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A PODIUM FOR CHANGE 3 local conductors on race, culture & choral music

BREAKING OUT Fourthwall youth filmmaking studio

Kent Wellington Faith, family & fun

Involved. Informed. Inspired.

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Publishers’ Letter 4 Arts/Culture 6 Museum Center publishes biography of Ruthven 6 FOURTHWALL: Youth filmmaking studio is breaking out | By Julie Coppens 8

Cover story 10 A PODIUM FOR CHANGE: 3 local conductors widen understanding of race, culture to choral music | By David Lyman

Profile 12 GIVE FIRST: Kent Wellington packs faith, family and fun into every day | By By Shauna Steigerwald

Gifts/Grants 14 GCF, Black Giving Circle partner on $100K in grants 14 Castellinis make $2M donation to Christ Hospital 15 $1.5M grant for Mental Health First Aid training 15 P&G’s $1M gift to grow minority businesses in region 15

In the News 16 Names in the News 17 Nominations open for Philanthropy Day awards 17

Snapshots 20 Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball raises $1.5 million for AHA 20 Carnegie home to 14th Art of Food dinner 22 MS Dinner of Champions honors supporters 24 Craig Young wins Cincinnati Jefferson Award 25 Conference helps area nonprofit leaders ‘secure the future’ 27 Chamber inducts 2020 class of Great Living Cincinnatians 28 Art enthusiasts celebrate ADC Fine Art’s new gallery 29 Price Hill Will celebrates Mardi Gras 30 DePaul Cristo Rey salutes Corporex, Bill Butler 30 Cincinnati Art Museum celebrates women artists 31 Redwood honors creators of talk show 33 Volunteers from Midland pitch in to paint Serenity Hall 34 Brighton Recovery Center supporters party like it’s 1980 35 Red & Black Blast raises over $130,000 for UC’s ATS 36 Clermont Chamber salutes business excellence 38 ‘Bead Bash’ celebrates Behringer-Crawford exhibit 38

On the cover: Steve Milloy, Jillian Harrison-Jones and Jason Alexander Holmes. Photo by Tina Gutierrez, with thanks to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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What’s in this issue? Fourthwall is a grassroots program designed to provide high school students a creative outlet for visual storytelling through film. Julie Coppens spent time with these kids recently and gives us a peek behind the camera. See page 8.

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Arts/Culture Museum Center publishes biography of wildlife artist Ruthven

John A. Ruthven

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) has published a biography of Cincinnati’s John A. Ruthven, the nation’s preeminent wildlife artist. “John A. Ruthven: An American Treasure” was written by noted ornithologists Jerome Jackson and Bette Jackson. The book is on sale at CMC and at the National Exemplar in Mariemont. Ruthven, regarded as the

modern successor to John James Audubon, donated his first specimen to CMC more than 80 years ago, when he was 10 years old. Since then, he has helped bring thousands of specimens into the museum, helping scientists and historians learn more about the natural world. The hardbound, 180page coffee table book outlines Ruthven’s life story,

reputation and character, and includes full-color reproductions of his artwork, showcasing his ability to depict the natural world in stunning detail. The book is part of CMC’s celebration of Ruthven’s legacy and the museum’s 200th anniversary. The Western Museum Society, predecessor to CMC, was founded in 1818 and in 1819 hired Audubon as its first employee. The National Exemplar hosted a book launch for Ruthven, a Mariemont resident who visits the restaurant weekly. The book is available

The cover of “John A. Ruthven: An American Treasure”

at CMC and the restaurant for $49.95. All proceeds support CMC’s science collections. 

Organist Chriss performs concert at Hyde Park church Sunday, April 26, 4 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Alcee Chriss III, winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition, will perform as part of the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church’s 2019-20 Organ Concert Series. Chriss will perform works by Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Fauré, Duruflé and several other composers, along with his own works based on the music of Art Tatum. Featured as a “rising star” at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, Chriss has been praised for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency.” He has won several competitions throughout the United States, and performs frequently in France and North America. Chriss, who has a master’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, also is active as a harpsichordist, conductor and jazz pianist. The concert is free to the public.  NOTE: If COVID-19 restrictions prevent attendance at Hyde Park United Methodist, the concert will take place online, via live streaming. Check or the HPUMC website. Alcee Chriss


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Fourthwall breaking out Youth filmmaking studio wraps storefront By Julie and hops a bus to serve more kids Coppens


t’s sort of like being on location – permanently – except without catering service, and the entire movie crew fits into one trailer (actually, it’s a bus). Fourthwall Youth Studios, the award-winning filmmaking and digital media center for Cincinnati teens, is rolling up the red carpet on its Over-the-Rhine headquarters, for now, and taking its show on the road – to Lower Price Hill. Thanks to a recent $109,000 Impact 100 grant, awarded to Fourthwall and its fiscal sponsor/education partner Activities Beyond the Classroom, the organization acquired a mobile unit this winter, just as rising rent on its Main Street storefront studio was becoming unsupportable. The “struggle bus,” as founding director Frank O’Farrell likes to call it (for reasons we’ll explain later), is empowering Fourthwall to expand its free programming to communities where students generally don’t have access to professional-grade filmmaking equipment, editing software, technical instruction and artistic mentoring. Before the statewide school closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, a pair of 10-week residencies were set to launch at Cincinnati College Prep Academy in the West End and Oyler School in Lower Price Hill. O’Farrell hopes the plan of working with students twice each week on original media projects can go forward – he’s just not sure when. He’d like to get a half-dozen more schools and community centers on board as soon as officials give the all-clear. Also in the pipeline for 2020: another sequel for Fourthwall’s popular summer camp program, and a collaboration with the University of Cincinnati (where O’Farrell teaches courses on creativity), slated to begin this fall, which would give students from disadvantaged backgrounds a path to advanced study in creative fields. 8

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Fourthwall Youth Studios founding director Frank O’Farrell, left, with production supervisor Eric Hengehold on board the newly acquired bus that can take their student filmmaking program to underserved neighborhoods all over town.

An expanding franchise

Sound crew member Ashley Wilson holds the boom mic during the PSA shoot. Paige Salter, directing the shoot, checks the screen as Aiden Sheely operates a camera.

“It’s important to avoid riding into these communities on a white horse, then disappearing,” O’Farrell said. “The UC partnership enables us to ensure there’s a next step, which may include college credit for participating kiddos.”

The power of peer-to-peer Fourthwall’s other epic endeavor this winter was producing a publicservice video to discourage middle schoolers from vaping. “It’s been a big epidemic – I know a ton of people at my school who’ve been getting in trouble for it,” said Xander Wynn, a sophomore at Walnut Hills High School. Already a seasoned filmmaker, he’s one of a couple dozen area students who earned $8.55 an hour as writers, production crew and editors on the Fourthwall short, commissioned by St. Elizabeth Medical Center, with support from ArtsWave. (The student actors were unpaid, except for the fame they’ll enjoy when the PSA drops later this year.)

“Older people trying to say, ‘Don’t do this’ – that doesn’t really work,” Xander adds. “But we’re all high schoolers working on this film, and we’re telling you, vaping is not cool. Maybe if it’s your peers telling you, you’ll listen.” The storyline shows how the unhealthy habit passes from user to user, from a school restroom to a weekend house party to a suburban bedroom, where one young teen wrestles with all those influences and decides … what? His fate is left up to the viewer to decide. O’Farrell said the student screenwriters fought for that openended conclusion, versus a tidier “Just Say No” message, and won over the clients in the end. That’s generally how Fourthwall rolls. “There are adults teaching us, but it’s mostly the teenagers doing it,” explains sound crew member Ashley Wilson, a senior at Dater High School. “It’s cool to be able to work with my generation on projects like this. It shows that we can make good decisions without having adults telling us everything.”

