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Celebration of Learning

Friday, October 30, 2015
Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library
4445 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213

Our 23rd annual Celebration of Learning was shared with nearly 600 library supporters in a unique venue this year: our new Whitehall Branch. Carl Hiaasen, best-selling author and journalist, entertained us with stories of his native Florida with his signature off-beat humor. Hiaasen shared his observation of Columbus as a caring community that believes in improving the lives of its residents.

The sentiment was reflected in the kind words of DeeDee and Herb Glimcher, this year’s Julian Sinclair Smith Award honorees, and echoed by Cindy and Steve Rasmussen, recipients of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award.

This year marked our fifth morning session with area middle and high school students. Carl Hiaasen entertained over 500 students – all of which received lunch and a copy of Carl Hiaasen’s Skink No Surrender thanks to very generous donors. We recognize and appreciate committee member Tony Brown for serving as our high school liaison.

A special thanks goes out to our sponsors, society members and those who reserved seats to the event. Your support means that we can continue to help our communities thrive. Thank you.

We look forward to providing innovative spaces that connect people of all ages, inspire reading and share resources. And we’ll be back at a transformed Main Library for our 24th Celebration of Learning next year!

2015 Celebration of Learning Committee

  • Silvia Hansell
  • Melissa Ingwersen
Committee Members:  
  • Trudy Bartley
  • Melissa Bow
  • Linda Brown
  • Tony Brown
  • Ingrid Brownlee
  • Delaney Burgdoerfer
  • Christina Cheng
  • Keri Croft
  • Lynnda Maria Davis
  • Barb Derrow
  • Kate Fischer
  • Mary Jo Green
  • Robin Holderman
  • Susan Horvath
  • Lynne Jeffrey
  • Jennifer McNally
  • Sharon Peterson
  • Lucy Porter
  • Patty Probst
  • Cindy Rasmussen
  • Corde Robinson
  • Renee’ Shumate
  • Ellen Smith
  • Sheila Smith
  • Susan Stockmeister
  • Nicole Walker
  • Jackie Wells
  • Greer Williams
  • Carol Wright

2015 Sponsors

2015 Julian Sinclair Smith Award

DeeDee and Herb Glimcher embrace the idea that continued learning leads to community growth. They are recognized for their commitment to the vitality of central Ohio, its residents and believe in strengthening the future of the community in which they live by giving back.

DeeDee served on Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation’s Celebration of Learning Committee from 2001 – 2008. She is a member of the Columbus Arts Commission, a board member of the YWCA, a member of the Bexley Community Foundation Board of Directors, and a member and past president of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Herb is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Glimcher Realty Trust and has built a reputation of generosity within Columbus and its business community. In 2013, Herb was awarded the NAIOP Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career, he has been active in United Way, Columbus Jewish Federation, Shalom House, the art world and his synagogue.

The Glimchers sponsor a visiting professor at the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture and an annual design lecture at the Wexner Center. They were Honorary Chairs at Celebration of Learning in 2007.

2015 Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award

Cindy and Steve Rasmussen have been passionate supporters of Columbus Metropolitan Library, and through their actions, have demonstrated they share its vision of a thriving community where wisdom prevails.

Steve served nine years as a library board member, two of which he was president. During his tenure, the board supported the system-wide expansion of Homework Help Centers, championed the Ready to Read Corps, Ready for Kindergarten and Reading Buddies programs and guided the library through a successful 2010 levy campaign.

Cindy is in her seventh year serving on the Celebration of Learning Committee. She was the chair of the committee in 2012 when the annual event set a new record fundraising amount.

The Rasmussens are tireless advocates and believers in the value of Columbus Metropolitan Library.

2015 Honorary Chairs

Lynne and Martyn Redgrave

  • Columbus Hospitality
  • Expressions Floral Design Studio
  • Heidelberg Distributing Co.
  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Vital Companies
  • White Castle System, Inc.
Additional Support
  • AT&T
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP
  • Franklin International
  • Hamilton Parker Company

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