Free Bishop Backers event slated

The Bishop Backers invite you to save the date for Community Day 2017, a countywide celebration of Delaware that will include free admission to an Ohio Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader (with a canned food donation) and an expo showcasing local community service agencies and businesses.

Community Day will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena and Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The event is scheduled to feature an indoor children’s play area courtesy of the Delaware Community Center YMCA, a visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animals, and free raffles for prizes including a big-screen television.

Attendees also are invited to watch the Battling Bishop men’s and women’s basketball teams take on the Tigers of DePauw University. The women’s game tips off at 1 p.m., and the men’s game follows at 3 p.m. The community expo will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the adjacent field house.

Community Day is intended to bring people together for a free afternoon of entertainment and education, building upon the strong sense of cooperation and collaboration that makes Delaware such a great community.

The expo also will help businesses and community service organizations connect with potential customers and volunteers, including Ohio Wesleyan students and alumni. Canned food donations will benefit LSS Food Pantries operated by Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

Those wishing to participate in the expo are asked to sign up before Jan. 12, 2017. Registration is free for nonprofit organizations. For-profit businesses are asked to contribute a minimum $10 gift card to be used for event raffles. Registrants will be provided with a table and two chairs. Expo registration forms are available online at or by contacting Ed Lenane at Ohio Wesleyan at [email protected]