It was a magical evening at ASM International during Geauga Growth Partnership’s 7th Annual HomeGrown Geauga fundraising event. The weather was perfect, guests satisfied their palates with tastings from some of Geauga’s best restaurants and chefs, and there was plenty of diverse entertainment to amuse the crowd.
Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) hosts this event each year to raise funds to support its highly successful Youth Workforce training programs, which are reaching students in nearly every public, private and parochial school in Geauga County with the skills they need to enter the workforce. The theme of these HomeGrown Geauga events has always been to focus on all things Geauga County – its people, produce, products and places. This year the event was held for the third time at ASM International.
Geauga restaurants and chefs supported the event by donating their food and services for the 350 guests expected. Each served a different menu item to give guests delicious and assorted selections.
Funds raised at HomeGrown Geauga benefit GGP’s Youth Education programs, developed with the mission to “Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.” These programs include Career Readiness events and Career Awareness training, Ignite Your Career event, and the High School Internship program. In 2018 alone, more than 1,400 Geauga County students participated in GGP’s Youth Workforce training programs. On average, 40 percent of businesses employing interns continue that employment relationship beyond the internship period, and the Internship Program is making a direct economic impact on Geauga in the amount of $80,000 annually.