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Title Boxing Club Loveland helps fund research, aims to knock out pediatric cancer

“Jab, jab, cross … two hooks to the body, two hooks to the head!”
Title Boxing Loveland trainers call out punching combinations to members on a daily basis, but those who gather at the Club on Thanksgiving Day will have added motivation behind their workouts.
Members and non-members alike will have the opportunity at the Club’s fourth-annual Thanksgiving fundraiser to preemptively burn off all those calories from pumpkin pie and sweet potato-marshmallowy goodness while benefiting CancerFree KIDS, a nonprofit that funds pediatric cancer research. The event has generated thousands of dollars for CancerFree KIDS since Title Loveland opened its doors in 2012.
“When we met Ellen Flannery, who started CancerFree KIDS, it was a no-brainer,” says Mark Fox, Title Boxing Club Loveland’s owner.  “Ellen's own daughter almost died from cancer years ago.”
Flannery’s daughter is now a healthy high school student, but the sad reality of the situation is that more children in the U.S. die of cancer than any other disease while less than 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is allocated for pediatric cancer research.
Title Boxing Club Loveland is determined to do its part as a local business to help CancerFree KIDS — also Loveland-based — mitigate the problem of underfunding, as the nonprofit directly supports Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center researchers who are tirelessly collaborating to make progress in the field.
On Thanksgiving Day at 8:30 a.m., the 75-minute workout will commence — complete with cardio, 12 rounds of boxing and of course abs. Trainers make it a point to give of themselves and their time to join together and take turns guiding clients through each set of combos.
“They all feed off each other. Everyone who comes is in a great mood and their spirits are high — it’s contagious,” Fox says. “And members who can’t participate or who are out of town still want to help out, so they ask how they can donate. Everyone just really wants to help, and it’s great to see.” 

Do Good: 

• Pre-register for Thursday's fundraiser by calling 513-900-9150 to reserve your bag. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. Cash or check donations of $15 for members and $20 for non-members are required, with all proceeds benefitting CancerFree KIDS. Donate more if you are able.

• If you can't make it Thursday, support CancerFree KIDS by donating year-round.

• “Like” Title Boxing Club Loveland on Facebook and connect with the organization to learn more about its annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. 

Constella 2016 will push classical music boundaries to engage audiences

Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts has announced its 2016 season, which is invigorated with new collaborations that push expectations and conventions for classical music into new territory.
The 10-day festival kicks off April 15 and, according to renowned Russian violinist and founder of Constella, Tatiana Berman, is designed with audience experience at the forefront.
“Constella has become known as a creative incubator for artists of the highest caliber,” Berman says. “We’ve always taken chances, learning from our experiences and audience reactions along the way. Our audience tell us that Constella affects their life, opening doors to new works, artistic expression.”
String performances of Baroque dance music and West African bardic spirituals will converge. Local electronic media students will contribute digital art to be paired with classical piano performances. World premieres of ballet and contemporary dance will grace the stage.
“Amazing things are happening in Cincinnati,” Berman says.
New this year: Grammy-award winning musicians, gallery owners and film industry professionals will judge music videos and fine art created by students competing to win $2,000 in prize money.
An effort to engage audience members of all ages is ongoing. Children’s concerts have been a success in the past, and they will continue this year with interactive components intended to pique the interests of young people who gain exposure to the scene in a unique, fun way.
“There’s energy one can feel just by walking around downtown,” Berman says. “We want to harness that energy. It’s the people of this city who inspire us. We hope to inspire them in return.” 
Do Good: 

• Purchase a 2016 Constella Festival pass here for shows April 15-24 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Aronoff Center for the Arts and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

• Connect with Constella by signing up for the Constella Club newsletter.

• Support Constella by donating.

Skirball Museum begins to open "Ten Treasures" collection to the public

Ten Treasures, a new collection of Jewish art and artifacts, is on display at the Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College in Clifton. The museum acquired the collection in May and plans to gradually introduce more items to the public as they’re unpacked, inspected and cataloged; the collection contains more than 1,500 pieces in total.

Most of the collection had been in storage since 2002 when the Klutznick National Jewish Museum closed and B’nai B’rith International, which was in the same building at the time, moved its headquarters. B’nai B’rith started looking for a new home for the collection and eventually decided Skirball would be the perfect place.

“We had an existing relationship and thought that if all the documentation and information was here it would only make sense to also consider having the art collection here as well,” says Skirball Curator Abby Schwartz. “The arrival of this new collection has more than quadrupled our existing holding. … This is a transformational acquisition for us.”

