Crane Group Celebrates 70th Anniversary with $700,000 Donation to CelebrateOne

November 1, 2017

The Crane Group, together with members of the Crane family and The Crane Family Foundation, announced a $700,000 gift to CelebrateOne to go to the Community Connector Corps program and its partner in the fight against infant mortality, Moms2B. The gift is in recognition of the Crane Group’s 70th anniversary.

“Our company has a long history of supporting neighborhoods in need and what could be a greater need than helping the youngest and most vulnerable among us not only to survive, but also thrive,” said Tanny Crane, president and CEO of Crane Group.

The Crane Group, a family-owned holding and management company based in Columbus for 70 years, has been committed to helping the most vulnerable in our community. Their 65th Anniversary gift was for the Reeb Avenue Center located on the south side of Columbus. This 70th Anniversary gift continues the company and family legacy of investing not only in the neighborhoods, but the neighbors themselves. The donation will be used to focus on Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s goal to reduce the infant mortality rate in Columbus by 40% and cut the racial disparity in half by 2020.

“The Crane Group and the Crane family have been incredible partners to the City of Columbus,” said Mayor Ginther. “I am grateful for their generous support of the CelebrateOne and Moms2B initiatives that will help more babies to live to see their first birthdays and beyond.”

Back row (L-R): Sandra Ferrell (Community Connector) , Kiley Orchard (Community Connector Corps Manager), Nadine Rinehart (Community Connector). Sitting (L-R): Twinkle Schottke (Moms2B), Dr. Pat Gabbe (Moms2B), Erika Clark Jones (Executive Director of CelebrateOne), Hope Sharett, Tanny Crane, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Dan Crane, Christie Crane, Donna James, Cathy Lyttle


The Community Connector Corps trains Community Health Workers (CHWs) to work in the neighborhoods most affected by infant mortality. The CHWs are members of these communities and connect pregnant women and new moms to education, resources, and services. The funds will go towards keeping these CHWs through 2020 to maintain the effective community outreach program.

In Linden, one of the neighborhoods with engaged CHWs, the infant mortality rate has declined from 27.6 in 2007-2011 to 16.5 in 2012-2016. CelebrateOne believes it is in part due to this community connection.

“I continue to be amazed by the Crane family’s commitment to Central Ohio families. This gift strengthens the social fabric among community and partners,” said Erika Clark Jones, executive director of CelebrateOne. “It deepens the necessary work of connecting Columbus women to critical care and service needed to support healthy pregnancies and a strong first year of life for our smallest residents.”

A portion of the contribution will also go to CelebrateOne’s partner Moms2B, that provides weekly education and support sessions to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Their focus is to help women at high risk of infant mortality to take advantage of healthier options that increase the likelihood of full-term, healthy babies.

“The Community Connector Corps and Moms2B are important programs, not only for increasing access to prenatal healthcare, but also in addressing the social and economic determinants of health,” said Dan Crane, senior financial director of the Crane Group. “We are proud to partner with organizations that understand the need for a community-based approach.”

The CelebrateOne Community Connector Corps program is designed to promote integrated health care and serve disconnected women in eight high priority Columbus, Ohio neighborhoods that face higher rates of infant mortality and other health inequities. These include Linden, the Near South Side, Near East Side, Hilltop, Franklinton, Northeast, Southeast, and Northland areas.

To address the needs of the community and connect pregnant and parenting women and families to appropriate services, the program identifies and trains local residents as Community Health Workers (CHWs) who work within these target neighborhoods with the goal of reducing infant mortality.

The Moms2B program was founded in 2010 by pediatrician, clinical researcher and professor, Dr. Patricia Gabbe and infant medical health specialist and program director, Twinkle French Schottke. Its goal is to make a difference one baby at a time, and in the first four years, it has welcomed hundreds of new babies into the central Ohio community.

Moms2B provides weekly education and support sessions to promote healthy lifestyle choices and link Moms with support services. Their education topics focus on: breastfeeding, child development, family planning, goal setting, labor and delivery, maternal-infant health, positive parenting, reproductive health, safe sleep, and more.