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Publishers’ Letter 4 Arts/Culture 5 ArtsWave Days showcase arts, highlight campaign 5 CAM exhibition celebrates Romare Bearden | By Cynthia Kukla 6 Art of the Bead’s got Cher’s gowns, babe 8 Mayan mysteries unveiled at Museum Center 8 Matinee Musicale presents soprano Nicole Cabell 10 Gorham silver exhibit coming to Cincinnati Art Museum 10 Cover story: Function first: DAAP’s Gjoko Muratovski leads by design| By John O. Faherty 12 The A/C List: music, theater, visual art and more 14

Powerhouse women: a series 20 ETC angels Murph Mahler & Ruth Sawyer | By David Lyman

The Datebook 23 Make-A-Wish alum to emcee BIG Wish Gala 23 Junior League turns 100 with gala, exhibit 25 Lyceum features magician, NFL star Jon Dorenbos 28 Fans get peek behind curtain at Backstage @ ETC 29 Celebs step out for CAA’s Dancing for the Stars 30 First Step Home honors top supporters at dinner 31 Behringer-Crawford Two-Headed Calf Awards 32

Gifts/Grants 34 Fealy family gives $3M to UC’s College of Business 34

In the News 36 Chamber honors leaders ‘Making Black History’ 36 Names in the News 38

Snapshots 39 Moveable Feast showcases CCM’s talent 39 Touchdown for HOPE raises $195,000 41 With $566K, Good Samaritans roar into the ’20s 44 Activist and Freedom Rider honors Dr. King’s legacy 45 Women’s Initiative breakfast honors Allyson True Cook 46 African American Chamber celebrates year of success 48 Future of the Arts gala showcases SCPA students 50

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s we emerge from winter doldrums, it’s helpful to bask in the examples of those who have and continue to shine a bright light into the future. The Junior League of Cincinnati celebrates its centennial with an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center and a gala in early March. Photos on page 25 highlight JLC’s long history of service to the community. Congratulations! The artist Romare (Roma-REE) Bearden took the European technique of collage to new heights. Cynthia Kukla gives us a preview of this unique and important exhibit, as the Cincinnati Art Museum showcases 30 of his works. See page 6. The University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning has long been one of its crown jewels, but much of its focus has remained U.S.-based. Design school head Gjoko Muratovski is now spreading the DAAP gospel globally. Learn more about him and his efforts, thanks to John Faherty, on page 12. The late Ruth Sawyer and Mary “Murph” Mahler contributed time,

talent and treasure to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, giving the organization the opportunity to flourish today. Not only did they write meaningful checks, they rolled up their sleeves and became part of the team bringing shows to life. David Lyman shares their story on page 20. Our 2019 Movers & Makers Awards wrap up March 12. Have you voted yet? Have you encouraged your constituents to join you? Time’s a’wasting! Vote early and vote often (daily!). Visit moversmakers.org to make your voice heard. Our Arts Calendar and Datebook remain the most comprehensive in the region. If you are away from your print copy, remember that you can easily access event information via our website. And our online listings extend well into the future, so send us event details as soon as you nail them down. Thanks for spending time with us. And also to our advertisers for making it possible to share all this great news. Please support them! Thom & Elizabeth Mariner Co-publishers

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Arts/Culture ArtsWave Days to highlight fundraising campaign ArtsWave’s 2020 campaign aims to raise $12.4 million to support the region’s arts. The three-month campaign will feature more than 200 performances and activities, including five ArtsWave Days. ArtsWave Days showcase the arts and are free. The campaign wraps up April 30. ArtsWave Days are sponsored by Macy’s. Coming up: • Power of Her Day, March 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven locations, to showcase female-centric arts and leadership and the milestone anniversaries of local cultural institutions. • OTR Arts Day, March 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven locations, featuring tours of some of Over-theRhine’s coolest venues with performances and activities of all types.

• Uncover the Arts, April 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring two free exhibitions at Cincinnati Art Museum and “Murder on the Orient Express” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. • Late Night Hub Closing Night – Culmination of This Time Tomorrow Festival, April 25, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Contemporary Art Center, an opportunity for adults to get connected to contemporary art in all forms. The first ArtsWave Day, Feb. 8 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, showcased African American artists and experiences. Full schedule with detailed performance information and activities: www.artswave.org/days

Campaign chair Jill McGruder announces ArtsWave’s 2020 fundraising goal during the campaign kickoff.

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The thrill of

‘Something Else’

CAM exhibition celebrates Romare Bearden’s vibrant collages


incinnatians are in for a visual treat this spring, thanks to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit “‘Something Over Something Else’: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series.” The exhibit brings together more than 30 collage paintings from Romare Bearden’s landmark series for the first time since its debut in New York nearly 40 years ago. Many may not be familiar with this trailblazing African American artist who was born in North Carolina and spent his artistic career in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, alongside such cultural luminaries as Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker. What makes Romare (Roma-REE) Bearden (1911-1988) exceptional and exciting is the way he used collage to document what was happening in the neighborhood and on the streets of Harlem. Famous European artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse experimented with collage (newspaper fragments, old books, prints, colored papers and wallpaper samples assembled together). But Bearden took this experimental method to a new level. He wasn’t content to make common still lifes, a classical European tradition. Rather, he focused on documenting what it was like growing up in rural North Carolina, so he made collage paintings of the farmworkers, farms and woods he fondly remembered. When he moved to Harlem in New York City, he was inspired by the jazz nightlife, skyscrapers and lively scenes happening in the neighborhood all around him. Forget stuffy still lifes, this is Harlem! Anyone who loves color and loves history will enjoy this authentic vision of early 20th century life in Harlem. “To see this stunning historic series 6

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brought together is an opportunity not to be missed,” says Julie Aronson, Cincinnati Art Museum’s curator of American paintings, sculpture and drawings. “Bearden’s work defies easy categorization – he moved gracefully between abstraction and figuration with exceptional creativity and drew upon so many different traditions. Walking through this exhibition, with its combination of poetic images and words, is like having the artist whispering in your ear. It is an extraordinarily moving experience.”

Romare Bearden (19111988), United States, “Profile/Part I, The Twenties: Mecklenberg County, Maudell Sleet’s Magic Garden,” 1978, collage on board, Collection of Pearson C. Cummin III and Linda Forrest Cummin. ©Romare Bearden Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

New fame in the 1970s The works in “Something Over Something Else” appear in chronological order starting in the 1920s. Bearden assembled this series in the late 1970s after the publication of a feature-length biography in the New Yorker by art critic Calvin Tomkins brought new fame. After this success elevated Bearden’s status, he decided to look back on his life with a new series about his artistic journey. Each artwork is accompanied by a short text by Bearden, in collaboration with his friend, writer Albert Murray. So we are treated not only to Bearden’s lush, color-drenched collage paintings, but also to the poetic and poignant narratives Bearden wrote, just as this series was envisioned and presented previously in New York. Bearden leads viewers through his autobiography as he wished to share it, on his own terms. He was born in 1911, and like countless African Americans he experienced the kind of prejudice many professional people of color suffered. We cannot imagine how frustrating it would be for someone of Bearden’s talent to have been overlooked for so many years. Bearden had worked for

the New York Department of Welfare to support his family. He made his lush, timely collages and paintings on evenings and weekends, as so many artists did and still do. Also, he grew up during the Works Progress Administration era, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent professional artists out to paint murals in post offices and such after the Great Depression. Bearden came to know about these artists and the importance of their social-realism artwork. Since so many African-American and women artists were neglected for decades, it was a triumph that someone with the status of a Calvin Tomkins would feature Bearden in the New Yorker in the 1960s, and from that do a comprehensive biography. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, which inaugurated this exhibit, has been a leading repository of Bearden’s art. Cincinnati is its second and final stop. According to the CAM, the exhibition title, “Something Over Something Else,” was a phrase used

Bearden’s work defies easy categorization – he moved gracefully between abstraction and figuration with exceptional creativity and drew upon so many different traditions. – Julie Aronson, curator, Cincinnati Art Museum by Bearden to describe his creative process. “You put something down. Then you put something else with it, and then you see how that works, and maybe you try something else and so on, and the picture grows in that way,” Bearden said. This description of the nature of his work with collage, painting and mixed media echoes the improvisational nature of jazz.  The exhibit runs Feb. 28-May 24. Sponsors are LPK and Eric and Jan-Michele Kearney.  www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org


‘User Agreement’ explores pervasiveness of social media March 15, 4 p.m.; March 16, 6 p.m.; Union Hall, 1311 Vine St.

Romare Bearden (1911-1988), United States, “Profile/Part I, The Twenties: Mecklenberg County, Railroad Shack Sporting House,” 1978, collage on board, Private collection. ©Romare Bearden Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Something more … The Cincinnati Art Museum will offer free admission to “‘Something Over Something Else’: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series” from Friday, February 28-Sunday, March 1. This free access is made possible by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber and Radio One Cincinnati. Starting March 3, tickets are $12 adults, $6 senior/children/ students. The exhibition is also free Thursday nights, 5-8 p.m., and during Art After Dark monthly events.

Additional public programming: • Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Lecture: exhibition curators Stephanie Heydt of the High Museum of Art and Robert G. O’Meally of Columbia University • Friday, Feb. 28, 5-9 p.m. Bearden-themed Art After Dark: “Harlem Nights” • April 16, 7 p.m. staged reading of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” in collaboration with Playhouse in the Park

Few topics are as hot in our society right now as our online privacy – or lack of it. Most of us have wondered what sort of digital trails we leave – not only where we go and how we browse, but what we think and feel – and how they affect our real lives. Composer Ian Dicke explores all this in a provocative work called “User Agreement,” being performed by local new-music chamber group concert:nova. Scored for soprano, chamber ensemble, and “dynamically spatialized” audio and video projections, the work sets parts of Twitter’s terms of service to music. More important, each member of the audience experiences “User Agreement” differently – based on how his or her phone is tracking and being tracked. Listeners will walk through the concert space with musicians scattered about. Special audio and visual effects will be added to the live music based on where

Composer Ian Dicke

you are. As on social media, listeners are targeted with specialized content based on their unique electronic data. Live tweets from within a halfmile of the concert venue will be projected onto walls, so audience members can post their reactions in real time to social media. Dicke, a composition faculty member at the University of California, Riverside, is noted for his work using social media and interactive technology.  www.concertnova.com

Women-centric performances and activities at seven locations around the region in celebration of the 2020 ArtsWave Campaign!

March 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. artswave.org/days

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Exhibit shows Ohio’s role in women’s suffrage Through April 26, Downtown Main Library

Sample of tambour beading created by Robert Haven

Beaded outfit worn by pop star Cher

Beaded crown worn by African nobility

Art of the Bead features Cher’s gowns Behringer-Crawford Museum, through May 10 If you don’t have tickets for Cher’s Cincinnati concert on April 7 (or even if you do), you can get an up-close look at some of the music icon’s glamorous

costumes at BehringerCrawford Museum through May 10. Four of Cher’s dazzling beaded outfits will be on display as part of the exhibit, “From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead.” The costumes were

worn for the “Sonny & Cher” TV show and concerts during the 1970s. The exhibit celebrates the role beads have played in society over the centuries, from prayer and devotion, to fashion and décor.  www.bcmuseum.org

An actress-singer and a psychic, both from Cincinnati, were important in the women’s suffrage movement. Visitors can earn about them and more at an exhibit about the effort that won women’s right to vote 100 years ago. Trixie Friganza, who inspired the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” written by her boyfriend Jack Norworth, donated money to the cause and advocated for women’s rights, equality and independence. And Laura Carter Pruden, mother of the Magic 8 Ball inventor, was a charter member of Harriet Taylor Upton Club, a suffrage organization formed in 1910 in Cincinnati. Facts such as these are featured in the exhibit “Genius of Liberty: The Long Struggle for Women’s Equality.” The exhibit spans events from the first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, N.Y., to adoption of the 19th Amendment in August 1920. The exhibit casts light on Ohio’s role and is named for “The Genius of Liberty,” an early feminist publication, published by Cincinnati suffragist Elizabeth Aldrich. “Few copies of this publication have survived to the present day but you can see some issues in the exhibit,” said Katherine Durack, an independent scholar, former Miami University faculty member, and host of the Genius of Liberty podcast (available at MercantileLibrary.com/GeniusofLiberty). To view digital copies of The Genius of Liberty, go to http://cinlib.org/2Mov0Ij  513-369-6900 or www.cincinnatilibrary.org

Museum Center showing mysteries of the Maya Saturday, March 14-Monday, Sept. 7, Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati Museum Center brings secrets of ancient Central America to the United States for the first time by hosting “Maya: The Exhibition.” The exhibit will feature more than 300 original objects that detail daily life, religion, politics and innovations of the Maya, including the famed stepped pyramids and the vibrant colors of Maya artwork. “Discoveries of the last 20 years have transformed our understanding of the people and why the great Maya cities were abandoned in the heart of Central America,” said Dave Duszynski, vice president of featured experiences at the center. “Never before has such a spectacular set of Maya artifacts traveled to North America. We are thankful that Guatemala is sharing these amazing national treasures with Cincinnati.” Mayan civilization dates to 2000 B.C., but reached its height around A.D. 600. The exhibition also includes a section on archaeological work the University of Cincinnati is doing at Maya sites.  www.cincymuseum.org/maya 8

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Clockwise from right: The Maya prized jade even more highly than gold, and this example of carved jade artwork shows their skill and artistry. Clay figurines from a Maya burial site, a recent discovery A 9-foot-long figure of a crawling warrior dressed as a jaguar dates back as early as A.D. 250.

Photos by Jorge Perez de L ara




Photo: Devon Cass

Friday, March 27, 2020 7:30 PM | Memorial Hall OTR • Winner 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition • Performed in the title role of Juliet in Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 season production of Romeo and Juliet • Has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago • One of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today

“Cabell’s tone is liquid gold.” JOSHUA ROSENBLUM, OPERA NEWS




Rohan De Silva, Piano Sun., Apr. 19, 2020 3 PM




Ronny Greenberg, Piano Sun., May 3, 2020 7 PM


Matinee Musicale presents lyric soprano Nicole Cabell Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM, Memorial Hall Matinee Musicale Cincinnati presents Nicole Cabell, one of today’s most sought-after lyric sopranos, in a solo recital accompanied by pianist Donna Loewy, College-Conservatory of Music faculty member. Cabell is 2005 winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and a Decca recording artist. Her solo debut album, “Soprano,” was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and Photo by Erika Dufour has received critical Nicole Cabell, soprano acclaim and several prestigious awards, including the 2007 Georg Solti Orphée d’Or from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique and an Echo Klassik Award in Germany. She has performed with many leading opera companies, and has repeatedly thrilled Cincinnati Opera audiences with her performances in productions of “Don Giovanni,” “The Magic Flute” and “The Marriage of Figaro.” In 2019, she received critical acclaim for her role as Juliet in the Cincinnati Opera’s production of Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet.”  www.matineemusicalecincinnati.org

Blue Wisp Big Band

Doris Day

Bill Cunliffe

Bonbon Spoon (detail), circa 1893, silver with gilding and enamel

Tureen, 1884, silver

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Dazzling exhibit of Gorham silver coming to Cincinnati Art Museum March 13-June 7, Cincinnati Art Museum Nearly 700 objects created by the world’s former largest maker of silver objects will be presented in “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850-1970.” Silver and mixed-metal wares, tools and drawings demonstrate the legacy of Rhode Island-based Gorham Manufacturing Co. Showpieces include a 1903 Martelé writing desk set with 50 pounds of silver, which took more than 10,000

Don Steins and Paul Hawthorne

George Russell

hours to complete, and a tea and coffee service used in the White House during Abraham Lincoln’s tenure. Tickets are free for museum members and during Art After Dark on March 27, April 24, May 29, and Thursdays 5-8 p.m. Elizabeth Williams, RISD Museum’s curator of decorative arts and design, will lecture March 12. The exhibition is supported by Huntington Bank, Evolo Design and the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust.  www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Pat Kelly

Larry Dickson

Lou Lausche

Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame to induct new class of musicians Sunday, March 22, Mount St. Joseph University Auditorium Theatre, 3-5 p.m. The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame will celebrate the local jazz scene with the induction of its sixth class. The event will include an invitation-only VIP Reception with the Lee Stolar Trio, induction of seven new hall members, special recognitions, scholarship awards, and performances by the Jazz at Dusk Combo and the Greater Cincinnati Youth Jazz Collaborative. The Blue Wisp Big Band will perform an hour-long concert including legendary drummer Jeff Hamilton and vocals by Lynne Scott. 10

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The seven new inductees:

Bill Cunliffe, piano/composer; Larry Dickson, saxophone/arranger/composer; Pat Kelly, piano/composer/bandleader/arranger; George Russell, piano/ composer; Lou Lausche, bass/violin; and the duo Don Steins, keyboard/arranger/saxophone, and Paul Hawthorne, vibraphone/vocals.

