Catching up with Curtis (May ’19)

The latest from Curtis Smith, Corporate Director of Community Engagement.

Looking back at the month, I can’t believe how much of a whirlwind it was, in large part because of my personal life. Earlier in May, my middle son, Jake, graduated from college in Los Angeles. This meant two trips to California in the same month – one to see his final performance and one to see him graduate. The ceremony was held in the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars are recorded. What a thrill! There is nothing more exciting and nerve-racking than watching your kids transition into adulthood. I can’t wait to see what happens with Jake’s career!

Of course, back in Indiana, work kept me busy as well. I was on stage quite a bit supporting great organizations like Fort Wayne Soup, the YWCA, One Heart Disability Ministries, Crosswinds, Healthier Moms and Babies, and Early Childhood Alliance. I love the opportunity to partner with and serve alongside such wonderful groups. They are all doing incredible work in our community and I appreciate that Parkview doesn’t just support them, but joins them in the heavy lifting.

One of the events I emceed in May was the Parkview Trauma Symposium. It was a gathering of people who step up to the challenge when conditions are at their worst. It was humbling to be in a room with so many dedicated people who demonstrate such strength and composure in the midst of stressful situations. I was also thrilled to play a role in celebrating Melissa Montana’s 30th anniversary at Star 88.3. I was privileged to join her and Mitch Kruse, for the on-air celebration. Thirty years is a long time to serve in broadcasting (trust me on this), and Melissa has done it faithfully and with a servant’s heart.

I hope you all have a great June. Let’s hope it stops raining this month so we can get outside and enjoy it!

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