SPJ celebrates local journalism at 67th annual Founders’ Day

From left, Central Ohio SPJ 2016-17 President Doug Buchanan, board member Thomas Bradley and 2015-16 President Joe Meyer.

From left, Central Ohio SPJ 2016-17 President Doug Buchanan, board member Thomas Bradley and 2015-16 President Joe Meyer.

A celebration of local journalistic talent was staged Wednesday evening, April 20, by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

At the chapter’s 67th annual Founders’ Day, members and guests celebrated the program year just completed, recognized the top work by local journalists in 2015-16, saluted student journalists who show great promise, and paid tribute to the remarkable careers of several local icons of the profession.

The chapter, founded in 1949, staged the event at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington’s Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.

Chapter awards

The chapter’s First Amendment Award went to Lucas Sullivan,

2016 First Amendment Award winner Lucas Sullivan, reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, addresses the crowd at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20, 2016, inside the Amelita Mirola Barn at Upper Arlingtons Sunny 95 Park.

2016 First Amendment Award winner Lucas Sullivan, reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, addresses the crowd at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20, 2016, inside the Amelita Mirola Barn at Upper Arlingtons Sunny 95 Park.

the Columbus Dispatch reporter whose coverage of the RedFlex red light camera scandal at City Hall kept readers fascinated over much of the past year.

Its Appreciation Award went to Ben Marrison, who left the Dispatch in 2015 after a highly successful, 16-year run as its editor.

Doug Buchanan, managing editor/digital for Columbus Business First, was honored tonight with the chapter’s Distinguished Service Award.

Four remarkable careers in local journalism also were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards to:

  • Tom Borgerding, past SPJ board member who recently wrapped up an outstanding career in local radio as he retired from WOSU;
  • Doral Chenoweth, still better known in these parts as “the Grumpy Gourmet,” whose career actually involved so much in addition to his well-known restaurant reviews. The Grump in fact is the oldest living member of SPJ;
  • Cabot Rea, a decades-long anchor on local TV news, who wrapped up an amazing 30-year career with WCMH-NBC4 in December; and
  • The late Mike Bowersock, a great local TV reporter, also with Channel 4, who died tragically after a fall this spring. His wife Lisa accepted the award on Mike’s behalf.

    Lifetime Achievement Award winner Doral Chenoweth (left) and Appreciation Award winner Ben Marrison

    Lifetime Achievement Award winner Doral Chenoweth (left) and Appreciation Award winner Ben Marrison

The final Chapter award of the evening was the Brick Wall Award. It is a dubious distinction presented to an individual or organization that, according to chapter members, did the most in the past year to block citizen access to public records and proceedings or otherwise violated the spirit of the First Amendment. This year our chapter voted to recognize the faculty at Ohio Wesylan University, who voted Monday April 18 to ban journalists from covering their faculty meetings. The meetings long have been opened and covered by local media and the student press at OWU. The OWU faculty voted 48-21 to ban all journalists, student or otherwise, from all faculty meetings April 18.

Student scholarships

The chapter also awarded its annual scholarships April 20. The awards and students receiving them were:

The $2,000 Jacob A. Meckstroth Scholarship, named for a founding member of the chapter and Ohio State’s first journalism class, went to Ohio State’s Taylor Ferrell.

Ohio State University Lantern Media Adviser and Central Ohio SPJ board member Spencer Hunt, left, and two winners of 2016 scholarships from SPJ: Faulkner Scholarship winner Michael Husan and Meckstroth Scholarship winner Taylor Ferrell.

Ohio State University Lantern Media Adviser and Central Ohio SPJ board member Spencer Hunt, left, and two winners of 2016 scholarships from SPJ: Faulkner Scholarship winner Michael Huson and Meckstroth Scholarship winner Taylor Ferrell.

The Norman H. Dohn Scholarship, also for $2,000, is awarded by the chapter each year to a student who is an SPJ member at Ohio University. This year’s Dohn Scholarship went to Danielle Young, a sophomore in OU’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

The James W. Faulkner Scholarship is named in memory of James W. Faulkner, the Statehouse correspondent for The Cincinnati Enquirer, the founder of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and the dean of political writers during his lifetime.

This year’s winners of $1,850 each are Michael Huson, of Ohio State University and James Steinbauer of Miami University. Michael serves as campus editor for The Lantern, and James serves as editor of the Miami Student.

