Giving: A Guide to Philanthropy 2020

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A Guide to philanthropy 2020

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THAT WAS THEN. As our nation experienced the perils of war, visionary citizens imagined a better future for all of our community’s residents.

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THIS IS NOW. The Spirit of Columbus is felt in the passion and determination of those in our community who make great things happen.

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Letter from the Editor


hen my children were small, we spent one Saturday morning each month delivering Meals on Wheels. At first, we were assigned to a high-rise senior living complex, where the kids enjoyed riding the elevator, locating apartments and wheeling in meals to grateful recipients. It made them feel proud. Later, though, we had a driving route, and the kids were stuck in the back seat while my husband and I took turns delivering food. Buckling and unbuckling car seats, along with concerns about traffic, made it too difficult to let the kids help. It wasn’t long before we began looking for another regular family volunteer opportunity. We didn’t find one. Brandy Jemczura had a similar experience, but instead of being frustrated, she got creative, founding Seeds of Caring— an organization that creates meaningful volunteer experiences for children. A similar creativity fuels the other entrepreneurs profiled in our feature story, “Volunteer Innovations” (Page 11). In a

world where life often gets in the way of helping the community, these innovators are developing new ways for us to incorporate service in our lives. Whatever giving means to you, you’ll find encouragement within these pages. Take the huge circle of Central Ohio residents who for 15 years have helped build and support a safe home for AIDS orphans in Kenya (Page 16). By holding concerts and fundraisers, organizing trips and engaging their churches and Rotary clubs, everyone involved has found their own way to give. From our feature stories to information about gifts with a mission (Page 7) to a yearlong roster of charitable events (Page 34), Giving offers ideas and inspiration. I hope you find encouragement within these pages.

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These gifts serve a dual purpose.



New Ways to Give

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Is the new tax law bad for charities? Cover Photo by Rob Hardin


Besa Volunteers

Entrepreneurs bring change to volunteering


Rafiki Means Friend Central Ohioans help build an orphanage in Africa




Charitable events in 2019

A look inside some top nonprofit organizations in Central Ohio

Social Datebook

Profiles of Giving

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Giving Together

The Columbus Foundation channels local generosity into community strength. “The quality that makes for greatness in a city is its dynamic. How well and how freely are its people working together, giving of themselves, to make it a still finer city?” Harrison M. Sayre Founder, The Columbus Foundation


t the heart of The Columbus Foundation’s purpose is the idea that, in working together, our collective action achieves more


for our community than our individual acts. Seventy-five years ago, in the midst of World War II, that notion prompted founder Harrison M. Sayre to embrace the idea of a community foundation for Columbus, and it continues to motivate our work today. The Foundation’s ongoing momentum would not be possible without the generosity of our donors and community members. Without those who choose freely to put financial support behind new ideas, programs, and innovative growth and opportunities, our community would be a

much different place. They built this, and so can you. Their commitment is evident in the record-setting grants to the community from donors and legacy gifts at the Foundation over the past three years. In total, an incredible $643 million has been distributed to nonprofits in Central Ohio and beyond, helping to bring our donors’ charitable goals to life and illustrating the enormous impact of people coming together to make a difference. Since our founding, an extraordinary $2.5 billion has benefited our community and others in a wide variety of areas, from healthcare and education to conservation and the arts. Giving of oneself— through time, treasure, and talent—comes as second nature to the dedicated community members and nonprofits you’ll read about in Giving 2020. While their

passion and purpose benefits our community today, the positive effects of their collective work also will be felt for decades to come. We are humbled and grateful to work as their partner now and in the future. As we transition into our fourth generation of helping donors achieve their charitable goals and establish legacies of giving, we honor Harrison M. Sayre and other visionaries who displayed determination, grit and, most importantly, hope. We carry that same hope forward, with the same intent—to create a stronger community for all. Onward, in the spirit of generosity.

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Products By Suzanne Goldsmith • Photo by Tim Johnson

Twice as Nice Your gift can do double duty when you purchase a product from a local company with a social mission. 1 Tees and hoodies from Wild Tiger Tees are printed by guests at Star House, a Milo Grogan drop-in center for homeless youths. The youths are paid for their time and receive job skills training. 2 The Awesome Company employs adults with autism in its Grove City print shop, decorating T-shirts, hoodies and other garments. 3 Gluten-free treats from Food for Good Thought in Clintonville are baked by people with autism in a setting that provides coaching and career training.

4 Eleventh Candle Co. provides employment and traumainformed support services to Central Ohio survivors of human trafficking.

6 When you buy a onesie or baby tee from Celebrate One, the organization donates a sleep-safe sleep sack to a Franklin County infant in need.

5 Proceeds from Double Comfort’s Memphis-style sauces and spice mixes are donated to Central Ohio food pantries and hunger-related charities.

7 Shea butter body lotion chips are made by Women Crafting Change, a collective of Columbus women from varied backgrounds who supplement their income by creating unique, handcrafted goods.


8 Sculpted beads, ladder yarn necklaces and other items are made by incarcerated people through Kindway’s program of skills and life training, which includes assistance following release. 9 Cozy coverings from Keepsake T-Shirt Quilts and Blankets are crafted from your favorite tees by deaf employees of the Bexleybased nonprofit. Proceeds support the organization’s mission of empowering the deaf. tshirtquilts. com,

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By Jody Gerbig Todd

Lifting all Boats A network of community businesses aims to advance the Franklinton area.


ranklinton, the Columbus neighborhood named after Benjamin Franklin by Lucas Sullivant in 1797, has seen its share of change. Though it once served as the county seat, the area never fully recovered after the devastating 1913 flood. Recently, however, Franklinton is showing signs of rebirth, thanks in part to a crop of social enterprises—businesses whose non-negotiable mission is to make measurable positive social impacts, according to Social Ventures vice president Molly Tafrate. Tafrate believes Franklinton may be perfect for such businesses because of its proximity to Downtown, residents’ pride and commitment, the low cost of space, and the residents’ immense need for

goods and services. Several social enterprises stand out as new leaders in the area, including Bottoms Up Coffee/Cova Cowork (1069 W. Broad St.,, an example, Tafrate says, of how social enterprises maintain their commitment to community impact through periods of change. When, in 2018, owners Meghan and Joshua Boone bought Bottoms Up Coffee, which has aimed since 2016 to curb Franklinton’s high infant mortality rates by offering emergency diapers to individuals, the couple increased their efforts, providing diapers to other local agencies. They also added a new sharedworkspace business, Cova Cowork, ( which donates two free

More Social Enterprises in Franklinton: Franklinton Farms

867 W. Town St. • This urban farm donates produce to local charities and offers sliding-scale pricing to neighbors.

Jubilee Market

1160 W. Broad St. • A 4,500-square-foot nonprofit market operated by Lower Lights Christian Health Center fills a gap in a neighborhood that lacks grocery stores.

Roosevelt Coffee

462 W. Broad St. • This nonprofit coffee house partners with organizations that provide clean water and combat hunger and human trafficking, both locally and internationally.


Franklinton Cycleworks was a participant in the neighborhood’s 2019 Festival for Good, a showcase for Columbus cause-oriented businesses.

desk spaces to local social enterprises. In partnership with nonprofit workforce development program Columbus Works, Fortuity Calling (775 W. Broad St.,, provides clothing, legal aid, mental health support, education, training and affordable housing to its Downtown employees, most of whom, says co-founder and chief marketing officer Katie Robinson, live within walking distance or one bus ride of work. Resident Jonathan Youngman created Franklinton Cycle Works (897 W. Broad St., franklintoncycleworks. org) because he saw his neighbors using bikes for transportation without

a means to tune and fix them or learn about bicycle mechanics and safety. He believed a traditional retail bike shop wouldn’t be a good fit for his mostly low-income community and knew a different business model was needed. The shop sells refurbished bikes (acquired mostly through donation) and offers classes, tours and groupspecific shop nights, such as a women’s/trans/femme night. Youngman also recycles all unused parts, taking them via bike to the recycling center. If you’d like to see Franklinton’s progress for yourself, you can sign up for one of Cycle Works’ bike tours at

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Donations By Evan Weese

Giving Less

A 2018 increase in the standard deduction is a boon to taxpayers but could be hurting charities.


n 2018, the new federal tax policy doubled the standard deduction for individuals to $12,000, likely leading 28.5 million fewer Americans to itemize their deductions, according to projections by the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. One potential consequence of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: reducing charitable giving. In fact, last year, charitable giving by individual Americans suffered its largest drop since the Great Recession of 200809, according to the latest annual Giving USA Foundation report. While there is not yet a demonstrated link between the decrease in giving and the new tax policy, both local and national nonprofits are ask-

ing whether the dampening effect could be playing out as anticipated. “There’s something going on,” says Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, a notfor-profit organization that provides an array of health and nutrition services throughout Central Ohio. Following several years of double-digit percent increases in donations, giving to LifeCare was running flat through at least the first

half of 2019, Gehring says. Although better positioned than many nonprofits to weather the widespread dip in charitable giving, the organization is looking to address the issue. “We’re trying to analyze who didn’t give, and we’re calling them just to say, ‘Hey, thanks for your past gifts—we hope you’ll continue to support us for these reasons,’” Gehring says. “We’re going to have to come up with innovative ways to fundraise.” In its annual report, Giving USA found Americans donated an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018, down 1.7 percent from the prior year after adjusting for inflation. The report cites the tax policy change and stock

By the Numbers Standard deduction for individuals


$6,350 $12,000


Number of tax filers who itemized deductions


46.5 million


18 million

U.S. charitable giving

2017 $427.71 billion 2018* $424.74 billion *Inflation-adjusted. Source: Internal Revenue Service; Tax Foundation; Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report of Philanthropy for the year 2018.


Lisa Courtice, president and CEO, United Way of Central Ohio Photo by Tim Johnson

market volatility among factors potentially causing the decrease. In its own recent analysis of giving trends, United Way, the largest traditional charity in the U.S., found that taxpayers who itemize their deductions are twice as likely to donate to charity as those who do not. Moreover, they donate more than twice as much as taxpayers who do not itemize, suggesting fewer taxpayers itemizing would indeed have a dampening effect on giving. The organization’s local chapter, United Way of Central Ohio, raised $22.5 million to support local poverty-fighting programs in its most recent campaign, a decrease of about $6 million from the previous year, according to a Columbus Dispatch report. United Way’s popular workplace campaign unites employees of an organization with an opportunity to donate and volunteer to causes of their choice. “We can’t point to the tax law change,” says Lisa Courtice, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio. “United Way nationally and worldwide said there could be a correlation ... but I have no evidence to think the typical person in the workplace campaign isn’t doing it because of the tax law change.” Whether or not the new tax law is hindering giving, United Way, like many not-for-profit organizations, considers the factor one of several new uncertainties, including predictions for a recession. “I think everybody’s concerned,” says LifeCare’s Gehring.

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Volunteer Innovations

New organizations are looking to change the way we donate our time, making the experience more accessible, more inclusive, more fun and, they hope, more popular. By Peter Tonguette and Phil Heston


something after to get to know people and to have a social aspect,” says Caleb Miller, current president of Columbus Gives Back, the organization Hardymon launched in the wake of that first group experience. The combination of philanthropy and camaraderie has proven to be a winning one, especially among young, often single, professionals. Ten years after that Craigslist ad, Columbus Gives Back has a roster of about 1,000 regular volunteers.

It’s just one of a growing number of organizations that have recently emerged in Columbus to increase volunteering by improving the experience. While the number of hours Americans spent in volunteer service hit a record high last year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, a study from the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute shows that the number of people volunteering has been declining for more than a decade. And despite

Making it Social Each week, the leaders of Columbus Gives Back make contact with the organization’s nonprofit partners to determine what their needs

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he concept for Columbus Gives Back began with a 2009 Craigslist ad. Juliana Hardymon placed the ad to find some folks to volunteer with her—she didn’t think service should be a solitary activity. Ten people responded, and after they were done with their work at an area nonprofit, the gang went out to a bar to reflect on what they had accomplished. “That sort of birthed the concept of what we call a social twist—doing

our Midwestern do-good image, Columbus comes in 28th out of 51 metropolitan areas in volunteer participation, the CNCS study reveals. Less than a third of Columbus residents do any volunteer work at all. This lack of participation has broad implications. Not only do local charities depend on volunteers, people who volunteer are more engaged in the community generally. They are twice as likely to give to charity as non-volunteers, and are more likely to talk to neighbors, participate in civic organizations and vote in local elections. By seeking out innovative ways to connect millennials, teens, baby boomers and even families to community work that needs doing, groups like Columbus Gives Back could help reknit our fraying community fabric.

