MAY 15 Drive for Life golf Classic Benefits: American Cancer society Location: Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr., Grove City Time: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. the American Cancer society Drive For life Golf Classic brings together business and professional leaders from Central ohio and beyond for a spectacular day of golf, networking and entertainment in support of the American Cancer society’s mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 888-227-6446 ext. 3900, acsdriveforlife.org

be part of the largest Race for the Cure event in the country as Komen Columbus celebrates its 25th annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. Registration opens mid-January. For more details about Komen Columbus and other events, visit the website. 614-297-8155, komencolumbus.org MAY 20 Merry Go Round Gala Benefits: Childhood league Center Location: ohio union, 1739 n. high st., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. merry Go Round has taken place every may since 1949. It’s a tradition that brings together hundreds of people for a lot of fun and raises around 10 percent of the Childhood league Center’s budget each year. this all goes to support the highest-quality programs for children with special needs. 614-253-6933, childhoodleague.org/merry-go-round MAY 29 Memorial Day Open House Benefits: Green lawn Abbey Restoration Location: Green lawn Abbey, 700 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. tour this majestic mausoleum listed on the national Register of historic Places. learn about its architecture and the lives of Columbus’ most distinguished leaders buried here. 614302-2239, greenlawnabbey.org

June TBD Clays for Kids Benefits: the buckeye Ranch Location: black Dog Farm, 7213 morse Rd., Alexandria Time: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Teams of five set out to tackle 10 beautiful, state-of-the-art sporting clays stations. Catered lunch and awards follow. For more information, contact Rachel levine at rlevine@buckeyeranch. org. 614-539-6441, buckeyeranch.org TBD Relay for Life of Northwest Franklin County (formerly the Hilliard RFL) Benefits: American Cancer society Location: tbD Time: tbD Relay For life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. these events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help the American Cancer society make a global impact on cancer. 888-2276446 ext. 3007, relayforlife.org/hilliard JUnE 1 Tastings off the Terrace Benefits: the Conservatory’s adult learning initiatives Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and botanical Gardens, 1777 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 6:30 p.m. the 14th annual tastings event will bring together community leaders and young professionals for an evening of great music, signature cocktails and delicious tastings from local restaurants in the Conservatory’s Wells barn. Proceeds benefit the Conservatory’s adult learning initiatives, including therapeutic horticulture programs and the Green Corps job training program. 614-7158044, fpconservatory.org

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JUnE 3 Muscles for Myeloma 5K and 1-Mile Walk Benefits: myeloma crowd for myeloma research Location: Wolfe Park, 105 Park Dr., columbus Time: 5K starts 8:30 a.m., 1-mile walk starts 9 a.m. the myeloma crowd continues the move mmoRe legacy in funding multiple myeloma research with the 11th muscles for myeloma 5K and 1-mile walk. bring your friends and family and help bring solutions to the clinic for patients who need it the most. 801-949-1034, give.crowdcare.org/musclescolumbus2017 JUnE 4 Bexley House & garden Tour Benefits: bexley Women’s club scholarship Fund Location: throughout bexley Time: tbD some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in bexley are open to tour during this annual event that celebrates the ideals of the bexley community and its history while promoting higher education. Proceeds from the tour support scholarships for college-bound, graduating seniors. 614-599-7572, bexleywomen.org JUnE 8 Star Light, Star Night Benefits: Recreation unlimited camps and camper scholarship fund Location: scioto country club, 2196 Riverside Dr., columbus Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. enjoy this exclusive dinner and wine experience with a special live auction and a world-renowned wine star. 740-548-7006, recreationunlimited.org JUnE 10 Lung Force Walk Benefits: American lung Association Location: easton town center, columbus Time: 8 a.m. The morning will include a 2.5-mile walk, fitness elements, lung health information, kids’ activities, music and more. At every lung Force Walk, we harness our collective power to make a difference for the people we love and raise our voices for everyone who is touched by lung disease. 614-279-1700, lungforce.org/walk JUnE 10 Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Celebration Benefits: leukemia & lymphoma society Location: ohio union, 1739 n. high st., columbus Time: 6 p.m. man & Woman of the year is a 10-week fundraising competition in which community members raise money on behalf of the leukemia & lymphoma society. At the end of the 10 weeks, winners are announced at the Grand Finale celebration. the event includes a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing. 614-498-0425, mwoy.org/coh JUnE 16–17 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival Benefits: stonewall columbus Location: bicentennial Park, 233 s. civic center Dr., and Genoa Park, 303 W. broad st., columbus Time: 4–11 p.m. June 16, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. June 17 the stonewall columbus Pride Festival is

