Strickland chooses Second Harvest to benefit from inaugural celebrations, to visit Cleveland Foodbank today

Columbus, Ohio – The Strickland-Fisher Inaugural Committee announced today that the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Ted Strickland as governor and Lee Fisher as lieutenant governor will take place at 11:30 a.m., January 13th, 2007, on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse.

The event will be non-ticketed and open to the public.

Thomas Moyer, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office for Strickland. Stanley Fisher will lead the oath for son Lee Fisher. Strickland will give his inaugural address following the oaths of office.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Ted and Frances Strickland, joined by Lee and Peggy Fisher, will greet the public in the Statehouse Atrium.

Additional inaugural festivities, including the Ohio inaugural ball, will be announced in detail in the coming days.

Strickland encourages those Ohioans attending the inaugural festivities to remember those who are hungry in Ohio by donating a bag of non-perishable foods or making a monetary donation to the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.

"As we celebrate the joy of the season," Strickland said, "we can give hope and sustenance to our less-fortunate neighbors by making a contribution to Second Harvest's network of foodbanks. I can think of no better way to mark the beginning of our new administration."

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks is the state's largest charitable response to hunger. Its 12 regional foodbanks serve more than 3,000 member charities throughout Ohio, touching all 88 counties.

"We are honored and humbled to be selected to benefit from the inaugural events for Governor-elect Strickland," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks. "Governor-elect Strickland has been an extraordinary leader in his long-time commitment to fighting hunger in our state and across the nation."

Governor-elect Strickland will tour and meet with volunteers at the Cleveland Foodbank today. The Cleveland Foodbank, a regional foodbank of Second Harvest, serves more than 150,000 people annually.

Following is Governor-elect Strickland's public schedule for Monday, December 18, 2006.


Tour of the Cleveland Foodbank

Governor-elect Ted Strickland

1:30 PM

Cleveland Foodbank
15500 South Waterloo Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44110