Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati is commemorating the national organization’s 100th anniversary at its annual Brighter Futures Celebration, which will take place on November 16 at JACK Casino in Cincinnati. The night is sure to be filled with fun, laughter, and tears of happiness and pride.
Craig and Diane Todd will take the stage as the honorary chairs of the 2019 Brighter Futures Celebration for their commitment to the Easterseals mission and belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to feel the pride of employment. Craig is a managing partner for AMEND Consulting, an organization dedicated to providing business intelligence, analytics and training to clients in the manufacturing and service industries.
He has received several awards for his accomplishments with AMEND, and understands the employment needs of businesses in the area, which makes his work with Easterseals tremendously valuable. Craig began serving on the Easterseals board in 2017, and has since committed countless hours to growing its social enterprises and making connections with corporate and employment sponsors.
But his journey with Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati began nearly five years ago after he met Pam Green, the organization’s President and CEO, at a business function.
“As I became a board member, I started getting more involved; you can’t help but to want to help these folks and want to make changes in their lives,” Craig said. “When I first started meeting the people and saw the impact of how proud they were of their jobs and how they were making a difference, (I realized) they had a very strong purpose.”
Three people who have overcome obstacles to achieve their goal of sustainable employment through their work with Easterseals will be the main focus at this fall’s celebration, although their names will be released in late summer.
Green, who has been the CEO of Easterseals since 2011, expressed her pride in the organization, pointing out that nonprofit’s triumphs lie in the aspirations of the people it helps, as well as the assistance it gets from board members such as Craig.
“The goal is that people spend a period of time with us, and then they move on to competitive and integrated employment so that we can train more people,” she said. “We’re doing this as a social purpose; being able to get the talents of a guy like Craig is amazing.”
Craig is excited to continue his relationship with Easterseals and “looks forward to showing others how supporting Easterseals is a win-win for the business community.”
“The mission is so powerful and you get to help so many different folks,” he said.
Craig and Diane are excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Easterseals. On the celebration, Craig added, “I think it creates more excitement and pride, and I think it helps us realize how much bigger this is than all of us.”
The Easterseals Brighter Futures Celebration will take place on November 16 at JACK Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, beginning with cocktails served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. and an after party starting at 9:30 p.m. The evening’s host will be Nic Novicki, an actor/comedian and Director of Easterseals Disabilities Film Challenge.