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Denny Griffith Honored with Spirit of Columbus Award by Columbus Foundation

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The Columbus Foundation announced outgoing CCAD President Denny Griffith as the winner of their second annual Spirit of Columbus Award at a reception held last night. The award, dubbed “the Jerries” in honor of Jerrie Mock, was created to honor individuals in the community who showcase their affection for Columbus through their accomplishments, achievements and contributions.

“Through the Jerries, we recognize those in our community whose exemplary accomplishments build our community and inspire us to go further,” said Columbus Foundation CEO and President Doug Kridler. “Denny’s transformation of CCAD clearly exemplifies what The Spirit of Columbus is, and his contributions will for many years, positively affect our city and beyond. He is, and lives, our community brand of smart and open.”

In addition to the Jerrie award — a bronze miniature statuette that is a replication of the new sculpture unveiled at Port Columbus yesterday — Griffith was also given the opportunity to select one local nonprofit to be the recipient of a $5000 grant from the Foundation. His choice was the CCAD Creative Excellence Fund, which provides last-dollar grants to high-performing, high-financial-need students.

The Foundation additionally honored the flight of Jerrie Mock with a $2500 grant to The Works (an interactive learning center) in Newark (Mock’s birthplace), a $2,500 grant to the Spirit of Columbus Chapter of Women in Aviation (a nonprofit founded in 2011)  and a $2,500 grant to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, where Mock’s plane currently hangs on display.

For more information, visit www.columbusfoundation.org.

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