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Echoing Hills of Northern Ohio Celebrates 50 Years

On Thursday, September 21, Echoing Hills continued celebrating 50 years of Inspiring Hope, Celebrating Life in Nothern Ohio at the John A. Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio.

In the hours before the event, the striking Grand Room was filled with round tables and displays. Two long tables along the back were covered with gift bags for all who were scheduled to attend. Staff and volunteers paged through programs, checked on the items in the chance auction, and placed the beautiful floral centerpieces. At five minutes until five, the event was finally ready, with not a moment to spare.

Cordell and Jane arrived, along with the historic table from Cordell’s mother’s house, the very table at which the original board members sat to plan out the ministry that would become Echoing Hills. Guests also began to arrive, stopping at the registration table, browsing the displays, buying tickets for the raffles, and speaking and visiting with old friends.Master of Ceremonies, Len Howser, opened the event, welcoming the guests, encouraging them to visit the auctions. Then, the Regional Vice President of Northern Ohio, Tim Neville, spoke. During his speech, Tim said, “I believe that 50 years of success comes from a purpose and a mission. It’s about creating relationships. It’s about creating those friendships that last

Master of Ceremonies, Len Howser, opened the event, welcoming the guests, encouraging them to visit the auctions. Then, the Regional Vice President of Northern Ohio, Tim Neville, spoke. During his speech, Tim said, “I believe that 50 years of success comes from a purpose and a mission. It’s about creating relationships. It’s about creating those friendships that last for a lifetime.”

These words highlighted the tone for the evening, one of celebrating the friendships that made Echoing Hills possible 50 years ago and continue to guide us as we expand and grow to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

During his speech, Buddy Busch, President/CEO, said it best as he closed the evening, “It is amazing that a little camp birthed 50 years ago has grown into an international ministry and has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people. We thank you, the people of Lorain County for the important role you played in this ministry, and we thank God, for His faithfulness throughout the decades!”

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