Special recognitions:

The 40th anniversary of The Blue Wisp Big Band; and Doris Day, Cincinnati’s big band singer.

Scholarship winners:

Jennifer Armor, vocals/violin; Sean Butkovich, piano; Edgar Byers, saxophone; and Jack Early, bass. Tickets are $27.24 online; $30 at the door.  800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com  www.cincyjazzhof.org

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PROFILE By John O. Faherty

Function first For DAAP’s Gjoko Muratovski, the goal isn’t here is a lemon squeezer on a shelf behind to follow Tthe desk of the director of the School of Design – the “D” in DAAP, the University of industry, Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. It looks like a rocket landed on Earth to squeeze a single lemon. but The Philippe Starck squeezer was designed on a napkin over lunch on the Amalfi Coast more than 25 years ago. It is 12 inches tall, made of polished aluminum, and one sits rightfully in the Museum of Modern Art. It is that stunning. It is also not good at the one thing it was designed to do. It makes a terrific mess, the juice goes where it is not supposed to, and there is not much of it. Asked why it is in his office and not his kitchen, Gjoko Muratovski said nobody in his right mind would ever squeeze a lemon with it. Gjoko is a practical man and keeps the Starck Squeezer with a splash of irony because when he brings it to the classroom it is an example of the push and pull between art and design. At DAAP, and the Design School in particular, function comes first. “Design does not exist for itself, for the sake of the design,” Gjoko said. “Design is applied, it is not self-expression. Unless it serves its purpose, it is useless.”

Influences pervade our culture This practicality may be why the Myron E. Ullman Jr. School of Design is both well known and underappreciated. It is everywhere you look but rarely recognized. The famous logo on every FedEx truck, the one with the arrow designed between the “E” and the “x,” that’s by a Design School graduate. The Apple Watch that might be sitting on your wrist, that’s the work of a graduate. More Procter & Gamble products than you can count, the NASA logo, the Absolut Vodka bottle, the Nike shoes on your feet, the first Apple mouse. Yep, all of them. And the list does not stop. The Screaming Eagle, the one on the hood of the Trans Am, that was the work of Stu Schuster, Class 12

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of 1962. Burt Reynolds loved it. So four years ago, when the school needed a new director, it was going to be a difficult search. The person had to be good at design, of course. He or she had to love students and philosophy. He or she had to be willing to push the school forward, but there was one thing that mattered as much as all of that. The next director needed to be able to tell the school’s story. To scream it from the mountaintop if necessary. Gjoko came to DAAP as the very definition of “global perspective.” He was working in New Zealand when the school approached him. Before that, Australia. Before that, Asia and Europe. Gjoko (pronounced Joe-Ko) Muratovski (pronounced, oddly, just as it is spelled) is a native Macedonian who has lived, worked, and been educated in 11 countries. One of the first things he noticed upon moving to Clifton, with his wife and daughter, was that people in Cincinnati think DAAP is “nice.” Across the world, it is considered amazing. “People here take this school for granted sometimes, and part of the reason for that is in our history,” he said. “We are very Midwestern, a quiet achiever. But in truth, the school is a powerhouse. An icon.” The icon turned 150 years old last year, and that past was celebrated. Gjoko now will look at the school’s past to set up its future. “I am a steward of a legacy. I want to future-proof it. To translate who we are today into who we are next.” And then he paused and smiled. “I am a designer first. As a director, I am trying to design a school of design.”

The legacy of this school is amazing. The alumni of this school have designed America. There is not an industry that remains untouched by this school. –Gjoko Muratovski

‘Unbelievable energy’ Jay Chatterjee is certain Gjoko is the right person for the job, and Chatterjee knows a bit about how to run a school. He was the dean of DAAP for 20 years during a time of remarkable growth and success. “The first thing that comes to mind about Gjoko is an unbelievable energy,” Chatterjee said. “Also, he thinks globally. He is so networked in. He knows the world.” Chatterjee specifically mentioned Gjoko’s confidence, his fearlessness, and his vision. “He is very focused, very innovative. It is always about the school, and not him.” Gjoko has an intense gaze, a shaved head and a perfectly fitted suit. He walks the halls of the

Design School noticing everything, pointing out most of it, and asking questions of students and teachers that seem to surprise them with how informed he is with their projects. He has brought this style through much of his career, which includes highlights like consulting for NASA on the design for spacecraft habitation and extraterrestrial environments, working with countless Fortune 500 companies, and being the original art director for the Greenpeace Design Award. Gjoko will take that experience, plus his school’s history, as he determines how to move forward. The School of Design, he said, was established to create designers who were able to work in the real world, but remain visionaries. “The legacy of this school is amazing. The alumni of this school have designed America. There is not an industry that remains untouched by this school,” Gjoko said. “The school was founded with a mandate to make products better, prettier and more useful.” As Gjoko moves the school forward, he will lean on one predecessor in particular. Herman Schneider was an engineering professor in the early 1900s when he created the idea of a Cooperative Education model that would deepen ties between universities and industry. The plan to place students in the workplace, so each could learn from the other, seems practical now, but at the time, it was radical. Schneider later became dean of what would eventually become DAAP. Gjoko knows Schnieder’s instincts remain correct. The Design School is at its best when its ties to industry are strongest. “We need to help industry understand how to be competitive moving forward. Not to follow industry, but to lead industry. To help set new standards,” Gjoko said. This is why much of the time he spends on the road is to work with industry. To listen to their current needs and to help anticipate their future needs. Gjoko puts it simply. “I am reminding them why DAAP matters. I need them to need us.” Continued on page 15. 

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The A/C List ARTS/CULTURE | The List

Cultural Exhibits/Tours American Sign Museum | Camp Washington. 513-541-6366. www.signmuseum.org ƒ Permanent collection American Legacy Tours | Over-the-Rhine. 859-951-8560. www.americanlegacytours.com ƒ Historic tours in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Behringer-Crawford Museum | Devou Park, Covington. 859491-4003. www.bcmuseum.org ƒ Permanent exhibit. “Mrs. White’s Kindergarten” Betts House | West End. 513651-0734. www.thebettshouse.org ƒ Permanent exhibit. “History at Home: The Story of the Betts Family, the West End and Cincinnati” Cincinnati Fire Museum | Downtown. 513-621-5553. www.cincyfiremuseum.com ƒ Permanent collection Cincinnati Museum Center | Union Terminal, Queensgate. 513287-7000. www.cincymuseum.org ƒ Thru 2020. “Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery” ƒ Thru June 1. “The Junior League of Cincinnati: Making a Difference for 100 Years” ƒ March 5, 6-9 p.m. Museum on Tap party: “Aaron Burr: American Bastard” ƒ March 14-Sept. 7. “Maya: The Exhibition” Friends of Music Hall | Music Hall, Washington Park. 513-6212787. www.friendsofmusichall.org ƒ Tours of Music Hall Harriet Beecher Stowe House | Walnut Hills. 513-751-0651. www.towehousecincy.org ƒ Thursday-Sunday. Docent-led house tours ƒ March 1-14. “Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change”


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Holocaust & Humanity Center | Union Terminal, Queensgate. 513-487-3055. www.holocaustandhumanity.org ƒ Tuesday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Drop-In Tours

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Islamic Center | West Chester. www.icgc.us ƒ March 7, 1-3 p.m. “Know Your Neighbor” (open house/tour) Krohn Conservatory | Eden Park. 513-421-4086. www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohn ƒ Thru March 8. “Bloom and Grow” Lloyd Library and Museum | Downtown. 513-721-3707. www.lloydlibrary.org ƒ Permanent exhibit. George Rieveschl Jr.: History of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Milford Historical Society | Downtown Milford. 513-248-0324. www.milfordhistory.net ƒ Permanent exhibit. Historical displays of art, furniture, china, books, textiles, antique band instruments, fans, buttons, hats, photographs, historical documents, and more. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | The Banks, Downtown. 513-3337500. www.freedomcenter.org ƒ Thru April 5. “Motel X: Human Trafficking Along the I-75 Corridor” Public Library | Downtown. 513-369-6900. www.cincinnatilibrary.org ƒ Thru April 26. “Genius of Liberty: The Long Struggle for Women’s Equality” ƒ March 15, 2 p.m. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance: Foley Road and McGing Irish Dancers Skirball Museum | Hebrew Union College, Clifton. 513-221-1875. www.huc.edu ƒ Current exhibit. “An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience”

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“Bold Moves” at Cincinnati Ballet, March 19-21, features artistic director Victoria Morgan’s choreographic realization of Ravel’s “Bolero.”

Madeira Farmers Market | www.madeirafarmersmarket.com ƒ Thursdays, 4-6:30 p.m. Regional food and beverage market (at Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian) Northside Farmers Market | North Church, Northside. www.northsidefm.org ƒ Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m. Regional food and beverage market Renaissance Covington | Braxton Brewing Company. 859-261-7111. www.rcov.org ƒ Thru April 25. Covington Farmers Market



Cincinnati Ballet | 513-621-5219. www.cballet.org ƒ March 19-21. “Director’s Cut: Boléro” (at Music Hall) ƒ March 28-April 5. “Family Series: Snow White” (at Aronoff Center)

The Barn / ARTFlix | Mariemont. 513-272-3700. www.artatthebarn.org ƒ March 12, 7 p.m. “At Eternity’s Gate” (2018)

College-Conservatory of Music | University of Cincinnati. 513-556-4183. www.ccm.uc.edu ƒ March 5-8. Student Choreographers’ Showcase Northern Kentucky University | Highland Heights. 859-5725464. www.nku.edu/sotatickets ƒ March 6-7. Dance ‘20 Shen Yun | Aronoff Center, downtown. 877-818-8029. www.shenyunperformingarts.org ƒ March 18-20. Classic Chinese dance and music

Fairs/Festivals/Markets Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Various venues and Duke Energy Convention Center. www.winefestival.com ƒ March 12-14. Wine tastings and gourmet experiences to benefit area nonprofits City Flea | Washington Park, Overthe-Rhine. www.thecityflea.com ƒ March 8. Womenfolk Market (at The Transept OTR)

Esquire Theatre | Clifton. 513281-8750. www.esquiretheatre.com ƒ Independent, foreign and classic film Fitton Center | Downtown Hamilton. 513-863-8873. www.fittoncenter.org ƒ March 17, 7 p.m. “Loving” FotoFocus Biennial 2020 | Rhinegeist Brewery, Over-the-Rhine. www.fotofocusbiennial.org/see-art ƒ March 10, 7 p.m. Second Screens: “United Skates” Mercantile Library | Downtown. 513-621-0717. www.mercantilelibrary.com ƒ March 3, 6 p.m. Adaptation: Miss Lonelyhearts

Literary/Lectures AIA Cincinnati | BOOST! Meeting Space, Pendleton. 513421-4661. www.aiacincinnati.org ƒ March 19, 5:30 p.m. Vision Keynote: Guided by Ethos The Barn | Mariemont. 513272-3700. www.artatthebarn.org ƒ March 26, 1:30 p.m. Art & Architecture of Italy | Gene Johnston Lecture Series

14 Cincinnati Art Museum | Eden Park. 513-721-2787. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org ƒ March 12, 7-8 p.m. Lecture: Elizabeth Williams ƒ March 15, 2 p.m. 20th Annual Benesse Lecture: Alison Saar Cincinnati Zoo | Avondale. 513281-4700. www.cincinnatizoo.org ƒ March 11, 7 p.m. Barrows Conservation Lecture Series: Dr. Gary Nabhan “Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Lands & Communities” Clifton Cultural Arts Center | St. John’s Unitarian, Clifton. 513497-2860. www.cliftonculturalarts.org ƒ March 24, 6 p.m. Sunset Salons: “Women in the Arts” Decorative Arts Society | Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park. www.decorativeartsociety.org ƒ March 8, 2 p.m. 24th Annual Kreines Decorative Arts Lecture: Artist Beth Lipman Grail in the US | Loveland. www.grail-us.org ƒ May 3. Art at the Oratory: Sharon Thomson collaborative reading piece with Pones Harriet Beecher Stowe House | Walnut Hills. 513-751-0651. www.stowehousecincy.org ƒ March 5, 7 p.m. “Sisters in Solidarity?” ƒ March 8, 4 p.m. Dr. Hilda Smith, University of Cincinnati: “Women’s Suffrage: Myth and Reality” Holocaust & Humanity Center | Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal. 513-487-3055. www.holocaustandhumanity.org ƒ Sundays, 2 p.m. Speaker Series ƒ Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Speaker Series Joseph-Beth Booksellers | Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. 513-396-8960. www.josephbeth.com ƒ March 3, 7 p.m. Discussion: Annette Januzzi Wick: “I’ll Have Some of Yours: What my mother taught me about cookies, music, the outside, and her life inside a care home”


Function first: Gjoko Muratovski Continued from page 13.

Many paths for preparation And Gjoko needs to make sure his students are ready to meet the new standards. A walk across the school shows how students are being prepared through ways both old and new. In Room 6461 there is a traditional loom and a 3D Knitting Machine called the “knitterator.” Coming soon is an ultrasonic textile welding machine designed for spacesuits. Room 6455 is the “Wearable Futures Lab” which includes a $1.7 million computer, a gift from an industrial partner in France. And Room 5401 is the Future Mobility Center, which reveals the Design School’s commitment to the automotive sector. J. Antonio Islas-Muñoz is a former DAAP

ƒ March 4, 7 p.m. Discussion: Kimmery Martin & Jessica Strawser: “The Antidote for Everything” and “Forget You Know Me” ƒ See website for more events Mercantile Library | Downtown. 513-621-0717. www.mercantilelibrary.com ƒ First Wednesday, noon. Book Discussion ƒ First Thursday, 6 p.m. Literary Journeys with Tony Covatta ƒ March 4, 5:30 p.m. The Ghosts of Eden Park: An Evening with Karen Abbott ƒ March 10, 6 p.m. The Memoir Lecture: Kiese Laymon ƒ March 18, 6 p.m. Free Thinker: An Evening with Kimberly Hamlin ƒ March 24, 6 p.m. Reading Toni Morrison National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | The Banks, Downtown. 513-3337500. www.freedomcenter.org ƒ March 7, 2 p.m. “Stopping It Before It Starts: A Panel on Human Trafficking Prevention” Northern Kentucky University | Highland Heights. www.calendar.nku.edu ƒ March 24, 7 p.m. Discussion: Heather Hanson: “That Book Woman” and “Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer”

student and is now the school’s head of transportation design. He appreciates the emphasis Gjoko has put on the relationship between students, professors, and industry. “Gjoko has supported and protected us,” Islas-Muñoz said from his lab, which looks like a particularly clean garage. “Each student needs to have five internships. We need to know what we are doing so we can remain one step ahead.” Then he looked around at the students and the technology around him. “We do not respond to industry, we anticipate industry. That is a significant change.” Gjoko has been working on making sure the curriculum puts the student in the center. “We did a proper systematic with a full oversight of the landscape,” he said. The goal was to provide students with the right instruction, the right equipment. Gjoko also wanted to make sure students could take more classes outside of their concentration. “How

can the educational experience be more meaningful to the student? How do things connect? How can students and faculty interact at the intersections of disciplines.” The other goal is to make sure industry continues to appreciate DAAP and the Design School. Gjoko wants to make sure people can hear the roar of the engine. “This school is not a Ferrari. I love the Ferrari, but this school is an American muscle car that you take apart and rebuild in the garage with your dad. It is a work of passion and I approach it with respect. The power is there.” And only when you can feel that power and hear that roar, then students can paint a magnificent Screaming Eagle across the hood, because function certainly comes first, but that does not mean that form comes last. 