Among other entities fueling Fourthwall’s activities this year is a $10,000 grant from the Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, administered by Ignite Philanthropy. The organization’s A-list branding, including a name inspired by the imaginary “fourth wall” between actor and audience, was created pro bono by Hyperquake. With all the greenlights Fourthwall is getting these days, the nonprofit is taking the loss of their rented Main Street marquee in stride. O’Farrell is seeking a larger, more affordable space that could accommodate advanced film shoots in addition to pre- and post-production work – hot real-estate leads welcome – and in the meantime, he’s got some snazzy new (used) wheels to keep students’ Hollywood dreams in motion. Oh, and here’s how the “struggle bus” got its nickname: “I asked one of our students, Ellary, how things were going at school, home, life,” O’ Farrell recalls, “and he said, ‘Oh, Mr. Frank … I am on the struggle bus.’ It stuck.” Besides, who doesn’t love a good road movie? Like “Breaking Bad” addicts hopping on board El Camino, Fourthwall’s fans are eagerly awaiting the franchise’s future spin-offs. “We should have more opportunities like this,” said aspiring director Paige Falter, a sophomore at Indian Hill High School who helmed the anti-vaping shoot. “All of the teamwork that goes into (a film) – that, to me, is an art form in itself, and it’s a lot of fun. I hope a lot more students get to do it.” 


A podium for change Conductors widen understanding of race, culture to choral music


s a freelancer, when an editor calls, my default response is “yes.” Always. It rarely matters how much I like the story or the subject or the issues involved. It’s always “yes.” But when this story was suggested to me, I had to think about it a little more. I liked the subjects a lot: Jillian Harrison-Jones is the music director of MUSE: Cincinnati Women’s Choir; Steve Milloy is artistic director of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus; and Jason Alexander Holmes is artistic director of Cincinnati Boychoir. But to my eyes, the primary connection among the three was their race. Yes, they are all choral conductors. And all are relatively new at the helms of their respective organizations, though as he closes in on three years, Milloy can hardly be considered a newcomer. Obviously, I agreed to do the story. But I still felt awkward about it. I mean, would I be writing this story if all three conductors were white?


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So as I sat down with the three subjects at A Taste of Belgium at The Banks, I told them of my qualms. They understood. They are weary of being referred to as “black conductors.” But they are pragmatists. Race, they have come to understand, is simply one more bump they have to navigate in the professional landscape. “I’m a bit older than these other two,” said Milloy, “so I’ve had to deal with a few more issues.” Clearly, he is eager to get into the thick of it.

A matter of ‘Pride’ He recounted his June 2017 “audition concert” with CMC. Named “Pride,” it was a preview to the chorus’ Pride Week activities. The concert’s promotional graphic featured a “Lion King” sort of lion head and then the word “Pride” in cartoonish lettering meant to look African. “If that wasn’t bad enough, one of the songs they wanted to do was Toto’s ‘Africa’,” Milloy said. “Let the record show my face,” Holmes chimed in, grimacing at the memory of the catchy 1980s anthem that had nothing to do with Africa. Now, Toto wasn’t a musical hill to die on. But Milloy steered the group away from the selection, suggesting that they ditch the logo and create a concert about “intersectionality, about AfricanAmerican music and how it intersects with the gay community.” Milloy also added to the concert Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a sevenmovement work, each quoting the last words of an unarmed black man before he was killed. Milloy was named artistic director a month later. Harrison-Jones and Holmes have similar stories to tell, mixing triumphs and frustrations. Some have been contentious and left permanent resentment. Others have been resolved by judicious compromise, like the time Harrison-Jones conducted Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” on a MUSE concert. A handful of choir members balked at the song. Was it because of the language? Certainly. Was it further complicated because those singers – most were white – didn’t fully grasp the underlying rage of the song, which was composed in the wake of murders of black Americans during the early 1960s civil rights movement? Perhaps. It’s hard to say. Harrison-Jones felt strongly about the song. But she knew that doing battle with chorus members was

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Steve Milloy, artistic director of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus; Jillian Harrison-Jones, music director of MUSE: Cincinnati Women’s Choir; and Jason Alexander Holmes, artistic director of Cincinnati Boychoir

not the way MUSE does business. In the end, the objecting singers stepped off the risers and remained on the side until the song was completed. It was an awkward compromise. But MUSE is an organization devoted to all members having an equal voice. So the resolution fit the mission.

Respecting the cultural context Even though none of these music directors leads an Afrocentric music organization, it is inevitable that they are looked on as standard bearers for their race. They become the arbiters of all things black. And, in some ways, they are. “Every piece of music has a cultural context,” said Holmes. “And no matter what the roots of that piece of music are, you need to research it and respect it. I have heard music from ‘my side of the tracks’ completely butchered by people who didn’t bother to do their research. They would research Mozart or any other ‘serious’ music. But they think they can just scream a spiritual at the end of a concert. That’s not OK with me.” “That’s my criticism of lots of Master’s and DMA (doctor of musical arts) programs,” said HarrisonJones. “They don’t teach ‘other’ music there. That was one of my biggest criticisms – even at CCM, as amazing an institution as it is – the only exposure I got to African-American music was what I brought to the class.” Milloy recounted an episode when he led one of CCM’s elite choruses in a performance of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise.” It is an iconic 1996 song that has become a much-loved staple in black

ARTS/CULTURE churches and choirs. But it is much less known to the primarily white academic music world. Soon after the performance, he got a call from the group’s music director wanting to know where they could order the music. Milloy’s facial expression as he told the story said it all. The music director should have known. This is a significant piece of choral music. It has been recorded scores of times. But because it was from the genre of African-American gospel music it was largely invisible in the academic world. So is there still a racial divide? Of course. It’s not necessarily antagonistic. But it is a reminder of how timely Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel “Invisible Man” remains today. If you or, in this case, your music is not of the majority culture, it must not be important. Oh, it’s different with pop music. Or rap. Those are “lesser” musical forms. But to enter the vaunted halls of concert music or serious vocal music? There seems to be a different standard. But it’s one that these three musicians are determined to keep challenging.

A lack of representation Milloy noted that what drew him to Cincinnati in the first place was his experience at a GALA Festival 20 years ago. (GALA is the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses.) He was shocked at the lack of minority representation in choruses from supposedly sophisticated communities like New York and Seattle and San Francisco. “Then I see a little city like Cincinnati and there are 50-60 guys up there and there are like 6 black guys, two Asians or Pacific Islanders,” Milloy said. “I was like, ‘What the heck. What’s in the water in Cincinnati?’ ” Holmes remembered being challenged by his Boston friends when he said he was considering a move to Cincinnati.

“But when I first moved here, I was making all the rounds, meeting all the people I could,” said Holmes. “I made a point of meeting with Evans (Mirageas) from the opera. And he could speak with detail about the community engagement process. And I was . . .” Again, he let his face do the talking, showing how floored he was with the depth of Mirageas’ knowledge. “I can tell you – that usually doesn’t happen. They usually say ‘We do some community work’ and then give you a few bullet points. But he was giving details – with passion – about what was going on. It was impressive. And, I think, they’re living up to it.” Holmes knows he’s not intimate with the community yet. He just arrived last summer. Besides, he doesn’t want to sound too Pollyannaish. He’s not about to lead the Cincinnati Boychoir through a musical revolution. But he wants to nudge the group forward and broaden its musical understanding, just as Milloy and Harrison-Jones want to do with their groups. “I would like to see us respect and value a variety of music with the same zeal that we do with ‘Panis Angelicus’ (César Franck), which is gorgeous and really does sound beautiful with their voices. But there is other music that is just as beautiful and deserves the same kind of respect.” He recounted a recent trip to Nashville by the Boychoir’s intermediate ensembles. They sang at a church and led a workshop. They also visited Studio B, birthplace of the Nashville Sound, and recorded a song at the Country Music Hall of Fame. “These were experiences that were held with the same value and the boys had a great time with all of it. And they shone,” Holmes said. “I’d like to see that across our organization. And I’m working to get it that way. The beautiful thing about being Americans is that we do have a whole lot of stories to tell with our music.” 

