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2016 A & G

Award Sponsors

American Association of 

Blacks in Energy (AABE)

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

​Central Ohio Youth & Adult Program

Coach Vince Chickerella

Scholarship Program

Columbus Crew SC Foundation

Greater Linden Advisory Council

Greater Linden Business Network

Harris Architects

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse (Silver Drive)

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Park National Bank

South Linden Area Commission

Urban Concern


2014 Awards & Gratitude Ceremony Photo Album, click here.

This year's event theme was "CHANGE"

GLDC Board Chair Sharon Bowen (left) presents the Point of Pride award to

Sheila Whitehead-Evans

2016 Awards & Gratitude Ceremony

Greater Linden Development Corporation shows our gratitude to the Linden community by hosting an annual Awards and Gratitude Ceremony each November to highlight some of the exceptional achievements of Linden community members. Each nominee and award winner exemplifies the ‘best’ in Linden -- fostering a greater sense of community spirit and Linden pride.

Along with recognizing our accomplished adults, churches, and businesses in the community, GLDC makes a special effort to recognize our Linden youth.  Several months before our annual ceremony, GLDC works closely with Linden schools to receive nominations of students who excel in their academics, service and leadership or athletic accomplishments. Personal interviews are scheduled with each student nominee, giving them an opportunity to talk about their experiences and present their accomplishments. The GLDC committee reviews the interviews carefully and selects a winner in each of the following categories:

  • Student Athlete Award (high school senior);
  • Student Scholar Award (high school senior);
  • Student Scholar Junior Award (6th - 8th grade);
  • Youth Volunteer Award (6th - 12th grade).

Student winners are awarded plaques, gift cards, “scholarships” and certificates for recognition from Columbus City Council. GLDC goes above and beyond to encourage and motivate the youth of Linden to excel in their academics and conduct.

Awards and Gratitude also serves as the annual fundraiser for Greater Linden Development Corporation.  Award sponsorships help fund the event but also provide positive promotional opportunities for the sponsors -- such as having their company name on the award the sponsor and the opportunity to present the award to the winner at the event.

Our 2016 event was hosted by Linden McKinley STEM Academy, and catered by Two Caterers, Inc.  Our sincere gratitude to all of the award sponsors who made this event possible, and to all of the award winners -- each one makes Linden a better community!

If you would like to volunteer, attend or support our efforts to celebrate and recognize the ‘best’ in Linden through our annual Awards & Gratitude ceremony fundraiser, click here to complete our online form.  Nominations for awards open in August.

If your business or organization would like to sponsor our annual Awards & Gratitude ceremony, please call our office at

614-294-9600 or email