PIQUA — The Piqua Compassion Network (PCN), a non-profit organization created to help meet the basic/legitimate needs of Piqua area residents in crisis or in poverty, is celebrating a decade of service to the Piqua community. With a highly dedicated group of volunteers and the support of churches and other organizations throughout Piqua, the PCN office opened its doors to clients on Sept. 4, 2007.
In honor of this milestone, PCN is holding a “Big Ten Celebration” on Thursday, Sept. 21. Joining PCN in its celebration is Maurice Clarett, the champion running back who, in 2002, led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national championship by scoring the winning touchdown in a double overtime win over the Miami Hurricanes. After that season, Clarett fell into a spiral of poor decisions that cost him continuing success in football and ultimately landed him three-and-a-half years in prison.
That time in prison only made Clarett determined to have more success than he did before, not in football, but in life. Clarett now travels speaking to schools, universities, churches and business organizations sharing his story, letting people know that it is never too late to change the direction of their life. He is committed to sharing his story and empowering others with the same drive and passion that PCN offers.
Clarett will be spending the day speaking to students and athletes in the Piqua City Schools and in the evening, will speak at Piqua Compassion Network’s Big Ten Celebration, which is being held at the Piqua Country Club from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21. Reservations are required for this event and seating is limited.
The cost for seating is $25 per person and $40 per couple. Heavy hor d’oeuvres will be served. The deadline for reservations is Thursday, Sept. 14. To make a reservation or for more information about the Big Ten Celebration, please contact Rebecca Sousek, executive director of PCN, at (937) 778-8856 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCN exists to transform lives by providing Christian hope, education, and basic needs assistance to Piqua area residents. We are committed to providing a hand up by empowering individuals to move forward from crisis and poverty.