About the conductors Jillian Harrison-Jones became music director of MUSE: Cincinnati Women’s Choir in 2018. A native of Rochester, N.Y., she is working toward a doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she is also the assistant director of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. She has guest conducted widely with choirs and orchestras, and continues a schedule of choral and conducting seminars throughout the country. Jason Alexander Holmes was named the sixth artistic director of the Cincinnati Boychoir in July 2019. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, the Virginia native was associate director of choirs with the Boston Children’s Chorus. He has been on the faculty at the Rochester School of the Arts, the Finger Lakes Opera and the Geva Theatre Summer Academy in Rochester. Since coming to Cincinnati, he has continued to teach privately. Steve Milloy assumed the artistic directorship of the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus in July 2017. Milloy was already wellknown to the chorus, having composed, arranged and guest-conducted for the chorus since 2001. He is a tireless arranger of music for choruses, as well as an occasional music director for musical theater. Among his many notable compositions is an oratorio “Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream,” premiered in 2018.

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Give first

By Shauna Steigerwald

Kent Wellington packs faith, family and fun into every day


t’s easy to see why a close friend says Kent Wellington seems to have “more hours in the day” than other people. There’s such a long list of things he’s involved with,” said Lauren Hannan Shafer, CEO of ArtWorks and formerly program director for Saturday Hoops. “If I ever feel overwhelmed, I always think about what Kent accomplishes in a day.” That list includes a nearly 30-year career with Graydon law firm, where he serves on the executive committee and as the Cincinnati market leader (his staff bio lists a slew of awards and recognitions). Equally high on the list are the “family ministries” where he and his children (Robby, 25, and Angeline, 22) practice their “give first” mentality: Saturday Hoops, a youth mentoring program he helps lead in Overthe-Rhine, and the Karen Wellington Foundation, which he established in honor of his late wife. On top of all that, he has run hundreds of races, including multiple triathlons. “Most people who know me in this town probably don’t know me for my day job,” he said – work that includes labor and employment law, litigation and advising start-ups. Growing up mostly in small towns – his family moved often – he noticed many community leaders were lawyers. He watched them work to save historic buildings, coach sports teams, give lay sermons at church. “I probably went to law school more for what I saw lawyers doing outside of work than what they were doing on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

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Jack Greiner, managing partner, describes Wellington as smart, hard-working, organized and a good mentor to younger lawyers. He recalls interviewing Wellington 30 years ago. “I remember being struck even back then with just what an upbeat, optimistic person he is,” Greiner said. That attitude – and, Wellington might add, his Christian faith – served him well when Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30. The disease never went into remission, and she died 10 years later. Their children never knew “Mom” without the disease. Yet, that’s not what the family remembers about Karen’s last decade. “She didn’t need sympathy,” Wellington said. “She didn’t want to be viewed as the ‘mom with cancer.’ ” Instead, she was the mom who brought pizza to school. She took up painting and started singing in a cover band. She baked cakes and played tennis and coached soccer. She secretly wrote dozens of letters for her family to read after she was gone. “She lived 10 years like each one was going to be her last,” Wellington said.

A way to give ‘gifts of fun’ When Karen died in July 2007, Wellington opted to forgo flowers at the funeral. He had a better use for those funds. “(Karen) once said to me that it would be cool if once we beat breast cancer, we could go on a vacation each summer and we could send someone else in the chemotherapy chairs next to her,” he said. Though that never happened during her lifetime, it did happen in her memory. Nearly 13 years later, the Karen Wellington Foundation has 11 chapters throughout the U.S. that have given away more than 850 “gifts of fun.” That includes 472 vacations

– made possible by donors who give a week or more at their vacation homes – and other fun activities, including spa days and concert tickets. “We basically put fun on the calendar of women and families living with breast cancer,” Wellington said. “If you get a vacation from us, it’s not because you’re dying. It’s because you are a woman who is still very much alive and you want someone to recognize the fun parts of you, the healthy parts of you.” About 30 percent of the trips awarded turn out to be last vacations, which Wellington hopes create lasting, positive memories for loved ones. Many of the other 70 percent of trip recipients come home thinking about the women in the chemotherapy chairs next to them, “much like Karen did,” Wellington said. Some go on to nominate other recipients or get involved more deeply with the foundation. (To be clear, anyone may nominate a recipient.) “What we’ve created is a very healthy cycle of receiving and giving,” he said. “We think that when you go on a vacation and you come back and you take the victim’s hat off and put the giver’s hat on, that is when you truly are living with breast cancer. So many of our recipients have embraced that.” Christy Runions is one of them. “When I came home after being given such an incredible gift … I knew I had to find a way to give back,” the 2016 vacation recipient said. She met Wellington (“He really believes life should be fun,” she said) and started participating in the foundation’s events, whether that meant working a beer booth or giving a speech. Today, she co-chairs the foundation’s Recipient Ambassador Board, engaging fellow recipients in sharing the foundation’s mission. “It fills you with joy to be able to give back,” she said.

Kent and a Saturday Hoops kid

Building hope with hoops Beyond his work as board chair for the foundation, Wellington finds joy in giving back with Saturday Hoops. He likens it to basketball camp with other activities such as art, reading, inspiring speakers and healthy meals. He’s been involved since the program’s inception 16 years ago, when it was just 10 or 20 kids and a handful of volunteers. Last year, 680 kids and more than 600 volunteers participated, Wellington said. The program, which operates out of the Over-theRhine Recreation Center, is now part of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (where Wellington was board chair). He and son Robby piloted a second location in Winton Terrace this year. A critical part of the day is that volunteers “pour into” the kids, telling them how great they are – at basketball, at art, as leaders. “We help these kids see the good in themselves,” he said. “We’re convinced if we show them that good week after week after week, they begin to see it themselves. They begin to feel it.” Kids are encouraged to be “cheerful givers, hard workers and overcomers.” They’re also encouraged to follow the “upward escalator” of faith and education rather than the “downward escalator” of guns and drugs. Wellington said volunteers can bring their own families and don’t need any special skills. “You really just show up,” he said. That, in itself, is critical.


‘A very purposeful life’ “The best thing about Kent is he shows up,” said Shafer, whom Wellington introduced to Saturday Hoops 10 years ago. “We tell the kids: The first thing you’ve gotta do in life is you’ve gotta show up. (Wellington) does that. He shows up as a friend, a dad, a great boyfriend for Alexia (Zigoris, now part of the Karen Wellington Foundation’s leadership team), an amazing mentor.” Wellington is currently mentoring his seventh child beyond time spent at Saturday Hoops. He and Karen kept mentoring kids even through her cancer treatments. “He lives a very purposeful life,” Shafer said. “He believes that he is here to serve.” Wellington gets energized in doing so, especially after volunteering at Saturday Hoops. “I leave each Saturday with my tank more full than when I arrived,” he said. “My favorite thing to do, period, is be involved with a bunch of vulnerable kids on a Saturday morning playing basketball or doing art or pouring into them one-on-one.” Wellington sees interactions as a chance to promote all three of his

major pursuits. It helps that Graydon is a civic-minded firm, Wellington said. Its community initiatives include allowing groups to use its Over-the-Rhine space, Graydon on Main, and hosting events spotlighting positive things happening locally. “If I can’t sell you legal services ... maybe you’ve got a mom who’s living with cancer who we can put some fun on the calendar for, or you might have a vacation home (to loan), or I might ask you to come down and speak at Saturday Hoops,” he said. For Wellington, everything comes back to having a “give first” mindset. As an example, he cites the Karen Wellington Foundation’s annual goals to grow revenue by 15 percent and giving by 20 percent. “It doesn’t add up – unless you believe in the power of ‘give first,’ ” he said. “Unless you believe that by giving, people are going to notice that and there’s going to be this backdraft that causes other people to want to get involved. … There’s a goodness that I think people long for.” As Runions put it, “If everybody in the world would try to live like Kent Wellington does, we would live in a much better world.” 

