The Ohio State University recognizes its responsibility to support community endeavors that promote the common good. Sponsorship by the University and/or any of its units signals Ohio State's support for a non-profit organization or non-profit event that promotes partnerships with the citizens and institutions of Ohio, the nation, and the world to engage our communities in the exciting work of The Ohio State University. Below are examples of recent impactful sponsorships.
Columbus Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
The Columbus Chamber presented the 2014 Columbus Award to Tanny Crane, president and CEO of Crane Group. The award, which annually recognizes outstanding business and community leadership, was bestowed on Crane at the Chamber's 2014 Annual Meeting on Feb. 5.
Crane was the 51st recipient of the Columbus Award, an honor which her father, Robert S. Crane, Jr., received in 1977. She is one of the Columbus region's most prominent business leaders, growing and leading the Crane Group, a family-owned private holding and management company that was founded in 1947. She is currently a Director on the Board at Huntington Bancshares and an Advisory Board Member with Thirty-One Gifts. In past years she has served as the Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a Director on the Board at Wendy's International, Inc., helping them to develop successful growth strategies.
Champion of Children Signature Event
As a follow-up to last year's event featuring renowned educator Geoffrey Canada, United Way of Central Ohio's Champion of Children is pleased to feature Paul Tough, author, most recently, of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which spent 12 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. Paul Tough has studied the work of Geoffrey Canada and highlighted Canada's work in his first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008.
19th Annual Menu of Hope Luncheon
Children’s Hunger Alliance celebrated its 25th Anniversary by hosting the first annual Menu of Hope Luncheon on Feb. 26, 1996. Eight hundred corporate executives representing their respective companies, legislators and civic leaders attended the event, which netted over $65,000 for Children’s Hunger Alliance to support its mission. Since then, the luncheon has seen tremendous growth. In 2013, the event netted more than $355,000, more than five times the funds contributed for the first luncheon, and drew over 1,000 attendees.
Over the past 18 years, the Menu of Hope Luncheon has raised over $4.5 million to ensure all children are fed regular and nutritious meals and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Today, the Menu of Hope Luncheon continues to be one of central Ohio’s premier philanthropic events. The 2014 event featured Keynote Speaker Chef Jeff Henderson and Honorary Co-chairs Cameron Mitchell and Lynn Elliott.