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Browns Community Highlights - February 23

Posted Feb 23, 2018

The Cleveland Browns are committed to the community. Through First and Ten, the Dawg Pound is encouraged to share what they are doing to give back. Get inspired and check out what these fans are doing to help their community:
How do you give back?
#give10

Name: Traci Trent
Hometown: Grove City, OH
How they give back:
Traci started getting involved in charity work nearly 10 years ago because she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Two of her closest friends are former Ohio State Buckeyes and NFL players.  They both give back and help their communities as much as they can, and they introduced some of the opportunities to her. She said at one point they were able to help with anything needed at the time. Their volunteering ran the gamut from visiting kids with cancer, building playgrounds and making sure families have presents for holidays. She said it's a great feeling to know that you’re giving back and helping others.

Name: Joanne Pem
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Joanne pledges to #give10 each year and this is her fourth year giving back to the community. She not only volunteers more than 200 hours between November and December on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroads Polar Express, but also gives families that can't afford to ride on the train an opportunity to. Tickets are $50 each making a family of four $200 just to ride the train. She truly believes this is a magical experience that every child should experience, which is why she started "Operation Polar Express" that allows less fortunate families to experience the magic during the holiday season.

Name: LaDonna Oltmanns
Hometown: Mentor, OH
How they give back:
LaDonna pledged individually as well as all of her pre-kindergarten kiddos. She is in charge of 60 in all and she’s so excited for them to start getting involved and giving back in whatever ways they can with their little hands during the school day. She teaches during the school year and then during the summer she loves to help children learn by volunteering her time as a camp counselor.

Name: Kelly Mohn
Hometown: Put-in-Bay, OH
How they give back:
Once again, for the fourth year in a row, the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers are proud to present the 4th Annual Draft Day 5k! The race will take place on Saturday, April 28. This event will benefit the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. This year the LEIBB donated money to local, regional and national foundations and charities including the: Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Put-in-Bay EMS, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Food Pantry, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund,  Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, the Cleveland Browns Foundation and several local scholarships.

Name: Jennifer Steffy
Hometown: Mansfield, OH
How they give back:
Jennifer is a high school teacher who has been more than generous with her time and effort as she supports and motivates her kids to give back. They raise money to support the local charities that fund cancer research. Her organization is now raising money to contribute to the American Heart Association as February is heart month. She says they raised over $2,000 for the American Heart Association last year and are hoping to reach their goal of $1,000 this year by selling hearts and tickets to win a raffle basket. One hundred percent of the proceeds are donated directly to the organization.

Interested in signing up your volunteer group for First and Ten? Group forms available! Click here http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/community/firstandten.html to learn more about how to #give10

Follow @BrownsGiveBack on Twitter and Instagram and tell us what you are doing to help others using #give10 to unite us all as Browns fans. Give 10 hours, help your community.

The Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team’s First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Since its inception, Browns fans have committed to volunteering more than 1.5 million hours to impact their communities by pledging to #give10. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual’s city across the globe, as well as the franchise’s local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team’s website and by sharing their stories with #give10

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