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Artists in Northside opened their studios for a walking tour sponsored by the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The tour, dubbed North by Northside, featured artist sites and retail establishments along Northside’s Hamilton Avenue. Guests visited studios and stores, then enjoyed the after-party at the Hoffner Lodge, with a pop-up exhibition “45223,” music by Mohenjo Daro, food by Django Western Taco and performances by Forealism Tribe. North by Northside raised $8,000 for the 2013-14 Weston Art Gallery season.
The 2014 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance attracted nearly 5,600 people to view over 200 automobiles and motorcycles. All weekend pre-show events – Cruisin’ for a Cure dinner, Countryside Tour, Hangar Party and Sunday Brunch – were sold out or extremely well-attended. The Hangar Party drew nearly 500 attendees – more than any Ault Park Concours pre-show event in history. The William K. Victor Best of Show Concours d’Elegance was awarded to a 1934 Packard Twelve LeBaron Boat-tail Speedster owned by the Auto Place, Cincinnati. Ault Park Concours events benefit the Arthritis Foundation, with emphasis on juvenile arthritis. All photos by Gary Kessler Photography 2014, unless otherwise noted
Robert Edsel, best-selling author of “The Monuments Men,” visited for two days with students, faculty and families of The Seven Hills School during its 28th annual Books for Lunch. The event included a luncheon lecture and book signing at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, a dinner at the home of Bill and Margy Gale and an assembly and sit-down talk with upper school students. Seven Hills parents Vicky Carroll and Brandi Voss served as co-chairs. During his visit, Edsel explained that the universally shared value of art is one reason people left the comforts of home to risk their lives as they worked to save millions of pieces stolen by the Nazis during World War II, as depicted in the book and movie. “These people were in the best situations but they volunteered,” Edsel told Seven Hills students. “I encourage you to embrace your passions and champion the causes in which you believe.”
Two hundred supporters of Behringer-Crawford Museum helped the museum celebrate the accomplishments of the three newest recipients of its top honor – the Two Headed Calf Award. Honorees were Ralph Drees, community service; Jim Reis, history; and Rick Hulefeld, education. The awards take their name from the museum’s quirkiest exhibit: a preserved two-headed calf. They were presented during an elegant banquet at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Ballroom. Jack Moreland, president of Southbank Partners, chaired the awards committee. John Lomax, Local 12 News anchor, was emcee.
Did someone say “Saturday Night Fever?” On the first Saturday in March, a crowd of more than 250 Kindervelt supporters dressed in polyester and assembled at Kenwood Country Club for the Kindervelt #50 Disco Ball: Groove is in the Heart. Guests danced under the disco ball to the musical spinning of Jon Jon and the direction of emcee Jeff Thomas, both of Q102. They dined, bid on silent auction items and competed in a raffle, all to raise more than $55,000 to benefit the Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Educational and Learning Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Co-chairs were Julie Hill, Sheila Sanders, Rhonda Logeman, Beth Wright, Rita Chin and Mindy Ellis. Kindervelt members are celebrating more than 40 years as an auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Photos by AJ Waltz Photography
The 21st annual Cincinnati Heart Ball broke all records this year, raising more than $1 million for the American Heart Association. The evening, presented by TriHealth Heart Institute, was the most successful in Heart Ball history. JB Buse, CEO of LOTH Inc., chaired the event. Guests enjoyed a performance by the Cincinnati Ballet, silent and live auctions and dinner. Rhonda and Larry Sheakley were honored with the Heart of the City Award for their philanthropic contributions to Cincinnati. The evening’s program culminated with a video in which two Cincinnati families, the Sweeneys and Currins, shared their life-changing journeys with heart disease.
The Good Samaritans’ 30th Annual Gala – “After Thirty Years… Let’s Roll Dice and Stir Things Up!” – raised more than $531,000 for development of a comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Medical Education Research Fund. This is a record for the annual fundraiser. More than 760 supporters of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation gathered at Horseshoe Casino’s Pavilion Ballroom, for a cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing to the music of Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis. The Good Samaritans, a volunteer group of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, includes members with ties to the medical and business community. They have raised more than $6 million over the years.
Celebrants channeled Preservation Hall as they rang in the new year at Music Hall with conductor John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The evening was pure New Orleans as trumpeter Byron Stripling played Dixieland favorites and a tribute to Louis Armstrong. After the concert, the revelry continued in the Ballroom, transformed into a New Orleans-style night club. Guests enjoyed the music of Leroy Ellington and his E-Funk Band; carnival-style dancing; dinner by Funky’s Catering; and the obligatory champagne toast at midnight.