“A great culture has been created ... something that fosters friendship and community, and really a culture of philanthropy." Caleb Miller President, Columbus Gives Back

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Kate and Hank McGinnis sort clothing at the Seeds of Caring event.

Ethan Ankrum helps out at a "Socktober" event sponsored by Seeds of Caring.

By the Numbers Columbus Gives Back Volunteers deployed in first nine months of 2019:

600 Organizations served in first nine months of 2019:

80 Service hours in first nine months of 2019:

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spectrum of people coming through,” he continues. Volunteer Jordann Dillard participates in the post-event activities. “It’s a great way to meet people that you otherwise wouldn’t,” she says. Dillard volunteers for one of CGB’s partner organizations, Student Success Stores, school-based shops where students in need of school supplies, hygiene products, clothes and other items can acquire them free of charge. “A lot of the students that we were seeing who were walking through the doors are students who have literally been running their whole lives,” says Sarai Veronique Exil of Student Success Stores. “They need basic, basic things.” One store is affiliated with Columbus Global Academy. Volunteers from Columbus Gives Back “have literally kept that store alive,” Exil says. “They’re the ones who are counting the donations. They’re making sure they’re on shelves.” The arrangement works,

Exil says, because Columbus Gives Back is such a consistent partner. “We don’t see the same people every time, but it’s a strong group of people who get to learn more about us, who bring donations sometimes when they can,” she says. Dillard agrees, describing what she learned while helping out at SSS. “[Stu-

dents] get to come in and shop around and pick out new clothes for the school year,” she says. “It was just cool to see that all these donations come in and you were there to sort them, and it was so eye-opening—all this stuff that’s happening around Columbus that you might not even know about.” Find out more at

Engaging Kids Courtesy Sarai Veronique Exil

are and how many volunteers they could use. Events are posted on the group’s website; anyone—including newbies to Columbus Gives Back—is invited to sign up and show up. “From the start, a great culture has been created—something that’s very welcoming, something that fosters friendship and community, and really a culture of philanthropy,” Miller says. Although the organization has focused on increasing volunteerism among millennials, it is open to anyone over 21. “We see the broad

"[Volunteers from Columbus Gives Back] have literally kept that store alive." Sarai Veronique Exil President, Student Success Stores

Clintonville resident Brandy Jemczura’s idea for a new volunteer organization sprang from her own frustration. Three years ago, with two children and a third on the way, the Clintonville resident looked for ways to help her kids develop the habit of giving back, just as she had. But she discovered that most nonprofits excluded children or offered activities to which they were not well suited. “I just really reflected on all of the hopes and dreams I had for my kids,” Jemczura says. “I wanted them to grow up to be

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Express employees Greg Schlegel and Brenda Reed help build furnishings at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio in a project organized by Besa.

Tamara Tuttle, an Express employee, volunteers at the Furniture Bank.

kind, caring individuals, willing to work for a better tomorrow, willing to work for a better community.” Jemczura wasn’t interested in simply having her kids tag along while she did all of the volunteering. “I could probably go and manage volunteering with a couple kids in tow and have them put a couple pieces of food up on the shelf,” she says. “But it wasn’t going to be as meaningful for them.” Her solution was Seeds of Caring, an organization that connects families with volunteer experiences for children aged 2 to 12. Youngsters attend the events in the company of a parent or other adult guardian; event leaders oversee all of the particulars. Through activities targeted to specific age groups, Seeds of Caring seeks to reach kids in terms they can comprehend. For example, participants under 5 might pack snacks to send to a shelter. “The youngest children … love anything that involves packing or going down an assembly line,”

Jemczura says. “It keeps their little bodies engaged.” Their minds are engaged, too, through lessons learned during the day. “We’ll read a simple story about a girl who notices her friend at school is hungry and how she tries to help her friend,” Jemczura says. “For the youngest kids, that really resonates with them.” Complexity of tasks increases for older children—as does complexity of the topics tackled. “We can talk more about problemsolving, about critical thinking and social justice efforts,” Jemczura says. “We can talk to them at a different level about some of these community topics.” Brittney Stroman, whose daughter, Poppy, 7, and son, Cooper, 5, both participate in Seeds of Caring, praises the hands-on nature of the activities. “A lot of philanthropy is done through online monetary contributions, and it’s not very meaningful to kids,” says Stroman, whereas with Seeds of Caring’s projects, “they’re actually doing it.”

Stroman’s family has packaged lunches for a shelter and supplies for individuals transitioning from homelessness into a new home. The organizations served by Seeds of Caring reap rewards, too. Many adults with developmental disabilities served at Goodwill Columbus—a Seeds of Caring partner—have few opportunities to interact with children, according to Goodwill health and wellness activities coordinator Elizabeth Krucky. Krucky describes a regular joint event, “Seeing Life Differently,” which allows

By the Numbers Seeds of Caring Volunteers deployed per year:

4,000+ family volunteers, half of them children Organizations served per year:

30+ Service hours per year:


children to learn about visual impairments through a series of activities. Afterwards, they have a conversation with a blind person. “The first time we did it, the parents at the event … said, ‘This was such a wonderful event. Not only did my children learn, but I also learned as well,’” Krucky says. It’s Jemczura’s hope that service experiences will increase empathy—and she sees the evidence in her own children. “There was an instance of someone demonstrating a bit of road rage towards us one day,” Jemczura says. “My son was in the backseat and he goes, ‘Oh, wow. That person clearly did not go to Seeds of Caring when they were young.’ ” Learn more at

High Impact For Matthew Goldstein, a passion for philanthropy began on the phone. While working as a market researcher at the retailer Abercrombie & Fitch,

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By the Numbers Besa Number of volunteers deployed per year:

10,000 Number of nonprofit organizations served per year:

75 Number of corporate partners providing volunteers:

12+ Number of service hours per year:


“Stuffing envelopes is probably not something you’re going to see us do. We're looking for high-impact opportunities.” Matthew Goldstein founder and CEO, Besa


became a kind of crusader for volunteerism. First, he encouraged co-workers to find ways to give back. Then, in 2010, he decided to do more. Quitting his job at Abercrombie, he began charting plans for a new kind of volunteer organization, Besa. Launched two years later, Besa aims to connect concerned citizens with groups in need of assistance—from Faith Mission to the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center—by simplifying the process. Rather than reaching out to charities to learn how they can help, interested volunteers can learn about specific events on Besa’s website. Each listing includes the details about the project, including overviews of an organization’s purpose and instructions about what is expected at the event itself. “You just go to their website,” says volunteer Nicole Phalen. “You click a button, and you’re signed up.” Jessica Schueren praises the way potential participants can pick and choose their level of involvement. “As a working professional, I was also looking for flexibility, so I appreciated that I could volunteer once a quarter, once a month or once a week,” Schueren says. Ease of signing up is the hook Besa uses to draw in volunteers, but their continued participation is likely due to the organization’s emphasis on curating unique service experiences. “Stuffing envelopes is probably not something you’re going to see us do,” Goldstein says. “We’re looking for high-impact opportunities where you’re either working directly with a client or you’re doing something that directly benefits them.” Besa also develops projects, dreaming up

creative ways to serve its nonprofit partners, like a Halloween Day event staffed by costumed Besa volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. The children trick-or-treat along a hallway, with the volunteers positioned to answer and offer treats when they knock on doors. “As the nonprofit builds its relationship with Besa, and starts to really trust us as a partner,” Goldstein says, “Then we’re able to think in a creative way in terms of how else can we serve the nonprofit.” Besa’s work is supported by traditional giving, donations and grants. Additional revenue is generated through the organization’s partnership with companies that turn to Besa to help enable and encourage their workers to get involved; many companies lack employees to coordinate such activities. Besa sets up a web portal that allows a client’s employees to register for service projects. “We manage it all,” Goldstein says. “We help them have the greatest impact with the resources at their disposal.” Vicki Christian of Goodwill Columbus, which works with adults with disabilities, describes a day when 130 Besa volunteers from the logistics department at L Brands took part in a project to beautify the organization’s building. “We had painting and cleaning and all sorts of different things going on here,” Christian says. The volunteers finished the day by helping the Goodwill clients stage a good, old-fashioned derby car race. In the end, Goldstein hopes that Besa’s volunteers will form powerful memories that spur additional acts of giving. “If we’re going to solve these problems, like

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Goldstein spent weekend mornings volunteering at a suicide hotline. “Those hours on the hotline were some of my most fulfilling,” Goldstein says, describing a deep sense of connection to callers, even though he knew they would never meet. “Together, we’re able to connect on a very deep and personal level.” Hoping others could find that same sense of connection, Goldstein

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hunger or homelessness, we need to get more people civically engaged,” Goldstein says. “As soon as you can figure that out, then you start hooking people.” Find Besa at

Tap to Volunteer As a teenager, Madison Mikhail Bush spent almost 2,000 hours volunteering for various causes. Her experience helped her earn a scholarship to Capital University, but during and after her time there, she struggled to locate volunteer opportunities. “If I was having problems trying to volunteer,” she says, “I can’t imagine how hard it was for people who did not have as much experience.” Mikhail Bush wondered if the same ease of use that powers apps like UberEats

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By the Numbers Point Number of Volunteers using Point:

Almost 6,000 Number of Charities on Point:

About 140 Average Volunteer Engagement:

Two to three events over six months

and Lyft could be applied to philanthropy. She set about creating an app that would help volunteers find the local charities that need them. But Mikhail Bush, a biology major, had little knowledge about coding or computer engineering. “I was on the wrong side of the nerd kingdom,” she says. She started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to hire technical assistance, but that first effort went poorly. This prompted her to tweet out a plea asking if anyone knew where to find $5,000. A chief engineering manager at Twitter responded with some advice. After that, Mikhail Bush recruited a friend who was then working at Google. Together, they launched another fundraising campaign and

hired local freelance developers to work on the app. Eventually, the engineering manager from Twitter came on board to help with software, and they launched in April of 2018. One barrier to volunteering that Point seeks to address is individuals’ lack of familiarity with local charities. “So many people want to help but they don’t even know the name of a charity to Google,” says Mikhail Bush. On Point, users can tap or click on a cause that interests them to see a registry of related charities, both local and national, with volunteer opportunities. High schools, filled with native app users, are a natural partner for Point, which is currently working with four local high schools. Stephanie McGeorge, assis-

tant principal at Westerville North, who monitors and tracks all of the students’ community service, saw Point as a great opportunity for her students. “It meets kids where they are at,” McGeorge says. “They [the students] really like being able to tailor the experience to their interests.” Point also eliminates a lot of bothersome paperwork, McGeorge adds, and allows students to find opportunities on their own. Before Point, students found service jobs either from advisors or through the Rotary Club, which limited their options. The app increased the scope of their choices—and gave students autonomy in selecting them. One of the early adopters of Point is the Alzheimer’s Association. “I love the interface, it is so easy to

use. It is easy to sign up, it is easy to get in touch with people, and it is easy to see what is out there,” says Jason Abady, the organization’s community engagement specialist. Abady recently used the app to find volunteers for the group’s Alzheimer’s Walk. The Alzheimer’s Association plans to add more events which will draw volunteers from the app in the future. Right now, everyone using Point does so for free. Mikhail Bush’s goal is to keep it free for charities and volunteers. Schools and businesses will pay nominal fees to use the app, gaining access to features that larger organizations will find useful such as data management and event creation. The beta version of the app garnered 1,000 users. Following Point’s official release this summer, the app now has close to 6,000 users. Mikhail Bush is looking forward to adding more functionality and expanding her base. Plans are afoot to expand to Cleveland and Cincinnati by the end of 2019. Mikhail Bush likes to envision a time when Point is as common as all the other apps on our phones. “Our goal is a deep cultural shift in the communities we are in,” she says. You can download Point from Apple’s App Store and Google Play or at

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Helping build an orphanage in Kenya for children of AIDS victims has brought together an array of Central Ohioans in a 15-year effort involving fundraisers, travel and lots and lots of music.


ore than 8,000 miles separate Columbus from Nairobi, Kenya, but an orphanage on the outskirts of that city is clustered with signs and plaques bearing names that would be equally at home in Central Ohio. These testify to a range of supporting Columbus-area Rotary clubs, churches, musical and medi-

