Humanitarian of the Year

Honoring the Grote Family

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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About The Event

The Humanitarian of the Year award, presented annually by the American Red Cross, recognizes local individuals or groups whose efforts and accomplishments have made our community a better place to live and work. Based on the Fundamental Principles of the World Red Cross Movement—humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, volunteer service, unity and universality—the award finds focus in the first of these principles—humanity.

Over the last four decades, the Grote family has lead by example, demonstrating philanthropy and volunteerism across our community. Through their many efforts in Central Ohio, they have been an advocate for the betterment of the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play. Because of their spirit of goodwill, they has been a change agent in our community, setting the example for others and changing lives through their innovative thinking.

Remembering their roots, in 2012 the Grote family committed to the success of Columbus’ south side where their family’s first Donatos pizzeria was located. The Grote family donated $2 million to the Reeb Avenue Center, a social services center that houses the Boys and Girls Club, the South Side Learning and Development Center, job training services, and much more, all serving as a beacon of change for the residents of the Southside. Since the project’s inception, the family has lead its development efforts and has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the center and the people that it serves.

The Grote family’s philanthropic heart and entrepreneurial spirt also shines through in the numerous other ways that they touch the community. As a member of the American Heart Association, Jane Grote Abell co-chaired the 2015-2016 Go Red Campaign with her husband, Tom Krouse. She also serves on the board of Action for Children, Experience Columbus, I Know I Can, and is a founding member of the Ross Leadership Institute.

While recognizing these exemplary community members for their humanitarian work, the event also serves as an important source of revenue for our local Red Cross, grossing more than $4 million since its inception in 1997. The funds generated by the luncheon support the life-saving services and programs of the Red Cross, right here in Central Ohio.