More than 500 guests in a creative assortment of costumes attended the Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash at the Horseshoe Casino Pavilion Ballroom. The eighth annual costume gala, presented by Messer Construction, also honored three Arthritis Foundation volunteers: Pat McMahon, Kendra Broderick and Ryan Precht. Co-chairs were Pam and Paul Sturkey. Awards were handed out for the best costumes in several categories. Sponsors included TriHealth; Mercy Health; Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, a partner of Mercy Health; PNC; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Blue Sky; AD-EX International; The Christ Hospital; Cincinnati Business Courier; and Powers Agency.
Historian and biographer Robert A. Caro, who has twice won the Pulitizer Prize for biography, headlined the 26th annual Niehoff Lecture. The event, which was established at the suggestion of H.C. Buck and Patricia Niehoff, is the primary fundraiser for the Mercantile Library. The Niehoffs underwrite the speaker’s appearance each year. Caro won the Pulitzer Prize for his works on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, and twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best nonfiction book of the year.
About 275 friends and supporters of the Cancer Support Community gathered for the sixth annual Evening of Hope … a Celebration of Life. Jim and Barbara Bushman received the Celebration of Life award in recognition of their longstanding support of the organization. Event co-chairs were Marilyn and Christopher Dolle. Committee members were Barbara Bushman, Linda Green, Bill Krul, Kristine Luebbe, Leonard Stokes and Lucy Ward. The event at the Hilton Netherland Plaza received support from founding sponsor Mercy Health, title sponsor PNC, entertainment sponsors Dave Herche and Wendy Thursby, and presenting sponsors Carlisle Enterprises and EGC Design/Build along with many other sponsors, donors and table hosts.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s annual opening night gala celebration honored U.S. Bank for its longtime support of the CSO, and recognized Bill and Sue Friedlander with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The theme, “Sparks Fly + Hearts Soar,” was a nod to the beginning of music director Louis Langrée’s inaugural season. The gala event surrounded the CSO debut of world-renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter who performed Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. The concert was followed by a post-concert party, “Night Spark.” Photos by Phil Groshong
A record 800 guests enjoyed "A Night at the Opera" at Music Hall as St. Vincent de Paul held its 11th annual RetroFittings. The event showcased the fashion designs by students from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Each student was given $10 to spend at one of St. Vincent de Paul’s seven thrift stores to design and create an ensemble inspired by one of eight famous operas. Each design was modeled by UC students and special guests, including former Cincinnati Bengals and UC football player Artrell Hawkins, Bengal Adam Jones and Cincy Style Edit owners Marsha Ashley and Brock Maitland. The event featured a boutique with vintage and trendy items donated to St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift stores, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes, and an auction. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul, whose more than 900 parish volunteers visit the homes of neighbors in need to provide innovative, practical emergency assistance throughout Greater Cincinnati.
University of Cincinnati men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin addressed a crowd of Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE) volunteers at the Young Executives Kick-off Party held in the courtyard garden of St. Francis Seraph Friary in Over-the-Rhine. Cronin shared some of his coaching experiences with the group and expounded on the importance of taking the time to stop, pay attention and make a difference. The CISE Young Executives are a team of young business leaders, led by co-chairs Eric Schuermann and Matt Champa, who call on local businesses, individuals and foundations to raise funds and awareness for CISE.
Caracole’s Party in Plaid netted more than $60,000 to help with the group’s mission of providing housing and support services for those living with HIV/AIDS. The August party at the Cincinnati Masonic Center Ballroom attracted a crowd of 425, who enjoyed food provided by Jeff Thomas Catering, music by D.J. Mowgli and a spontaneous fashion show, with the categories of most creative, most attractive, most retro, most artistic, most comical, most outrageous, most lavish and most exotic.Sarah Jane Bellamy and Scott Knox were honorees.
Crown Jewels of Jazz
For four days in August, music reigned as 15,000 jazz lovers reveled in the sounds of the Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival. Organized by Learning Through Art, the event took place in the Washington Park Global Jazz Village for Literacy in Over-the-Rhine and Seasongood Pavilion.
A ‘wild’ time at Macy’s festival at the Zoo A crowd of nearly 13,000 descended on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for this year's Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters & Crafts Festival. For the eighth time, Learning Through Art presented the event – often referred to as “$1 Zoo Day.” The offerings brought residents from all walks of life through the Zoo’s gates, despite high temperature warnings, for a day that included free crafts and entertainment.