Skirball plans to reveal 10-15 pieces of the collection at a time, giving visitors a sneak peek at Jewish culture and history. Some of the pieces from this rotation include an oil painting, a silver kiddush cup for synagogue, a torah case made of deerskin, silver and velvet from India and Sabbath candlesticks made in the late 1600s.

“These are a great starting point for conversation about Jewish art,” Schwartz says. “We made a specific effort to try to give visitors a breadth of material ranging from fairly antique ritual art to contemporary.”

The current rotation is on display until January 2016.

Do Good:

• See Ten Treasures by visiting the Skirball Museum, 3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton. The museum is open to the public 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays or by appointment.

• “Like” Skirball on Facebook to stay up to date on the collection rotation. 

• To learn more about the collection, contact Abby Schwartz. 

Jewish Federation of Cincinnati's Community Campaign focuses on maximum impact

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati raised more than $5 million this year as part of its annual Community Campaign to aid local, national and global agencies and programs.

The Federation has a unique way of allocating funding by utilizing a network of more than 100 volunteers who spent six months assessing grant requests and deciding where money would have the biggest impact, says Director of Marketing and Communications Pam Geller.

The Federation was recently recognized with the highest rating for the sixth year in a row by Charity Navigator, an organization that rates nonprofits in multiple areas related to their donations.  

When the Federation isn’t focusing on giving and its annual campaign, it brings diverse groups together through four core pillars: ensuring quality of life, enabling meaningful Jewish lives, empowering strong congregations and agencies and supporting Jews in Israel and overseas.

“We look at how we can transform or change life locally and globally,” Geller says. “We kind of act as a safety net for all of our agencies. We work on the back end to come up with ways to make sure they have the support they need."

The Federation supports various programs in the community but prides itself on connecting and advocating for Israel. In the past, the Federation has invited several Israeli representatives to Cincinnati to educate on co-existence and what life is like in Israel.

“We want to help educate and bring the Israeli perspective to Cincinnati but also try to bring Israeli and Cincinnatians together,” Geller says.

Do Good:

• Learn more about the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Community Campaign.

Donate to help support the Federation’s mission.

• Stay connected with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati on Facebook

St. Rita closes out 100-year celebration with Annual Scholarship Benefit

This year marks a centennial celebration for St. Rita School for the Deaf, which marked its official 100th birthday Oct. 17 at a special Founder’s Day Mass. A major fundraising event still lies ahead, providing the community with one last chance to celebrate the school’s 100-year anniversary.
St. Rita’s Annual Scholarship Benefit takes place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Sharonville Convention Center, when the community will join together to raise funds for current and future students in need of financial support.
“We’ve never turned away a family based on their ability to pay,” says Gregory Ernst Sr., executive director of St. Rita School for the Deaf. “And we never will.”
This support allows students like Kylee, who before attending St. Rita struggled to effectively communicate. Now, however, she is empowered to express herself and better connect with those around her.
This year’s Scholarship Benefit, which is in its 40th year, is a black-tie-optional affair with nourishment, entertainment and fellowship among community members who are integral to the school’s success, Ernst says.
“The support we’ve received from the community has been overwhelming,” he says. “We, as staff and teachers, acknowledge the differences we make in the lives of our students daily. … With the support of the community, we hope to provide children with individualized and unique educational programs for many years to come.”

Do Good:

Attend the Annual Scholarship Benefit with family, colleagues and friends. Tickets are $75.

• Even if you’re unable to attend the Nov. 14 festivities, donate toward the scholarship fund here.

• “Like” St. Rita School for the Deaf's Official Fanpage on Facebook.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces poetry contest winners

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) recently announced the six winners of its One City, One Symphony poetry contest.

One City, One Symphony is an annual initiative hosted by the CSO that fosters dialogue within the community about various themes and music. This year’s theme focused on freedom.

The poetry contest asked for original submissions responding to the question, “What does freedom mean to you?” Applicants were encouraged to find inspiration in Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony or poems written by Maya Angelou: ForgiveEquality and Elegy.
“The submissions were truly astounding,” says CSO Director of Communications Meghan Berneking. “The themes that came up, the personal experiences — both positive and negative — truly opened the gate for fruitful discussion about this sometimes-challenging theme of freedom.”
Each winner received two tickets to attend the One City, One Symphony concerts Nov. 13-14 as well as a cash prize.
“We hope that this poetry and the dialogue around the concerts will challenge people to think about freedom in a way they maybe haven’t before and feel inspired to continue this discussion into other aspects of life as well,” Berneking says.

