OHuddle holding its second Golden Circle Dinner Feb. 21

OHuddle holding its second Golden Circle Dinner Feb. 21

The OHuddle student-mentorship program will hold its second annual Golden Circle Dinner at the New Hope Church in Wooster on Feb. 21.


The OHuddle student-mentorship program will hold its second annual Golden Circle Dinner on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church, 969 Blachleyville Road, Wooster.

The fundraiser, described as an evening of experience, education and awareness, will include a three-course dinner and feature a TED Talk-style format with four distinguished speakers. The event supports OHuddle’s student-mentorship programming at its sites in Wooster, Triway, Orrville, Green and Southeast Schools. OHuddle serves more than 400 students with individualized school-based mentorship at these sites.

“This powerful night helps to celebrate all those in the community who have helped our grass-roots organization to thrive,” OHuddle executive director and co-founder Sara Reith said.

Reith said OHuddle provides one-to-one mentorship and service coordination for students. Statistics show students with mentorship show an average of 23 percent academic improvement and 77 percent behavioral improvement following four months of service, according to Reith.

OHuddle stands for “Odyssey Huddle,” and its mission is to awaken youth to their unique value through hope-filled relationships and one-to-one mentorship.

Reith said life is a journey, and the question OHuddle asks is: “Who is in your huddle?”

The program is structured around 40 research-based developmental assets that include themes such as the constructive use of time, service to others, fostering a caring school environment and developing a sense of purpose.

“Our speakers hail from sectors including education, nonprofit, business and athletics,” Reith said. “These notable community leaders we have speaking will share a brief keynote regarding their journey to success by sharing the story of their mentor and the assets that strengthened their path.”

The speakers, all with local ties, include Mike Jarrett, Dan Owalabi, Jon Juravich and Stephanie Hightower.

Jarrett founded Jarrett Logistics in 1999, a company known for its business ethics, employee character and operational efficiency. He and his company have been recognized with numerous awards including by Inc. magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, the Weatherhead 100 School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Smart Business magazine and the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “One of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio.”

A University of Mount Union and University of Akron alumnus, Jarrett serves on the Heartland Education Community board of trustees, the Farmers National Bank advisory board, the Wayne County Community Foundation board and the University of Mount Union board of trustees.

Owalabi is the executive director and co-founder of Branches Worldwide, a leadership-development ministry with an innovative initiative to impact 30 leaders in 30 countries for 30 years.

Branches has one big goal: to identify young Christian leaders and inspire them to do the work God has called them to do. Branches helps increase their influence as leaders and their ability to draw their peers to Christ.

Juravich, an art teacher at Liberty Tree Elementary School in Powell, a suburb of Columbus, was named the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year by the State of Ohio department of education. The same year he was a finalist for the United States Teacher of the Year.

Juravich also is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Otterbein University. He uses his recognition as a voice for the importance of the arts. He has a TED Talk on “How do you teach empathy?”

Hightower is an Ohio State University alumna and the first female president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League. Hightower’s accomplishments include a wealth of experience in athletics and public service. She is a four-time U.S. Champion at 100-meter hurdles and a five-time U.S. Indoor Champion at 60-meter hurdles. She also won the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials but was prevented from competing in the Moscow Olympics due to the boycott. She won a silver medal at the 1987 Pan American Games.

Hightower served several years as president of U.S. Track and Field and served in the Columbus mayor’s cabinet for sports development before joining the Urban League.

Tickets for the event are sold out. (A limited number of seats are available for this event because all catering, tablescape, decor and event space is donated.)

Comprehensive information about OHuddle is online at www.ohuddle.org.

OHuddle would be grateful to anyone who would like to make a donation by going to www.ohuddle.org/donation. Checks can be made to OHuddle and mailed to P.O. Box 1296, Wooster, OH 44691.

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