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Ohio Coalition for Open Government’s 25th anniversary fundraiser to feature author J.D. Vance

Columbus,Ohio (PR MediaRelease) November 6, 2017

Bestselling author J.D. Vance, whose book Hillbilly Elegy became a must-read across the country after last year’s election, will headline the 25th anniversary fundraiser for the Ohio Coalition for Open Government on December 6, 2017 from 5 to 6:30 pm. The “Evening with J.D. Vance” will be held in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse.

The fundraiser will feature both a discussion with Vance, whose Hillbilly Elegy points to many of the challenges Ohio is facing, and an opportunity to meet the author one-on-one.

Founded in 1992, the Ohio Coalition for Open Government is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit which serves as a clearinghouse for media and citizen grievances involving open meetings and open records. The activities of the Coalition include monitoring government officials for open government compliance, filing “amicus” briefs in lawsuits, and litigation and public education around open government and sunshine law issues.

“The core insight of the open government movement is that without transparency, it’s tough to hold our leaders accountable,” said Vance, who lives in Columbs. “More transparency means more accountability, and more accountability means, hopefully, more results.”

Tickets for the fundraiser start at only $40, with the option for higher-priced tickets to receive a signed book and attend a post-event reception with the author. For more information on both the Coalition and the fundraiser, including how to purchase tickets, go to

Sponsors of the Coalition’s 25th anniversary fundraiser are the Ohio News Media Association, Dispatch Media Group, and ABC6 in Columbus. Gold sponsors are Scripps, BakerHostetler, Frost Brown Todd LLC, and Douthit Communications Inc. Silver sponsors include Bryan Times, Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart & Dusing, Roetzel & Andress, AIM Media Midwest, Cox Media Group Ohio, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Sean Dunn & Associates, Capitol Consulting Group, The Plain Dealer/, Wolfe Associates/Channel 10 Columbus, Marburger Law LLC, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.


Dennis R. Hetzel
President, Ohio Coalition for Open Government
Office: 614.486.6677
Cell: 614.940.5067

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