Thursday, October 30, 2014
Volunteer Spotlight: Cory Curry - Paying It Forward
Cory Curry with Tashiba and her children, Dejarah and Jordan
Being surrounded by a loving family and having access to life's opportunities are the dreams of many children. Cory Curry is fortunate that he has both and felt that it was his responsibility to pay it forward. In 2012, Cory was in search of such an opportunity and he was introduced to Faces without Places. His first volunteer effort was to be a representative at the annual Rusty Ball, where he worked with his mother in the coat check-in. Shortly thereafter, Cory joined the FwP Board of Trustees. He now serves as Vice President on the board and participates on the Executive and Internal Committees.
As a Portfolio Specialist with Robert W. Baird & Co., Cory was able to raise money over the summer through "Jeans Day" donations. Part of the funds were donated directly to FwP and the other part were used to host the October Birthday Club party at the Women's Crisis Center in Northern Kentucky. With help from Mike Bullock and Jennifer Breedwell, Cory served up pizza and salad for dinner, and a Halloween cake and cookies. Cory brought presents for the little ones and gift cards for the teenagers. The three year olds were so excited with the Doodle Pads! Dejarah thoroughly loved the bracelet kit that she received, and the mom's appreciated the gift cards to Target. Overheard from one of the moms, "Wow! I can't believe this party is for us! That is so nice."
On November 23rd, Cory will also be hosting the 7th Annual Crosstown Chili Cook-Off at the new location, Fifty West Brewing Company. This will be the third year that he will host the event and he is really looking forward to the increased participation of FwP supporters! What makes this event so much fun is the atmosphere and friendly competitions. The cooks go all out to bring their best recipe! This year the Xavier University Cheerleaders and Mascot will be volunteering at this location (whereas University of Cincinnati students will be volunteering at the Northside location), there will be a Bengal's Bus in the parking lot, courtesy of Bryan Vielhauer of Decal Impressions. Of course there will be some great auction items to win and activities for the kids. Cory is really dedicated to making this event successful and fun!
"Seeing the smiles on the children when we are creating a positive memory for them and hearing the success stories when one of the kids graduates and is accepted into college...this is why I volunteer for Faces without Places." - Cory Curry