Public Library | Downtown. 513-369-6900. www.cincinnatilibrary.org ƒ March 24, 6 p.m. Bea Larsen: “The Third Person in the Room” Thomas More University | Crestview Hills. 859-341-5800. www.thomasmore.edu ƒ Mondays, 12:15-1:05 p.m. Writer’s Table Word of Mouth Cincinnati | MOTR Pub, Over-the-Rhine. www.cincywordofmouth.com ƒ Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Open mic, plus feature performance

Music American Sign Museum | Camp Washington. 513-541-6366. www.signmuseum.org ƒ March 20, 7 p.m. Signs & Songs: The Hot Magnolias Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas | St. Thomas Episcopal, Terrace Park. 513-831-2052. www.bachensemble.org ƒ March 15, 5 p.m. Bach Vespers Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony | St. Barnabas Church, Montgomery. 513-549-2197. www.bamso.org ƒ March 8, 6 p.m. Young Artists Concerto Concert, Michael Chertock, conductor

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ARTS/CULTURE | The List Bromwell’s Härth Lounge | 4th Street, Downtown. www.bromwellsharthlounge.com ƒ Thursday-Saturday. Jazz with pianist Steve Schmidt and guests on weekends Caffe Vivace | Walnut Hills. 513601-9897. www.caffevivace.com ƒ Tuesday-Saturday. Live jazz Cathedral Basilica | Covington. 859-431-2060. www.cathedralconcertseries.org ƒ March 22, 3 p.m. “A Musical Celebration of Bach’s 335th Birthday”

Cincinnati Civic Orchestra | Compass Christian Church, Mason. 513-861-9978. www.cincinnaticivicorchestra.org ƒ March 1, 3 p.m. Winter Concert Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra | The Redmoor, Mt. Lookout Square. 513-280-8181. www.cincinnatijazz.org ƒ March 8, 2 p.m. Jazz at First: “Something to Live For: Janelle Reichman performs Billy Strayhorn” (at First Unitarian Church, Avondale) ƒ March 26, 7 p.m. “Angel Song”: Ingrid Jensen Plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler

Chamber Music Cincinnati | Memorial Hall, Over-the-Rhine. 513342-6870. www.cincychamber.org ƒ March 12, 7:30 p.m. Pavel Haas Quartet ƒ March 17, 7:30 p.m. Murray Perahia, piano Christ Church Cathedral | Downtown. 513-621-1817. www.cincinnaticathedral.com ƒ March 1, 5 p.m. Choral Evensong ƒ March 3, 12:10 p.m. Music Live@Lunch: Ben Flanders, baritone; Lauren McAllister, mezzo-soprano: song cycle by Kile Smith ƒ March 10, 12:10 p.m. Music Live@Lunch: Wei-Shuan Yu, cello and viola da gamba ƒ March 17, 12:10 p.m. Music Live@Lunch: Danielle Hundley, flute ƒ March 24, 12:10 p.m. Music Live@Lunch: Clark and Jones Trio ƒ March 31, 12:10 p.m. Music Live@Lunch: Alan Rafferty and Sarah Kim, cello Cincinnati Art Museum | Eden Park. 513-721-2787. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org ƒ March 8, noon. Brunch.Art. Music Cincinnati Arts Association | Aronoff Center. 513-621-2787. www.cincinnatiarts.org ƒ March 14, 8 p.m. Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour ƒ March 28, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. “ABBAFAB - The Premier ABBA Experience”


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Circle Singers | Hyde Park Methodist. 513-492-7265. www.cinci-circlesingers.org ƒ March 6, 7 p.m. Mixed-voice adult choir, Roxanne Engles, conductor Classical Revolution | Northside Tavern. 216-407-4194. www.classicalrevolutioncincinnati.com ƒ March 8, 8 p.m. Chamber music in casual bar setting College-Conservatory of Music | University of Cincinnati. 513-556-4183. www.ccm.uc.edu ƒ March 1, 4 p.m. Chamber Winds

Cincinnati Youth Choir | College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. 513-5564183. www.cincinnatichoir.org ƒ March 15, 2 p.m. “Around the World: Celebrating Our Stories”

Movers & Makers

Covenant-First Presbyterian Church | Washington Park. www.covfirstchurch.org ƒ March 8, 4 p.m. Organ Festival Recital: Alan Morrison, organist Dearborn Highlands Arts Council | Lawrenceburg. 812-539-4251. www.dearbornhighlandsarts.org ƒ March 21, 2 p.m. Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band

The LongworthAnderson Series presents Meshell Ndegeocello, March 20 at Memorial Hall

Cincinnati Symphony & Pops | Music Hall, Washington Park. 513-381-3300. www.cincinnatisymphony.org ƒ March 6, 7:30 p.m. (CSO) Classical Roots 2020: CeCe Winans and Classical Roots Choir, Damon Gupton, conductor ƒ March 7-8. (Pops) “The Cincinnati Sound: King Records, Herzog Studios and More” ƒ March 13-14. (CSO) “Handel in Rome: The Delirium of Love” ƒ March 14, 10:30 p.m. (CSO Night/Light) Joelle Harvey, soprano and Thomas Dunford, lute (Wilks Studio, Music Hall) ƒ March 27-28. (CSO) “Manny and Mozart” ƒ March 27, 7:30 p.m. (Chamber Players) “Manny Ax & More” Emanuel Ax, piano, and CSO players ƒ March 28, 10:30 a.m. (Lollipops) “Peter and the Wolf”

concert:nova | www.concertnova.com ƒ March 12, 7 p.m. “The Wine Files” (at SOMM Wine Bar, Price Hill) ƒ March 15, 6 p.m. “User Agreement” (at Union Hall, Over-the-Rhine) ƒ March 16, 4 p.m. Encore of previous

DownTowne Listening Room | www.downtownelisteningroom.com ƒ March 14, 7:30 p.m. Georgia Middleman w/ Ruby Green Duo, feat. Sami Riggs

ƒ March 3, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Recital: Ran Dank, piano ƒ March 8, 4 p.m. Jazz Lab Band: “Swing, Swang, Swinging” ƒ March 9, 7:30 p.m. Guest Artist: American Horn Quartet ƒ March 10, 7:30 p.m. Ariel Quartet w/ Anton Nel, piano: “Hungary” ƒ March 11, 7:30 p.m. Concert Orchestra and Chorale ƒ March 12, 7:30 p.m. Brass Showcase ƒ March 24, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Recital: Awadagin Pratt, piano ƒ March 24, 7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble: “America and Russia” ƒ March 26, 7:30 p.m. Chamber Orchestra: “CCM Cello-Bration” ƒ March 28, 7:30 p.m. Wind Symphony: “Fireworks” ƒ March 29, 4 p.m. Music for Food: CCM Benefit Concert The Comet | Northside. 513541-8900. www.cometbar.com ƒ Sundays, 7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars

Fairfield Community Arts Center | Fairfield. 513-8675348. www.fairfield-city.org ƒ March 7, 8 p.m. Croce Plays Croce ƒ March 28, 8 p.m. Luke McMaster: Icons of Soul Tour First Lutheran Church | Over-the-Rhine. 513-207-6152 or susanprince61613@gmail.com ƒ March 16, 7 p.m. Yale Spizzwinks on tour (a cappella group) Fitton Center | Downtown Hamilton. 513-863-8873. www.fittoncenter.org ƒ March 14, 7:30 p.m. “Shades of Bublé,” three-man tribute to Michael Bublé The Greenwich | Walnut Hills. 513- 221-1151. www.the-greenwich.com ƒ Live jazz, blues and R&B Immaculata Chamber Series | Holy Cross-Immaculata Church, Mt. Adams. www.fb.com/ImmaculataCMS ƒ March 8, 4 p.m. The Unsung Hero: Viola Quintets

Irish Heritage Center | Columbia-Tusculum. 513-533-0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com ƒ March 1, 7 p.m. Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones ƒ March 5, 7 p.m. Easter Rising, The McSplains, and Ceol Mohr ƒ March 12, 7 p.m. The McMahon Clan Linton Chamber Music | 513381-6868. www.lintonmusic.org ƒ March 15, 4 p.m. Miami String Quartet with Eric Kim (at First Unitarian, Mt. Auburn) ƒ March 16, 7:30 p.m. Encore of previous (at Congregation Beth Adam, Loveland) Linton PB&J Sessions | 513-381-6868 ƒ March 14, 10 & 11:30 a.m. “Music with Madcap: The Story of the Gingerbread Man” (at Mt. Washington Presbyterian) ƒ March 21, 10 & 11:30 a.m. “Music with Madcap: The Story of the Gingerbread Man” (at Sycamore Presbyterian) Matinee Musicale | Memorial Hall, Washington Park. www.matineemusicalecincinnati.org ƒ March 27, 7:30 p.m. Nicole Cabell, soprano Memorial Hall | Washington Park. 513-977-8838. www.memorialhallotr.com ƒ March 4, 8 p.m. Dave Mason: The Feelin’ Alright Tour ƒ March 11, 8 p.m. Ladysmith Black Mambazo ƒ March 14, 8 p.m. Guster: Evening of Acoustic Music and Improv ƒ March 19, 8 p.m. The Official Blues Brothers Revue ƒ March 20, 8 p.m. LongworthAnderson Series: Meshell Ndegeocello ƒ March 21, 8 p.m. Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years ƒ March 22, 7 p.m. LongworthAnderson Series: Aoife O’Donovan w/ Taylor Ashton: “Songs & Strings” ƒ March 26, 8 p.m. The Musical Box Presents A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II ƒ March 31, 8 p.m. Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories

ARTS/CULTURE | The List Miami University Regional Artist Series | Middletown campus. 513-785-3155. www.miamioh.edu/Regionals ArtistSeries ƒ March 21, 7:30 p.m. Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Che Apalache Music for All Seasons | Peterloon Estate, Indian Hill. www.musicseasonsincincinnati.com ƒ March 8, 2 p.m. “Women in Music” Quinn Patrick Ankrum, mezzo-soprano; Ariadne Antipa, piano; Cindy Candelaria, mezzo-soprano; Yaoyue Huang, piano; Marie-France Lefevbre, piano; Jacob Miller, piano; Miriam Smith, cello; Christopher Wilke, lute Musica Sacra | St. Boniface Church, Northside. 513-385-5583. www.musica-sacra.org ƒ March 29, 3 p.m. Fauré: Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine. Brett Scott, conductor Northern Kentucky University | Highland Heights. 859-5725464. www.nku.edu/sotaevents ƒ March 2, 7 p.m. Choral Concert (at Cathedral Basilica, Covington) ƒ March 3, 7 p.m. Latin Jazz and R&B Combos (at York St. Café, Newport) ƒ March 5, 7 p.m. Jazz Combo (at York St. Café, Newport) ƒ March 5, 7 p.m Guest Artist: James Miller, flute ƒ March 18, 7 p.m. Brass Showcase ƒ March 24, 7:30 p.m. Northern Chorale at Community Choral Festival (at Blessed Sacrament Church, Ft. Mitchell) ƒ March 26, 6:30 p.m. Community Trombone Choir w/ Cristian Ganicenco, CSO principal ƒ March 29, 3 p.m. Faure: Requiem - Chamber Choir w/ Thomas More University and Musica Sacra (at St. Boniface Church, Northside) ƒ March 31, 7 p.m. Composition Area Recital Public Library | Downtown. 513-369-6900. www.cincinnatilibrary.org ƒ March 14, 3 p.m. Jazz of the Month Club ƒ March 15, 2 p.m. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of

Song and Dance: Foley Road and McGing Irish Dancers Queen City Chamber Orchestra | St. Phillipus Church, Over-the-Rhine. www.facebook.com ƒ March 13, 8 p.m. “Tales from a Modern Era” Salon 21 | Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center. 513-977-4165. www.salon21.org ƒ March 19, 7 p.m. “Stolen, Borrowed, Shared”: Annie Darlin Gordon, flute; Jill Jantzen, piano Schwartz’s Point | Five Points, Over-the-Rhine. www.thepoint.club ƒ Thursday-Saturday. Nightly jazz Sorg Opera House | Middletown. www.sorgoperahouse.org ƒ March 14, 8 p.m. Bee Gees: Night Fever ƒ March 21, 8 p.m. The Classic Rock Experience ƒ March 27, 8 p.m. Gabriel Bello: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience

German Requiem, Chancel Choir and Soloists Woodward Theater | Over-the-Rhine. 513-345-7981. www.woodwardtheater.com ƒ March 6, 9 p.m. Wussy, with Vacation ƒ March 13, 9 p.m. Of Montreal with Lily And Horn Horse ƒ March 19, 7:30 p.m. Cincy Jams Xavier University | 513-745-3801. www.xavier.edu/music-program ƒ March 20, 7:30 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble ƒ March 21, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Brass Quintet

Young Professionals Choral Collective | Cincinnati Museum Center. 513-601-8699. www.ypccsing.org ƒ March 14, 8:30 p.m. “Radio Revelry,” fundraiser

Opera ROKCincy | www.rokcincy.com ƒ March 8, 2 p.m. “The Barber of Seville” (at Clifton Cultural Arts Center) ƒ March 23, 10 a.m. “The Barber of Seville” (at Warren County Learning Center)

Theater The Carnegie | Covington. 859491-2030. www.thecarnegie.com ƒ March 21-April 5. “End of the Rainbow” Center Stage Players | Lockland High School. 513-558-4910. www.centerstageplayersinc.com ƒ March 13-22. “Momus & Aphrodite” Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | Fairfax. 513-569-8080. www.thechildrenstheatre.com ƒ Thru March 9. “Annie Jr.” (at Taft Theatre, downtown) ƒ March 14-15. “Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta the Underground”

Unearth a world of innovators

Southgate House | Newport. 859-431-2201. www.southgatehouse.com ƒ Nightly rock, alternative, folk and blues Taft Museum of Art | Lytle Park, Downtown. 513-241-0343. www.taftmuseum.org ƒ March 22, 2:30 p.m. Chamber Music Series Trinity Episcopal Church | Covington. 859-431-1786. www.trinitychurchcovky.com ƒ March 1, 5 p.m. The Choir of Trinity Church, Evensong ƒ March 18, 12:15 p.m. Midday Musical Menu: music from the Great American Songbook: Vincent Phelan, violin, Rick Hagee, piano Vocal Arts Ensemble | St. Rose Church, Riverside Drive. 513-381-3300. www.vaecinci.com ƒ March 29, 5 p.m. “Sacred Heart,” Craig Hella Johnson, conductor. Music by Bach, three contemporary composers, plus a world premiere.

Coming March 14


Westwood First Presbyterian | Westwood. 513-661-6846. www.wfpc.org/concertSeries.html ƒ March 15, 3 p.m. Brahms: Movers & Makers

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ARTS/CULTURE | The List Cincinnati Arts Association | Aronoff Center. 513-621-2787. www.cincinnatiarts.org ƒ March 7, 2 p.m. Baby Shark Live! ƒ March 13, 8 p.m. Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: The Scared Scriptless Tour ƒ March 21, 4 & 8 p.m. “The Price is Right Live!” Cincinnati Black Theatre | National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 513-621-ARTS. www.cincinnatiblacktheatre.org ƒ Thru March 7. “Anne & Emmett” Cincinnati Landmark Productions | 513-241-6550. www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com ƒ Thru March 8. “Meet Me in St. Louis” (at Covedale Center) ƒ March 12-29. “The Last Five Years” (at Incline Theater) Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative | Fifth Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center. 513-621ARTS. www.cincyplaywrights.org ƒ March 10, 7:30 p.m. Jim Flavin: “Our World” & Gray Shaw: “The Rewrite” Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Washington Park. 513381-2273. www.cincyshakes.com ƒ Thru March 28. “Pride and Prejudice” College-Conservatory of Music | University of Cincinnati. 513-556-4183. www.ccm.uc.edu ƒ March 5-8. “The Secret Garden” Drama Workshop | Cheviot. 513-598-8303. www.thedramaworkshop.org ƒ Thru March 8. “A Catered Affair” Ensemble Theatre | Over-the-Rhine. 513-421-3555. www.ensemblecincinnati.org ƒ March 7-April 4. “Pipeline”

ƒ March 28, 7:30 p.m. Two Sketchy Dames: Cocktail Hour Great Parks of Hamilton County | Mill Race Banquet Center, Winton Woods. 513-5217275 x285. www.greatparks.org ƒ March 14, 6:30 p.m. Mystery Dinner Series: “Magical Mystery” ƒ March 28, 6:30 p.m. Mystery Dinner Series: “Superhero Shakedown” Improv Cincinnati | Clifton Performance Theatre. www.improvcincinnati.com ƒ Most weekends. Live comedy Know Theatre | Over-the-Rhine. 513-300-5669. www.knowtheatre.com ƒ Thru March 21. “Alabaster” ƒ Thru March 16. Serials! 10: Thunderdome Lebanon Theatre Company | Lebanon. 513-932-8300. www.ltcplays.com ƒ March 6-15. “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” Loveland Stage Company | Loveland. 513-443-4572. www.lovelandstagecompany.org ƒ March 6-22. “Gypsy” Madcap Puppets | Madcap Education Center, Westwood. 513-921-5965. www.madcappuppets.com ƒ March 14-15. “Twice Upon a Time” Mariemont Players | Mariemont. 513-684-1236. www.mariemontplayers.com ƒ March 13-29. “Earth and Sky” Middletown Lyric Theatre | Finkelman Auditorium, Middletown. 513-425-7140. www.middletownlyric.org ƒ March 20-28. “Twelfth Night”

Falcon Theatre | Monmouth Theatre, Newport. 513-479-6783. www.falcontheater.net ƒ March 20-April 4. “The Agitators”

Northern Kentucky University | Highland Heights. 859-5725464. www.nku.edu/sotatickets ƒ March 26-April 5. “Buried Child”

Fitton Center | Downtown, Hamilton. 513-863-8873. www.fittoncenter.org ƒ March 6, 7:30 p.m. Fitton Family Fridays: Lexington Children’s Theater: “Princess & the Pea”

