Envision Children's annual fundraiser to help fund its summer enrichment program

On April 9, Envision Children will host its 12th annual Lighting the Way fundraiser, which will raise money for one of the nonprofit's summer programs.

In past years, the fundraiser has benefitted a wide variety of educational programs through the nonprofit, but this year, it will function as a scholarship gala to benefit students who hope to attend its Academic Summer Enrichment program. Funds will also go toward Envision Children's private tutoring program.

Underwritten by Journey Steel, Lighting the Way will allow for an expansion of Envision Children's already successful Academic Summer Enrichment program.

“Now the entire proceeds from Lighting the Way will be able to go to providing scholarships to 300 economically disadvantaged students,” says Sheryl McClung McConney, founder of Envision Children.

The eight-week interactive and educational experience was recently accredited by the American Camp Association. It's a designation that few summer camps receive, and means that the program is now permitted to accept state daycare vouchers, which makes it more accessible to a larger demographic.

Designed to improve academic performance, Academic Summer Enrichment has aided the nonprofit as it has worked hard to help 677 local students get As and Bs on their report cards.

According to McClung McConney, the goal for this year’s gala is to raise $50,000, which would allow it to double its reach and serve more children.

Lighting the Way will take place at Prime Cincinnati and will feature food, drink, live music and a silent auction.

“We’re so excited about the wonderful food our guests will enjoy at this year’s beautiful venue, Prime Cincinnati, and the wonderful gift Journey Steel has given to Envision,” McClung McConney says.


- Purchase your ticket to attend Lighting the Way, which will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 9 at Prime Cincinnati, 580 Walnut St. Tickets are $65 per person.

- Can’t attend? Support Envision Children by donating.

- Volunteer with the nonprofit.

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