Bishop Backers Winter Community Day 2020 will be held Jan. 25, 2020, at Ohio Wesleyan University. The free event will feature an OWU basketball doubleheader against the Allegheny Gators... (Photo by Paul Molitor)

Bishop Backers Winter Community Day 2020

Nonprofits, Businesses Invited to Register Today for Table Space at Jan. 25 Delaware Expo

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Bishop Backers invite you to save the date for Winter Community Day 2020, a countywide celebration of Delaware that includes free admission to an Ohio Wesleyan University women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo that showcases local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Winter Community Day 2020 will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena and Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Organizations wishing to have a table at the Delaware Expo are asked to register online now at Tables are $25 for for-profit businesses if paid at the time of registration or $30 if paid on the day of the event. Tables are free for nonprofit organizations, which are invited to collect food in advance at their locations to contribute to the Jan. 25 drive. The registration deadline for both groups is Jan. 10.

During the annual Bishop Backers event, both the OWU women’s and men’s basketball teams will take on the Gators of Allegheny College. The women’s game will tip off at 1 p.m., and the men’s game will follow at 3 p.m. Admission to the doubleheader is free with a canned food or monetary donation that will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, a United Way of Delaware County initiative.

...and a Delaware Expo with a YMCA children’s play area and a visit from Humane Society dogs and Columbus Zoo animals. (Photo by Paul Molitor)

The Delaware Expo will be open from noon to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and will feature:

  • An indoor children’s play area courtesy of the Delaware Community Center YMCA.
  • A visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animal ambassadors at 2:15 p.m.
  • An opportunity to pet dogs from the Humane Society of Delaware County.
  • A chance to meet OWU varsity athletes.
  • Free raffles for prizes including a big-screen television and 50/50 raffles to benefit the Hunger Alliance.

Community Day is intended to bring people together for a free afternoon of entertainment and education, building on the strong sense of cooperation and collaboration that makes Delaware such a great community. The expo also will help businesses and nonprofit organizations to connect with potential customers and volunteers, including Ohio Wesleyan students and alumni.

The Bishop Backers is an organization of community advocates interested in sharing information about athletics and other events at Ohio Wesleyan and in connecting potential student-volunteers, interns, and employees with local organizations. Learn more at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at