We believe it takes a village to end childhood hunger. That’s why our family is fighting this growing problem in our own communities in Portage and Summit counties. By working closely with school districts in the area and the counties at large, we can beat this epidemic. We each bring our own strengths to the fight against hunger. Read below to learn more about each of ours.
Ben Curtis started playing golf at the age of three in Ostrander, Ohio. His grandfather built the local golf course in town and his parents still work there today. Ben came to Kent in 1996 to play golf at Kent State University under renowned head coach Herb Page. He was a three-time All-American and graduated in 2000. This is also where he met his wife Candace. Playing golf has presented a lot of opportunities to Ben but starting the Ben Curtis Family Foundation has been the most fulfilling of them all.
Candace Curtis played golf at Kent State University, where she met her husband Ben and graduated in 2002. She is the mother of two middle school-aged children in the schools that the Ben Curtis Family Foundation serves, and sees firsthand the need for food to be sent home throughout the school year and over long weekends.
Candace manages the corporate direction and strategy for BCFF. She works to share our vision with the communities we serve as well as many neighboring communities. Awareness is key for support and she will talk to anyone who will listen about how they can help. She maintains relationships within local schools to aid in the success of our programs there, and oversees marketing and event planning.
Sara graduated from Kent State University in 2003 with a business degree. She is the mother of two school-aged children who attend elementary school in Kent. Sara handles the day-to-day operations of the foundation. She is also the liaison for all of our volunteers. She coordinates sign-ups for events and Birdie Bags, as well as our monthly newsletter.
Diane, or “Gigi,” was born and raised in Kent. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of four. Diane worked in Kent City Schools for many years and witnessed the need for more to be done about food insecurity. Diane handles donations and accounting for the foundation. She makes sure that we maximize profits and that as much as possible goes back to the children we serve.
Ann joined BCFF in 2020 and is a native of Kent, Ohio. Ann is a graduate of Youngstown State University where she played golf and earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In 2015, Ann received her Class A LPGA certification and was a coach for Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, and Youngstown State University.
Ann coordinates and oversees all of our Birdie Bag packs and our many fundraising events lending her expertise to our flagship event The Ben Curtis Golf Classic. She is task oriented and happy to jump in and help wherever she is needed. Ann’s kind heart, thoughtfulness and passion shine through in her work. Ann currently lives in Warren with her husband Brian and cat “The Kooks.”
The core mission of the Ben Curtis Family Foundation is fighting to help alleviate childhood hunger. Our Birdie Bag Program, a weekend feeding program for children, helps drive our mission and gives purpose to our why.