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Making a charitable impact Family Wealth Partners answers your frequently asked questions Family Wealth Partners’ mission is to help improve the lives of our clients, colleagues and communities through guidance on their wealth and well-being. Our team is dedicated to fulfilling part of that mission by spreading financial education to all. As the end of the year and holiday season approaches, our clients often ask, “What’s the most beneficial way to help with a charity or organization that’s important to me?” This month, the Advisors at Family Wealth Partners address how you can make a charitable impact with your IRA. What makes an IRA a good asset to gift? When a taxpayer wants to leave a gift to charity, an IRA can be an ideal asset for a charitable legacy. Donating your IRA allows the charity to withdraw assets without paying income tax on them. Meanwhile, the taxpayer’s estate will get a full fair market value and charitable estate tax deduction, and the estate can leave regular assets—which receive a basis step-up—to the family.1 How can I benefit one or more charities during my lifetime, if I’m 70½ or older? If so, you can transfer up to $100,000 of IRA withdrawals each year directly to a qualified charity without recognizing these withdrawals as income. This type of IRA withdrawal, known as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), will count toward satisfying the required minimum distribution (RMD) you must take from your traditional IRA(s) each year after reaching age 701/2.2

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How is a QCD different from taking your IRA distribution personally? You may be wondering how a QCD is different from taking your IRA distribution personally (e.g., a check payable to you), and then making a charitable donation from your personal funds. There are a number of scenarios where a QCD may be more tax-efficient: – Standard deduction. If you don’t itemize your deductions on your tax return (which, due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017*, will be more common for many people starting with the 2018 tax year), you might save on taxes by doing a QCD. – Medicare tax. A QCD may keep your income below the Medicare high-income surcharge threshold of $250,000 per couple, saving you 3.8% additional tax on net investment income. – Social Security. Since Social Security is taxable when income exceeds certain thresholds (e.g., $44,000 for married couples), by taking a QCD, you’ll have less of your Social Security income taxed.3 How can I avoid limits on deductibility of personal charitable contributions? Since you can only deduct charitable contributions of cash you make personally up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, a QCD will enable you to get the full benefit of the contribution, regardless of your adjusted gross income.4 What are some QCD rules? – You must be at least 701/2 at the time you request a QCD. – While the maximum annual QCD is $100,000, if you’re married and filing a joint return, your spouse can also do a QCD up to $100,000.

– If you ever make nondeductible contributions to any of your traditional IRAs, each requested distribution is treated as partially taxable and partially nontaxable. However, a special rule applies to QCDs—the distribution is first considered to be paid from otherwise taxable funds. This has the potential to reduce the tax liability on future distributions you take personally.5 How can I maximize my charitable giving? Structuring and planning for charitable giving is essential to making the largest impact with your donations. By consulting with your financial advisor, tax, preparer and attorney, you can craft a strategy that best suits your goals and objectives. Different strategies for maximizing gifts are unique to the investor and what he/she is trying to accomplish.

Let’s have a conversation The best way to prepare for your future is to ensure that your goals align with your needs, wants and wishes. Let’s discuss your portfolio options and together we can help grow your financial confidence. Tax strategies should always involve your CPA or tax preparer. If you’d like to find out more on how you can make a charitable impact this year, please give us a call at 937226-3165 or e-mail us at UBS Advanced Planning Insights: “Integrating IRAs with a wealth management plan,” May 2017. UBS, “Make a charitable impact with your IRA.” 3 Ibid. 4 Ibid. 5 Ibid. To see a complete list of rules, see the UBS publication “Make a charitable impact with your IRA.” * The provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affecting individuals are scheduled to expire at the end of 2025. This publication is for your information only and is not intended as an offer, or a solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell any Investment or other specific product. Although all information and opinions expressed in this document were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and in good faith, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to its accuracy or completeness. UBS Financial Services Inc. and its affiliates do not provide legal or tax advice. Clients should consult with their legal and tax advisors regarding their personal circumstances. 1 2

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IsIsmy giving my giving having an impact? having an impact? You give. But what does it get? 91% of investors surveyed for UBS Investor Watch* have donated time or money in the last year, yet only 20% feel like it’s doing much good. Planning how—and where—to You give. But what does it get? 91% of investors surveyed for UBS Investor Watch* have donated time give can boost satisfaction by almost 50%. The Family Wealth Partners can help. or money in the last year, yet only 20% feel like it’s doing much good. Planning how—and where—to give can boost satisfaction by almost 50%. The Family Wealth Partners can help.

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OF DAYTON 57 Local doctors talk about the care they provide and why your health matters to them. By the Editors



Tweets, posts and letters from our readers.


Dayton Metro Library offers a variety of databases for patrons to learn new skills. By Eric Spangler






By Scott Unger

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum’s mausoleum features beautiful stained-glass windows. By Eric Spangler Get out and enjoy the culture and experiences that Ohio’s renowned museums have to offer. By Sara Prchlik

10 Q&A

Palermo’s Restaurant offers Italian favorites in a casual atmosphere, plus listings. By Ginny McCabe

By Ginny McCabe


Six questions with Comfee Caps Ministry’s Sue Forrest.


Dayton Art Institute to celebrate 100 years as the Miami Valley’s living room. By Jim Bucher


Dayton’s holiday heritage plays a special part in heart of the region. By Leo DeLuca


Dayton area handbell choirs provide peaceful celebrations of the holidays. By Natasha Baker


PNC Arts Annex a culmination of years of planning. By Corinne Minard


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Holiday shopping guide. By Natasha Baker


Getting your furnace cleaned and serviced every year can prevent tragedies. By Eric Spangler

Bethany Village adds new assisted-living facility Crescent Crossing. By Corinne Minard The Dayton STEM center employs innovative lessons to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.


Time spent together during the holidays a great time to discuss finances with family. By Beth Langefels


Dayton Better Business Bureau always looking for new ways to keep consumers safe. By Scott Unger



Local service organizations depend on the public’s continued support. By Tim Walker



George Schmall and his Area-Pro company helping veterans fight depression. By Tim Walker The science of stop and go traffic starts long before projects are completed. By Val Beerbower


Dayton Physicians urologist offers new, less invasive prostate procedure. By Beth Langefels

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n the past six months my husband has dealt with some serious medical issues. In search of a diagnosis he has seen not only his regular doctor, but also 12 specialists, and has searched for answers in over 20 different medical tests and screenings. While we are still waiting on that ever-illusive diagnosis we have come to realize just how important quality health care is to our family and to the hundreds of families in and around Dayton. For most issues I would say that our magazine focuses on what makes Dayton a great place to live, work and raise a family. We get to focus on the fun and share with you all of the hidden gems of our great city and the region. And we love doing it! But this issue, our annual Doctors of Dayton issue, is a little different. In this issue we get a bit more serious about keeping you healthy and about helping your family find the right care when you need it. Trust me when I say that you can never be too ready to deal with a medical situation. Hopefully, this guide to doctors providing quality care in our region can give you some peace of mind. Of course, we also give you all of the regular features you have come to expect from us in the past five years. Thank you for making us your go-to guide to all things Dayton! This holiday season, I hope that your family is healthy and well. I wish you a season of joy and peace and a new year filled with everything fabulous in Dayton!


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1 The Search for “Sherpa” Continues by Tim Walker 2 A Lost Art Form by Natasha Baker 3 Dayton Comment: Genesis is Just the Beginning by Jim Bucher 4 Dayton Dining: Eastern Europe Meets Dayton by Ginny McCabe 5 Dayton History: An Environmental Visionary by Leo DeLuca

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DAYTON ›› CONTRIBUTORS Natasha Baker has lived in the Miami Valley her entire life. Originally from Eaton, she and her husband and three kids currently own Bakers Acres Farms in Waynesville where they naturally raise beef cattle, hogs and chickens. A writer and public relations professional by trade, she also teaches writing and PR at the University of Dayton and is working on a memoir about her farm adventures.

Jim Bucher has covered every local business, nonprofit, higher education institution and family event across the Miami Valley on WDTN Channel 2 for more than 25 years. Honors include induction in the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame and as a “Dayton Original” from the city of Dayton. In addition to his column here in Dayton Magazine ‘Buch’ handles marketing and PR with his business

Ginny McCabe is a best-selling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work may be seen in publications like Journal-News and Reuters. Her books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins & Standard Publishing. She has spent decades covering topics like news, business, real estate and entertainment. She serves on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.


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Leo DeLuca’s writing has been featured by Ohio Magazine, The A.V. Club, Aviation for Women, and more. He is currently working with American Heritage on its plans for a digital relaunch. The co-author of Dayton’s Spirit of Community Service and Leadership (Dayton History, 2016), DeLuca is a three-time All Ohio Excellence in Journalism award winner.

Timothy Walker is a 51-yearold writer who lives in Dayton with his wife, Elizabeth, their two children and a houseful of dogs. He was born and raised in West Virginia and he sold his first story in 1988. In his spare time he enjoys writing and reading weird fiction, offbeat films, jazz music and cooking chili. He is also an ordained minister.

Beth Langefels has been a freelance writer in the Dayton area for more than a decade, publishing in the Dayton Daily News, the Vandalia Drummer News and the Dayton B2B Magazine. She works for the Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association as the communications and marketing director.

Val Hunt Beerbower lives in Dayton with her husband, Mike. A graduate of Ohio University, Beerbower’s career in print and digital media spans more than 12 years. The couple spends their time updating their centenarian home, cruising bike paths and rivers, and taking in the vibrant downtown Dayton scene.


A FREE Education Dayton Metro Library offers a variety of databases for patrons to learn new skills BY ERIC SPANGLER


eing a patron of Dayton Metro Library not only means being able to borrow the latest books it also means being able to find a new job or change a career. As part of the Dayton Metro Library’s LAUNCH workforce initiative library patrons can access, a popular online learning platform that helps people learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With a library card and personal identification number Dayton Metro Library patrons can access the database at no cost, says Holly Varley, Dayton Metro Library collection development director. “This is a free database so people would log in, create an account and then they’re able to use the database in the library or

remotely at home to take as many courses as they want,” says Varley. Dayton Metro Library patrons can sign up for a course and view the instructional videos at their own pace, saving and returning to lessons at any time, says Varley. “If they can’t sleep at 3 a.m. they can get on the computer from home and go learn about JavaScript,” she says. The database has more than 6,000 courses that library patrons can access 24 hours a day seven days a week, she says. has a variety of instructional videos that patrons can view on a computer, tablet or mobile device, including topics such as computer programming, project management, computer software and programming languages, Varley says. Although the database has many professional and business development courses in software, creative and business skills it also can be used for learning personal skills such as music, photography and animation. A Dayton Metro Library patron who wanted to change careers recently attended a class at the library to learn more about, says Craig Arnold, an information services assistant who teaches classes on and other technology topics at the library.

Teens take a video-editing course in the Green Screen Room at the Dayton Metro Library’s Main Library. “I ask who everybody is and ask them what they’re interested in she said she wanted to become a DJ,” says Arnold. “We were able to find a course to learn how to work in that entertainment field and, believe it or not, she was successful. It’s a perfect example of how vast Lynda(.com)’s offerings are.” In addition to the Dayton Metro Library also provides free access to other databases to help patrons find new employment, such as Career Cruising and the Ohio Means Jobs website, says Varley. Library patrons can also use the dozens of databases at Dayton Metro Library to learn about their ancestry or even fix a car with the Chilton service and repair automotive database, says Arnold. “There’s a lot of resources that capture a lot of areas for patrons in our area,” he says. “I interact with a lot of patrons who come in and take our computer classes and one thing that they are always saying is, ‘I did not know the library did this,’” says Arnold. “And they’re really surprised and then after that they’re gung ho and they’re ready to find out what other resources we have here.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



ABOVE: Some of the knitted Comfee Caps. LEFT: Sue Forrest, left, and Maureen Harris knit Comfee Caps.

Six Questions with Comfee Caps Ministry’s Sue Forrest BY GINNY MCCABE


ore than a hundred cancer patients have received a comforting gift combined with a message of God’s love as a result of Sue Forrest’s Comfee Cap ministry. The knitted caps have turned into a nationwide outreach. Dayton Magazine caught up with Forrest, a Washington Township resident, in a Q&A to talk about how she came up with the idea, the impact on local patients and why others want to get involved in creating the caps. How di d the i d ea of Comfee Caps get started? Really, we’re just beginning. I started in 2010 when two of my girlfriends were going through chemo at the same time, in two different states. I went to a knitting shop and I said, “What can I knit that’s soft?” and they recommended this hat. The key is the yarn is very soft. When


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women lose their hair, sometimes their head is cold, even inside the house. So, they can wear it at night, like a stocking cap, they can wear it at home in an airconditioned house, or they can wear it when they go out. So, I made each of my girlfriends one and they loved them. They said, “I can’t find this anyplace. Will you knit me another one?” And I made each of them another one. Then, I continued to make knitted caps for others’ friends or family members who were going through chemotherapy. At what point did you have a sense that it was a calling? My daughter-in-law wanted one for her friend so I sent one to her friend in Chicago. She did the same thing. She said, “I want to send you $25 to knit one for someone else.” That’s when I got the calling. I thought, “Oh, my goodness. So, many people love this and they love the message.” So, the calling came later.

