Clarence Smith dinner to be Oct. 9

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Neighbors | Submitted.Clarence Smith will be honored on Oct. 9 at a dinner celebration at the Maronite Center in Youngstown.

The advisory committee of Sister Jerome’s Mission, a program of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, will honor Clarence R. “Sonny” Smith Jr. at a dinner celebration Oct. 9 at the Maronite Center in Youngstown.

Smith is a long-time friend and supporter of Sister Jerome and her ministries and serves on the advisory committee of Sister Jerome’s Mission, which through its Mission College program helps capable, hard-working college students from low-income families break the cycle of generational poverty. Sister Jerome’s Mission College program pairs these first-generation college students with knowledgeable mentors and provides financial assistance so they can earn degrees and enter the workorce well-prepared for careers that will enable them to support themselves.

A successful businessman, Smith led Diamond Steel Construction Co., North Lima, a company founded by his father more than 85 years ago, established Compco Industries and Compco Land Co., both of Columbiana, and has been instrumental in the start-ups of several other area businesses. His success has enabled him to support many philanthropic organizations and causes. Providing a solid education to the region’s young people has been and remains at the heart of many of those activities, including Sister Jerome’s Mission College program.

For more information or an invitation, call Sister Jerome’s Mission at 330-259-8765.