Cincinnati Rotary Announces Jefferson Award Winner During Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           


CONTACT:           Linda Muth

                                Executive Director



Cincinnati Rotary Announces Jefferson Award Winners

Jones, Frisch Take Home Top Honors at The Rotary Club of Cincinnati’s luncheon today.


The Rotary Club of Cincinnati whose motto is “Service Above Self” today announced the winners for its prestigious Jefferson Award at their meeting held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel in downtown Cincinnati:

Joseph Jones and Steve Frisch for the Spirit of Cincinnatus Foundation.  Jones and Frisch are Oak Hills High School graduates who began a signature fundraising event in 2008 called “The Rusty Ball” for the all-volunteer Spirit of Cincinnatus organization that assists people facing unexpected challenges.  The annual event raises half a million dollars in one night, and proceeds are then shared by 159 charities.  As they say “It’s the night a crowd becomes a community.”

Jones and Frisch will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent the City of Cincinnati at the American Institute of Public Service’s national awards banquet in June.

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati partners with The Cincinnati Enquirer, Local 12, and AIPS (American Institute of Public Service) to find and honor individuals in the community who go above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The Jefferson Award, recognized as the Nobel Prize for public service, was created in 1972 by Cincinnati’s own U.S. Senator Robert Taft and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and is presented annually to recipients in more than 90 cities in the United States.

The other finalists for the award were:

Rodger Roeser of the Eisen Agency, for Operation Outreach and Robby Wellington, founder of the Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation and The Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation Junior Board. 

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati is the preeminent professional service organization for men and women, supporting children, particularly those with disabilities throughout the Tri-State area through its partnerships with Stepping Stones/Camp Allyn and the Roselawn Condon School. The Rotary Club of Cincinnati also supports the global effort to eradicate polio worldwide through its PolioPlus program.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Cincinnati or the Jefferson Award, go to  or call 513.421.1080.



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