Lancaster Pollard Spotlight

To supplement The Capital Issue, we would like to introduce a new quarterly newsletter called Lancaster Pollard Spotlight, which will present stories about our philanthropic, social and community events outside of our regular business activities. We hope you enjoy reading about our recent endeavors.

Cristo Rey Columbus High School Garden Party

Cristo Rey Columbus High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory school with a Professional Work Study Program empowering young men and women of all faiths from economically challenged families to graduate college and achieve a lifetime of success. Lancaster Pollard has participated in the school’s Work Study Program as a business sponsor for four years, with four Cristo Rey students interning at the firm’s Columbus headquarters each year. Additionally, some of Lancaster Pollard’s regional offices have become involved with other Cristo Rey high schools (there are over 30 Cristo Rey high schools across the country). Cristo Rey Columbus High School’s fourth annual Garden Party took place in September and various Lancaster Pollard employees were invited to join. The event calls on donors to help Cristo Rey students pursue their dreams and goals. Steve Kennedy, senior managing director, is the Board Chairman of Cristo Rey Columbus High School and was a speaker at the event. Guests had the opportunity to take a tour of the school, interact with students and teachers, hear from Cristo Rey’s president, and enjoy a live band in the garden. For more information on the Cristo Rey Network click here.

Alzheimer’s Advocacy

Today, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and more than 15 million serving as unpaid caregivers. As the most expensive disease in America at an estimated cost of $259 billion annually — including $175 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments — Alzheimer’s is at risk to break the health care bank. Lancaster Pollard Associate Kelly Parnell is highly involved in advocating awareness for the disease and most recently attended the Alzheimer’s Forum in D.C. She has also met with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and serves as vice president of advocacy for the Junior Committee of the Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association. See below to read about Kelly and the Lancaster Pollard team’s attendance at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Lancaster Pollard employees joined a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team and bravely walked in the 90 degree heat in Columbus’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Huntington Park. The national Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Columbus walk had 406 teams, 3,041 participants, and has raised over $673,526 to date this year. If you’re interested in donating on behalf of the Lancaster Pollard Team, click here.

National Church Residences Garden Clean-Up

Lancaster Pollard volunteers also visited a longtime client, National Church Residences, several times throughout the summer and fall. The team went to the Center for Senior Health to help improve its large outdoor garden area. The Center relies on the work of volunteers to keep the garden space a clean and relaxing area for their seniors. Many of the seniors enjoy spending their time in the garden area during the summer. The Lancaster Pollard team received a tour of the Center and met various residents who spend time there. Click here to learn about more National Church Residences volunteer opportunities.


Lancaster Pollard employees aren’t letting the cold weather hinder their philanthropic efforts this winter. Most recently, several employees donated to Cristo Rey Columbus High School’s Annual Coat Drive, which helps keep the students and their families warm this season. Various employees also visited the home of a hospice client from National Church residences to help brighten her holiday and garnish her porch with festive decorations. Be sure to tune back in to Lancaster Pollard Spotlight this spring for a recap of our winter events.