Past Award Winners

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Awards

Each year at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, the following awards are presented:

Philanthropist of the Year

Presented to an individual, corporation or foundation with a record of exceptional generosity who:  through direct financial support has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to a specific organization(s) or cause(s); has taken a leadership role in a specific organization(s) or cause(s); motivates others to participate in philanthropy.  The depth and/or breadth of support to other organizations will be considered.

Volunteer of the Year

Presented to an individual, corporation, or foundation with a record of exceptional generosity who:  through a devotion of time has demonstrated outstanding support to a specific organization(s) or cause(s); encourages others to support an organization(s) or cause(s); is a role model for other community volunteers.  The total hours contributed and the breadth of organizations supported with time will be considered.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Presented to an individual, group, organization, corporation or foundation with a record of exceptional leadership and results in encouraging youth (through age 18) to:  learn about and participate in philanthropy by planning and implementing a fundraising program to benefit a specific organization(s) or cause(s); demonstrate leadership in a specific organization(s) or cause(s); serve as role models for other youth and/or encourage other youth to participate in philanthropy.  The amount of time spent in service through philanthropy will be considered.

Emerging Leader in Philanthropy

Presented to an individual under 40 with a record of exceptional generosity who: through a devotion of time has demonstrated outstanding support to a specific organization(s) or cause(s); encourages others to support an organization(s) or cause(s); is a role model for other emerging leaders. The total hours contributed and the breadth of organizations supported with time will be considered.

Ambassador of Philanthropy (Special Award)

This award is presented to an individual who has served as a spokesperson and champion for the power of philanthropy and the arts in Cincinnati.

2016 Award Winners

Philanthropist of the Year

Richard Rosenthal

Nominated By ~ University of Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Throughout his remarkable life, Mr. Rosenthal has championed the arts and led the fight for equal justice under the law. As founder and owner of Uptown Arts, he has brought the gift of art, music, and dance to the lives of over 300 inner-city children each year. He serves on various boards of arts organizations. His passion and commitment to justice led him to endow the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice in 2014, which has been instrumental in the release of 24 innocent people wrongly convicted in Ohio. His most recent gift of $15M to The Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at UC’s Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice at the College of Law – the largest ever for the college and any innocence program – will provide for the program in perpetuity.

Volunteer of the Year

John Silverman

Nominated By ~ Talbert House, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Dream House Homes, Inc., Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and The Seven Hills School

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John Silverman’s energy is fueled by improving the lives of children and families across our community. He is passionate about being a father and has worked tirelessly to raise over $1M for Talbert House’s Fatherhood Project and Camp Possible. He has served as Trustee at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, leading the search committee for the new president. He has devoted countless hours to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati assisting with the allocations of their funding. He has used his expertise in construction management to ensure The Seven Hills School has a state-of-the-art campus that inspires learning. He’s been hands-on in the efforts to remodel the Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal from project the conception through the current construction. John not only volunteers his time and expertise, but he also makes significant personal contributions to inspire the giving of others. John exemplifies volunteerism at its best.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Katie McElveen

Nominated By ~ Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati

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Katie, a student at Loveland High School, started her relationship with Ronald McDonald House five years ago and as a passionate supporter has created ways to comfort guest families with critically ill children. She created a “Greeting Card Club” for middle schoolers to create cards for families to show them someone cares. She organized a dodge ball fundraiser raising $2500. She used her love of art to create “Windows of Hope” – personalized artwork she created about each guest family to inspire them during this difficult time, which now displays 50 works of arts created by 60 students. Her dodge ball fundraiser has turned into a district wide football fundraiser, raising over $11,000. Katie is showing it’s the little things we do that can make a world of difference to others in need, and she truly is an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

Ambassador of Philanthropy (Special Award)

Wesley Holm, HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric

Nominated By ~ (DAV) Disabled American Veterans

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Wesley Holm has taken corporate responsibility to a new level. As owner of HELP with a family with a long legacy of service, he specifically supports organizations and efforts that help veterans. A portion of sales over a period of time each year are donated to organizations supporting veterans, resulting in
$674,000, including $322,000 to Disabled American Veterans. He leads his company in support of veterans by hosting a hot breakfast to veterans on Veteran’s Day and helping many individuals wounded in services directly. He makes hiring veterans a priority, with a significant number of employees who are veterans, including 40% of his leadership team. He unites customers and community in his efforts by providing them with an “I SUPPORT VETERANS” yard sign. Wesley is truly an Ambassador of Philanthropy in his support of veterans.

2015 Award Winners

Philanthropist of the Year

Otto M. Budig, Jr.

Nominated By ~ Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestra, Ensemble Theatre, Music Hall Revitalization Company, and The Carnegie

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Cincinnati’s cultural fiber has been molded largely in part by Mr. Budig’s commitment to our community.  He has been a strong financial and strategic supporter of many organizations including the Playhouse in the Park, The Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pop Orchestra, Ensemble Theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, University of Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Cincinnati Parks Board.  His devotion to philanthropy in Cincinnati has helped create a world-class home for the visual and performing arts.  Mr. Budig’s ability to identify and mobilize other supporters sets him apart as a true visionary.  Otto M. Budig, Jr. personifies philanthropy in Cincinnati.