OTRImprov | www.otrimprov.com ƒ Most Fridays, 8 p.m. ComedySportz (at Madcap Education Center) ƒ Most Saturdays, 8 p.m. Live show (at Brew House Cincinnati)


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Playhouse in the Park | Mt. Adams. 513-421-3888. www.cincyplay.com ƒ Thru March 8. “americUS” (at Shelterhouse Theatre) ƒ Thru March 28. “Destiny of Desire” (at Marx Theatre) ƒ March 21-April 26. “Actually” (at Shelterhouse Theatre) School for Creative & Performing Arts | Over-the-Rhine. 513-363-8100. www.scpa.cps-k12.org ƒ March 6-8. “Almost, Maine” Sunset Players | Art Center at Dunham, West Price Hill. 513-5884988. www.sunsetplayers.org ƒ March 6-21. “Pump Boys & Dinettes” Taft Theatre | Lytle Park, Downtown. www.tafttheatre.org ƒ March 28, 7 p.m. Letterkenny Live! ƒ March 29, 7:30 p.m. Bill Maher Village Players | Ft. Thomas. 859-392-0500. www.villageplayers.org ƒ March 6-14. “Room For Seconds”

Visual Art 1628 Ltd. | Garfield Park, Downtown. 513-320-2596. www.1628ltd.com ƒ March 5-May 29. “Attention to Detail” Reception: March 5, 6-8 p.m. 21c Museum Hotel | Downtown. 513-578-6600. www.21cmuseumhotels.com ƒ Thru August 2021. “Queen City of the West” ƒ Thru June. Bisa Butler: “Dress Up, Speak Up: Resistance and Regalia” Alternate Projects | Summit Hotel, Madisonville. 859-653-8684. www.alternateprojects.net ƒ Thru March 28. Denise Burge • John Lanzador • Sherri Lynn Wood Art Academy of Cincinnati | Over-the-Rhine. 513-562-6262. www.artacademy.edu ƒ March 16-May 1. BFA Thesis Shows

Art Beyond Boundaries | Over-the-Rhine. 513-421-8726. www.artbeyondboundaries.com ƒ Thru March 13. “Lucky 13” Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows | Oasis Conference Center, Loveland. 440-227-8794. www.avantgardeshows.com ƒ March 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spring show AYDesign - Art on Vine | St. Bernard. 513-620-4722. www.aydzn.com ƒ March 20, 6-9 p.m. Monthly Gallery Night, artist Amy Yosmali The Barn | Mariemont. 513-2723700. www.artatthebarn.org ƒ March 6-29. “Artistically Speaking” Brush & Palette Painters 2020 Art Show. Reception: March 6, 5:308 p.m. Basketshop Gallery | Westwood. www.basketshopgallery.com ƒ Thru March 14. Emma Robbins: “5,711” ƒ March. Lucy Kirkman Allen Behringer-Crawford Museum | Devou Park, Covington. 859491-4003. www.bcmuseum.org ƒ Thru May 10. “From Faith to Fashion: The Art of the Bead” Carl Solway Gallery | West End. 513-621-0069.

www.solwaygallery.com ƒ Thru April 4. “Recent Acquisitions”

The Carnegie | Covington. 859491-2030. www.thecarnegie.com ƒ March 13-May 5. Guest-curated exhibition Caza Sikes | Oakley. 513-2903127. www.cazasikes.com ƒ Thru March 3. Tom Towhey and Jan Wiesner ƒ March 6-31. Jenna Fredde Cincinnati Art Galleries | Downtown. 513-381-2128. www.cincyart.com ƒ Thru March 13. “The One that Got Away” Cincinnati Art Museum | Eden Park. 513-721-2787. www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org ƒ Thru April 12. “Women Breaking Boundaries” ƒ Thru May 24. “‘Something Over Something Else’: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series” ƒ March 13-June 7. “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970” ƒ March 27, 5-9 p.m. Art After Dark: TBA Clifton Cultural Arts Center | Corryville. 513-497-2860. www.cliftonculturalarts.org ƒ Thru March 13. “Synthetic” Catherine Viox

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ARTS/CULTURE | The List Contemporary Arts Center | Downtown. 513-345-8400. www.contemporaryartscenter.org ƒ Thru July 6. Vhils: “Haze” ƒ Thru July 20. Kahlil Robert Irving: “Ground water from screen Falls [(Collaged media) + Midwest] STREET” DAAP Galleries | Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati. 513-5562839. www.daap.uc.edu/galleries.html ƒ Thru March 9. “Selections from the Seagrave Museum” Dick Waller’s Art Place | Downtown. www.dickwaller.com ƒ Thru April 20. Paul Kroner: solo show Eisele Gallery of Fine Art | Fairfax. 513-791-7717. www.eiselefineart.com ƒ Thru March 7. Harry Reisiger: Musical Landscapes Fitton Center | Downtown Hamilton. 513-863-8873. www.fittoncenter.org ƒ Thru March 27. “Shifty” Gallery 708 | Hyde Park Square ƒ Co-op artist gallery Indian Hill Gallery | Indian Hill. 513-984-6024. www.indianhillgallery.com ƒ Thru March 7. “Along The Line” Kennedy Heights Arts Center | Kennedy Heights. 513-6314278. www.kennedyarts.org ƒ Thru March 7. “Revolutionary: Being American Today” ƒ Thru April 4. “Capturing Mindfulness”: Spontaneous Asian Calligraphic Brushwork Manifest Gallery | East Walnut Hills. 513-861-3638. www.manifestgallery.com ƒ March 6-April 3. “Topographies” • “OH, KY, & IN” Annual Showcase • “Storytellers and Other Works” Paintings by Perin Mahler • “Rough Translate” Textiles by Jiachen Liu. Reception: March 6, 6-9 p.m. Middletown Arts Center | Middletown. 513-424-2417. www.middletownartscenter.com ƒ Thru March 12. “Tomorrow’s Artist Today”

Miller Gallery | Hyde Park Square. 513-871-4420. www.millergallery.com ƒ Thru March 28. The Sculpture of Mark Chatterley

ƒ March 12, 5-8 p.m. House Party: TBA ƒ March 27-Aug. 16. “Built to Last: The Taft Historic House at 200”

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | The Banks, Downtown. 513-3337500. www.freedomcenter.org ƒ Thru April 5. “Motel X: Human Trafficking Along the I-75 Corridor”

Thunder-Sky, Inc. | Northside. 513-426-0477. www.raymondthundersky.org ƒ March 14-April 30. “Eminent Domain”

Neusole Glassworks | Forest Park. 513-751-3292. neusoleglassworks.com ƒ Glassmaking classes, exhibitions Northern Kentucky University | Highland Heights. 859-5725148. www.nku.edu/gallery ƒ March 6-April 3. Juried Student Exhibition Pendleton Art Center | Pendleton. 513-421-4339. www.pendeltonartcenter.com ƒ March 27, 6-10 p.m., open studios Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum | Hamilton. 513-868-1234. pyramidhill.org ƒ March 8-May 24. “Love is Love”

VADA Gallery | Corryville. www.vada-gallery.com ƒ March 21-April 17. “Spring Solstice,” S.E. Goller and M.D. Goller, stone sculptors; Dave Adams, photographer; Mary Barr Rhodes and Maggie Barnes, painters. Reception: March 21, 7-10 p.m.

Visionaries & Voices | Northside. 513-861-4333. www.visionariesandvoices.com ƒ Thru March 6. “Culture Sample: Getting Around” ƒ March 27-April 10. 13th Tri-County Anniversary. Reception: March 27, 6-8 p.m. Walk on Woodburn | E. Walnut Hills. www.eastwalnuthills.org ƒ March 6, 6-9 p.m. Neighborhood gallery and pub crawl Wave Pool Gallery | Camp Washington. www.wavepoolgallery.org ƒ March 14-May 2. “Camp Street Corner”

Weston Art Gallery | Aronoff Center. 513-977-4165. www.westonartgallery.com ƒ Thru April 5. Todd Pavlisko: “Pop Supernatural” YWCA Cincinnati | Downtown. 513-241-7090. www.ywcacincinnati.org ƒ March 13-May 14. “It’s a Woman’s World,” fundraiser for the gallery showcasing prized pieces from private collection of Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell. Reception: March 13, 6-8 p.m. ƒ March 20, 6-8 p.m. Panel discussion: “Relevant Art Collecting: Important to the Matter At Hand,” Sara M. Vance Waddell, moderator 

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Ruth’s Parkside Café | Northside. 513-542-7884. www.ruthscafe.com ƒ Thru March 4. Craig Britton exhibition Skirball Museum | Hebrew Union College, Clifton. www.huc.edu/research/museums ƒ Thru June 28. “Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible” ƒ Thru Dec. 29. The Power of Women in the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery | Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi. www.msj.edu/ssg ƒ March 1-29. “Retrospective: Dan Mader” Reception: March 1, 2-4 p.m. Taft Museum of Art | Lytle Park, Downtown. 513-241-0343. www.taftmuseum.org ƒ Thru March 15. “Journey to Freedom: Art Quilts by Cynthia Lockhart” ƒ Thru May 3. N.C. Wyeth: “New Perspectives”

Call for “Your Day” consultation today 513-751-3292. Design Solutions in Glass 11925 Kempersprings Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240 513-751-3292 • NeusoleGlassworks@Hotmail.com • NeusoleGlassworks.com Neusole Glassworks is a not-for-profit private operating foundation

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POWERHOUSE WOMEN of CINCINNATI | a series by David Lyman

THE POWERHOUSES Women who shaped Cincinnati’s cultural landscape


his is the third installment in our occasional series of stories about energetic, influential women – particularly from the second half of the 20th Century – who profoundly enriched the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati.

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t was more than 30 years ago, but Jeff Seibert and David A. White III both remember the incident with absolute clarity. Seibert and White launched Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, as the fledgling theater group was known, in 1986, before it dropped the “of.” Their first shows were presented in a ground-level meeting room in Memorial Hall. It wasn’t glamorous. But it was a beginning for their ambitious plan to create a professional theater using local actors, directors, designers and, as much as possible, local playwrights. But by the end of 1987, a week before they were to launch their second season, the money ran out. That’s when Ruth Sawyer stepped in. “When Ruth learned we weren’t going to make payroll, she dropped a $10,000 check on me,” recalls Seibert, managing director then, now an executive with the Mayerson Foundation (White is executive director of the Springfield, Mo., Arts Council). “Down on the memo line, she wrote ‘For the next phase,’ ” Seibert says. It was, at the time, a monumental gift, one that quite literally saved the company. It was something Sawyer and her friend and fellow ETC volunteer Murph Mahler would do again – several times. Eventually, along with their husbands – John Sawyer and Ken Mahler – they would purchase the building that would become ETC’s Vine Street home and 20

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then put several million dollars into its renovation. “I don’t think they solicited my advice when they bought that building,” says Ruth’s brother, Dudley S. Taft Sr. “At the time, it didn’t seem like such a good decision. But in retrospect, it looks like they were visionaries.”

Without Murph and Ruth, there would be no ETC. This building wouldn’t be here. None of this would have happened. – D. Lynn Meyers, ETC producing artistic director

“Without Murph and Ruth, there would be no ETC,” says D. Lynn Meyers, the theater’s current producing artistic director. “This building wouldn’t be here. None of this would have happened.” The women’s patronage, which would continue until their deaths, was remarkable. But Mahler and Sawyer were ever so much more than that. It’s one thing to write a check, to be a philanthropic supporter of a favorite institution. It’s quite another

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thing to give of your time as well. And Murph and Ruth did just that. Day in and day out, they were there, painting, working in the office, building sets and, in Murph’s case, occasionally appearing onstage.

Tireless workers “The first time I met Ruth, she was in her paint clothes, holding a Diet Coke can in one hand and a cigarette in the other,” recalls Shannon Rae Lutz, a student at CCM at the time. Today, she is ETC’s property master and runs the theater’s apprentice program. “I just knew that I wanted to work with this little powerhouse of a woman. She would spend hundreds of hours getting a show ready. It had to be just right.” “She had a cot in the old bank vault,” says White. (ETC’s building was originally a bank.) “I would get there at 9 a.m. and was never sure if she was there or not. If she was, you’d find her curled up on that old cot. She’d sleep for a while, then get up and paint for an hour or two, then go back to sleep. She was tireless.” Indeed, they were so involved at ETC that many people came to accept them as just a couple of middleaged women who had spent their lives working in various aspects of theater. To many people, Meyers included, it would come as a surprise when they learned the pair were matriarchs of two of Cincinnati’s most established old-money families. Sawyer’s husband John

president of the Cincinnati Bengals. He ran a massive farm in central Ohio and was himself a prominent philanthropist. For her part, Mahler was almost secretive about her full name – Mary Taft Mahler. And yes, she was one of those Tafts. Her father, Hulbert Taft Jr., was chairman of the Taft Broadcasting Company. Meyers met Murph in 1991, when Meyers was hired to direct a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” She already knew Ruth from her time at the Playhouse in the Park. Ruth was on the board, while Meyers, assistant to the producing artistic director, recorded the minutes at board meetings. But Murph, who played two small roles in the production, was new to her. “No one mentioned that Murph was one of the founders of the R uth a n d Mu r ph a t E

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theater,” says Meyers. “Not to mention that her maiden name was ‘Taft.’ Murph never would have thought of mentioning such things.” Ruth and Murph weren’t there to build a monument to themselves. They were there because they loved theater. And they loved what White and Seibert and, in time, Meyers wanted to create for Cincinnati.

Complementing each other “They were a team,” says Meyers “Like the best of teams, they complemented each other. They were very different, but it was so wonderful to see how they found ways to work together. Ruth was effervescent, Murph was very calming. Ruth was perky, while Murph was quiet.” While Murph was the mediator when things got complicated, Ruth’s tendency was to power on, no matter what stood in the way. “My mother did not give up on things,” says Ruth’s daughter, Elizabeth Selnick. “She was a force. When she set her mind to something, she never gave up. And if she couldn’t be busy with one thing, she’d find something else. She was never idle.” For all those differences, though, they turned to one another, even in the most difficult of times. These were longtime friends who had worked on the semiannual musicals staged at Indian Hill Church. They’d worked together in the Mariemont Players, as well. And in decorating dozens of charity events throughout the area. “When Murph got cancer, she would come over to our house,” recalls Selnick. “They would sit in the bird room and look out the windows for hours on end. Sometimes they would talk. But sometimes they would just enjoy each other’s company. They had a wonderful friendship.” Murph died in 2009, Ruth in 2013. John would die in 2015, Ken in 2016. “It’s hard to believe all four of them are gone,” says Meyers. “But as long as this building is here, they will never really be gone.” Each of the four massive columns at the front of the building is anchored by a plaque honoring one of the four founders. Inside the lobby, on the wall between the box office and the theater entrance, are two candles. One is for Murph. The other for Ruth. “They’ll be together as long as we’re here,” says Meyers.  it h hl e r w ph Ma 1992 r u M . nd , circa K en a Sandy y r a G


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Advancing Stroke Care One Patient at a Time Comprehensive Stroke Center at UC Health Carly Nunn had her future mapped out. She was going to finish up her bachelor’s degree at the University of Cincinnati, before moving on to her career in social work. But her path would take a major detour in the early morning of Nov. 13, 2018. “All of a sudden, I got very dizzy and laid back. I felt like I was spinning,” Carly said. “I tried to sit up and noticed I couldn’t move anything.” The young, healthy 21-year old was having a stroke from a ruptured brain aneurysm within an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM. She was unable to speak or walk. Carly would have to go through occupational, physical and speech

therapy during her recovery. Even during the most challenging times, Carly remained determined to recover and showed great strength and courage. “Carly’s amazing story, from her initial care through her recovery, is a great example of the multidisciplinary care we provide at UC Health,” said Aaron W. Grossman, MD, neurointerventionalist at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and UC Health physician. “Nurses, therapists and physicians working hand-in-hand to restore function and hope.” UC Medical Center is home to Greater Cincinnati’s first adult comprehensive stroke center.

The center is leading the way in research and treatment of complex stroke and vascular conditions. This expert team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, emergency medicine physicians and critical care subspecialists is available around the clock to review complex stroke and vascular cases like Carly’s. Together, they determine the best care plan for patients with both emergency and elective conditions. “The doctors are so knowledgeable on what they are talking about,” Carly said. “They don’t want to put anyone at risk. They looked at every part of my health and together as a team, would make sure everyone was on board with what was best for me.”

Bringing Critical Care to Stroke Patients

If someone is having a stroke, every minute counts. The sooner that person receives care, the better their chance for recovery. That is why UC Health will soon introduce Greater Cincinnati’s first mobile stroke unit. Launching this spring, the mobile stroke unit looks like an ambulance but is specifically designed to enable UC Health stroke experts to evaluate and treat patients right on scene—20 to 30 minutes faster than if transporting them to the hospital first.

