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Spring Celebration Review

The Portage County Business Council Foundation’s Annual Spring Celebration was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016. More than 100 people attended this evening of celebration. Attendees were able to bid on silent auction items, play games, enter to win some great raffle items, and even take home whole pies with the chance of winning the PIE Pull game. The Spring Celebration was a fun night to recognize leaders while raising funds for Leadership Portage County (LPC) scholarships and Partners in Education (PIE) programming. The evening also collectively celebrated the accomplishments of Leadership Portage County (LPC) graduates, recognized the excellent educators that make Portage County’s schools great, and thanked those who contribute their time and efforts to assist with the work of LPC and PIE.

18 Leadership Portage County graduates received plaques to commemorate their commitment to becoming better leaders and community members through the 10-month leadership training program. The new graduates join a network of more than 400 LPC alumni throughout the Country.

Nearly 100 teachers were nominated for the Excellence in Education (formerly Golden Apple) awards this year and were recognized at the Spring Celebration. To receive the award, a teacher needed to be nominated by a current or past student. Many teachers received a nomination from more than one student.

Finally, the Leadership Portage County Excellence in Leadership Award was given to Mary Hansen. This award is given to someone who embodies the leadership lessons and curriculum instilled through participation in Leadership Portage County. Mary is the VP-Chief Information Officer at Community First Bank. She is an LPC graduate from the class of 2007-2008. Mary is an active volunteer on the Leadership Portage County steering committee, Partners in Education committee, and the very planning committee that coordinates this event.