It was probably around 2013 when I felt like it was a strong calling. Now, we’re starting a duplication system where different communities can start a ministry. About a dozen people have stepped forward to knit the hats. To date, we’ve probably made about 120 Comfee Caps. We have people on the “Love Team” from five states. It sounds like people love the Comfee Caps, but can you share more about their responses? They love the caps and they love the message. I made one for my friend Sally’s daughter-in-law, Andrena (Brandy). She said she got the cap and she loved it, but she said she really loved the message inside, too. They love the caps because of the softness of them. You can put them in the wash and have to dry them flat, but they are easy and comfortable. They can be worn all day. What do you feel like is the primary message is that you want to get out? That Jesus loves us. That’s basically the message, that Jesus loves us. It’s very simple. When did you start knitting? In 2003, and I’m almost 70. I’ll be 70 on my next birthday. How have you seen this endeavor bless people that receive the Comfee Caps? They’re joyful. They love that it’s handmade, and then again, the message in it. They love the softness of it and they love the fact that someone would make it for them. n


A Century of Art

Dayton Art Institute to celebrate 100 years as the Miami Valley’s living room BY JIM BUCHER


f you lived here forever or are just scooting through town on Interstate 75 chances are you’ve noticed one of our premier landmarks high atop a hill across the river from downtown. I’m talking about the Dayton Art Institute. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley calls it a “jewel,” and adds, “The art it shares and promotes with our entire community, both young and old, adds immensely to the quality of life for all.” Turns out this beautiful gem in the Gem City turns 100 in 2019. Well, sort of. You see the building was erected in 1930, but the DAI, as it’s affectionally known, will hit the century mark. “The museum was started as a school by local people who wanted to learn about the arts and crafts movement happening in the United States at the time,” says Michael Roediger, the director and CEO of The Dayton Art Institute. Some very famous people were part of its past including original board trustee Orville Wright; Jaqueline Kennedy visited while her husband, Sen. John F. Kennedy, was campaigning; Dale Chihuly was here during his major exhibition tour; Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez coming home to Dayton to premier their film The Way at The DAI; and Gloria Steinem stopping in for lunch while in town. How about that? And check this out, turns out woman


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power was way ahead of its time. “Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell helped to purchase the house on Monument Avenue in Downtown Dayton that served as the first home for the school and museum. Later, Julia would go on to be the visionary and benefactress for the building of the prominent Italian Renaissance museum structure that we know and love today,” Roediger says. Julia came from a family of wealth and married Frank Patterson, brother to John, one of the founders of National Cash Register (NCR). Smart and influential, she was able to get the museum building funded by local individuals and businesses, as well as getting two families to donate their mansions, where the museum campus now sits, to be torn down. “When the Great Depression hit in 1929 the museum was already in construction and

TOP: An aerial view of the Dayton Art Institute in 1930. LEFT: The cornerstone of the Dayton Art Institute was set in 1928. the funders had to pull out. Julia graciously gave the board of trustees the authority to use the $2 million she had placed in an endowment to complete as much of the structure as possible and on Jan. 10, 1930, the monumental and beautiful Dayton Art Institute opened its doors as a gift to the community,” Roediger says. When the new museum opened the School of The Dayton Art Institute was located on the lower level of the museum with the first floor of the original utility building serving as classrooms and studios. It closed in 1974 with the last class graduating in 1975, but its graduates were a who’s who like actor, comedian, artist and Dayton’s own Jonathan Winters and Gale Halderman, an industrial design student who went on to work for Ford and is credited for the classic Ford Mustang design. Other graduates include our very own Willis “Bing” Davis, John Emery and the late Homer Hacker, just to name a few. After the school shuttered the board of trustees and the director decided to focus on the collection as a fine arts museum. Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell said it best, says Roediger, when she proclaimed that, “The museum should be thought of as

An artist’s rendering of what the courtyard at the Dayton Art Institute may look like in the future. ‘Dayton’s Living room.’” Roediger says, “We try to think of it that way today, but less formal than a living room of 1930. I think what Julia meant was that the

museum should be a warm and welcoming gathering place for the community. That sentiment holds true today.” Speaking of today, well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. “So many things are in the works for 2019,” says Roediger. “The renovation of

all the galleries is underway. More than $1 million is being invested in making the galleries more user-friendly and beautiful. We are planning 100 Happenings that will take place at the museum throughout for the centennial. This will include new activities such as a DAI birthday party and a Community Day, as well as our events that have become community traditions such as Art Ball and Oktoberfest. Of course, there will be more great art with new focus exhibitions and extra special exhibitions.” Also, renovation of the historic hillside is in the bid process now, which will include restoration of the grand staircases (by the way, one of the most photographed places in Dayton) balcony and fountains, as well as new lighting and landscaping to be completed in its 100th year. Happy 100th DAI! You’re in good hands and sounds to me like the lights in “Dayton’s living room” will shine bright for a very long time. n Cheers! Buch

When’s the last time some holiday spirit made you feel all warm and fuzzy? Your first time won’t be your last time. It’s the lack of holiday hustle & bustle that gives our town a certain something that other places can’t quite capture. To find the true meaning of sharing the spirit of the season, go to

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Towers, Trees and Traditions Dayton’s holiday heritage plays a special part in heart of the region BY LEO DELUCA


aytonians huddled around Deeds Carillon on Christmas Eve 1941, reeling from the recent news of Pearl Harbor. While the first Deeds Carillon concert was slated for Easter Sunday 1942, Dayton’s newest landmark made a much-needed early debut. Seventeen days after the attack on Pearl Harbor the mighty bells made their public premiere tolling Christmas music. “‘Peace on earth, good will to men’ were a reality in Dayton on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as varied groups joined in the Yuletide rejoicing,” wrote the Dayton Daily News in its Dec. 25, 1941, edition under the headline “Dayton Hears Carillon In First Program.” Towering 151 feet, with 57 bells, the limestone carillon was as much a work of art as it was a musical instrument. The surrounding grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the famed landscape architects responsible for Central Park; the carillon itself designed by Reinhard & Hofmeister, the same firm responsible for Rockefeller Center. And like New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which debuted in 1931 during the depths of the Great Depression, Deeds Carillon was a hallmark of hope


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during the harrowing 1941 holiday season. But Deeds Carillon isn’t the only Gem City symbol historically aligned with Rockefeller Center. For years, the NCR Christmas tree also channeled the spirit of the Rockefeller tree—two symbols of holiday cheer at the heart of decisive American cities. Situated at NCR world headquarters (Building 10 on South Main Street), the tree’s thousands of lights shimmered in the December night, and like Rockefeller Center, NCR searched far and wide for the perfect tree. The NCR Factory News detailed the process in its December 1956 edition: “It was not until over 150 miles of territory had been closely covered that a tree was found … This tree, which was finally located in south-central Ohio, is a magnificent evergreen whose perfect trunk soars 45 feet into the air … The tree had grown on this spot for more than 40 years.” The NCR carpenter and paint shop then adorned the 1956 tree with over 3,000 lights. From “the bottom of the trunk to the top of the star,” it stood approximately 50 feet tall. Since that time, myriad new Dayton traditions have replaced the NCR tree. It’s been 77 years since that debut 1941 Deeds Carillon Christmas concert, and the bell tower has been transformed from a figurative beacon of light into an actual beacon of light. As the centerpiece of A Carillon Christmas, Carillon Historical Park’s month-long holiday celebration, Deeds Carillon has been recast

TOP: Deeds Carillon in 1941 ABOVE: The NCR Christmas tree as the breathtaking Carillon Tree of Light. Towering upward of 200 feet, the electrifying Dayton holiday symbol is four times the size of the NCR tree and features nearly seven times the lights (over 20,000 total). On Dec. 7, in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Carillon Historical Park’s award-winning carillonneur, Larry Weinstein, will play a commemorative concert at 10 a.m. And on Nov. 28, at 6 p.m., the Carillon Tree of Light will illuminate the Dayton skyline for the first time during the kickoff to A Carillon Christmas. n

DAYTON ›› SCENE Nearly 4,000 enjoy Heart Walk/Run

The 2018 Greater Dayton 5K Heart Walk/Run was conducted Saturday, Sept. 22. This is the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association. Nearly 4,000 people gathered at Fifth Third Field to help raise awareness and funds. Before and after the race, participants enjoyed a health fair, free screenings, health tips, massages, free refreshments and a fun Kids Zone! Dena McCullough, left, and Brinly Barker enjoy the event while wearing capes.

Nearly 4,000 people help raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association.

Participants learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Don Lodge, right, with his family. Lodge is the 2018 Greater Dayton Heart Hero. He suffered a heart attack and stroke within the past year.

There were smiles all around at the Greater Dayton 5K Heart Walk/Run.

Even the dogs helped raise money for the American Heart Association.

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DAYTON ›› SCENE Dayton Christian’s Dedication and Groundbreaking of New Gymnasium

Dayton Christian School conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking and dedication for its new gymnasium, the Warrior Center, on Friday, Oct. 11. In order to build the 12,000-square-foot facility the school raised $3.3 million during a campaign that ended last year with an aggressive “70-Day Dash” initiative that involved the entire school community.

Members of Dayton Christian School Facilities Team and the Wenco Construction team were on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Dayton Christian School board member Tina Teater offered a prayer of dedication for the Warrior Center.

Guests were invited to sign a steel beam that will form a corner of the building.


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Woodland Historic Cemetery and Arboretum remembers the Queen of the Gypsies

The gravesite of Levi and Matilda Stanley is one of the most visited sites in the cemetery. Sept. 15, 2018, was the 140th anniversary of the burial of Matilda Stanley, Queen of the Gypsies. The event was to honor the Gypsy Queen and to remember and re-commit Matilda at her gravesite and bring attention to the repairs needed to the 20-foot-tall granite monument. Current conditions of the monument would have led to the dismantling of the structure out of safety concerns for visitors to the gravesite. The fundraiser was to raise money to repair the leaning of the monument and to restore the marble sculpture at its top.

The recommitment ceremony for Matilda Stanley. The crowd sang “Sweet By and By,” the same hymn sung at Matilda’s funeral in 1878.

Event-goers re-create the funeral procession for Matilda from the Woodland Cemetery receiving vault to the Stanley family burial plot. “

The Stanley Family monument

An attendee places flowers at the gravesite of Matilda Stanley, Queen of the Gypsies.




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DAYTON ›› SCENE Dayton Metro Library Hosts the Adult Career Path and Learning Expo

The Adult Career Path and Learning Expo on Oct. 25 at the Main Dayton Metro Library offered over 40 vendors with a full range of information on education options, from selfdirected online learning and micro-certifications, to apprenticeships and specialized training for in-demand careers, to traditional two- and four-year degrees.

Career coach Dean Waggenspack offering free one-on-one advice.

Diane Farrell, Dayton Metro Library; Garth McLean, Montgomery County/ Ohio Means Jobs; and Linda Ashworth, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce were among the organizers of the Expo.

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More than 40 vendors attended the Adult Career Path and Learning Expo.

Natalie Canty and Stephanie Tillman with Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers online and learning centers throughout Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Career coach Dean Waggenspack and other coaches offered free one-on-one advice.

Saying “thank you” to American relief efforts following Japan’s devastating 2011tsunami. “Establishing a Charitable Checking AccountSM through The Dayton Foundation made my work simpler and, more importantly, gave my project credibility.”– Alex Hara, Dayton Foundation fund holder since 2012, has planted more than 1,000 cherry trees to beautify the region, thanks to his fund. Find out how we can help you fufill your charitable goals and help others at

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DAYTON ›› SCENE Warm Glow Candle Company’s Annual Fall Festival

The fifth annual Warm Glow Candle Company Fall Festival was conducted Sept. 22 and 23. This festival hosts many antique and craft vendors to help ring in the fall season. Food and live entertainment were available for the large crowd that attended the weekend event. Warm Glow is located off Interstate 70 in eastern Indiana, just 10 miles west of Richmond, Indiana. It offers a wide variety of candles online at

Pumpkins and gourds were available to buy.

There were plenty of places to sit down and eat some delicious food.

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Even the pets enjoyed romping around.

Tonic Sol-fa Performs at the Centerville Schools Performing Arts Center

The Miami Valley Community Concert Association kicked off its 2018-2019 season with a performance by the Midwestern vocal group Tonic Sol-fa. Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in central Minnesota and includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist Greg Bannwarth, and bass Jared Dove. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine.

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From left to right: Greg Bannwarth, Shaun Johnson, Jared Dove and Theo Brown

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n the early 1700s bell towers were used as a way to notify a village of all sorts of events. From time for church to fires and births,


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change ringers, as they were called, would use complicated rhythms to alert locals of the goings on in the community. However, learning and practicing those complicated rhythms could be quite annoying to the families that lived close to the towers. “The first handbells were developed to practice tower bell ringing in a less disturbing way,” says Margaret Dill, director of the Sinclair Community College Handbell Choir. Typically made of a mix of copper and bronze with a rubber clapper and leather handle, today’s handbells are tuned and can weigh as little as seven ounces or as

much as 18 pounds! With only two hands, ringers are limited to how many bells they can hold and play. The traditional method is to hold one bell in each hand, though Dill says several of her players can play with two and sometimes three bells in each hand. Dayton has a fair share of talented handbell choirs, many of whom are offering holiday concerts to help you get into the spirit and celebrate the season with your family.

DOWNTOWN RINGERS One of the most well-known bell choirs in the area is at the Westminster Presbyterian

Dayton has a fair share of talented handbell choirs that are offering holiday concerts to get you into the spirit and celebrate the season with your family.


Church in downtown Dayton. Started 36 years ago by John Neeley, associate pastor of music, the church now has two bell choirs—adults and teens (7-12 grades). While it is standard for a bell choir to include a set number of 13 ringers, the church has an open door policy and has featured as many as 15 at a time. With weekly rehearsals during their season from September to May, all of the ringers are well versed in their craft and produce powerful and inspiring music. On Friday, Dec. 14, at noon, the choir will host the community at a carol sing including several pieces by the bell choirs and a sing-a-long of Christmas carols. The event will include a narrator to provide some insight about the carols and for just $6 you can also have a lovely lunch served by church members. Beautiful music and a hot lunch all in the span of a normal lunch break right downtown! Westminster also features its choirs at the annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 16. The event is a traditional British service and will include scripture and music from all of its voice and bell choirs. The service starts at 10 a.m. Of course, the church also offers Christmas Eve services including a family service at 4 p.m. and a 10 p.m. candlelit service featuring its teen ringers. According to Brent Manley, music associate for the church and director of both bell choirs, families make participation in the choir not only a commitment, but a priority. “We have families from all around the Dayton community. We work together

with them to ensure that participation is fun and as convenient as possible, but ultimately the families really want their teens to participate.” The teens get to perform once a month during their season at traditional Sunday services. “It gives them something to look forward to,” says Manley.

