Marion Area CVB presents Tourism Ambassador of the Year awards


Marion 2022 Tourism Ambassadors named

Luke Henry and Alex Sheridan are this year’s recipients of the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Ambassador of the Year award, recognized for the work of their Main Street Reimagined project. The announcement was made during the recent Tourism Open House, which provided an opportunity for tourism partners to see the MACVB’s new downtown location at 198 W. Center St. 

Annually the Marion Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees selects an individual or individuals to be honored as Tourism Ambassador of the Year. The decision is based upon an individual’s influence and impact on Marion’s tourism industry.

While many have invested in downtown redevelopment, MACVB Director Bev Ford commented on the uniqueness of the Main Street Reimagined project to inspire others to believe their investment would make a difference, too. Since the launching of the project, Marion’s downtown development has seen significant growth.

Ford says this growth positions Marion for increased tourism opportunities. She thanked the pair for their investment, which she noted will continue to draw visitors and impact locals alike.

Travel and tourism mean big business for Ohio’s economy. TourismOhio reports visitors to the state in 2021 spent $46.9 billion and accounted for 40 million overnight stays, which supported 411,000 Ohio jobs.

Altrusa members beautify downtown Marion

Some of the members of Altrusa who helped to plant flowers in downtown Marion.

Altrusa International of Marion volunteers planted flowers in the pole planters located on South Main Street and Center Street in Downtown Marion this past weekend. The City of Marion will maintain the baskets going forward.

Altrusa International of Marion is an international nonprofit organization of women focused on community service. Other service projects include sandwich making for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Truck, Boys & Girls Club, Little Free Library, Blankets for the Blue, and the Marion Public Library book sale. Their fundraising efforts support local projects such as RX Marion and Dress for Success.

For membership information, contact Phyllis Hendrix at 740-802-1521 or

Food pantry to include health fair 

Logos Christian Ministries Monthly Fresh Produce Pantry sponsored by MidOhio Food Bank will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at 582 Lee St. in Marion.

Along with the pantry, there will be a health fair sponsored by OhioHealth and Ohio State Extension. The fair will consist of tables with information centered around physical and mental health and will include blood pressure and glucose screenings. Food and prizes will be available.  

Free church supper on Friday

The monthly free Neighborhood Supper will be served 5 – 6 p.m. Friday at the Prospect Street United Methodist Church, 185 S. Prospect St., Marion. This will be a carry-out meal only. 


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