Miss Maha and the City

Participants in 2010’s Young Creatives Summit. Photo courtesy of William Murdock. Participants in 2010’s Young Creatives Summit. Photo courtesy of William Murdock.

April 2011

By Miss Maha

Participants in 2010’s Young Creatives Summit. Photo courtesy of William Murdock.

Spring is finally here! Oh, how I’ve waited so patiently for warm weather to grace me with it’s presence. This is my favorite season and April is always an exciting month. We’ll pull pranks on April Fools Day, find out if Dayton will land a NASA shuttle at the Air Force Museum, wait until the last minute to file taxes (well, at least I will), eat way too much chocolate for Easter and celebrate Administrative Assistants Day. On top of all that, here are some fantastic events this month for you to enjoy.

Did you know?

The Dayton Development Coalition’s (DDC) President and CEO Jim Leftwich, has accepted a position offered by Governor John Kasich to join his staff as the director of the Department of Development? What an accomplishment. The DDC has experienced many successes under Leftwich’s leadership, most notably adding 7,000 new jobs to the Dayton region since 2008.“I will certainly miss leading this great organization, but the opportunity to expand our work at the state level is a great honor and a positive reflection of the outstanding work we do here in the Dayton region,” said Leftwich.
Miss Maha’s reaction? Mixed emotions. I have known Lefty since 2007 when he was COO of the DDC. He was an inspirational leader, great mentor and would always give me a run for my money when it came to who could talk faster. I know he’s done a phenomenal job in Dayton, so although I don’t want to see him go, I know that he is the “shot in the arm” that Ohio needs to get back on track. Congrats Jim.

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets”to:

Experience arts and culture:
18th Annual Art Auction – Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. Sip on complimentary champagne and enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres while strolling the Ponitz Center appreciating all the local art for sale in a silent auction for the Dayton Visual Arts Center. A new addition this year is a live auction conducted by the infamous Chuck Sorrell, my favorite auctioneer. Music provided by Michael Bashaw’s Puzzle of Light. Cash bar available. www.DaytonVisualArts.org. Cost: $50/DVAC members, $65/general public.

Give back and have a blast:
20th Annual Great Escape – Friday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Schuster Center. The American Red Cross’ associate board does a fantastic job with this fundraiser every year. Produced by young professionals, this event features live music, dancing, a robust silent auction and great food. It’s one of my favorite fundraisers in town. www.DACRedCross.org. Cost: $40/advanced purchase, $45/at the door.

Meet young and vibrant professionals:
Generation Dayton’s Bi-Annual Speed Networking – Wednesday, April 20 at Dayton Racquet Club. Dress to impress, fine tune your elevator pitch, grab a TON of business cards and head to the Racquet Club for one of GenD’s best events. Meet new friends, business contacts, potential customers and more. Although we aren’t presidents and CEOs yet, building connections with peers as we climb the corporate ladder will definitely pay dividends. www.GenerationDayton.org. Cost:Free/GenD Members, $25/Non-Members

Purchase a Dutch Lion:
Dayton Dutch Lions VIP Party & Auction – Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Dayton Racquet Club. Join Dayton’s professional men’s and women’s soccer teams as they host a party to kick off the new season. Stop by to meet the players, network, enjoy appetizers and get a free Dayton Dutch Lions FC calendar. Plus, ladies, these beautiful Dutch players and the owners, Mike Mossell and Erik Tammer, will be featured in a live date auction. Is it getting hot in here? Yeah, it is. www.DutchLionsFC.com. Cost: $11.

Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
The 2011 UpDayton Young Creatives Summit  – Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center. Are you passionate about the future of this community? Your answer should be yes. We have a lot to look forward to and are calling all emerging leaders to participate in this annual summit to help advocate for their vision of a more vibrant Dayton region. The afternoon summit features breakout sessions to cultivate your energy, passion, creativity and concepts for how our generation can help build a stronger region. This is a great networking opportunity and an excellent way to build leadership skills that will help you professionally. Together we WILL make a difference. Plus, don’t miss the after-party at Excelsior Lofts at 207 E. 6th St. in the Oregon District. www.UpDayton.org. Cost: $15/person or $5/student

Make sure you have your umbrella ready because, as you know, April brings lots of showers. As always, find me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MMATC and follow me on Twitter @MissMaha to keep up with what’s happening around the Dayton region.Until next time, my friends.

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com.

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