Stepping Stones celebrated its 50th anniversary with a $200,000 gift from its supporters. That’s what the agency’s golden Bloom event raised with an outdoor garden party and auction for 400 guests at the Indian Hill home of Dr. David Aichholz and Nancy Aichholz. The party honored Stepping Stones’ 50 years with a video introducing participants, parents and staff. The event also included a silent auction, a blind taste test by O’Bryan’s Wines and Spirits, a “bling booth” with jewelry prizes from Hope Chest Keepsake Jewelry, music by Johnny Clueless and tapas dining provided by 20 restaurants and caterers. Co-chairs were Anne Davies and Tisha Wright. Their committee included Kadi Anderson, John McIlwraith, Julie Perrino and Sarah Steinman. Platinum sponsors were AssureRx Health, Gail and Fred Fischer and Kay Pettengill. Photos by Bruce Crippen
More than 200 automobiles and motorcycles were on display during the 2013 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, and a record 6,000-plus people viewed them. All pre-show events – including the Cruisin’ for a Cure dinner and fundraising auction at Crosley Estate, the Countryside Tour, Garage Party and Sunday Brunch – sold out in advance. The William K. Victor Best of Show was awarded to a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Cabriolet owned by Peter T. Boyle of Oil City, Pa. The Best of Show Esprit de Sport recognition went to a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder owned by Robert A. Ingram of Durham, N.C. Next year’s event will be on Sunday, June 9.
More than 900 guests enjoyed the seventh annual Hats Off Luncheon, themed “Animals on Parade.” Presented by the Women’s Committee of Smale Riverfront Park, the luncheon was held at The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn at the park. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, a gourmet luncheon and entertainment by UC’s College-Conservatory of Music PREP Program. Tim Maloney, president and chief executive officer of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, presented a check for $5 million to fund construction of a carousel in the park. Carol Ann’s Carousel is expected to be completed in May 2015. The Women’s Committee has raised almost $200,000 for the project.
The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati’s (CDFGC) Community Awards Breakfast honored three champions of drug prevention in the Tristate by creating three new awards bearing their names. The new awards honor founding member U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, the late Rachel Hutzel, a Warren County Appeals Court judge, and the late Carolyn Ford-Griffith, a community leader. The Rob Portman Leadership Award was presented to Richard N. Aft, Ph.D., a coalition board member and former president of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville of Batesville, Ind., received the Rachel Hutzel Prevention Partner Award. Christina Duechle, a senior at Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Ind., received the Carolyn Ford-Griffith Youth of the Year Award. The theme of the fundraising event, held at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, was “Prevention First. Because It Works.”
The 780 guests who attended the SPCA’s Fur Ball at the Sharonville Convention Center helped make it the largest ever. Funds raised support the care of animals in our community. One highlight of the evening was the presentation of the P.B. Johnston Humane Care Award to John Ruthven, internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and long-time friend of SPCA Cincinnati. Ruthven’s award, a life-sized cast of his hand, was designed and produced by Neusole Glassworks. The Hero Dog Award went to Kora, from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office. Kora has recovered weapons and contraband from prisoners at the jail, preventing injuries and saving lives. The Plea raised funds for the SPCA’s Northside Critical Care Department, a place for recovering animals at the shelter. Most of the adoptable animals brought to the event went home with new, loving families. Next year's Fur Ball will be April 26.
African drums beat the rhythm as members of the Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance troupe led guests into the hall for the sixth annual “Night on the Serengeti.” At the event, friends and supporters of Village Life Outreach Project celebrated the partnership between Cincinnati-area volunteers and the residents of three rural Tanzanian villages. The event – emceed by Courtis Fuller of WLWT – included dinner, a silent auction, and African animals escorted by Cincinnati Zoo volunteers. The annual Rafiki Awards (“rafiki” means “friend” in Swahili) went to the Fowler family and to Jim Moyer. Village Life, founded and chaired by local physician Christopher Lewis, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in East Africa. Proceeds from the event will support Village Life’s mission of “uniting communities to promote life, health and education.”
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM) honored Dr. Rae Hartman and Cincinnati's Messer Construction Co. for their long-standing support at the organization’s annual Donor Recognition and Reception. A retired family practice physician, Hartman accepted the award for her years of dedication to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. Special guest speaker for the evening was Pete Strange, chairman emeritus of Messer Inc., who spoke about the importance of giving to those in need and supporting the efforts of nonprofits such as Mercy Neighborhood Ministries that provide assistance to the poor and marginalized in the community. Bernie Suer, senior vice president of Messer Construction Co., accepted the award on behalf of the company. Suzanne Kathman, executive director of MNM, told attendees, "With your support, we brought the Touch of Mercy to over 1,600 individuals in 2012, and we are very grateful for your generosity and friendship." Mercy Neighborhood Ministries was formed in 2007 when Mercy Connections, Healing Connections Associates and the Sisters of Mercy H.D.M.E program merged into one ministry sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.
