Sunday, December 7, 2003

Greater Cincinnati's Benefits and Bashes

By Stephanie Creech Hackett
Photos by Philip Groshong

St. Andrews Celebration

[IMAGE] Caledonian Society officers (from left): vice president Kevin Campbell, president Don McLennan, treasurer Walter Gentry and secretary Jesse Andrews.
The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza's Hall of Mirrors was transformed magnificently into a baronial hall full of formally attired Highland Clan members as the Caledonian Society of Cincinnati hosted its tradition-rich St. Andrews Celebration.

"Ceud Mile Failte" (100,000 welcomes) were extended to the nearly 300 guests who turned out for this annual salute to the patron saint of Scotland. This year's gala recognized the 176th anniversary of the society's founding.

Founded in 1827 to aid immigrant Scots as they arrived in the New World, the Caledonian Society today primarily preserves and promotes Scottish arts, culture and fellowship throughout Greater Cincinnati.

The evening began with cocktails and an elaborate opening ceremony and presentation of society officers. Guests enjoyed a formal Scottish dinner, followed by presentation of the society's annual scholarships and awards.

The Prize Fund Award of $500 was given to Greg G. Larson, a computer engineering major at the University of Cincinnati. A $500 scholarship was awarded to Lynda Myers, an education major at Northern Kentucky University. Linda Steinbaugh, an arts and science student at the University of Dayton, received a $2,000 scholarship.

Later, guests enjoyed watching and dancing along with members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. The Caledonian Pipes & Drums provided its traditional performance, joined by dancers from the Cincinnati Scots Highland Dancers.

Additional dance music was provided by Sounds Unlimited. The evening ended with the traditional joining of hands and singing of Robert Burns' "Old Lang Syne."

2004 Pets and Their Cincinnati Celebrities Calendar

[IMAGE] Calendar girls Lois Rosenthal (left) and Rebecca Budig of All My Children with Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees.
The United Coalition for Animals (UCAN) hosted a signing for its 2004 Pets and Their Cincinnati Celebrities Calendar at the Waterstone Barnes & Noble store in Deerfield Township. The calendar is a joint project of UCAN and Happy Tails, nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping companion animals in Greater Cincinnati.

About 100 turned out to buy calendars and have them signed. All My Children actress Rebecca Budig from Northern Kentucky adorns the cover with her dog Boomer. The calendar foreword is written by Doris Day, a native Cincinnatian who has dedicated her life to helping animals. Cincinnati's Just Saab dogs - Sadie, Samantha and Buddy the Beagle - proudly sponsor the calendar.

An array of dogs, cats and even a mayoral fish are featured with their owners, including Danny Graves, Charlie Luken, John Ruthven, the Ben-Gals Cheerleaders and the Shadowbox Cabaret troupe. There are also a few frisky shelter animals that agreed to be photographed with bass singer Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees for their calendar debut.

Calendar proceeds will fund UCAN's low-cost/low-income spay-neuter assistance program.

The project's goal of $35,000 will enable UCAN to help spay or neuter more than 600 pets.

To view the calendar ($14.95) or for a list of retail outlets, visit

Tinsel and Shine Final Friday

[IMAGE] Artist/photographer Mason Paul trims the tree with Litsa Spanos, president of Art Design Consultants.
Art Design Consultants, in the Pendleton Art Center Annex, hosted its Tinsel and Shine holiday Final Friday party. Guests walked through the gallery, magically transformed into an elfish wonderland filled with the textures, color and beauty of one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, art glass and fiber art.

More than 100 artists created ornaments to decorate the Art Design Consultants tree. These pieces were offered for sale, with proceeds going to Impact Over-the-Rhine.

The holiday show will run 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through December.

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