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Melissa Seeds named 2017 Pataskala Difference Maker

September 28, 2017

NEWARK, Ohio – Melissa Seeds is a partner with the Hayes Law Offices, Inc. LPA in Pataskala, but she regularly lets her creative side shine to ensure programs that support families and children have what they need. The Park National Bank (Park) recognized her selfless efforts by naming Seeds the 2017 Pataskala Community Difference Maker.

The award was presented during a celebration breakfast the bank hosted September 27 at the Pataskala campus of Central Ohio Technical College, where Laura Eddleblute won a special raffle and selected The American Red Cross to receive $200 from Park.

Every year Seeds single-handedly writes, directs and produces a murder mystery play as a key fundraiser for Camp O’Bannon, which supports troubled and disadvantaged kids by teaching them social skills and self-esteem. The event raises thousands of dollars for the organization. As part of her Difference Maker award, Seeds chose Camp O’Bannon to receive a $500 donation from Park.

Seeds serves as board chair of The Woodlands, which provides prevention, education and treatment services for domestic violence victims. In that capacity, she helps guide the organization and raises money through the annual Purse with a Purpose event to support the Center for New Beginnings, an emergency shelter and service hub for victims.

“Melinda serves without a request for acknowledgement or accolades of any kind,” wrote Sheena Sjöstrand-Post, who nominated Seeds for the award. “She is constantly working behind the scenes to make positive change for individuals in Pataskala and Licking County. She is truly an individual of excellence.”
Park sought nominations from community members to identify neighbors who go the extra mile to make a positive difference in other’s lives and in Pataskala. Past winners include Dan and Terre Allen and Andy and Ann Walther.

“Melinda’s open heart and her mind for others delivers a powerful combination for our community and our county,” said Brian Elder, vice president and manager of Park’s Pataskala banking office. “We know she likes to do her good anonymously, but we hope shining a light on and celebrating her self-sacrificing work will be a source of pride and inspiration to others.”

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