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Event in the Tent 2016

Join the Fun at Cornucopia’s Annual Event in the Tent!

We’ll be “Celebrating Achievements” at the fourth annual “Event in the Tent” Celebration on Friday, September 16th. Guests will enjoy an evening of great food from Nature’s Bin Catering and have a chance to bid on over 20 great auction items like Cavs , Indians and Browns tickets, dinner and wine tasting at Georgetown Restaurant, a week in Hilton Head and a beautiful Anne Klein watch with Swarovski crystal accents. All this in support of Cornucopia’s vocational training programs for people with disabilities! Find all the details about the event at www.eventinthetent.org




State & County Officials Visit Cornucopia & Nature’s Bin!

State & County Officials Visit Cornucopia & Nature’s Bin!

Cornucopia was pleased to host State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Director John L. Martin from The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and Superintendent and CEO of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Kelly Petty for a tour of Nature’s Bin and the Cornucopia Vocational Training Center and Catering Kitchen (VTC) on Friday, June 24. The group heard about our innovative vocational programs for people with disabilities & they had a chance to see two of our programs in action.




Annual “Dog Days of Summer” CCLAS Dog Wash is July 23

Annual “Dog Days of Summer” CCLAS Dog Wash is July 23

Once again we're teaming up with our friends at CCLAS (Citizen's Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter) for our Dog Days of Summer Dog Wash! Bring us your dirty dogs and we'll get them squeaky clean! This event will be held at the Cornucopia Vocational Training Center, just across the strip from Nature's Bin. Thanks to Cintas for donating towels and PetGuard for donating Shampoo for this event! As always, all proceeds benefit homeless and neglected animals in the community!

When: Saturday, July 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Cornucopia Vocational Training Center 18228 Sloane Avenue in Lakewood
How: Petite to Small dogs are $10 and medium to large dogs are $15. Nail trimming is available at an additional cost. No reservation required!




Congratulations to our Outstanding Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients!

Cornucopia, the nonprofit that operates Nature’s Bin held its 40th annual meeting on Tuesday. The centerpiece of this annual event is always the recognition of Cornucopia consumers who have achieved success in the workplace. This year Cornucopia honored four people who had graduated from Cornucopia's Vocational Training programs and then successfully transitioned into employment in the community. Andre H., Antonio L. and Candice O. all received Outstanding Achievement Awards in recognition of their efforts and personal commitment to do their very best each and every day. In addition, this year Cornucopia presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike S. who graduated from Cornucopia’s Vocational Program at the original “Bin” on Madison Avenue in 1986. Mike was hired in 1986 by Rini-Rego’s Stop-n-Shop (which became Giant Eagle) and has been there ever since. Mike brought the entire crowd to its feet when he accepted the award. Wow!




Meet Cornucopia’s New Executive Director!

Brendan Brazier

Nancy Peppler Joined Cornucopia as its new executive director on March 9. Peppler succeeded Scott Duennes, who has served as executive director of Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin for almost 30 years.

Peppler brings extensive nonprofit experience to this role, most recently as the vice president of external relations at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike, the leading behavioral health agency in Cleveland serving more than 22,000 children, teens and families each year.

Cornucopia has been providing vocational services for people with disabilities since 1975. Cornucopia may be best known for its social enterprise Nature’s Bin, an independent natural foods store in Lakewood, Ohio that also serves as a training site for their unique and successful job training program for people with disabilities.

“I have enjoyed getting to know the staff, the Board of Trustees, the shoppers, and the consumers that we serve at Cornucopia. This is a unique organization with a mission that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago when we were founded,” Peppler said.

Prior to her work at Beech Brook, Peppler was the chief development officer for Community Care Network, a nonprofit providing administrative and management services to other nonprofits; and as the vice president of resource development for ChildServ, a nonprofit that provides vital services to children and families in Chicago. Peppler’s community involvement also includes serving two terms on the Cleveland Heights/University Heights School Board. She is currently president of that board.

Peppler holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University/Mandel School.

“I am delighted to have Nancy on board as the new executive director,” said Board President, Tony Rospert. “The Board of Trustees conducted a regional search to find just the right person to step into this vital position. We believe that we have found in Nancy an energetic and creative leader.”




Scott Duennes, Cornucopia, Inc., Executive Director

Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin Executive Director Retires Ater 30 Years. Successor Named.

After 30 years with Cornucopia/Nature's Bin as Executive Director, Scott Duennes, retired on March 20. “It was an honor to be a part of this organization and to be a part of serving thousands of people with disabilities in the Greater Cleveland community, Duennes said. “Finding the right person to sit in this chair and making a smooth transition is very important to me. I am happy to tell you that Nancy Peppler has been hired to succeed me as the Executive Director of Cornucopia and Nature's Bin.” Peppler brings almost three decades of nonprofit experience to this role, most recently as the vice president of external relations at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike, the leading behavioral health agency in Cleveland serving more than 22,000 children, teens and families each year.

Peppler began her new position on March 9, 2015. Duennes and Peppler are working together through the end of March to effect a smooth transition for the organization.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Cornucopia, I am delighted to welcome Nancy Peppler as the new executive director,” said Board President, Tony Rospert. “The Board of Trustees conducted a regional search to find the right person to step into this vital position. Scott Duennes successfully led and grew Cornucopia and Nature's Bin for the past 30 years and we believe that we have found in Nancy an energetic and creative leader to build on that success and take Cornucopia to the next level.”

As executive director of Cornucopia, Inc. Peppler will oversee a $7.2 million organization that provides vocational training leading to employment for people with disabilities. Since 1975, Cornucopia programs serve people with a wide range of issues including developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, visual, speech and hearing impairments, and injuries resulting from accident or illness. Cornucopia may be best known for its social enterprise Nature's Bin, an independent natural foods store in Lakewood, Ohio that also serves as a training site for its unique and successful job training program.

“I look forward to leading this great organization and to working with the board and staff to expand community support for the quality services that Cornucopia provides,” Peppler said.

Prior to her work at Beech Brook, Peppler was the chief development officer for Community Care Network, a nonprofit providing administrative and management services to other nonprofits; and as the vice president of resource development for ChildServ, a nonprofit that provides vital services to children and families in Chicago. Peppler’s community involvement also includes serving two terms on the Cleveland Heights/University Heights School Board. She is currently president of that board.

Peppler holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a master's degree in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University/Mandel School.




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