The fifth annual Dad 2.0 Summit is shaping up to be its biggest in terms of its size and its message of the important bond between fathers as well as the one between dads and their children.
Proof of this are the 17 dads receiving free tickets to the three-day conference, taking place Feb. 18-20 in Washington, D.C., through the generosity of other fathers. This is nearly triple the number of “scholarships” dads funded last year to assist their brothers in diaper changing.
City Dads Group played a major role in that increase by donating enough to pay for five attendees through the Oren Miller Scholarship Fund, named after a dad blogger dedicated to the cause of increasing the visibility and importance of fathers in the parenting world. Miller died last year following a public battle with lung cancer.
Matt Schneider, co-founder of City Dads Group, considers the donation part of the organization’s mission. “City Dads Group is being built by dads that we found through both Oren’s Dad Blogger Facebook Group and the Dad 2.0 Summit,” he said. “We are giving back to these communities, but even more importantly, we are investing in the professional development opportunity that comes with being at Dad 2.0.”
The three-day conference is billed as “an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online.” Dove Men+Care personal care products, Esquire magazine and Lego building blocks are a few of major brands fathers will have a chance to meet with major brands and marketing representative but also find strength in each other in their role as caregivers to the future generations.
“We were overjoyed to see our scholarship fund triple in size this year, and City Dads Group’s donation was a huge part of that,” Dad 2.0 Co-Founder Doug French said. “We love to see our attendees derive value from Dad 2.0, and their commitment to pay it forward has done wonders to sustain the community that Oren helped build.”
Five members of City Dads Groups were among the Miller Grant scholarship winners:
- Lee Bodenmiller of our Cleveland Dads Group
- Nick Edwards, Detroit Dads Group
- David Kepley, Dallas Dads Group
- Joël Mejia, Los Angeles Dads Group
- Niel Vuolo, NYC Dads Group