Kent with KWF Recipients at the 12th Annual Karen’s Gift Bash

13th annual Karen’s Gift Karen’s Gift, the Karen Wellington Foundation’s annual FUNdraising bash, has a “Cirque du Chic” theme this year. When: 7 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 9 (postponed from April 25) Where: Renaissance Hotel, 36 E. Fourth St. Tickets: $100 YP; $150 standard; $75 recipient 

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Gifts/Grants GCF, Black Giving Circle partner on $100K in grants Greater Cincinnati Foundation, in partnership with its first Cincinnati Black Giving Circle, has awarded $100,000 to four nonprofit organizations working to address racial inequities faced by emancipated youth, young children and single mothers in our region. These four nonprofits will each receive $25,000: Cincinnati Union Bethel Scholar House; the D.A.D. Initiative; Ohio Justice and Policy Center; and Rosemary’s Babies. The inaugural Cincinnati Black Giving Circle was formed as a result of GCF’s Giving Black: Cincinnati report, which looked at black philanthropy and giving priorities. (Top) Representatives of grant recipients: Tyran Stallings, Alicia Miller, Tiffanny Smith, Rosemary Oglesby-Henry, Rainie Moody, Bonnie Bobay, Beth Schwartz, Nancy Pryor and Sarah Estes

Lindsey Jaeger, Kentucky Arts Council board member; Chris Cathers, arts council executive director; and State Rep. Buddy Wheatley

The Carnegie receives funding for arts programming Kentucky State Sen. Christian McDaniel and Rep. Buddy Wheatley presented The Carnegie with a check for $17,318, a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant awarded by the arts council in July 2019. The funding awarded to The Carnegie is part of $1.2 million the arts council awarded to 93 nonprofit arts organizations across the state for the 2020 fiscal year. The Carnegie also received a grant for $25,000 from the Helen G., Henry F., & Louise Tuechter Dornette Foundation that will go towards arts education programming.

Cincinnati Black Giving Circle Committee: Jamila Watson, Kimberly Kitchens, Darrick Dansby, Sharon Brown, Herb Robinson, Phyllis McCallum, Beverly Grant, Robert Killins Jr., Nicole Redus, Michael Coffey, Edna G. Keown and LaToya Coffey

Funds will help purchase, restore historic properties Cincinnati Preservation Association received a $50,000 grant from The 1772 Foundation. Based in Providence, R.I., The 1772 Foundation promotes historic properties redevelopment programs, also known as revolving funds, nationwide. The money will be used by CPA to help people acquire and renovate property held by the Hamilton County Landbank to preserve historic resources.

Team ALL for A-Town 3.0, top fundraisers: Maya Tilley, Carlie Mays and Lucy Yungblut

Students of the Year raise $361K for LLS The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society recently held its 2020 Students of the Year Grand Finale, with 18 teams of students raising $361,744. The students competed for scholarships in a sevenweek leadership and philanthropy program while raising money to fight cancer. Team ALL for A-Town 3.0 – Carlie Mays, Maya Tilley and Lucy Yungblut – won this year’s Students of the Year honor, raising $111,795.

Campaign benefits Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Mercy Neighborhood Ministries received a gift of nearly $108,000 from the Bon Secours Mercy Health Associates Give for Good campaign. The contribution will help the ministry provide holistic support and workforce development training for disadvantaged women and seniors. The organizations share a founding heritage of the Sisters of Mercy. 14

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Officials from Mercy Health and Mercy Neighborhood Ministries: (Back) Brian Smith, Michael Bezney, Dr. Sam Ross, Jon Labbe, Dr. Wael Haidar and David Cannady; (front) Judy Caldwell, Becky Sittason, John Starcher, Sue Kathman, Sr. Mary Stanton, Fr. Joseph Cardone, Emma Bachelder and Sandra Mackey


P&G’s $1M gift will grow minority businesses in region

Susie Castellini; Dr. J. Michael Smith; Dr. Dean Kereiakes; Bob Castellini; Arturo Polizzi, president and CEO, The Christ Hospital Health Network; Rick Kammerer, president, The Christ Hospital Foundation

Castellinis honored for $2 million donation to Christ Hospital The Christ Hospital Foundation honored Bob and Susie Castellini recently for their donation that funded the new $2 million Castellini Family Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery, which is held by Dr. J. Michael Smith. A private event was held at The Christ Hospital Health Network’s Joint & Spine Center, on the Martha S. and Carl H. Lindner III Rooftop Garden and Skydeck.

$1.5M grant will help deliver Mental Health First Aid training Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, a regional leader in mental health advocacy, recovery and education, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The money is to be used to develop a collaborative, sustainable, statewide strategy to efficiently deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to Ohio residents. MHFA is an eight-hour training program that provides an action plan

A $1 million gift from Procter & Gamble will help a fund dedicated to growing the region’s minority businesses. The gift moves the J. Phillip Holloman Endowment Fund of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator closer to its $5 million goal. Darrin Redus, vice president and executive director of the Minority Business Accelerator, said P&G’s gift will help make the region a center for minority business growth. It follows a recent $1 million gift from First Financial Bank.

The Chamber launched the endowment a year ago to honor retired Cintas President & COO J. Phillip Holloman’s commitment to building minority business in the region. “Our community has ambitious, yet achievable goals for a vibrant, inclusive community that can only be achieved through commitment, collaboration and innovative efforts such as this,” said Damon Jones, P&G vice president, global communications and advocacy.

J. Phillip Holloman

to support an individual facing a behavioral health challenge. The agency is “proud and excited to take the lead in developing a collaborative, sustainable approach in providing this lifesaving training,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Atwell. Statewide partners in implementing the grant include Miami University’s Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs, the university’s Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, and Professional Learning, and regional and national MHFA experts.

Heritage Village Museum receives 5 grants Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center received five grants totaling $52,000 to help educate, restore and promote an inclusive environment. In 2019, grants were received from the Charles M. Dater Foundation ($20,000), the Louise Taft Semple Foundation ($15,000), The John Hauck Foundation ($15,000), the W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust Fund ($1,000) and the Oliver Family Foundation ($1,000). The Village depends on grants like these to bring history alive, focusing on life in the late 1700s through the 1800s.

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In the News The 1.125-inch piece of fabric from the wing of the Wright Flyer that Neil Armstrong took to the moon

Spencer Burke, The Children’s Theatre technical director; Roderick Justice, TCT producing artistic director; and Jeremy Kisling, Southeastern Theatre Conference board member

University of Cincinnati Vice Provost and Librarian Xuemao Wang, Mark Armstrong and Ted Baldwin, director of UC Science and Engineering Libraries Photo by Mark Mahan, Mahan Multimedia

New fund aims to protect Licking River watershed Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has joined community partners to establish the Licking River Conservation and Greenway Fund, which supports land and water conservation and greenway initiatives in the Licking River watershed. Through the new fund, Horizon and supporting donors will invest in the conservation and stewardship of the river, while helping to raise awareness of its value. The Licking River, named for the many prehistoric salt springs and licks in the region, is a historic and natural treasure with ties to Native American history, the Revolutionary War, the Underground Railroad, and the state’s original bourbon journey. The watershed also sustains a wide range of biodiversity and boasts more mussel species than the entire continent of Africa. 

Zoo receives energy award for Light Up Avondale Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has received the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2020 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award for its Light Up Avondale project, an initiative to install energy-efficient LED bulbs in residences and businesses in the zoo’s neighborhood. When the zoo applied for a grant from Duke Energy to change all its lights to LEDs, it requested additional


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funds to install the bulbs throughout Avondale, replacing 20 percent of the neighborhood’s lights to save $1 million in energy costs over the next five years. “This project is a great example of how anchor institutions can use their influence, horsepower and capacity to lift everyone up,” said Mark Fisher, zoo vice president of facilities and sustainability. 

