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Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime??!! This statistic is far too high and scary to sit back and not take action to change it. Throughout the world there are many organizations and events raising awareness and funding for this cause. A great local example of this is the Pelotonia, an annual bike ride with year long fundraising efforts. The Pelotonia gives 100% of every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders, & volenteers directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia is able to do this because all operating expenses are covered by funding partners such as Huntington Bank, Limited Brands, and Peggy & Richard Santulli, just to name a few.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked among the Top 20 Cancer Hospitals in the Nation y US News and World Report. More than 300 researchers from 12 of the Ohio State's 14 colleges collaborate on breakthrough discoveries for new, more targeted ways to prevent, detect, treat, and cure individual cancers. With the money the Pelotonia raises, cancer research is able to speed up discovery and delivery of molecular- and genetic-based prevention and treatment for individual cancers. This could lead to improved outcomes, faster responses, more options, and fewer side effects for those diagnosed with the disease.
This will be the 6th year for the Pelotonia event, and they are hoping to out raise 2013's fundraising efforts. Last year, the 5th annual Pelotonia attracted 6,723 riders, and raised over $61 million for cancer research! This years fundraising event is on pace to be an even bigger success, with 7,048 riders committed and $8,563,201 raised so far.
We recently celebrated the first official day of summer 2014 on June 21st, and the staff here at Quest is certainly glad the extreme cold winter we had is being replaced with warm rays of summer sunshine!! We think it is safe to say that most of you out there are all for the warm weather finally being here in the Columbus area as well. With the arrival of summer officially here, it's hard to believe July 4th is just around the corner. Independence Day, according to Wikipedia, is a "federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776." This day in essence is America's Birthday, and is celebrated by all in this great country of The United States of America. Picinics, BBQ's, giant fireworks displays, family reunions, parades, the list goes on and on. But in this neck of the woods, we challenge you to find a more spectacular and entertaining celebration of July 4th then at Columbus's own Red White & Boom event held in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.
The 34th Annual Red White & Boom celebration will be held on July 3, 2014 from 12pm - 11pm in the Downtown Columbus area. This event is never held on the actual 4th of July, to eliminate conflicts with any Central Ohio communities' fireworks displays or events that are held on the 4th each year. They say this years Boom will be the greatest one yet with a significant amount of expansions.
This wonderful Columbus wide community event is produced by Promotions One, Inc. with the help from contributors and promotional support of event sponsers. More than 100 volenteers will be needed to make this event go off without a hitch. A perk for all volunteers is having a front row seat to the amazing fireworks display which is the Main Event at Red White & Boom. If you are interested in volunteering, you must be at least 18 years old, or 14 years old with a guardian present. For more information about volunteering and how to register for open positions click here http://www.redwhiteandboom.org/get-involved/.
Your probably wondering what all there is too do at Red White & Boom this year, and let us tell you that there is something for everyone at every age to enjoy. First of all who doesn't love a good Parade!!?? The AEP Independence Day Parade will kick off at the Main Street Bridge at 6pm. Make sure you show up early to get the best spot on the parade route!! Secondly, for the kids and families, head on over to the Columbia Gas' Children's Park on the corner of Neil and Long. Here you will find interactive activities such as; COSI on Wheels, carnival games, inflatables, face painters, balloon twisters, and much more!! You and your family can enjoy this Children's Park from Noon till 8pm on July 3rd. Next, we can not forget to talk about the most important part of Boom for some, which is the large assortment of delicious food and beverage options available. So after you and the kids have worked up an appetite at the park, head over to the Arena District Taste of Boom!! Nationwide Boulevard will be closed to traffic fromFront Street to Neil Avenue, and lined with Columbus's Top Restaurants for you too choose from. This area will be open from 3pm till 11pm, and will feature 2 stages that will host local entertainment for the day and night. So grab some grub, an ice cold beverage of your choice, and enjoy the live entertainment all day and night as you await the nights Main Event!!!