Discover more at uchealth.com/stroke

23 The Datebook

With a Spotlight on the Movers and Makers behind Greater Cincinnati’s Fundraisers, Friend-Raisers and Community Events

Staff at honoree Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute: (back row) Ralph Salloum, Peter de Blank, James Geller, Brian Turpin, William Seibel, Christine Phillips, Lynn Lee and Benjamin Mizukawa; (middle row) Biplab DasGupta, Susanne Wells, John Perentesis, Rachid Drissi, Erin Breese, Joseph Pressey and Mathieu Sertorio; (front row) Rajaram Nagarajan, Maureen O’Brien, Michael Absalon, Karen Burns and Mariko DeWire-Schottmiller

Make-A-Wish alum to emcee BIG Wish Gala Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center The 2020 ProLink Staffing Southern Ohio BIG Wish Gala will be emceed by wish kid alumna and WLWT traffic anchor Alanna Martella. Martella, now a Make-A-Wish OKI advisory board member, battles a digestive system disease that nearly claimed her

life as a high school student. Make-AWish OKI granted her wish to go to the Today Show in New York City in 2010. She said the visit changed her life. This year’s gala theme celebrates the most requested wish: to experience a Walt Disney-related destination. Disneyrelated requests account for about 400 wishes each year in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

More than a dozen wish kids will be honored during the evening. The Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute will be honored for its commitment to making life-changing wishes come true. Gala tickets are $200. Sponsorships available.  www.oki.wish.org

Alanna Martella

Dial in to Radio Revelry and support Young Professionals Choral Collective Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal The Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) will present Radio Revelry – a concert, dinner and gala experience. Friends and supporters of YPCC will fill Union Terminal with music that reflects the ensemble’s past and celebrates its future. KellyAnn Nelson, founding artistic director of YPCC, will be honored for a decade of dedication. A VIP dinner with entertainment

begins at 6 p.m., hosted by Penny Tration of RuPaul’s Drag Race. A happy hour kicks off at 7:30 with general admission. The Concert in the Rotunda begins at 8:30. Special guest host Evans Mirageas, artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, will curate the radio-style show. There will also be an after-party. Guests are encouraged to wear their swankiest black-and-white art deco-inspired duds. Tickets: $50, VIP: $110-$150.  www.ypccgala2020.eventbrite.com

Megan Boyd, YPCC associate director, and KellyAnn Nelson, founding artistic director


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DATEBOOK MARCH 5, THURSDAY Leadership Council for Nonprofits, Securing the Future Conference | 7:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Cintas Center, Xavier University. DETAILS: Keynote address: Barry Posner. Breakfast buffet, breakout sessions, networking. $50 Leadership Council members. $75 non-members. ¼513-554-3060   or www.leadershipcouncil.us/events, click “Securing the Future.” Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, OTR Made Awards | 5 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Keynote speaker: Candice Matthews Brackeen, founder and CEO of Lighthouse. Cocktail hour, awards program, post-party celebration. Tickets: $75 general admission; $60 OTR Chamber members. ¼www.otrchamber.com   MARCH 6, FRIDAY Dragonfly, Fashion for the Cure | 6-8:30 p.m. Sycamore High School. DETAILS: Studentmade designs, various fashions from local retailers, basket raffle, silent auction. Tickets: $15-$50. ¼www.dragonfly.org/fftc2020   Redwood, Redwood Express – An Evening of Celebration | 6-11 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS: Photo booth with BenGals cheerleaders, music by Soul Pocket, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles. Chair: Bradley M. Howard. Hosts: JonJon and Toria, of Q102. Tickets start at $125. ¼www.redwoodnky.org   World Affairs Council, Annual ONE WORLD Gala & Global Trivia Game | 6:30 p.m., Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Cocktail reception and dinner. Teams compete for prizes in globally themed rounds of questions. Tickets: $185. ¼www.oneworldgala.com   MARCH 7, SATURDAY

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Horizon Community Funds honoring NKY leaders, volunteers Tuesday, March 17, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Elizabeth Training & Education Center, Erlanger Five Northern Kentucky nonprofit leaders and volunteers will be honored at Horizon Community Funds’ inaugural NKY Philanthropy fSymposium. Honorees are: • Andrew Brunsman, Be Concerned Inc., Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year (Small)

optional. Honorees: Steve Richey of Thompson Hine and Kathy Wade, jazz singer, education advocate and community leader. Tickets start at $150. ¼www.4cforchildren.org/gala   Animal Adoption Foundation, Waggin’ Tails Charity Auction | 6-10 p.m., Receptions, Fairfield. DETAILS: Dinner, beer, wine, silent and live auctions, raffles, entertainment. Tickets: $55. ¼pamela.daniels@aafpets.org   or www.aafpets.org Junior League of Cincinnati, Centennial Gala | 6:30 p.m. Music Hall Ballroom.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 25. Make-A-Wish OKI, Big Wish Gala | 6:30-9:30 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 23. MARCH 10, TUESDAY

4C for Children, Champions Gala | 6 p.m. Jack Casino. DETAILS: 21+ event. Cocktail reception, dinner, live music, silent auction, after party. Black tie 24

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Cancer Support Community, Great Food for a Great Cause | 5-9 p.m. The National Exemplar, Mariemont, OH. DETAILS: There’s no program, no speeches – just

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• Rick Hulefeld, Learning Grove, Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year (Large) • Quentin Turley, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, MVP Staff of the Year • Bob Hoffer, DBL Law, MVP Board Member of the Year • Gayle Middendorf, The Point/ Arc, Volunteer of the Year Important regional topics will be on the table, including: 1NKY, Northern

great food for a great cause. ¼513-271-2103   or www.nationalexemplar.com MARCH 12-14, THURS.-SAT. Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Wine tastings, gourmet dining, education sessions, silent auctions. More than 700 wines from 250 wineries around the world. Charity auction and luncheon. Tickets begin at $70. ¼www.winefestival.com   MARCH 14, SATURDAY NKY International Festival | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Northern Kentucky Convention Center. DETAILS: Free and open to public. Family-friendly celebration of cultural diversity of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Dance and musical performances, marketplace bazaar with global cuisine. Proceeds benefit Covington Rotary International Youth Exchange Program, the Rotary International Foundation, Polio Plus, Uganda Water Project, the Point Arc, GO Pantry and

Kentucky University’s new intelligence unit, social determinants of health, site readiness, and workforce development. Speakers include leaders from St. Elizabeth Healthcare, NKU, the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, the Catalytic Fund, the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, and GROW NKY.  www.horizonfunds.org

other local charities. ¼www.nkyinternationalfestival.com   Young Professionals Choral Collective, Radio Revelry Gala Concert | 6-11 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 23. MARCH 16, MONDAY Parish Health Ministries, Annual Refresh Your Soul Conference | 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Cintas Center. DETAILS: Keynote: “Blue Zones” researcher Nick Buettner. Others include Dr. Jennifer Molano, author Dave Caperton and Kelly Rogan. Continental breakfast. Limited seats available for VIP luncheons featuring conversations with featured speakers. No registrations accepted the day of the event. Tickets start at $69. ¼www.episcopalretirement.comH   Horizon Community Funds, NKY Philanthropy Symposium | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Elizabeth Training & Education Center, Erlanger.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 24.Y

MARCH 20, FRIDAY Jovante Woods Foundation, Breath of Life Gala | 6-11 p.m. Madison Event Center, Covington. DETAILS: Live entertainment, silent auction, dinner, drinks. VIP reception: 5-7 p.m. Hotel packages available. Tickets start at $125. ¼859-JOV-ANTE   (569-2683) or www.jovantewoodsfoundation.orgY MARCH 21, SATURDAY CircleTail, Annual Dinner, Art, & Wine for Canines | 6-10 p.m. Receptions, Loveland. DETAILS: 21+ event. Dress is smart casual. Wine tasting, buffet dinner, open beer and wine bar, mystery boxes, art auction and raffle prizes. Tickets start at $70. ¼www.circletail.org  


Junior League celebrates 100 years with exhibit, gala Saturday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom The Junior League of Cincinnati, a volunteer organization that has taken on more than 120 projects to serve the community, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a big way. Founded in 1920, the local chapter of the worldwide Junior League network will host a Centennial Gala in March at the Music Hall Ballroom. And there is a continuing exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, on display through June 1, that documents and celebrates the group’s achievements over the years. The Centennial Gala includes a dinner that uses recipes from past Junior League cookbooks, followed by an Emerald Dance Party with music by the Sly Band, an open bar and light bites by Eat Well. Cocktails and dinner are at 6:30 p.m., and the dance party begins at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Junior League projects and training. Tickets for the dinner and dance party are $200; tickets for the dance party only are $100.  www.jlcincinnati.org/centennial-gala

Junior League member and Cincinnati Art Museum docent Lee Crooks giving a tour in 2016 A past Junior League president picking up the special Junior League edition in the early 1930s

Cincinnati Children’s Theatre in 1949, a past Junior League project


“Making a Difference for 100 Years,” showcases several Junior League projects with photos, graphics and a theater experience featuring interviews with Junior League members. Among the projects featured: • The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, developed by the JLC in 1924 as the Junior League Players to introduce kids to the theater • MindPeace, a 2002 project to improve mental health care for area children • Fernside Center for Grieving Children, established in 1986 and a national leader in providing grief support services • GrinUp!, a recent initiative to improve oral health care for Ohio children • Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, a new partnership to distribute 92,000 diapers a month to low-income families The exhibit is free for CMC members or included with admission.  www.cincymuseum.org/junior-league

The Cincinnati Fire Museum is a past Junior League project.

Junior League members advocating for the “Tampon Tax” repeal at the Ohio Statehouse 2019

Part of the Grin Up project, “Inside the Grin” is the newest exhibit in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum at the Cincinnati Museum Center, a 2019 Junior League project Murals created for MindPeace by children with mental illness to combat stigma

Junior League volunteers bundling diapers for a current project, Sweet Cheeks, that helps address diaper needs and poverty

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Lyceum features magician, former NFL star Dorenbos Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom

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Bethesda Foundation will host the 19th Annual Bethesda Lyceum with Jon Dorenbos as featured speaker. A two-time NFL Pro Bowler, Dorenbos is also a skilled magician who will captivate the crowd with mind-blowing magic, all while spreading a message of positivity, hope and forgiveness. Funds raised will benefit the development of the TriHealth Heart Hospital, which will provide stateof-the-art inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular and thoracic interventions to the region. Tickets are $300 per person or $500 per couple and include dinner, drinks, and valet parking.  www.bethesdafoundation.com

MARCH 21, SATURDAY (CONT.) Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Annual Hoops & Hops | 6 p.m. Purcell Marian High School. DETAILS: 21+ event. Watch NCAA tournament games on large screen televisions, food, beer, and raffles. $10,000 half-court shot contest. Tickets: $10. ¼513-751-2500   or www.mercyneighborhoodministries.org People Working Cooperatively, Annual ToolBelt Ball | 6 p.m. JACK Casino. DETAILS: Black-tie event, cocktail reception, entertainment and three-course dinner. Raffles, wine and bourbon cork pull, and silent auction. Tickets: $150. ¼www.pwchomerepairs.org   MARCH 22, SUNDAY

Lisa Desatnik of So Much PETential with Garrett Parsons, pet program coordinator for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati

Pet toys for families facing hardships Dog trainer Lisa Desatnik with So Much PETential is working with the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati on a five-week campaign that will enrich the lives of dogs and cats, and their humans. The Gifts for Best Friends Campaign will run March 14 to April 18 and will collect gently used hard toys and new soft or hard

toys that will be distributed through IHN, and members of its Saving Animals From Eviction Coalition, to pets belonging to people who are experiencing financial hardships, including homelessness.  Toy drop-off locations: www.SoMuchPETential.com or www.facebook.com/SoMuchPETential

American Heart Association, Annual Heart Mini | 7:30 a.m. Downtown Cincinnati. DETAILS: 5K and 15K run, half marathon; 5K walk; Kid's Fun Run; 1K Steps for Stroke; and Health and Fitness Expo. After party at the Extra Mile Celebration Zone on Broadway after Kroger Eat Street. ¼513-699-4237   or www.heartmini.org MARCH 25, WEDNESDAY Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, Women Inspiring Women Happy Hour | 6-7:30 p.m. Wooden Cask Brewing Company, Newport. DETAILS: Lite bites, networking, discussion panel about women in leadership including a Habitat homeowner. ¼www.habitatcincinnati.org/   womenbuild MARCH 28, SATURDAY

additional $25.00/person ¼513-271-2606   or lindsay. bartsch@specialolympics-hc.org MARCH 30, MONDAY Woman’s City Club, Annual National Speaker Forum and Fundraiser | 7 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Keynote: Denise Kiernan, best-selling author and journalist. Tickets start at $40. ¼www.womanscityclub.org   APRIL 2, THURSDAY Little Sisters of the Poor, Legacy Dinner | 5:30 p.m. The View, Mt. Adams. DETAILS: Humanitarians of the Year: Mary Rahrig and the late Luke Rahrig. Volunteers of the Year: Katy Riehle and her sister Nancy Bohlander.  PHOTO: Page 30. ¼513-281-8001   or www.littlesistersofthepoor.org UC Alumni Association, Alumni Celebration | 6 p.m. Campus Recreation Center, 2820 Bearcat Way. DETAILS: Reception, awards, after party. Tickets: $100, tables start at $1,500. ¼513-556-2078,   sarah.barnard@uc.edu or www.alumni.uc.edu/dac APRIL 3, FRIDAY Ensemble Theatre Company, Backstage @ ETC | 5:30-7:30 p.m.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 29. Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, Champions of Hope Gala | 6-9 p.m. Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Dinner, two drink tickets, silent auction, wine wall, and raffles. Tickets: $125; 35-and-under: $100. ¼www.gcbhs.com   APRIL 4, SATURDAY

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Special Olympics Hamilton County, Bourbon and Basketball | 7-10 p.m. Cintas Center. DETAILS: Live music by Crash Davis, bourbon tastings, bourbon drinks by mixologist Molly Wellmann, Heavy hors d'oeuvres, basketball on multiple TV's. Special VIP happy hour prior at Listermann Brewing Company. Tickets: Start at $35; VIP tickets

The Cure Starts Now, Once in a Lifetime Gala and Auction | 5 p.m.-midnight, Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Auction, dinner and program; free beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets start at $110. ¼513-772-4888,   events@thecurestartsnow.org

DATEBOOK APRIL 9, THURSDAY Behringer-Crawford Museum, Two-Headed Calf Awards | 6 p.m., NKU Votruba Student Union Ballroom.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 32. Bethesda Foundation, 19th Annual Bethesda Lyceum | 6 p.m., Music Hall.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 28.Y Cincinnati Zoo, Zootanical | 6-9 p.m. DETAILS: Walk in the zoo, speakers detailing plans for Avondale neighborhood, and farm-to-table dinner. ¼www.cincinnatizoo.org/events,   click “Zootanical” APRIL 17, FRIDAY Cincinnati Ballet, Club B ‘A Spiffy Speakeasy’ | DETAILS: Chairs: Paula Comisar & Anne R. Ilyinsky. Nightcap Host: Alexa Oliver ¼www.cballet.org/club-b  

Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, An Evening with Impressionism Scholar, Dr. Richard Brettell | 6-8 p.m. The Barn, Mariemont. DETAILS: Interactive evening with “Claude Monet,” auction of paintings “a la Monet.” Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Special appearance by Dayton’s Madame Gigi’s CanCan Dancers. Tickets: $50. ¼www.artatthebarn.org   APRIL 18, SATURDAY 1N5, Fifth Annual Spring4Life event | 7-11 p.m., The Summit Hotel. DETAILS: Fundraiser for mental health education with live and silent auctions, dinner, live music, storytelling and open bar. Tickets: $100 individual, $25 student. ¼www.1N5.org/events   American Sign Museum, Hobby Pig | 1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington. 513-541-6366. DETAILS: TBA ¼www.americansignmuseum.org  

Costume designer Stormie Mac (left) speaks with guests at last year’s Backstage.