COMMUNITY RINGERS The Sinclair Handbell Choir is comprised of 13 auditioned musicians and has been under the direction of Margaret Dill since 2000. Dill started her career with Sinclair Handbell Choir as a ringer in 1990 just after the choir was created at the college in 1989. Dill says Sinclair’s choir is made up of mostly community members. “Our students move through to graduation in around two years,” says Dill. “We have to replace them frequently.” Dill says that the bells in Sinclair’s choir cover a five-octave range, which means that most ringers cover two to three bells in any given piece of music. “Although I have a bass ringer who covers as many as eight to 10,” says Dill. “We call her a bell superhero!” The handbell choir will kick off its holiday concerts at the United Christian Church on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. It will then partner with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts on Dec. 7 and 8 at the Schuster Center for Performing Arts. It will perform again on Dec. 9 at the Lebanon United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.

While the Slifers Presbyterian Church in Farmersville will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2019, the handbell choir didn’t get its start until the 1990s. Thanks to a gift of handbells in memory of a long-time, music-loving member, the choir now has an average of 10 devoted members. “Making music is a stress-reliever for me,” says Holly Michael, a member of the Slifers bell choir. “I enjoy the opportunity to participate in our worship services and our choir has a fun and relaxed approach.” Michael says playing bells is easier if you read music, but that most ringers can mark their notes on the music sheets. She also says that many of its members play up to four or more bells in a piece. To hear a ring from this area choir plan to attend its Christmas Eve services. Just south of town in West Chester you will find the Crestview Ringers of the Crestview Presbyterian Church. In existence for over 35 years, the Crestview Ringers has the standard 13 players and also plays five octaves of bells. According to its director, Rodney Barbour, handbell choirs and churches go, well, hand-in-hand. “Handbells are an accessible way for a number of folks to become involved in the music program of the church,” says Barbour. “Church is about community and a bell choir quickly becomes a family working together for a common goal.” Barbour says that though ringing can become intricate it mostly is a comfortable, easier way for the novice to professional musician to successfully participate. The Crestview Ringers focuses on leading worship in regularly scheduled services at Crestview. It will lead the worship and Christmas music on Sunday, Dec.16. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019


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Hometown Holiday, Dec. 7-8

DECEMBER Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Dec. 1 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings its latest tour, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, to the Nutter Center for a night of holiday rock music. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Dayton, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, A Special Wish Foundation and Greene Medical Foundation. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. $40-$79.50. Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 775-4789,

Jingle Bell Run

Dec. 1 The annual Jingle Bell Run invites supporters of the Arthritis Foundation to gather their family, friends and co-workers to create fundraising teams for this jolly race. Registration 8 a.m., race 9 a.m. Bellbrook Middle School, 3600 Feedwire Road, Bellbrook. 701-0322,

Home for the Holiday Pops

Dec. 2 The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, Gary Geis Dance Company and SSO Children’s Chorus for a holiday celebration that brings together the talented singers, musicians and dancers of the region. 3 p.m. $27-$53. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

addition, visitors will be able to visit area shops, meet costumed characters and catch a glimpse of St. Nick. F-Sa 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Waynesville. 513-897-8855,

Straight No Chaser

Dec. 2 Male a cappella group Straight No Chaser stops by the Schuster Center for a night of fun, harmonious music. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Christmas in the Village of Waynesville

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Waynesville kicks off the holiday season with all of the trappings of a small-town holiday, from barbershop quartets singing Christmas carols to carriage rides. In

Hometown Holiday

Dec. 7-8 The Kettering Children’s Choir, Felita La Rock, Eleventh Hour and Holiday Pops Community Chorus join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of holiday favorites like “All I Want For Christmas is You,” “Sleigh Ride” and “We Need a Little Christmas.” 8 p.m. $14-$80. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



Dec. 8 When Noël’s mother disappears before Noël takes the stage in her school’s Christmas play Noël goes on a quest to find her and inspires love and hope along the way. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Miamisburg Community Holiday Event & Parade

Dec. 8 Miamisburg comes together to celebrate the holidays with this annual event and parade. The day includes a parade through downtown, holiday-themed activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, a tree lighting and more. 2:30-10 p.m. Free. Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg.

Mistletoe Magic

Dec. 8-9 Holiday shoppers will find gifts for the whole family and more during Mistletoe Magic. More than 150 vendors will be on hand selling their wares, including repurposed furniture, home décor, jewelry, bath and body products, gourmet foods and more. Sa

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6, children 12 and under free. Free parking. Montgomery

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Christmas Carol will make the classic tale feel new again thanks to the inclusion of 26 traditional carols and a performance by 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance. 8 p.m. $32-$52. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

Handel’s Messiah

Dec. 19 The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir brings Handel’s Messiah to life within the walls of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. 7 p.m. $14$31. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 888-228-3630,

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The Nutcracker

Dec. 14-23 The Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns for another season of magic and dance. Family members young and old will enjoy seeing Clara’s journey to the Land of Sweets. Times

vary. $18-$81. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

A Christmas Carol

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Dec. 29 John Denver-tribute artist Jim Curry joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of both John Denver and holiday songs—both delivered in the same heartfelt delivery for which Denver was known. 8 p.m. $14-$80. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

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Orchestra to showcase the music of Rossini and Bizet. Also joining them is cellist Julian Schwarz. 7:30 p.m. $27-$53. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

John Oates with the Good Road Band

Jan. 15 John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame, mixes Dixieland music with the Delta blues during this special performance at the Victoria Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Tickets starts at $30. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

New Year’s Eve: Fiesta, Dec. 31

North Pole Express

Through Dec. 29 For families looking for new ways to meet with Santa the North Pole Express may be just the option. During this one-hour train ride children receive hot chocolate and a cookie, get to talk to Santa individually and take home a souvenir bell from Santa’s sleigh. Times vary. Adults $24, seniors 62+ and children 2-16 $19, infants 1 and under free. $15+ for deluxe seating, add $2 Nov. 24 and Dec. 22-24. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 16 E. South St., Lebanon. 513-933-8022,

JANUARY The Magic of Motown

Jan. 5 The Motortown All-Stars, which includes former members of The Capitols, The Miracles and The Temptations, join with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of Motown hits. 8 p.m. $22-$82. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Harlem Globetrotters

Dec. 31 The Harlem Globetrotters are here to help you end 2018 in style with their one-of-akind basketball artistry. 2 p.m. $29-$127. Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 775-4789,

Griminelli: Flautista Italiano

Jan. 11-12 This special program will take attendees all over the world with classical compositions from several countries and eras. Flutist Andrea Griminelli will join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for these two evening performances. 8 p.m. $9-$65. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Liebermann Cello Concerto

Jan. 12 Internationally renowned composer Lowell Liebermann joins the Springfield Symphony


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Jan. 15-20 See the story behind the story of Peter Pan. In this musical, playwright J.M. Barrie finds the inspiration for his classic tale in four young brothers and their widowed mother. Tu-F 8 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Rock of Ages

Jan. 17 The national Broadway tour of Rock of Ages makes its way to the Clark State Performing Arts Center. This Tony-nominated musical features the songs of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and more. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

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New Year’s Eve: Fiesta

Dec. 31 The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera celebrate the New Year together with this special evening of Latin tunes. Before the evening begins guests can buy appetizers and sweets in the Wintergarden and during intermission they can toast one another with champagne. The night ends with a balloon drop. 8 p.m. $18$75. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Finding Neverland

Jan. 25 The award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 mixes Irish music with old-time American and bluegrass for a sound all their own at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $20-$30. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

Cirque Musica: Crescendo

Jan. 25-26 Internationally known cirque artists Cirque Musica join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening blending cirque artistry with classical music. 8 p.m. $14-$80. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, Don’t see your event? Visit to add it to our online listings for free.


Artistic Growth

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couple of years ago, the Victoria Theatre Association—the nonprofit arts organization that operates and maintains the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre and Metropolitan Arts Center—realized it was running out of room. “It was really a convergence of a lot of challenges. Our spaces were being used a lot so that meant that they weren’t available many of the times that people were interested in them. Our programming and engagement department began to tap out. We just weren’t able to do more because of the space,” says Gary Minyard, vice president of education and engagement. As the organization continued to discuss possible ways to expand, then president and CEO Ken Neufeld saw there was empty space literally across the street from the Schuster Center. “It just happened that the ceilings were at about 22 feet and that’s great when you start thinking about a small intimate theater space. It’s a really good height

An artist’s rendering of what the new Victoria Theatre Association’s PNC Arts Annex will look like on the outside. for studio space for classes and what not. That’s where it all began,” says Minyard. Set to open the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 2, the Victoria Theatre Association’s PNC Arts Annex is the culmination of years of planning and listening to the community. With the annex, the Victoria Theatre Association hopes to both expand its current programming as well as add new shows and classes that it hasn’t been able to offer before.

INDUSTRIAL CHIC According to Minyard, the annex is designed to be a welcoming, intimate space. The annex’s lobby features a large art installation, as well as a view of the space’s 40-foot-by-90-foot studio through large glass garage doors. “These garage doors can go up and down. We’re able to create a really communal space between the gallery and the studio,”

PNC Arts Annex, which has a maximum capacity of 199, helped make that happen. “It’s an incredibly interactive theater experience where they don’t want the audience to be bigger than 199,” he says. Before the Arts Annex, the Victoria Theatre Association’s smallest theater was 1,150 square feet and could feel empty with a small audience. “Smaller shows, whether they’re independent musicians that are touring through or smaller plays, even locally written and produced shows, it’s very challenging when you are in a theater and you may only attract 200 people,” Minyard says. “We’re hoping to create really intimate experiences for our community here and whether that’s with nationally known artists or locally known we’re just excited about those possibilities.”



The Victoria Theatre Association’s PNC Arts Annex will allow the organization to expand its current programming as well as add new shows and classes. says Minyard. He expects the space to be used for meetings, small performances and even podcasts, but says the studio is ideal for dancers thanks to its parquet-sprung floors. The main theater is not visible from the entrance, but Minyard says it has the most surprises. “The risers can actually move back into the wall and the floor can be one level, so we can do cabarets in there,” he says. “It’s all one sprung floor … so doing dancing in there or any kind of physical work is much easier on the performers and their legs, as any dancer or movement specialist would tell you.” Behind the scenes, the annex has two dressing rooms, a warming kitchen, a production office and a freight elevator so that sets don’t have to be carried through the front doors.

When the annex officially opens, Minyard expects theatergoers to be impressed with the transformation. “The inside is really industrial chic,” he says. “I think it’s just going to be a really nice fresh exciting space for people.”

THE RIGHT SIZE With the opening of the PNC Arts Annex, the Victoria Theatre Association is looking to expand programming like its school-age Discovery Series. Minyard says he has already booked several of these educational performances in the theater, including several shows of The Young King by Slingsby Theatre Company from Australia in May. The theater company is known for its interactive shows and Minyard has been trying to get it to visit for several years. The

To celebrate the opening of the PNC Arts Annex, the Victoria Theatre Association is planning a weekend full of free events for the community. An official schedule was not available when the magazine went to print, but the weekend will include classes for pre-professional college students, educational workshops for classes and homeschoolers, performance skillsbased classes for the general public ages 5-15, steel drumming workshop for girl scouts, a cabaret, late-night adult shows that start at 10:30 p.m., a pre-show party on Sunday before the Straight No Chaser show at Schuster Center, a staged reading of a new play and more. While Minyard and the Victoria Theatre Association have many plans for the Arts Annex, they are eager to hear from the community about how they would like to use the space. “I want people out there to know that the PNC Arts Annex has been really built for everyone. If you have an idea about how you would like to use it we want to hear about it. They can reach out to me directly or they can email artsannex@ and it will get to me,” he says. “There could be somebody who is creating a quilting collective that needs a space or someone writing a new puppet show or maybe someone is thinking of playing live for the first time in front of an audience and they would love a space to do that in. We want to hear from them and we want to try to make that work.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



Rooms With a View Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum’s mausoleum features beautiful stainedglass windows BY ERIC SPANGLER


oodland Cemetery and Arboretum is a beautiful place to enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors amongst the headstones of some of Dayton’s most famous people. But when the weather turns cold there’s another place where visitors to Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum can mingle with the remains of some of Dayton’s most famous people. The cemetery’s mausoleum, completed in 1970, includes the remains of Charles Kettering—one of Dayton’s most famous inventors, engineers and businessman who founded Delco, says Angie Hoschouer, manager of development and marketing for Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Other famous Daytonians interred in the mausoleum include Bob Ross, the first African-American automobile dealer in the state of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia; Jeraldyne Blunden, the founder and


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artistic director of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; Albert W. Vontz, the founder of the Heidelberg Distributing Co.; William Sumpter “W. S.” McIntosh, a civil rights leader who led one of the first major civil rights protests in Dayton; and Harold Omer, who along with Lee Cummings started “Harold’s Take-Home” in Lima, Ohio, where Lee first introduced Famous Recipe Chicken, says Hoschouer. To learn more about some of the famous Daytonians interred in Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum’s mausoleum visitors can either take a self-guided or guided tour, says Hoschouer. Guests should call 228-3221 to make arrangements for a guided tour of the mausoleum, which is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., she says. In addition to the remains of some of Dayton’s most famous citizens, the mausoleum— with its rock and bronze face architecture—features 22 varieties of imported marble and 12 large stainedglass windows inspired by famous literary works, says Hoschouer. The stained-glass w indows depict woodland themes from literature including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Hiawatha and Evangeline, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Willow Tree, Emerson and Robert Frost’s Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening and the stories Jody and the Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings and William Henry Hudson’s Rima, the Bird Girl from Green Mansions, she says.

