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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, Jan. 28, 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.
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> See photos from our FallFest 5K
> See 100+ photos from our 19th Annual Caring4Kids Golf Classic in August 2013
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.
How can burgers and fun bring help and hope to children and families in need?  When they're enjoyed at our Second Annual Great Grill-Off on Sunday, June 22, from 12:30-4:00 p.m. at Christian Children's Home of Ohio in Wooster (map).  Our inaugural Great Grill-Off in 2013 attracted more than 600 guests.

This fun charity event, held on the first weekend of Summer, will feature delicious miniature grilled burgers from area restaurants and CCHO staff vying for the People's Choice Award.  Come enjoy up to four Certified Angus Beef® brand mini burgers and vote for your favorite entry.  Enjoy live music all afternoon.  We'll have Ruggles Ice Cream, picnic favorite foods, ice cold beverages, children's activities, including facepainting, hayrack rides, miniature horse rides, crafts and games, and our Poplar Ridge Stables program will hold an open house, so come see our many horses.  There will be giveaways of gift cards and merchandise all day, too.

We're asking you to make a meaningful monetary donation at the gate (cash, check or credit cards accepted); proceeds will benefit CCHO's ministry to hurting children and families in Ohio.  Thank you for being part of this special day on our beautiful 165-acre campus.  And, special thanks to our generous sponsors.

If you have questions about our Great Grill-Off, call Jenny Myers at 330.345.7949, ext. 2347, or
Our Second Great Grill-Off to Feature Burgers, Music and Fun to Benefit CCHO
See Photos from last year's Great Grill-Off!
Listen to Chris Spielman's inspiring speech