Actor, producer, director and author Henry Winkler spoke at the Springer School and Center’s fundraising event, “A Springer Celebration! 2013.” Winkler shared the story of his struggles as a youngster with dyslexia, fighting low self-esteem and poor scholastic performance. He persevered, ultimately earning a master’s degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama and going on to well-documented career success. Winkler’s appearance marks his second visit to “A Springer Celebration!” He also spoke at the event in 2004. Springer alumni parents David and Martha Millett chaired the event. Local 12 WKRC TV sports director Brad Johansen was emcee. Proceeds will provide financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in Greater Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Park Ambassador Council hosted “Butterflies After Dark,” with wine and craft beer tastings matched with food pairings. VIP hosts for the evening were Marvin Lewis, Steve Leeper, Willie Carden, Kathy Merchant, Yvette Simpson and Cheryl Rose. Nearly 300 people attended this inaugural event at Krohn Conservatory, where the “Butterflies of Morocco” display continues through June 30. The Ambassador Council is focused on introducing the next generation of city leaders to all that the Cincinnati Parks have to offer.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio honored the commitment, enthusiasm and talents of 10 adult volunteers during a ceremony at the Kings Island Resort and Conference Center. Volunteers are the foundation of the Girl Scout movement, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Several awards on both a regional and national level were presented, including the Service Unit Team Star Award, Appreciation Pin, Thanks Badge, and the Thanks Badge II. Andrea Vessell, Girl Scout alumna, was the keynote speaker. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is provided by nearly 6,000 adult volunteers to 20,000 girls in the Greater Cincinnati community.
The Good Samaritans’ 29th annual gala, “Twilight on the Slopes,” raised more than $476,000 to benefit Good Samaritan Hospital’s Hatton Research Institute and the Medical Education Research Fund. Nearly 660 supporters of Good Samaritans Foundation gathered at the Hyatt Regency, where they were treated to a cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner. Afterward, guests danced to the music of local band, Clueless. The Hatton Foundation, the Good Samaritan Hospital medical and dental staffs and Fifth Third Bank underwrote portions of the food and decor. Corporate sponsors included AK Steel Corp., Group Health, Macy’s, Phillips Supply Co., SC Ministry Foundation, Sisters of Charity and TriHealth. Carol Kerlakian, Ph.D., chaired the event, with Jessica White, Ph.D., as co-chair.
A perfect late-summer evening set the scene for the record-setting “Bloom” garden party for Stepping Stones. Close to 400 guests attended the eighth annual “Bloom,” hosted by Doug and Beth Brendamour at Parkmour, their Indian Hill home. The evening began inside with an exclusive patron party, then moved outside to a tented area where 18 restaurants and caterers provided dinner by the bite, followed by dancing to Johnny Clueless. Honoree for the evening was Connie Cook Laug, who helped launch “Bloom” in 2005. Emcee was Nick Clooney.
More than 1,000 guests enjoyed a fabulous culinary experience while supporting compassionate end-of-life care through Hospice of Cincinnati. The 23rd annual “A Gourmet Sensation” featured 24 of the nation’s finest chefs and their favorite dishes served in a dinner-by-the-bite style. Each dish was paired with a signature wine and craft beer, courtesy of Heidelberg Distributing Co., Wine Trends and Ohio Valley Wine & Beer. Headlining the roster of chefs was local favorite Jose Salazar of The Palace Restaurant. Following the main event, Cincinnati’s young professionals enjoyed live music and dancing during the YP Late Night portion with Late Night Bites prepared by students from The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati.
Guests enjoyed food and friendly competition at the 27th annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Kenwood Country Club. Coca-Cola was title sponsor for the August event, with PNC as presenting sponsor. Proceeds from the benefit will go to Boys Hope Girls Hope. The event features a dinner at Eddie Merlot’s and golf with a pro playing with each foursome.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra board chair Melody Sawyer Richardson hosted a brunch at River High for patrons of the CSO’s Bella Notte gala. The gala kicked off the CSO’s 2012-13 season. For supporters at this key level, the Gala experience also included an after-party, premium concert seating and valet parking.