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.

2017 Award Winners

Philanthropist of the Year

David Herche

Nominated By ~ Cincinnati Works

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Philanthropist of the Year David F. Herche, a business leader with sincere passion, has made a significant difference in our community in the areas of poverty, education, athletics and health. Dave went above and beyond, working with business leaders, friends, and volunteers, Dave has made it possible for Cincinnati Works to triple their capacity to lift more people out of poverty, gave his time, treasure and talent to provide a school in the inner city with the resources, values, and staff to transform it into a place where the students are able to build their confidence and interest in learning how to become a teacher, businessperson, or a doctor, breaking the cycle of poverty. All of the organizations that Dave has touched over the years have great respect for him and are incredibly grateful for his leadership, generosity, and ability to inspire change.

Volunteer of the Year

James “Jim” Dodd 

Nominated By ~ St. Vincent de Paul (Cincinnati)

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Volunteer of the Year James “Jim” Dodd has devoted countless hours over the last 10 years to helping SVDP provide hope, support, and friendship to the forgotten in our community, who are barely getting by, lonely, and suffering. Jim makes everyone feel respected and loved. Whether he is serving families visiting the food pantry, visiting neighbors in need, or providing training and support for our district councils, he does it all with sincere compassion and humility. Every week, Jim visits families in need doing everything he can to help them move forward as they recover and move toward stability. Jim’s neighbor Christina now has a full-time job and can provide for her three children because Jim went above and beyond to help her get back on her feet. Christina is forever grateful for Jim’s kindness.

Jim Dodd is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and is a retired Senior Vice President of Fifth Third Bank. Prior to Fifth Third, he spent 25 years with Bank of Oklahoma in Tulsa where he led the Trust Division during his last 12 years there. Jim has extensive nonprofit experience having served on the boards of the University of Tulsa, Tulsa Opera, Philbrook Art Center and Holland Hall School. Additional board service, while in Evansville, Indiana for 11 years, included the Evansville Museum and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to Cincinnati, he also served as a board member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Jim’s involvement with Saint Vincent de Paul includes volunteering weekly in the Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry at the Liz Carter Outreach Center in Cincinnati. In addition, he serves on a Development Committee and the Advisory Board for the Cincinnati District Council. He is an active member of the Christ the King Conference, and is currently serving as president of the Archdiocesan Central Council of Cincinnati. As a member on the National Council, Jim has served on several national committees. In addition he has been appointed to a six-year term as Treasurer of the National Board of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Jim is married to Elizabeth and has three sons and four grandchildren.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Heather Konerman 

Nominated By ~ Magnified Giving/Holy Cross High School (Covington)

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Heather Konerman was nominated by Magnified Giving/Holy Cross High School (Covington). A senior this year, Heather has received Holy Cross High School’s “Outstanding Christian Leadership Service” award the last three years for volunteering in the community, with one year being over 600 hours. Heather is an inspiration, with a passion for philanthropy and a willingness to do what it takes to make a difference. She took the initiative to collect nearly 1,000 baby items for the Rose Garden Mission and donated her $50 award check that she received for the Roger Grein’s “Spirit of Philanthropy” award in 2016. She was deeply touched by the mission and knew the funds were needed to help more babies.

Heather Konerman is a Senior at Holy Cross High School. She is a member of her school’s Magnified Giving Club, currently serving as the club’s president. For the past two years she was responsible for organizing and soliciting raffle donations from various businesses for the school’s pancake breakfast. The event raised money for additional Magnified Giving Charity funds.  As an eighth-grader, she began volunteering at the Cincinnati Museum Center, primarily in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, where she has logged over 600 hours. She has won many awards including The Prudential Spirit of Community Excellence Award, the Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy award, and The Cincinnati Museum Center’s Youth Leadership Award. Heather hopes that she can continue sharing her time, talent and treasure for the rest of her life while inspiring others to give back as well.

Emerging Leader in Philanthropy

Rosemary Oglesby

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Emerging Leader Rosemary Ogelsby-Henry, founder of Rosemary’s Babies, serves as a role model in our community. She has assisted more than 100 teen parents to overcome the challenges of providing for their children. Rosemary knows what it’s like to be a teen parent with no support system, so she wanted to help make it a better experience for others. Rosemary is an example of a teen parent who has broken the stereotype of teen mothers by becoming a college graduate with a master’s degree while raising both of her children to become responsible individuals, with one in college and the other doing well in high school. She is resourceful in many ways and does all that she can to help turn lives around, one family at a time. Rosemary has also taught her children the value of volunteerism and community involvement by serving meals at Tender Mercies and bringing meals to families in need for the holidays. In 2015, she joined the Tender Mercies Associate Board, bringing her leadership and teamwork skills to help the organization grow its capacity to help more homeless adults with mental illness.

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