RELEASE: Leadership Students Raise $145,000 for Pediatric Cancer

CONTACT: Karen Hollern

COLUMBUS - An evening in the wild, wild west ended a 28-day fundraising campaign where students from the Next Level Trainings class raised more than $145,000 to support Nellie’s Champions for Kids (NC4K), an organization dedicated to supporting children with pediatric cancer and their families. Approximately 150 guests celebrated with a country-themed carnival at the Rev Cafe last night in Reynoldsburg.

“We set a goal of $120,000 when we started our campaign,” said Bob Barnes, campaign captain and Next Level student. “But I knew this team would put their heart into the cause and exceed that goal.”

As part of a large-scale community service project, the leadership class is dedicated to making a massive impact on the local nonprofit. With only 3 weeks for the campaign, students participated in a community service day at the non-profit headquarters and hosted two events to raise funds. The money raised will support programs at NC4K, including grab bags for children with cancer and financial support for their families.

Nellie’s Champions for Kids (NC4K) is a grassroots nonprofit based in Columbus,
Ohio. Their mission is to help make life a little easier for kids and teens with cancer. The
goal of NC4K is that no family fights alone and to support pediatric cancer families with financial and emotional needs directly. NC4K supports families with gas cards, groceries cards, mortgage payments, utilities, and even fun nights out for families. Learn more at

Next Level Trainings is a transformational training organization that supports individuals
and teams in unlocking their power, passion, and purpose. By drawing on theories from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, sociology, and organizational development, these trainings have been proven to make substantial and sustainable improvements for thousands of people. The organization is dedicated to connecting with worthy causes that serve the needs, well-being, and happiness of the people of Columbus and beyond. Participants create a month-long service project that has a lasting, tangible impact on the community. The current class is comprised of 38 members of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more at