“They’re bright, they’re excited, they’re curious, they have great selfworth, they’ve got a faith, they’ve got a family—which is Rafiki.” Terry Davis assistant chief medical officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital


cal groups and businesses. The African orphanage, and the village that surrounds it, exist on land that until 14 years ago was undeveloped; today, it houses 60 children left parentless by AIDS in a part of the world where they might otherwise be shunned. And it all started with a chance meeting in an elevator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 1998. One of the two men in that elevator was Terry Davis, who became a pediatric cardiac surgeon after the death of his second child from a heart malady at five weeks of age. Davis has performed 5,000 heart surgeries on children and infants during a 35-year surgical career. His passion and skill have taken him to pediatric medical missions in El Salvador, Peru and Kenya. He has served as associate and assistant chief medical officer at Children’s, as well as the hospital’s acting chief medical officer. The second man was John Nganga, at that time the hospital’s resident chaplain. Nganga is a native of Kenya and an Anglican priest who came to the U.S. to obtain his doctorate at United Theological Seminary in Dayton. After four years at Children’s, Nganga was well aware of Davis,

and knew that the man had a heart for kids around the world. Nganga saw the elevator convergence as something more than mere coincidence, and he wasn’t about to miss his chance. For a decade, Nganga had been carrying an image in his mind that he says was “torturing” him. It was of a young woman he’d seen dying in the ravages of AIDS in an isolated corner of a hospital in Kenya, alone in the midst of many. Nganga knew that her village likely looked upon her with fear and even judgment. When he came to the U.S. the following year, he focused his doctoral studies on “non-judgmental pastoral care.” It is a phrase that Nganga says captures his approach to his ministry with AIDS victims— and, specifically, children orphaned by the disease. “When I saw the hopelessness in the eyes of those orphans, and the desperation of the grandmothers,” he says, “I made a covenant with God to be available to these children at whatever the cost so that the children could have a future.” The priest and the doctor continued their conversation after stepping off the elevator. Nganga described his hopes for an orphan-

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Terry Davis (washtub bass) with members of Grassinine, which raised funds for the Rafiki orphanage. Left to right: Tom Krouse, Jamie Davis, Christina Grote

age in Kenya for children left parentless by AIDS, to be called Rafiki (“friend” in Swahili). He told Davis he had just taken out a personal loan at the hospital credit union to fund the project. “Seed money! Well done, John,” Davis replied, then told him to get back in touch when he returned from Kenya with a plan. It would be six years.

A Growing Crisis When Nganga returned to his homeland in 1998, Kenya was in the midst of an AIDS epidemic that placed it among the six worst-hit nations in the world. Ten

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years earlier, when he left to study in the U.S., Kenya was reporting 3,000 HIV cases and the government was in denial about the problem. But by 1998 the disease had reached 10 percent of the entire population. Most tragic to Nganga was the growing number of orphans. They would increase to 3 million over the next 15 years, more than 10 percent of the under-15 population— half of them due to AIDS. The huge numbers were breaking down the traditional African extended family system, leaving orphaned children with no choice other than the streets. Nganga and Davis were

only loosely in touch during those six years. Davis was away doing mission work in Peru in 2002 when Nganga returned to Columbus for a six-month stint as an associate pastor at Clintonville’s Overbrook Presbyterian Church. But in 2004, Davis began redeeming his promise to Nganga by visiting the Kenyan site (the first of 21 visits he has made to date), where he was excited by the spirit and hope he saw in the children. “The main thing is the kids,” he says. “They’re bright, they’re excited, they’re curious, they have great self-worth, they’ve got a faith, they’ve got a family—which is

Rafiki.” The visit kindled a passion for the project that Davis began sharing within his Central Ohio communities, making presentations to fellow members of the Columbus Rotary Club and the First Community Church, as well as to colleagues at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

A Shared Passion Perhaps the project’s greatest turning point was a presentation Davis made to the Short North Rotary Club (called, at the time, the Capitol Square Rotary Club). His slideshow and talk ignited a fire in the club’s members,

especially its service chair, Kirk Horn. Horn would pour his next—and, as it turned out, his last—10 years of life into every aspect of the Rafiki work. That night, Horn came home, according to his wife, Zonia, “gung ho to go.” As incoming club president (2005-2006), he began organizing a trip to Rafiki that also would involve other members. Full disclosure: I knew Horn throughout his life in our close family friendship with his parents and sister Aly. As a child, he pulsated with energy and, unlike most people, maintained that zest into adulthood while becoming a top

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salesman for Logicalis and a devoted Rotarian. There was always a part of the 8-yearold in him that revealed itself when something new caught his eye, and so it was with Rafiki. Kirk died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 45. But his enthusiasm and energy for the project had already engaged an extraordinary array of business leaders, musicians, churchgoers and members of the medical community, enough to build a momentum that would continue to enlarge the circle.

Getting Started But first, they had to dig a well. During the years following the elevator meeting, Nganga had opened his orphanage in a rented building on the outskirts of Nairobi. But the building was crowded, and he began to feel the necessity of moving the children out into the countryside, away from a place where AIDS victims often confronted deepseated fears. The congregation at Overbrook Presbyterian had

raised the funds for Nganga to purchase a 1.5-acre rural plot. But in order to get government permission to build there, he had to establish a reliable supply of potable water—no easy task. A satisfactory well would cost $60,000, and that would only produce the permission slip for the large building task to follow. Here in Columbus, the well became a rallying point, providing a concrete goal that would galvanize local groups. The spirit was especially lively among the area’s Rotary Clubs. Gary Vaughan, an early member of the Short North club and a current district Rotary governor, says that half of the 59 Rotary clubs in the district contributed to the Rafiki mission in some way. Vaughan went with Horn to Kenya for the groundbreaking ceremony for the well in late 2005. Over the past decade and a half, estimates Eston Kihara, a Westerville resident and friend of Nganga who kept track of fundraising efforts, Central Ohioans have contributed about $1 million to the orphanage through their

churches, Rotary clubs and other local groups. Many who got involved locally describe a sense of personal growth through their long-term participation in the Rafiki project. “I didn’t connect with the kids right away in 2005,” says Rachael Mazur, CEO of DASCO Home Medical Equipment and the Short North Rotary Club’s current president, about her first visit to the orphanage. “I felt like a person who was gawking more than helping. But it was interesting because on the next visit [in 2012], after I’d become a mom, I was super connected with the kids. I think that was just part of my development.”

The Rafiki orphanage near Nairobi, Kenya, has grown to the size of a village.

Making Music In late 2006, the ColumbusRafiki connection took on a musical accompaniment that lasts to this day, an element that led to the creation of two new Columbus musical traditions with strong Rafiki connections, as well as music education programs in both Columbus and Kenya. The first musical element

was the founding of the band Grassinine, which got its start in 2006 with a tongue-in-cheek name, a group of middle-aged players with high-powered day jobs, a backyard jam session and an opening performance staged on a pontoon boat cruising on

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John Nganga, right, with a colleague in front of Rafiki's Terry Davis Academy

“Giving comes back to us in the form of joy.” Tom Krouse President and CEO, Donatos


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the Scioto with guitars, banjo, spoons for percussion, and a gutbucket (or washtub) one-stringed bass. A passing kayaker smoking a cigar was so struck by the audience-less boat on that maiden voyage that he turned his craft around and followed them all the way up

Terry Davis and John Nganga (in tie) with Rafiki children and board members

their river route. Even before the band was formed, several members had been to Rafiki: bass player Terry Davis and his son Jamie, who sang and played guitar, mandolin player Lee Bass, and Donatos executive (now president and CEO) Tom Krouse, also as a lead

singer and guitarist—not to mention backup vocalist and percussionist Kirk Horn. That first pontoon excursion on the Scioto would make a stop at the riverside home of Donatos founder Jim Grote and his wife Christina, who immediately joined the band as washboard player. It wouldn’t be long before the Grotes, too, would make a visit to the orphanage in Kenya. Krouse calls Grassinine’s formation “an organic happening.” Since then, the band has played dozens of venues with an eclectic style of music they describe as “mountain rock.” In addition to local pubs, Grassinine has played for audiences at Red, White and Boom, Comfest and Rhythm on the River, among others. Yet early on, members agreed that generosity would anchor the band, giving joy to audiences and material help to people and groups in need. Krouse, who writes and speaks about the application of musical concepts

in the world of business, sees something similar when music teams up with philanthropy. It adds to the fun of giving. Says Krouse, “Giving comes back to us in the form of joy.” A lot of that giving has been focused on Rafiki. Grassinine has given benefit performances for countless causes, but Rafiki is one of its most-favored recipients. The second musical connection is an annual concert series Horn imported to Columbus after a stint working in Nashville, where the concept originated. Music in the Round Columbus is a local songwriters’ showcase that doubles as a fundraiser for Rafiki. Specifically, Horn’s goal for the series was to fund a music program for the children of Rafiki. That initiative drew in Columbus musician Jesse Henry, frontman of the Spikedrivers. When Henry learned of the initiative as one of the featured artists for a 2011 Music in the Round benefit, he rushed to sign up for an upcoming 2012 trip to Kenya to kick off the music program, using his honorarium from the evening as a down payment on his airline ticket. When he and fellow Columbus musician Eric Nassau arrived at the orphanage with guitars—their own and quite a few others—the children swarmed them in an overflow of excitement. The visit became a threeday rolling concert of continuous singing and playing, including a performance by the Upendo Choir from Tanzania. That three-day experience, Henry says, inspired in him a vision of linking Kenya and Columbus through music and its appeal to children. “I want to connect kids to the deep power of music around the world,” he says.

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Horn shared that vision, and in 2015—late in the game for Horn, who was diagnosed with a cancerdriven brain tumor in 2014 that would take him from Zonia and young son Elijah in 2016—he described to Krouse and his wife, Jane Grote Abell, chair of the Donatos board, a literal dream of connecting the Rafiki initiative to a music program for children in the Columbus area. Abell loved the idea and suggested tying it to Boys and Girls Clubs in Columbus, starting with the Reeb Avenue Center that she had founded along with Tanny Crane of the Crane Group. Henry recruited other musicians and launched a program of twice-a-week, two-hour instrumental music lessons for kids at the Reeb Avenue and Milo-Grogan Boys and Girls Clubs. Some two dozen kids are currently enrolled, with plans to expand both that number and sites involved. Today, the program is supported by a donor-advised

Grassinine performs in Sept. 2019 at a TriVillage Rotary Club fundraiser for clean water in Africa and Haiti.

fund at the Columbus Foundation, the Kirk Horn Music Fund, overseen by parents Bob and Jenny Horn. “Kirk knew the joy of life,” says Abell, “and he certainly brought a lot of joy to other people. I think he taught us how to live well.”

Keeping It Going Rafiki today has expanded to become almost a village. Sixty children live

“Kirk knew the joy of life and he certainly brought a lot of joy to other people. I think he taught us how to live well.” Jane Grote Abell Board chair, Donatos


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Kirk Horn with son Elijah in 2015

in the orphanage, a figure expected to swell to 75 in January of 2020. Additionally, some 100 children from neighboring villages come on the grounds as students at the Terry Davis Academy—strong evidence of Nganga’s effectiveness in overcoming attitudes about AIDS as local parents now pay to send their children into what was once forbidden company. Nganga speaks eloquent-

ly about the Kenyans who helped him envision and anchor the Rafiki orphanage concept in the earliest years, including the leaders of the parent Emmanuel Anglican Church in Kibiciku, as well as his friend Eston Kihara. Kihara took on a leadership role on Rafiki’s American board during a three-year period when Nganga was battling cancer. One of the things Rotary leaders Vaughan and Mazur especially appreciate about the Rafiki work is that it has become a sustainable legacy in the lives of these children. Through enterprises like the Terry Davis Academy and an onsite farm that produces food for the children, they point out, Rafiki perpetuates itself. Sustainability has also marked the Columbus side of the venture. The digging of the well and the transplanting of the orphanage could have been a nice break point for the Columbus Rafiki supporters, a neatly preserved memory. But the spirit of the project kept its supporters coming back, doing more and giving more, their energy rippling outward into the Columbus community and into the lives of children halfway around the world.

