Sunday, March 7, 2004

Greater Cincinnati Bashes and Benefits

By Stephanie Creech Hackett
Enquirer contributor

Boys Hope Girls Hope 20th anniversary

The Grand Ballroom of downtown's Millennium Hotel was the site for the 20th anniversary celebration for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati.

The gala, "Hearts for Hope," featured an evening of dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Remains. The 350 guests had plenty of opportunities to purchase silent and live auction items, as well as a chance to win the diamond raffle, sponsored by Richter & Philips Jewelers. Chairs for this evening were Nancy and Mike Conatan. Co-chairs were Julie and Doug Greiwe.

Boys Hope Girls Hope Interim Executive Director David Deye honored former Executive Director Susan Schiller for her years of service. PNC Advisors were recognized for their past sponsorship and George Jutze and his committee were recognized for their work on the August Boys Hope Girls Hope Golf Tournament.

Through funds raised during the evening and the support of this year's sponsor, Federated Department Stores, the event raised $115,000.

People Working Cooperatively

People Working Cooperatively again hosted one of the nation's 40 official Oscar-sanctioned fund-raisers. The event was in Newport at honorary chair Jeff Ruby's new Coconut Grove. Charlotte Jacobs and Bill Kelleher served as honorary co-hosts.

The evening, co-chaired by Jeanne Houck and Kathy Schroder, featured a live telecast of the Academy Awards ceremony on big-screen television. The 350 guests enjoyed live jazz, cocktails, appetizers, dinner, auction and raffle amid the restaurant's Art Deco surroundings.

Emcees were Channel 9's Hagit Limor and David Rose. Proceeds from the evening, expected to reach $75,000, will help low-income elderly, disabled and other at-risk homeowners maintain their homes.

Federated Foundation Snow Ball

The rotunda of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal once again, despite the abnormally warm weather, was the site of the Snow Ball, presented by the Lazarus Fund of the Federated Foundation.

As is tradition for this fun family event, the rotunda was transformed into a winter wonderland for the record crowd of 742 adults and children.

Families shook off those winter blues with great food, games, crafts and plenty of entertainment. Dinner was a by-the-bite array of all the major food groups: corn dogs, pizza, chicken fingers and ice cream.

Children had a great time with the giant inflatable slides, face painters, balloon artists, clowns and magicians who roamed the carnival area.

Guests also were able to take in Amazing Journeys in the Museum Center's OMNIMAX Theater.

This year's Snow Ball raised $100,000 for the exhibits and educational programs of the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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