one of the largest in the midwest, second only to chicago. stonewall columbus Pride is one of the few festivals in the country that continues to grow each year; in 2016, an estimated 500,000 people attended. Don’t miss the annual Pride Parade on June 17; step-off is at 10:30 a.m. in the short north. (Please note: times are subject to change. see website for the latest information.) 614-299-7764, columbuspride.org JUnE 17 Zoofari Benefits: columbus Zoo and Aquarium Location: columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Time: 7:30 p.m.–1 a.m. calling all party animals: come out to Zoofari, presented by nationwide, for the zoo’s 47th annual fundraising event. the zoo’s premier fundraising event is adults-only (21+) and features food and drinks from more than 100 central ohio restaurants and bars, as well as live entertainment from local and national talent. sample delicious food, enjoy signature drinks, dance to the music and so much more at this exciting summer party. It’s a whole new park after dark! 614-645-3550, columbuszoo.org JUnE 18 Stonewall Columbus Pride Brunch Benefits: stonewall columbus Location: tbD Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. the columbus Pride brunch is a celebration to close Pride weekend and honor the parade’s Grand marshal and other key individuals who help stonewall columbus throughout the year. Past Grand marshals include George takei, Jim obergefell, former mayor michael b. coleman and more. (Please note: times are subject to change. see website for the latest information.) 614-299-7764, columbuspride.org JUnE 19 Full Throttle Open Benefits: A Kid Again Location: heritage Golf club, 3525 heritage club Dr., hilliard Time: 10:30 a.m. the Full throttle open is a unique outing directed toward the central ohio construction community. this premier opportunity allows contractors and subcontractors to meet leaders in the industry in a relaxed, informal setting while enjoying lunch, a round of golf, dinner and the opportunity to win wonderful prizes. 614797-9500, akidagain.org/fullthrottleopen JUnE 24 German Village Haus und Garten PreTour Benefits: German Village society Location: throughout German Village Time: 4:30–11 p.m. Do you want an unmatched look at haus und Garten tour homes, including access to areas of the home that will be off-limits during sunday’s public tour? ticket includes cocktail hour for all 600 guests, followed by private dinners throughout German Village thrown by the tour’s generous hosts. 614-221-8888, germanvillage.com

JUnE 24 Kelton House Museum & Garden Gala Benefits: educational programs of the museum Location: Kelton house museum & Garden, 586 e. town st., columbus Time: 7–11 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of live music, signature cocktails, silent auction and casino fun. highlights include complimentary dinner and wine, live music in the garden, a raffle for dinner in the historic Kelton house dining room, faux casino fun, valet parking and more. tickets are $100 per person; host tickets are six for $540. 614-464-2022, keltonhouse.com JUnE 24 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Benefits: crohn’s & colitis Foundation of America Location: coffman Park Pavilion, 5200 emerald Pkwy., Dublin Time: 4:30–7 p.m. the crohn’s & colitis take steps walk is one of ccFA’s largest events committed to finding cures for digestive diseases. this walk offers an incredible day for family, friends and the community to come together in celebration of all their hard work and dedication to the foundation’s mission. 614-889-6060, cctakesteps.org/columbus2017 JUnE 25 German Village Haus und Garten Tour Benefits: German Village society Location: throughout German Village Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. explore this vibrant and unique historic neighborhood and peek behind the doors of charming area homes. Get access to a stunning collection of homes and gardens that have been selected to showcase our ongoing historic preservation efforts and the innovative and inspirational interior design and landscaping efforts of its residents. 614-221-8888, germanvillage.com