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LEADERSHIP Tammy H. Wharton President & CEO

Michele Bertoia Secretary Sarah H. Martin Treasurer Julie Holbein Past chair Shakila Ali Jacquie Bickel Karrie Braganza Audra Christie Molly Crabtree Tracy Elich Cailin Falato Dan Hunt Stella Keane Kathy Lowrey Gallowitz

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HEINZERLING COMMUNITY 1800 Heinzerling Drive Columbus, Ohio 43223 614-272-8888 ABOUT Annual revenue: $23,727,991 Number of employees: 460 Established: 1959 Number of locations: One HeinzerlingCommunity

Sources of funding Medicaid (government): 97% Corporate gifts: 1% Individual gifts: 1% Grants: 1%

LEADERSHIP Robert E. Heinzerling, NHA Executive director Timothy P. Dotson, MA Administrator Deborah A. Rogner, CPA Chief financial officer

BOARD members Rick A. Wanner Chair Linda S. Heinzerling, RN Vice president Valerie Ruddock Secretary Tim Hall Treasurer Daniel M. O’ Brien Immediate past chair

Heinzerling Community provides 24-hour care and residential services for individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities. For 60 years, Heinzerling Community has created a legacy of caring by providing supports for this special population in Central Ohio. Today, approximately 200 children and adults reside at the Heinzerling Community, where they receive an exceptional quality of care. The mission of the Heinzerling Community is to provide a loving and nurturing environment that enriches the development, education and quality of life for individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities. A staff of over 450 works around the clock to nurture and develop each resident. This is accomplished through a personalized approach involving many supports, including physical/occupational therapy, communication/social skills, life skills, nursing, nutritional plans and sensory development for residents. These activities occur at Heinzerling and during community outings. Heinzerling Community provides an important resource for families and is the only service provider in Central Ohio that focuses on individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities. Many families seek us out to care for their loved one(s) if they are unable to do so in their own home. Families maintain an active role in their family member’s life while Heinzerling Community provides the day to day care.


Support Options: Donate – individual donations provide our residents with adaptive equipment for therapy, daily living, personal care items and opportunities to attend community outings. Donate at Volunteer – We are always looking for individuals and groups to volunteer time with our residents, provide entertainment, support hands-on projects and help organize fundraising events. Sponsorship opportunities – Support our events with a corporate sponsorship. Make a planned gift – As we plan for the future, we have established the Heinzerling Legacy Society. Donors can make more significant, planned gifts that will have a lasting impact on current and future residents.

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HOMEPORT 3443 Angler Road Columbus, Ohio 43219 614-221-8889

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ABOUT Annual revenue: $5,639,495 Number of employees: 38 Established: 1987 Number of locations: One HomeportOH @HomeportOH Who We Are Homeport is the largest, locally focused nonprofit developer of affordable housing in Central Ohio. Having served the area since 1987, Homeport owns 2,380 affordable rental apartments and homes in 36 communities. Its 6,276 residents— families and seniors—can access a broad variety of services ranging from after-school programming to emergency assistance for rent and utilities. Homeport partnerships also link its residents to food, furniture and employment assistance, as well as medical and mental health services. Homeport is a leading provider of homebuyer education and budget and credit counseling for Central Ohio. What We Do Providing a roof over someone’s head is only the start of a stronger home. Homeport surrounds its rental communities with comprehensive support to promote long-term stability and health. With the assistance of partners and volunteers, Homeport organizes out-of-school programs, free produce markets, school supply drives and more for thousands of residents every year. Why We Are Important Homeport addresses the growing demand of affordable housing in Central Ohio. And the challenge is huge: • 54,000 Central Ohio households are paying more than half their incomes for housing. • The poverty population has grown at

Sources of funding Rentals & Other Revenue: 62.4% Contributions & Pledges: 22.6% Government Grants: 15%

LEADERSHIP Bruce Luecke President & CEO

more than three times the rate of the overall population (2009–2014) and extends into Columbus suburbs.

BOARD MEMBER Christy L. Hune Chair

How You Can Help Homeport is the answer. An investment in Homeport is an investment in the lives of Central Ohioans and beyond. A decent home is at the center of every important issue, and it has a multiplier effect. Support of affordable housing creates results that extend far beyond and changes the lives of generations. Our resident services enhance the chances of family, financial and community stability. This leads to jobs, better health and improved economic conditions, as well as financial education. It is what separates Homeport from other home providers. giving 2020 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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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, ABOUT Number of employees: 3,500 full-time equivalents, with more than 340 researchers and 200 specialized oncologists Established: 1976 Number of locations: 11 OSUCCC-James @osuccc_james


Sources of funding

Corporate gifts: 67% Individual gifts: 30% Foundation gifts: 3%

LEADERSHIP Raphael Pollock, M.D., Ph.D. Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center William Farrar, MD CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute James Foundation board Helena Anderson Janis L. Block Jeri B. Block Kenton R. Bowen William H. Carter Jeg Coughlin Jr. Dale Darnell William Farrar, M.D. Jennifer Feeney Sander Flaum Steven G. Gabbe, M.D. Libby Germain Ellie E. Halter Sarah B. Hatcher


Cindy Hilsheimer Lisa A. Hinson Peter Z. Horvath Irene J. Levine G. Scott McComb Diane Nye Marnette Perry Raphael Pollock, M.D., Ph.D. Richard R. Porter Mark Puskarich Daniel H. Rosenthal Charles E. Ruma Mark C. Ryan Michael W. Schott Julie Sloat Judith E. Tuckerman Dennis E. Welch Robert White Jr. Alec Wightman Jay Worly EMERITUS MEMBERS Cheryl Krueger Jane T. McCoy James V. Pickett David E. Schuller, M.D. Willis S. White Jr.

When Laura Schoettmer asked her doctor about a lump on her jawline, she never thought it would lead to a diagnosis of cancer. The lump turned out to be nothing of concern, but imaging revealed a nodule on her thyroid gland. A biopsy showed that the nodule was benign, but within three months, it had tripled in size and required removal. In the meantime, Laura discovered a second lump behind her ear, so the surgeon agreed to remove it simultaneously. Two days post-surgery, she learned the lump behind her ear was lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. “I was absolutely shocked, because I felt fine. I’d had no symptoms except excessive night sweats, which I attributed to menopause. I had no idea this was a symptom of lymphoma until I was diagnosed,” Laura recalls. She was referred to a private-practice oncologist but quickly transferred her care to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), where she was treated by Robert Baiocchi, MD, Ph.D., and his team. “Every single person I encountered at the OSUCCC – James was so positive and

reassuring. I felt completely cared for. That compassion and positivity kept me going,” Laura says. She underwent six rounds of chemotherapy in combination with an immune-boosting drug called rituximab. She has been cancerfree for over one year. While Laura found fulfillment in her volunteer work in the chemotherapy unit at the OSUCCC – James for several years before her own diagnosis, the work is even more meaningful to her now. “I know I am fortunate. So many others go through much more difficult treatment or will be on treatment for the rest of their lives. I have experienced guilt that my cancer is gone and so many others continue to deal with this disease,” says Laura.

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MARBURN ACADEMY 9555 Johnstown Road New Albany, Ohio 43054 614-433-0822 ABOUT Annual revenue: $8.8 million Number of employees: 82 Established: 1981 Number of locations: One MarburnAcademy @marburnacademy MISSION STATEMENT At Marburn Academy, we celebrate students who learn differently, empowering them to awaken their potential, to achieve success in school and life, and to drive positive change in our communities. ABOUT MARBURN ACADEMY Marburn Academy is an independent day school for students who learn differently due to dyslexia, ADHD and executive function difficulties. Marburn educates more than 370 students in grades 1–12 year-round in its day school and summer programs. Marburn provides a positive learning environment where students thrive. This happens through a one-on-one advisory structure, hands-on experiential learning, Orton-Gillingham language classes and small class sizes. Marburn provides a full complement of art, music, drama, physical education and technology classes, as well as co-curriculars in athletics, the arts and community service. Students entering Marburn Academy often feel defeated by their educational journey. Marburn Academy meets students where they are and helps them find their strengths. When students leave Marburn, their view on education has changed, they have confidence, they advocate for themselves, and they are on the path toward success. GIVING OPPORTUNITIES • Individual giving • Corporate giving

Sources of funding Tuition and fees: 89% Corporations: 5% Individual gifts: 4% Foundations: 2%

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Foundations/grants Sponsorship of Marburn Academy’s Annual Gala on April 25, 2020 Gifts in-kind (product and services) Marburn Academy Legacy Society (planned giving)

Contributions enable the school to provide vital scholarships for qualified Marburn families, to strengthen our cutting-edge curricula and to support innovative teaching. Marburn depends on the generosity of its donors to defray daily operating expenses.

LEADERSHIP Scott Burton Interim head of school Jennifer MartinGledhill Interim associate head of school Lucy Godman Chief advancement officer Chip Spires Chief financial officer

WAYS TO GIVE We invite you to support Marburn Academy initiatives that help to make a difference in the life of every student.

BOARD MEMBERS Brian Hicks Chair

Individual gifts can be made online at, or mailed to Marburn Academy, 9555 Johnstown Rd., New Albany, OH 43054. For all other gifts, please contact the development office at 614-396-4877.

Jessica Ditullio Secretary

Sharon Wolfe Vice chair

Rhonda Anglim Steven Guy, Ph.D. Karen Heiser, Ph.D. Jay Jadwin Tim Johnson Jason Judd Tim Martin Yvette McGee Brown Mike McGovern Rick Milenthal Steve Miggo Michael Parkes Jim Perry Terry Sanders Kerry Thompson Tom White Tony White Amber Williams Members Scott Burton Ex officio member Marjorie Garek Trustee emerita

Beth Savage Treasurer

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MARYHAVEN 1791 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, Ohio 43207 614-324-5473

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ABOUT Annual revenue: $36,250,000 Number of employees: 500 Established: 1953 Number of locations: Nine MaryhavenInc @Maryhaven

Sources of funding Public grants and programs: 49% Medicaid: 39% Other: 6% Contributions and donations: 5% Federal probation/ pretrial: 1%

LEADERSHIP Shawn D. Holt President/CEO

BOARD MEMBERS John Littlejohn Board chair

Adam Rowan Chief operating officer

Kevin Brady Vice chair

John Reed Chief financial officer Angela Stewart VP of Human Resources Andrew Moss VP of Addiction Stabilization Services Dr. Trupti Patel Medical director Matt Donovan VP of Operations Melissa Mitchell General council Nanon Morrison VP of Development/ Marketing


Amy Heaton Treasurer Noreen Nichols Secretary Hon. David E. Cain (retired) Suzanne Coleman Tolbert Patricia Eshman Thomas E. Lach Abby Morrison Daniel R. Moore, Jr. Rich Mueller Hon. Guy Lester Reece II (retired) Lana T. Ruebel Hon. Lisa L. Sadler Hon. Charles A. Schneider (retired) Michael Stovall

MISSION STATEMENT Maryhaven helps individuals and families lead healthy lives free from addiction and mental illness by providing education, treatment and support. PROGRAMS & SERVICES Maryhaven provides integrated behavioral health care services to help men, women and children restore their lives from the effects of addiction and mental illness. Services vary by location and include: • Adult and adolescent residential and outpatient programs • Women’s Center Extended Care • Homeless services • Underage drinking/drug programs • Federal prison, probation and pretrial programs • Ambulatory detoxification • Opiate treatment • Addiction recovery and mental health outpatient intensive counseling • Gambling intervention programs • Stable Cradle mentors for pregnant women • School-based prevention/education • Child, adolescent and family therapy • Crisis intervention services • Pharmacological management • Transitional housing • Triage and Stabilization Center GIVING OPPORTUNITIES • Corporate giving • Individual giving • Planned giving • Volunteer opportunities • Event sponsorships

OTHER LOCATIONS 137 Stetzer Road S, Bucyrus 419-562-1740 88 N. Sandusky St., Delaware 740-203-3800 245 Neal Ave., Mt. Gilead 419-946-6734 333 E. Center St., Marion 740-375-5550 715 S. Plum St., Marysville 937-644-9192 1430 S. High St. (Stabilization Center), Columbus 614-445-8131

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OHIO ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOUNDATION 88 E. Broad St., Ste. 720 Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-715-8560 ABOUT Annual revenue: $5,812,371 Number of employees: 12 Established: 1994 Number of locations: One

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OhioAccesstoJusticeFoundation @OhioJusticeFdtn

Sources of funding ABOUT THE FOUNDATION The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, the largest funder of civil legal aid in Ohio, is dedicated to improving the legal health of Ohioans struggling to make ends meet. By supporting legal aid and access to justice initiatives, the Foundation ensures fairness for all Ohioans, regardless of income. WHAT WE DO Low-income Ohioans experience legal problems that impact family, health, safety and security. In 2017, the federal Legal Services Corporation found that nationally, 71 percent of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the past year. The Foundation addresses this need in Ohio by: Funding Ohio’s legal aids Legal aid ensures children get the support they need to achieve success in school; survivors of domestic violence obtain safety and security; seniors can access critical medical care; and veterans receive the benefits they have earned from their service. Growing pro bono service The Foundation works to increase the number of private attorneys who donate their time and talent to resolve Ohioans’ legal issues. Most recently, the Foundation launched the Ohio Justice Bus, a mobile legal aid office and technology hotspot,

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Statutory Funding (filing fee surcharges and lawyers’ trust funding): 81% Grants: 17% Other income (including contributions): 2%

LEADERSHIP Angie Lloyd Executive director

that provides legal services to rural Ohioans at no cost to clients.

