LifeTown Columbus

The virtual 2020 LifeTown Legends Luncheon will honor Discover Card and Brian Schottenstein from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 4.

Urban Meyer, former head coach of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, will be a guest speaker.

Schottenstein is the LifeTown Columbus committee chair and president of the Schottenstein Real Estate Group. He will be honored for his efforts to help those with disabilities gain life skills and move closer to living and working independently in adulthood, according a news release from the organization.

“My parents, Terri and Gary, have been a guiding force to me and have inspired me to lead by example, work hard and encourage all those around me to embracing a better society," Schottenstein said in the release. "It is my joy and honor to bring this message to the kids at LifeTown and the Friendship Circle. They are amazing children with so much to offer. They should be proud of themselves just as they are. I see it as our wonderful opportunity to accept them and help lift them up whenever we can.”

LifeTown Columbus is an indoor mock city created for children with special needs to practice life skills through role play, located in the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany. 

“LifeTown is honored to recognize Brian’s leadership and humanity for our kids, whom are often relegated to the background of society,” said Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, executive director of LifeTown, in the release. 

He continue: ”When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Brian said to me ‘When we see a problem, we can’t turn our backs. It’s our responsibility to help.’ At LifeTown, we are working even harder to level the playing field for our kids with special needs. When there is darkness and hardship, we respond with more light, love, and creativity. During this time, we have all been forced to adapt. In order to continue connecting with our students and their families while providing useful resources and support, LifeTown Lessons for Life has greatly broadened our reach to provide off-campus support to our students. We are doing everything we can to support the nearly 100 schools and 2000-plus students who attend LifeTown on a regular basis."

This year’s goal, through the new virtual event format, is to serve more children by expanding awareness about the organization and its work, while engaging hundreds of corporate leaders and community members during the livestream, the release said.

“The luncheon’s theme is ‘Celebrating LifeTown’s Winners,’ as too many children with special needs are labeled by their challenges instead of being seen as a person with opportunities,” said Esther Kaltmann, LifeTown-Friendship Circle director, in the release.

Those interested in the livestreamed virtual luncheon can register at bit.ly/3hgNWX8.