Greg has spent meaningful time - & collaborated with a variety of groups - around Ohio. On a civic level, his foundation funded multiple scholarships for college & graduate students studying in Ohio and he participated in a READ PSA photo shoot for the library in London. On a personal level, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce named him an Honorary Resident. On the professional level, the books based on Greg's story (The Silhouette Man & The First Thirty), the workbooks based on the books & the posters based on the book have been utilized by some organizations in Ohio (i.e. Wadsworth Young Professionals, Global Ties Akron, Handel's Ice Cream, Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation) with their own staff, Board, clients or students &/or as part of their outreach efforts to make a difference in their community. Ohio-based organizations (i.e. Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dayton International Airport) have sponsored editions of The Elevator Project. In Milford, an intergenerational program ordered copies for each student & senior participant in the program. SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE
In 2017, Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati gave The First Thirty to each educator they honored at their annual Handbags for Hope event. They also had Greg speak at the event. Over the years, he has spoken at other events around Ohio for people of different ages & backgrounds. He has spoken at events for senior citizens in places like Cincinnati. In London, he served as Grand(kid) Marshal of the Vintage Games & spoke with staff who work with seniors. He has spoken at events for middle school / high school aged students around Ohio, up to 800 students at a time. In Wadsworth, he led a Young Writers Workshop for middle-school aged students who demonstrated a passion for writing. He spoke at a leadership institute for mid-career professionals that took place in Beachwood. He spoke at a private event for philanthropists in Cleveland. He has been invited to do readings of his upcoming picture book (The Milkshake Man) for elementary school-aged kids in places like Mason & Akron.