COL 30th Anniversary
Join us for the 30th annual Celebration of Learning, the Foundation’s signature fundraising event to support the library. Be a part of bringing to life the library’s vision of a thriving community where wisdom prevails.
Friday, November 4
Main Library | 96 S. Grant Ave.
Event Details
• 6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
• 7:15 p.m. Program
• 8 p.m. Dinner
• 9 p.m. Book Signing
• 11 p.m. Event Concludes
The event will reflect health ordinances and safety measures applicable at the time. An online live-streaming option will be available for those unable to attend.
Jon Meacham
We are excited to welcome Jon Meacham, renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Meacham, one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, is sure to engage you as he shares his knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. He has the unique ability to bring historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.

Individual Society Benefits

Organization Sponsor Benefits

Thank you to all who made the 2021 Celebration of Learning a success. We hope to see you at this year’s event!

Thank you for being part of our 29th annual Celebration of Learning. The evening spent among library champions was simply magical. Together, we raised almost $700,000!

Libraries are much more than a place to go; they are a place to start — from supporting the future of tomorrow’s leaders, or enhancing the job prospects of a single parent, to connecting the dots for a child learning to read.

Please enjoy the sights and sounds of the evening. On behalf of the Celebration of Learning Host Committee and Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation, thank you for your support of Celebration of Learning.


JSS Celebration of Learning Award

Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley

Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Upon recommendation from Senator John Glenn, President Bill Clinton appointed Judge Marbley to the bench in 1997. Judge Marbley became the Chief District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on September 14, 2019, becoming the first African-American to serve in that capacity. In his twenty-four years serving as a district court judge, Judge Marbley has presided over some of the most important cases in central Ohio and the country, ranging from voting rights issues to issues involving policing. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Marbley was a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, where he practiced civil, criminal, and administrative law for eleven years.

Judge Marbley also remains active in the community. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University and serves on the boards of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) School and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Washington Post adopted one of his statements during a trial as its motto: “Democracy dies in darkness.” Chief Judge Marbley is married and the father of two adult sons, one stepson, and three granddaughters.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Award

Lynne Redgrave

Lynne was a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Board for almost a decade, including serving as President, Secretary, Chair of Celebration of Learning and a long-time dedicated event committee member. Lynne spearheaded many projects and in particular, her tireless efforts helped develop the Foundation’s stewardship and cultivation practices. She was instrumental in helping support Teen Read Week and, along with husband Martyn, has generously sponsored the giveaway of books to participants since the program’s inception. Lynne is a tireless advocate and volunteer with the Library, championing its causes and encouraging others to join her in support of this great institution. Lynne is a wonderful ambassador for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and she has truly made a lasting impact in our organization and the community.

Lynne shares, “As a voracious learner, I have spent a lot of time in and volunteering at libraries all over our country. When we moved to Ohio, choosing to volunteer at Columbus Metropolitan Library was an easy decision for me. While I was aware that CML was a world class library, I quickly became incredibly inspired by the CML leadership and employees with whom I had the pleasure to interact. With visionary leadership, the entire CML team is deeply committed to supporting literacy and lifelong learning as a means of providing a gateway to knowledge and opportunity for all members of our community. It has been an absolute privilege to volunteer at this special community treasure.”

2022 Host Committee

Alex and Renée Shumate 

Committee Members:

John Behal

Laney Burgdoerfer

Mary Jo Conte

Sue Cooper

Melanie DeAscentis

Barbara Derrow

Marjorie Duffy

Scott Gaines

Diane Garland

DeeDee Glimcher

Tracy Harrison

Meg Kelley

Charlotte Kessler

Patrick King

Wayne Lawson

Victoria Losinski

Tanisha Lyon Brown

Amy Milbourne

Achea Redd

Corde Westwater Robinson

Robin Shockney

Barbara Siemer

Catherine Strauss

Hope Wolman 

Honorary Chairs

Linda and Mike Kaufmann

Many thanks to Linda and Mike Kaufmann for serving as Honorary Chairs. Both Linda and Mike have an incredible commitment to our community.

Linda Kaufmann was President of Turn Key Solutions (TKS) before selling her business. Prior to owning TKS she spent her career in the Health Care segment in executive positions within Marketing and Communications. Linda is a visible and active community leader chairing and participating in numerous boards. She is passionate about animal welfare, education and the arts. From the United Schools Network to the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, she uses her kind, generous nature to advocate for others. As a mother of four, Linda knows all too well the importance of education and reading. In particular, she enjoys reading books about inspiring women and believes it is key to understanding the world around you

Mike Kaufmann is chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, a vital organization in the Columbus corporate landscape. During his 30 years at Cardinal Health, Kaufmann has served in a wide range of executive leadership positions and become known for his creativity and grit. He passionately advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as not only the right focus areas for leaders, but also the smart choice for businesses looking to achieve better performance and increased innovation. He carries his passion for people and results to his service on boards. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for MSC Industrial Supply, sits on the executive board of Red Oak Sourcing and is a member of the executive committee with The Columbus Partnership.

