Pounds: Year in reviewWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
There are still several weeks left in 2011, but it is time to start cataloging some of the accomplishments of the past year.
Despite some hefty surprises and unbelievable setbacks, the 2011 ledger will show a positive and productive year. The personal high — the birth of my daughter Harper — can’t be matched by any professional feta, but it was a great year. In addition to a raft of business milestones and editorial triumphs, I am particularly proud of our philanthropic contributions during the past calendar year.
- Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross overcame rain to fill the riverfront with headliners Tonic and John Michael Montgomery.
- We sponsored the “Holiday with Heart” event at the Toledo Club, a sold-out event which benefited AIDS and HIV organizations in the local gay and lesbian community. We are also sponsoring this year’s event, set for Dec. 3.
- Toledo Free Press initiated a private fundraising drive that brought in $12,000 for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City, which nullified a request for the funds from taxpayers.
- “Education Champions,” a news series that highlighted local Toledo Public Schools projects and resulted in a multimedia awareness campaign that culminated in WGTE’s literacy program, First Book, winning a grant from the United Way.
- “Restaurant Week Toledo,” which involved more than 16 restaurants and raised funds for Leadership Toledo’s high school scholarship program. We will launch this again in late January.
- We partnered with and facilitated a Columbia Gas of Ohio program that provided free or reduced-cost programmable thermostats, showerheads and home energy audits.
- The “Egypt Experience” and Artoberfest promotions with the Toledo Museum of Art were highlights of our friendship with the museum.
- We participated in our first Arts Commission Art Walk series, which led to our sponsorship of the “Zygote in My Fez” poetry festival.
- Toledo Free Press co-sponsored a Red Cross program, “Ready U,” a 12-month educational series that offered free sessions on a variety of safety and disaster-preparedness topics. The second “Ready U” series is under way.
- Our “Round Up Hunger” series focusing on Feed Lucas County Children resulted in a fundraising campaign through Walt Churchill’s Markets.
- We co-sponsored a Banned Books Week awareness series at the University of Toledo to fight censorship. This was our fifth year with the event.
- The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored our work at a magnificent event in October.
The Ohio Society for Professional Journalists award for Best Weekly Newspaper in Ohio, our third consecutive such honor, capped our year.
This is not a definitive list, but we are grateful for each and every one of these partnerships and opportunities. We take none of them for granted and hope to expand upon them moving forward.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: Artoberfest, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Banned Books Week, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Education Champions, Feed Lucas County Children, Holiday with Heart, John Michael Montgomery, Leadership Toledo, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Publisher's Statement, Ready U, Red Cross, Restaurant Week Toledo, Round Up Hunger, Smoke on the Water, Toledo Free Press, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Public Schools, Toledo Symphony Orchetsra, Tom Pounds, Tonic, University of Toledo