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2023 LFYO Fundraising Luncheon Is Right Around the Corner

By Lawrence FunderburkeSeptember 6, 20235 Minutes

On behalf of my wife, Monya and I, we are excited to meet attendees, many of you, at the LFYO fundraising luncheon on September 15, 2023. We will be celebrating 25 years of service to Ohioans. Over the years, we’ve offered empowerment-based initiatives in every corner of the state. Our mission is straightforward … To improve the life prospects and legacy pathways of vulnerable populations through targeted programming in the following areas: financial wellness, personal branding, professional development, college and career readiness, mentoring guidance and life coaching, social and emotional learning (SEL), and brain development exercises for autistic children with IDDs.

In sports, setting the tone for success early in the game improves a team’s chances of achieving a favorable outcome when it ends. That “early start” can segue into sustained, positive momentum throughout the season.  What happens when an individual, family, or community struggles in the first quarter of life? They often scramble to play catch up, swinging for the fences with get-rich-quick schemes to combat poverty’s plight, throwing hail Mary bombs down the field to make up for punishing life penalties, or taking long-distance threes, really ill-advised shots, when two-point layups are more effective as the opportunity clock winds down. As time moves on however, the compounding effects of life quarter hangups and hiccups create an even deeper scoring deficit for them and their unsuspecting offspring to overcome.

At our fundraising event, we’ll highlight this sports-based life theme by asking a simple question: What if our country, companies, classrooms, communities, and civilities played team ball? How much better would Team America be? Why should we really care in our me-first world? Who would be willing to come off the bench and play a supporting role? Where do we even start, let alone navigate this tumultuous course? Ohio State Athletic Director, Gene Smith, gets it. Non-revenue sports teams at OSU are given the same opportunity to succeed as the two revenue-producing sports teams — men’s basketball and football. For nearly two decades, that’s how OSU athletics, under the guidance of Smith, has played team ball. That’s why we’re recognizing him at our luncheon. Other Buckeye greats in attendance will include Coach Chris Holtmann, Clark Kellogg, Ron Stokes, Dee Miller, and 2003 national champion Mike Doss, among others. (Yes, I understand some of you aren’t Buckeye fans.)

Take a look at the event details for our fundraising luncheon on September 15 …

First-Half Lineup  11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Registration, Networking, Hors D’Oeuvres, and Silent Auction

Second-Half Lineup  12:30 PM — 1:30 PM

Lunch, Program Opening Remarks, Guest Speakers, and Closing Comments

We will have 12 spectacular silent auction-item packages to bid on. Yes, packages. Here are five of them …

Silent Auction Item #1

OSU Basketball Dream Experience

Four-course dinner for 3 with former Ohio State player Lawrence Funderburke before the game at a five-star restaurant, 3 tickets behind the OSU bench to watch the Buckeyes against a top-tier opponent, group picture on the basketball court and a private tour of the locker room after the game, followed by a meet-and-greet with players and coaches. Go Bucks!

Silent Auction Item #2

OSU Gridiron Package in the Shoe

O-H … I-O. Watch the Buckeyes play Maryland at home on October 7, 2023. Noteworthy package includes 4 Fisher Pregame Brunches three hours before tipoff, 4 premium lower-bowl tickets, and an autographed football by legend-in-the-making, Coach Ryan Day.

Silent Auction Item #3

Golf Enthusiast's Trifecta Perfecta (Package #1)

This golf package consists of a round of golf for 3 with Lawrence Funderburke at The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), a round of golf for 3 at Columbus Country Club, a round of golf for 3 at New Albany Country Club, and a one-hour golf lesson with PGA member and legendary instructor, Gerry Hammond. Let’s play!

Silent Auction Item #4

Girlfriends Pamper-Me Nice Package

Ladies, be treated like the queen you are to a pampering session for 2 at Woodhouse Day Spa. Enjoy a full-service revitalizing treatment for your mind, body, and mood. Get your ‘shop’ on at Easton with a $200 gift card and then ‘drop’ your bags to enjoy a wonderful meal at Cut 132, the newest upscale dining establishment in Central Ohio. You deserve it!

Silent Auction Item #5

Fine-Dining Experience with a Super Chef

Enjoy dinner for 8 at your private residence with Chef Jim Warner, a renowned culinary specialist for professional athletes, esteemed dignitaries, and high-profile CEOs. This unforgettable experience includes a delectable five-course meal that is sure to satisfy the eyes and palates of your awestruck guests. Bon appetit!

At the fundraising luncheon, all proceeds from the sale of my three books —SociopsychonomicsThe Stewardship Playbook, and Momentum Power Play — will be used to support LFYO. Click the link below to learn more about these books.

Lastly, I want to give a special shout-out to our amazing sponsors …

2023 LFYO Fundraising Luncheon Sponsors

Legacy – $50,000

Maggie and Tom Fleming

Hall of Fame – $10,000

The Robert Weiler Company

All-Star – $5,000

  • Huntington Bank
  • Advanced Civil Design
  • Monya & Lawrence Funderburke
  • Terri & Gary Schottenstein and Family
  • Carol and Randy Ayers
  • Rebecca and Brandon McAllister
  • Lindsey and Jacob Osborn
  • Linda and Roger Blackwell
  • Michelle Moore and David Houze
  • Daniel Levitt

Superstar – $2,500

  • First Merchants Bank
  • Muskingum County Community Foundation
  • Uckele Nutrition
  • Thompson Concrete
  • Abby and Andrew Crum
  • Jim Frey Real Estate Advisor, LLC
  • Rich Russo Realty

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