Armstrong’s sons donate relic of Wright Flyer to UC A 1⅛-inch piece of fabric from the wing of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Wright Flyer, a fragment that space pioneer Neil Armstrong took with him on the historic Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969, has now landed in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Library. Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, was asked to take along the remnants of the first aircraft to carry a person in powered flight. Since Armstrong’s death in 2012, his sons Mark and Rick Armstrong have donated some of them to academic archives, including UC, where Neil Armstrong spent the 1970s as a professor of aeronautical engineering (a program that Orville Wright helped establish in 1929). The relic is part of the engineering library’s Neil A. Armstrong Commemorative Archive, located on the eighth floor of Blegen Library on UC’s uptown campus.

Former YMCA converted into poverty help center The former Melrose YMCA building, located at 2840 Melrose Ave. in Walnut Hills, is being converted into the Melrose Impact Center, a multi-faceted facility designed to help individuals and families overcome the social challenges that keep them in poverty. The center, which had a ribboncutting ceremony recently, will serve as the hub for a partnership of organizations that will analyze and share data, coordinate services and resources, and use continuous improvement strategies to address changing needs in the community. The facility aims to serve more than 10,000 individuals and families.  melrose-ymca

Renaissance Covington, MORTAR bring training to NKY Renaissance Covington, a nonprofit focused on urban revitalization in Covington’s central business district, has teamed up with MORTAR on a new program to help entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky. MORTAR aims to connect people with business ideas to knowledge, resources and opportunities, helping them launch businesses that create jobs, circulate dollars and build sustainability and wealth. The 15-week course helps entrepreneurs build a business model and learn management basics. Alumni have access to new customers, funding opportunities

and a mentoring network. Classes will meet for three hours once a week. Tuition is $295. Payment plans are available. 

St. Vincent de Paul wins top rating for nonprofits St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati has received the top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent nonprofit evaluator, for the sixth year in a row – placing it in the top 9 percent of all nonprofits in the country over that period for financial health, accountability and transparency. “Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, which assesses 1.5 million organizations nationwide. 

Child Drama Award honors Children’s Theatre The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) has been honored with the Sara Spencer Child Drama Award by the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). The award recognizes an individual or organization for dynamic and engaging theater work for young people. This national award, named for children’s theatre pioneer Sara Spencer, was presented to Roderick Justice, TCT producing artistic director, at a SETC gala in Louisville. 

NAMES IN THE NEWS The Rev. Michael J. Graham Past and present Chatfield College presidents Sr. Ellen Doyle, Robert P. Elmore and John Tafaro Tara Noland Eric Santagata Matthew Wagner Dennis Dern Joe Hartmann Adam Kocher Lindsey Wade Randy S. Koehler II Ria Davidson

The Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J., 34th president of Xavier University, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2021, after 20 years leading Cincinnati’s Jesuit university. Graham will end his tenure as the longest-serving president in the school’s history. Graham, who first taught history at Xavier, began his presidency in 2001 by declaring two goals: a focus on academic excellence and development of the whole person. Graham also presided over a wave of physical improvements to the Xavier campus. The team to search for his successor will be led by Barbara Howard, former Xavier board chair and current trustee, with board members Damon Jones of Procter & Gamble and Walter Deye, S.J., rector of the Cincinnati Jesuit Community.

Robert P. Elmore, Chatfield College’s new president, was welcomed by friends and supporters of the college recently with a reception at the home of Kitty and Dick Rosenthal. John Tafaro, Chatfield’s

fifth president, retired at the end of 2019 after 10 years, and Elmore, who served more than six years as Chatfield’s CFO and COO, was named as his replacement in January.

Tara Noland has left her post as executive director of the Greenlight Fund to become vice president of client services for Ignite Philanthropy. Ignite serves the philanthropic and nonprofit sector as a fundraising strategy partner. Noland will provide strategic planning, fundraising and campaign management for nonprofits. Under her leadership, the GreenLight Fund raised $2.5 million to address some of the region’s most challenging poverty-related issues.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) has appointed Broadway veteran Eric Santagata as associate professor and Patricia A. Corbett distinguished chair of musical theatre, replacing long-time musical theater head Aubrey Berg, who retired after

32 years. A 2004 graduate of CCM, Santagata is an accomplished director, choreographer, performer and educator who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on national tours and in regional theaters.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation has honored Matthew Wagner with its District 1 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. Wagner was one of the first volunteers to work with Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO), an organization providing legal services to nonprofits. He has volunteered for 24 projects for PBPO clients and has been the driving force behind PBPO’s Employment Helpline with Frost Brown Todd.

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence is pleased to welcome four new board members: Dennis Dern, technical controller, Commercial Engine Operations, GE Aviation; Joe Hartmann, account director, Cushman and Wakefield; Adam Kocher, VP sales, Corporate,

Health Care & Education, Loth, Inc.; and Lindsey Wade, chief of staff, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. OneSource provides services, products and connections to strengthen nonprofits serving Greater Cincinnati.

Randy S. Koehler II has been named CFO at DePaul Cristo Rey High School. A CPA and former executive with Cincinnati Christian University, Western & Southern Financial Group and other organizations, he will oversee the school’s business and financial management.

Ria Davidson, co-founder of The Dragonfly Foundation, has decided to leave the organization for new opportunities in technology, public relations and related fields. Davidson and Christine Neitzke co-founded the foundation in 2010 to support pediatric cancer patients and their families. The organization provides a variety of programs and services to families and hospitals.

Nominations open for Philanthropy Day awards Cincinnati’s National Philanthropy Day committee is accepting nominations for this year’s NPD awards, which recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that boost nonprofit efforts in our community. NPD, hosted by the Cincinnati chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, will be celebrated with a luncheon Nov. 5 at Music Hall. Nominations are being accepted for five awards: Philanthropist of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (expanded age to 24 this year); Outstanding

Organization or Foundation; and Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising (a new award). This year’s nominating committee is looking to expand the pool of candidates to include more diverse honorees and organizations. “National Philanthropy Day is a special time of year when our community comes together to celebrate those who lead with their hearts and have made our world a better place,” NPD committee chair Elise Hyder said. Nominations are due by May 1.  2020-npd-nominations

Elise Hyder, 2020 NPD event chair, with Bethany Doverspike, last year’s event chair Movers & Makers

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Who, what, where & why

Event chair Jeff Hock and Dave Herche

Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball raises $1.5 million for AHA The 27th annual Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball raised over $1.5 million for the American Heart Association. Presented by co-sponsors TriHealth and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the event had an “It Takes a City” theme and focused on the AHA’s community work to fight hypertension in our region. More than 1,000 attended the ball, which honored Lawrence Griffith, AHA donor and CEO of Digital Factory Inc., with the Heart of the City Award. Griffith’s gift makes possible blood pressure monitoring programs, particularly for the underserved in his hometown Cincinnati. At the Young Professionals After Party, 350 guests enjoyed music by Soul Pocket and DJ Ron Mixico, light-up party favors, late-night bites and a Framester photo booth. All proceeds raised from the Heart Ball will fund the American Heart Association’s research, education and public awareness programs to achieve a world with longer, healthier lives.