July TBD Stars & Strikes Benefits: A Kid Again Location: columbus square bowling Palace, 5707 Forest hills blvd., columbus Time: tbD stars & strikes is the ultimate bowling challenge in which teams compete against and bowl among current and former athletes, including your favorite buckeyes. Join the stars and bowl some strikes to provide hope, happiness and healing to families raising children with life-threatening illnesses. 614-797-9500, akidagain.org/starsandstrikes JULY 9 Worthington Tour of Homes & Gardens Benefits: Worthington historical society Location: throughout old Worthington Time: 12:30–5:30 p.m. the Worthington tour of homes & Gardens annual tour visits a different neighborhood each year. Proceeds benefit the Worthington historical society. 614-885-1247, worthingtonhistory.org giving 2017 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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JULY 13–15 Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show Benefits: Arthritis Foundation Central ohio Location: Dublin metro Center, 555 metro Pl. n., Dublin Time: 8 a.m.–10 p.m. 1,200 cars attend a legends tour; the cruise-in and Classic Auto show features mike Albert as elvis and musical entertainment by Phil Dirt and the Dozers. 614-503-5597, arthritisautoshow.com JULY 15 german village Art Crawl Benefits: German Village society Location: macon Alley in German Village Time: 5–9 p.m. this event turns garages into art galleries; a dozen of the city’s finest food purveyors—all of whom call German Village home—will offer a sip or a sample while artists exhibit and sell their work. 614-221-8888, germanvillage.com JULY 15 My Brother’s Closet Pop Up Shop Benefits: Columbus urban league Location: Columbus urban league, 788 mount Vernon Ave., Columbus Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. support your community and gain a new professional look at the seasonal my brother’s Closet Pop up shops. Items available include suits, ties and all the accessories needed to create a stylish, professional look, all for a minimal price. 614-257-6300, cul.org JULY 15 Ridge Runner Ramble Benefits: the homeless Families Foundation Location: new Albany high school, 7600 Fodor Rd., new Albany Time: 8 a.m. take part in a scenic bike ride and offer hope for a better future for the children of the homeless Families Foundation. three routes cover 25, 50 and 80 miles. After the ride you’ll enjoy food, live music, prizes and more. 614-7158551, homelessfamiliesfoundation.org/events JULY 27 Safelite Autoglass Rally for The Ranch Banquet Benefits: the buckeye Ranch Location: hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus Time: 5:30–10 p.m. the buckeye Ranch and the bobby Rahal Foundation are proud to collaborate and host a high-end banquet, centered around the love and history of cars and racing. Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner from the Final Cut with a letterman-style program honoring a racing legend (2017 honoree tbD; 2016’s event honored Dario Franchitti) and a Vegas-themed afterparty. 614-539-6441, rallyfortheranch.org JULY 29 Safelite Autoglass Rally for The Ranch Car Show Benefits: the buckeye Ranch Location: easton town Center, Columbus Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. this free, one-of-a-kind car show will line the streets of easton. showcasing exotic, historical

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and racing cars with a collective value of more than $30 million, the Rally car show is unique in Central ohio. 614-539-6441, rallyfortheranch.org