The Marty Award is named in memory of the late Martin L. Rozenman, a former Central Ohio SPJ chapter board member, editor at Suburban News Publications and Columbus Dispatch reporter. The Martys high school journalism award program is run and funded by ThisWeek Community News and the Dispatch Magazines, and sponsored by the Central Ohio SPJ.

Winners are chosen in five categories – newswriting, feature writing, opinion writing, sports writing and photography. From those winners, an overall, best-of-show winner is selected – for an additional cash award and recognition at the annual Founders’ Day. This year the overall winner, The Marty, went to a pair of students from the staff of The Torch student newspaper at Bexley High School – Aaron Rothchild and Grace Maley. Aaron and Grace  won the Best Feature Writing category of the contest with their story, “Living Their Truths.”

Past Central Ohio SPJ board member Dave Richter, center, administers the oath of office to incoming 2016-17 chapter officers and those beginning new three-year terms on the board, from left, Sarah Mills Bacha, Joe Meyer, Doug Buchanan, Mary Ann Edwards, Bruce Cadwallader, Spencer Hunt and Kevin Smith.

Past Central Ohio SPJ board member Dave Richter, center, administers the oath of office to incoming 2016-17 chapter officers and those beginning new three-year terms on the board, from left, Sarah Mills Bacha, Joe Meyer, Doug Buchanan, Mary Ann Edwards, Bruce Cadwallader, Spencer Hunt and Kevin Smith.

New officers, new board terms

To conclude the night’s business, new Central Ohio SPJ officers for the 2016-17 year were sworn in, and three members also were sworn in to new three-year terms on the chapter Board of Directors:

The 2016-17 slate of officers is:

President: Doug Buchanan, managing editor-digital at Columbus Business First

First Vice President (programming): Sarah Mills Bacha, SMB Communications Ltd.

Second Vice President (membership): Mary Ann Edwards, retired from The Columbus Dispatch 

Secretary: Bruce Cadwallader, Franklin County Children’s Services

Treasurer: Joe Meyer, Meyer Media LLC

Chapter Board of Directors members being sworn in to new three-year terms were: Doug BuchananColumbus Business First; Spencer Hunt, Student Media Director, The Lantern at The Ohio State University, and; Kevin Z. Smith, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, The Ohio State University.

The Founders’ Day 2016 ceremony was emceed by Central Ohio SPJ board member Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Media.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Borgerding accepts his award April 20.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Borgerding accepts his award April 20.

Lisa Bowersock and Tom Bowersock accept the Lifetime Achievement Award for their late husband and father, WCMH-TV reporter Mike Bowersock, at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20.

Lisa Bowersock and Tom Bowersock accept the Lifetime Achievement Award for their late husband and father, WCMH-TV reporter Mike Bowersock, at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20.

Longtime WCHM-TV news anchor Cabot Rea accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio SPJ Wednesday evening, April 20.

Longtime WCHM-TV news anchor Cabot Rea accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio SPJ Wednesday evening, April 20.

Central Ohio SPJ board member Karen Kasler, left, who emceed the Founders Day event April 20, with chapter Vice President Sarah Mills Bacha.

Central Ohio SPJ board member Karen Kasler, left, who emceed the Founders Day event April 20, with chapter Vice President Sarah Mills Bacha.

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Join us for Founders Day Wednesday, April 20

SPJ_logo_horizPlease join your colleagues and peers from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, to celebrate the conclusion of the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015-16 year and the launch our 2016-17 year.

Chapter award winners will be recognized and well as winners of our student scholarships — the Dohn Scholarship for an Ohio University journalism student, the Meckstroth Scholarship for an Ohio State journalism student, two Faulkner Scholarships for other Ohio student journalists pursuing careers in public service reporting, and The Marty, for a top local high school journalist.

The great work of pros from Central Ohio will be recognized with our First Amendment, Appreciation and Distinguished Service awards, and the remarkable careers of some highly accomplished journalists from the area will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Three members of the Central Ohio SPJ Board of Directors also will be sworn into new terms, and officers seated for the 2016-17 chapter year. Founders Day refreshments will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. All the fun will take place in nearby Upper Arlington, at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in UA’s Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, 43220.

Please follow the below link to purchase your tickets! We hope to see you on the 20th!

Click here for more information and ticket purchase options.

