Lincoln High School's DECA Program and NBC-4 are teaming up to make the school's home basketball game on Friday, Jan. 28, a charity event for the Autism Society of Ohio (ASO).

Lincoln High School's DECA Program and NBC-4 are teaming up to make the school's home basketball game on Friday, Jan. 28, a charity event for the Autism Society of Ohio (ASO).

A special "Alley-Oop for Autism" T-shirt can be purchased for $10 during school hours at the high school's store, The Paw Print, at 140 S. Hamilton Road. Those wearing the special T-shirt will gain free admission to the game.

Gahanna-Jefferson community members are encouraged to help those with autism by attending the game and buying a T-shirt.

Gahanna DECA members set a goal of raising at least $1,000 for the ASO while increasing awareness for the organization this year. The ASO is an organization dedicated to helping families that have children with autism by providing support, legislation and resources about autism.

Gahanna DECA consists of 25 senior students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

For more information about the event and DECA, visit www.facebook.com/gahannapawprint. For more information about the Autism Society of Ohio, visit http://www.autismohio.org.

Gahanna's Cap City Fine Diner Bar, 1301 Stoneridge Drive, will celebrate "Chocolate Cake Day" for three days beginning Jan. 27, with the Children's Hunger Alliance (CHA) getting a piece of sales. For every piece of Cap City's Seriously Big Chocolate Cake that's sold during lunch and dinner from Jan. 27-29, $1 will be donated to CHA.

Tracey Smith, marketing manager for Cameron Mitchell restaurants, said this is the first year Cap City has participated in the promotion.

Children's Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit agency working toward long-term solutions to fighting childhood hunger. To achieve their goal, they work with schools, youth-serving nonprofits, faith-based groups and child care providers to increase participation in USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

In addition, they fight hunger and poor nutrition with education, physical activity information and supplemental resources for caregivers, parents and children.

For reservations to Cap City, visit www.cameronmitchell.com.

Gahanna Village Hairsmiths, 141 Granville St., helped provide "princess makeovers" on Jan. 20 to three young ladies who have life threatening diseases.

The Village Hairsmiths' Denise Cramblit performed manicures for the little girls and Rena Parrill helped with hair styling before they attended Disney on Ice's Princess Classic show at Nationwide Arena.

The girls included Emily Ware, a 10-year-old from Springfield, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age two; A'lasia Jones, a nine-year-old from Columbus, who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell disease at just three weeks old; and Rylee Cavins, a 10-year-old from Marysville who was diagnosed with Ewlings Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at age eight.

After the makeovers, one of the stars of Disney on Ice visited the girls and took pictures with them.

TechColumbus announced Jan. 18 that four Gahanna leaders and companies are semifinalists for the annual Innovation Awards.

Gahanna's semifinalists and their category recognitions include Paul Kolada, principal of PD Worx for outstanding product, company with fewer than 50 employees; Jason Ertel, senior mechanical engineer, Zukun Plan LLC for outstanding service, company with fewer than 50 employees; People to My Site for outstanding service for a company with fewer than 50 employees; and Jennifer Ridenour, CEO, People to My Site for outstanding woman in technology.

The Innovation Awards recognize central Ohio leaders and companies for outstanding achievements in technology leadership and innovation.

Thirteen business leaders and two high school students will be recognized in various categories at a ceremony on Feb. 3 at the new Battelle Hall in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, where more than 1,000 people are expected to be in attendance to celebrate central Ohio's robust and thriving innovation economy.

The event is open to the business community with corporate tables and individual tickets available.

To register for the event, visit: www.techcolumbus.org/techcolumbus-innovation-awards.

Gahanna City Council approved legislation Jan. 18 to apply for a grant through the Clean Ohio Trail Fund.

An ordinance was approved 5-1, with council member John McAlister dissenting, saying he was compelled to vote no based on principle and his objection to how the grants are funded.

Parks-recreation director Tony Collins said the grant would provide funding to complete about 3,000 feet for Section 3 of the Big Walnut Trail. Section 3 would connect the existing trail near the bridge, between Woodside Green and Academy Park, and proceed south, making a connection to Nob Hill Drive. The cost is estimated at $343,000.

The city is proposing a 75-percent grant. If approved, Collins said, the city's obligation would be $82,000 to 86,000, with completion expected in 2012.

Gahanna should learn whether it will receive the grant sometime in the fall, according to Collins.

Columbus Metro Federal Credit Union has opened a new office at 5600 N. Hamilton Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31. A week-long grand opening celebration will follow. Members and area residents are invited to stop in and see the office, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments, prize drawings and giveaways.

For more information, call (614) 855-5041 or visit www.columbusmetro.org.