Local group continues to help families in need
Thanks to Welcome Warehouse, 120 Dublin City School students were prepared for class.
The Dublin nonprofit organization that helps those in need held a back-to-school event Saturday, Aug. 17, to pass out school supplies.
A fundraiser is planned for Sept. 14 to fund Welcome Warehouse services such as the back-to-school event, free shop, emergency assistance and holiday adopt-a-family program.
"We wanted to do something to celebrate the Presidents Cup coming to Dublin and also to raise awareness about Welcome Warehouse," said Jean Griffith, executive director of the organization.
"FORE: An Evening for Welcome Warehouse and the Presidents Cup" is slated for 6:30-11 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Bogey Bar and Grill, 6013 Glick Road.
Griffith said the patio is reserved and the group is hoping for hundreds.
"We are going to have the Presidents Cup there for a couple hours," Griffith said.
"People can get their picture taken with it," she said. "We're having a silent auction.
"There's going to be putting competitions and one of those fun photo booths with props. We'll have a TV set up with the OSU game. It's a night game."
The central Ohio cover band, Six Pack Theory, will provide entertainment. Hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket are included in the $60 admission and a cash bar will be provided.
The Sept. 14 event will benefit services the Welcome Warehouse provides to families within the Dublin City School district year-round, such as clothing, presents for Christmas and one-time financial assistance in the case of emergency for bills.
Saturday's back-to-school event made sure students were ready for classes, which started Aug. 21.
"We had about 120 kids there and their families," Griffith said.
"We had all kinds of things going on," she said. "Each registered child got a school supply kit.
"They were also able to pick out a backpack or hoodie and free books.
"We had breakfast, carnival games and prizes. Encounter Church partnered with us for that. The Dublin Lions Club did vision screenings and KidSMILES was there giving out dental supplies and information."
The school supply kits were based on school level and provided through grants and donations from the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation, Coldwell Banker King Thompson, Encounter Church, Indian Run Methodist Church, Vista Church and the Dublin Moms group, Griffith said.
"There was everything from a binder to a flash drive to tissues, pencils, markers, crayons, rulers (and) notebooks," she said.
"We were able to give everybody a lot of stuff partly because we had a grant for the project and we were able to buy school supplies in bulk."
A similar back-to-school event was held two years ago and last year Welcome Warehouse gave out school supplies through its free store at Indian Run Methodist Church. Griffith said the group hopes to make this an annual event to prepare those in need for a new school year.
Welcome Warehouse gets grants and donations, but organizes few fundraisers. Other events, such as the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, raise money for Welcome Warehouse.
The new FORE fundraiser is aiming to bring in additional funds.
Tickets for the Sept. 14 fundraiser can be purchased on the Welcome Warehouse website at welcomewarehouse. org.