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.
What better way to launch the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s season than with a gala and Cincinnati debut of renowned soprano Renée Fleming? The one-night-only concert featured Fleming with the CSO in a program of operatic favorites, symphonic songs and arrangements of popular American music. Bella Notte Gala was chaired by Melanie Chavez and Jeannine Winkelmann. The evening’s honorees were Rick and Vicky Reynolds. Photos by Phil Groshong