Wednesday, June 16, 2004

New foundation is now on a roll

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

A new foundation started in January to raise funds for Parkinson's disease research and wellness is planning it first big fund-raiser July 30-31.

Davis Phinney Foundation was started by Davis Phinney, the winningest cyclist in U.S. history and Cincinnati business leaders Kathleen Krumme and David Ariosa, manager of Oakley Cycles.

"It was rough going when we started it, but it has really taken off," Ariosa said. The group's first big fund-raiser, the Sunflower Revolution, will include a dinner and auction on July 30 at the Westin Hotel, and 25- and 62-mile bike rides July 31 in Loveland, he said.

Kathleen Krumme and David Ariosa helped start the Davis Phinney Foundation with Phinney, a champion cyclist with Parkinson's disease. Their first big fund-raising events will be in July.

Ariosa said the foundation is dedicated to supporting research aimed at understanding, preventing and treating Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological disorder, involving the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells deep in the brain. More than 1 million Americans live with the disease.

Phinney, 44, was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease in 2000.

For more information, call 731-9111.

Concert on the Green

Music, classic cars and fireworks have been the central theme for Concert on the Green, set for 8 p.m. June 25.

The concerts have provided a bond for the Union Central Life Insurance Co., the city of Forest Park and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, their sponsors for 15 years.

Pops conductor Eric Kunzel will present a program of Broadway favorites and patriotic standards, with various selections from Geoff Packard, tenor; Justin Packard, baritone; the Princeton High School A Capella Choir; the all-city Ecumenical Choir; and local jazz musician Michael Wade.

The festivities will be on the grounds at Union Central, 1876 Waycross Road, Forest Park.

At 6 p.m., Wade will have a pre-concert jazz performance and musician Zak Morgan will perform in the children's area.

Classic cars will be on display on the grounds, presented by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Butler County. Food will be provided by LaRosa's and BBQ Cabin.

Cincinnati Mills will sponsor a fireworks display by Rozzi Fireworks.

During the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performance, artist Gilbert Young, former conservator/director of the University of Cincinnati fine arts collection, will paint an interpretation of the performance that will be donated to the Pops.

Chili for the Guard

The 225 men and women serving in the Ohio National Guard 216th Heavy Engineer Battalion in Iraq received a "Taste of Home" when the Washington Township trustees shipped a load of Cincinnati Gold Star Chili to them this month.

Most of the personnel in the unit came from outposts in the township and Hamilton.

High honors in chemistry

Rachel Lieberman graduated with university honors and high honors in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. An Honors Scholars Program student who was named to the dean's list every quarter, she has been accepted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Lieberman received the American Chemical Society Award for highest achievement in analytical chemistry, and won the M. Brayton Graff Senior Scholarship and Arts & Sciences scholarships.

A halfback on the women's soccer team, she was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team, and was a Jewish Sports Report All-American and a finalist for the C-Ring Award.

The Hypercube Award winner for an outstanding chemistry major going to graduate school, she will attend the University of North Carolina in the fall.

The Walnut Hills High School graduate is the daughter of Deborah and Michael Lieberman of Hyde Park.

Named to dean's list

These students were named to the winter-quarter dean's list at their college or university:

Joseph Rafalowski, a senior computer-engineering major at the University of Cincinnati. The Fairfield High School graduate is the son of Karen and Ray Rafalowski of Fairfield.

Steven Ruebel, a computer-programming major at Southern Ohio College. He is the son of Debbie Steiner of Springfield Township and Mike Ruebel of Wyoming.

Sara Stigler, a freshman biological sciences major at the University of Cincinnati. The Colerain High School graduate is the daughter of Kathi Ouadi of Colerain Township.

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