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Donor Spotlight: Christy Pretzinger

Christy Pretzinger

Easterseals is fortunate to have many supporters who believe in helping others achieve #breakthroughmoments through philanthropy. This month’s spotlight is Christy Pretzinger. Christy has generously supported Easterseals as a donor, as an advocate and as volunteer.  Meet Christy...

Q: Where are you from?

Christy: I grew up in Dayton, Ohio but consider Cincinnati home. I moved here in 1990 and have been here since. 

Q: Tell us about your family?

Christy: I live with my son, Ben, who will be a sophomore at Ohio State studying political science.  And, my boyfriend, Pete, along with his two children Sara and Anthony. We also have two dogs, Odie and Oliver. Oliver came home with me after a charity event. We’ll soon be getting a third pup, a Bernedoodle.  

Q: What do you do for a living? 

Christy: I am currently the CEO of WriterGirl. We create website content for hospital and other healthcare organizations all over the country. 

Q: What was your first job? 

Christy: My first job after graduating college was working in the travel industry, where I honed my writing skills. After that, I worked with F&W publications, and after that I became a freelance writer and have been self-employed since then. 

Q: What does work mean to you? 

Christy: I want to create an environment where people can thrive, where they know what they’re doing is making a difference. My work isn’t separate from my life, but instead it’s integrated. That’s what I have tried to do with WriterGirl. I love the fact that people can thrive and create their own personal lives.

Q: How did you get connected to Easterseals?

Christy: I became connected to Easterseals though my friend, Jim Salters. Jim serves on the Easterseals board and he invited me to a Brighter Futures event. I had heard of Easterseals, but never knew what they did.

Q: What compelled you to support Easterseals that first time?

Christy: At the Brighter Futures event, I realized how much my personal beliefs of charitable giving aligned with Easterseals’ beliefs and values. It was at that event several years ago that I gave my first gift, and I have been giving for years. I have served on an Easterseals board committee, attended many other events, and my company, WriterGirl, has even volunteered with Easterseals. 

Q: How does Easterseals fit in with your idea of philanthropy? What compels you to continue to support?

Christy: It’s important to help people who are disadvantaged or marginalized. I believe philanthropy is about providing “hand ups, not handouts.” I love the idea of helping people become contributing members of society. Easterseals is incredibly diverse in the different ways they help people. The people who work at Easterseals are so committing, caring and kind. They put their heart and soul into helping their clients.  I want to be a part of that.

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