Ohio Children's Defense Fund '2014 Beat the Odds Award' event honors 4 students

Columbus Government Examiner

Temperatures drifted upwards Thursday from the arctic levels that have beset the Buckeye State for most of this winter, but that rise won't match the heartfelt warmth that will set hearts aglow tonight at the Children’s Defense Fund–Ohio 2014 Beat the Odds® Event honoring four students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities.

Marian Wright Edelman, President of the CDF, will join Ohio chapter Executive Director Renuka Mayadev to honor four Ohio high school students who each will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a laptop, and training in leadership development from the CDFO. Hosted by WBNS-10TV Anchor Jerry Revish from the Hilton Columbus Downtown, Paóla Benefo of Columbus, Carmen Griffith of Springfield, Asiae Roberts of Cincinnati and Theresa Tran of Wickliffe will take center stage, along with their stories of inspiration.

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