This year our annual fundraiser features remarkable individuals whose innovation and entrepreneurial efforts are Making a Difference in Columbus. Their work is making our communities more sustainable, resilient, healthier, and even wealthier.
INNA KINNEY is the Founder and CEO of Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc. (ECDI). Established in 2004, ECDI is one of the top U.S. SBA intermediary microlenders with a mission to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change.
CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" SHERMAN is a founding visionary of "400WestRich" and related projects such as Strongwater Food & Spirits, and Chromedge studios that have been catalysts for the revitalization of Franklinton. Chris embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Columbus.
ANNIE and JAY WARMKE founded Blue Rock Station in 1993, a 40-acre, living laboratory to test and demonstrate sustainable living practices. Annie's projects include the development of a goat school and she is finishing a book about earth plastering and mosaic. Jay is an award winning speaker, gifted teacher, and writer on our energy future.
TISA WATTS founded the Columbus Garden School in 2018. CGS offers year-round classes on gardening, homesteading/home maintenance, and crafting topics, covering the spectrum from starting seeds to making compost! The two-acre property includes a demonstration garden, fruit trees, and bee hives. Tisa is currently installing a half-acre tallgrass prairie to support local plant and pollinator biodiversity.
DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT: The evening begins with a reception featuring a spectacular selection of appetizers created by Strongwater's in-house catering. We'll have desserts from Craving's Cafe and others. There'll be an open bar, and a raffle.
PARKING/HANDICAP ACCESS: Free parking is available in Strongwater's parking lot located at the west side of the building, as is the entrance for those needing handicap access.
TICKET LEVELS: $75 General Admission; and $100 Premium Level that includes a one-year subscription to Yes! Magazine. Buy Tickets HERE.