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Springfield, Ohio, June 11, 2020:  The winners of the fourth annual Community Fatherhood Awards are being announced. The aim of the Awards is to recognize the significant role Clark County fathers play in their children’s well-being and development and to raise awareness of the value of fathers in the family and the community. It identifies and honors outstanding fathers for their exceptional commitment to raising their children or for their exemplary contribution to the development of children in the community.

The Community Fatherhood Awards nominees meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates an outstanding commitment to raising his children
  • Is an exemplary father
  • Is an inspirational role-model who, as a father, has triumphed over adversity
  • Contributes to the development and well-being of children in the community
  • Provides significant leadership and inspiration to other fathers

Nominees are Clark County natural fathers, adoptive fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, or grandfathers raising their grandchildren.

2020 winners are:

Living Legend Award (35 or older)

Blake Shaffer, Charles Michael Ambruske, Colin Inglis, Gary Severt, Gavin Patch, James Wallace, JJ Peck, Joe Bair, John Greene, John Krichbaum, Kevin Moehn, Lorenzo Anderson, Mark Sturgeon, Michael Bruns, Neil Haney, Paul Grandinette, Shawn Carpenter, Steve White, Timothy Elliott, Walter B. Sanford Jr

Young Dad Award (34 or younger)

Dustin Estridge, Jon Devien Upshaw, Javontae Casey

The awards will be presented on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM at COHatch in downtown Springfield, Ohio.

For more information, contact Eli Williams at 937-408-1050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What: Celebrate Simunye!

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Where: Southgate Church, Springfield, Ohio

                December 28, 2019; Springfield, OH: The growing racial tension in the world today is very concerning.  At least that is what a diverse group of pastors and Christian leaders in Springfield Ohio believe and have been meeting together to address.  They call the group Simunye, which in the Zulu language means “we are one” and are hosting a public gathering on January 19th featuring Dr. Charles Ware. Ware is the co-author with Ken Ham on the book “One Race One Blood”.  This is your opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and learn more about what you can do to increase peace and harmony locally.

                Member Eli Williams stated, “because there is so much hate in the world, the group’s official mission is to stimulate local churches toward biblically healthy multiethnic relationships”. Their purpose is to glorify God by loving all peoples and encouraging others to do the same. “We envision churches modeling God’s vision for peace, oneness, and biblical unity” agreed Earnest Brown and Bobby Hile, senior pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Southgate Church respectively. 

                Celebrate Simunye! will be held at Southgate Church 2111 S. Center Blvd. in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.   Admission is free and will include selections from a multi-church choir, the premiere of Simunye’s introductory video and an inspirational message from Dr. Charles Ware from Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership.  Dr. Ware is president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, which is dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.

PRESS: Additional information and interviews available upon request.

Contact: Bobby J. Hile | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 937.326.0619

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