Great American Ball Park was alive with peace signs, tie-dyed T-shirts and ‘70s music on April 27th, as nearly 300 friends of Springer School and Center gathered for A Springer Celebration! 2011.
Dr. Mark Helmick, a psychologist at Springer for 36 of its 40 years, took the assemblage on a tour of the decades and introduced four guest speakers, Springer alumni from across the years.
Graduates Peter Cholak (’74), Chelsey Schneider (’88), Mike Kamphake (’92) and Alan Kleesattel (’06) spoke of the powerful impact a Springer education had on their lives. Schneider gave “full credit” to Springer for helping her to achieve success in her career as a middle school psychologist, and Kamphake noted, “Springer did not change my life – it gave me a life!”
The event was chaired by Springer Trustee Kim Vincent. "I would like to say thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to celebrate with us, and for each of the alumni who so movingly shared their stories,” said Vincent. “It was an unforgettable evening, and all for an important cause."
Local 12 WKRC-TV Sports Director Brad Johansen emceed the evening’s program and served as auctioneer. Net proceeds from this year’s Celebration, Springer’s premier fundraising event, exceeded $100,000 and will be used to provide critical financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in our region.