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Ohio Guidestone announces 2021 Evolution Gala

Ohio Guidestone announces 2021 Evolution Gala; 3News

The black tie gala will benefit Ohio Guidestone’s Workforce 360° program.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.

Ohio Guidestone has announced its plans for its biennial Evolution Gala, presented by Fifth Third Bank, which will take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

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3News’ Betsy Kling will emcee the sold-out, black-tie event, which serves as Ohio Guidestone’s premier fundraiser. Ohio Guidestone is one of the largest behavioral health agencies in the state and aims to “provide individuals of all ages with pathways to growth, achievement and lifelong success.”

Additionally, 3News’ Monica Robins and her band, Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings, will provide live music for the gala. The event will also highlight the agency’s Workforce 360° program, which “provides supportive services to help individuals secure and maintain meaningful employment through nationally recognized occupational trainings, academic assistance, leadership development, financial literacy, paid-work experience, case management, and placement and retention services.”

The following corporations and individuals will be recognized for “their commitment to workforce development in the community” at the gala:

  • Corporate Honoree – Fifth Third Bank, accepted by Northern Ohio Regional President Joseph DiRocco
  • Community Honoree – Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, President and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
  • Sports Honorees – Cleveland Browns Tight End Austin Hooper; Cleveland Browns Legend and Cribbs in the CLE host Josh Cribbs
  • Workforce 360° Honoree – Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) Graduate Breawnna Snowberger

“OhioGuidestone’s Workforce 360° program does so much to provide youth with the skills and support needed to remove barriers to employment, and I am honored to receive this award,” Hooper said in a release. “Resources like this are so important, especially to children who age out of the foster care system. This is near and dear to my heart, as the Austin Hooper Foundation’s mission is to help these kids find their passion and a career to be self-sustaining, productive members of society.”

Fifth Third Bank (presenting sponsor), WKYC Channel 3 (media sponsor), Blue Technologies and Medical Mutual are this year’s sponsors for the Evolution Gala.

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