Volunteer of the Year

Dianne M. Rosenberg

Nominated By ~ The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 4C for Children, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Parks Foundation

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Dianne Rosenberg’s “energy is fueled by bringing people together for the greater good of Cincinnati.”  As a volunteer fundraiser she has raised more than $80 million for capital and endowment campaigns and has volunteered countless hours to notable nonprofits such as 4C for Children, Caracole, Artworks, Jewish Family Services, The Jewish Federation, The Jewish Community Center, Cincinnati Parks, The Symphony Orchestra and the Preschool Promise.  Dianne exemplifies volunteerism at its best.

 

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Connor Reed Thomas

Nominated By ~ Darius Powell, Michael Schmidt, and Erman Thomas

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Connor Reed Thomas operates a website dedicated to honoring those who serve our country.  He is active in programs that send care packages to troops and he recently assisted in planning a 5k for the Joseph House that raised money for homeless veterans suffering from addiction.  Connor Reed Thomas is 15 years old and a sophomore at Goshen High School.  Connor’s goals are lofty – he wants to be a military intelligence officer after graduating West Point.  Connor Thomas truly is an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

 

Ambassador of Philanthropy (Special Award)

Drew Lachey

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Drew Lachey is best known as a member of the pop group 98 Degrees and as the crowned champion of season two of Dancing with the Stars.  In addition to his vocal and dancing talent, Drew is an experienced stage actor with such Broadway roles as Patsy in Spamalot and Mark Cohen in Rent.  Drew is a champion for the power of arts and philanthropy in Cincinnati.  He serves as the host of ArtsWave’s annual Singoff and as a board member at Camp Joy.  A graduate from Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, Drew is the founder of Lachey Arts, an arts education program focused on using real working situations to better train young performers.  Two-thirds of the participants are on full scholarships.  Wherever Drew goes, he actively promotes both the arts and philanthropy in Cincinnati.

2014 Award Winners

Philanthropists of the Year

Barbara and Larry Kellar

Nominated By ~ CET, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati Symphony  Orchestra, Clever Crazes for Kids, and the University of Cincinnati

The Kellars’ support of CET spans nearly five decades and many capacities, including serving on its Premier Circle Committee.   Barbara Kellar currently hosts “Showcase with Barbara Kellar.”  The Kellars have also supported the Cincinnati Ballet for over 40 years, playing an instrumental role in the Ballet’s 50th Anniversary endowment campaign.  The Kellars led multiple fundraising efforts on behalf of Cincinnati Country Day School, while sharing their love of the arts with students.  The Kellars’ three-plus decades of support for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra include helping to grow its corporate sponsorship program.  The University of Cincinnati has benefitted from the Kellars’ support of various individual colleges, athletics, medical research, service as Foundation Trustees, Founders of the McMicken Tower Society, and members of the George Smith Society.

 

Volunteer of the Year

H. Richard Duval

Nominated By ~ Cincinnati Preservation Association and First Step Home

Dick Duval was nominated for his generous devotion of time, leadership and genuine interest in his community spanning decades.  On behalf of the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA), Dick Duval has accomplished many specific projects such as converting the Powel Crosley Jr. Estate into the Pinecroft Event Center, and restoring the Emily Rauh Pulitzer Residence.  He has sparked new enthusiasm for preservation, and fostered the creation of the Cincinnati Preservation Collective for young preservationists.  Mr. Duval has scaled back business activities in order to generously dedicate at least 20 hours per week to CPA. First Step Home, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for women, has been able to expand and enhance their services for their clients due to the dedication of Dick Duval.  His service has taken many forms, including a year off from his business to volunteer full-time to oversee renovation of a residential facility that has housed over 2,800 women and children.

 

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

The Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy Program

Nominated By ~ CancerFree Kids, Nantucket Creative Management, Northern Kentucky University, Roger Bacon High School, Seton High School, and Villa Madonna Academy

The Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy Program provides a financial grant that student participants award to local nonprofits.  Students develop leadership and decision-making skills while researching and identifying potential nonprofits, interviewing nonprofit executives and presenting a case for the nonprofits within their own schools.  Created in 2008, Magnified Giving is one of the largest student philanthropy programs in the United States, with 2500 students from 50 area high school partners participating.  The collective impact on the schools’ entire student bodies is philanthropic experience for an estimated 10,000 students.  This year, more than $80,000 will be awarded to local nonprofits through Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy teams.

2013 Award Winners

Philanthropists of the Year

Rhonda and Larry Sheakley

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Nominated By ~ The Cincinnati Ballet, Lighthouse Youth Services, and the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Martha W. Ewalt

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Nominated By ~ Crayons to Computers

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

The Leadership Corps of the Josh Cares Student Advisory Council

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Nominated By ~  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Josh Cares, Mayerson Foundation High School Service-Learning Program, Roger Bacon High School, and the Ronald McDonald House

2012 Award Winners

Philanthropist of the Year Award

Roger F. Grein

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Nominated By ~ Douglas Heesten and Magnified Giving

Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Award

Nancy Wagner & Patty Wagner

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Nominated By ~ Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award

The Student Task Force of Mount Notre Dame High School

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Nominated By ~ Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati

2011 Award Winners

Philanthropist of the Year Award

Louise D. Nippert

Nominated By ~ Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Don Freed

Nominated By ~ Ronald McDonald House

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award

Wyoming Middle School’s Make it Happen Club 

Nominated By ~ Karen Jordan