Fans peek behind curtain at Backstage @ ETC Friday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will bring back its Backstage @ ETC fundraising event, which had its successful debut last year. The behind-the-scenes event offers guests the chance to see how ETC creates its productions, and a sneak peek at the coming regional premiere of “Photograph 51,”

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a drama about one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. Backstage @ ETC includes the opportunity to explore usually nonpublic areas and see how theatrical magic is made – from scenery construction and painting to costumes and education programs. Tickets: $100, includes one drink voucher and dinner-by-the-bite.  www.ensemblecincinnati.org or 513-421-3555

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The View | Mt. Adams

Complimentary Valet Parking | Drinks Dinner Prepared by Funky’s Catering Fast-paced Art Lottery | Silent Auction Bourbon Tasting | much more! Hosted by The Christ Hospital Foundation Guild Proceeds benefit the families and patients of The Christ Hospital NICU For ticket information: TheChristHospital.com/offthewall

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Gary Cates

Heric Flores

Missy Hendon Deters

Terry Horan

Jill Jansen

Elizabeth Knuppel

Michelle Krumpelman

Sara Mirus

Lee Tyson

Celebs step out for CAA’s Dancing for the Stars THE STARS:

Saturday, April 18, Music Hall Ballroom Who will be voted Cincinnati’s best celebrity dancer? Find out when the Cincinnati Arts Association celebrates season 14 of its annual fundraiser, Dancing for the Stars, to benefit CAA’s Overture Awards and arts education programs. Inspired by the hit ABC-TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” Dancing for the Stars will feature nine Cincinnati celebrities paired with some of the area’s finest professional dancers. The competitive dance for the evening will be the foxtrot and each dance pair will have 90 seconds to woo the crowd and the judges. The evening will feature an online auction, music by DJ “Rockin’ Ron” Schumacher of 103.5 WGRR-FM, a preevent reception and wine tasting, open dancing, lite bites and a cash bar. Tickets are $150. Tables are available.  513-977-4188 or www.cincinnatiarts.org/dfts2020

Little Sisters of the Poor, Legacy Dinner, April 2

Joe Rohs, Barb Rohs, Cindy Howell and Andrew Howell are co-chairs for DePaul Cristo Rey High School’s Rey of Light gala, which helps fund DePaul Cristo financial aid for every student Rey High School, attending the school.

Rey of Light Scholarship Benefit, April 18

• Gary Cates, former Ohio senator/ state representative • Heric Flores, regional account executive, Western Reserve Medical Group • Missy Hendon Deters, executive director, Boys Hope Girls Hope • Terry Horan, president & CEO, Horan & Associates • Jill Jansen, director of government & external relations, Mercy Health • Elizabeth Knuppel, president, Skystone Partners • Michelle Riegler Krumpelman, philanthropist and public speaker • Sara Mirus, real estate agent, Keller Williams Realty • Lee Tyson, founder and owner, Lee Side Wellness


• Bonita Brockert, independent dance instructor • Brandon Etheridge, independent dance instructor • Maura Garuccio, independent dance instructor • Desiree Mainous, Arthur Murray Dance Studio • Jeremy Mainous, Arthur Murray Dance Studio • Brian McNamee, Cincinnati Ballroom Company • Jozsef Parragh, independent dance instructor • Josh Tilford, independent dance instructor • Alyenendrov Tsorokean, Phoenix Rising Ballroom

(Far left) The late Luke Rahrig and Mary Rahrig, Humanitarians of the Year Katy Riehle and Nancy Bohlander, Volunteers of the Year

Pregnancy Center East, Banquet For Life, April 27 The Benham Brothers, authors, entrepreneurs and former pro baseball players, are keynote speakers for the benefit dinner at the Hyatt Regency.


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First Step Home salutes supporters at dinner

(From left) Honoree Lakshmi Sammarco Honoree David Mann

Saturday, May 9, 6-9 p.m., Cincinnati Woman’s Club, Clifton

Liz Carter, president and CEO of honoree Scripps Howard Foundation

First Step Home, a women’s-only substance abuse disorder treatment center in Walnut Hills, will recognize supporters and celebrate successes at the annual Award Celebration Dinner. Mona Morrow from WCPO-TV will host the event. The evening’s honorees include David Mann, Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, and the Scripps Howard Foundation. The evening will include a reception with live jazz, dinner and a program. Former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Jim Breech will lead the audience in supporting the cause. Tickets: $175; sponsorships start at $1,750. Information: Rachel Lyon, at 513-961-4663 x107 or rachel.Lyon@FirstStepHome.org  www.firststephome.org

APRIL 18, SATURDAY Cincinnati Arts Association, Dancing for the Stars 2020 | 6 p.m. Music Hall Ballroom.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 30.Y DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Rey of Light Scholarship Benefit | St. Xavier High School. DETAILS: Cochairs: Cindy and Andrew Howell and Barb and Joe Rohs. Cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions.  PHOTO: Page 30. ¼513-861-0600   or www.depaulcristorey.org St. Joseph Home, Incline to the Finish Line 5K | 9 a.m., 10722 Wyscarver Rd. DETAILS: Breakfast from local vendors, live music, annual race through Evendale and Sharonville. Registration starts at $10. ¼www.stjosephhome.org   APRIL 20-25, MONDAY-FRIDAY CET/ThinkTV, Action Auction | DETAILS: Proceeds support CET/ ThinkTV programs and services. ¼auction@CETconnect.org   or 513-345-6579. www.cetconnect.org

APRIL 22, WEDNESDAY Cincinnati Cares, BoardConnect Event | DETAILS: Networking experience – meet and talk with board candidates. ¼www.cincinnaticares.org   APRIL 23, THURSDAY Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cincinnati’s Finest Finale | 7 p.m. DETAILS: Honoring area's best and brightest young professionals. By-the-bite dishes, vote for favorite dish, silent auction, wine and beer pairings, and awards: 2020 Cincinnati's Finest Restaurant and the 2020 Cincinnati's Finest Professional. Tickets start at $80. ¼http://finest.cff.org/cincy2020   APRIL 24, FRIDAY Camp Joy, Dance for Joy | Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Drew Lachey, emcee. Proceeds support life-changing programming and camp experiences for underserved youth, kids in foster care, and children with medical and special needs. ¼www.camp-joy.org/dance  

Gala committee: (standing) Cathy Cooke, Dave Nuscher, Sara Breiel, President/ CEO Margo Spence and Rachel Lyon; (seated) board chair Mary Schwaderer and M. Maureen Heekin

Center for Addiction Treatment, Golden Anniversary Breakfast Celebration | Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Guest speaker: J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy.” Co-chairs: Chrissey Barrett Haslam, Annie Barrett, Eileen Barrett and Dianne Dunkelman. Lead sponsor: Western & Southern. ¼Tickets:   www.catfifty.com Info: www.catsober.org Council on Child Abuse, Reach for the Stars | Manor House, Mason. DETAILS: Dinner by-the-bite, silent auction and games of chance. Honoree: Dr. Robert Shapiro of Cincinnati Children’s. Women Helping Women, Light Up the Night Gala ‘Zoo Do 2’ | Cincinnati Zoo. www.womenhelpingwomen.org APRIL 25, SATURDAY Christ Hospital, Mimosas for Memories | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. University Club, downtown Cincinnati. DETAILS: Brunch event, light bites, full mimosa bar, silent auction, raffle, photo booth. Tickets start at $49. ¼www.mimosasformemories.com  

The Karen Wellington Foundation, 13th Annual Karen’s Gift | 7 p.m.-midnight, Renaissance Hotel. DETAILS: Party with “Cirque du Chic” theme, dinner by the bite, open bar, raffles, entertainment, music by DJ JonJon. Tickets: $125, $75 YP by March 15; then $150, $100 YP. ¼ www.karenwellingtonfoundation.org

APRIL 30, THURSDAY Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati, The Art of Making Memories | 6-9:30 p.m. Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Drinks, dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions. ¼www.alz.org/2020aomm   MAY 6, WEDNESDAY

APRIL 27, MONDAY Pregnancy Center East, Annual Banquet For Life | Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Cocktails and dinner. Keynote speakers: the Benham Brothers  PHOTO: Page 30. ¼www.supportpce.com  

YWCA Greater Cincinnati, Career Women of Achievement Luncheon | 11 am.-1:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center.  SPOTLIGHT: Page 32. ¼www.ywcacincinnati.org   MAY 7, THURSDAY

APRIL 28, TUESDAY Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative, Awards Luncheon | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center, Erlanger, KY. DETAILS: Honoring women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service and qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership. Tickets start at $40. ¼www.nkychamber.com/events  

Christ Hospital, Off The Wall: Big Support for Little Lives | 6:30 p.m., The View, Mt. Adams. DETAILS: Drinks, light fare, silent auction, bourbon tasting. Guests receive lottery number entitling them to quickly select a piece of art right “off the wall” when his/her number is called. Free parking. ¼www.thechristhospital.com/offthewall  

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DATEBOOK MAY 7, THURSDAY (CONT.) Elder’s Altiora Fund, Kyle Rudolph Charity Concert | 7 p.m., Elder High School. DETAILS: Darius Rucker will headline, hosted by Kyle Rudolph and featuring The Bronson Arroyo Band. SOLD OUT. Carroll J. and Mary Lou Heidrich

Cathy Wolff

Robert Webster

Jack Moreland

Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates service with Two-Headed Calf Awards Winners of Behringer-Crawford Museum’s 10th annual Two-Headed Calf Awards for outstanding service will be honored with a gala and dinner on Thursday, April 9, at Northern Kentucky University’s Votruba Student Union Ballroom. The gala will include dinner, cocktails, live music, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $100.  www.bcmuseum.org


• Mary Lou and the late Carroll J. “Mac” Heidrich have dedicated decades of volunteer leadership to Redwood Rehabilitation Center, where Mac was one of the first presidents of Redwood’s parent group. • Cathy Wolff has been a first-grade teacher at Beechwood Elementary School for more than three decades. • Robert Webster is president of the Kenton County Historical Society, author of several books and numerous articles on Northern Kentucky history. • Jack Moreland, president of Southbank Partners, is a former science teacher who served as interim president of Northern Kentucky University and superintendent of the Covington Independent Schools.

Brisben to keynote YWCA's 41st Career Women of Achievement Luncheon Wednesday, May 6, Duke Energy Convention Center Pure Romance founder Patty Brisben will be the keynote speaker for the YWCA Greater Cincinnati’s 41st Career Women of Achievement Luncheon. The event recognizes outstanding businesswomen in Greater Cincinnati. It is the largest luncheon held at Duke Energy Convention Center and has drawn more than 2,200 guests. Since founding Pure Romance in 1993, Brisben’s drive to empower and educate women and her leadership 32

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abilities have transformed the company into a multimilliondollar business. This has made Pure Romance one of the industry’s foremost companies, as well as a credible resource for women’s sexual health education and the second-largest womenowned business in the Greater Cincinnati area. The 2020 honorees will be announced in March. Tickets start at $95.  www.ywcacincinnati.org

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GRAD Cincinnati, Founders Award Banquet | 6 p.m. The Summit Hotel, Madisonville. ¼www.gradcincinnati.org   MAY 7-8, THURSDAY-FRIDAY Most Valuable Kids, Ninja Event | Reds Youth Academy, 2026 E Seymour Ave. DETAILS: May 7: Adults-only Ninja Warrior Dance Party includes obstacle course, dinner by the bite, dj. May 8: Family-friendly Ninja Event includes obstacle course, dodgeball, mascots, food, fun. Both events feature Cincinnati’s own American Ninja Warrior, James Wilson. ¼www.mostvaluablekids.org   MAY 8, FRIDAY Junior Achievement of OKI Partners Inc., Ladies Sporting Clays and Wine Tasting | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Elk Creek Hunt Club and Winery, Owenton, KY. DETAILS: Committee Chairs: Michelle Sullivan and Deb Buden. Lunch followed by competition. Hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, basket raffle. ¼www.japartners.org  

MAY 9 SATURDAY First Step Home, Award Celebration Dinner | 6-9 p.m.,

Cincinnati Woman’s Club  SPOTLIGHT: Page 31. MAY 11, MONDAY Dragonfly, Annual Golf Classic | 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Heritage Club, Mason. DETAILS: Golf, silent auction/raffles, oncourse games, lunch, dinner and awards banquet. Emcee: Scott Sloan of 700WLW. ¼www.dragonfly.org   Thomas More University, Scholarship Golf Classic | 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Summit Hills Country Club, Crestview Hills, KY. DETAILS: Lunch, shotgun start (scramble format), cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, awards, player gift, lunch, on-course refreshments. ¼Search   www.fb.com/events Cancer Family Care, Annual Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Hero Awards | 6 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Dinner and Awards. Tickets: $45 adult; $15 child. ¼www.cancerfamilycare.orgMAY   Visionaries and Voices, Double Vision XI | 6:30-11 p.m. Memorial Hall, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Annual fundraising art auction benefit featuring more than 40 collaborations. Tickets: $75. ¼www.visionariesandvoices.com  

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Art Museum names committee for Duveneck-inspired fall gala The planning committee for Cincinnati Art Museum’s Gala 2020, Much Ado About Duveneck, will organize an event inspired by Gilded Age Cincinnati’s most influential artist, Frank Duveneck, and the major retrospective of his work

opening at the museum. The Nov. 13 gala at Music Hall features cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a live auction 6-9 p.m., followed by a Duveneck Deux After Party with desserts, cocktails and more 9-11 p.m.

Funds raised through sponsorship, table purchases, ticket sales and auction items help the museum bring special exhibitions and educational programs to Cincinnati.  www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

The committee: Marty Humes, Danya Karram, Lindsey Huttenbauer, Dulany Anning, Lauren Miller, chair Mady Gordon, Alex Quinn, Joanne Sloneker, Jen Ragland, Jenn Bastos, Jeane Elliott, Allison Kahn and Ryan Messer. Not pictured: Karen Abel, Kelsey Bahl, Vicky Carrol and Andrew Dewitt.


“Featuring Grammy Award-winning talent in a perfect jewel of a theater.”

Meshell Ndegeocello March 20

Aoife O’Donovan “Songs & Strings”

W/ Special Guest Taylor Ashton

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Saturday, March 21, 2020 JACK Cincinnati Casino

Watkins Family Hour April 11


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Tickets: $30.00 to $75.00 memorialhallotr.com | 513.977.8838 Includes pre-concert reception.

Visit bit.do/ToolBeltBall2020 to learn how you can get involved and support ToolBelt Ball to assist our low-income neighbors living with disabilities.

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Gifts/Grants Fealy family gives $3M to UC’s College of Business Robert L. Fealy first stepped foot on the University of Cincinnati’s campus in 1969. The UC alumnus and his wife, Rose, are marking his 50 years as a Bearcat with a gift of $3 million to create the Fealy Family Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship Fund at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The Fealy Family Endowed Chair will fuel thought leadership and experiential learning vital to empowering future entrepreneurs. “Bob remembers what scholarship support did for him and has a clear view of why it’s important to invest in tomorrow and in innovation,” said UC President Neville G. Pinto.

Rose and Bob Fealy

The Fealys are campaign champions of Next, Now: The Campaign for Cincinnati. Their current gift supports the priorities of this comprehensive fundraising effort for UC and UC Health.

Fiona and Friends raise $207K for Australian wildlife Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will send $207,607 to Zoos Victoria to help care for koalas, kangaroos and other animals that are suffering as a result of bushfires raging through their homes. The funds raised include private donations, a $5,000 donation from the zoo and, primarily, proceeds from the sale of a Cincy Shirts T-shirt designed by local artist Loren Long, featuring the zoo’s famous hippo Fiona and her friends from down under. “The response was overwhelming. People wanted to help, and purchasing a shirt was an easy way to contribute and show support for our friends in Australia,” said zoo director Thane Maynard. “We are thrilled that Fiona’s popularity helped us raise almost a quarter of a million dollars in just two weeks.”

Roger the koala has serious burns on his paws from the recent fires in Australia. The Cincy Shirt T-shirt, designed by Loren Long, to raise funds for Australian animals

Impact 100 to award $468K in 2020

Cindy Givens, program manager for customer assistance and community outreach at Duke Energy Ohio, and Major Everett Henry, general secretary for The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Donations to HeatShare total $306K The Salvation Army received $306,000 from Duke Energy Ohio for the 2020 HeatShare program. The Salvation Army administers the donations made to the program, in collaboration with Duke Energy Ohio, to provide people in need with financial assistance with their utility bills. The HeatShare program is


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available to eligible Duke Energy customers in Southwest Ohio and provides heating and cooling assistance from Jan. 21 to July 31, or until all funds are used. People in need of assistance may call The Salvation Army HeatShare line at 513-762-5636 to schedule an appointment or to receive more information.

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Impact 100 will award four $117,000 transformational grants, or $468,000, to area nonprofit organizations this fall. The organization has begun reviewing grant applications, and the process will culminate in a Sept. 10 celebration at Music Hall where four local nonprofit charities are awarded $117,000 each. That will bring Impact 100’s total over the years to more than $5.5 million raised to help 51 area initiatives. Founded in Cincinnati 19 years ago and started with 100 women donating $1,000 each, Impact 100 has grown to be a premier women’s

collective giving philanthropic movement in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. The organization has supported more than 47 nonprofits on homelessness, food security, at-risk youth, unemployment and more. Impact 100 committees will review grant applicants, selecting finalists later this year. Last year’s recipients: Activities Beyond the Classroom/Fourthwall; Cincinnati Works Inc.; St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy; and NEST Community Learning Center.  www.impact100.org

Impact 100 leaders unveiled their grant total for 2020 at a meeting in late January.

