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MCongrats April/May 2024

Buckeye Broadband makes Newsweek Excellence Index 2024

The Toledo-based company earned national recognition for its outstanding performance in business and community leadership. Buckeye Broadband was ranked 173 out of 1,000 companies included in the Newsweek Excellence Index 2024. General Manager Geoff Shook stated that the company takes a lot of pride in being recognized, especially being in the same list as companies like Apple and Sony Electronics. Read the full list at newsweek.com/rankings/newsweek-excellence-index-2024.

Toledo Opera’s Suzanne Rorick Retires

Toledo Opera’s Executive Director Suzanne Rorick announced that she will retire at the end of May. The Toledo Opera board has named her successors, James M. Norman and Kevin Bylsma. “In my years at Toledo Opera, I have learned that managing a nonprofit is not a straight line. You take information from the community and those around you to create a straight line out of the circumstances at hand. How lucky we are at Toledo Opera to have two gentlemen on our team who are willing and more than able to take on the job. The timing is right and they are right for the job,” Rorick said. Read more at toledoopera.org.

YWCA of Northwest Ohio Announces Milestones Winners

For 29 consecutive years, YWCA of Northwest Ohio has commemorated Women’s History Month by recognizing leaders who have been advocates in our community. At the Milestones recognition event, honorees shared their purpose, were heard by the community, and impacted the lives of everyone listening. These dedicated women strive to empower and uplift others. This year’s Milestones honorees, recognized at a March 19 event,  include Ann Heckler, Eleanore Awadalla, Marie Latham Bush, Catherine Griffing Hoolahan, Dawn M. Buskey, Tracee Perryman and Bishop Pat McKinstry. Ywcanwo.org.

Sunshine Communities, Inc. Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Sunshine Communities, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. “We use the word ‘believe’ intentionally at Sunshine. This is because every promise made begins with a belief of what is possible – a vision of what could be,” Jason Abodeely, Sunshine CEO, explained, adding, “As we celebrate 75 years, let us remember that our journey from promise to progress is ongoing.” As part of its anniversary celebration, Sunshine Communities will host a series of events throughout the year, including fundraisers and community outreach initiatives to engage the community in meaningful dialogue about the importance of inclusion and support for individuals with developmental disabilities. sunshine.org.

Glass City Metropark wins annual Governor’s Award

The 14th Annual Governor’s Award for Parks and Recreation goes to the Glass City Metropark. As the highest honor from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, the Governor’s Award provides statewide recognition of one park and recreation project, program or event that has had the greatest impact on a community’s quality of life. This marks Metroparks Toledo’s second win, having previously won recognition for the Howard Marsh Metropark in eastern Lucas County’s Jerusalem Township. metroparkstoledo.com.

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