TOP: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum’s mausoleum is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ABOVE: Many of the stained glass windows in Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum’s mausoleum depict woodland themes from literature. Several windows have religious themes such as “The Messiah,” “St. Hubert and the Stag” and “Nativity and Resurrection,” says Hoschouer. “The Messiah” is the first stained-glass window visitors see as they enter the mausoleum’s chapel. “The Messiah” window illustrates George Frederick Handel’s great oratorio “The Messiah,” and depicts Jesus Christ enthroned on a rainbow, surrounded with angels and the 24 elders, says Hoschouer. The mausoleum, which includes a cremation chamber, contains more than 4,000 crypt spaces, 2,000 niches for urns, a full chapel for religious services and several “theme” and “family estate” rooms, she says. Although the main mausoleum building was completed in 1970 the facility has been expanded three times with additions in 1985, 1988 and the mid-1990s, says Hoschouer. Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 118 Woodland Ave. off Brown Street near the University of Dayton campus. n


The Cincinnati Art Museum will host an exhibit of photographer Gillian Wearing this season featuring Wearing’s photographs and videos.

Bringing History to Life Get out and enjoy the culture and experiences that Ohio’s renowned museums have to offer BY SAR A PRCHLIK


inter is coming, but have no fear! Ohio offers several versatile and famous museums that are just a car ride away from the Dayton area. Instead of spending the winter months bored at home experience the past, present and future by visiting one of the many museums Ohio has to offer. Whether a day trip or afternoon outing, museums offer a marvelous experience for you, your friends and family!

CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM ABOUT AN HOUR DRIVE FROM DAYTON Located in the beautiful Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse art collection of more than 67,000 pieces that span over 6,000 years. Offering something for all visitors to enjoy, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of Cincinnati’s most treasured cultural assets and a perfect place to spend an hour or an afternoon! In addition to the versatile artwork the Cincinnati Art Museum already has to offer, which includes masterpieces from artists like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, the museum is also known for hosting national and traveling exhibitions. These exhibitions are carefully chosen by

The Cincinnati Art Museum is hosting an exhibit of illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts.

the museum’s professional staff of curators who are experts in a variety of areas. “We work years in advance and try to bring in a balance of exciting traveling works and highlights from our own collection,” says Jill Dunne, director of marketing and communications. DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019


DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER This season, the Cincinnati Art Museum is hosting several exhibits that help provide additional diversity to the museum’s dozens of galleries. These exhibits include “Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World,” a series of richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts; “The Fabric of India,” which is being shown in the U.S. for the first time and is a beautiful way to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India; and “Life: Gillian Wearing” which features Wearing’s photographs and videos that illuminate the new territory of identity, self-revelation and contemporary media culture. “It’s a unique exhibition that is getting a lot of buzz,” says Dunne. The museum offers several hands-on opportunities, including the Rosenthal Education Center (REC) that has hands-on activities for all ages, a Learning & Interpretation department that helps add an interactive component in many of galleries and exhibitions and MyCAM, a new art scavenger hunts that kids and adults can do at the start of their visit. “Hundreds of different versions of the


The Center of Science and Industry offers exhibitions such as the Dinosaur Gallery where visitors can get up close and personal to prehistoric creatures. art hunts are available based on what type of art you want to see,” says Dunne. The Cincinnati Art Museum has more

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The Center of Science and Industry has welcomed more than 33 million visitors from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. have something new for guests to discover with every visit. Best of all, we offer free admission and parking so it’s so easy to

ABOUT AN HOUR DRIVE FROM DAYTON The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) inspires the scientists, dreamers and innovators of tomorrow. Named in 2008 as “America’s #1 Science Center for Families,” COSI’s mission is “to provide an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage and ourselves.” Visitors of all ages are invited to the museum that has welcomed more than 33 million visitors from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. Just a quick trip away, COSI offers displays, facts and interactions that will astound, teach and shock visitors. Exhibitions like the “Dinosaur Gallery,”

where you can get up close and personal to prehistoric creatures; “Hot Wheels,” a celebration of 50 years of speed, power and performance; and the “Planetarium,” an unsurpassed glimpse of our vast universe, are just a few of the fantastic exhibits COSI has to offer. Let kids run wild at one (or more) of COSI’s children events and programs. Kids are welcomed to join COSI at the COSI Camp-In, an overnight program that offers memorable educational experiences for girls and boys centered on science, technology and teamwork; School’s Out Camp, a program that allows kids to stay scientific outside of school; and The Little Kids Space, a room designed by professionals for young children to climb, build, splash and imagine in a colorful and engaging atmosphere. Parents can play, too. COSI offers parentonly events that allow adults the ability to re-discover their love for science and have fun doing so. COSI welcomes adults 21 years of age and older to join COSI After Dark, an opportunity to geek out with

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DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER grown-ups, explore COSI, ride the High Wire Unicycle, enjoy special themed activities, concessions and a cash bar; and Science Uncorked, a special event that combines two things that many adults love most—wine and science—allows parents the ability to re-discover their love for science while having fun. At the Center of Science and Industry the mission statement reads, “We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations and a variety of educational activities and experiences.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General Admission $25. 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. 614-228-2674,


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The Pro Football Hall of Fame provides visitors an immersive and experiential visit. place on earth. By working to help every fan experience, The Pro Football Hall of Fame has made itself the perfect destination for guests to visit with friends and family, no matter age or favorite sports team!

The world-renowned museum represents sports in colorful and entertaining ways by enhancing exhibits and displays to provide guests an immersive and experiential visit. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the most inspiring place on earth. After entering through the “Time Tunnel of Images,” featuring players from current years spanning back to the beginning of National Football, guests will have a numerous amount of exhibits, theaters and displays to visit. From “The NFL’s First Century Gallery,” an exhibit that tells the story of Pro Football, to “The Super Bowl Theater,” a turntable experience that presents the most recent NFL season and Super Bowl in a spectacular fashion using the latest technology and creative works of NFL films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is sure to keep visitors captivated for hours. Whether you’re near or far, everyone should have the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame at least once, if not more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General Admission $25. 2121 George Halas Drive, Northwest Canton, OH 44708. 330-456-8207,

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME ABOUT A 3-HOUR DRIVE FROM DAYTON How would you like to spend your day with rock icons ranging from Aerosmith to Green Day? The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame can make it happen. With endless exhibits and displays that capture the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is dedicated to bringing the museum’s vision to teach, engage and inspire through the power of rock and roll to life. Upon entering the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame visitors are immediately thrown into the crazy world of rock ‘n’ roll. With seven levels, all jam packed with rock ‘n’ roll history, exhibits and displays visitors could spend hours at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and still have more to see. Shauna Wilson, director of communications at the museum, says, “The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame beckons rock ‘n’ roll fans from across all generations. Exhibits take you through the evolution and history of rock, from the early influences to legendary inductees and today’s latest hits.” There’s something for everyone at the


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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame touts every visit as a unique experience.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame where every visit is a unique experience. Wilson says that with a calendar full of exciting events, “you never know what or who you might see when you are here.” Each visit is likely

to include a special performance, pop-up trivia contest, film, panel discussion or outdoor concert. While new exhibits featuring cool artifacts from the museum’s vault are constantly opening, fan favorites such as

the new “Hall of Fame Gallery,” featuring the 2018 inductee exhibit and the “Power of Rock Experience” with a film of incredible induction moments directed by Academy Award-winner Jonathan Demme are always a reliable source of entertainment. By making music accessible and fun for all, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the perfect outing for all. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. General Admission $23 online, $26 at museum. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44114. 216-781-7625, n

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Popular Pasta and Pizza Palermo’s Restaurant offers Italian favorites in a casual atmosphere BY GINNY MCCABE


hen it comes to Italian favorites in a casual setting Palermo’s Restaurant in Kettering delivers a wide range of entrees, pasta dishes, salads and appetizers. Under new ownership, the restaurant takes pride in the details—from the quality and taste of the food, to the value and hometown, welcoming atmosphere. Although the restaurant has the same name, and remains in the same location, the new owners, Maher Yadak, owner/ operator, and his brother, Marwan Yadak, co-owner, have made countless upgrades during the past year. The duo brings decades of restaurant experience to the independently owned establishment. The Yadaks officially assumed ownership in November 2017. “I’ve been in the food and restaurant business for more than 25 years. My brother told me the business was for sale so we took a look at it,” says Maher Yadak. A few of the recent upgrades include new dining room furniture as well as fresh paint. Immediately customers will notice that the atmosphere has changed with brightly colored artwork, which adds to the dining room’s appeal. Guests will feel at ease to sit back, relax and enjoy a meal. The kitchen has been enlarged and the patio was improved. “We’ve tried to keep everything the same


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Palermo’s Restaurant is known for its pastas and pizzas.

(in terms of the menu selection, pricing and the staff), except for the service and the consistency of the food. We’ve upgraded everything. We take pride in what we do,” says Maher Yadak. He says more than 80 percent of the customers are regulars, who he and the staff know by name. Diners also make Palermo’s a popular destination at lunchtime. A few of the customer favorites include chicken Parmigiana, shrimp scampi and spaghetti with meat sauce. One vegetarian option guests

often request is eggplant rollantini, which is eggplant stuffed with spinach, onions and ricotta, and topped with provolone cheese. When it comes to pizza, Palermo’s offers a deluxe, Veggie Lover’s and a Meat Lover’s as well as other specialty pizzas like an Hawaiian, Buffalo Chicken and a Gyro Pizza, to name a few. My friend, Becky, and I stopped in for a late lunch on a weekday. We tried the deluxe pizza, which was topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and

onions. I liked the fact that there were generous toppings and a lot of cheese. We also split a Trio Delight (an $18.99 dinner special,) which includes lasagna, Parmigiana chicken and a stuffed shell along with a soup or a salad. I had a salad with the house-made Italian vinaigrette and I enjoyed the lasagna and the stuffed shell the most. “We are known for our pastas. Then, secondly, for our pizzas. Our pizzas are 100 percent homemade. We get so many compliments about our pizza. Our pizza is known for the quality, the crispness and how fresh it is. If you come in here hungry we want to make

LEFT: Maher Yadak owns Palermo’s Restaurant along with his brother Marwan Yadak. The brothers bought the restaurant in 2017. ABOVE: Palermo’s Restaurant is located at 2667 S. Dixie Drive in Kettering. sure you go home full,” Maher Yadak says. Palermo’s has a staff of about 12 full-time employees. The neighborhood restaurant is located at 2667 S. Dixie Drive in Kettering. Palermo’s offers an indoor dining area and a full bar. Outdoors, there is a spacious patio with a corner stage for live music. The restaurant also offers a lunch menu, daily dining specials and catering for corporate events, parties and wedding

celebrations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Overall, customers can expect a varied menu with reasonable prices and friendly service. Palermo’s is affordable for families and there’s something on the menu for everyone. Whether you’re making plans for happy hour (daily 4-6 p.m.), lunch or dinner it’s worth checking out. n

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The Caldarium The Caldarium, located in Lebanon, is the local manufacturing facility of the Oregonia SoapWorks brand of artisan skin and hair care, created synthetic and fragrance free. This featured body soap is called And Everything Nice. It is is a spicy fall favorite that has even been procured by The Golden Lamb in Lebanon for one of the impressive amenities for their Historic Inn.

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s your holiday shopping list looking a little overwhelming? Once again, Dayton Magazine is here to help. We have some unique gift ideas that are sure to please everyone on your list. While you are it maybe you will find a few things you might want to ask Santa for!


Dorothy Lane Market Did you know that a Dorothy Lane Market gift card could be used to buy a Dorothy Lane Market culinary center class? It’s true! Buy a card at any Dorothy Lane Market location or at the Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Center for a range of amounts. The winter/spring schedule will be released mid-December, so lots of delicious classes for early 2019 will be added at that time and can viewed here at

Carroll Creek Farm Carroll Creek Farm in Waynesville is a small family farm that specializes in beef, pork, lamb, chicken and eggs raised locally, without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones, and with access to pasture for their entire life. It recently opened a farm retail stand called the Meat Retreat with hours from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily and it offers gift cards. Treat your friends and family to a healthy meal this holiday season. Prices vary.


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Logan AC/Heat recommends homeowners get a maintenance plan that includes a furnace tune-up in the fall and an air conditioner tune-up in the spring.


etting one’s furnace inspected by a licensed heating and air conditioning professional every year can be a life-saving decision. That’s because there are several safety issues that can cause deadly consequences if not caught and remedied, says Scott Jacobs, fire prevention officer and public information officer for the Dayton Fire Department.

