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Nominations being accepted from March 19 through noon on April 10

for the new community award

Columbus, OH (March 19, 2013)—The Columbus Foundation has named Jerrie Mock the first recipient of the newly created Spirit of Columbus Award. The announcement was made during an event today at the Foundation.

 In 1964, Jerrie Mock, a 38-year old Bexley housewife and mother of three, climbed into her single-engine Cessna with “Spirit of Columbus” emblazoned on its side. Taking off from Port Columbus, she became the first woman to fly solo around the world. Regular updates about her flights were published in the Columbus Evening Dispatch, and included details of her visits to Casablanca, Calcutta, and Cairo. When she landed safely after 29 days and more than 22,000 miles, she was widely celebrated throughout the nation.

To recognize Jerrie’s history-making accomplishment and record-setting inspiration, the Foundation named Jerrie the first Spirit of Columbus Award winner.

“Jerrie Mock and her accomplishment manifest the spirit that runs through our community today,” said Douglas F. Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “From Sunday to game day, Jerrie’s record-setting accomplishment inspires us to achieve and bring distinction to our community.”

At the event, The Columbus Foundation also introduced The Spirit of Columbus Award, a new honor recognizing an individual who has exhibited an exemplary community spirit through their accomplishments.

Nominations will be accepted for this new, annual honor from March 19 through noon EST on April 10. All nominations must be submitted online. The winner will select one nonprofit of their choice from The Columbus Foundation’s Power Philanthropy® to receive a $5,000 grant.

Visit for details about The Spirit of Columbus and to view a video about Jerrie Mock’s historic flight.

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,000 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Today, Foundation donors reside in 55 Ohio counties and 37 states. Since its first grantmaking year in 1945, The Columbus Foundation and its donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to a wide range of nonprofits working to improve the quality of life central Ohio.

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