Kiko Yee General counsel & chief operating officer

Supporting innovative legal technology In August, the Foundation launched Ohio Legal Help, which provides plain language legal information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local resources to help Ohioans understand and resolve their legal issues.

BOARD MEMBERS Kimberly Shumate President

Nurturing the next generation of public service attorneys The Foundation also funds Justice for All Fellows, young attorneys with a passion for public service, as well as a student loan repayment forgiveness program to help civil legal aid lawyers pay off their school debt. GIVING OPPORTUNITIES Donations to the Foundation or to any of Ohio’s legal aid organizations can be made at

Jennifer Day Vice president Mary Amos Augsburger Secretary Paula Boggs Muething Treasurer David Kutik Past president Victoria Beckman Ann Bergen Sally Bloomfield Stephen Buchenroth Stuart Cubbon Christopher Davey Susan DiMickele Hon. Matthew Dolan Matthew Donahue

William Dowling Scott Greenwood Hon. Cheryl Grossman Hon. Howard Harcha Hon. William Klatt Gary Leppla Joseph Mas G. Scott McComb John Pinney Richard Pogue Brenda Rinehart P. Kelly Tompkins Kathleen Trafford Hon. Mark Wagoner Jr. Rev. Dr. Daryl Ward William Weisenberg Hon. Richard Wright Members Thomas Chema Hon. Ben Espy Hon. James Petro Emeriti Mary Asbury Hon. Judith French John Holschuh Jr. Tasha Ruth Timothy Young Ex officios

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Social Datebook

Compiled by Suzanne Goldsmith

Charitable Events

A yearlong calendar of fundraisers, friend-raisers and other philanthropic gatherings Founded by Rockbridge in 2012, RTRX serves to inspire curiosity, ignite conversation and enable meaningful action, taking place at the intersection of leadership, innovation and purpose. Each year, RTRX attracts leaders who are driven by curiosity to connect with each other and to invest funds in innovative cancer research. RTRX has invested more than $4.3 million in innovative cancer research through Pelotonia.

To share information about your 2021 charitable events, email sgoldsmith@

Date TBD Breakthrough Benefit Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: TBD The Breakthrough Benefit celebrates everyday breakthroughs in support of those impacted by Alzheimer’s, while raising funds to support breakthroughs in research. You’re invited to join us for an evening of music, inspiration and fundraising as we celebrate and create breakthrough moments. 614-4422012,

Fall TBD

Spring TBD Short North Gala Benefiting: Short North Arts District Location: Short North Arts District Time: Evening Tickets: $165–$3,000 Celebrate and support the artistry, diversity, community and spirit of the Short North Arts District in one deliciously unforgettable evening. 614-299-8050, Grand Illusions Saute Benefiting: Ohio Cancer Research Location: Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $250 Over the years, Ohio Cancer Research is proud to have honored and sizzled (OK, perhaps just singed, but never fully roasted) the most prominent and successful business leaders in the Columbus area to raise funds for cancer research, public information and awareness. Ticket includes plated dinner, cocktails and entertainment. 614-224-1127,

Summer TBD RTRX Benefiting: Pelotonia Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: TBD


Netcare Foundation Community Awards and Recognition Dinner Benefiting: Netcare Access Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets: $95 This annual dinner celebrates Netcare Access’ supporters, advocates, first responders, community leaders and staff, who have made an impact on the lives of the individuals we serve. Netcare is able to offer quality care and attention to those in crisis thanks to its many partners. 614-278-0109, Be the Good with Besa Benefiting: Besa Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: TBD Join Besa for good food, good drinks and good people at this annual celebration to help fund the organization’s service projects communitywide. 614-363-2315, 2020 Drexel Theatre Gala Benefiting: Friends of the Drexel, Inc. Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: $250–$500 This annual event raises funds for the nonprofit Drexel Theatre, showing both independent films and the best of Hollywood features. 614-719-6614, Harvest of Hope Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Time: Evening Tickets: TBD Harvest of Hope is a fundraising gala benefit-

ing the OSUCCC – James Cancer Hospital. 614-293-9340, Leadership and Lattes: A Women’s Leadership Series Benefiting: Junior League of Columbus Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: TBD The sixth annual Leadership & Lattes event focuses on the Junior League’s mission to develop the potential of women. The JLC brings established women leaders from the community together with professional women of all ages for a panel-style discussion. 614-464-2717,

January Jan. 20 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Benefiting: Morehouse College and King Arts Complex Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, 400–500 N. High St. Time: Doors open 7 a.m., program 7:30–10 a.m. Tickets: $60, $500 for a table of 10 Attend this memorable Columbus Martin Luther King Day flagship event to honor the memory of the iconic civil rights leader. U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty will deliver an inspiring keynote address. 614-863-6442, Jan. 20 CELC’s Learning Through Lifetime Gala Benefiting: Columbus Early Learning Centers Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets: $125 Join us for an incredible evening of dinner, drinks, a silent auction and more in support of our mission to help young learners develop, families succeed and neighborhoods thrive. Sponsorships are available; please contact 614253-5525 ext. 204, Jan. 20 The Jefferson Series with Newt Gingrich and Valerie Jarrett Benefiting: New Albany Community Foundation Location: Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 West E. Dublin-Granville Rd, New Albany

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LIGHTING OUR FUTURE A community is only as strong as every life that shines within it. We strive through each season to lift up lives, build strong futures, light up communities. Together we can light the future for us all.

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Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $10–$35 The Jefferson Series welcomes former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former senior advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett for an evening of civil discourse and debate. 614939-8150, the-jefferson-series Jan. 25 Wonderball Benefiting: Columbus Museum of Art Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $125 Wear your favorite black and white attire and celebrate creativity during the art party of the season, featuring DJs and live music, bites from Columbus’ best eateries, artisan cocktails, creative experiences, artist performances and more. 614-221-6801, Jan. 25 Ciao Ciao to Cancer Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: St. Charles Prepatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Bexley Time: 7–11 p.m. Tickets: Various sponsorship levels A great Italian-themed gathering with amazing food, dance, auctions, a duck pond and more. Your ticket to the event includes entry into a reverse raffle that could win you $10,000! 614-792-6204,


Jan. 25 Stroll for Epilepsy Benefiting: Epilepsy Alliance Ohio Location: Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $25 Participants stroll through the mall visiting treasure hunt stations as they learn about epilepsy and take a chance at winning prizes. 877-804-2241, Jan. 25 Snowflake Gala: Bourbon and Baubles Benefiting: Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club Location: Country Club at Muirfield Village, 8715 Muirfield Dr., Dublin Time: 7–11 p.m. Tickets: $75 An evening of great food, beverages, music and a silent auction to support Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club’s community efforts. 614-678-9148,

February Feb. 1 ProMusica Soiree Benefiting: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Location: The Westin Great Southern Columbus, 310 S. High St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $200–$350 per person Save the date for ProMusica’s biggest event of the year. A party in the historic ballroom of The Westin Great Southern Columbus, combined with a collaborative concert at the Southern Theatre, is an evening not to be

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Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast missed. Guest artist details to be announced. 614-646-0066, event/2020-promusica-soiree/ Feb. 1 2020 Dancing with Our Stars Gala Benefiting: Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio Location: 510 E. North Broadway Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: Prices vary The Dancing with Our Stars Gala highlights adults with Down syndrome performing professionally choreographed dance routines. Guests are treated to hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing, all while raising funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. 614-263-6020, Feb. 6 Columbus Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Benefiting: Columbus Chamber of Commerce Location: Battelle Hall, 400 N. High St. Time: 7–9:30 a.m. Tickets: Member and non-member rates available Connect and collaborate with more than 1,200 of the region’s leading business associates. You’ll hear from dynamic speakers as they share relevant and inspirational stories covering topics like experience, disruption and collaboration. 614-225-6950, Feb. 7 Flavors of the Vine Wine Tasting and Auction Benefiting: Recreation Unlimited Location: Hilton Columbus Polaris, 8700 Lyra Dr.

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Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $100 Flavors of the Vine, the No. 1 charity wine tasting event in Central Ohio, attracts wine distributors from throughout the region and beyond who will be pouring more than 150 wines to raise funds in support of individuals with disabilities. Evening features tastings, great food and live and silent auctions. 740548-7006, Feb. 8 2020 McCoy VIP Party Benefiting: McCoy Center for the Arts Location: McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 West E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Time: 6:30–9 p.m. Tickets: $175–$500 Join fans and friends of the McCoy Center and Mandy Patinkin for a pre-concert VIP Party including hearty hors d’oeuvres and artisanal cocktails. Gala ticket includes preferred seating for the concert performance by Mandy Patinkin. 614-719-6614, Feb. 14 Paws to Party Benefiting: CHA Animal Shelter Location: 32 N. Fourth St., Columbus Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $95 Paws to Party is a general celebration of wine, food and four-legged friends to support CHA Animal Shelter, run by Citizens for Humane Action, Inc. The evening includes a silent auction, among other activities. 614891-5280, Feb. 15 Fight For Air Climb Columbus Benefiting: American Lung Association Location: Rhodes Tower, 30 E. Broad St., Columbus Time: 9 a.m.–noon Tickets: $25–$50 Raise funds and challenge yourself to support the American Lung Association’s mission while climbing the 40 floors—880 stairs—of the Rhodes Tower. 614-279-1700, Feb. 16–21 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: CocoCay, Bahamas, and Nassau, Bahamas Time: N/A Tickets: Package pricing varies The annual cruise sets sail with a ship full of Buckeye greats and fans in support of the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research. 614-792-6204, Feb. 21 2020 CATCO Gala Benefiting: CATCO Location: Ivory Room, 2 Miranova Pl. Time: 6:30–11 p.m. Tickets: $250–$300 This annual celebration includes dinner, an giving 2020 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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auction and other fun activities in support of CATCO’s artistic and education endeavors. The evening’s honoree will be retiring director Steven C. Anderson. 614-719-6702, Feb. 21 T’s for Tees Benefiting: The First Tee of Central Ohio Location: TBD Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $150 A casual evening of wine tasting, food pairings, live and silent auctions and live entertainment, all to benefit the youth of Central Ohio by blending golf with life and leadership skills. Admission includes a complimentary event T-shirt and a bottle of wine. 614-7518227, Feb. 21 A Capital Valentine Benefiting: Ohio Cancer Research Location: Hilton Columbus at Easton, 3900 Chagrin Dr. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $250 For 30 years, Ohio Cancer Research has honored business leaders in the Columbus area at this upscale dinner gala to raise funds for cancer research, public information and awareness. The evening features silent and live auctions, dinner buffet, open bar, door prizes, live entertainment and more. 614-2241127, Feb. 22 NOSH Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: Ivory Room, 2 Miranova Pl. Time: 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $200 per guest or $3,500 per table NOSH is the premiere gala for CFF’s Central Ohio Chapter. Guests enjoy a cocktail hour with cystic fibrosis-appropriate tastings from six of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ top chefs, a seated dinner, exciting auction and more. 614-890-6565,

event. Guests will enjoy breakfast, character interaction, activities, silent auction, music and more! 614-464-2717, Feb. 23 Hearts in Action Fundraiser Banquet Benefiting: Columbus Relief Location: Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Rd. Time: 5–8 p.m. Tickets: Free but need to register An evening to celebrate how God has transformed the lives of people who are struggling with mental illnesses, homelessness, poverty and addiction. See for yourself what Columbus Relief is all about, and consider investing to help make it happen. 614-5172038, Feb. 28 Off the Wall Benefiting: Heinzerling Community residents Location: Grange Corporate Headquarters, 671 S. High St. Time: 6–10 p.m. Tickets: $75 per individual, $125 per couple Heinzerling Community’s annual Off the Wall gala features an auction of one-of-a-kind artwork created by Heinzerling residents, live and silent auction items, special trips and unique experiences. Proceeds support quality-of-life experiences for Heinzerling Community residents. 614-272-888, Feb. 28 25th Annual Menu of Hope Benefiting: Children’s Hunger Alliance Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High St. Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tickets: Sponsorships available Knock out childhood hunger at the 25th annual Menu of Hope luncheon, with legendary sports icon Sugar Ray Leonard delivering the keynote address. The event highlights several community partners’ work to help end childhood hunger in Ohio. 614-341-7700,