August TBD Mount Carmel College of nursing golf Outing Benefits: Student financial aid at the Mount Carmel College of nursing Location: tbD Time: tbD The college’s financial aid program helps mCCn students achieve their goals of becoming registered nurses. Funds raised through the Golf Invitational over the last several years have allowed the college to significantly increase financial assistance to students, which has made many academic dreams come true. 614234-3837, mountcarmelfoundation.org/events/ foundation-golf-invitational AUg. 4–6 Pelotonia Benefits: the ohio state university Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer hospital and Richard J. solove Research Institute Location: throughout Central ohio Time: opening Ceremony 3 p.m. on Aug 4, ride starts 7 a.m. Aug. 5 Pelotonia is an experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. each year, Pelotonia raises millions of dollars for cancer research and because the operating expenses are covered by funding partners, 100 percent of every riderraised dollar goes directly to fund cancer research at osuCCC–James. 614-221-6100, pelotonia.org AUg. 11 Champion Cares golf invitational Benefits: tbD Location: northstar Golf Club, 1150 Wilson Rd., sunbury Time: 9 a.m. the Champion Cares Golf Invitational is an annual golf tournament hosted by the Champion Companies to raise money and awareness for the Champion Cares Foundation and its local benefactors. the outing mobilizes Champion’s business partners and team members to maximize the event’s impact on the Central ohio community in need. 614-8956811, championcaresgolf.com AUg. 15 Taste the Future Benefits: Columbus state Foundation Location: Columbus state Community College, 550 e. spring st., Columbus Time: 6–9 p.m. taste the Future is a culinary showcase of Central ohio’s best in food. this tasty fundraiser supports the students of Columbus state. 614-287-2436, tastethefuture.com AUg. 24 Kleibacker Film Festival Opening Reception Benefits: Chris Kleibacker endowed Fund for excellence

Location: Columbus museum of Art, 480 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. this opening reception kicks off the annual Charles Kleibacker Film Festival, which celebrates the life and accomplishments of a style icon with a weekend of free films honoring all things fashion. 614-629-0328, columbusmuseum.org AUg. 25 Field to Table Benefits: the conservatory’s community garden outreach programs Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and botanical Gardens, 1777 e. broad st., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. Presented by the conservatory’s Women’s board, this signature event welcomes more than 650 guests for an evening of gardeninspired appetizers, herb-infused cocktails and a candlelit dinner highlighting Ohio’s finest seasonal ingredients. Benefiting the conservatory’s community gardening programs, Field to table offers guests a magical dinner experience under the stars. 614-715-8044, fpconservatory.org AUg. 26 Central Ohio Heart Walk Benefits: American heart Association Location: Columbus Commons, 160 s. high st., Columbus Time: 8 a.m. the heart Walk is the American heart Association’s largest fundraising event and brings everyone together to fight the country’s No. 1 and no. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke. This day is filled with energy and excitement; it is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living that’s fun for the entire family. 614-848-4227, heart.org

September TBD Columbus Buddy Walk Benefits: Down syndrome Association of Central ohio (DsACo) Location: tbD Time: 9 a.m. Join the Down syndrome Association of Central ohio as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2017 Columbus Buddy Walk. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today. help spread the word; all are welcome for this day of celebration. 614-2636020, columbusbuddywalk.org TBD Columbus One Walk Benefits: Central ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Location: tbD Time: tbD One Walk is JDRF’s flagship fundraising event and the largest type 1 diabetes (t1D) event in the world. the funds and awareness raised by our dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors help create a world without t1D. JDRF is

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TBD Clays for a Cause Benefits: easter seals central and southeast ohio Location: cardinal center campground shooting center, 616 st. Rte. 61, marengo Time: Registration and contests 11:30 a.m., shooting 1 p.m., dinner and raffle 4 p.m. Ready, aim, fire at this a fun sporting clay outing at cardinal shooting center. Get your team of five together or participate as an individual. 614-228-5523, easterseals.com/centralohio TBD Christo Rey Columbus’ Garden Party Benefits: cristo Rey columbus high school Location: cristo Rey columbus high school, 400 E. Town St., Columbus Time: 7–10:30 p.m. celebrate the fourth annual Garden Party, a musical evening under the stars filled with drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the special outdoor living room on the edge of the topiary Park. meet students and teachers inside the school and be inspired to help Grow the Dream. 614-223-9261 ext. 12010, cristoreycolumbus.org

