In 2010, we began hosting multiple Thanksgiving celebrations, in order to overcome transportation barriers and reach as many foster care youth and alumni as possible.
Three Thanksgiving events were held in SW, NE and Central Ohio:
- The 2010 Southwest Thanksgiving took place in Cincinnati on November 14th: (link to more photos) This event was held at the Phoenix. Amy Roberts served as Lead Facilitator. Sponsors included: Cincinnati Works, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Bob Mecum of Lighthouse Youth Services and Richter & Phillips Jewelers. Decorations were donated by Kroger, and the beautiful table arrangements made possible by Val Bairnsfather. Channel 12 and Fox News stopped by to capture some of the excitement.
- The 2010 Northeast Thanksgiving took place in Cleveland on November 20th: (link to more photos) This event was held at Antioch Baptist Church. Zelma Brown served as Lead Facilitator. Sponsors included: Cuyahoga County Children Services, Adoption Network Cleveland and Village Network. State Senator Shirley Smith, Judge Michael J. Ryan, and Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon were in attendance.
- The 2010 Central Thanksgiving took place in Columbus on November 21st: (link to more photos) This event was held at Capital University. Gabriel Koshinsky served as Lead Facilitator. Sponsors included: Capital University ROTC: Crusader Battalion, Kappa Sigma Upsilon, Village Network, Starr Commonwealth, Franklin County Children Services, NYAP and the Columbus Jewish Foundation.
*Ohio CASA provided decorations for all three Thanksgiving events.