The local philanthropist has had a lifestyle evolution.
Sarah Benson Hatcher's great-grandfather, Don Casto Sr., started Casto, a real estate development company in Central Ohio, more than 90 years ago.
After attending Rollins College in Florida, Hatcher returned to Central Ohio and worked at Casto, rising to become director of public relations and marketing, where she also oversaw corporate giving. Soon after the birth of her second child two years ago, she resigned from her job.
“While I am not physically at Casto, I am fourth generation so real estate has and always will actively be a piece of me,” says Hatcher, who is a licensed real estate agent.
Today, she's also the busy mother of three small children: Cal, 3; Ross, 2; and daughter, Maeve, 5 months. In addition, she's a significant participant in local philanthropic organizations. And, she and her husband, Brett, found the time recently to purchase, renovate and flip a house with a business partner.
With three young children, what is the most difficult time of your day? With three children ranging in age from 3 years to to 5 months, my most challenging part of the day is from just before dinner up until bath and bedtime.
You've decided, for now, to be at home with your children. Was that a difficult decision to make? It wasn't that it was a hard decision; rather it was a logical decision. I wanted to be the best me, and in order to do so, I had to remove something from my plate. I am quite involved in the community, as well as still hold my real estate license, which still goes to use.
Favorite philanthropic activities? I am on the James Foundation Board for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, as well asa co-chair of an annual fundraiser, also supporting The James. More recently, I have taken great interest in OSU's Jewel and Frank Benson Family Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund, established by my family to learn more about and potentially find a fix for IPF—a life-threatening disease from which my dad suffers. I previously served on the board at Columbus School for Girls, co-chaired an event for multiple sclerosis and served on committees for the German Village Society.
Given your hectic schedule, how would you describe your go-to style every day? If I don't have an event or meeting to attend, I am often seen in workout clothes. I call it “athleisure” or a version thereof.
Favorite way to relax? I enjoy decompressing via a workout. Either a quick jog, a System of Strength exercise class or oftentimes I can be found on a tennis court.
Favorite night out? Checking out a new restaurant in town or while traveling.
Favorite way to shop? Of course, I shop online. But whether I'm in Columbus or on a vacation, I have stores I love to pop into. I confess, I might double park in a complete hurry, buying something last minute at one of our great local boutiques. Oddly enough, I enjoy shopping most for my kiddos and husband, Brett.
Cocktail or formal style? You had me at cocktail.