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TBD The Garden Party Benefits: Kaleidoscope youth center Location: tbD Time: 3–6 p.m. the Garden Party celebrates and supports the success of central ohio’s lGbtQ and ally youth. From afterschool programming and support for students and staff in schools to training for youth-serving professionals, KYC partners with young people to create safe and empowering environments through advocacy, education, support and community engagement. 614-294-5437, kycohio.org/ the-garden-party.html TBD Gatsby Getaway Benefits: Green Lawn Abbey Restoration Location: Green Lawn Abbey, 700 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus Time: tbD The Abbey was built 1927, and this event celebrates the life and spirit of those roaring years. 614-302-2239, greenlawnabbey.org TBD Recreation Unlimited Muirfield Invitational Golf Tournament Benefits: Recreation unlimited camps and camper scholarship fund Location: Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 memorial Dr., Dublin Time: Two-day event; 4:30 p.m. first day-7:30 a.m. second day Play the course that is home to Jack nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, during this two-day event. 740-548-7006, recreationunlimited.org

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SEPT. 2 Bike the Cbus Benefits: yay bikes! Location: tbD Time: 7 a.m. Columbus’ original city-wide ride, bike the Cbus is a self-guided group tour highlighting our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. the ride features four neighborhood routes totaling approximately 30 miles; more seasoned cyclists can ride bike the Cbus+, a unique, supported urban metric century ride. 614-470-4220, yaybikes.com/ bike-the-cbus SEPT. 9 A Step in the Right Direction 5K Walk/Run for Recovery Benefits: Amethyst, Inc. Location: Wolfe Park, 105 Park Dr., Columbus Time: 8–10 a.m. A step in the Right Direction is a fundraising and awareness-building event to benefit the women and children who are embarking on new lives in recovery through participation in Amethyst’s addiction and trauma treatment program. event t-shirts, entertainment, beverages and breakfast items are provided to participants. 614-221-7293, amethyst-inc.org SEPT. 11 Hennessey Family Fore-Love golf Outing Benefits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, 9600 Wedgewood blvd., Powell Time: Registration noon, shotgun starts 1 p.m. Golfers participate in a day of scramble-style golf at the beautiful Wedgewood Golf and Country Club. Golfers and dinner guests will spend the evening entertained by a lively auction, dinner program and delicious food. 614-890-6565, cff.org/centralohio SEPT. 17 new Albany Walking Classic Benefits: healthy new Albany Location: market square, new Albany Time: 8 a.m. the nation’s largest walking-only race draws participants from throughout the country and beyond. the perks to participants are the most generous of any race, walking or running, in the country. 614-890-6565, cff.org/centralohio SEPT. 22 night of Chocolate Benefits: Cancer support Community Location: hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus Time: 7 p.m. Cancer support Community’s signature fundraising event includes delicious cuisine, more than 10,000 pieces of decadent chocolate, silent and live auctions featuring exciting experiences and an awards program recognizing an inspiring individual and honoring corporate community partners. Funds support programs for individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families, friends and caregivers. 614-884-4673, cancersupportohio.org

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SEPT. 23 Cycle for Life Benefits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: Alum Creek state Park, 3305 s. old state Rd., Delaware Time: Registration 7 a.m., race 8 a.m. Celebrate your fall cycling season with CF Cycle for life—the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s premiere cycling event. you love to ride your bike; make a difference while you do. this fundraising ride is exceptionally well-supported, including well-stocked rest stops every 10–12 miles, bike mechanics along the routes, support vehicles and much more. Riders of all levels are welcome, and you can choose from the 20-, 40- or 65-mile routes. the ride will start and finish at the beach of Alum Creek. 614-8906565, cff.org/centralohio

TBD Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture Celebration Benefits: Camp Architecture Location: tbD Time: 6–8 p.m. this celebration is a happy hour (cash bar and light bites) and silent auction featuring home design-related items. A VIP Preview Party provides an extra hour to preview auction items and 15 extra minutes to secure bids after open bidding ends. All proceeds benefit Camp Architecture, a summer camp that introduces Central ohio youth ages 8–18 to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. 614-469-1973, columbuscfad.org

SEPT. 24 new Albany Classic invitational grand Prix and Family Day Benefits: the Center for Family safety and healing Location: the Wexner residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-new Albany Rd., new Albany Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the new Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day is the no. 1 specialty equestrian event in north America. It attracts more than 15,000 guests annually and has raised nearly $30 million for the Center for Family safety and healing. 614939-3026, thenewalbanyclassic.com