One of those deadly consequences, particularly with gas furnaces, is the buildup of carbon monoxide, an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is a byproduct of the combustion process of the gas furnace, he says. The deadly gas can start to accumulate in a home if stored items in the area around the gas furnace cause the gas appliance to be unable to consume enough air for combustion, he says. “Furnace rooms tend to be a catch-all for a lot of people and when you clog that area up it doesn’t give those units the proper space and air they need to breathe,” says Jacobs. Another issue that needs to be checked each heating season is the flue pipes that vent the carbon monoxide gas outside of the building. Animals such as birds or squirrels could build a nest inside the flue pipe that could prevent the carbon monoxide gas from being exhausted outside a home, Jacobs says. Those types of issues are why the Dayton Fire Department recommends having a furnace checked out, cleaned or serviced by a licensed professional heating and air conditioning specialist every year, he says. And now is a great time to have the inspection completed. “This is definitely the time of year to make sure your furnace is safe and operational by having it cleaned and serviced by a reputable HVAC contractor with heat exchanger safety

certification,” says Greg McAfee, founder and president of McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning Co. Inc. The cost to clean and service a furnace is between $80 to $140, he says. But signing up for a maintenance plan can provide a discount for that service, in addition to making sure the service is performed every year without the homeowner having to remember. A ma nda K insel la, ma rket ing a nd communications director for Logan AC/ Heat, says, “We recommend getting a maintenance plan, which includes a furnace tune-up in the fall and then an air conditioner tune-up in the spring.” The maintenance plan also includes 10 percent off parts and labor if anything goes wrong with the furnace or air conditioner and priority service, she says. McAfee says signing up for a maintenance plan through his company can cost as little as $12.95 per month, which includes annual maintenance of both the furnace and the air-conditioning system, priority service, discounts on repairs and zero diagnostic fees. If your furnace is getting too expensive to maintain and operate a new, efficient furnace may be the way to go. McAfee says the No. 1 reason to install a new furnace, however, is safety. “The new furnaces have many more safety features than they had DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning Co. Inc. employees can improve indoor air quality by installing a UV air purifier on the furnace and cleaning the air ducts.

just 12-15 years ago and older furnaces have more a tendency to leak carbon monoxide,” he says. The second reason a new furnace might be a smart move is the increased efficiency of today’s furnaces, which equates to savings, says McAfee. “Today’s furnaces are very high efficient, some getting as high as 98 percent efficient compared to 78 percent just 25 years ago,” he says. So exactly how does that efficiency translate into savings? Kinsella says, “Furnaces now can be up to 97 percent efficient so that means for every dollar you spend only 3 cents of every dollar is lost due to inefficiency. So it makes a big difference.” McAfee says the average cost to install a new and efficient model of furnace is between $3,500 and $7,500, depending on the size and efficiency. One device that costs very little but is also very important to safety is a low-level carbon monoxide detector. “We would recommend installing carbon monoxide


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detectors in a close proximity to where you sleep because they’re designed to wake you up and alert you,” says Jacobs. And it’s important to remember not to ignore a carbon monoxide alarm. “A carbon monoxide detector can go off and you won’t see, taste or smell anything,” says Jacobs. Indoor air quality is another issue that can be improved during a service call, says McAfee. “Installation of a UV air purifier and cleaning of the air ducts can go a long

way in improving the health of the air you breathe,” he says. The last thing a homeowner wants is the furnace to break down on the coldest day of the year or when family sits down for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead, says Kinsella. “Take that day where the weather is beautiful and remember that the weather here in Ohio changes on a dime,” she says. “And nobody wants an unwanted breakdown.” n

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A Different Kind of Service George Schmall and his Area-Pro company helping veterans fight depression BY TIM WALKER


he names of George Schmall and AreaPro have remained well-known to Dayton residents for decades. A part of the local business community here “for 31 or 32 years,” as he says, Schmall and Area-Pro, the window replacement business he owns and operates, have earned the trust of Miami Valley homeowners and business owners through their insistence on using only the highest quality products and dependable, well-trained craftsmen for each job. Area Pro offers economically efficient vinyl replacement windows, roofing and siding services, construction of patio rooms, and remodeling services to property owners in the Dayton area. Schmall and his business have consecutively earned an A+ rating year after year with the Better Business Bureau and he prides himself on providing only the best-quality products at a fair price. “Old Fashioned Integrity” has been Schmall’s motto and operating philosophy since he first started Area-Pro back in 1986. But there is another side to George Schmall that many of his business customers may not be aware of. Schmall is a Vietnam-era military veteran and has made it his mission to lend a hand to the many fellow veterans who struggle with depression. “I am the creator and founder of Push Up Vets,” says Schmall. “P-U-S-H stands for


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George Schmall, the owner of Area-Pro, has made it his mission to lend a hand to fellow veterans who struggle with depression by founding a suicide prevention organization. Patriots United for Suicide Help, and our website is” “We are a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization,” Schmall says. “We just got that designation over the last month or so. There are many sides to me and what I do and this is just one of them. If you go to that website and scroll down you’ll see it’s basically a panic device. We’re setting this up now, it’s going to have all revised copy where people can donate and we’re going to make services available at no charge to veterans in need.” Push Up Vets is a project Schmall has been working on for two years, and with good reason. The suicide rate among U.S. military veterans is staggeringly high, with a 2017 report from the Veterans Administration estimating 20 veterans taking their lives each day. Of those 20, the VA stated, 14 were not receiving mental health services. After adjusting for differences in age and sex, the risk for suicide was at least 22 percent higher among veterans when compared

to nonveteran adults in the United States. “Hopefully, everything will be finalized on the website this week,” says Schmall. “We changed the address from a dot-com to a dot-org when we got our 501(c)3 designation so everything now will focus on donations and making services available to our veterans who need them.” For our fighting men and women who are struggling with mental health issues Schmall has nothing but sympathy, combined with a desire to help. “The basic premise is this,” he says. “If we can get these tools into the hands of people who are on the fence and considering suicide they might find it a lot easier to push a button for help than it would be to pull the trigger on a gun. That’s the bottom line.” Whether installing windows or helping others it’s clear that George Schmall and Area-Pro are there to help and that “OldFashioned Integrity” is much more than just a slogan. n





he year was 2006. The Pirates of the Caribbean sequel was the blockbuster hit of the summer. A new social media startup called Twitter made its debut. And road construction projects just completed this year in the Miami Valley had barely begun their planning phase. Street-building projects average about 12 years from concept to completion, according to Brian Martin, executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC). But how does a traffic project help us get from point A to point B the fastest? And what’s the science between what makes


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us all stop and go on the road? It all starts with collecting data. All longrange planning for new streets, widening projects and other major infrastructure alterations begin with collecting information such as: Where is new development occurring? Does this require new roads? What is the current land use and how might that change? Data provide a snapshot of how streets are currently used and that information is overlaid with statewide and national trends to determine a long-range plan. This infrastructure has to serve populations and businesses that might not exist yet. Where regional groups like the planning commission coordinate large-scale projects like building new roads or widening streets,


individual municipalities are responsible for ongoing maintenance and traffic management within each community. John Zelinski, a senior engineer for the city of Dayton’s Department of Public Works, says one of his objectives is improving traffic volume along thoroughfares and through intersections. “We observe traffic volumes at different times of day, at different locations,” Zelinski says. “Traffic light timing is optimized for quickly moving people through.” He says most signals also communicate with a central server, which allows engineers to monitor their status. Meanwhile, filling potholes, resurfacing roadways and other maintenance issues keep public works employees on their toes. Civil engineers like Zelinski also work with different departments to assure roadways are adjusted to the most appropriate application for nearby activities. “We have to understand land use in order to plan for traffic,” he says. Residential areas, commercial districts

Helping traffic flow smoothly starts with collecting data.

Traffic light timing is handled through traffic signal controller cabinets such as this one. and industrial zones have different users that rely on the surrounding infrastructure. Layering in routine maintenance, plus water, sewer and power lines means dozens of factors contribute to any roadway project. As a recent example, routine street maintenance had to dovetail with the schedule for a multijurisdictional gas pipeline project. “There are potholes to fill and curbs to repair, but it doesn’t make sense to do that only to have another team come in after you and rip everything out,” Zelinski says. But vehicular traffic is only one use for city streets. Jon White works in the city of Dayton Department of Planning and Community Development and his job revolves around the people who live, work and play along these streets. “Engineers design the roads and planners design the community,” White says. Together with civil engineers, planners design the roadways from sidewalk to sidewalk—the full space within the public right-of-way. “I’m thinking about quality of life issues rather than just zipping cars through an intersection.” Again, land use plays an important factor, including historical context. “In

a dense urban env ironment, like in downtown Dayton, we had streetscapes and infrastructure that were built before automobiles,” White explains. “Then as you introduce more vehicles you see modern transportation policies focusing on cars. The question we face today is how do we ameliorate the auto-centric design and create an environment best suited for everyone, including bicyclists, pedestrians and mobility-challenged?” Historically, new infrastructure often ignored quality of life, particularly for those in disadvantaged social status. Angela Schmitt is a Cleveland-based correspondent for Streetsblog, a nonprofit advocacy group for transportation issues nationwide. She says when most highways were built communities suffered. “When the federal highway system was built in the 1950s and ’60s it did a lot of damage. It damaged the competitive position of cities,” she says. “Many black, ethnic and low-income neighborhoods had their homes leveled... More than 1 million people were forced from their homes by urban renewal policies in 993 U.S. neighborhoods.”

Federal urban renewal policy included “slum clearance.” Most people living in these areas lacked the means to combat highway planning the way wealthier, typically white neighborhoods did. Once built, the highways opened vast suburban areas for development. “That allowed a lot of white people to flee cities and establish relatively homogenous communities in the suburbs,” Schmitt says. Meanwhile, the marginalized communities, now displaced from their homes, found themselves with limited mobility—limited further by the highway itself. But progressive communities are changing how transportation affects residents and taking steps to create equity. White says reviewing how streets are used today can generate streetscape plans that are more consistent with how people currently use the space and optimize travel for the greatest number of people. “Road diets” reduce the number of vehicular traffic lanes to increase space for bike lanes and wider sidewalks for pedestrian travel. Contrary to what one might assume, removing lanes of traffic doesn’t lead to further congestion. “Reducing speed doesn’t impact drive times if you’re going from 35 to 25,” Schmitt says. “Stopped traffic is what’s going to have the biggest impact.” Likewise, supporting pedestrian and cycling infrastructure doesn’t necessarily mean congestion gets worse. “If people feel safe using alternate modes of transportation, even with reduced lanes and slower speeds, we can still feed volumes of vehicular traffic in and out because there are fewer cars,” White says. Investments in public transit also help reduce congestion and have an environmental benefit. One MVRPC project acquired funds to upgrade some RTA buses to hybrid vehicles. “We’re a mid-sized city but we think bigger,” Martin says. “I think we do some pretty cool stuff.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019


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Dr. Blake Anderson Urology, Endourology

Specialty: Urology, Endourology B.S. Degree: B.S. Washington and Lee University, 2007, Magna cum laude M.D. Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, 2011 Post Graduate Training General Surgery Internship: The University of Chicago Medical Center 2011-2012 Urology Residency: The University of Chicago Medical Center 2012-2017 Endourology Fellowship: IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU School of Medicine: 2017-2018 Certifications: Board Eligible Urology Special Interests: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), stone disease, minimally invasive surgery for prostate and kidney cancer Affiliations: American Urological Association, Endourological Society, American Medical Association

Dr. Anderson was born in Cincinnati, OH but spent his childhood in Virginia where he became an Eagle Scout prior to graduating from medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus in 2011. He then marched into Urology at The University of Chicago where he completed a general surgery internship and urology residency training from 2011-2017. Having a chemistry and engineering background from Washington and Lee University, he developed a keen interest in technological advances in urology related to BPH and stone disease, as well as minimally invasive surgery for prostate and kidney cancer. This prompted Dr. Anderson to complete an Endourology fellowship at IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, a historic pioneer in extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) in the United States and high volume center for percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). Dr. Anderson has various research publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous times at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, with award winning abstracts including a plenary. Dr. Anderson and his wife, who grew up in the Loveland/Milford area, are excited to return home to Ohio and raise their daughter in the Miami Valley community. Dr. Anderson is currently accepting patients at the following Dayton Physicians Network location: Miami Valley Hospital South 2350 Miami Valley Dr., Suite 500 Please call 937-293-1622 to schedule an appointment. Visit our website at

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Health care continues to be an important part our lives. Everyone wants to be healthy, but sometimes you need some help to get that way. Luckily, the Miami Valley is home to fantastic doctors in a variety of fields. We spoke with 7 local doctors about the care they provide and why your health matters to them.