Feb. 29 CMA Comes Alive Benefiting: Columbus Museum of Art Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Time: 5 p.m. Tickets: $40 child, $100 adult Columbus Museum of Art comes alive with fun and whimsical experiences for the whole family to enjoy together, including a collaborative LEGO construction build, a Transit Arts dance party and a delicious dinner buffet. 614-629-0306, Feb. 29 Big Wish Gala Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Ohio Location: The Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. Fourth St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $300 The Make-A-Wish Big Wish Gala celebrates the 125-plus life-changing wishes granted in Central Ohio each year and the generous community that helps bring wishes to life. 614-923-0555,

March March 3 State of the Girl Benefiting: Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Location: TBD Time: 8 a.m. Tickets: TBD A community conversation to elevate the voices of girls surrounding the key issues affecting their lives. 614-487-8101, March 5 Columbus Brewer’s Ball Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: Vue Columbus, 95 Liberty St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $75 The Brewer’s Ball honors men and women from Central Ohio who are committed to

Feb. 22 A Breakfast with Characters 2020 Benefiting: Junior League of Columbus’ Adopt-a-Backpack for Children (ABC) Project Location: Station 67, 379 W. Broad St, Columbus Time: TBD (morning to early afternoon) Tickets: Start at $25 Princesses, superheroes and fairy tale personalities are just a few of the exciting characters you will find at this family-friendly



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Feb. 22 JCC Gala Benefiting: Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus Location: 1125 College Ave. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $175 per person The Jewish Community Center’s annual event raises funds to support special camps, preschool education and senior programs and services. 614-559-6225,

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professional growth through a guided fundraising campaign. Enjoy food, drinks, music and more before the announcement of the Columbus’ Finest Award winner! 614-8906565, March 7 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio Location: Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. Time: All day Tickets: $25 Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the largest and most important fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. In 2018, this event raised more than $450,000. This enables us to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships. 614-8392447, March 7 Spirit of Hope Gala Benefiting: Catholic Social Services Location: St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Bexley Time: 6–10 p.m. Tickets: Sponsorship opportunities available Guests at this gala will be inspired through entertainment, impact testimonies and engagement. The evening includes a full-service cocktail reception, dinner, and one-ofa-kind-auction opportunities. 614-857-1236, March 7 An Evening with Art Benefiting: Columbus Museum of Art Location: 480 E. Broad St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $125 Celebrate the second year of inductees to the Ohio Artists Hall of Fame and view original art by more than 60 professional and emerging artists. Art will be available for purchase. 614-629-0306, March 12 2020 Opera Columbus Gala Benefiting: Opera Columbus Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $350–$650 This party celebrates the who, the how and, most importantly, the why of Opera Columbus. You’ll be immersed in an evening of delightful surprises, amazing performances and sumptuous food and drink. 614-4618101, March 28 BRAVO! Benefiting: Bexley Education Foundation Location: St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Bexley Time: 7–11 p.m. Tickets: $60 in advance, $75 at the door BRAVO! is where the Bexley community gathers for a fun evening to support excellence

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FOR HAVING SUCH A BIG HEART. To the organizations and individuals that transform lives for the better, thank you for making Columbus a great place to call home.





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April TBD AIDS Walk Ohio Benefiting: Equitas Health Location: McFerson Commons, 218 West St. Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $1 AIDS Walk Ohio is the largest walk to combat AIDS and HIV in the region, drawing about 1,000 walkers and runners. Hosted in McFerson Commons, the walk raised more than $300,000 in 2019. 614-340-6715, April 2 Bestie Backpack Bash 2020 Benefiting: Junior League of Columbus’ Adopt-a-Backpack for Children (ABC) Project Location: Station 67, 379 W. Broad St. Time: TBD Tickets: TBD Bring your bestie and join us for a night out with fun entertainment, food and drinks. Proceeds from this event will support backpacks for children in the Greater Columbus area. 614-464-2717, April 2 2020 Lincoln Theatre Celebration Benefiting: Lincoln Theatre Association Location: Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Time: 6:30–10 p.m. Tickets: $200–$500 At the Lincoln Theatre Association’s annual fundraiser, local artists will take over the stage to showcase their talent and Lincoln education programs. Join us for an elegant evening celebrating the rich artistry of music, dance, theatre and visual creatives. 614-7196676, April 3 Campfire Columbus Benefiting: Flying Horse Farms Location: Vue Columbus, 95 Liberty St. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: TBD At Campfire, we immerse Flying Horse Farms supporters and donors in an evening dedicated to one simple goal: to make the Flying


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April TBD Faces of Resilience Benefiting: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: $500, table options available This event will support the continued expansion of trauma-informed and resiliencefocused programming and clinical care at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and across our community. Your philanthropic investment can be the catalyst to facilitate compassionate innovations. 614-366-2293, Art In Bloom Horse Farms camp experience possible for every child who needs it. 419-751-7077, April 3 Handbag Hullabaloo! Dublin Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Crown Mercedes-Benz Dublin, 6500 Perimeter Loop Rd., Dublin Time: 6–9 p.m. Tickets: $100 At this exclusive event, guests participate in raffles to win designer handbags. The evening features hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks as well as a silent auction and prize drawings. 614-227-3700, April 11 CCAD Spring Art Fair Benefiting: Student programming at CCAD Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 112 Cleveland Ave. Time: TBD Tickets: TBD Meet the makers changing the face of art and design at the semiannual CCAD Spring Art Fair. Proceeds from art sales go directly to the artists. Ticket sales benefit student programming. 614-222-6181, April 16 Women of Promise Benefiting: New Directions Career Center Location: Walter Commons, St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Bexley Time: 6–8 p.m. Tickets: $75 Women of Promise is New Directions Career Center’s signature fundraising event, filled with food, drinks, auctions and celebration in support of the exceptional career guidance, development and counseling services available at New Directions Career Center, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. 614-8490028,

April 17 Midnight at the Barre Benefiting: BalletMet Location: BalletMet, 322 Mount Vernon Ave. Time: 7–11 p.m. Tickets: $175 Join us for an evening under the stars at our annual in-studio party. Enjoy spirits from an open bar and bites from local eateries as you meet and mingle with our company dancers. Night at the Barre will feature unique live auction experiences, raffles, DJ music and of, course dancing. 614-2294860, April 18 Run to Erase Epilepsy Benefiting: Epilepsy Alliance Ohio Location: Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $30 Participants can run or walk a beautiful 3-mile course along the river. Music, food, drinks and awards will be offered after the race. All proceeds benefit local services for those affected by epilepsy. 877-804-2241, April 18 Blast Benefiting: COSI Location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Time: 7–11 p.m. Tickets: $250 Join the celebration, support COSI’s mission, and help connect learners of all ages to the wonders and fun of science. 614-228-2674, April 22–25 Art in Bloom Benefiting: Columbus Museum of Art Location: CMA, 480 E. Broad St. Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets: $26 Join us for a beautiful weekend at the

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Columbus Museum of Art as the galleries are brought to life through imaginative floral designs paired with works from the CMA collection. 614-629-0306, April 23 Small Steps Big Benefits Celebrity Spelling Bee Benefiting: Action for Children Location: The Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. Fourth St. Time: 5:30–8:30p.m. Tickets: $100 Join Action for Children for this exciting evening of food, drinks and Ohio’s only celebrity spelling bee! All funds raised help to expand access to high-quality early childhood education in Central Ohio. 614-224-0222 x159, April 24 Evening of Light Benefiting: Alvis’ Family and Children’s Program Location: Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $180 Alvis’ annual event spotlights the successes of children and families of Alvis and honors families who have helped strengthen our community. Funded by Evening of Light, the Alvis Family and Children’s Program offers parents and children resources and support as they work together to strengthen their relationships and rebuild productive, healthy, self-sufficient lives. 614-252-8402,

April 24 The AmazeAbility Ball Benefiting: Bridgeway Academy Location: OSU Airport, 2160 W. Case Rd. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $100 each or $190 per couple; $1,200 for a reserved table for 10 The AmazeAbility Ball is a peek inside the amazing things that happen at Bridgeway Academy, an education and therapy center for children with autism and developmental disabilities. We’ll celebrate Bridgeway Academy’s students, staff, families and community partners. 614-262-7520, April 25 2020 Symphony Gala Benefiting: Columbus Symphony Location: The Fives, 550 Reach Blvd. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $600–$750 Symphony Gala celebrates the orchestra’s role in elevating our region through symphonic music and making transformative music more relevant, exciting and accessible to our community. 614-228-9600, April 25 Romancing the Grape 2020 Benefiting: Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio Location: The Huntington Club at the Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr. Time: 6–10 p.m. Tickets: Start at $100

This premier wine and food tasting event at the Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium features more than 100 varieties of fine wine, local craft beer, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres from Columbus’ finest restaurants, along with a silent auction and live entertainment. Funds raised will empower people with disabilities. 614-228-5523, April 25 Marburn Academy Gala 2020 Benefiting: Marburn Academy Location: L Brands Headquarters, 3 Limited Pkwy. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $300 per person, $3,500 table sponsorship Marburn Academy’s annual gala is a memorable evening celebrating students who, despite learning differences, continue to shine. In 2019, 350 guests gathered to raise over $335,000 in support of student scholarships and program enhancements. 614-433-0822, April 25 Eat Up! Columbus Benefiting: Freedom a la Cart Location: St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Bexley Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $150–$175 In celebration of community, collaboration and cause cuisine, this premier dinner party features a six-course menu prepared by top local

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chefs. All proceeds benefit Freedom a la Cart’s mission to empower survivors of human trafficking. 614-992-3252, April 25 Red Jacket Bash Benefiting: City Year Location: Strongwater Columbus, 401 W. Town St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $100 This refreshed version of our signature event, Red Jacket Ball, will highlight City Year’s impact in education and innovation. The inspirational night will feature live music, great food and thought-provoking, interactive activities. 614-586-4531,

May Date TBD 2020 Bed Race Benefiting: Furniture Bank of Central Ohio Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: $40 Help local families in poverty by racing in our 2020 Bed Race. Teams raise funds by pushing twin beds on wheels. Rent a bed from us or bring your own and get creative with your team’s costumes and theme! 614-272-9544, Date TBD In Christy’s Shoes: Sole Celebration Ohio Benefiting: Many Columbus nonprofits that provide programs to women free of charge Location: Signature Airplane Hangar, 4130 E. Fifth Ave. Time: 6–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $100; table sponsorships available This event features a fashion show with a focus on fabulous shoes in support of a multitude of free programs to help Columbus women overcome unemployment and other barriers. The evening will include an incredible silent auction of art from all over the world and a live auction that is always a favorite. 614-441-9665, Date TBD Taste to Remember Benefiting: Children’s Hunger Alliance Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: Start at $100 Taste to Remember is Children’s Hunger Alliance’s annual fundraising event featuring a tasting menu from local food and drink establishments. The event highlights a community partner’s outstanding work in providing meals to food-insecure children in Central Ohio. 614-341-7700, childrenshungeralliance. org/tastecbus May 1 Heroes in the Hangar: A Suitcase Party Benefiting: 3rd & Goal Foundation Location: MPW Aviation Center, 4489 Bridgeway Ave. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $150


Join Brady Quinn for a night of live entertainment, appetizers, open bar, auctions and a raffle aimed at raising money to help veterans in need. The evening’s raffle prize will be an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway on a private jet. Two people will leave immediately from the hangar, so pack your suitcase—it could be you! 614-733-4899, May 1 Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin (Hat Day) Benefiting: The conservatory’s pre-K and K–12 education and outreach programs Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Time: 11 a.m. Tickets: $350 Hat Day is a premier social tradition and the conservatory’s signature spring fundraising event, welcoming 550-plus guests to the gardens for a fashionable and festive lunch and program in a day of celebration, camaraderie and philanthropy. 614-715-8044, May 1 Give Mom the Mic Benefiting: Mental Health America of Franklin County Location: The Exchange at Bridge Park, 6520 Riverside Dr., Dublin Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: TBD Give Mom the Mic is the ultimate girls’ night out, featuring hilarious and heartwarming entertainment, exciting raffle items and delicious food, desserts, and drinks. Proceeds benefit the only maternal mental health program in Ohio, POEM. 614-221-1441, mhafc. org/gmtm May 1 Garden Party Gala Benefiting: Dublin Arts Council Location: The Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Pl., Dublin Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m Tickets: $100 Shake off the winter blues and support the arts! Enjoy a variety of culinary offerings from some of Central Ohio’s top restaurants, a silent auction, wine and craft beer bars, live music and more. 614-889-7444, May 2 Boundless Courage: A New Perspective Benefiting: Adaptive Sports Connection Location: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. Time: 5 p.m. Tickets: $200 Adaptive Sports Connection, an organization serving veterans, adults and children with disabilities, will honor former OSU football player Tyson Gentry at this entertainment extravaganza featuring the Navigators, Luc and the Lovingtons and Humble G Tha Fiddla. 630-945-1787, May 3 Great Strides Columbus Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Bed Race Location: McFerson Commons Park, 218 West St. Time: Noon Tickets: Free Great Strides is the CF Foundation’s largest fundraising event! Walk day is a fun community celebration that includes a healthy walk and festivities that participants look forward to year after year. 614-890-6565, cff. org/CentralOhio May 7 Chroma: Best of CCAD Benefiting: Columbus College of Art & Design scholarships Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave. Time: TBD Tickets: Free; donations encouraged Chroma: Best of CCAD is an annual exhibition showcasing the top student work at Columbus College of Art & Design. The event is free and open to the public, but donations benefit student scholarships. 614-222-3230, May 7 The Jefferson Series with Michael Phelps Benefiting: New Albany Community Foundation Location: Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 West E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany

