Battling Addiction in Dayton, Ohio

Last week, I had the great honor of heading to Dayton, Ohio for the Kickin’ it with Luke event. For those of you who don’t remember, Kickin’ it with Luke is an event that raises money to compassionately fight addiction in the city hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. This Personal Finance by Women project was initiated by member Zina Kumok.

In addition to volunteering at the event, Zina donated four hours of her time as a financial coach to a raffle basket, and we filled it out with some fantastic books by our amazing authors:

How did it go?

The event was wonderful. People really turned out to honor Luke’s memory and support those in their community still battling addiction. Zina and I were upselling food left and right partially because of our sales skills and all the calories being burned on the field, I’m sure. But mostly because of the generosity of those who came out to the event.

In case you were wondering, the yellow team won the kickball tournament!

As far as fundraising goes, this was Kickin’ it with Luke’s biggest year yet. Thursday evening they were able to donate more than $12,000 across three different nonprofits in the Dayton area who are on the ground doing the work.

I’m so grateful to all the women who participated in supporting this event. I’m so grateful to all of you who supported on social media. And I’m so grateful to Dayton and specifically Kickin’ it with Luke for exposing me to such a united, resilient and determined community. It was truly an honor for us to be among you.

Have a nonprofit that needs support? We’d be happy to get together a Financial Literacy Gift Basket for your raffle or auction! Reach out here.

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We are so proud to support our amazing charities @brigids_path, @foafamiliesofaddicts, and @herstory_inc!

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Brynne Conroy is a freelance writer, author and award-winning blogger in the personal finance space. Her work has a marked focus on women’s issues and intersectional oppression as it relates to the personal economies of Americans.

She loves baseball, linguistics and cultural studies. If you can’t find her behind a keyboard or calculator, she’s probably busy momming.