What Events Mean to Non-Profit Organizations – Like Easterseals

Ashley Democko, Special Events Coordinator

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us – delightfully – to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive”

– Alice Waters

People are social creatures by nature – even the most introverted of us seek out the comfort of others at times.  Whether in small groups such as birthday parties, or something as simple as getting together with one’s friends, or massive groups like concerts at sold out stadiums, gathering is an important part of life.  As Alice Waters stated, gathering makes us feel more alive.  And what better way to do so then to come together as a whole to support a common cause?  Hi, my name is Ashley Democko and I am the Special Events Coordinator here at Easterseals.  Creating an atmosphere where people have a sense of belonging and purpose that is larger than themselves is one of my greatest pleasures.

Our friends that attend programs across our region are able to receive services thanks to our supporters.

Special events play such an important part in fundraising for non-profits such as Easterseals.  It is a way for people to come together, have fun, and support an organization that is near and dear to their heart.  Events not only raise major funds to support the programs and services we provide, but they are also a great way to increase awareness of what we do, thank our supporters, celebrate our successes, and generate excitement for those who are just learning what our organization is all about.    

Easterseals hosts a variety of events throughout the year.  From wine and bourbon to golf and running – you will be able to find something to your liking.  At all of our events, guests have the opportunity to network and mingle amongst each other, but more importantly learn more about our purpose and the impact just their presence alone has on our organization.  All of the proceeds from events goes directly into the programs and services we provide for people with disabilities.  Just by buying a ticket to attend an event, you are helping us to continue to carry out our mission while having an enjoyable experience in the process. 

Wine glasses lined up for our guests to partake in the evenings tastings for Romancing the Grape

Romancing the Grape (RTG), Easterseals signature event, is one of my favorite occasions to plan.  It is known to be one of Central Ohio’s premier wine and food tastings, featuring more than 200 varieties of hand selected wine as well as hors d’oeuvres from Columbus’s top chefs and finest local restaurants.  The event also showcases local brews and spirits, along with an impressive silent auction and live entertainment.  To top it all off, RTG takes place at the Huntington Club of Ohio Stadium!  It is definitely a night to remember.  Mark your calendars – after two years of not being able to host this prestigious event due to COVID-19, RTG will return on April 30, 2022.   Stay up to date on information regarding the event at our website www.romancingthegrape.org  or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

In the meantime, we have plenty of great events coming up for you to be a part of.  I hope to see you at any or all of them!

Easterseals Golf Classic – September 20, 2021 http://bit.ly/GolfForEasterseals
Clays for a Cause – October 15, 2021 http://bit.ly/clays2021
Chase Columbus Turkey Trot – November 25, 2021 https://www.columbusturkeytrot.com/

Brian, Easterseals program participant and past employee, holds a picture of himself as a child when he received our services.

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