On Wednesday May 30, LifeTown held its annual Legends Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel with keynote speaker Hollywood Producer Gordan Gray. This year’s luncheon also honored our own Ron Greenbaum, and Michael Schiff as LifeTown legends.
“Having two adults with special needs in my family, I know first-hand how important the exposure to everyday life skills is,” Greenbaum says. “LifeTown is about empowering students to become self-advocates and productive members of our community. It is an organization I am proud to support, and I am humbled to be honored at this year’s event.”
Funds raised at this year’s luncheon are donated to the LifeTown Scholarship fund and make it possible to give 3,506 children the LifeTown experience. LifeTown is the only facility of its kind in Ohio and one of only two in the United States. That’s why students come from all over the state to take advantage of the program. It gives thousands of kids, who are too often marginalized and forgotten, the tools to live and work successfully as valued members of society.
Something new to LifeTown that was highlighted during the luncheon is its “Stop to Live” initiative. The Stop to Live program is the first prescription drug misuse and abuse program in the Nation designed for students with varying abilities. It was born out of the devastation and suffering caused by the opioid epidemic and the recognition that people with special needs are 2-4 times more at risk but are often overlooked when it comes to prevention strategies.
If you would like to learn more about this important initiative, we encourage you to visit stoptolive.org. You can also learn more about the important work being done at LifeTown everyday at lifetowncolumbus.org.