Message from President Joe Matessa - April 2018

Sunday, May 6th, is International Family Equality Day.  Each year we typically celebrate this holiday by hosting one of our fabulous Potluck Picnics.  But this year, we decided to go BIG!

We wanted to create an opportunity for all of Central Ohio to come together and join us in the celebration of our diversity.  And who better to do it than world-famous children’s author Todd Parr! From The Family Book to It’s Okay to be Different…each of Todd’s 40+ books is a celebration of diversity, inclusivity, and simply being who you are.

At 2:15, Todd will take the stage at the Amelita Mirola Barn, and deliver an entertaining program about the process of writing and illustrating a book.  Based on the early response, he’ll likely follow with a second presentation for those that weren’t able to get a seat for the first (so get there early!).  There will also be a balloon artist, face-painter, and festive activities.

After the stage programs, Todd will be available until 4:30 to meet the kids and sign books.  We encourage families to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it – as the Barn is adjacent to an amazing playground and ball field.

This event will also mark the launch of our new book program.  One of FPN’s goals for 2018 is to start getting more books in the classrooms that are reflective of non-traditional families.  

For every book purchased at the event, another book will be donated to a classroom. FPN parent volunteers will be given the opportunity to do a book reading at a childcare center, preschool or elementary school, and facilitate a short, age-appropriate discussion about non-traditional families. The hosting classroom will then get copies of a few titles to keep in the classroom, and the kids will each get a book to take home. If you’re interested in being one of our parent volunteers, please contact us at  

Special thanks to our event sponsors – the Nina West Fund, Human Rights Campaign and Equitas Health.  We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming IFED celebration, and look forward to seeing you!

In Peace and Equality,

Joe Matessa