TBD great Futures Start Here Benefits: boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus Location: tbD Time: tbD the signature stakeholder engagement event of boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus will be an evening of entertainment and fundraising to positively impact youth in Central ohio. 614221-8830, bgccolumbus.org

SEPT. 27 Catalyst Benefits: CosI Location: CosI, 333 W. broad st., Columbus Time: tbD Join CosI for its annual Catalyst luncheon to celebrate the innovation its supporters make possible. this dynamic luncheon shows your investment at work through live science stage shows, engaging hands-on activities and inspiring stories from those who have been touched by CosI’s mission. 614-228-2674, cosi.org/ support-cosi/catalyst SEPT. 30 Spirits & Spells Benefits: Green lawn Abbey Restoration Location: Green lawn Abbey, 700 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus Time: 8 p.m. Relive the awe and delight of magic, as created by world-famous magician howard thurston, and revel in the Death by Chocolate buffet. 614302-2239, greenlawnabbey.org

October TBD Brew Review: A Night of Craft Beers with Creative Living Benefits: Resident of Creative living Location: tbD Time: tbD enjoy a night of great beer featuring the best from our local breweries, along with selections from national craft breweries and quality imports. 614-421-1226, creative-living.com

TBD ignite Research Reception Benefits: American heart Association Location: tbD Time: tbD the Research Reception honors and pays tribute to the outstanding cardiovascular research taking place in Central ohio. the event highlights the active local American heart Association-funded projects and researchers leading the way to new advances in cardiovascular science. 614-396-4421, heart.org TBD Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Women’s Auxiliary Council Keynote Speaker Benefits: moms and babies at mount Carmel st. Ann’s Location: mount Carmel st. Ann’s, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville Time: 6 p.m. the mount Carmel st. Ann’s Women’s Auxiliary Council’s annual signature speaker event brings in a New York Times bestselling author on a health or disease topic. the event includes a cocktail reception with wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres, the author presentation, a booksigning opportunity, a tote filled with spa and restaurant gift certificates and much more. It raises funds for the critical needs of moms and babies at mount Carmel st. Ann’s. the last two events have sold out, so get your tickets early. 614-234-8952, mountcarmelfoundation.org/ events/invisiblethread OCT. 1 The garden Party Benefits: Colony Cats & Dogs Location: brookside Golf and Country Club, 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus Time: 3–6 p.m. The 11th annual silent auction and raffle

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fundraiser benefits homeless pets in our community and includes live music, appetizers and a full bar. 614-562-4698, colonycats.org OCT. 12 voice and vision Benefits: Homeport Location: Walter Commons at St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Bexley Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m. This annual fundraiser provides safe, stable and affordable homes to low-income families. Homeport serves as a powerful voice and visionary for lifting up the lives of those who need a place to call home, where they feel safe in raising their families. Enjoy entertainment, libations and food to support a home for everyone. 614-545-4824, homeportohio.org OCT. 14 My Brother’s Closet Pop Up Shop Benefits: Columbus Urban League Location: Columbus Urban League, 788 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Support your community and gain a new professional look at the seasonal My Brother’s Closet Pop Up Shops. Items available include suits, ties and all the accessories needed to create a stylish, professional look, all for a minimal price. 614-257-6300, cul.org OCT. 15 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Benefits: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Location: North Bank Park, 311 W. Long St., and throughout Columbus Time: Starts 7:30 a.m. The 38th Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will feature a field