The winners of the One City, One Symphony poetry contest are:

High School Division
Grand Prize: Dana Schneider of Edgewood, "Is Freedom Just Not That Into Me?"
1st Prize: Bridget Bill of Cincinnati, "A Snow Globe Sky"
2nd Prize: Alison Maniace of Columbus, "Are We There Yet?"
Adult Division
Grand Prize: Mark Flanigan of Prospect Hill, "The Bell Ringer’s Song"
1st Prize: Richard Hague of Madisonville, "Finding Freedom"
2nd Prize: Elese Daniel of Mt. Auburn, "Self-Portrait at 25"
Do Good:

• Read the winning poems on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Facebook page.

Buy tickets to attend the Symphony's One City, One Symphony concerts Nov. 13-14 at Music Hall.

• Learn more about the CSO at its website

Education at Work helps students earn more than $1 million in tuition assistance

Education at Work, a Norwood-based nonprofit, just passed a $1 million milestone that helps millennials graduate from college with less debt and less stress. 

Founded in 2012, the organization is comprised of about 450 students who gain on-the-job experience while securing an hourly wage and receiving tax-free tuition assistance.

To date, students have tallied about $1.87 million in tuition assistance. Scott Maurer, a University of Cincinnati student who has been with the program since July 2013, has earned $15,000 in tuition assistance. 

“The tuition assistance program has been a motivation for me to maintain a high GPA, but most importantly it has kept me from going deep into debt,” Maurer says. “That simple fact gives me security for the future, and I would love to see more college students feel the same way as I do.”

Ten years from now — by 2025 — Education at Work hopes to fulfill its goal of expansion at both the local and national levels by benefitting 100,000 students annually. The impact on their lives, according to the organization’s CEO Dave Dougherty, has been “incredible,” and he’d like to see it snowball.

“By working hard at Education at Work and in the classroom, the students are taking their futures into their own hands and graduating with significantly less debt because of the tuition assistance they are earning,” Dougherty says. “I am grateful to all who make this possible: our clients, our university partners, our staff and most of all our students, who are EAW’s shareholders.”

Do Good: 

• If you are a current or soon-to-be college student, apply for a position with Education at Work.

• If you want to engage with EAW, get involved

• Connect with EAW on Facebook.

Style & Steps to support Off the Streets program

Cincinnati Union Bethel is hosting its annual Style & Steps event on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the downtown Macy’s store.

The fashion show and shopping event is hosted in partnership with Macy’s to benefits Off the Streets, a residential program run by Cincinnati Union Bethel to help trafficked and prostituted women recover and find community integration.

“When people read about (human trafficking and prostitution), they don’t see the human side or the suffering these women have gone through,” says Cincinnati Union Bethel Marketing Communications Manager Tracy Megison. “We want everyone to try and understand what it means and to try to find ways to help.”

Off the Streets is entirely voluntary, and most of the women have partially been through the justice system but have decided to join the program on their own and can leave at any time. The average client stays for three to five months and goes through various classes, ranging from counseling in group sessions to financial and nutritional education.

The fundraising event will feature hors d'oeuvres and drinks with live jazz music by Billy Larkin. Two graduates of the program will speak about how Off the Streets helped them re-start their lives.

“We want people to educate themselves on what human trafficking and prostitution is,” Megison says. “It’s a serious problem and people need to be aware that it’s happening.”

Do Good:

Register to attend Style & Steps at 6-10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Macy’s entrance on the corner of Fifth and Race streets. Tickets are $45 and include a 20 percent discount on all shopping done during the event.

• Can’t attend the event? Donate to support Cincinnati Union Bethel’s mission.

• Educate yourself on human trafficking and prostitution in Cincinnati and find your own ways to help.

Walk With Family 5K to support Interfaith Hospitality Network's work with homeless families

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati is hosting its first-ever fundraising walk, Walk With Family 5K, on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Eden Park.

IHNGC started out as an emergency shelter and has been helping the homeless community since 1991. Its day center serves as a resource for families to use as a storage space if they are between homes, a place use the computer lab or do laundry or to just relax.

The fundraising walk will help IHGNC continue to help the homeless community. The organization saw a 30 percent increase in families served this year versus last year, says Development Assistant Kamal Kimball.

IHNGC’s model is unique, as it partners with local congregations of various faiths, including Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Unitarian, Muslim, etc. Interfaith Hospitality Networks in Ohio are located in Lebanon, Xenia, Columbus and Cleveland.