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Reminder! Deadline for Ohio’s Best Journalism 2016 contest is March 28

OhioSPJ 16 Call for EntriesReminder! The deadline for entries is March 28 at 5 p.m. for Ohio’s Best Journalism 2016 contest.

The contest honors the best of Ohio’s print, broadcasting, digital media, freelance, trade and college Journalism. This year’s contest is updated to include new digital media and freelance categories.

Entry information and a list of categories are available at: ohiospjawards.org

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SPJ’s Region 4 & 5 Conference: Cincinnati, April 1-2

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April 1 at 12 p.m. April 2, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Reconnect with colleagues, and attend cutting-edge panel discussions that cover a variety of topics — from the latest technology and tools for journalists to diversity, sharpening your skills, and more.

 

Conference Highlights:

  • Opening reception with a special Job Hunt 2016 session for students.
  • Stephen George Executive Editor

    Stephen George
    Executive Editor

    Keynote speaker Stephen George, executive editor of Louisville Public Media. In that position, George oversees a unique statewide media group that includes the Center for Investigative Reporting; National Public Radio affiliate WFPL; classical music station WUOL; and adult alt music station WFPX. He was previously editor of the Nashville City Paper and LEO Weekly, and most recently served as news editor of Insider Louisville. Louisville Public Media was recently profiled by MediaShift, which highlighted its commitment to investigative journalism.

  • Separate Mark of Excellence award events for Region 4 and Region 5.
  • SuperSession on the debate over body-cam and dash-cam video.
  • Conference panels on four tracks:
    • Sharpening Your Skills, with a focus on covering heroin, global news of local importance and narrative writing.
    • Tools & Technologies, with sessions on drones, virtual reality and Google tools.
    • Diversity Matters, with advice on how to avoid profiling, find precise language and cover police vs. community tensions.
    • History in Journalism, with sessions related to the 45th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings, the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act and the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Conference Speakers: http://spjspringforward2016.com/speakers/

Conference Schedule: http://spjspringforward2016.com/conference-schedule/

Friday, April 1:

  • 4-6 p.m. – Registration
  • 5-7 p.m. – Opening reception

Saturday, April 2:

  • 8-9 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9-10:15 a.m. – SuperSession (possibly with two concurrent sessions)
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. – Breakout session – Four concurrent sessions
  • Noon-1:20 p.m. – Lunch with keynote address
  • 1:30-1:50 p.m. – Two concurrent MOE award events
  • 2-3:15 p.m. – Breakout sesson – Four concurrent sessions
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. – Breakout session – Four concurrent sessions (*Concurrent sessions run during each breakout session time slot.)
  • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday is included in the registration fee.
  • For special requests related to meals or other needs, please contact conference registration coordinator Ginny McCabe at gmwriteon@aol.com.
  • For best results when ordering tickets, use Google Chrome as your browser. (If you experience any issues, try another browser type or clear your cookies/browsing history.)
  • For other questions, please contact Region 4 Director Patti Newberry at newberpg@miamioh.edu, or check the conference website at http://spjspringforward2016.com/ for updates.

Registration Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spj-region-4-5-conference-2016-tickets-20696826766

Cost: Regular Rates (available until April 2)

  • SPJ members Professional: $95 / Students: $75
  • Non-members Professional non-member: $150 / Student non-member: $95
  • Attendees may pay by check at the door the day of the event. Checks should be made payable to: GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ CHAPTER. Checks can be sent in advance to: Tom McKee, Greater Cincinnati SPJ Chapter, c/o WCPO-TV, 1720 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

To join or renew your SPJ membership: https://www.spj.org/joinapp.asp. A professional membership is available for $75 for one year. A student membership is $37.50 for one year. (Other membership rate options are available.)

Lodging: http://spjspringforward2016.com/hotel-travel/  Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center – 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45219 – View Map

For More Information: http://spjspringforward2016.com/contact/

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Attention Freelance Journalists!

Interested in gaining recognition for your freelance work? The 2016 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists competition now has new entry categories specifically for freelancers. For the first time, freelance journalists whose work is published outside Ohio can compete, as long as they reside in the state.

The 19th annual awards program is presented collaboratively by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland Pro Chapters of The Society of Professional Journalists, and honors print, broadcast, online, trade, college and freelance journalists in Ohio for their best work during 2015.

The competition is open to SPJ members and non-members.

