LIMA — It was an evening to celebrate diversity and inclusion in Lima. The Community Enrichment Dinner on Thursday drew hundreds of supporters for diversity along with one prominent Lima native: William White.
The former NFL player and Lima Senior graduate, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016, was presented with a $5,000 donation to the William White Family Fund for ALS.
“It’s a tough battle,” White said. “As long as you don’t quit, you don’t give up, you have a chance to win. In this battle that I’m facing with ALS, they always talk about 100% of people with ALS are going to die. And I always tell them, well, 100% of everybody born is going to die.
“I stay positive,” White continued. “Every day is a blessing for me.”
White was joined by fellow OSU graduate and former NFL player Archie Griffin.
This is the tenth year for the Community Enrichment Dinner, which spotlights diversity and inclusion in Lima and is the primary fundraiser for the Walter C. Potts Center.
The Potts Center is undergoing major changes in 2019.
The business support organization now has a new board and will soon have a new office on Central Avenue with the future Lima Regional Business Technology Center. Work is underway to convert a three-story Central Avenue warehouse into a mixed-use development, where the Potts Center office and startup incubation space will move.
The incubator will occupy the first floor alongside coworking space, an outdoor courtyard, a coffee shop and brewery area. The second floor will feature recording studios, a client lounge and conference rooms, while the third floor, which overlooks downtown, will be leased to corporate tenants, according to current plans.
The Potts Center has also launched a new initiative to increase diversity on local boards and is working with the Lima Symphony Orchestra to spotlight diversity in the arts.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.