Just dessertsWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
Entrepreneurs do not know everything, but they know a lot about two things: taking risks and leadership. It is in that spirit that we partnered with Leadership Toledo to host the first Restaurant Week Toledo, which winds down April 3.
Toledo Free Press approached Leadership Toledo last year, hoping to strike up a relationship that would benefit the reputable nonprofit and provide an opportunity for us to further reach out to the community and help make a positive difference.
Leadership Toledo’s goals, listed on its website, are in lockstep with our intentions:
- Expand knowledge and awareness of community issues and opportunities.
- Provide contacts in business, industry, government, the media and human services.
- Prepare participants for more active and informed involvement in community affairs.
- Recognize individuals and/or organizations for their community involvement and efforts.
Our first joint project was the late October FOX Toledo debate between Rep. Marcy Kaptur and challenger Rich Iott. But we wanted to create a signature event that Leadership Toledo and Toledo Free Press could build upon as both organizations grow.
It has been a great pleasure collaborating with Executive Director David Schlaudecker, Director of Youth Programs Cory Dippold, Director of Community Impact Kristina White and the Leadership Toledo Board; it was Dippold who proposed the Restaurant Week Toledo concept.
Sixteen local restaurants exhibited leadership and risk taking by signing up, and it has been exciting to follow the buzz and watch the event take root. We are grateful for the opportunity with Leadership Toledo and appreciative for each and every restaurant that partnered with the project.
Special thanks to all of you who tried a new restaurant or revisited an old favorite to help support the cause.
We are working with Leadership Toledo to talk about the next Restaurant Week Toledo, possibly this fall. If your restaurant would like to be included in version 2.0, contact us and we will work with Leadership Toledo to start the planning.
Risk taking and leadership; we would be nowhere without them, and we look forward to carrying that spirit into future projects that benefit the community.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.