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Columbus “True Originals” Recognized at New Event

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The Columbus Foundation launched a new annual ceremonial event today, designed to recognize the city’s “True Originals” — a collection of local business leaders, culture makers and nonprofit operators that help to define the city that we live in.

The first group of honorees included Dr. Mark Lomax II, composer of World Premiere, 12-CD work, “400: An Afrikan Epic”; David Brown, founder of the Harmony Project; Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams; poet Barbara Fant; Opera Columbus and Pro Musica’s World Premiere production, The Flood; author Wil Haygood; and the community members behind the #SaveTheCrew movement.

David Brown accepts his award during today’s event.

“Columbus is filled with extraordinary talent shaping our culture and our community in ways big and small,” stated Columbus Foundation President & CEO Doug Kridler. “By launching this program, we look to shine a light on those representing the best minds and hearts in our region.”

Sherri Geldin was also recognized with the Columbus “True Original Legacy Award” for her 25 years of leadership at The Wexner Center for the Arts.

Dr. Mark Lomax II is presented with his award by Sheri Geldin.

During today’s event, the Columbus Foundation also announced a donation through its Gifts of Kindness fund, which is helping to provide meals and support to federal employees affected by the government shutdown, and will continue to do so until the shutdown ends.

For more information, visit www.columbusfoundation.org.

All photos by Walker Evans.

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