Thank You for Your Support


Siemer Family Founadtion 2022


Bath and Body Works




ABC 6/Fox 28/CW Columbus



Bricker & Eckler LLP

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events


Covelli Enterprises

Crane Group

Donatos Pizza

Encova Insurance


Heidelberg Distributing Co.




M/I Homes Foundation

The Robert Weiler Company

Stifel Public Finance/Stifel Private Client-The Yen Group Easton

Thompson Hine


Vital Companies

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


Buckeye Interactive

Columbus State Community College

Crabbe, Brown & James LLP



Fifth Third Bank

Fullen Financial Group

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.

GBQ Partners

GUND Partnership and Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design


Ice Miller

IGS Energy

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Matrix Psychological Services, Inc.

Moody Nolan

NAI Ohio Equities


New Albany Community Foundation

The New Albany Company

Nicholson Builders, Inc.

Park National Bank


State Auto Insurance Companies

Worthington Industries


Sandra Doyle-Ahern and Michael Ahern

Marilu and Tim Faber   

Lynne and Martyn Redgrave

Meara and Matt Scantland


George Barrett

Lauren Bonfield and Stephen Keyes

Katie and Geoff Chatas

The Christopher Foundation

Melanie and Mike DeAscentis

Barbara and Philip Derrow

Rhonda and Charlie Fraas

DeeDee and Herb Glimcher

Linda and Frank Kass

Nancy and Tom Lurie

Jordan Miller

Deborah Neimeth

Sarah and Mark Ryan

Paul Smith, Jr.

Colleen Nissl and Roger Sugarman

Corde Westwater Robinson


John Behal and Jim Elliott

Laney Burgdoerfer

Alison Circle and Riccardo Ruotolo

Mary Jo Conte

Marjorie Duffy and Mike Gladman

Elizabeth and Robert Fox

Maria and Tim Frommeyer

Carol Andreae and James Garland

Lisal and Don Gorman

Mary and Tom Katzenmeyer

Charlotte and Jack Kessler

Mary Lazarus

Jennifer Massanova and Lou Von Thaer

Ann and Ron Pizzuti

Lane and John Rothschild

Linda Larrimer and Hugh Westwater

Kathy and Alec Wightman


Jane and Stan Ackley

Eleanor Alvarez

Marty Anderson and Warren W. Tyler*

Randy Arndt and Jeff Baker

Ellen and Jim Bachmann

Nancy and Burton Bardus

Chief Chukwuemeka Bosah
and Dr. Ngozi Osuagwu

Barbara and David Brandt

Eleanor and Adam Brandt

Tanisha and Donald Brown

Wendy and Justin Bumbico

Elizabeth and Stephen Cartwright

Darci Congrove

Sue Cooper

Lisa and Tom Courtice

Gregg Dodd

Shaunessy Everett

Christine and Thomas Farquhar

Bebe and John Finn

David and Joanne Frantz

Kate and Scott Gaines

Diane and Kim Garland

Eydie and Donald Garlikov

Susan and Bill Gillam

Joanne Goldhand and Justin D’arms

Joy and Michael Gonsiorowski

Babette Gorman and Jack Buckingham

Linda and Bill Habig

Nedra Patison Hadley

Lauren Hagan and Jim Venetucci

Amanda and Charlie Hansen

Tracy and David Harrison

Marihelen Hatcher

Rachel and Jim Heine

Sheryl and Phil Heit

Lauren Hilsheimer and John Meier

Ann and Tom Hoaglin

Catherine Chapin Kobacker and John S.


Monica and Doug Kridler

Midge and Tally Krumm

John N. Larrimer MD

Wayne Lawson and Bill Mitchell

Lexie and Trip Lazarus

Vicki and Ron Linville

Victoria and Patrick Losinski

Bob Loversidge

Cathy and Jeff Lyttle

Jennifer McNally and Michael Flamm

Katharine Moore

Steven and Bernadette Allen Moore

Jane Mykrantz and Kiehner Johnson

Rebecca and Keith Naas

Debra and Brian Pack

Sue and Mark Real

Achea and Michael Redd

Kathryne and Kevin Reeves

Anne and Bill Remias

Robert M. Roach

Rosanne and Mark Rosen

Kelly Ruoff and Patrick King

Nikki Scarpitti

David R. Schooler

Teckie and Don Shackelford

Robin and Andy Shockney

Renée and Alex Shumate

Laura and Jay Simonds

Lynne and Stephen Smith

Sheila and Gene Smith

Stewart Smith

Nancy Strause

Catherine Strauss and John Lowe

Jennifer and Ryan Swincicki

Thomas E. Szykowny and Susan M. Dulton

Thanks Be To God Foundation

Susan Tomasky and Ronald Ungvarsky

Wendy Tressler

Seanna and Matthew Walter

Beatrice and Alan Weiler

Steve Weiler

Kyatonna and Anthony Wilson

Nancy S. Winslow

Hope Wolman

Ellen and Ed Yen

Thomas Young

Donna and Lee Zuiderweg

*In Memory

As of November 1, 2021

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

96 S. Grant Ave. | Columbus, Ohio 43215