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been named the #1 Zoo in the United States more than one time in its history. The top zoo spot was given to them in 2009 by USA Travel Guide, and again in 2012 by Besties Readers' Choice, just to name a few. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit Jack Hanna's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, you would see why they where named #1. Jack Hanna and the Columbus Zoo take pride in the many conservation programs they help supposrt, and this hasn't changed with their newest animal region.
The Columbus Zoo creatively Sets up its animal exhibits by regions of the world. The newest region of the world that will debut Tomorrow, May 22nd 2014 is the HEart of Africa. This new region will provide habitats for around 150 animals, which can be found roaming Africa. With this new region, zoo guests will be able to see so many native African animals like: Cheetahs, Blue Neck Ostriches, African Lions, Camels, Wildebeests, Zebras, and many more. Guests can get up close and personal with lions and even feed giraffes in this new region. You and your family can also enjoy a camel ride, cultural activities, live performers, and games in the Heart of Africa region. Watch the fastest animal on the planet at the cheetah run, or take in the views of the savanna, while the animals gather around the watering hole.
Wildlife in Africa increasinly competes with humans for habitat, food, and space. The Columbus Zoo works with several conservation programs in Africa to mitigate threats to both wildlife and people living there, by creating a balance between both their needs. Here are a few of the programs the zoo and the new region of the zoo help to support:
- Kenya's lions and other large carnivores.
- Promotes coexistence between the animals and farmers.
Mother's Day, a special day that comes each year. We take this time to show the women who have brought life into this world some deserved extra TLC. Whether you are celebrating your mother, a grandmother, a mother figure, or yourself, there are so many fun and entertaining options in the Columbus, Ohio area. Here are some Mother's Day ideas from Quest, that we think would make your Moms smile!!
(Click links below for more information)
Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey's Circus
- Show Dates: May 8th - May 11th
- Shows at 1pm & 5pm on Sat. & Sun.
- Location: Schottenstein Center
- Tickets Range $22 - $166
Columbus Food Adventures
- Foodie Tours of Short North & German Village on Sat. May 10th
- Taco Truck Food Tour on Sun. May 11th
- Tickets Range $55-$60, Price includes transportation, tastings, & experienced guide
Greater Columbus Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk
- Race starts at 8am, begins & ends on Lamplighter St. in Grove City
- Live Music at the Halfway Mark
- $30 Online Registration, $35 onsite
Opentable.com - Restaurant Reservations
- Quick & Easy way to make restaurant reservations for any special occasion
- All you need to decide is Mother's Day Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner??!!
These are just a few of the many Columbus Mother's Day activities! We hope these fun ideas get you thinking about what plans to maker for that special mother figure in your life.
Happy Mother's Day from the entire staff here at Quest Conference Center!!!
At the core of Quest Conference Center’s business is great
hospitality. What is “Hospitality” you ask? Well its formal definition,
according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is “The generous and friendly
treatment of visitors and guests: Hospitable treatment.” Many
businesses in the hospitality world would have plenty more to add to
this definition. Here at Quest we would define hospitality as: going
above and beyond our guests’ expectations to make each
event a total success and in return, creating Raving Fans! In order to
be a successful hospitality business, it all starts with a certain kind
So where do you find these hospitable employees?
The Ohio State University’s Hospitality Management Program is a great
local institution that graduates many suitable hospitality employees
each year. Many of these graduates go on to have careers in Top
Management positions through out the country. Hospitality programs, like
OSU’s, need help raising funds to better their programs for future
Ohio State’s annual fundraising event has been titled
“The Big Dish” for about three years. This event was created for a few
key reasons. First and foremost, it is a fundraising event for the
hospitality major with specific initiatives in mind. Secondly, this
event is used as a powerful networking event for seniors and recent
graduates in the hospitality major. It is a great opportunity for
students to make connections with industry professionals, and also for
hospitality companies to interact with the future of hospitality.
Lastly, their goal is to create a course around this event for those
interested in event planning. The course would make “The Big Dish” a
completely student run event. This kind of hands on experience is
exactly what makes Ohio State’s Hospitality Management program a great
breeding ground for future hospitality employees.
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