A bus takes clients from the center to the congregations, where they stay overnight. IHGNC residents usually come to the center for up to 30 days, depending on their situation, and sometimes it can take months for families to get themselves back on their feet.

“We work with them on what it will take to get their life back on track,” Kimball says. “We really hope to bring more attention to the issue of homelessness.”

Do Good:

Register for the Walk With Family 5K, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, with on-site registration opening at 9 a.m. Race begins and ends at Seasongood Pavilion near the Cincinnati Art Museum. Pre-registration is $25, and day-of registration is $35.

• Learn more about Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati on its website.

Donate your time to help support IHGNC’s mission.

Clark Schaefer Hackett partners with DePaul Cristo Rey through work study program

Students at DePaul Cristo Rey High School are able to gain real-world work experience before they graduate thanks to a work/study program and collaboration with Clark Schaefer Hackett

Clark Schaefer Hackett is just one of many businesses that partner with DePaul Cristo Rey as part of the school’s work/study program that allows students to gain valuable experience and connections while still in high school. Most of these students have an economic need and are able to contribute to the cost of their education through the program.

“We look at these kids as our city’s future leaders,” says Clark Schaefer Hackett Marketing Specialist Natalia Jones. “This is our future workforce, our future CEOs. This exposure at the professional level is important for them to think about their future.” 

The program gives students an idea of what it’s like to work for local businesses by allowing them to work in administrative roles, develop interoffice relationships and work side-by-side with firm executives.
A team of four students fills one full-time position on a weekly basis, each working five full days per month. The job sharing model allows students to incorporate work experience without missing classes.

Do Good:

• See what DePaul Cristo Rey High School students are saying about the program.

• Learn more about the work/study program.

• For more information on Clark Schaefer Hackett, visit the company’s website

Women-centered soHza partners with YWCA Cincinnati to connect with women across globe

In an effort to expand its reach locally and globally, soHza recently partnered with YWCA Cincinnati to connect women in developing countries across the globe with local women in need through handmade jewelry.

Some of the jewelry is made from melted down bullet casings and weapons, others from upcycled tin and bull horn. Anyone can purchase jewelry and accessory items online, where they can also choose the local organization they’d like to support with their purchase. 
Co-founder Debbie Lupariello launched soHza in April 2013 with her sisters Melissa and Vicki with the philosophy that, when women are at the center of change, anything is possible.
“When women buy these pieces of jewelry, they become part of the change and connect the story,” Lupariello says. “I think that is where women’s power is. We have the ability to see through so many barriers and connect with one another. That’s what we’re about, that’s the point of soHza.”
Approximately 15 percent of purchases will support various organizations that help women. Proceeds also help create sustainable income for women in 11 different countries like Vietnam, Ecuador, Colombia and the Philippines.
The recent partnership with YWCA Cincinnati will continue to empower and support women here in the U.S. as well as also across the globe.
“The whole idea of soHza is to partner women with other women to change the world,” Lupariello says. “We’re the same no matter where we come from. The more we tell that story, the more we can make positive change in the world.”
Do Good:

• Learn more about soHza’s mission.

• Support women around the world by purchasing a piece of jewelry.

• Read a story about one of soHza's artisans.

House Doctors opens applications for free home accessibility ramps

House Doctors franchisees nationwide are collaborating to extend a helping hand to those in need by crafting accessibility ramps that allow for easier home access.
Elderly individuals or those with disabilities are invited to apply by submitting a video or written piece that creatively expresses their need. Families or friends may also nominate loved ones by the application deadline, which is at the end of December.
“There’s no place like home,” says Jim Hunter, House Doctors’ owner and CEO. “We love our community, and this is a simple way for us to help a local family that is in need of some time and craftsmanship.”
The Milford-based company specializes in the beautification of homes through its handyman services and repairs but says it’s the well-being of those living within the parameters of a home that are of prime importance. 

“Building these ramps will allow us to create a safer, more accessible home for those folks who may just need a little help,” Hunter says. “What is more beautiful than being able to safely get in and out of your own home?”
Applicants will be notified in early 2016 if selected for home repairs.

Do Good: 

• Upload your video or story to House Doctors' Facebook page.

• If you don't have Facebook, send your submission via e-mail.

• Like House Doctors on Facebook.

