LIMA – The Lima community gathered at the Lima Civic Center on Thursday evening to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the region.
The annual Community Enrichment Dinner brought together a sold-out crowd to raise funds and celebrate those who have made a positive impact on the region.
“It’s always exciting to be able to bring 700 people together in one event and recognize the true spirit of diversity and inclusion,” said DEC organizer Jerome O’Neal. “Not only are we fundraising to help support local community activities, those that support diversity and inclusion, but also small and minority businesses. “
Among those in attendance were some of Ohio’s top political leaders: Ohio House President Bob Cupp and Ohio Supreme Court Justices Melody Stewart and Sharon Kennedy all came to Lima. for the event. Justice Kennedy said dinner can be a good example of what Ohio State can be at its best.
“I think everyone wants a fraternity without a division and an equality without a division,” Justice Kennedy said. “And the fact that your community comes together as one people to celebrate the musicians, to come together every year for the community enrichment dinner and to support them and the good work that the House does.”
The night also brought together many locally elected officials and influential entrepreneurs from Lima and Allen County under one roof. The crowd also got a glimpse of the exciting developments taking place downtown with Makerspace and the Central District.
Business leaders of all sizes were also in attendance, some from across the country to celebrate.
“We are certainly open and willing to share our resources with organizations that are extremely strong and essential to the vitality of disadvantaged and affected communities,” said Leslie Coleman, vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion by Nutrien. “We’re thrilled, we’re thrilled to be a part of this. “
The evening saw a multitude of award winners, recognizing community members and small businesses who have excelled as leaders in business, community service, social justice and social equity.
On the theme of celebrating diversity, the Civic Center kicked off its first full weekend of its comeback season after dinner with a performance by classic hip-hop duo Black Violin at Crouse Hall, bringing together people from all walks of life. to enjoy a unique spectacle.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy presents the Community Legacy Service Award to Jessie Pope of the Bradfield Community Center at the Community Enrichment Dinner Thursday night.
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