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selections and inventive signature desserts in a fun, energetic atmosphere. 614-839-2447,

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May 9 2020 CAPA Gala Benefiting: Columbus Association for the Performing Arts Location: Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $750 This annual evening celebrating CAPA’s artistic and education presentations includes dinner and entertainment. 614-719-6702,

Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $10–$35 The Jefferson Series welcomes Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in history and a mental health advocate, for an evening discussion on well-being. 614-9398150, May 8 2020 CCAD Fashion Show Benefiting: Columbus College of Art & Design scholarships Location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave. Time: TBD Tickets: TBD Fundraising is fashionable at the 2020 CCAD Fashion Show. This annual event showcases the latest looks from CCAD’s top student designers while supporting the future of art and design education. Proceeds benefit CCAD scholarships. 614-222-3238, ccad. edu/fashionshow May 8 SOS Pops the Cork Benefiting: Scholarship Opportunities for Success Location: York Golf Club, 7459 N. High St., Columbus Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $40

This wine tasting event, open to the public, includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction, raffle, door prize and Spin the Wheel with prizes. Taste great wines and enjoy delicious bites from some of Columbus’ finest restaurants. 740-815-3520, May 8 Handbag Hullaballoo! Powell Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Pkwy., Powell Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tickets: $100 At this exclusive event, you can win designer handbags by participating in event raffles. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks, as well as a silent auction and prize drawings. 614-227-3700, rmhc-centralohio. org/events May 9 A Taste of Class for Kids Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio Location: Hilton Downtown, 401 N. High St. Time: Evening Tickets: $400 A Taste of Class for Kids is a gala event with a culinary twist. Guests will enjoy an elegant multicourse dinner, complete with wine

May 9 Celebration for Life Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Smith & Wollensky, 4145 The Strand W., Easton Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $2,500 Celebration for Life is an annual event chaired by Judy and Steve Tuckerman to benefit The James Fund for Life, an annual fund established by Abigail and Les Wexner. 614-293-3752, fundraising-events/celebration-for-life May 9 Wine for Wildlife Benefiting: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s conservation efforts Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Time: 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $325 Mingle with some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors as you take in the sights of the Heart of Africa savanna at this premier fundraising event supporting conservation at the Columbus Zoo and around the world. 614-645-3558, May 11 Third Annual Play to Work Golf & Tennis Outing Benefiting: Columbus Chamber Foundation Location: New Albany Country Club, 1 Club Ln., New Albany Time: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tickets: Member and non-member rates available All proceeds will benefit the education and workforce development efforts of the Columbus Chamber Foundation. The Foundation strives to create greater opportunity for the Columbus region’s workforce through job readiness and preparation for the critical roles that will help the area thrive. 614-2256950, May 15 Sporting Clay for Food Charity Event Benefiting: The Salvation Army Location: Cardinal Shooting Center, 616 State Route 61, Marengo Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets: TBD A unique and fun opportunity for those who like to shoot clays while raising money for

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our feeding programs. 614-437-2146, May 16 Susan G. Komen Columbus Race for the Cure Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Columbus Location: Downtown Columbus Time: 7 a.m. Tickets: TBD The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series of 5K runs and fitness walks is the world’s largest education and fundraising event for breast cancer, raising funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrating breast cancer survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle with the disease. May 30 Kelton House Gala 2020 Benefiting: Kelton House Museum & Garden Location: Kelton House Museum, 586 E. Town St. Time: 7–11 p.m. Tickets: Start at $110 This evening of dinner, cocktails, faux casino games and a silent auction will support the educational programs of the Kelton House Museum & Garden. 614-464-2022, May 30 Muscles for Myeloma 5K and 1M Race 2020 Benefiting: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative Location: Wolfe Park, 105 Park Dr. Time: 8:45 a.m. (1 mile) and 9 a.m. (5K) Tickets: Adults $35, children aged 10 and under $10 Last year, Columbus’ Fourth Annual Muscles for Myeloma 5K and one-mile walk drew more than 700 participants and raised more than $50,000 to support myeloma cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Multiple Myeloma Research Initiative. 801-310-5598,

June June and July LemonAiD Campaign Benefiting: The Salvation Army in Central Ohio Location: Various Time: Varies Tickets: Free to register and hold a stand LemonAiD is a Kids Helping Kids program. Register to hold a lemonade stand when it’s convenient for you and then donate your proceeds to benefit kids in our youth programs. 614-437-2138, Date TBD Under One Roof Benefiting: Community Shelter Board Location: TBD Time: 5 p.m. Tickets: $50 Under One Roof is Community Shelter Board’s signature fundraising event to spark discussion about critical social problems and shed light on innovative solutions to home-


lessness. Join us to inspire ideas and ignite change. 614-715-2534, Date TBD Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions Benefiting: Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center, 1145 Olentangy River Rd. Time: 8 a.m. Tickets: $36 and up This is a family-friendly 4-mile/1-mile walk or run. A program celebrates champions in the lives of survivors prior to the start. 614-2939340, June 1 38th Annual Netcare Foundation Golf Tournament Benefiting: The Netcare Foundation Location: Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Dr., Blacklick Time: Shotgun start at noon Tickets: $45–$1,500 This golf tournament includes prizes, raffles, games, awards, a dinner reception and oneof-a-kind takeaways. All proceeds benefit the Netcare Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support Netcare Access, a 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis center in Franklin County. 614278-0109, June 4 Bash at the Barn: A Tasting Event at the Wells Barn Benefiting: Franklin Park Conservatory’s adult learning initiatives Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $75 Bash at the Barn is the conservatory’s 17th annual tasting event, bringing together top executives and emerging professionals for an evening of great music, signature cocktails, craft beers and delicious tastings from local restaurants. 614-715-8044, June 6 Relay For Life of Madison Union Counties Benefiting: American Cancer Society Location: Jonathon Alder High School, 9200 U.S. Route 42, Plain City Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: Free Relay For Life is a community event to raise money for the fight against cancer and to honor local cancer survivors and caregivers. 888-2276446, ext. 8602, June 7 2020 Bexley House and Garden Tour Benefiting: Bexley Women’s Club Location: 65 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets: $20 pre-sale and $25 on tour day This tour showcases some of the finest homes and gardens in the Bexley area.

The day includes complimentary shuttle to homes, food trucks and entertainment. June 11 Cooking with the Stars Benefiting: National Kidney Foundation Location: The Grand Event Center, 820 Goodale Blvd., Grandview Heights Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $225 Mingle with local celebrities and sample delicious food while raising funds at this funfilled evening to support the mission of the National Kidney Foundation. 614-882-6184, June 14 Jack Roth Rock ’n’ Run/Walk Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Cassingham Elementary, 250 S. Cassingham Rd., Bexley Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $25 until May 1, $30 May 2–June 13, $35 on race day. This annual run/walk supports lung cancer research through the Jack Roth Fund at the OSUCCC – James Cancer Hospital. 614-5611807, June 20 Zoofari Benefiting: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s conservation and education programs Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $150 Zoofari, presented by Fifth Third Bank, is the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s signature, adults-only fundraising celebration and is one of Central Ohio’s hottest summer parties. Proceeds support the zoo’s conservation and education programs. 614-645-3485, June 22 RMHC Junior Golf Tournament Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Mount Vernon Country Club, 8927 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon Time: 11 a.m. Tickets: $500+ fundraising commitment Register as a foursome or a twosome—you’ll be matched with another adult/child pair in order to raise a minimum of $500 to support Ronald McDonald House. The top team and fundraiser win. 614-227-3700, June 27 Walk for Wishes Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Ohio Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Time: 8 a.m. Tickets: Free Hundreds of Make-A-Wish supporters, volunteers, wish kids and their families will turn steps into wishes at Walk for Wishes at the Columbus

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Zoo and Aquarium during this family-friendly community walk that raises funds to grant life-changing wishes for local children battling critical illnesses. 614-923-0555,

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July 10 Cardale Jones Charity Softball Game Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Buckeye Field, 2410 Fred Taylor Dr. Time: 1 p.m. Tickets: TBD The day will start with a home run derby, then two teams of former Buckeye greats will square off to take home the title of champs. Bring the entire family out to watch the fun! 614-792-6204, July 20 34th Annual RMHC Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Four Dublin-area courses TBD Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $500 One of the largest charity golf outings in Ohio, this event takes place at four Dublinarea courses. Dinner for all of our golfers at the clubhouse includes local celebrity sports figures. 614-227-3700, July 23–26 Pan Ohio Hope Ride Benefiting: American Cancer Society Location: Bike ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati Time: 8 a.m. Tickets: $275 This is a four-day charity bike ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. 888-227-6446 ext. 4213, July 25 Sand Volleyball for Epilepsy Benefiting: Epilepsy Alliance Ohio Location: Flannagan’s Pub, 6835 Caine Rd., Dublin Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $100 per team Play sand volleyball and support people living with epilepsy. Food, drinks and music combine to make this a great tournament for a great cause. 877-804-2241,

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Date TBD Star Award Gala Benefiting: Ohio Cancer Research Location: Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $250 Each year, for more than 30 years, Ohio Cancer Research has honored a person who has created magic for the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio through success in business and philanthropy. This upscale dinner gala, including cocktails and entertainment, will raise funds for cancer research, public information and awareness. 614-224-1127,

August Aug. 3 Give 18 Charity Pro-Am Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: The Lakes Golf & Country Club, 6740 Worthington Rd., Westerville Time: 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Tickets: Sponsorship and golf opportunities range from $350 to $10,000. Give 18 supports and funds research targeting all types of cancers, including melanoma, lung, colorectal, sarcoma, ovarian, prostate and breast cancer. 800-295-4572, Aug. 7–9 Pelotonia Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Throughout Central Ohio Time: N/A Tickets: Varies Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established to fund life-saving cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. 614-221-6100, Aug. 8 The Ohio Eggfest Benefiting: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Grandview Yard: Giant Eagle Market District, 840 W. Third Ave. Time: 11 a.m. Tickets: TBD A fundraising event and celebration of family, food and fun, the Ohio Eggfest is a grilling, smoking, barbecue and cooking competition that features the Big Green Egg. 614-2610824,

Aug. 11 Taste the Future Benefiting: Columbus State Community College Foundation Location: Columbus State Community College Courtyard, 550 E. Spring St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: 100 This culinary showcase of Central Ohio’s best chefs and restaurangs supports student success at Columbus State. Enjoy hundreds of incredible dishes, live music and the company of more than 1,500 people gathered in support of education and opportunity. 614287-2436, Aug. 13–15 Kleibacker Film Festival Benefiting: Columbus Museum of Art Location: 480 E. Broad St. Time: 6 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. Aug. 15 Tickets: Free The annual Charles Kleibacker Film Festival, now in its ninth year, celebrates the legacy of a style icon with a weekend of free films honoring all things fashion. Please note that all films are recommended for adult audiences, and limited seating is available. 614-6290306, Aug. 28 Field to Table Benefiting: The conservatory’s community garden outreach programs Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $350 Presented by the conservatory’s Women’s Board, this signature event welcomes 700plus guests for an evening of garden-inspired appetizers, herb-infused cocktails and a magical dinner under the stars, set in the beauty of the conservatory’s gardens. 614715-8044, giving 2020 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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Aug. 21–22 C2C Relay Run Benefiting: American Cancer Society Location: Run from Columbus to Cincinnati (starts at Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St.) Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $125 Relay teams of eight run from Columbus to Cincinnati to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. 888-227-6446, ext. 8602,

