Monday, April 22, 2002

New group to help needy kids in Ohio




The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A philanthropist and a lobbyist are forming a statewide nonprofit advocacy group that will serve disadvantaged children and focus on education and health issues.

        Abigail Wexner, wife of Leslie Wexner, chairman of The Limited Inc., and Mark Real, who has led the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio since its 1981 inception, are creating KidsOhio.org.

        “We're looking at what is the best structure we can create that focuses on those kids' needs,” said Mrs. Wexner.

        Mr. Real said he plans to hire an initial staff of about six people for the organization, which will rely on contributions.

        Mrs. Wexner said KidsOhio.org and Children's Defense Fund-Ohio will not compete.

       



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