Deadline to enter is March 28. Visit ohiospjawards.org for contest details and entry information.

Questions? Contact Tony Kozlowski at 440-785-7136 or aakozlow@aol.com.

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Ohio’s Best Journalism 2016: Entries Deadline March 28

Reminder! The deadline for entries is March 28 at 5 p.m. for Ohio’s Best Journalism 2016  contest.

The contest honors the best of Ohio’s print, broadcasting, digital media, freelance, trade and college Journalism. This year’s contest is updated to include new digital media and freelance categories.

Entry information and a list of categories are available at: ohiospjawards.org

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Save the date: Annual Founder’s Day Celebration, April 20

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to gather with your central Ohio media colleagues and celebrate our 2016 student scholarship winners and chapter award recipients.

Amelita Mirolo Barn
Sunny 95 Park
4395 Carriage Hill Lane
Upper Arlington, OH 43220

The event will include the ever-popular annual silent auction with all proceeds supporting our annual scholarships.

Event details and registration information will be available soon.

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Early-bird pricing set for SPJ Regional Conference

Region 4-5 Conf flierRegister now for the joint Regions 4-5 Conference set for April 1-2 in Cincinnati.

Some interesting programming is coming together for the conference expected to draw close to 300 journalists.

Early bird pricing ends Tuesday, March 8.

Make your registration and check out full conference details at: http://spjspringforward2016.com

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Call for Entries: Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition 2016

Honoring the best of Ohio’s print, broadcasting, digital media, freelance, trade and college journalism. Updated this year to include new digital media and freelance categories.

Ohio’s Best Journalism is presented collaboratively by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland Pro Chapters of The Society of Professional Journalists and honors print, broadcast, online, trade, new digital, freelance and college journalisSPJ_logo_horizts in Ohio for their best work during 2015. It is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service. This program also recognizes the best college daily and weekly newspapers.

LIST OF CATEGORIES / ENTRY INFORMATION: http://www.ohiospjawards.org/ohios-best-journalism-2016/  Please note new changes in 2016. We have updated our Online category (now called Digital Media) and added new categories. There are now numerous Freelance categories to reflect the growing number of freelance journalists.

DEADLINE: No entries will be accepted after 5 p.m, March 28, 2016.

ELIGIBILITY: Journalists are eligible who work for newspaper, magazines, radio, television, trade, online and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio. Freelance journalists, who are Ohio residents are eligible, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast. Entrants need not be members of the Society of Professional Journalists. The work must have been published or broadcast in 2015.

FEES: A $30 entry fee must accompany each submission, except College entries. College students pay a $10 entry fee for writing of news, feature, sports and opinion. College newspapers may enter for free. There is a $5 discount per entry for work by SPJ members. You may submit any given article in as many relevant categories as you wish. Submissions from trade publications, newsletters and other print alternatives are welcome. This contest is for journalists in the state of Ohio and immediately adjoining states whose publications / stations / work have significant reach into Ohio.

SPREAD THE WORD: Please forward this message to anyone you think would like to participate in Ohio’s Best Journalism contest!

QUESTIONS? For additional information, please contact: Sarah Mills Bacha, 614-563-1066, contact@ohiospjawards.org

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Noted journalists, Haygood and Goodman, to visit local colleges next week

Two noted journalists, Wil Haygood and AmyGoodman, will lecture and sign their new books at central Ohio universities next week.

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Wil Haygood

Columbus native and New York Times bestselling author Wil Haygood will speak Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Ohio Dominican University about his new book, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America. Haygood’s speech is scheduled in Alumni Hall on ODU’s  main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road in northeast Columbus. For more information, visit Ohio Dominican’s website at http://tiny.cc/mju98x

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Amy Goodman

Award-winning investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist Amy Goodman will come to Otterbein University’s campus to speak about the role of independent media in promoting social change, peace and justice on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. The lecture will be followed by a book signing at 9 p.m. in neighboring Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.  For more information, visit Otterbein’s website at http://tiny.cc/w5t98x

 

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Central Ohio SPJ host ‘Movie Night’ for journalists to view “Spotlight”

IMG_613211Nearly 20 student and professional journalists met for the Central Ohio SPJ ‘Movie Night’ an evening showing of Spotlight,” the the Oscar-nominated film of the Boston Globe’s reporting of the child molestation/coverup within the Catholic Archdiocese.

