Swimming toward success

. February 8, 2013.

Nine people drown every day in the United States. The Josh Project is committed to changing that dismal statistic. The Project founded in memory of John-Joshua Butts (Josh) who drowned at the age of 16, offers low cost swimming lessons to at-risk youth. On Sunday,
December 12, from 1:30 to 4:30pm, the organization will hold its annual Soul Food Extravaganza. The dinner menu includes fried chicken, turkey and cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied sweet potatoes, and more. The Extravaganza features live entertainment and a silent auction with paintings and handmade crafts from Ghana, glass artworks, as well as an autographed picture of Olympian Michael Phelps. “This is just one of our yearly fundraisers, and we operate solely on donations,” said Wanda Butts, founder. In conjunction with the meal, there will be a special recognition of the students who have all had the courage to learn to swim. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children 12 and up. 419-973-1383. www.joshproject.com