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Dr. Amit Goyal

CARDIOLOGIST Premier Cardiovascular Institute


hen people think of vascular problems they often think of the heart, but that’s not always the case, says Dr. Amit Goyal, a cardiologist with Premier Health. “If you have heart disease you’ll have (problems) through the body as well,” he says. Peripheral vascular disease, for example, is a clogging of the arteries in the arms, legs and brain that blocks blood flow and can lead to symptoms such as leg pain. “Sometimes when people start slowing down they think it’s just part of the aging process but in reality it’s more than just the aging process it’s vascular disease,” he says. Goyal, who has practiced in the Dayton community for 26 years, says that generally people are getting healthier as they are tracking their numbers like blood pressure and cholesterol and thinking more about their exercise and eating habits. However, he says that people could avoid larger problems if they were more willing to seek help early on. “I think one of the biggest problems we have in cardiology is that oftentimes patients don’t pay attention to their bodies. They say, ‘Oh, this is getting older, this is due to this or that,’ but they don’t really seek the help they need,” he says. “I think getting patients to be more aware of themselves, getting them to doctors so they can be evaluated for routine care as well as if they’re having some issues, is important. We are there to help patients but if patients don’t come to us we can’t help them.” - CORINNE MINARD

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Dr. Jennifer Lee

PHYSICIAN Wright State Physicians Family Medicine


r. Jennifer Lee, a physician and assistant professor of family medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, grew up loving literature. “I always liked to read and was interested in writing and literature,” says Lee. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a major in English and a minor in psychology. But something kept tugging at her. “I was like, well, I do like medicine. I think it’s interesting,” she says. “But I didn’t want to do medicine because that was what I was familiar with,” Lee says. That familiarity with medicine stems from her parents. Her father, who is from Myanmar, is a doctor and her mother, a Mennonite, is a physical therapist. The diverse cultural back-

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ground of her parents also spurred her love of different cultures. So when she found herself working with children who had emotional and behavioral disturbances on a Native American reservation in South Dakota following her college graduation that tug got a little stronger. “I guess it just made me interested in being able to help people maybe from a more medical standpoint,” says Lee. “It was like even if I was trying to go away from (a medical career) it always was there.” She finally decided her calling was a career in medicine and not literature. Or, as the writer in her explains, “It was how could I live a life that’s worth writing about?” She graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 and completed her residency at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in 2016 and has been living a life that’s worth writing about ever since. – ERIC SPANGLER

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Dr. Michelle R. DeGroat SURGEON Premier Physicians Network


just really love surgery,” says Dr. Michelle R. DeGroat. Born and raised in Dayton and Englewood, DeGroat was determined to be a surgeon from early on, seeing it as a way that she could really help those in need. “As long as I can remember I just wanted to do something involving medicine,” the surgeon and mother of two says. “I like the fact that if someone comes to you with a problem you can really do something to fix it and then they get better. As opposed to some other specialties where the patient may be suffering from something that you cannot fix or cure—you just treat it.” DeGroat, a member of the Pre-

mier Physicians Network, is a 2005 graduate of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed her residency in surgery, also at Wright State. DeGroat now works closely with Miami Valley Hospital North and joined the Gem City Surgical Associates and Hernia Center in 2010. She has been practicing for 13 years. As a board certified surgeon, DeGroat specializes in colonoscopies and hernia procedures and also participates in the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Premier Health. The MD Anderson Cancer Network works to improve the quality of cancer care nationwide by partnering with local providers and hospitals. She lives with her husband and their two children on their farm in Germantown. – TIM WALKER

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Dr. Leesa A. Kaufman

OB/GYN Premier Physician Network


r. Leesa Kaufman, an OB/ GYN with the Premier Physician Network, knew that she wanted to work in health care from an early age. “It’s the classic story of following in your father’s footsteps,” the doctor says. “My father was an endocrinologist—most of my childhood that I can recall he was in administrative medicine, but he was also on the care team for President Reagan when he was shot in March of 1981. I was really proud of him for that, and excited, and I thought ‘I want to do something like that one day. I want to help people like my dad is doing.’” Based in Maryland at the time,

Dr. Atiba Jackson

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio


lthough Dr. Atiba Jackson specializes in sports medicine, his skills as an orthopedic surgeon run the gamut of injuries, from the sports-related such as anterior cruciate ligament and rotator cuffs tears to the replacement of hips, shoulders and knees. “I pretty much do whatever comes in the door,” Jackson says. Based with the Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, Jackson splits his time between patient evaluations, surgery and taking calls in hospitals for patients with urgent injuries. During office hours Jackson evaluates new patients, checks on rehabilitation progress and follows up with patients on which he has performed surgery. Those surgeries typically start early in the morning a couple days a week and depending on the procedure and number of surgeries days in the operating room can run nearly 12 hours.


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Formerly the team physician for the Detroit Lions and Western Illinois University, Jackson and his team currently assist area high schools when the need arises, providing support, treatment and evaluations for young athletes. One area that has progressed greatly in the last decade involves injecting plasma and stem cells into areas of the body in lieu of surgery. Sports biologic, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, was used to treat hamstring injuries when Jackson was working with NFL players in 2009 and 2010, but the technology has advanced to treat all manner of injuries for everyday patients since that time, says Jackson. Those treatments are especially beneficial as Jackson prefers to avoid surgery when possible while still providing patients with the highest level of care. “I take the approach of doing the least amount to give you maximum benefit,” he says. “I’m not looking to operate on everyone, but I will prescribe the treatment for you to reach your maximum potential.” – SCOTT UNGER

Kaufman’s family later relocated to Florida when she was 16, and it was there that she completed medical school and her residency. She then practiced in Texas for five years before moving to the Dayton area with her husband in 2007. Kaufman sees patients at Premier’s Lifestages Centers for Women as well as Miami Valley Hospital, and since 2009 Kaufman has been the only doctor in the Dayton area performing single incision laparoscopic hysterectomies. It is the patient interaction, however, that is her favorite part of being a physician, and as an OB/GYN and mother of two she especially enjoys working with women through all the different stages of their lives, from early years to childbearing age and on into pre- and post-menopausal patients. “It’s important to me to help them get there in a healthy way,” she says. – TIM WALKER


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s Medical Director of Quality for Primary Care at the Kettering Physician Network, Dr. Bihu Sandhir is “captain of the ship,” charged with overseeing overall patient care and directing individuals to the appropriate specialist when needed. “Our patients come to us for everything for their medical care and then we direct it,” Sandhir says. “Your care starts with us. We decide what we can manage and what we can’t we direct to an advanced specialist.” As an internist with a specialty in adult medicine, Sandhir can often handle patient problems associated with the heart, blood pressure or diseases such as diabetes through routine visits. When a larger problem comes up Sandhir is able to direct

patients to the appropriate specialist and monitor their progress through the use of electronic medical records. The use of electronic medical records makes tracking a patient easy and allows cross coordination among primary doctors and specialists. “All Kettering doctors and Ohio doctors are on the same (electronic medical records),” Sandhir says. “We’re able to see data from everywhere so you don’t have to keep repeating tests.” Sandhir finds it essential from a leadership role to also practice daily with patients so she can lead by example and maintain close contact with her clients, who receive checkups approximately every four months. “Pat ients don’t get to be t hat sick because of regular checkups. We’re able to keep the patient even healthier because we’re all working together,” Sandhir says. “It is really patient-centric.” – SCOTT UNGER

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Dr. Corey Ellis

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s a former pitcher and captain on Wright State University’s baseball team in the 1990s Dr. Corey Ellis is used to working with athletes. But instead of throwing baseballs Ellis, now a team physician for Wright State University Athletics and Fairborn High School, is striking out athletes’ injuries. It was those four years of undergraduate school on the baseball team that piqued Ellis’s interest in becoming a doctor. “I guess some of my interest was related to the physicians working with the athletic programs or the athletic teams and the athletic trainers themselves, so I always thought that was kind of interesting,” he says. Working with athletes is the best part of his job, says the assistant professor of family medicine and orthopedic surgery at Wright State. “They’re young,

they’re healthy and they want to get better,” he says. One of the most important things he does as director of the Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic is counsel and treat patients with concussions. Most coaches and parents today are aware of the importance of treating a concussion properly, something that wasn’t always the case when he started practicing medicine 12 years ago, says Ellis. Another important change since he started practicing medicine has been the way physicians treat tendon injuries, he says. “Twenty years ago every tendon that hurt was tendinitis,” says Ellis. “Now we kind of realize it’s not just an inflammatory state; it’s often a chronic degenerative state and just resting is not always the best option.” Ellis listens carefully to a patient’s input and gives them all the options available for treatment before allowing the patient to decide. “You make the best decisions for you,” he says. – ERIC SPANGLER

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Road to Recovery Dayton Physicians urologist offers new, less invasive prostate procedure BY BETH L ANGEFELS


t is estimated that more than half of men over the age of 60 are living with an enlarged prostate. Also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), this condition can cause uncomfortable symptoms, especially a more frequent urge to urinate and difficulty urinating. The prostate goes through two main growth periods. The first happens early in puberty when the prostate doubles in size. The second phase begins around age 25 and continues during most of a man’s life. As the prostate enlarges it can then squeeze down on the urethra. The bladder wall becomes thicker. Eventually, the bladder may weaken and lose the ability to empty completely, leaving some urine in the bladder. The narrowing of the urethra and the inability to empty the bladder completely cause many of the problems associated with BPH. The condition does not cause nor lead to cancer. But BPH and cancer can happen at the same time. In addition to medication, surger y is sometimes performed to give men relief from this condition. According to Dr. Michael Yu, a urologist with Dayton Physicians Network, prostate surgery has traditionally meant a longer recovery— sometimes as much as six to eight weeks before a patient is back on his feet. “The gold standard has always been transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP),” Yu says. “We go in with an electri-


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Dr. Michael Yu is a urologist with Dayton Physicians Network. cal surgery loop and scrape the prostate, removing tissue.” Yu says the longer recovery time includes a month of very limited activity, which can take longer if the patient is diabetic.

The procedure also comes with potential post-surgery complications that may cause many men to avoid it altogether. These include temporary difficulty urinating, recurring urinary tract infections, erec-

tile dysfunction and incontinence. Many of these complications occur due to the catheter inserted during surgery. But an alternative procedure is now offered to men suffering from BPH that has fewer risks and complications and can help men return to their normal lives relatively quickly. “I’ve been doing the UroLift procedure for just over three years,” says Yu. “I was the first in Dayton to do this procedure, which is minimally invasive and takes only about 10 minutes to perform.” The UroLift procedure uses tiny implants to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. And Yu says he’s performed about 150 of these procedures, which have comparable results as the traditional prostate surgery. “For most men recovery is only a few days and they are back to normal,” Yu says. “And it’s durable from five to six years or even more in some cases.” A successful prostate surgery means no more medication and with UroLift virtually no downtime. Yu says most men report they are doing “fine” with medication, but they are still losing sleep—walking up several times per night to use the bathroom.

The UroLift procedure uses tiny implants to lift and hold an enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. “If you ask their spouses they would say they are definitely not doing fine,” Yu says. “Some men who aren’t even very enlarged are getting up six to seven times per night.” BPH is the most common reason men visit a urologist and, according to Yu, many men may not notice symptoms until they disrupt their lives. “Most men diagnosed with BPH could be doing better,” Yu says. “The issue is a lot of them hear the word ‘surgery’ and they think they aren’t bothered enough to go through that.” The goal of the UroLift procedure is to help men get relief from their urinary symptoms and get back to a normal life as quickly as possible. And Yu says this 10-minute procedure does just that. “We run some tests to make sure a patient will do well,” Yu says. “We encourage men to come in sooner rather than later because if they wait too long the bladder muscle may not fully recover.” In fact, if left untreated BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage. And when the bladder does not empty completely the risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) increases. Other serious problems

can also develop over time as well, including bladder stones, blood in the urine, incontinence or urinary retention. Yu has an overall success rate of 97 percent. A small percentage of men will require traditional surgery if UroLift fails for them. And the durability of the procedure is at least two to six years, but the implants, which are designed to be permanent, could last longer. “We have data that runs out to about five to six years,” Yu says. “We have European data that shows that’s it’s still durable from 10 to 15 years, however.” Any man aged 45 or older who is experiencing symptoms of BPH is a candidate for the UroLift procedure. Other symptoms may include difficulty starting a urine stream, feeling a need to push or strain, dribbling, inability to empty the bladder completely, a weak urine flow and burning or pain during urination. “The most common thing I hear from patients is that they wish they would have come in sooner,” Yu says. “Anybody who is doing OK but thinks they want to do better should give us a call, so we can go over options.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



Making a Better Village Bethany Village adds new assistedliving facility Crescent Crossing BY CORINNE MINARD


raceworks Lutheran Services has been serving the Miami Valley for 90 years, but that doesn’t mean it takes an old-fashioned approach to senior care. In fact, Graceworks recently demolished a building at Bethany Village to construct a modern assisted-living facility unlike anything else in the area. “In a way it was a difficult decision to demolish a building that was full because it really didn’t meet we felt like the standard of what seniors and the people who need assisted living would want in the future. So it was really a pre-planning strategy on our part,” says Jackie D’Aurora, vice president of marketing and communications for Graceworks Lutheran Services. Called Crescent Crossing, the new 74-bed assisted-living facility adds 50 more beds than the previous building, but also doubles the square footage of each room to 600. “What is so different when you have 600 square feet to work with and not 300 is to have a separate bedroom from your living room,” says D’Aurora. This feature is something not often seen in assisted living. In addition, each apartment has a kitchenette and a stackable washer and dryer. While the facility will have laundry services and a new dining room, D’Aurora says that Bethany Village also wanted to give residents the independence to do a small


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Bethany Village’s new Crescent Crossing assisted-living facility allows residents to have separate living rooms and bedrooms. load of laundry on their own or enjoy a quiet breakfast in their pajamas. “It’s not a dorm situation, it’s in your own apartment,” she adds. Crescent Crossing will do more than offer comfortable living to residents when it formally opens in in early 2019. It will also be the final piece that connects the many buildings throughout the 100-acre campus. A new indoor walkway will connect the buildings throughout Bethany Village creating a horseshoe shape. “You can really walk from one end of the campus to the other, from one of the apartment buildings over to the nursing home

to visit,” says D’Aurora. Even with all of these changes, Bethany Village has other construction projects in the works. A new fitness space is being added so that the community can increase its offerings to residents in addition to its current yoga, tai chi and Rock Steady classes. Bethany Village is also updating one of its dining rooms. Built in the 1970s, much of the building, from its apartments to its common spaces had already been updated. “We really needed to change the food presentation. A little more of that open kitchen where you can watch things be made and we weren’t really able to do that

TOP RIGHT: Each of the units in Bethany Village’s new Crescent Crossing assistedliving facility features a kitchenette. MIDDLE RIGHT: Bethany Village’s new Crescent Crossing assisted-living facility features 600-square-foot rooms with updated features. BOTTOM RIGHT: A highlight of Bethany Village’s new Crescent Crossing assisted-living facility is that each unit has a separate bedroom and living room. with the footprint that we had,” she says. While these renovations and updates are not yet completed, Bethany Village has already received tremendous feedback. As of when this publication went to print, Bethany Village has reserved 60 of the 73 units. “We’ve gotten great feedback,” says D’Aurora. “We expect we’ll fill those last 13 and then begin a waiting list.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



A NEW Way to Learn The Dayton STEM Center employs innovative lessons to prepare students for a rapidly changing world BY SCOT T UNGER


s rapidly evolving technology paints an uncertain picture of future careers, Dayton educators specializing in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects are being taught new strategies and curriculums focused on giving students life skills to thrive instead of specific knowledge. As part of the Montgomery County


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The Dayton Regional STEM Center, a part of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center, is educating teachers on the best practices in science, technology, engineering and math education. Educational Service Center, the Dayton Regional STEM Center is educating teachers on the best practices in STEM education, emphasizing problem-based learning techniques such as critical thinking, deep knowledge, cross-curricular connections, technology integration, collaboration skills and real-world connections. “In order for kids to be prepared for jobs that don’t even exist yet we are preparing

kids more for a skill set of how they can be problem-solvers and how they can adapt to changes and sitting in a seat and receiving information isn’t always the best way to develop those skills,” says Dayton Regional STEM Center Director Elizabeth Wolfe-Eberly. The center offers development sessions and conferences for teachers and educators and the hallmark program is the

The Dayton Regional STEM Center hosts monthly Science Saturdays at the Engineers Club of Dayton in an effort to get the next generation excited about science.