Guest speaker Kristy Davis with Domonic Hopson

Carol Jackson and auction chair Marci Campbell

Bill and Jenny McCloy, Kay and Jack Geiger Subhadra and Dr. DP Suresh, Dr. Brett and Lorie Kissela Leilani Moore, Mark and Karen Jahnke, Jeffrey Hock

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A full plate: Carnegie home to 14th Art of Food dinner A sumptuous table was set at The Carnegie in Covington for Art of Food: Family-Style. Guests at the 14th annual event enjoyed a sitdown meal prepared by Fausto, Y'all Hospitality, Dead Low Brewing, Jeff Thomas Catering and Dojo Gelato. Options were provided by Coffee Emporium, Cutting Edge Selections and Sixteen Bricks. Pones Inc. dance troupe performed at the dinner. Proceeds benefit the exhibition of emerging local and regional artists in The Carnegie Galleries. Asia Underwood wearing a creation by Sweet Hayseed’s Wearable Wonders Artists Matt Lynch and Jed Knight

Chefs Andrew Mersmann, Stephen Williams, Steve Waddell, Scotty Berens, Kate Cook and Tony Ferrari Art of Food artists Curtis Goldstein, Jen Edwards, Erika Nj Allen, Jan Nickum and Kenton Brett Pones in performance

Tom Osterman and Joyce Elkus Cervilio Amador, Zac Greenberg and Jackie Amador

Musicians for Health raises funds for new oncology endeavor Musicians for Health held a sold-out event at the Hilton Omni Netherland Plaza to raise money for Cincinnati Cancer Advisors. This new endeavor will help provide free, unbiased second opinions by oncologist Dr. Phil Leming to newly diagnosed cancer patients in Cincinnati.

Dr. Jim Willis, Ronna Willis and Ted Nelson


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Francois Lopez Ferrer, Sofia Lopez Ferrer and Dr. Bill Barrett Kathleen Jennings and Dr. Michael Jennings


MS Dinner of Champions honors supporters

Eddie Rauen, MS Society Ohio Valley president, left, presents the Joel Kahn MS Award of Courage to Amanda Glenski. Also pictured is her husband, John Glenski. Aaron Stapleton and Britany Stapleton

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual MS Dinner of Champions paid tribute to the generous corporations, organizations and volunteer leaders dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. At this year’s dinner, held at Jack Casino, the society honored Amanda Glenski with the Joel Kahn MS Award of Courage. The event raised over $100,000 to support valuable programs and services for people living with MS.

Nash Dreyer and Elizabeth Dreyer

Kasey Brown

Tammy Willis, Joyce Levine and Kristina Guse

Sylvia Trambaugh and Sara Freitag Bari Thornberry and Paul Thornberry

Taft’s Ambrosini receives prestigious award from France Lynne D. Ambrosini has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (the Order of Arts and Letters) by the government of France for her promotion of French language and culture. Ambrosini was the Taft Museum of Art’s deputy director and chief curator. She retired on March 2 after 16 years. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Ambrosini has had a lifelong passion for France and its art. After decades researching and publishing books and articles on French art, she led the effort to curate “Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape,” which she coorganized with the Scottish National Galleries in Edinburgh and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition brought international recognition to the Taft when it opened in February 2016 before traveling to Edinburgh and Amsterdam. Deborah Emont Scott, Taft Museum president/CEO; Guillaume Lacroix, consul general of France to the Midwest; Lynne Ambrosini, Taft Museum deputy director and chief curator; Anne Cappel, honorary consul of France in Cincinnati


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Photo by Bergette Photography

Software innovator Craig Young wins Cincinnati Jefferson Award Craig Young, a software developer who is changing the face of volunteerism in Cincinnati and beyond, was presented the Greater Cincinnati Jefferson Award for community service by the Rotary Club. Young created Inspiring Service, a company designed to use technology to revitalize volunteerism. Inspiring Service developed, which includes a user-friendly online guide to connect people to nonprofits. Young created, a platform to make it easy for youth to make a difference in their communities. He also created, which the city of Cincinnati uses to promote and record hours of community service. The digital tools are now being used in other states. As the Greater Cincinnati Jefferson Award winner, Young will be among 90 regional finalists vying for one of five prestigious national Jefferson Awards to be presented in Washington D.C. in June. The Jefferson Awards were created in 1972 by Cincinnati native and then-U.S. Sen. Robert Taft with former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The program honors outstanding service in more than a dozen categories.

Participants climb 804 steps to raise money for American Lung Association More than 600 participants and more than 100 firefighter teams climbed the 804 steps of Carew Tower during the 15th Cincinnati Fight For Air Climb to end lung disease. The event raised more than $150,000 for lung health research, patient education and public policy efforts. The American Lung Association also will host a 5K run and one-mile walk on May 15.

SNAPSHOTS Finalist Dan Meyer, winner Craig Young and finalist Angie Ferguson Rotary Club president Dave Carlin, Jefferson Award winner Craig Young and event chair Bill Shula

Double lung transplant recipients who climbed the 804 steps: Timothy Phipps, Mollie Pegram, Scot Ashton and Stephen Mitchell Posing with event mascots are the two oldest Fight for Air Climb participants: Nick Hoesl, 88, and Richard Soller, 92.

The event’s fastest and highest-fundraising firefighter team, Team Covington, pictured with Lung Association “lung hero” Keegan Smith, in firefighting gear

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Q: What brings smiles and raises $33K? A: Trivia Night

AmeriCorps college guides Alexis Monroe, Deshayla Mitchem and Rhea Thomas Matt Hager and Jaierre Scott

The eighth annual Trivia Night for Brighter Futures, presented by TQL and hosted by the CYC Young Professionals Board, was a night of fun and inspirational stories. Cincinnati Youth Collaborative raised a record-breaking $33,000 to support the community’s youth. A commemorative bottle of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey from the six millionth barrel was raffled off during the event. CYC Young Professionals Board President Maurice Stewart, Jennifer Fritsch and CYC President/CEO Ericka C. Dansby

Amy Merrell event at Rhinegeist supports ProKids

Jennifer McKettrick, George Gaines and Katie Brown

The seventh annual Amy Merrell event at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine celebrated the legacy of the Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment to ProKids. Guests included ProKids CASA volunteers, donors and members of the ProKids community. Attendees enjoyed specially brewed Amelia beer, prizes and local band Like Minds. The endowment was created by Liz Ricci in honor of her sister, Merrell, to sustain ProKids and provide advocacy for youths aging out of the child protection system. “The work of ProKids is breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect,” Ricci says. “If these children have different childhoods, they can become successful adults.”

Kathleen Shaefer and George Gaines Kaitlynn Ratterman, Katie Campbell, Andrea Barter and Lisi George

Little Sisters’ Rock-A-Thon benefits elderly poor The third Biannual Rock-A-Thon raised nearly $14,000 for the Little Sisters of the Poor. The event was hosted by Music Man DJ Flyin’ Brian Hellmann and will support the Little Sisters’ residents, who are low-income elderly individuals. The Little Sisters, who have made a home in Cincinnati for over 150 years, care for the elderly poor around the world and rely on donations to maintain a safe environment for their residents.


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Staff members Sarah Steffen and Mandy Thomas with Chelsea Sando, Jessica Godshalk and Kelsey Helmers in the Leap Year Hop chair

Sr. George in her Meet Me in St. Louis chair Resident Janet Schmits rocking in her Reds-themed chair


Conference helps area nonprofit leaders ‘secure the future’

Keynote speaker Barry Posner Leadership Legacy award honorees: Cathy Gould, Lighthouse Youth Services; Tara Noland, Greenlight Fund; Lori Zombeck and Bob Grace, Learning Grove

More than 350 nonprofit leaders, board members, funders and fundraisers attended the Leadership Council for Nonprofits’ 20th anniversary Securing the Future conference with keynote speaker Barry Posner at the Cintas Center. The event focused on reconnecting friends, refreshing leadership principles, and learning new ways to achieve fundraising success, effective board meetings, organizational values, and diversity and inclusion. Next year’s conference is March 4, 2021, with keynote speaker Kim Jonker. Moe Cooper and Scott Provancher

Dan Hurley, Tia Draper and Mike McGinty

Annemarie Henkel

Clare Blankemeyer, Patty Lee and Mary Delaney

Scott Stephens, Alan Pickett, Giovanna Alvarez, Nikki Williams and Amanda Jenkin

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Chamber inducts 2020 class of Great Living Cincinnatians The 2020 class of Great Living Cincinnatians was inducted at the recent Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Annual Dinner. Nearly 1,400 Chamber members and community leaders attended the 54th Annual Dinner at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The four 2020 honorees are Uma R. Kotagal, Don Neyer, Dr. O’dell Owens and Harry H. Santen. Since 1967, the Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented for service to the community, business and civic attainment, leadership, awareness of the needs of others and distinctive accomplishments. Biographies of the 2020 Great Living Cincinnatians are available online: 