of approximately 18,000 athletes. It is one of the top 20 largest marathons in the United States. In the past five years, the event has raised more than $5.8 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 614-421-7866, columbusmarathon.com OCT. 15 Superheroes Running Program Benefits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: Celebration Village, 136 E. Broad St., Columbus Time: 7:30 a.m. Ever wanted to be someone’s superhero? Now you can, by joining the Team CF Superheroes running program and fundraising to further its mission. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will provide training tips to get you ready for the half or full Columbus Marathon, incentives and VIP treatment on marathon day. 614-890-6565, cff.org/centralohio OCT. 21 Art Celebration Benefits: Columbus Museum of Art Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus Time: 6 p.m. Join Columbus Museum of Art for its signature fundraising celebration featuring delicious food, dazzling art and excellent company. 614-6290355, columbusmuseum.org OCT. 26 Need Knows No Season Luncheon Benefits: Salvation Army in Central Ohio Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus Time: noon This annual luncheon is an opportunity to learn how the Salvation Army serves people in need through services, programs and

ministries that produce measurable, lifeenhancing results. The event also kicks off the Salvation Army’s largest fundraising effort: the Red Kettle Campaign. 614-437-2146, salvationarmycentralohio.org OCT. 27–28 Tales from the Crypt Benefits: Green Lawn Abbey Restoration Location: Green Lawn Abbey, 700 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus Time: 8 p.m. Tour the abbey, a majestic mausoleum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and meet Columbus and Ohio’s notable leaders and entrepreneurs; they’re “dying” to meet you. 614302-2239, greenlawnabbey.org

November TBD Celebration of Learning Benefits: Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Location: Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus Time: tbD Celebration of Learning is the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation’s largest annual event and one of the most anticipated evenings on the city’s cultural calendar. Business, philanthropic and civic leaders will enjoy drinks, buffet dinner and an evening of conversation and connection. 614-645-2275, foundation.columbuslibrary.org TBD Columbus Cattle Baron’s Ball Benefits: American Cancer Society Location: tbD Time: tbD giving 2017 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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the Columbus Cattle barons ball is the American Cancer society’s country-western themed gala to raise funds for research and patient services. Guests of the Cattle baron’s ball will enjoy a unique event complete with live entertainment, dancing, gaming, auctions and a chance to attend a gala in your best upscale cowboy and cowgirl outfit. 888-227-6446 ext. 3900, columbuscattlebaronsball.org TBD Drexel gala Benefits: Drexel theatre Location: tbD Time: tbD Celebrate the complete renovation of the historic Drexel theatre with a champagne toast and special program. Food stations and drinks will follow at table by market District. 614-7196710, drexel.net TBD Paint the Night Purple Gala Benefits: Alzheimer’s Association, Central ohio Chapter Location: tbD Time: tbD this wonderful evening will feature silent and live auctions, a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment provided by members of the Conspiracy band. Funds raised will help provide care and support to those who need it today, while the Alzheimer’s Association accelerates research around the globe. 614442-2011, alz.org/centralohio TBD Remarkable Event Benefits: the new Albany Community Foundation Location: the Wexner residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-new Albany Rd., new Albany Time: 6:15 p.m. the new Albany Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser evening event features distinguished guest speakers. 614-939-8150, newalbanyfoundation.org nOv. 3 Come Home for the Holidays Benefits: the homeless Families Foundation Location: tbD Time: 5 p.m. sample fabulous wine, browse and bid on great auction items and enjoy wonderful food and friends in the casual, fun atmosphere. 614-715-8551, homelessfamiliesfoundation. org/holiday nOv. 4 Wexner Center for the Arts Anniversary Party Benefits: Wexner Center for the Arts Location: Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 n. high st., Columbus Time: 7 p.m.–midnight Dance, dine, drink and revel in the Wex’s latest exhibition. Proceeds from the anniversary party help ensure that the Wexner Center for the Arts continues to bring the best and boldest in contemporary art to Columbus, while generating new work in all creative disciplines and serving as a beacon for culture and innovation. 614-292-3096, wexarts.org

