Homeport Happenings: January 2019

Homeport participates in inaugural fund-raising class

Homeport’s Laverne Price holds certificate for graduating fundraising academy. Joining her in photo is Columbus Foundation’s Dan Sharpe.

Homeport’s Laverne Price holds certificate for graduating fundraising academy. Joining her in photo is Columbus Foundation’s Dan Sharpe.

Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price graduated in December from the inaugural class of the Fundraising Leadership Academy organized by The Columbus Foundation and Adrienne Selsor’s Time, Talent & Treasure company.

Price was one of 22 participants in the every other week, 10-session program for non-profit fund-raising professionals meant to highlight best-practices and offer ways to overcome challenges.

Dan Sharpe, Coiumbus Foundation Vice President for Community Research and Grants Management, spoke twice to participants.


Layden Hale, left, and Yaves Ellis.

Layden Hale, left, and Yaves Ellis.

Season’s Wisdoms

Veteran Homeport housing and financial counselor Layden Hale offered tips on how to keep an eye on your money in an interview with Radio One Columbus and its Eye on the Community public affairs show hosted by Yaves Ellis.

The interview ran on Power 107.5, Magic 95.5, Boom 106.3 and Joy 107.1 on Dec. 9.

Hale offered Ellis a Homeport piggy bank in the shape of a house as a holiday season gift and to encourage savings.

Saving and budgeting is important in helping set aside money needed to purchase a home.

To read Hale’s most recent column on this important topic, click here.


Fifth Third Banks On Homeport

Fifth Third Bank Central Ohio President Francie Henry, left, Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, and Fifth Third Bank Vice President Melissa Blount-Garner.

Fifth Third Bank Central Ohio President Francie Henry, left, Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, and Fifth Third Bank Vice President Melissa Blount-Garner.

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Homeport President & CEO President Bruce Luecke represented Homeport in December at Fifth Third Bank’s 2018 Strengthening Our Communities Fund Awards program. Homeport received $25,000 from the bank’s foundation to help residents of the Milo-Grogan neighborhood gain financial stability through financial education courses and one-on-one professional counseling.

“We are intentional about building communities because we know that, as their members become empowered, their entire surroundings will flourish,” said Heidi Jark, managing director, Fifth Third Foundation.

Fifth Third provided Homeport and four other Central Ohio organizations grants that together totaled $250,000.


Homeport Looking Pretty With ‘Ugly’ Gift

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke and Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price accepted check from EMH&T. On far right is EMH&T President Sandy Doyle Ahern.

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke and Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price accepted check from EMH&T. On far right is EMH&T President Sandy Doyle Ahern.

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For the fourth consecutive year, EMH&T looked their worst to do their best for Homeport.

Employees of the New Albany-based civil engineering firm wore ugly sweaters on December 18 in a friendly competition to raise funds for Homeport. Between staff and company matching dollars as well as candy cane sales, EMH&T contributed $5,500 to Homeport.

Since 2015, EMH&T’s tacky looking sweater competitions have raised almost $20,000 for Homeport.

If your company is interested in hosting an Ugly Sweater Challenge at your office in 2019 to support the mission of Homeport in 2019, contact Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price at 614 545-4891 or laverne.price@homeportohio.org.


Swinging for charity

Matt Gregory, Andy Dutcher, Philip Bird, and Brian Irwin posted a "scramble" team score of 57 .

Matt Gregory, Andy Dutcher, Philip Bird, and Brian Irwin posted a "scramble" team score of 57.

And the winner of the 2018 Columbus Commercial Industrial Investment Realtors annual golf tournament is … Homeport. The annual golf tournament from CCIIR netted Homeport $3,000. .

“We are grateful for CCIIR’s continued commitment to support our organization in meeting the affordable housing needs of Central Ohio, and look forward to continuing and growing the relationship in 2019,” said Homeport Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price.

The sixth annual golf tournament had almost 100 participants. The annual event has netted Homeport $17,350 since 2013. To learn more about opportunities to support Homeport and its mission, contact laverne.price@homeportohio.org or call her at 614 545-4891.