Morgan Owens and O’dell Owens

Jill Meyer (left) and Molly North (right) with honorees Harry Santen, Don Neyer, Uma Kotagal and Dr. O’dell Owens Don Neyer and Harry Santen

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Momentum Investors: (back) Scott Thompson, RESLV; Tracy Arceci, Bank of America; Chris Heitker, Bank of America; Lawrence Jones, RiskVersity; Deepak Sharma, Tata Consultancy Services; Chris Habel, Frost Brown Todd; (front) Russ Bailey, Taxley; Anisha Bailey, Taxley; Beth McNeill, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Nick Shell, RESLV; Dr. Jeffrey P. Bill, Sunrise Treatment Center; Kay Geiger, PNC Bank Katie Eagan, Bill Seitz, Molly North and Jill Meyer

Nick Shell, Uma R. Kotagal, Don Neyer and Scott Thompson

Morgan Owens, Nerissa Morris, Eugene Partridge, Dora Anim, Verna Williams, Ray Ball, David Singleton, Jill Meyer and Molly North

Julia Poston and Stacey Browning Photos by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber/Mark Bowen Media & Ross Van Pelt


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Art enthusiasts celebrate ADC Fine Art’s new gallery More than 300 artists, collectors and friends stepped onto the red carpet to celebrate the Grand Opening of ADC Fine Art’s new O’Bryonville gallery. ADC Fine Art’s new West End gallery and office space is set to open this spring. Once complete, ADC will have a combined 18,000 square feet, making it Cincinnati’s only mega-gallery.

Litsa Spanos, Cassandra Pennington, Maria D’Souza, Kateri Hassket, Tom Owen and Neil Hensley

Julie Hattershire, Julie Bauke, Vinni Brown and Mark Witte

John Dershen and Amy Whisenhunt Kateri Hassket

Jeannine Dostal, Litsa Spanos and Sylvia Rombis

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Price Hill Will celebrates Mardi Gras

Shannon Harman and Ben Klayer Samantha Lane, Simon Sotelo and Coltan Foster

About 200 guests, volunteers and honorees joined the party at Price Hill Will’s annual Mardi Gras Ball. The gala, presented by Nehemiah Manufacturing, was held at The Sanctuary in Lower Price Hill, and featured Cajun food, drink, games, awards and more. Proceeds from the event fund Price Hill Will’s initiatives and programs to support Lower, East, and West Price Hill and improve the quality of life for families in the community. Felicia Dowdy and Tifani Winkfield

A.J. Elegado and Laura Jekel

Samantha Conover and Tifani Winkfield Paul Conover and Michael Winkfield

Pete Bender and Tyra Schmidt, Verge Brewing

Patti Hogan and Rachel Hastings

DePaul Cristo Rey salutes Corporex, Bill Butler Corporex Cos. and its chairman, Bill Butler, have been recognized as the Corporate Partner of the Year by the DePaul Cristo Rey High School Corporate WorkStudy Program. Corporex has employed DePaul Cristo Rey students through the work-study program since the school opened in 2011. Corporex was honored at the recent Corporate Partner Leadership Breakfast. Nine other companies were honored for their five years with the program: 84.51º, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati Union Bethel, Cintas Corp., City of Cincinnati Law Department, The Dental Care Plus Group, Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Warsaw Federal and WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. DePaul Cristo Rey offers a private, college preparatory program to students whose families need significant financial assistance. S. Jeanne Bessette and Judge John Williams of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, a five-year partner in the Corporate Work Study Program 30

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DePaul Cristo Rey President S. Jeanne Bessette presents the Corporate Partner of the Year Award to Dan Sink, CEO of Corporex Companies. DPCR board member Bart Kohler, Vicky Reynolds, S. Jeanne Bessette, board member Rick Reynolds and board member Dan Neyer

Keynote speaker Robert Bilott of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister and Corporate Work Study Executive Director Abby Held Eli Lilly & Co. biologist Montanea Daniels (center), a graduate and board member of the Indianapolis Cristo Rey School, with DPCR seniors Haxell and Victoria


Art Museum event focuses on women Cincinnati Art Museum celebrated museum patrons and showcased newly acquired artwork at a yearly dinner for patrons in CAM’s Great Hall. Sponsored by Mariner Wealth Advisors, this year’s event focused on artwork of strong female figures or by women artists. Chief Conservator Serena Urry recounted stories of uncovering mysteries under paintings using X-ray and ultraviolet light technology. Ingrid and Fred Daoud Rebecca Bugos, Tom Schiff and Mady Gordon Steven Acosta and Jay Takach

Valerie Newell and Liz Grubow Geoff Byrne and Esther Mast Byrne

Artist Archie Rand appears at Skirball exhibit opening The Skirball Museum celebrated the opening of a new exhibit, “Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible.” Rand, an internationally celebrated artist and Jewish scholar, gave a presentation at the opening. The exhibition closes June 28. The Skirball Museum is on the campus of Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion.

Artist Archie Rand, right, autographs a copy of his book for Dr. Jason Kalman Marji Richards, Gates Richards, Samantha Baskind and Abby Schwartz

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Heritage Village steps into the 1920s The Roaring Twenties came alive for the more than 70 guests at Chocolate, Champagne, and Candlelight, a gala event benefiting Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center. This event featured emcee Brian Essen as Babe Ruth, jazz music by the Matt Tolentino Trio, a Charleston dance lesson from Mary Cook of A-Marika Dance Company, and a presentation by Mike Ward on the Cincinnati brewing industry before and after Prohibition. The event raised more than $5,300 to help maintain the 13 historic buildings of the museum and provide quality education programs throughout the year.

Nick Fryer, guitarist for the Nick Tolentino Trio; Nick Tolentino, singer-bandleader; Julie Dichtl, gala committee chair; Bill Dichtl, executive director at Heritage Village Museum; Michele McDonel, committee member; Yvonne Reissig, committee member; Rob Carter, board president at Heritage Village Museum; (kneeling) gala emcee Brian Essen as Babe Ruth Tom Nash and Debi Nash

High school students fired up to beat cancer at Night for the Fight More than 1,500 students from 52 Greater Cincinnati area high schools raised more than $338,000 for pediatric cancer research at the eighth annual CancerFree KIDS’ Night for the Fight. Students who live from Northern Kentucky to Dayton, Ohio, walked, ran, danced and played their way through an action-packed all-night fundraiser at the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena. The evening included music, activity and game rooms, personal stories from childhood cancer survivors, and many laps around the Cintas Center’s concourse to honor children with cancer. The event aims to inspire students to be advocates for children with cancer. TQL was the presenting sponsor.

House concert raises funds for 4-Way String Project Dick and Mary Lu Aft hosted a house concert featuring the 4-Way String Quartet, area professionals committed to introducing children to the joy of making music. The program included the music of Beethoven and Hindemith, and folk music of the U.S. and Denmark. Funds raised at the event support the 4-Way String Project, the quartet’s free lessons and small ensemble program at Woodford Paideia Elementary School. Alistair Watson and Beth Uhimchuk, violinists; Mary Lu Aft and Dick Aft, hosts; Kevin Boden, viola; Nat Chaitkin, cello 32

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The top fundraisers: Kate Stuhlreyer, Ursuline High School, $4,150; Ellie Carr, Loveland High School, $7,650; Kate Garry, Loveland, $15,120; Kate Garry has raised more than $34,000 over four years. Cancer survivors Charlotte and Alex at the survivor celebration

The Melzer family spoke at the event; daughter Clare, 6, has been cancer-free for 5 years.


