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Taste & See – A Peaceful Place | Psalm 34:8

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When we began planning for the 2016 Great Grill Off this spring and working through our vision for the event, Psalm 34:8 came to mind. “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Our prayer for June 12 is that those who step onto the CCHO Campus will feel welcomed and taste the overwhelming sense of peace many here have tasted before. As guests visit the campus, we often hear phrases like, “It just seems so peaceful here” or  “There’s just something different about this place”. We believe that’s no accident but rather a result of one of God’s promises.

In Philippians 4:6-9 God’s word instructs, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” CCHO and the kids we serve have been lifted up in prayer for decades. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have sensed these prayers on a daily basis. They have been sustaining and life-giving. Our Encompass Centers throughout NE Ohio have also been a place where children and families have found Christ-centered inner peace. Truly – God’s love knows no boundaries!

So… on June 12 come TASTE & SEE. Sure – you’ll taste the great burgers and side dishes, enjoy ice cream, snow cones, and popcorn. But beyond the great meal and fun times we hope you’ll get a sense of how special this mission really is, meet some of our leaders, and be a blessing to our children on campus.

Auction Spotlight: Ohio State vs. Michigan tickets!

Bid to win Ohio State vs. Michigan ticketsWe feel beyond blessed by all of the incredible items that have been donated to be auctioned off in the first ever Great Grill Off Live Auction! We will share some of those items in the coming weeks and also are putting together an auction program with information on each item.

“Excitement” doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel about this week’s Auction Spotlight item. On Sunday, June 12, you will have the opportunity to bid on two tickets to the November 26 game between Ohio State and Michigan at the Horseshoe in Columbus, OH! These tickets, which carry a face value of $195 apiece ($390 total), will be located in the lower bowl, with seat assignments confirmed by June 20.

Of course, Ohio State/Michigan may well be the best rivalry in all of college sports, even if records would suggest this annual game hasn’t been much of a rivalry in recent years. The Buckeyes have won each of the last four games by an average of two touchdowns, having scored 42 points in each of the last three contests, and they’ve topped “that team up north” 11 of the last 12 times they’ve played. This year, you will have a chance to watch the Buckeyes make it five-straight against Michigan! O-H-I-O!!

Kids love the Great Grill Off too!

We know what you’re thinking: “I love a good burger but my kids? Not so much.” Don’t let that stop you from bringing your whole family to the 2016 Great Grill Off!

For kids who aren’t interested in the Burger Contest, they can enjoy an all-beef frankfurter with some of their favorite fixin’s instead! And round out your meal with classic picnic sides, chips, pop or water, and a bowl of ice cream for dessert. Because all kids love ice cream, even those who don’t like burgers!

But the Grill Off isn’t just about food! Take your kids for a miniature horse ride or tour the CCHO campus aboard a relaxing hayride. There will be no shortage of games and crafts that afternoon, and get up close and personal with the horses in the Poplar Ridge Stables Open House.

And…let’s not forget…INFLATABLES!!

So while you may be looking forward to carefully selecting your winner in the Burger Contest, your kids should be just as excited about all the other things that will be happening at the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio’s 2016 Great Grill Off. We can’t wait to see you here!

It’s Almost Here!

Burger teams are being formed. Bounce houses, horse rides, and all sorts of games and crafts have been lined up. The menu is nearly set. And auction items are rolling in every day.

The 2016 Great Grill Off is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for you and your family to see everything we have planned for this fantastic event!

While you can expect all the food and memorable activities that have made the Great Grill Off so much fun the last three years, we are adding another twist this summer with the introduction of the first ever Great Grill Off Auction. In the coming weeks, we will share some of the unbelievable items that so many generous donors have provided for auction, including the 2015 Chevrolet Spark, provided by Bill Harris Auto in Ashland, and we will also tell you a bit more about our fantastic event sponsors and what all you will experience this year.

We can’t wait to see you all on June 12 on the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio campus!