The Leola Lucille Travis Foundation

“Enriching Our Youth Through Music”



The Leola Lucille Travis Foundation is committed to providing quality musical opportunities to Columbus’ inner-city youth.  Thank you for visiting.  Please check back periodically for updates. 

September 20, 2014:    REMEMBERING....... “Gene ‘King Sax” Walker” , a jazz legend...’Cookies, Popcorn & Jazz’ will continue in your honor.....

Thanks to our 2014 CP&J sponsors: ADAMH Board our Ultimate Platinum sponsor, Walgreens (Platinum sponsor), CDCFC Head Start  (Platinum sponsor) & Pepsi-Cola Bottlers and to Al’s Delicious Popcorn, Aladdin’s Eatery Bexley & Subway Bexley  for their popcorn & cookie donations!  Children and adults all had a great time listening to the sounds of jazz & interacting with the musicians:  Otis Davenport (keyboard), Charles ‘Charlie’ Cook (saxophone), Mel Stewart (bass), Neal Cobb (drums), Eddie Bayard (saxophone), Wes Perry (saxophone), Faheem Najeeb (saxophone) and the Urban Jazz Coalition including Phil Raney (bass), Duane Tribune (electric guitar), Brandon Howard (keyboard), Richard Randolph (saxophone), Rico Adams (drums) and Hector Maldonado (percussion), L.G. Scott (keyboard) & James ‘Smooth’ Elliott (drums).... Thanks to all of our great jazz musicians & to LaTosha Matthews of Arts2GoGo and Sam Ash Music for all of their help and participation with the children...Thanks to our Volunteers & C.O.S.I. & Staples & Northstar Cafe & the Cheesecake Factory Easton for your donations...Thanks to Dave Turner (M.C.), Dwight Steward (sound engineer) & Paul Bynum (photography)...Thanks to Council Member Herschel Craig for coming out & supporting us! 


October 5, 2013:

*Special thanks to Walgreens, our Ultimate Platinum corporate sponsor, and to the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) for awarding us a mini-grant and to the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the City of Columbus for awarding us a project support grant and to Pepsi & KeyBank, our 3rd annual “Cookies, Popcorn and Jazz” sponsors! *Thanks to our cookie contributors - Subway Bexley located at 2910 Main Street, donated 150 scrumptious cookies, Aladdin’s Bexley donated a tasty assorted cookie tray and thanks to Cosmic Kettle Corn who provided our entire popcorn supply contribution.*Thanks to Sam Ash Music store for providing assistance & instruments for the children to sample at our October 4th event. Thanks to Council Member Herschel Craig for coming out to our event!

*Special thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) for awarding us a technical assistance grant, which has allowed us to further improve our organization.

Thank you to everyone who came to our exciting event!   *Special thanks to our musicians, The Urban Jazz Coalition (Phil Raney, Duane Tribune, Brandon Howard, Richard Randolph, Rich ‘Rico’ Adams & Hector Maldonado), James “Smooth” Elliott, L.G. Scott, Charlie Cook, Mel Stewart, Gene Walker, Mary ‘Jazz Mary’ Daniels, Sieda Woods, Neal Cobb, Wes Perry and Faheem Najieb, the Africentric School Drumline & Drill Team, to our sound engineer, Dwight Steward, to our Master of Ceremonies, Dave Turner and to all of our volunteers. The children, teachers and families enjoyed themselves as they interacted with the musicians on & off stage, learned about the beginnings of jazz - the original American musical art form which was created by Black people, and danced to the great sounds of jazz performers !!!  Please take a look at our “Events” page to see soon to be posted video & pictures from this workshop/concert event.


October 6, 2012:  “Cookies, Popcorn, and Jazz” in the Park was a success!

Special thanks to our 2012 sponsors, United Way of Central Ohio & its partners, CNC and to the donators of our cookies, popcorn and bottled water (see ‘events’ page)!


(Pictured from left to right) Columbus Department of Public Safety Director, Mitchell J. Brown; Columbus City Councilwoman, Michelle Mills; LLT Foundation President, Maurina L. Brooks; and Community Relations Commission Executive Director, Napoleon A. Bell, Esq. 

July 19, 2011: The Leola Lucille Travis Foundation was awarded a $1000 grant from the Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus (CNC) to help fund our first annual “Cookies, Popcorn, and Jazz” event held at Franklin Park on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Join us for the 9th Annual                “Cookies, Popcorn, and Jazz”  

at Barnett Park

Friday, September 27 , 2019 

*Check out the ‘Events’ page* for more information, highlights of previous “C,P & J” programs!

See “you” there...

website design by Maurina Brooks

News Update:

September, 2015 - Many thanks to our 2015 platinum level sponsor, the Ohio Arts Council.   Many thanks to our 2015 gold level sponsors, ADAMH Board of Franklin County and Child Development Council of Franklin County Head Start, for their continued gold level support of LLTF’s 5th Annual “Cookies, Popcorn & Jazz” music event!  We also thank our 2015 bronze level sponsor, Mr. Lonnie L. Miles of Miles-McClellan Construction Corporation and Mr. Dan Moncrief of McDaniel’s Construction Corporation for his support of this year’s event.
September 24, 2016 - Cookies, Popcorn & Jazz 2016 was another success thanks to our sponsors: The Ohio Arts Council (Platinum), CDCFC Head Start (Gold), McDaniel’s Construction Corporation (Gold) and ADAMH (Bronze).  The Leola Lucille Travis Foundation THANKS YOU ALL !!!

December, 2017 - The success of the 7th annual Cookies, Popcorn & Jazz 2017 is due to our sponsors: Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, CDCFC Head Start, McDaniels Construction Corporation, ADAMH Board of Franklin County and City of Columbus Recreation & Parks.Thank you ALL!

October, 2018 - Thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting the 8th Annual “Cookies, Popcorn & Jazz” event held on 9/28/18 at Barnett Outdoor Park!