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Serve a One-Year Term on CCHO's newly formed Community Board
Christian Children's Home of Ohio is inviting enthusiastic women and men to serve on our Community Board.  The group plans and produces special events, activities and materials that promote our mission and work; two recent events are the Great Grill-Off and FallFest 5K.  Meetings are held for 90 minutes every other month; additional meetings are scheduled according to the needs of the group.

"This committee is ideal for anyone who loves Jesus and others, and has energy and marketing savvy," said Michael Woolworth, Director of CCHO's Office of Advancement.  "The group admirably produced our Great Grill-Off and FallFest 5K in order to give people an opportunity to support our efforts."

The next meeting for the Community Board will be Tuesday, July 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main Wooster campus.  For information, contact Michael at 330.345.7949, ext. 2340, or via email.
Over 230 guests gathered to celebrate Christian Children's Home of Ohio's 45th anniversary at our first-ever Hope Gala on April 5, at Greenbriar Conference & Party Centre in Wooster.  We thank God for a wonderful evening.

Keynote speaker was Chris Spielman, four-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, two-time All-American at Ohio State, ESPN college football commentator, and co-author of his best-selling autobiography, That's Why I'm Here.  Using that theme, Chris talked about his Christian faith, family, football and the passing of his beloved wife, Stefanie, following cancer.  He and Mistress of Ceremonies Beth McLeod of 19 Action News participated in an audience Q&A at the end of the evening.  Click to hear Chris' inspirational speech and his introduction by David Lehman of presenting sponsor, Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company.  

Our elegant evening included a welcome reception, live jazz, silent auction and live auction, in which motivated donors gave $5,000 in three minutes' time to support an activity fund for children served in our residential center.  Overall, we raised $40,000 to bring healing to hurting children and families.  Special thanks to Mennonite Mutual, other supporting sponsors, and to our guests for being so generous on such a memorable occasion.  Click here to view 150+ vivid color photos from the Hope Gala (courtesy Todd Cooper, friend of CCHO).
CCHO Observes 45th Anniversary at April Gala; Chris Spielman Delivers Message
ECFA Grants Accreditation to Christian Children's Home of Ohio
Christian Children's Home of Ohio has gained accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a national organization founded in 1979, and dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to ECFA's Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, which focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charity resources.

ECFA comprises nearly 1,800 evangelical Christian organizations which qualify for tax-exempt, nonprofit status and receive tax-deductible contributions.  As of 2012, the total income of ECFA member organizations is reported to be approximately $22 billion.  Learn more about ECFA.

"This accreditation by ECFA means a lot to us," said Kevin Hewitt, CCHO Executive Director.  "And it should for our donors, as well, as they invest their lives and resources in God's redeeming work at CCHO.
Over 600 guests attended our Second Annual Great Grill-Off on June 22, on our 165-acre campus in Wooster.  This fun charity event featured delicious miniature grilled burgers from area restaurants and CCHO staff vying for the People's Choice Award.  Our Poplar Ridge Stables team retained their title from 2013 with their Cowboy Burger entry.  Guests enjoyed live jazz, ice cream, picnic favorite foods, children's activities, minature horse rides, and Poplar Ridge Stables open house.  There were giveaways of gift cards and merchandise all day, too.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor: Spurgeon Chevrolet; supporting sponsors: Certified Angus Beef, Curry Lumber, The Commercial & Savings Bank, Buehler's Fresh Foods, and Wooster Walmart; volunteers, burger teams and our guests.  Click to view dozens of photos from the Great Grill-Off.
Second Great Grill-Off Draws 600 for Burgers, Music, Fun to Benefit CCHO
Listen to Chris Spielman's inspiring speech
CCHO's Kary McBride Receives National Honor for Trauma Care
Kary McBride, CCHO's Director of Clinical Services, was recognized as the 2014 Bill Steele Award honoree by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children at its conference on July 14, in Lansing, Michigan.  According to TLC, Kary received this honor for being an outstanding trauma practitioner.  Under her direction, Christian Children's Home of Ohio has become a trauma-informed organization and provided certfication to clinicians, supervisors and department trainers.  CCHO uses group therapy, art and equine-assisted therapies in all of our programming.

"We recognize and appreciate CCHO's commitment to help children, youth and families who have experienced trauma," said TLC Director Caelan Kuban.  She added that Bill Steele is founder of the TLC organization and a leading expert on trauma and loss in children.  For more information, visit the TLC website.
Kary McBride
August's Caring4Kids Golf Scramble, October's FallFest 5K to Benefit CCHO
Two upcoming events will provide caring Ohioans with the opportunity to support the mission of Christian Children's Home of Ohio.  Our 20th Annual Caring4Kids Golf Classic will be held on Monday, August 25, at Hawk's Nest Golf Course in Creston.  For more information and to register, please click here.

Our Second Annual FallFest 5K is scheduled for Saturday, October 4.  The competitive run and leisure walk course will wind through CCHO's 165-acre campus in Wooster.  Learn more now
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