Communities In Schools Holds Annual Community Breakfast of Support:

On Thursday, May 9, 2019 Communities In Schools of Central Ohio held the 2019 Community of Support Breakfast! The morning was filled with inspiring speeches and special guests!

Held at the Fawcett Event Center at The Ohio State University, the room was filled with our biggest supporters, community partners, students we work with and their families!

Attendees enjoyed eating breakfast and listening to our speakers, all the while playing BINGO for Kids! Our staff and volunteers were able to secure over $2000 worth of donations to be won during our BINGO for Kids game! Local organizations such as The Ohio State University, Columbus Children’s Theatre, Kenneth’s Salon, The Columbus Clippers, Ohio State Fair, Piada, City BBQ and more donated to the cause and BINGO cards were sold for $20/card!

Our Keynote Speaker was Roy Hall, Co-Founder and President of the DRIVEN Foundation and former OSU and NFL Football player. Hall encouraged attendees to see every day as a gift and to take time to invest in the lives of the young people around them!

The emcee for the event was Matt Barnes, NBC4 Today anchor and opening comments were given by Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Ohio Department of Education.

Special remarks were made by Amy Gordon, Executive Director and C. Reggie Thomas, Communities In Schools of Central Ohio Board Chair. A special presentation was made by Senator Stephanie Kunze. Amy Proctor was awarded Volunteer of the Year and Frederick Parker was named Site Coordinator of the Year!

Throughout the event, we heard from students we work with as well as two principals: Sherry Edwards, Principal of Columbus Africentric Middle School (Columbus City Schools) and Stephanie Baker, Principle of Highland Park Elementary School (South-Western City Schools).

A special thank you goes out to our Empowering Sponsors: Huntington Bank and Nationwide Insurance, our Achieving Sponsors: Columbus City Schools and Steven & Yvette Williams and additional sponsors: Big Lots, Bonnie Holbein, Otterbein University, PNC Bank, Squire Patton Boggs and US Bank.

Thank you to all who attended to make this year’s event a success!

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