American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Frontline Heroes

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Presenting Sponsor

WELCOME Welcome to the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter’s Frontline Heroes Event honoring the men and women who rose to the challenge during this pandemic to keep our community safe and healthy in a year that was like no other. 2020 was overwhelming for us all as COVID-19 caused major disruptions to our normal way of life. While most of us were socially isolated and struggling to find new routines to manage our daily existence, the women and men we honor today were at the forefront of our community, putting in that extra effort in their essential lines of work to help us safely manage this crisis. As the American Red Cross Regional CEO, I’m proud to say that Red Cross also stepped up during these uncertain times. Last year, we experienced the greatest number of billion-dollar disasters than any other year. While our mission delivery may have looked different, Red Cross volunteers were providing care and comfort to those who lost everything whether in a big national disaster that dominated the news or a local home fire down the street. Following the CDC’s COVID-19 safety guidelines we provided shelter, health and mental health services and financial assistance to those affected by disaster. Being a supplier of 40% of the nation’s blood we continued our blood collections and distributed more than 150,000 plasma products from individuals across the nation who had recovered from COVID-19, to help treat patients battling the virus. We continued to teach our lifesaving classes like CPR/AED and First Aid and provided essential services to support our veterans, military members and their families. I offer my congratulations and appreciation to those being honored as our community’s Frontline Heroes. Your work makes a difference in normal and not-so-normal times. We are fortunate to have heroes like you whose superpowers make this a wonderful place to call home.   Stephanie W. Byrd Regional Executive Officer    American Red Cross, Central and Southern Ohio Region

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A LE T TER FROM YOUR BOARD CHAIR It is my great privilege to serve as the Board Chair of the American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Tristate Chapter, an organization whose principles I could only hope to mirror in my own life. On behalf of all of the members of the Board, I’d like to congratulate our Frontline Heroes being honored today. The COVID-19 pandemic caused unexpected challenges and a change to our way of life that we never could have anticipated. Today we pay tribute to the women, men, and organizations who elevated their game to help us meet and overcome these difficulties. As the father of a nurse in Columbus, OH, and a doctor in Birmingham, AL, this celebration has a special significance to me. In my role as the Chair of our local chapter board, I am privileged to see first-hand the great work being done by the Red Cross in our community every day. I am also in awe of how this organization was able to transition its approach to mission delivery to abide by COVID-19 safety precautions, and yet, not skip a beat in meeting the needs of those we serve. It would be an understatement to say that I am excited for this, the inaugural Frontline Heroes Virtual Celebration, presented by Cincinnati Bell. I’m impressed by today’s Frontline Heroes—our honorees—in how they and their organizations also managed the uncertainties of a most challenging year! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to make the Tristate a great place to live, play and work. Sincerely,

David Meyer

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American Red Cross and Cincinnati Bell present


W E LCO M E Emcee: WKRC Local12’s, Sheila Gray Special Remarks: John Cranley, Mayor, City of Cincinnati

A M ERICA N RE D CRO SS MI S S I O N I N C IN C IN N AT I A ND T HE T RI -STAT E Stephanie Byrd, Chief Executive Officer, Central & Southern Ohio Region, American Red Cross

F RO N TL I NE HE RO HO NO RE ES Cincinnati Fire Department Award Acceptance: Roy Winston, Fire Chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department Yemesi Igbonegun, Fire Fighter Paramedic

Special Remarks: Dr. Melba Moore, Health Commissioner City of Cincinnati Maple Knoll Communities Award Acceptance: Aaron Steckman, Infection Preventionist

First Student

Carla Alfrey, LPN

Award Acceptance: Kenneth Jones, Senior Location Manager Michael Raines, Student Transportation Driver

UC Health

West Clermont School District

Award Acceptance: Maria Friday, Director of Emergency Management

Award Acceptance: Shannon Pence, Intervention Specialist Kroger

American Red Cross Volunteer Diana Morgan

Award Acceptance: Jennifer Tudor, Front-End Cashier


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SPONSORS Presenting Sponsor

Frontline Hero Sponsor

Essential Workers Sponsors

First Responders Sponsors Patricia and Walter Smitson

Mask Up Tri-State Sponsors

We’re All In This Together Sponsors 84.51 CVG Airport FirstGroup America Gorilla Glue Messer Construction

O’Keeffe’s TiER1 Performance Thompson Hine UC Health

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Brian Lapthorn

Marty Betagole

Richard Lofgren, MD

Brian Cobb

Nazly Mamedova

David Coe

Annah Castellini McDowell

Deborah Davis

Suzanne McNabb

Nancy DeCastro

Eric O’Driscoll

Leigh Fox

Lanell Ohlinger

James Hagen

Deborah Robb

Cynthia Henderson

Sean Rugless

Stephen Hightower II

Bryan Strader, MD

Toi Clarke Jones

Kristi Clement Williams

Kush Kotecha

Rebecca Wood

William Kozlowski, LCDR

Shelby Wood

Kim Kraus

Marijke Woodruff

Max Langenkamp

Craig Young Advisory Members Delores Hargrove-Young Anne Kereiakes Ralph (Mike) Michael, III Christina Sprecher Emeritus Members Nancy Conner George Rehfeldt

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Cincinnati Bell is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the Greater Cincinnati Red Cross Chapter's Frontline Heroes Ceremony

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Frontline Heroes. Enormous accolades. EY is honored to recognize the frontline workers from our community and to thank them for dedicating their time and talents to securing a safe and healthy future for our families. There’s no limit to what we can accomplish when we strive to build a better world together. Visit © 2021 Ernst & Young LLP. All Rights Reserved. 2103-3723520 | ED None.

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Thank you Kerry Automotive proudly supports the American Red Cross of Greater Cincinnati in honoring our frontlline heroes. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping us all safe while putting yourselves at risk, and continuously going above and beyond during these challenging times.

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We are thankful for our

Frontline Heroes We salute your dedication. Your commitment to supporting the community is greatly valued and appreciated.

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extends its gratitude to

FRONTLINE HEROES for their achievements and contributions to the community. /InteractForHealth


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Community is the commitment we make to each other When a community is strong, it’s more than a collection of streets and buildings. It’s a place that nurtures and helps its residents thrive. That’s what happens when people share the commitment to make things better together. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Tri-State.

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