Announcing speakers, sponsors, and more for Gift To Be Simple on October 20!

Our annual Gift To Be Simple fundraiser is coming up on Wednesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m., and we are thrilled to announce our speakers, sponsors and more. 

Featured speakers for Gift To Be Simple include: 

  • Marilyn Welker, founder of Simply Living
  • Paula Penn-Nabrit, J.D., author, founder and president of PN&A Inc. and manager of Charles M. Nabrit Memorial Garden
  • Randall Loop, massage therapist, life coach, and former Simply Living board president
  • Eugene Beer, chief engineer and producer for WCRS community radio station

Also speaking will be our board member and master of ceremonies, Kai Landis, founder of Green Roots LLC, and our executive director, Cathy Cowan Becker.

You’ll learn about the history of Simply Living — including some things you may not know — and its future directions.  There will be plenty of time for networking and socializing with old friends and new. You can attend either in-person at the Grange Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., or through our virtual table online

We are also proud to announce two more extras for the in-person event: 

  • Brothers Drake Meadery will be supplying their famous honey wine and beer for you to enjoy along with appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. 
  • Drive Electric Columbus will be displaying several models of electric vehicles in the parking lot for you to see and ask questions about.

We also want to extend a big thank you to three other special folks:

  • Mayda Sanchez of Unlimited Media, who will be providing the virtual table (and so many other tech support services for Simply Living).
  • Eugene Beer of WCRS-FM, who is providing music and sound for the event.
  • Bob Sloan of Sloan Saxbe Creative, who is providing video and graphic design services.

This is going to be a very special evening that you will not want to miss! Purchase your tickets at


Did you know you can also sponsor Gift To Be Simple? Anyone can sponsor — individuals, households, organizations, or businesses. Each sponsorship comes with increasing benefits depending on the level, and individuals can purchase a sponsorship for the organization of their choice.

In addition, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Simply Living is offering an incentive match on all sponsorship levels above $100. Whatever level you choose, we will give you the next level up in benefits, including tickets to Gift To Be Simple, mentions in our program and presentation, a table in the lobby, and a year-long business membership with all of those benefits too.

It’s a great deal that supports both Simply Living and an organization of your choice! Sponsor Gift To Be Simple at


Finally, a big shout out to all of our sponsors so far. Our organizational sponsors include: 

Our individual sponsors, some of whom purchased sponsorships for the organizations listed above, include:

  • Mac and Debbie Crawford
  • Dan Baer
  • Chuck Lynd
  • Kai Landis
  • Lisa Kreischer
  • Randall Loop
  • John Krieger
  • Rita Haider
  • Lynn Stan
  • Paisley Nash
  • Dr. Patrick Hughes
  • Jeff Sharp
  • Mary Lou Langenhop
  • Kathleen Gmeiner and Doug Todd
  • Sheila Fox
  • Cheryl Claypoole
  • Doug Calem

We are a little behind on our sponsorship goals for Gift To Be Simple, so additional sponsorships would be most welcome. And there’s still time to purchase tickets! 

We sincerely hope to see you at Gift To Be Simple, as we restart Simply Living and its mission to connect people to learning opportunities that promote sustainability, environmental justice, and our local economy. Simply Living offers solutions to some of the great crises of today, and it’s time for us to get back to work!

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