SPJ members and guests met before the movie to network and aferward to discuss highlights of the film and outcome of the enterprise reporting by the Boston Globe.

“The evening was a pefect blend of professional development, camaraderie and entertainment for new and seasoned journalists,” said the Chapter’s Immediate Past President Sarah Mills Bacha who coordinated the event.

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Movie Night! Spotlight at AMC Lennox, Feb. 3, 6:40 p.m.

movieSPJ members and guests are gathering Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, to see Spotlight, the Oscar-nominated film of the Boston Globe’s reporting of the child molestation/cover up within the Catholic Archdiocese.

Actors include Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci.

Join us for a post-film discussion at Bravo! next door.

Place: AMC Lennox Town Center, 777 Kinnear Road , Columbus.
Show time: 6:40 p.m.

Cost: $10.29 general admission / $8.79 seniors

Pre-registration for this event is not required.

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Central Ohio SPJ to host career development workshop for journalists and communicators – Sat., Nov. 14

Register now ~ FREE Career Development Workshop!

“Journalists, Communicators in a Changing Job Market – What You Need to Know”

The Central Ohio SPJ Chapter is hosting a free, hands-on workshop targeted toward central Ohio journalists and communicators who are transitioning or looking for new career opportunities.

Lunch is included, thanks to gracious sponsorship from the Dispatch Media Group. dmg

Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Ohio State University
Journalism Building
242 W 18th Avenue, Room 106
Columbus, Ohio 43210

The workshop is designed for central Ohio journalists and communicators who are transitioning or considering new career opportunities and will address:

  • Skills you need to survive in the digital world;
  • Questions you may have regarding accumulated pensions and 401(k) plans;
  • Options to consider for health insurance;
  • Choices between retirement and self-employment;
  • Steps you need to know to start your own business;
  • Tools you need to launch a competitive job search;
  • Trends to know when updating your resume;
  • See the program details: Career Development Workshop 11-14

Topics will include both hard and soft skills that journalists need today to transition to new work, self-employment or retirement. Expert panelists will include:

  • Hugh Martin, an Ohio University associate professor in media economics, who will discuss current jobs in the state of Ohio that require the skills journalists have;
  • Nicole Kraft, Ohio State University assistant professor of journalism/communications, on self-branding and marketing – from web sites to social media including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter;
  • Steph Greegor, journalist turned screenwriter, will talk about marketing oneself in a digital world and how to effectively utilize journalism skills to transition into a new field;
  • Paul J. Dolce, certified financial planner with Financial Solutions LLC, who will discuss financial decisions facing displaced workers, including 401(k)/IRA rollover, fixed-pension decisions and Social Security options;
  • Lucy Grosz, founder of Alta Vista Benefits, is an insurance professional, financial consultant/strategist and a former IT executive. She will outline health insurance options for displaced journalists, from COBRA to the Marketplace offered through the Affordable Care Act;
  • Celia Crossley, founder of Crosworks, a career and human resources consulting practice that specializes in guiding individuals and organizations through periods of change. She will discuss how to win job offers in the evolving workplace and creating a dynamite resume for the process;
  • Robin Hepler, senior director of public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association, and a former journalist, will share her insights about why journalism skills are a good match for a career in public affairs and public relations;
  • Celina Fabrizio, assistant vice president of Paul Werth Associates, and a former television broadcaster, will talk about journalists transitioning into public affairs and public relations.
  • Dan Trevas, a former journalist turned lawyer with extensive public relations experience in the public and private sector, who is presently a Judicial Systems Writer in the Public Information Office of the Ohio Supreme Court, will talk about the importance of setting up a LLC for free-lancers;
  • Kevin Peterman, CPA, Toukan & Company, will talk about what free-lancers and small businesses need to know about taxes.

Please join us for this event designed especially for you. The workshop, including lunch, is free, but you must register to attend, for chapter planning purposes.

Register: Get your free ticket by registering through this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-ohio-spj-career-development-workshop-tickets-19358280137

Directions: Journalism Building, 242 W. 18th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. https://www.google.com/maps/place/OSU+Journalism+Building/@40.0018882,-83.0133695,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x31f89d10977ec068

Parking for the event: Tuttle Garage, 2050 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tuttle+Garage/@40.002849,-83.0193141,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x70bbd7770fcc7dae?dg=dbrw&newdg=1

 

 

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