The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers development sessions and conferences for teachers and educators through the STEM Fellows program.

STEM Fellows, a 15-session professional development course, says Wolfe-Eberly. Teams of teachers from multidisciplinary areas from elementary through high school levels work collaboratively with STEM industry professionals and university professors to create unique STEM units that are piloted in classrooms and then published on the STEM center website for other educators to implement. “They become curriculum w riters themselves so it’s sort of a multifaceted experience for the teachers,” Wolfe-Eberly says. “They are pushed out of their comfort zone because they are asked to engage in engineering design challenges very much like we would ask their students to do in a class.” Teachers are divided into groups based on education level and pairing them with industry professionals gives the lesson planning real-world insight into the knowledge they are passing on to students. “They bring the perspective of what it’s like to be practicing in the STEM industry,” Wolfe-Eberly says of the volunteers.

a one-hour free program for children and families to explore science concepts. The sessions are conducted at the Engineers Club of Dayton and feature guest speakers from various fields teaching the science behind subjects that children are naturally interested in such as dinosaurs, movies and space. The program is a revival of inventor Charles Kettering’s original Science Saturdays, which was also conducted at the Engineers Club of Dayton. The 2018 schedule concludes Dec. 8 with a show focusing on the science of music, following other sessions with titles like Pollution Solutions and Extreme Ecosystems. “The goal is always to put on a show that’s going to be topically interesting to the students,” Wolfe-Eberly says. “To see where the science is and get excited about it.” The shows emphasize audience participation and are filled with energy in order to bring the science to life for the children. Although the program is designed for students from second to sixth grade, all ages are welcome to attend. n

“As the teachers come up with ideas those volunteers are there to say here’s how it really works in our field.” While the published lesson plans are the end result of the program, the course’s main goal is to change the way teachers interact with their classrooms to focus on problem solving, collaboration and connections to other STEM fields. “We really focus on changing the way that the teachers teach and the lessons we have available are really a byproduct of that,” Wolfe-Eberly says. While problem-based learning skills are critical for STEM students, the lessons can be applied to any subject. “(Problem-based learning) basically develops skills that we know are going to be valuable for them whatever STEM or other careers are available for them in the future,” she says.

SCIENCE SATURDAYS In an effort to get the next generation of STEM learners excited about science, the center hosts monthly Science Saturdays,

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Holiday Planning

Time spent together during the holidays a great time to discuss finances with family BY BETH L ANGEFELS


s the holiday season approaches most people get some breathing room in their normal busy lives. According to Robert Lampe, vice president of investments with Raymond James & Associates Inc., it’s the perfect time for people to work with a financial adviser on tax-advantaged investments, tax-deferred growth opportunities and family financial planning. “Every individual is different,” Lampe says. “We try to tailor financial planning to meet goals and objectives of the individual client.” Lampe recommends everyone perform a portfolio review and consider retirement plan options, including IRS contribution limits. College savings plans should also be discussed. “There has been a shift with parents from 20 years ago,” Lampe says. “Previously they wanted to pay for everything. But now they say they want their kids to have ‘skin in the game’ as this helps foster a better work ethic.” Most advisers recommend parents keep their retirement goals on target, whether paying for college or not. Lampe agrees, saying parents could cause more damage to their kids if they haven’t planned for retirement. “If parents plan their retirement well they won’t have to worry about burdening their kids,” Lampe says. “Some want to leave a financial legacy for their kids, but most agree it’s important to first get their own house in order.” For those desirous of helping pay for college, Lampe says the sooner they start


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saving the better. Ohio’s 529 college advantage plan has changed significantly since it was introduced in 1996 and the upgrades give parents more flexibility. “Parents can put money into the 529 plan and continue to control it even after the child becomes an adult,” Lampe says. “And if your child doesn’t go to college you can switch it to another child or use it for something else entirely.” Most states offer their own 529 programs, which may provide advantages and benefits exclusively for their residents. Before investing individuals should consider whether the investor’s or the designated beneficiary’s home state offers any of these. Estate planning involves far more than just creating a will. Lampe says there are eight documents people may need to go over with their adviser, including durable and medical powers of attorney, living wills and medical directives, revocable or living trusts, beneficiary forms, written instructions for family members and a list of contacts. “It’s astounding how many people have not gone through estate planning,” Lampe says. “I recommend all my clients work with an attorney to get basic legal documents in order and assets titled to prevent potential headaches later.”

Robert Lampe, vice president of investments with Raymond James & Associates Inc., says the holiday season is a great time to focus on family financial planning. Death, disability or illness can happen suddenly, making these documents vital to helping family members. Lampe says it not only prevents unexpected expenses but also helps reduce stress. He recommends families take advantage of time spent together during the holidays to have these planning discussions. “I encourage clients to tell their children that though nothing may happen for another 20 years they want them to know they love them and that they have things in place for the time when something does happen,” Lampe says. Between now and the end of the year people should work with their adviser to determine ways to make their investments more efficient. “I don’t want to have my clients surprised by taxes that they weren’t expecting,” Lampe says. “It’s not how much you make, but ultimately how much you keep.” n *These are the opinions of Robert Lampe and not necessarily of Raymond James & Associates Inc., a member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC.


Protecting the People Dayton Better Business Bureau always looking for new ways to keep consumers safe BY SCOT T UNGER


he Dayton Better Business Bureau is known for protecting the interests of consumers and is always looking for ways to battle scams, rip-offs and poor business practices. One of the newer applications to help is the Scam Tracker, which shows users a heat map of scams across the country and specifically in their backyard, according to Dayton BBB President and CEO John North. The Scam Tracker lists different types of cons including identity theft, job scams, foreign lotteries and grandparent scams. The technology available at is able to hone in on individual ZIP codes to help consumers be aware of recent scams in their area. While the elderly are one of the more targeted groups in scams, North says millennials reliance on technology puts them at risk as well. “They have been raised during the era of technology,” North says. “They don’t write checks anymore for the most part making them vulnerable for check scams and foreign lotteries.” The scam tracker helps consumers online, but the bureau also uses a hands-on approach through events like the Secure Your ID Day free shredding event, conducted in October. The first 350 cars to the event had their important personal documents shredded

The Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker website shows users a map of scams across the country. by the bureau free of charge in an attempt to fight identity theft, which effects more than two million consumers annually. “It’s a huge problem, it’s one of the biggest scams reported nationally,” North says. While the Dayton branch is relatively small in comparison with other bureaus it is currently supplying 40 other bureaus with search engine marketing tools designed to give websites a stronger presence. The Dayton branch has an individual staff and sales team working with businesses to maximize views on search engines such as Google and that technology has been shown to work for the other bureaus serviced, North says. “We have seen an increase over the last

10 years of the number of people who are visiting the website,” he says. Along with providing updated search tools, the Dayton branch features one of the oldest Women in Business networking programs. Built on the pillars of education, resources, recognition and building connections, the program regularly holds events such as a breakfast club, mentoring program and an entrepreneurs group. In an effort to recognize outstanding companies, the bureau is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Eclipse Integrity Awards, honoring both businesses and charities for their management practices, business relationships, promotional efforts and reputation. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019



Lending a Helping Hand

Local service organizations depend on the public’s continued support BY TIM WALKER


harity begins at home” the old adage states and when your home is in Dayton that statement certainly still holds true. The Miami Valley has a wide variety of local charities and service organizations that all rely on the monetary donations, volunteer work and other means of support generously provided by local residents in order to to fulfill their mission of helping others. Homeless shelters, charities that provide aid to the needy and cultural organizations are only a few of the groups that can always use your help. If you are a kind-hearted, caring individual and you are interested in giving of yourself to benefit others there are many fine local service organizations that would be only too happy to receive your time, your help or donation. The local United Way is a charitable organization that helps thousands of people annually in Greene, Montgomery and Preble counties. They partner with over 100 local social service agencies, offering people in need both immediate help and working toward long-term solutions for a variety of social problems. “United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is really about helping people and solving human services problems,” says Tom


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Tom Maultsby is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Dayton. Maultsby, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Dayton. “Philanthropy has changed over the years and we took a look out in the community and saw that we could not just continue to treat the symptoms—we had to work together to solve the problems. For 100 years United Way had been treating the symptoms and yet we still had the same problems and the same issues. So we had to take a different tack.” The United Way of Greater Dayton now offers a variety of resources to connect people with assistance, many of which can be accessed through its website at There are also links there for individuals who would like to make donations to United Way’s various programs. Aid for those in need can also be accessed through dialing the United Way Helplink at 211 which will connect callers with a live person 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The Helplink offers assistance with everything from finding quality child care to help with utility bills to finding care for an aging parent. “One thing we’ve learned,” says Maultsby, “is that taking that tack requires a very broad community, so United Way could not do this in a vacuum. We partner with Montgomery County and do research to discover where the most critical needs are and then we have tried to respond to those needs.” Like the United Way the Society of St.

Vincent de Paul has been helping poor and indigent individuals and families for well over 100 years. The society operates two homeless shelters in Dayton and is always in need of volunteers and donations of goods and funds. “We are more than just a shelter,” says Adam Wik, local marketing communications manager for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The society offers comprehensive support, serving the community personally in face-to-face relationships, with an aim toward systematically reducing the poverty and homelessness risk factors in the Dayton community. “We want those who need help to know that we will meet them where they are,” says Wik. “And for our community supporters to realize that their support is more than putting a Band-Aid on the problem. By joining our mission the community helps us to provide life-changing hope to more than 100,000 lives every year.” The local St. Vincent shelters average about 400 people each night between the two shelters and about 40 of those residents are children. The biggest surge is in the fall—in November and the first part of December 2017 the shelter was housing over 120 children each night, and that increased need lasted for weeks. Like many service organizations the St. Vincent de Paul shelters are also always in need of donations and a large staff of volunteers helps to maintain

the shelters and provide food and services to the residents staying there. “Right now our biggest needs are new underwear—men’s, women’s and children’s—and new or gently used blankets and towels. Another reminder that I always try to mention, and we do get this question a lot, is when people ask if what we can use more— donations of items or monetary donations. One thing I like to mention to people is this: we are able to provide three meals per day to the residents of both Dayton shelters for only $150 per day. So every donation of $150 is feeding over 400 people on any given day.”

OTHER WORTHY CHARITIES IN THE DAYTON AREA INCLUDE: PROJECT READ Two out of five adults are functionally illiterate in the United States and Project READ is the literacy coalition serving the greater Dayton area. It is always in need of book donations and volunteer tutors and it offers training. Interested parties can call 461-7323 or visit online at

CULTURE WORKS Culture Works provides valuable continued support to arts and cultural organizations in the Dayton area, through fundraising and grantmaking. Culture Works is always in need of donations and can be reached at 222-2787 or at

TOP: St. Vincent de Paul’s two Gateway Shelters house a combined total of about 400 people each night. ABOVE: Guests and staff of St. Vincent de Paul’s supportive housing program

BOOK FAIR FOUNDATION INC. The Dayton Book Fair, conducted each November at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, raises funds and helps to provide annual grants to a number of local social services. Donations of gently used books are collected throughout the year by volunteers and then are sold at the annual Book Fair. For more information, to volunteer or to make arrangements to donate call 999-4491.

Dayton residents are known for their giving spirits and generous nature, and the social services agencies and programs that operate locally depend on the continued support of the public in order to provide their services. If you are interested in donating time or funds to one of these charities there are many to choose from, and all are willing and able to accept your kindness and work with you to transform that into help for our area’s less fortunate souls. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . December 2018/January 2019


LOCAL NONPROFIT DIRECTORY The BBB Dayton/Miami Valley accredits charities that have decided their vision can only be achieved by establishing a relationship of trust between a cause and the community. These charities have demonstrated an effort

to meet BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability. As of Sept. 27, 2018, the following charities have completed the rigorous process of BBB Accreditation and have been deemed active, honest, engaged and effective.






A Special Wish Foundation Dayton

436 Valley St. Dayton, OH 45404


To grant the Special Wish of a child or adolescent, birth through 20 years, who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a life-threatening disorder.

Agape for Youth Inc., a Foster Care, Adoption & Reunification Agency

2300 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Ste. 140 Dayton, OH 45417


Providing youth and families with supportive, nurturing services that encourage each other to reach their full potential.

AIM for the Handicapped Inc.

945 Danbury Road Dayton, OH 45420


To help individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities, orthopedic or coordination problems achieve their highest potential through the AIM Method of Specialized Movement Education.

American Veterans Heritage Center Inc.

4100 W. Third St. Bldg. 120 Dayton, OH 45428


To increase awareness of veterans' issues, recognize veterans' contributions, endorse patriotism, promote tourism and enhance the neighborhood by preserving and developing the Dayton Ohio Veterans Affairs Historic District.

Artemis Center

310 W. Monument Ave. Dayton, OH 45402


Leading the community in its commitment to end domestic violence.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

1000 Aullwood Road Dayton, OH 45414


Provide activities that increase understanding and preservation of the planet by children and adults through education, research and recreation.

