A Look At The Spirit of Columbus Award: Save The Crew
This month, the Save The Crew movement was honored by The Columbus Foundation with The Spirit of Columbus Award. We’re taking a look into the award—it’s history and how the group who kept Columbus Crew SC in the city was celebrated.
Adapted From The Columbus Foundation’s At The Table blog:
The Spirit of Columbus Award, affectionately known as The Jerries®, was established in 2013 to honor aviatrix Jerrie Mock, a visionary who ignored the doubts of others and blazed into history as the first woman to fly solo around the world.
That same undeniable spirit was evident in the recent collaborative effort to keep the Columbus Crew SC in Columbus. Since playing its first game in 1996, the Crew has become an important thread in the fabric of our city.
Though many believed a move to Austin was inevitable, thanks to the Herculean efforts of many people throughout our city and beyond, and a dogged determination and refusal to back down, 2019 dawned with an announcement that the team would remain in Columbus.
On April 17, The Columbus Foundation named those who led and contributed mightily to the effort to “Save the Crew” as the 2019 recipient of The Spirit of Columbus Award during a celebration at the Foundation.
On behalf of the winners of the award, Dr. Edwards accepted a “Jerrie,” a bronze miniature of the Jerrie Mock sculpture at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, created by local artist Renate Fackler. Mock, a Bexley mother of three, took off from Port Columbus on March 19, 1964. She landed her Cessna, “Spirit of Columbus,” safely back in Columbus on April 17 after 29 days, 21 stops, and more than 23,000 miles.
To mark the collaborative efforts put forth by so many to keep the Crew in Columbus and in celebration of the Foundation’s 75th anniversary, grants were made in the amount of $7,500 each to the following organizations:
- The Columbus Crew SC Foundation, in celebration of the ownership, staff, and players of the Columbus Crew
- Celebrate One, in honor of Mayor Andy Ginther and the city administration’s efforts
- Columbus Works, in honor of Franklin County’s role
- Prosecutorial Impact, in honor of City Attorney Zach Klein, then State Attorney General DeWine, and Mike Duffey
- United Negro College Fund, in honor of Shannon Hardin and the Columbus City Council’s leadership
- Goodwill Columbus, in honor of City Auditor Megan Kilgore
- Future Ready, in honor of the Columbus Partnership
- YMCA in support of its work at Community Shelter Board’s Van Buren Shelter, in honor of the volunteers of Save The Crew
Mock was named the first recipient of The Spirit of Columbus Award in 2013, along with Jeni Britton Bauer and David Brown. Recent award recipients include the late Denny Griffith, former Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Tanny Crane, Jane Grote Abell, Michelle Alexander, and, last year, Columbus’ leading African American artists.
Better Together, The Columbus Foundation‘s crowdfunding platform, rallies individuals to work together to bring out the best in our community! Through Better Together, you can show love to our local nonprofits by donating toward their time-sensitive projects and programs. With new projects going up every month, you’re sure to see a cause that’s close to your heart, so be sure to stop in often to check them out!