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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Democracy In Action 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 DIA Honorees

Democracy In Action was held on Thursday, May 5 at the Grange Audubon Education Center and attended by over 100 guests was one of the most inspiring in our 25 years. The personal, touching, and sometimes funny stories of the Honorary Co-Chairs in presenting the Honorees made this year’s ceremony special. Over 100 attended the celebration which recognizing honorees in the four areas of League study and a special award given to the late Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer. Presenting the award to his widow, Mary Moyer, was last year’s recipient Yvette McGee Brown. The award for Good Government was given to the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau and accepting from Honorary Co-Chair Bill Cohen was Karen Kasler. Joseph Mas accepted the International Relations award from Honorary Co-Chair Julia Arbini-Carbonell. The Social Policy award was presented to Sara Neikirk by Honorary Co-Chair Jeff Cabot. And the award in the area of the Environment was given to the Metro Parks system represented by Tim Moloney by Honorary Co-Chair Jeff Hogan.


Corporate sponsors included L Brands, Honda of American, Crane Group, Robert WeilerCompnay, Worthington Industries, and the Ohio State University.


The beautiful location at one of the gems of the Metro Park system provided a wonderful backdrop for the evening. A tasty array of hors d’oeuvres were offered before the program as guests mingled with the honorees, corporate sponsors and members. The program flowed under the guidance of Emcee Chuck White. The honorees and their co-chairs were very complimentary to the League and our non-partisan voter service activities. Joseph Mas’ remarks were especially meaningful as he shared the story of his father’s arrival from Cuba when he was eleven. He asked his father why they had to leave their home. His father answered, Because we didn’t vote” in the years that led the country into revolution.


Thanks to all of our members who were patrons and those members who volunteered.


Click here to read remarks prepared by DIA Honoree, Joe Mas.


Click here to read remarks prepared by DIA Honoree, Sara Neikirk

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