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nOv. 6 Empowerment Day Benefits: Columbus urban league Location: Columbus urban league, 788 mount Vernon Ave., Columbus Time: tbD the Columbus urban league’s empowerment Day is the signature annual event for Central ohio’s oldest and most successful urban family advocate. the event recognizes and celebrates noteworthy corporations, businesses and individuals who champion the principles of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice. Visit the website for more details, volunteer and sponsor opportunities, tickets and to make a donation. 614-257-6300, cul.org nOv. 12 Heroes Gala Benefits: American Red Cross Location: Columbus Athenaeum, 32 n. Fourth st., Columbus Time: 6:30–11 p.m. this is an annual black-tie tribute to Central Ohio’s heroes: the firefighters, police, military personnel and blood ambassadors whose extraordinary contributions make our neighborhoods great places to live, work and play. the heroes Gala is produced by the Associate board, the American Red Cross’ young Professionals group. 614-253-2740, redcross.org nOv. 23 The Original Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Benefits: easter seals Central and southeast ohio Location: the shops on lane Avenue, 1675 W. lane Ave., upper Arlington Time: tot trot 8:30 a.m., 5-miler 9 a.m., 2.5mile Walk n talk 9:10 a.m. start thanksgiving morning at the original Columbus turkey trot, which offers two distances: a 5-mile run or a 2.5-mile “Walk n talk.” Kids can participate in the tot trot, completely free, with an adult registration. every participant receives a pumpkin pie to take home for their holiday meal. 614-228-5523, columbusturkeytrot.com nOv. 23 Thanks For Giving 4-Miler Benefits: mid ohio Foodbank, lifeCare Alliance, new Albany Community Foundation Location: throughout new Albany Time: 8 a.m. this race is all about family, giving back and having fun. There is no official race fee. You can give as much or as little as you want. the goal is to feed as many families in Central ohio as possible—and you can help. 614-312-0647, narun.org

December TBD Santa Speedo Dash Benefits: Central ohio Diabetes Association Location: tbD Time: tbD Participants in the Dash run a winter 5K or walk 1 mile in either a speedo or holiday-themed attire (encouraged but not mandatory). CoDA’s young Professionals Against Diabetes started

hosting the event in 2012; since then, the event has become one of the most infamous fun runs in Central ohio. 614-884-4400, diabetesohio.org DEC. 1 A Reason to Dine Benefits: equitas health Location: Restaurants throughout Columbus Time: Varies Dine out to raise awareness and funds for hIV/ AIDS by joining Equitas Health on World AIDS Day at a participating restaurant in Columbus. each restaurant will donate a portion of all sales on Dec. 1 to benefit the life-saving programs and services of equitas health. 614340-6715, facebook.com/areasontodine DEC. 2 CCAD Art Fair Benefits: CCAD student Programming Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus Time: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. the CCAD Art Fair has become a destination for art collectors and those who simply love art. Discover exceptional work by CCAD students and alumni; proceeds from the art sold go directly to the artists, while proceeds from ticket sales go toward student programming at CCAD. 614-224-9101, ccad.edu/art-fair DEC. 3 Village Lights Presented by Schmidt’s Benefits: German Village society Location: throughout German Village Time: 5–9 p.m. twinkling luminarias greet visitors who are ready to kick off the holiday on the historic streets of German Village. bop from shop to shop and into restaurants open late with treats, discounts and special offers. experience festive carolers, live holiday music and the munich-inspired striezelmarkt, complete with vendors and gluhwein (German mulled wine). 614-221-8888, germanvillage.com DEC. 7 Jingle Mingle Benefits: Columbus metropolitan Club Location: hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m. this holiday celebration includes a cocktail party and silent auction. 614-464-3220, columbusmetroclub.org DEC. 9 The Nutcracker Ball Benefits: balletmet Location: tbD Time: tbD A tradition since 1983, the nutcracker ball ushers in the holiday season with style and elegance. Central ohio business leaders attend the black-tie ball to toast the season, network with other executives and host important clients. sponsors feel good about supporting balletmet’s largest fundraising event because they know their sponsorship dollars also enrich the lives of more than 100,000 Central ohio community members balletmet serves. 614586-8628, balletmet.org

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NO MATTER THE SEASON American Electric Power and the AEP Foundation believe in giving back to communities every day. More than $13.5 million was extended to 1,800 community organizations across our 11 states last year. From sheltering those without a home to moving students toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, we’re working to make life better and our communities stronger for every season.

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