September Date TBD Big Hearts 2020 Benefiting: Furniture Bank of Central Ohio Location: TBD Time: TBD Tickets: TBD The Furniture Bank’s signature fundraising event features live entertainment, food, beverages and a variety of opportunities to support the Furniture Bank’s work helping families in need furnish their homes. 614272-9544, Date TBD Toss for Techs Benefiting: Per Scholas Location: TBD Time: 4–7 p.m. Tickets: TBD Toss for Techs is an annual, competitive cornhole event that celebrates Per Scholas and reinforces the growth of the tech work-


force in Columbus. 614-824-4777, perscholas. org/columbus Date TBD Sixth Annual Clays for a Cause Benefiting: Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio Location: Cardinal Shooting Event Center and Campground, 616 State Route 61, Marengo Time: All-day event Tickets: Starting at $300 Unlike trap and skeet, sporting clays are thrown in a variety of trajectories, angles and distances, which is why the sport is sometimes described as “golf with a shotgun.” Take aim and make that shot for Easterseals by registering today. 614-228-5523, Sept. 4 Breakfast with the Bishop Benefiting: Catholic Social Services Location: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St. Time: 7–9 a.m. Tickets: Sponsorship opportunities available This served breakfast event engages in topics that are relevant to vulnerable people in our community through a keynote speaker, networking, and support opportunities. Proceeds support CSS’ poverty-reducing programs. 614-857-1236, Sept. 11 Chix with Stix Benefiting: Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast

Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Location: Raymond Memorial Golf Course, 3860 Trabue Rd. Time: 10:30 a.m. Tickets: TBD This is an annual “fun-raising” golf outing for the Columbus architectural and design community. 614-561-1807, search “Chix with Stix” on Facebook Sept. 11 Paint the Town Center Red Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center Time: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tickets: $250 At this extravagant event, regain some balance with a salon visit, fashion consultation and makeup tips. Enjoy wine tastings and sample local gourmet delicacies. Continental breakfast, lunch and happy hour included. 614-227-3700, Sept. 12 Yoga on the Green Benefiting: Ohio Cancer Research Location: Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln. Time: 8 a.m.–noon Tickets: $30 Enjoy a morning of yoga for all levels in the ballpark. Three peaceful yet uplifting classes

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will be led by professional studio instructors on the soft, level outfield, overlooking magnificent views of the Downtown Columbus skyline. Your ticket includes a swag bag and T-shirt giveaway; vendors and food available. 614-224-1127, Sept. 13 New Albany Walking Classic Benefiting: Healthy New Albany Location: Market Square, 240 Market St., New Albany Time: 8 a.m. Tickets: TBD It’s the 16th year for the New Albany Walking Classic, North America’s largest walkingonly race. All proceeds benefit Healthy New Albany, a nonprofit organization focused on health promotion and disease prevention. 614-685-6344, Sept. 18 Harvest Ball Benefiting: Local Matters Location: The Fives, 550 Reach Blvd. Time: Evening Tickets: $125–$250 Join Local Matters for a celebration of food, health and growth. Harvest Ball 2020 brings together community leaders and philanthropists to support food education, access and advocacy. 614-263-5662, Sept. 19 Wigs Off for Cancer Benefiting: Columbus Cancer Clinic Location: 670 Harmon Ave. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $60 This annual event raises funds for Columbus Cancer Clinic with a dinner, silent auction and gala drag show. 614-859-4135, Sept. 19 CF Cycle for Life Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: TBD Time: 8 a.m. Tickets: Registration fee (TBD) plus $150 fundraising commitment CF Cycle for Life is a fully supported ride with route options of 20, 40 and 65 miles. There will be fully stocked rest stops, bike mechanics, ride marshals and plenty of support along the way. 614-890-6565, centralohio Sept. 20 Night of Chocolate Benefiting: Cancer Support Community Central Ohio Location: Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $225–$3,500 Enjoy exquisite cuisine from award-winning chefs, fine wine, specialty spirits and over 50,000 pieces of decadent chocolate created by local, regional and international chocolatiers. This one-of-a-kind event raises funds to support and offer services to people fighting cancer. 614-884-4673,

Sept. 24 10th Annual Runway to Awearness Fashion Show Benefiting: Patricia A. DiNunzio Ovarian Cancer Fund Location: Ivory Room, 2 Miranova Pl. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $125 This fashion show raises funds to support ovarian cancer survivors at The James and OhioHealth’s Kobacker House. 614-208-5736,

Date TBD HighBall Halloween Benefiting: Short North Arts District Location: Short North Arts District Time: Evening Tickets: $10–$150 HighBall Halloween is the nation’s most elaborate costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season mixes runway style with the eclectic culture of the Short North Arts District. 614-299-8050,

Sept. 24 97th Annual Clambake & Lobster Feast Benefiting: Columbus Chamber of Commerce Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Time: 5–9 p.m. Tickets: Member and non-member rates available For nearly a century, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce has brought together community and business leaders for an evening of food, fun and networking. The evening includes two hours of dedicated networking time—then enjoy a seafood extravaganza with wine, beer and live music by local talent. 614-225-6950,

Date TBD 14th Annual Need Knows No Season Luncheon Benefiting: The Salvation Army in Central Ohio Location: TBD Time: Noon–1 p.m. Tickets: TBD Need Knows No Season is an annual luncheon that shares how the Salvation Army is meeting the needs of those in Central Ohio by feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and educating children. 614-437-2146,

Sept. 25 RMHC Sporting Clays Tournament Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Mad River Sportman’s Club, 1055 County Highway 25 S., Bellefontaine Time: 7–11 a.m. and 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tickets: $500 Open to all skill levels, each participant gets to shoot targets. Master shooters are present for safety as well as to teach and help improve performance. Targets, ammunition, breakfast or lunch and a special gift are included. 614-227-3700, Sept. 25 Urban Campout Benefiting: Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Location: Camp Ken-Jockety, 1295 Hubbard Rd., Galloway Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: TBD Kick back, relax and enjoy a s’more at Urban Campout, an adults-only casual-chic evening in the outdoors. You’ll enjoy food and refreshments under the stars at Camp KenJockety! 614-487-8101, campout

October Date TBD Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Benefiting: American Cancer Society Location: Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Time: TBD Tickets: Free Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a walk to increase breast cancer awareness and raise funds to save lives. 888-227-6446 ext. 3007,

Oct. 3 Art for Life Benefiting: Equitas Health Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Time: 5 p.m. Tickets: $150–$300 Since 1989, the annal Art for Life art auction has raised awareness and critical funds for the AIDS/HIV crisis. The event features works by approximately 90 artists and raised over $1 million in 2018. 614-340-6715, Oct. 3 Rwandan Fête Benefiting: Partners in Conservation Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $95 The Rwandan Fête aids Partners in Conservation’s core mission: to protect animals—particularly critically endangered gorillas, whose populations are threatened by the bushmeat trade and deforestation—while simultaneously improving the lives of people in central Africa. 614-724-3485, Oct. 5 Swing for Charity Golf Classic Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: The Ohio State University Golf Club, 3605 Tremont Rd. Time: 11 a.m. Tickets: $900 per foursome Take a swing at our golf outing benefiting the CF Foundation. Golfers will enjoy a delicious lunch followed by 18 holes of scramble-style golf. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow. 614-8906565, Oct. 8 Cocktails with Move to PROSPER Benefiting: Move to PROSPER giving 2020 columbus monthly | columbus ceo

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Location: TBD Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tickets: TBD Cocktails with Move to PROSPER is a casual evening to raise funds and awareness for Move to PROSPER, fund at the Ohio State University that seeks to improve life outcomes for children by enabling families to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods. Oct. 11 Spin for Camp Bridgeway Benefiting: Bridgeway Academy Location: LifeTime Fitness Upper Arlington, 1860 Henderson Rd. Time: 9 a.m. Tickets: $30 Spin for Camp Bridgeway is a morning of fitness and fun in support of the kids. Guest instructors lead classes in spin, hip-hop fitness and yoga. All funds raised support Bridgeway Academy’s summer camp program. 614-2627520, Oct.18 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon Benefiting: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Location: North Bank Park, 311 W. Long St. Tickets: TBD For the past eight years, this 30-year-old full and half marathon event has partnered with Nationwide Children’s hospital, raising more than $8 million for the hospitals’ life-saving work. Oct. 23 A Toast to the House Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: TBD Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $100 Come dressed to impress and experience a night out on the town while sampling exquisite and creatively prepared cuisine. Enjoy signature dishes, a full open bar and a special nod to our 2020 honorees. 614-227-3700,

November Date TBD Wine Women & Shoes Benefiting: Community Shelter Board Location: TBD Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $150 Wine Women & Shoes is a night of fashion and compassion, combining wine tasting, designer shopping and auctions with a meaningful cause—to make sure everyone in our community has a place to call home. 614-7152534, Nov. 5 Handbag HULLABALOO! Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: TBD Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $100


Authentic designer handbags are the prizes in the night’s raffle, while a silent auction and prize drawings throughout the evening keep the excitement going. Guests also enjoy hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks. 614-227-3700, Nov. 6 Sips & Giggles Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Location: The Hilton Polaris, 8700 Lyra Dr. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $75 Come to Sips and Giggles and sample wine and craft beers while savoring tastings from Eddie Merlot’s. Once you’ve had a few sips, the Comedy Club lounge will open for some giggles from stand-up comedians. 614-8906565, Nov. 7 Opening the Door to Great Futures—An Evening of Gratitude Benefiting: Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus Location: J. Ashburn Jr. Boys & Girls Club, 85 Clarendon Ave. Time: 6:30–9 p.m. Tickets: Free to all Blue Door Society members An evening to thank our 2018–2019 Blue Door Society Members (donors who have made a gift of $1,000 or more) and celebrate how their gift is changing lives for the kids who need us most. 614-221-8830, Nov. 20 The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio Location: Ronald McDonald House, 711 E. Livingston Ave. Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets: Free Come get the best cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, fudge, candy, brownies and other delicious goodies, as well as our famous pumpkin rolls. The bake sale also features craft vendors, book sales, holiday gift baskets and more. 614-227-3700, Nov. 24 Fifth Annual Unlimited Love Unverferth House Benefiting: Unverferth House Location: Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Rd. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $150 This is a fun evening filled with stories of the OSU-Michigan rivalry told by players who have been a part of it for years. The evening raises money to support the more than 200 families who stay at Unverferth House each year. 614-294-2969, Nov. 26 The Original Chase Columbus Turkey Trot Benefiting: Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio Location: 1675 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington Time: 8:30 a.m. Tickets: TBD Chase Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot participants can choose between the 5 Mile Run/ Walk and the 2 Mile Run/Walk. There’s also a

Tot Trot for kids. All participants will receive a race shirt, goodie bag, chip-timing and a handsome finisher medal. 614-228-5523,

December Dec. 5 Charity Newsies Gala Benefiting: Charity Newsies Location: Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Rd. Time: 6–10 p.m. Tickets: $110 Join corporate and community supporters of Charity Newsies, a local nonprofit providing brand-new clothing to nearly 12,000 Central Ohio school children each year. Join us to celebrate more than 100 years of community giving. 614-263-4300, Dec. 5 Holiday Tour of Homes 2020 Benefiting: Junior League of Columbus Location: TBD, Upper Arlington Time: Noon–5 p.m. Tickets: Tickets starting at $25 The 16th annual Holiday Tour of Homes will take place in the prestigious suburb of Upper Arlington. Come tour holiday-inspired decorated homes while enjoying small bites by local restaurants and bakeries. 614-464-2717, Dec. 6–8 Andyman-a-Thon Benefiting: CD102.5 for the Kids Location: CD102.5 studios, 1036 S. Front St. Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 6th–7 p.m. Dec. 8th Tickets: A donation of your choice Listeners are encouraged to call the studio or visit the website to offer donations in return for song requests, and will also have the opportunity to bid on special online auction items to raise funds for children. 614-2211025, Dec. 12 Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes Benefiting: Central Ohio Diabetes Association, a Program of LifeCare Alliance Location: Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Time: 10 a.m. Tickets: $35 and up This eighth annual 5K/1-mile event benefits the diabetes camps and programs of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. Speedos are optional—get into the fun with your festive holiday wear. 614-437-2916, Dec. 14 The Nutcracker Ball Benefiting: BalletMet Location: 1241 McKinley Ave. Time: 7 p.m.–midnight Tickets: Start at $600 The Nutcracker Ball is BalletMet’s largest fundraising event and proceeds directly benefit all areas of Columbus’ premier dance company. The evening filled with dining and dancing promises to be the highlight of your holiday season. 614-229-4960,

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