Bengal cheerleaders with the Redwood talk show team: LeAnn Kay Raleigh, Ronnie Marshall, Ben-Gal Leah, Ben-Gal Kristen and Redwood’s “Weather Jokester”

Redwood honors creators of talk show The Redwood Express: An Evening of Celebration honored Redwood clients LeAnn Kay Raleigh, Ronnie Marshall, Scott and “Weather Jokester” for creating “What’s Good from the Wood,” a weekly talk show. The talk show team has become Redwood’s most prominent ambassadors in the Northern Kentucky community. JonJon and Toria from Q102 hosted the event at Paul Brown Stadium. H. David Wallace returned as auctioneer and helped raise more than $125,000. Soul Pocket performed for the 600 guests. “This event is Redwood’s largest fundraising event which provides educational, therapeutic and vocational services to children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities,” event chairman Brad Howard said. Redwood serves more than 750 individuals with disabilities each year. Committee members Nancy Goetz and Karen Poe Event chair Brad Howard with his parents, Debbie and Mark Howard Ron Dunlevy, Grand Adventure raffle winner

Q102’s JonJon, his cousin Cheryl Haas and former Bengals kicker Jim Breech

Marcy and Harold Kremer of sponsor Barnes Dennig with Redwood CEO John Francis

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Bill Mees, Hannah VanHoose and Scott McFall

Volunteers from Midland pitch in to paint Serenity Hall Fifteen employees from Midland Atlantic Properties recently devoted an afternoon to work alongside residents and staff at Talbert House’s Serenity Hall to paint the facility. Serenity Hall is a 35-bed residential halfway house serving Butler County. The program assists men with their transition to the community by addressing issues of employment, housing, money management and problem solving. Midland Atlantic has been supporting Talbert House for nearly twenty years, donating time and money to agency events and initiatives. Talbert House empowers children, adults and families to live healthy, safe and productive lives. Forrest Holger, Bill Mees, Clayton Riney, Hannah VanHoose, Sandy King, Sarah Cordero, Becky Appel, Ryan Kyte, Julie Krause and Scott McFall

Sandy King and Sarah Cordero

Becky Appel and Julie Krause


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A record-setting crowd of more than 400 helped raise $22,000 for the Brighton Recovery Center for Women at the seventh annual ’80s Throwback Party. The Leftovers kicked off the night, followed by Tommy Tutone. Mark McFadden blasted ’80s favorites all night long. Over the last seven years, the ’80s Throwback Party has raised more than $68,000. The 100-bed residential program helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity. Chandra Miller, Jennifer Payne, Cheryl Davis, Beth Williams and Joy Layman

Kevin David, Tommy Tutone and Dave Carpenter Karalee Massie, Brad Bentley and Krista Bentley Photos courtesy Ed Cunningham, Nicole Egbert and Pic Me Photo Mirror

Brighton Recovery Center supporters party like it’s 1980

Tommy Tutone singing with Tony Manyet from The Leftovers

Mark Collier and Katie Walters

Brighton Recovery Center Director Anita Prater with ’80s Throwback Party producer Katie Walters

Kelly Haas, Trey Haas, Sheila Haas, Carol Weinel, Kevin Haas and Lindsay Clore

A group from the Tracy Davis State Farm agency dressed as an ’80s bridal party

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Red & Black Blast raises over $130,000 for UC’s ATS More than 300 guests attended the University of Cincinnati’s Advancement & Transition Services’ third annual Red & Black Blast. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, bid on art created by ATS participants, took their chances at the wine pull and raffle, bid on vacation and bourbon packages, and danced. More than $130,000 was raised for ATS. Awards were presented to Terri Hogan, CEO of Contemporary Cabinetry East, and Daniel Cummins, UC assistant dean of students. Hogan received the Champion for Inclusion Award, while Cummins was awarded the Chuck Altenau Outstanding Service Award. Dinner was provided by UC Aramark executive chef Jonathan Hunt and his team, joined by noted chef Dean Larry Johnson. Melodic Connections and Swampthang entertained and Meghan Mongillo of Local 12 was emcee. All proceeds from the Blast benefit ATS to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities through innovative research, education and service.

Honoree Terri Hogan and Christi Carnahan Molly Mulvany and David Clark with mascot

Honoree Daniel Cummins

UC Senior Vice Provost Kristi Nelson

Allen Zaring, lead singer of Swampthang

Guests Sydney Cummins and Georgetta Cummins

New space a welcome addition for The Welcome Project Nothing says “welcome” more than an open kitchen and food. Wave Pool’s The Welcome Project recently opened a new kitchen and market. The space will serve as a teaching kitchen, and the micro food market will help combat food access issues in Camp Washington. Pay-what-you-can produce will be available from the Camp Washington Urban Farm and shelf-stable goods supplied from Dean’s Mediterranean, Horchata, and other specialty vendors. Wave Pool’s Cincinnati’s Table dinners – themed community dinners featuring both immigrant chefs and local artists – will take place in this new space. The space will also allow The Welcome Project to expand current art classes to include teaching classes and a future dinner program featuring guest chefs.

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Guests Diana O’Brien and Laura Kitzmiller

Dean Larry Johnson taking a break from the panini grill

Horchata chef Lety Sanchez, Lola Gonzalez and Welcome Project manager Erika Allen Artist Edward Sanchez, artist Sarabel Santos Negron, Welcome Project manager Erika Allen and Wave Pool co-founder Skip Cullen

Wave Pool UC coop student Aspen Barbro, Wave Pool Executive Director Cal Cullen, artist Radha Lakshmi, Welcome Project manager Erika Allen, Cincinnati’s Table organizer Manzara Reed and artist Peter Moreno

The new Welcome Market space and the street view

SNAPSHOTS 2020 Small Business Excellence Award winners: David Eyles, president of Precise Pallets; Natasha Adams, superintendent at West Clermont Local Schools; Kelly Griffis, owner of Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club; Robert Lees, owner of Front Street Café; Kelly Sininger, treasurer at West Clermont Local Schools; Jason Dimaculangan, agent at Energy Insurance Agency; Michael McGraw, founder of Roothouse Aquaponics

Clermont Chamber salutes business excellence The 2020 Small Business Excellence Awards, presented by Duke Energy, were given by the Ohio Small Business Development Center at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting. Three new award categories were introduced to recognize an outstanding emerging leader, woman and volunteer. Sponsors included Duke Energy, American Modern Insurance Group, Lykins Energy Solutions, Park National Bank, HealthSource of Ohio, Great Oaks Career Campuses, UC Clermont College, Union Township and Mercy Health.


• Emerging Business Award: Precise Pallets • Business Excellence Award: Front Street Café • Excellence in Impact Award: Roothouse Aquaponics • Emerging Leader Award: Kelly Griffis, owner of Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club

• Business Woman of the Year Award: West Clermont Local Schools superintendent Natasha Adams, and treasurer, Kelly Sininger • Volunteer of the Year Award: Jason Dimaculangan, insurance agent at Energy Insurance

Bedazzling ‘Bead Bash’ celebrates Behringer-Crawford exhibit Costumers, craftspeople and collectors gathered at BehringerCrawford Museum for a “Bead Bash” at the opening reception for the museum’s exhibit, “From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead.” The exhibit features beads of all shapes, sizes, materials and uses, from religious practices to currency to pure decoration. A highlight is a display of elaborately beaded costumes worn by the pop star Cher for concerts and the “Sonny & Cher” TV show during the 1970s. The museum remains closed through April 7, at which point a decision will be made about continuing the exhibit.  Jimmy Mawyer, Robyn Grider, Dr. Tammy Hoskins and Bob Haven

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Cat Schmeal, Ronnie Chamberlain, BCM Board Treasurer Mark Neikirk and Kate Neikirk Nancy Spivey, Kathy Schierer and Tamora Rademacher BCM Board President Kevin Wall and Karen Blank

BCM Board Secretary John Boh with beads exhibit contributor Wendell Williams

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