Breast Cancer Foundation

PO Box 751982 Dayton, OH 45475


To guide individuals in understanding and using health care services in the fight against breast cancer, to develop and promote information and services related to healthy lifestyles and preventive medicine and to promote quality professional imaging services for use in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

922 W. Riverview Ave. Dayton, OH 45402


Strengthen individuals and families through actions of faith, service and charity.


PO Box 341623 Beavercreek, OH 45434


CHOICES Inc. Foster Care, Independent Living & Home Based Services

1785 Big Hill Road Dayton, OH 45439


To foster a meaningful quality of life for youth and families. We inspire hope, strengthen foundations, and enrich environments through supportive individualized services.

Clark County Fuller Center for Housing

259 S. Wittenberg Ave. Springfield, OH 45506


To eliminate impoverished housing by building new homes or renovating existing homes in partnership with low-income families.

Clark Memorial Home

106 Kewbury Road Springfield, OH 45504


Offer a unique housing option for older women who do not require nursing care, but can no longer live alone unassisted.

Clothes That Work

1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Ste. 392 Dayton, OH 45417


To provide interview appropriate clothing and personalized, confidence-building image services for clients.

Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton

1323 W. Third St. Dayton, OH 45402


Improving lives by providing quality primary and preventive health care services to those in need, regardless of ability to pay.

Crayons to Classrooms

1750 Woodman Drive Dayton, OH 45420


To collect and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need.

Culture Works

110 N. Main St. Dayton, OH 45402


The funding, advocacy and service organization that passionately inspires, supports and sustains arts and culture in the Dayton region.

Dakota Center Inc.

33 Barnett St. Dayton, OH 45402


To provide a safe community atmosphere engaging Dayton neighborhoods and people of all ages in programs that educate the whole person.

Day of Caring 365

PO Box 342453 Dayton, OH 45434


To be a catalyst in empowering the local communities to take part in the solution of the urgent needs through volunteerism, thereby instilling in all the members a sense of responsibility for their communities.


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To promote fulfilling lives for adults with developmental disabilities.


United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton 4710 Old Troy Pike • Dayton, OH 45424 • 233-1230 •


or more than six decades, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton (URS) has provided innovative programs to support the needs of children, adults and seniors with developmental and acquired disabilities. URS offers socially engaging activities for every stage of life and serves 1,500 children, adults and seniors annually with a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and Alzheimer’s disease. URS provides early childhood education and school-age programs for children with and without special needs, ages 6 weeks to 17 years. Its programs are 5-STAR rated under the Step Up To Quality Program, a rating system for early-care centers in Ohio that ensures an extensive list of quality benchmarks are obtained, including low child-to-staff ratios, small group size and specialized training. Only 8 percent of the centers in Ohio have a 5-STAR rating. On-site nursing services and therapy services are also provided to meet the needs of even medically fragile children. URS’ comprehensive array of programs extends to adults and seniors, providing adult daycare, vocational training programs and employment services to adults of all abilities, as well as recovery counseling and case management services.

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Daybreak Inc.

605 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH 45402


To eliminate youth homelessness in the Miami Valley through comprehensive and results-oriented programs that provide safety and stability for runaway, troubled and homeless youth, ages 10-21.

Dayton Children's Hospital

1 Childrens Place Dayton, OH 45404


To improve the health status of all children through service, education, research and advocacy.

Dayton Christian Center Inc.

1352 W. Riverview Ave. Dayton, OH 45402


To promote community by nurturing children and empowering families in a Christian environment.

Dayton History/Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Blvd. Dayton, OH 45409


To collect, preserve, interpret, present and promote the region's past.

Dayton Society of Natural History Inc.

2600 Deweese Parkway Dayton, OH 45414


To be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

Diabetes Dayton

2555 S. Dixie Drive Dayton, OH 45409


Dedicated to the assistance and support of individuals affected by diabetes.

East End Community Services Corp.

624 Xenia Ave. Dayton, OH 45410


To bring about a prosperous, caring and healthy community that nurtures disadvantaged children and families toward success.

Elderly United of Springfield & Clark County

125 W. Main St. Springfield, OH 45502


To enhance the lives of Clark County older adults by offering quality services that promote general well-being, independent living and socialization.

Elizabeth's New Life Center

2201 N. Main St. Dayton, OH 45405


To empower individuals to make healthy choices respecting the value of each person created by God.

Equitas Health

15 W. Fourth St., Ste. 200 Dayton, OH 45402


To be the gateway to good health for those at risk of or affected by HIV/AIDS, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and for those seeking a welcoming health-care home.

Give Hope to Dayton Your gift of $28 provides a full day of shelter support and life-changing hope to a neighbor in need.

124 W Apple Street Dayton, OH 45402-2617

(937) 222-7349 80

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Family Services

2211 Arbor Blvd. Moraine, OH 45439


To strengthen families and communities through counseling, education, community building and advocacy.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County

380 Bellbrook Ave. Xenia, OH 45385


To reduce family and relationship violence and its impact in Greene County through prevention, intervention, safe housing and collaborate community programs.

Fisher/Nightingale Houses Inc.

415 Schlatter Drive Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433


To provide shelter and support to families and outpatients in need of temporary housing during medical treatment at the Wright-Patterson Airforce Base Medical Center.

For Love of Children Inc.

131 N. Ludlow St., Ste. 128 Dayton, OH 45402


To serve area children who are abused, neglected, in foster care or who are in need of community service and resources.

Good Shepherd Ministries

1115 E. Third St. Dayton, OH 45402


An interdenominational Christian charitable nonprofit organization that provides housing and support resources for people in recovery and re-entry.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

660 S. Main St. Dayton, OH 45402


To empower people with disabilities and other needs to achieve independence and enhance their lives.

Graceworks Lutheran Services

6430 Inner Mission Way Dayton, OH 45459


In response to Jesus Christ, Graceworks Lutheran Services helps people experience dignity and wholeness in relationship with God, family and community.

Grandview Foundation

405 W. Grand Ave. Dayton, OH 45405


To raise and distribute funds to enhance osteopathic medical education, support the program, equipment and facility needs of Grandview and Southview Hospitals and improve the quality of life of the people in the communities we serve.

Greater Dayton LGBT Center Inc.

PO Box 1203 Dayton, OH 45401


To develop programs that enhance the lives of sexual minorities in the Miami Valley and Greater Dayton Area.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton

115 W. Riverview Ave. Dayton, OH 45405


Works in partnership with God and people from all walks of life to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent and affordable homes in safe communities where families can live and grow.

Woodland Arboretum Foundation

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Health Partners Free Clinic

1300 N. County Road 25A Troy, OH 45373


To provide free quality health care to the uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami County.


33 W. First St., Ste. 100 Dayton, OH 45402


To work to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education.

House of Bread

9 Orth Ave. Dayton, OH 45402


To prevent hunger and serve as a bridge to beneficial community resources.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton

1661 Nicholas Road Dayton, OH 45417


To build a community in which all animals are valued and family life is enhanced through relationships with pets.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greene County Inc.

124 S. Detroit St. Xenia, OH 45385


To reach out as messengers of God, reflecting his unconditional love with compassion and acceptance, providing help, hope and a safe haven for guests while they seek permanent employment and affordable housing.

Isaiah's Place

1100 Wayne Ave., Ste. 3400 Troy, OH 45373


To provide children of all ages with the safety and security of a healthy and loving family. Operating since 2003 our experienced and professional team are committed to providing the most complete and compassionate services to foster families and the children they serve.

Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Inc.

525 Versailles Drive Dayton, OH 45459


To care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and create connections among Jewsacting locally, in Israel and around the world.

Kettering Medical Center Foundation

3535 Southern Blvd. Kettering, OH 45429


To improve the quality of life of the people in the communities we serve through excellence in health care, research, and through patient, undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education.

Life Enrichment Center

425 N. Findlay St. Dayton, OH 45404


To serve as a catalyst for community change by creating an environment of grace that offers life building, life sustaining services to those in need.

Life Essentials Inc.

40 S. Perry St., Ste. 130 Dayton, OH 45402


To relieve isolation and enhance the well-being of vulnerable adults by connecting dedicated volunteers with meaningful service.

Maple Tree Cancer Alliance

425 N. Findlay St. Dayton, OH 45404


To improve the quality of lives of individuals battling cancer by focusing on their physical and spiritual health.

Miami Valley Child Development Centers Inc.

215 Horace St. Dayton, OH 45402


To provide comprehensive services through focused work with children and innovative partnerships with families and communities to strength them in reaching their fullest potential.

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership

719 S. Main St. Dayton, OH 45402


To work in partnership with local communities to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty and to promote individual independence and self sufficiency.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers Inc.

335 W. Third St., Room 235 Dayton, OH 45402


To provide a safe, anonymous way for people to report crime and criminals in our area and provide law enforcement agencies information to help solve, reduce and prevent crime.

Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association Inc.

P.O. Box 675 Troy, OH 45373


To promote the use of highly trained domesticated pets to improve the health, independence and quality of life of citizens living in the greater Miami Valley.

Mothers & Daughters United Inc.

P.O. Box 24674 Huber Heights, OH 45424


To promote the general welfare of women and children through the provision of educational services, health and nutritional services, parenting skills, leadership development and relationship-building skills that strengthen the bond between mothers and her children.

Nova Behavioral Health Inc.

732 Beckman St. Dayton, OH 45410


To provide quality, integrated behavorial healthcare services that include treatment and support for alcohol/drug addictions, mental illness and behavorial difficulties.

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren County

5940 Long Meadow Drive, Franklin, OH 45005


A physician-directed program that addresses the medical, spiritual, emotional and social needs of the terminally ill and their families.

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, OH 45420


To make quality hospice care available and accessible to terminally ill persons and their families, regardless of ability to pay; to provide services in a manner consistent with the highest hospice standards; to advocate for the needs of terminally ill persons and their families; to provide comfort, dignity, privacy and care efficiently and effectively.

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101 Troy, OH 45373


To improve the quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses by providing care, comfort, emotional and spiritual support for them and their families.

Preble County Council on Aging Inc.

800 East St. Clair St. Eaton, OH 45320


To partner with our community in assuring the best quality of life for our seniors and into the future.


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Rocking Horse Community Health Center

651 S. Limestone St. Springfield, OH 45505


To raise healthy families in a caring community. Rocking Horse Community Health Center is a medical home where families will improve their physical, emotional and mental health.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region

555 Valley St. Dayton, OH 45404


To provide a temporary “home away from home” for families of critically ill, hospitalized children and supports efforts that improve children's health within our region.

Senior Citizens Association of Metro Fairborn

325 N. 3rd St. Fairborn, OH 45324


To provide activities and services to meet the needs of senior citizens in the Fairborn Bath Township area, assisting them to lead independent and meaningful lives.

Senior Resource Connection

222 Salem Ave. Dayton, OH 45406


To collaborate with community resources and provide services that support seniors, adults with special needs and their caregivers to maintain quality, independent lives.

Shoes 4 the Shoeless

P.O. Box 41655 Dayton, OH 45441


To provide new, properly fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need.

SICSA Pet Adoption Center

2600 Wilmington Pike Kettering, OH 45419


To promote the welfare of companion animals and to nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people.

Sinclair Community College Foundation

444 W. Third St. Dayton, OH 45402


To keep higher education accessible through student scholarships and to help Sinclair remain among the nation's leading community college.

St. Vincent De Paul, Dayton District Council

124 W. Apple St. Dayton, OH 45402


To provide person-to-person emergency assistance and supportive services to the poor, homeless and unemployed populations of our community, as well as to people who need assistance during unexpected life crises.

The Abilities Connection (TAC)

2160 Old Selma Road Springfield, OH 45505


To employ, connect and care for people with disabilities in community settings of their choice.

The Dayton Foundation

40 N. Main St., Ste. 500 Dayton, OH 45423


To strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership.

The First Tee of the Greater Miami Valley

3116 W. Montgomery Road, Suite C 110 Maineville, OH 45039


To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The Foodbank Inc.

56 Armor Place Dayton, OH 45417


To relieve hunger through the acquisition and distribution of food to hungry people throughout the Miami Valley.

The New Path Inc.

7695 S. Co. Road 25A Tipp City, OH 45371


To love our neighbors by assisting with basic needs and creating a community that supports stability and fosters transformation.

The Salvation Army

1000 N. Keowee St. Dayton, OH 45404


To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in his name without discrimination.

United Rehabilitation Services 4710 Old Troy Pk. • Dayton, OH 45424 233-1230 •

URS has a 62-year history of serving individuals with disabilities in the Greater Dayton region. Programs include early childhood education and school-age programs with on-site nurses and therapies for children, ages 6 weeks to 17 years, vocational training, adult/senior daycare, employment services, and recovery counseling and case management services.

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area

33 W. First St., Ste. 500 Dayton, OH 45402


To meet human service needs and find long-term solutions in the Dayton region by engaging the greatest number of donors, leaders, and volunteers and partnering to advance the common good.

Victoria Theatre Association

138 N. Main St. Dayton, OH 45402


To enrich lives in our community with quality entertainment, education and artistic engagement.

WDPR/Dayton Public Radio

126 N. Main St. Dayton, OH 45402


To provide classical music and fine arts programming that is entertaining, educational, informative and emotionally stimulating.

We Care Arts Inc.

3035 Wilmington Park Kettering, OH 45402


We Care Arts believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, emotional developmental challenges into lives rich with possibilities.

Wesley Community Center Inc.

3730 Delphos Ave. Dayton, OH 45417


To help others through God-centered principles.

Wright State University Foundation

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway Dayton, OH 45435


To secure, manage and distribute private support to enhance the growth and development of Wright State University.

YMCA of Greater Dayton

118 W. First St., Ste. 300 Dayton, OH 45402


To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

YWCA Dayton

141 W. Third St. Dayton, OH 45402


Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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