GIFTS/GRANTS Nancy Eigel-Miller, executive director of 1N5, center, with the Madeira students who raised funds for 1N5: Lucas Cedillo, Eliese Bird, Lucia Boadas, Jack Flanagan, Max Spelder and Bella DiMauro Dr. Joseph Broderick, director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute; Hilary, Amy and Maggie Debelak, founders of Strikeout MS; and Dr. Aram Zabeti, director of the Waddell Center

First Step Home receives Funds support programs grants totaling $828K for children at Redwood

Children’s Theatre grant fuels On Tour program

PIE receives $7K from Best Buy Foundation

First Step Home recently received grants that will help the agency continue its work with women seeking sobriety. First Step Home is a women’sonly substance use disorder treatment center in Walnut Hills. The grants: • $500,741 and $175,000 from State Opiate Response • $35,000 from the Rosenthal Family Foundation for the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants • $50,000 from Interact for Health for the Child Resiliency Program • $25,000 from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation for the Maternal Addiction Program • $7,500 from the William H. Albers Foundation for the Child Resiliency Program • $15,000 from the Andrew Jergens Foundation for the Maternal Addiction Program • $20,000 from the Pfau Foundation for the Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) will receive a $10,000 ArtWorks grant to support the current season of TCT On Tour. TCT On Tour productions take the magic of live theater to those who would otherwise be unable to attend, due to transportation, geographic and/or financial constraints. Each year, TCT On Tour reaches almost 70,000 children and families with shows that explore historical events, celebrate cultural heritage, and set the stage for learning.

Cincinnati-based Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) recently received a grant for $7,000 from the Best Buy Foundation. The grant helps support PIE’s initial Sports Technology and Data Analytics CaseLAB Career Credentialing Program with FC Cincinnati and the YMCA. The plan is to engage local teens at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School in hands-on learning that features STEM subjects and cutting-edge technology.

Redwood received a $15,000 grant from The Frank J. Kloenne and Jacqueline Dawson Kloenne Foundation. The funds will be used to help children improve communication, social interaction, cognitive and physical skills. Redwood services some 800 clients from six weeks to 85 years old.

Out of this world: iSPACE grants total $55K iSPACE, which provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, received three grants totalling $55,000: • $5,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support iSPACE’s collaboration with Science Olympiad • $35,000 from the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs • $15,000 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation awarded $15,000 to provide a STEM Educator Academy

Students raise money for mental health programs As part of a Madeira High School entrepreneur class, six students started a nonprofit group called Brave, which has raised more than $7,800 to promote mental wellness. The group partnered with 1N5, a nonprofit dedicated to improving youth mental health, donating $3,571 to continue 1N5’s work in the community. Brave also recruited 68 participants for 1N5’s Warrior Run in October, raising $4,288. Those funds will go toward mental health programming at Madeira.

State commission supports Health Care Access Now For the fifth consecutive year, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health continued its commitment to Health Care Access Now. The $288,000 award will support the Pathways Community HUB model, an evidence-based program focused on decreasing infant mortality.

Strikeout MS presents $40K check to UC Waddell Center The Debelak Family and Strikeout MS supporters presented the UC Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis with a check for $40,100. These funds support the integrative health and wellness initiatives like MS yoga and MS art therapy. 

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In the News Chamber honors leaders ‘Making Black History’ The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s 2020 We Are Making Black History honorees were honored at the chamber’s annual dinner. “The growth our community is experiencing today has been greatly influenced by these leaders and many others. It is our hope that by sharing these stories of black achievement all people will be inspired by their ambition and perseverance,” said Danielle Wilson, vice president of marketing and communications of the Cincinnati Chamber. The 2020 class of “We are Making Black History” honorees: • Ray Ball, a marketing professional who launched BallR Media in 2015 as the Creative Brandpreneur, working with clients locally and nationally. • Nerissa Morris, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the first African American to hold a C-suite role there. • Dora Anim, chief operating officer at Greater Cincinnati Foundation, providing day to day leadership and vision for GCF to drive growth, transformation and results.

Photo by Michael Millay, Rooted Media House

• Eugene Partridge III, director, head of procurement operations at Paycor Inc., and a TEDx speaker, author, and music producer. • Morgan Angelique Owens, an entrepreneur and motivation expert helping women reach their highest levels of growth, profit, and success. • David A. Singleton, an attorney who graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991, has worked as a homeless advocate and public defender, and became executive director of the Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice & Policy Center in 2002.

Back: David A. Singleton, Nerissa Morris, Dora Anim and Eugene Partridge III. Front: Verna Williams, Morgan Angelique Owens and Ray Ball

• Verna Williams, who joined the University of Cincinnati College of Law faculty in 2001 after practicing many years in civil and women’s rights, and has been dean of the college since 2017.  www.cincinnatichamber.com

Cincinnati History Museum expands exhibits, adds galleries Cincinnati Museum Center will expand its permanent museum offerings this spring with three galleries in the Cincinnati History Museum. • “Cincinnati in Motion,” an S-scale model of the city, recreates Downtown in the 1940s, with Carew Tower, City Hall, Plum Street Temple, the Roebling Bridge and streetcars (remember those?) rattling through the streets. The display is being expanded to feature Cincinnati neighborhoods during different decades. The enhanced exhibit, which opens March 20, will let visitors enjoy a train’s eye view of the model. • A new exhibit, “Shaping Our City,” explores how rivers, rails and roads have shaped our region over the centuries. It includes a selection of vehicles, maps, objects and interactive elements. The new gallery, which opens March 20, also examines how Cincinnati’s urban design has both connected and divided the city and its people. • Opening April 17 on the Cincinnati History Museum’s lower level, “You Are Here” will share stories of Cincinnati’s people, places, traditions and struggles. The gallery is centered around three themes: Living Here, Working Here and Playing Here.  www.cincymuseum.org 36

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A model of Music Hall in the Cincinnati in Motion display A model of Crosley Field in the Cincinnati in Motion display


Gregory Cannon (center), winner of the “Be A Gold Star Teacher” Award, with (from left): Jamie Pollard of Gold Star; Anne Venters of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; Onyango Collier and Principal Tammy Solomon-Gray of Cheviot Elementary School

UC Health’s West Chester Hospital won the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award for the fifth consecutive year.

Museum Center sets record with 1.8 million visits in 2019

coach for Cheviot’s 4th-6th grade boys’ team, is the lead representative for the school’s M.O.R.E group, which stands for “Men of Respect and Education.” More than 300 teachers representing 223 area schools were nominated for the award, meant to celebrate the hard work and dedication of local teachers.

Cincinnati Museum Center recorded more than 1.8 million visits in 2019, the highest attendance in the museum’s 29-year history at Union Terminal. The year, which also marked the 200th anniversary of the Museum of Natural History & Science, featured popular exhibits such as a 50th anniversary retrospective of the Apollo 11 moon mission. “We are dancing with excitement at the support the community has shown our organization over the past year,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO.  www.cincymuseum.org

NKY Chamber reports strong growth, new initiatives Membership at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has grown 18 percent over the past two years as the chamber has focused on new initiatives in workforce development, transportation, health, education and championing the region. According to President and CEO Brent Cooper, the organization’s vision “is to be the premier membership organization driving Northern Kentucky’s pursuit to be a world-class region to start, develop and grow thriving businesses.” Cooper, founder and owner of C-Forward, a Covington-based information technology consulting firm, said the NKY Chamber also has seen

a surge in member satisfaction over the past two years, according to a top management metric.  www.nkychamber.com

Great Parks offers free entry days Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering a number of free entry days this year. Guests can experience more than 17,700 acres of natural habitat, lakes and river access, trails, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and more without a Great Parks motor vehicle permit. Coming free days: April 22, Earth Day; May 16, Kids to Parks Day; June 6, National Trails Day; July 17, Great Parks' 90th birthday; Sept. 26-27, Great Outdoors Weekend & National Public Lands Day; Nov. 27, Opt Outside; Dec. 25, Christmas Day; Jan. 1, 2021, New Year's Day. On other days, a motor vehicle permit is needed to enter the parks. Cost is $10 a year, $5 a day for county residents, $16 a year, $8 a day for other visitors.  www.greatparks.org

Cheviot teacher wins ‘Gold Star’ status Gold Star and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati honored Gregory Cannon, information technologies teacher at Cheviot Elementary School, with the first “Be A Gold Star Teacher” Award during a surprise all-school assembly. Cannon, who also is the basketball

New Life provided furniture for 890 empty homes in 2019 New Life Furniture Bank reports that it furnished 890 empty homes in 2019, helping 1,817 formerly homeless people start a new life, more than half of them children. A total of 13,466 items of furniture, approximately $795,000 in value from 1,756 donors, were delivered last year. Nearly 700 volunteers donated over 4,000 hours sorting donations, packing household items, building, assembling and delivering furniture. Fundraisers in 2019 raised $63,500 to help New Life provide furniture to help end the cycle of homelessness. Its goal for 2020 is to furnish 1,200 homes in Greater Cincinnati. Its Party in the House Gala is set for Nov. 20.  www.nlfurniture.org

West Chester Hospital retains top national status UC Health’s West Chester Hospital has won the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 250 Best Hospitals

Award for the fifth consecutive year. The award places West Chester in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its clinical performance. From 2016 through 2018, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 26.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Also, UC Health set a new record for organ transplants during 2019, with 320 people receiving the lifesaving procedures. That also marked the eighth consecutive year of growth for the program. UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center is home to Greater Cincinnati’s only comprehensive organ transplant program for adults.  www.uchealth.com

Talbert House reaccredited for treatment programs The Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has announced a three-year re-accreditation of Talbert House for mental health and addiction treatment for children and adults, as well as housing and integrated primary care services. The agency has been accredited through CARF since 2004. The CARF accreditation came after a rigorous peer review process. Gateways, an affiliate of Talbert House with recovery centers in Western Hills and Walnut Hills, was also reaccredited by CARF for mental health and addiction services.  www.talberthouse.org 

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(Top) Harold Brown Robert Tucker Christy Nichols Weber Vanessa Mosley Tim Thomas (Bottom) Beth Guzior Gina Goings Vickie Ciotti Jim Mason Moira Weir

United Way of Greater Cincinnati has named Moira Weir, a seasoned nonprofit professional with extensive community service, as its next president and CEO. Weir has led Hamilton County Job and Family Services (JFS), which helps hundreds of thousands of Hamilton County families and children each year. She assumes her new role on March 23. A search committee of leaders from the community, social service agencies and businesses recommended Weir following an extensive national search. Jobs and Family Serivces has more than 900 employees and a $2.1 billion annual budget. During Weir’s tenure as director, the agency has received awards for 12 innovative programs from the National Association of Counties.

Interact for Health has announced the addition of Harold Brown as vice president of strategy and policy. Brown brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy to his new position. Most recently, he was the vice president of community strategies at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and previously held several key roles with the KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Brown earned a bachelor of arts in government from Harvard University, and completed a mini-MBA from Miami University.


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Community First Solutions named Robert Tucker as executive director for community behavioral health. He is a licensed chemical dependency counselor and has degrees in criminal justice. Also, Christy Nichols Weber has become director of behavioral health clinical services. A licensed independent social work supervisor, she has degrees in sociology and social work.

Inspiring Service, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit using technology to reverse declining volunteer rates through Cincinnati Cares and similar efforts in other regions, has added three new staff members. The staff expansion will also help the organization expand to 50 cities across the country. Joining the team: Vanessa Mosley, a long-time nonprofit leader in Cincinnati, named chief impact officer; Tim Thomas of Los Angeles, former CEO of CADENAS PARTsolutions, named chief national community development director; and Beth Guzior of Loveland, with two decades of human capital management experience at Automatic Data Processing, named chief revenue officer.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati added seven new members to its board of directors. The new members represent the breadth of HFHGC’s geographic reach, as well as the diversity of its business, faith, and community partnerships.

The new members: Susan M. Bennett, financial consultant, Thrivent Financial; Julie deSylva, senior communications manager, Procter & Gamble; Michael Q. Dozier, senior manager, Ethicon; J.R. Foster, CEO, Robert Louis Group; Angela Krausen, project executive, Messer Construction Co.; Kathy Leijon, senior director, talent management, Paycor; Bishop Ennis F. Tait, pastor, New Beginnings Church of the Living God of Avondale.

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio has hired Gina Goings as senior vice president of development and communications. Goings will be responsible for fundraising, marketing and communications. She most recently was vice president of institutional advancement at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Goings has led fundraising efforts for several charities and organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Vickie Ciotti, who recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, has been promoted to vice president of consulting services. “Vickie’s extensive experience in the nonprofit arena has proven to be a tremendous asset to OneSource Center and the entire region,” said CEO Christie Brown.

Jim Mason, president and CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center, was honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for a career of advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and their families. He received the honor at the Evening of Hope gala held by the organization’s Southwest Ohio chapter. Mason has worked with Beech Acres for 40 years, and a major part of his work has been to push for mainstream awareness and a reduced stigma about mental health and well-being.

Cincinnati Preservation Association welcomed five new members to its board of trustees: Michael Burson, former director of facilities for Cincinnati Public Schools; Sherry Glover Thompson, a long-time executive in nonprofit development and higher education; Mark Mallory, former mayor of Cincinnati; Mark McKillip, former assistant city manager for Cincinnati and founder/director of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center; and Shawn Patrick Tubb, architect with John Senhauser Architects and author of a book on Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel. The association promotes the appreciation, protection and appropriate use and development of the region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes. 


Who, what, where & why

Moveable Feast showcases CCM’s talent

Event chair Brian Muething, honoree Trish Bryan and event chair Paula Boggs Muething Peter Schwartz, Dianne Dunkelman and CCM Dean Stanley Romanstein

Over 600 arts patrons joined the fun at Moveable Feast, socializing and enjoying dinner-by-the-bite during CCM’s annual benefit event. Hosted by the volunteer group CCMpower, Moveable Feast showcased CCM students and faculty members in an evening of world-class live entertainment. Funds raised by the event enable CCMpower to fund student scholarships and grants. Chaired by Paula Boggs Muething and Brian Muething, Moveable Feast celebrated the contributions of Trish Bryan to CCM and the Cincinnati arts community. Next year’s Moveable Feast is set for Jan. 22, 2021.

Rebecca Bolce, Rob McDonald, Alexa McDonald and Keith Wood Mayor John Cranley, Dena Cranley, Barbara Gould, Alva Jean Crawford and Dr. Alvin Crawford

Photos by Andrew Higley/University of Cincinnati

Debbie Schmidt, Mark Schmidt, Kent Shaw and Jeff Thomas David Reynolds, Jennifer Suttles, Michael Dennemann, Jeff Kruse and Karin Kruse CCMpower board president Arlene Katz and CCM Dean Stanley Romanstein

Lisi George, Trish Bryan and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley

UC President Neville Pinto and Jennifer Pinto

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A ‘full house’ helps raise funds for St. Joseph Orphanage St. Joseph Orphanage’s raised more than $40,000 at its recent Monte Carlo Night. About 150 community members gathered at The Sanctuary in Price Hill to help raise funds that will benefit some of the region’s most vulnerable children and families. Monte Carlo Night is organized by Leaders for Education, Advocacy, and Development (LEAD), SJO’s young professionals board. This year’s event raised $12,000 more than the year before. The evening included casino games, raffle baskets, cocktails, and dinner-by-the-bite. The Monte Carlo Night Royal Flush Sponsor was The Loring Group.