Price Hill seeks artists, businesses to participate in window painting competition

Price Hill Will and its Arts Community Action Team (Arts CAT) are seeking artists and businesses that would like to take part in the neighborhood’s 11th annual Holiday on the Hill Window Painting Competition.
Holiday on the Hill, which takes place Dec. 4-6, engages the Price Hill community through a variety of events, including a tree lighting ceremony, crafts and entertainment. This year’s theme is “Memories of Past Holidays in Price Hill,” so paintings should fit within those parameters.
“We started this competition to make our business districts more festive for the parade and during the entire holiday season,” Arts CAT Chair Ann Andriacco says.
The painting competition is open to multiple types of artists — professionals, high school students and family groups — who will be paired with a local business wishing to have its windows decorated.
Those interested in painting should sign up by Nov. 10 and will need to finish their work by Nov. 24 in time for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, when the Window Painting Competition scavenger hunt kicks off.
Winners will be announced during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, where they’ll receive up to $300 in prize money for their talents and efforts.
“It’s been a lot of fun for everyone involved,” Andriacco says, “the painters, the businesses and the public who gets to enjoy original, local art all December.”

Do Good: 

• Enter the Window Painting Competition by e-mailing your name(s) and category to Ann Andriacco or by calling 513-501-1879 by Nov. 10.

• Check out the Window Painting Competition information sheet for details about the competition. 

• Like Price Hill Will on Facebook and connect with the organization to keep up with events and happenings like Holiday on the Hill. 

Physician Keith Melvin continues to raise awareness with Black & White Cancer Survivors' Gala

Keith Melvin, Mercy Health physician and founder of the nonprofit Black and White Cancer Survivors Foundation (BWCSF), is a testament to the fact that “cancer is not a death sentence.”
“The Black & White Gala proves it, growing each year as we welcome more and more survivors,” Melvin says.
The seventh annual Black & White Cancer Survivors’ Gala Nov. 7 is sponsored by Mercy Health and is expected to break attendance records with 1,000 guests, which should lead to record-setting proceeds for the Cancer Support Community and other organizations across the Tristate that work tirelessly to engage in research and provide care for those battling cancer on a daily basis.
While the BWCSF’s ultimate aim is to raise cancer awareness — through education about early screenings and the importance of preventive care and maintenance — the organization wants to reach out specifically to the local minority community, which is disproportionately impacted by breast and prostate cancer.
A diagnosis of cancer is frightening, but it’s not the end-all-be-all, and that’s what Melvin most wants to communicate to the public at large.
“With regular screenings, early detection and advances in cancer care, there’s hope for everyone who receives a cancer diagnosis,” he says. “Every attendee (at the black-tie gala) pulls out the stops to dress their very best, and
when we all stand together to pose for our ‘survivors photo,’ you know without any doubt that there is life after cancer.”

Do Good: 

• Celebrate the community's cancer survivors and help increase awareness about early detection by purchasing tickets to the Black & White Cancer Survivors' Gala Nov. 7 at Duke Energy Convention Center downtown. Admission includes dinner and entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase through Nov. 2 or until the event is sold out. 

• If you can't attend the gala, support the Black and White Cancer Survivors Foundation by donating. 

• Be proactive about your health with preventive care and early detection screenings and support those who are currently battling cancer. 

Local celebs fuel Dancing With Our Hearts to raise funds for 8 charities

The Nov. 7 gala and dance competition Dancing With Our Hearts will serve as Dance With Your Heart Inc.’s inaugural event to kick off a series of dance-related projects that raise awareness and funds for nonprofits throughout the year.
Jeremy and Desireé Mainous, franchise owners of Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s Cincinnati location, decided to launch Dance With Your Heart and immerse it into Cincinnati’s nonprofit landscape after producing events for organizations like Cincinnati Arts Association and Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The couple recognized the need for support among local nonprofit organizations and wanted to do something to give back.
“We wanted a fundraising effort that was more inclusive of a variety of causes in Cincinnati,” Desireé Mainous says.
Previously, the couple had annually hosted Swinging for Charity, but the new event, whose mission is “to inspire and empower people to dance with their heart and dream with their feet,” will enable the couple to do more.
Dancing With Our Hearts will feature local celebrities like mixologist Molly Wellman and Cpt. James Kettler of the Cincinnati Fire Department representing eight different charities — everything from Northern Kentucky Hates Heroin to The Marvin Lewis Community Fund.
“We wanted to start a charity event that raised money for multiple causes,” Mainous says. “And we wanted those dancing to be able to choose which charity they wanted their proceeds to go.”

Do Good: 

• Purchase tickets to Dancing With Our Hearts 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Phoenix, downtown. 

• Learn more about the local celebrity competitors and the charities in which they represent here.

• Like Dance With Your Heart Inc. on Facebook.
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