Cincinnati Rotary Raises $91K to Benefit Local Charities

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Cincinnati Rotary Club Raises $91,000 at Believe to Achieve Event

Cincinnati, OH – June 11, 2013 – On Saturday evening June 8,2013, the Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, came together to host the second annual Believe 2 Achieve event.  This event was held to benefit three organizations that fit Rotary’s passion of service to children with special needs.  The benefitting organizations were Stepping Stones at Camp Allyn, the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, and The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. 

The fun evening took place under festively decorated tents at the Boathouse Restaurant where Dean Gregory and his staff put together a fabulous dinner.  Over 350 people attended the event which included an oral auction, silent auction, raffles, and an opportunity to “Send a Child 2 Camp”.  The oral auction was again emceed by Brad Johansen of Local 12, WKRC. Last year this event raised over $65,000 and this year was even higher with $91,000 being raised. Susan Wilkinson, who chaired this year’s event, said “we are again excited to host this event which benefits three truly worthwhile organizations which do so much to help children with special needs throughout our region.  The organizations have been great partners and we are proud as Cincinnati Rotarians to help them achieve their goals”. 

The “Send a Child 2 Camp” support allows children the opportunity to experience a day camp that is tailored to their needs and allows them to enjoy the fresh air, swimming, fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities.  Linda Muth, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, said “When you see the smiles on the faces of the campers, you understand why we have all come together to make this event so special.”


ABOUT CINCINNATI ROTARY CLUB: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, go to Questions? Call The Rotary Club of Cincinnati at (513) 421-1080.




MG7914 – Susan Wilkinson, Believe 2 Achieve Event Chair, and her husband, David Axt

MG8001 – Chris Pfetzer, Believe 2 Achieve Silent Auction Committee, and his fiancé Delanie Janke

MG 8008 – Fred and Gail Fischer and their two daughters, Angie and Alli

MG 8010 – Al Koncius and Michelle Harpenau, Co-President of Cincinnati Rotaract (the under-30 young professional Rotary-sponsored group)

MG8039 – Brad Johansen – Believe 2 Achieve Emcee

MG8090 – Levi Isaacs, Becca Williams, Linda Muth, and Caroline Muth – Levi, Becca, and Caroline are volunteers from Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and Linda Muth is the Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati

MG8093 – Jim Hudson – Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, and Kathleen Sheil who spoke about her camp experience for Send a Child 2 Camp

MG8099 – Kristy Suszek, Staff at the Cincinnati Rotary Club, and her husband Todd

MG8123 – Bryan Vielhauer, Believe 2 Achieve Committee, and his wife, Sarah

MG8197 – John Fahrmeier and Gretchen Finniff, Believe 2 Achieve Silent Auction Co-chairs

IMG8079 – Mary Beth Poulimenos and Jan Wrassman

IMG8172 – Valarie Hanley and Marc Horwitz




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