St. Joseph Orphanage’s young professionals board: (back) Nick Schlotman, Tony Keckeis, Miranda Hogg, Tonya First and Abbey Horne; (front) Janece Schaffer-Burbank, Byrd Bergeron, Ramona Peckham and Joelle Gilbert, SJO director of individual and major gifts

Jewish YPs gather for Latkapalooza 2019

Mitchell Evans, Jeffrey Silverstein, Rohan Dalal, Justin Kirschner, Hali Nacdimen and Jake Henderson

On Christmas Eve, about 200 of Cincinnati's Jewish young adults came out to Braxton Brewing Company for Latkapalooza 2019, an annual event sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and Mayerson JCC. Members of the planning committee were Brad Altman, Jeff Goodman, Hannah Greenberg, Lilly Klein, Josh Rothstein, Scott Sadler and Kerry Verdier. YAD represents the next generation of Jewish leadership, with the means and the energy to affect change. Jackie Levine, Jay Burgin, Daniel Makutonin and Emily Kerner

Dana Hiudt, Ari Levine, Shelby Gilgoff and Jaynie Levinson Rose Kaplan, Krishna Guda, Eli Schwartz, Sam Schwartz, Ashleigh Schwartz Sarah Schneider, Kayla Soroka, Trinity Johnson and Amy Weisbrot

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Mary Alexander, Lindner Center of HOPE director of development and Touchdown for HOPE organizer; Jim Breech, former Bengals kicker and honorary host; Dr. Paul Keck, Lindner Center president and CEO; and Dr. Tracey Skale, medical director, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

Super Bowl event scores $195,000 Lindner Center of HOPE’s eleventh annual Touchdown for HOPE Super Bowl Sunday event raised $195,000 for patient assistance. Jim Breech, former Bengals star kicker, and his wife, Denise, were honorary hosts for the event, which had about 250 guests at Great American Ball Park. Touchdown for HOPE is a Super Bowl party with big-screen televisions, plush seating, Cincinnati food favorites and upscale tailgate-style treats. Proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will be used to benefit first responders by funding financial assistance for mental health services at Lindner Center of HOPE. First responders experience incredible stress while witnessing tragedies on a regular basis, and they often don’t turn to experts to help them deal with mental health issues. Alva Jean Crawford and Dr. Alvin Crawford Jack Geiger and Kay Geiger

Craig Lindner, Lindner Center of HOPE board chair; Greg Joseph; and Bill Butler, board member

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HRC’s Color Ball honors LGBTQ supporters The Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign’s recent Color Ball was the group’s largest ball ever, with almost 800 people attending. The 11th annual event honored leaders in the community with a proven track record of support for the LGBTQ community. Honorees: • Aneesh Sheth, HRC Visibility Award • Cheryl Eagleson, the David C. Crowley Leadership Award • The Kroger Co., Corporate Equality Award Kroger and Equitas Health were presenting sponsors.

Andrew Bare, Jeff Martin, Scott Alygar, Bill Chappie and Clay Lawson Aneesh Sheth accepts the HRC Visibility Award from Board of Governors member Rick Chizmadia. Color Ball co-chairs Pam Kravetz, Aftab Pureval, Eric Anderson and Jordan Young

Cheryl Eagleson accepts the David Crowley Award.

Back: Avani Modi, Lindsey Roeper, Luci Roeper; front: Leena Patel and Presley Roeper

Children’s Theatre’s Monster Bash scares up lots of support

Jamie Grossman and daughter Sadie

More than 400 guests gathered in their Halloween best for the inaugural Monster Bash, a family costume party benefiting The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. The event generated more than $47,000 to support TCT’s arts education opportunities and initiatives for the area’s 170,000 children and young adults. The crowd enjoyed pumpkin decorating, face painting, trickor-treating, dancing, raffles, costume contests and TCT’s new haunted theater, plus food from Montgomery Inn, Skyline Chili, Grace LaRosa’s and Ruby’s Chocolate. Glasgow The Children’s Theatre of as a little ladybug Cincinnati, celebrating 100 years, is the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences. Photos by Mikki Schaffner


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Danielle Wilson and her three sons, from left: Avery, Tate, and Keaton Movers & Makers


April 20-25, 2020

Stacey Schimberg, Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival committee chair; Holly Wolfson, Mayerson JCC programming director; CEO Marc Fisher; and David Solomon, director of operations.

Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicks off with party The Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicked off with an opening night party with more than 200 community members and film enthusiasts. The opening night film, “The Unorthodox,” is based on the true story of a man who finds his daughter kicked out of school for her ethnic origin. This spurs him to action and he runs in city elections, ultimately changing the face of Israel. This year’s films were selected to start discussions about our common humanity and need for connection. The month-long film festival was expected to attract more than 2,000 filmgoers.

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Stacey Schimberg, film festival committee chair, and Frannie Kahan, cultural arts manager at the Mayerson JCC


Daniel Kuy and Walter Spiegel

Join Barbara Kellar as she showcases artists and cultural leaders from the Greater Cincinnati community.

Jackie Congedo, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati, and Amnon Maggid, community Shaliach (emissary) at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, led the audience in a discussion of what it’s like to vote in Israel. Henry Fenichel and Diana Fenichel


Emmy Award Winner Regional - Interview/Discussion Program

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Good Samaritans raise $566K to roar into the ’20s The Good Samaritans’ 36th annual gala, Roaring into the Twenties, drew more than 610 partygoers to the Hyatt Regency. The event raised more than $566,000 for the TriHealth Neuroscience Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, the Good Samaritan Free Health Center and Medical Education Research Fund. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing to celebrity DJ JonJon from Q102. Money raised will let the Neuroscience Institute buy artificial intelligence software to detect, diagnose and treat strokes faster. That would mean more survivors and better mobility and quality of life. Proceeds will also help care for uninsured individuals and education for new physicians. From corporate friend and underwriter of palm readers Oswald Company: Stuart Koenig, April Koenig, Mark Homer, Beth Homer, Tammy Riddle and Dan O’Keeffe

TriHealth President and CEO Mark Clement, gala co-chair Angie Conners, gala chair Pam Rossmann and TriHealth chief of neurosciences Dr. Andrew Ringer, gala “Physician Champion”

Dr. Brian Hendricks, Stacey Hendricks, Caroline Isaacs, Dr. Seth Isaacs, Dr. Jamie Welshhans, and Dr. Jeff Welshhans From Cassady Schiller CPAs and advisors: Dan McSwigan, Tina McSwigan, Angie Schierenbeck, Don Schierenbeck, Susan Schiller, Mike Schiller, Kelly Schiller and Bob Schiller

(Rear) Bill Lautar, Dr. Eamonn Bahnson, Jeanne Bahnson, Kristy Staarmann, Matt Staarmann, Nicole Dunki-Jacobs, Adam Dunki-Jacobs and Kari Dunki-Jacobs; (front) Ashley Lautar, Dr. Erik Dunki-Jacobs From presenting sponsor PFS Group: (standing) Jason Dzanski, Brandi Dzanski and Nancy Bennett; (seated) Amanda Woods, Tom Woods, PFS Group Founder/President Jeff Gorski, Debbie Gorski, Susan DeVoe and TriHealth CFO Andrew DeVoe From corporate sponsor Fifth Third Bank: (standing) Ross Pawlak, Emily Seitz-Pawlak, Dr. Monica Posey, Noël Walton, Mark Walton, Dr. Thomas Shockley, Lilly Shockley, Tim Egloff, Ken Tracy, Lydia Connor and Kevin Connor; (seated) John Ward, Julie Ward, Tracy Egloff and Libby Tracy


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Activist and Freedom Rider honors Dr. King’s legacy Betty Daniels Rosemond, activist and Freedom Rider, was the keynote speaker at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Rosemond shared her experience at the forefront of the civil rights movement and her hope for continuing the effort for inclusive freedom. Approximately 350 people gathered to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. Three local high school students were recognized as King Legacy Youth Leadership honorees. Summer Jones, Mya DunnJohnson and Quinlan Wilson were recognized for sharing their own visions for overcoming divisiveness through hope, compassion and cooperation.

Committee member Cassaundra Hooks, emcee Courtis Fuller, keynote speaker Betty Daniels Rosemond Woodrow “Woody” Keown, president and COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Dr. Richard Lofgren and Mayor John Cranley

Summer Jones, Mya Dunn-Johnson and Quinlan Wilson, honorees Rodney McMullen, CEO of Kroger

(Back) Toilynn O’Neal Turner, April Moore, Cassaundra Hooks, Kay Yount, Casey Jolley, Semhar Tsegay and Meili Price, breakfast committee members; (front) Paula Sherman, Jarrod Williams, L’Tanya Moore, Kia Kohlhurst, Edna Keown, Robin Lee, Verneida Britton and Gina Goings. The crowd at the awards breakfast

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Women’s Initiative breakfast honors Allyson True Cook

Allyson True Cook, 2020 Debbie Simpson Spirit of Achievement Award Recipient and counsel at Stites and Harbison; and Dale Silver, vice president of client services at C-Forward

More than 800 women and men networked and mingled at the 2020 Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast, sponsored by PNC. The event took place at The Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The keynote speaker was Kristi Nelson, vice president of global human resources and general counsel for MultiColor Corporation. Nelson was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer four years ago. Allyson True Cook was honored with the Debbie Simpson Spirit of Achievement Award. The Women’s Initiative also collected donations for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

Kay Geiger, president of PNC; Kristi Nelson, keynote speaker; and Marianne Schmidt Hurtt, senior VP and regional manager at PNC

Photos by Ben G astright, NKY Chamber

Ashley Kirklen, WLWT anchor and event emcee

Stowe House thanks its volunteers for record year

Susan McKenney (center), board president of Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House, with retiring board members Barbara Furr and Bruce Goetzman

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House welcomed 5,400 visitors in 2019. HBSH celebrated the recordbreaking season with a Volunteer Appreciation Party and Member Meeting. The Board of the Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House also recognized retiring members Barbara Furr and Bruce Goetzman for their years of service. Stowe, an abolitionist and author of the antislavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” lived in the Walnuts Hills house in the 1830s.

Youth docents Kennedy Curran and Joseph Washington stand in front of a portrait of author and former Walnut Hills resident Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Christina Hartlieb, executive director of Harriet Beecher Stowe House; board Vice President Kathryn Gibbons; and volunteer Robin Gee Board members Dr. John Douglass and Ralph P. Ginocchio


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Holocaust & Humanity Center marks one year at Union Terminal

Henry Fenichel, professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, survived the Holocaust by going into hiding with his mother in The Netherlands.

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center celebrated its one-year anniversary at Union Terminal with a day of immersive museum experiences. More than 100 visitors talked with local survivors before celebrating with a cake cutting in the Union Terminal Rotunda. Sarah Weiss, chief executive officer of the Holocaust & Humanity Center, said the museum looks forward to reaching tens of thousands of people in the years to come. She told the crowd that a recent Pew Research study found Americans know very little about the Holocaust. “Our mission to educate and ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today has never been more important,” she said. The Holocaust & Humanity Center is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Union Terminal. Simon Barrad, baritone, performs for the celebration at Union Terminal.

Local Holocaust survivor Dr. Al Miller converses with visitors.

Zahava Rendler tells her story of surviving the Holocaust as a child to a visitor.

CEO Sarah Weiss talks about the importance of Holocaust education.

Small business owners celebrate GCMI’s 100th class Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative hosted an Alumni Mixer to celebrate its 100th class of entrepreneurship training. The event gave small business owners, including past and present students, a chance to interact with community partners, instructors, GCMI’s leadership team and members of GCMI’s Board of Directors. Since 1998, GCMI has provided entrepreneurship training to over 1,250 aspiring small business owners. The 100th class launched January 14. Individuals who complete the training will walk away with a completed business plan, on-going coaching and eligibility to apply for small business loans.

Leadership group: Nahamani Yisrael, Shawndale Thomas, Tracey Hayes and Executive Director Willie Hill III

Cordero Martin with Cydnee Brown

Executive Director Willie Hill III with board vice president Della Rucker

Kenneth Green, who has been teaching at GCMI since 1998, and loan coach Michael Learh (retired)

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Photos by Pete Coleman

African American Chamber celebrates year of successes

Eric H. Kearney; Hamilton County Commissioner Stephanie Dumas; Ronald Todd, minority affairs liaison for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine; board chair Jason E. Dunn

The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the successes of 2019 at its annual meeting at Cincinnati’s COPA Lounge. “As we celebrate the successes, growth and expanding influence of the African American Chamber of Commerce, there is tremendous reason for optimism and excitement in 2020,” said Eric Kearney, president and CEO of the chamber. In 2019, the chamber: • Helped infuse over a half-million dollars in capital in the area’s African American business community. • Advocated for the inclusion of race when filing for an LLC or corporation in Ohio. • Introduced a new podcast and radio show, “Rise to Shine,” on Soul 101.5 FM and 1230 AM to address critical issues affecting minority business and the African American community. • Moved its headquarters to 2303 Gilbert Avenue to be closer to its member businesses. Julieta M. Sims with chamber program director Jourdan B. Ivory

Eric H. Kearney, president and CEO of the African American Chamber, with Jon Labbe of Mercy Health

Handbags for Hope raises $122K for Literacy Network The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati raised a record $122,000 at its ninth annual Handbags for Hope event. More than 380 guests attended the fundraiser at the Newport Syndicate. Attendees enjoyed raffles and silent auction booths, coordinated by volunteers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Young Professional Group. Former WCPO anchor Carol Williams and entertainer Tim Goldrainer emceed the event. Mark and Angela Ginty were recognized as 2020 honorary chairs. With the Literacy Network, the Cincinnati Development Fund and Todd Bol of Little Free Libraries, Angela helped place 150 Little Free Libraries locally. UPS was also recognized for its support. Nick “DaBarber” Baynes, founder of the Against The Grain Foundation and its Barbers for Reading program, received the 2020 Hope Award. Emcee Carol Williams, former WCPO anchor, and Michelle Otten Guenther, president of the Literacy Network 48

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Nick “Dabarber” Baynes, who received the 2020 Hope Award, with his wife, Ebonique Moss-Baynes President Michelle Otten Guenther with representatives from UPS, which received the 2020 Community Partner Award

Beth Guzior models one of the live auction handbags.

The Literacy Network team with entertainer Tim Goldrainer: Annie Schneider, Michelle Otten Guenther, Goldrainer, Ed Jung, Kim McDermott, Liz Asman and Liz Priestle Literacy Network 2020 honorary chairs Mark and Angela Ginty with Connor Ginty


Guests open their hearts to aid Stepping Stones

Karl Grafe and Donna Grafe

At Stepping Stones’ 12th annual Open Your Heart dinner, 245 guests helped raise a record $105,000 to help children and adults with disabilities. Attendees enjoyed a three-course dinner at Eddie Merlot’s restaurant in Montgomery. Ellaine Herschede, mother of longtime Stepping Stones participant Drew Herschede, addressed the crowd before the evening’s donation drive. Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency serving more than 1,100 people with disabilities. Locations in Batavia, Indian Hill, Monfort Heights and Norwood offer daytime and overnight programs that increase independence and promote inclusion.

The Open Your Heart planning committee: Mary McGraw, Gigi Heidt, chair Patti Zesch, Dina Taylor and Claire Elson. Not pictured: Debbie Alf Rob Zesch and Stepping Stones board member Patti Zesch, Open Your Heart chair

Drew Herschede, who attends Stepping Stones’ Adult Day Services program, with Stepping Stones Executive Director Chris Adams and Ellaine Herschede Charlie Eckert, Stepping Stones board President Whitney Eckert, Matthew Riley and Debby Riley

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Albert Smitherman and Liza Smitherman

‘Purposeful’ party previews Cincinnatians of the Year Gala Approximately 100 friends and supporters of JDRF celebrated Valentine’s Day at the agency’s annual Party for a Purpose.Guests donated items for the silent auction at the upcoming Cincinnatians of the Year Gala, set for May 9 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The 2020 Cincinnatians of the Year, Liza and Albert Smitherman of Jostin Construction, spoke about their role as honorees and their commitment to helping JDRF raise money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. At the coming gala, Susan Mustian will also be recognized as the Cynthia Marver Marmer Volunteer of the Year.

Convalescent Hospital for Children

Open Your With HeartfeltThanks To Our Sponsors For Opening Your Heart!

Cherub Sponsors

The Heidt Family Foundation Dina & Chris Taylor

Sweetheart Sponsors

Claire & Dave Elson The Drew & Chantilas Family J. Cromer Mashburn Foundation Anne & Jim Shanahan Stepping Stones Executive Team Julie & John Richardson Meg & Paul Tarvin

Daniel Cunningham and Sa-Leemah Jihad Amy Camins, Hannah Vester, Donna Walker, Susan Mustian and Petra Vester

Donna Walker, Becky Gaible, Jackie Oney and Hadley George For Event Details & Complete List of Sponsors CincyOpenYourHeart.org

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SCPA students celebrate the Future of the Arts

Honorary chair Kay Geiger and Jack Geiger Tim Cagle and Colby Chapman

More than 500 guests gathered for the School for the Creative and Performing Arts’ Future of the Arts gala at Music Hall. Attendees celebrated with cocktails, dinner, visual art and performances by SCPA students with members of the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati May Festival. Students collaborated with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park staff on costumes. Kay Geiger, PNC Bank regional president, served as honorary event chair, and John Morris Russell, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, emceed. The event raised $100,000 to provide resources needed to maintain SCPA’s 100 percent graduation rate and exceptional arts program. Alison Probst and Robert Probst Brian Tiffany, Holly Brians Ragusa and Jerry Ewers

John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops conductor, with SCPA students

Lesli Rice, Rashaad Rice and Rico Rice

Linda Siekmann and Brian Siekmann Ed Stern, Jerry Kathman, Liz Grubow, Angela Powell Walker, Blake Robison and Connan Morrissey Martha Millett, Matthew Millett and Teresa Summe-Haas

Chris Abernathy, Michelle Abernathy and SCPA Principal Michael Owens Neal Schear, Colby Chapman, David Hiller and Marc Manly


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