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  2. 2. Northwestern Mutual Permanent Life Insurance can help solidify your feeling of financial well-being. It’s an asset that offers protection, along with cash value guaranteed to grow over time. All from a company that has unsurpassed industry financial strength ratings. That’s a foundation for life. The Kelley Financial Group 3805 Edwards Rd Ste 200 Cincinnati (513) 366-3600 © 2011 Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM) (life and disability insurance, annuities) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS)(securities), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, and member of FINRA and SIPC. Shawn F Kelley, General Agent(s) of NM. Managing Partners are not in legal partnership with each other, NM or its affiliates. Shawn F Kelley, RegisteredRepresentative(s) and Investment Adviser Representative(s) of NMIS.
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  5. 5. CONTENTSFEATURES V Venue LIFESTYLE AND EVENT GUIDE PUBLICATION TEAM Publisher and President Creative Director Steve Wanamaker Kim Wanamaker24 UC Health Helps the World to Sing Editor-in-Chief Jamie Rogers26 The Taft Museum of Art takes Patrons to Paris DESIGN28 A Place in a Family’s Heart Art Director Michelle Schwartz30 Economy and the Importance of a Financial Game Plan Graphic Designer Nicolette Stefanopoulos32 Connect. Lead. Serve. EDITORIAL36 A Beautiful Story of Love Contributing Editor Danielle Dean38 The Chance at being a Kid Copy Editor Bill Thompson42 The Ripple Effect Writer Carly Behringer46 Face to Face Writer Paula Andruss50 Saving Lives One Scan at a Time Writer Rick Bird MARKETING V. P. of Public Relations Mary Ann Taylor Advertising Director Emily Nocton Marketing Director Teri PiperPHILANTHROPY Social Media Director Brad Warm56 Taking Care of the City’s Eyes for Over 100 Years PHOTOGRAPHY60 A Community of Support for a Promising Future Photographer Brian Ambs Photographer Josh Beeman64 May We Help: More Than a Helping Hand Photographer Aaron Conway66 Bringing Nationally Renowned Chefs to Cincinnati Photographer Nico DeBarmore Photographer Claudia Susana Photographer Mark Bealer Photographer Christopher PeckhamCOMMUNITY OPERATIONS Office Manager Kim Calai68 A Return to Rugged Racing Roots Event Coordinator Natalie Cass70 Where Timeless Character Meets Modern Luxury74 Robots Help Students Find Their Creative Edge76 Moving the Mission Forward Please visit our web site at for more pictures and blogs! If you have any comments or story ideas please email: or write us at: VENUE LIFESTYLE AND EVENT GUIDE, INC.LEADERSHIP 7723 Tylers Place Blvd. PMB 144 West Chester, OH 4506980 Civic Leadership Awards 513.371.5501106 Revolutionizing America’s Favorite Pastime IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING please call 513.405.6822 or108 Living Legacy Award email FOR SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION email: Venue will be published in January, April, July and October 2012 Check us out on Facebook 10 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  6. 6. CONTENTSFINANCIAL114 Today’s Social Issues from an Investment Perspective116 Planning for Your Child’s Educational FutureARTS128 Cincinnati’s Painted History130 In the HeART of Cincinnati132 Emerging Artist from the 1950s136 Faux Finishes and Decorative PaintingsHOMES140 Own a Piece of History150 Sibcy Cline Brings Switzerland to Ohio154 Eclecticism, Style, and Unique DesignFAVORITES158 Our favorites were carefully selected based on the trusted opinions of people in the community like you.DEPARTMENTS18 Publisher’s Letter304 Weddings318 Beauty and Fashion330 Health358 Social ON THE COVER Model: Sarah Atallah Photographer: Claudia Susana Makeup: Kelly Ledford, Assistant Trista Campbell, Cinci Makeup Hair: Samantha Maloney of Tanya’s Image and Wellness Salon Location: Alms Park Clothing: One Mode, Vera by Vera Wang coral “petal” dress Modeling Agency: Wing Model Management (exclusive agency for Venue Lifestyle and Event Guide) Stylists: Marsha M. Ashley and Brock Maitland with Style Edit 14 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  7. 7. V PUBLISHER’S LETTERThe past couple of months here at Venue have been some of the most exciting times since I’ve been in the publishing business.The issue that you’re holding is our largest publication to date, more than 365 pages in size. We also hosted our second annualVenue Civic Leadership Awards, which honored 35 individuals for their outstanding service to nonprofit organizations in ourcommunity. It was inspiring to sit in a crowd with more than 500 people in attendance and to hear the stories of civic leadersusing their leadership gift, talent, and influence to make a difference in the lives of people in our city and around the world. I was honored to have John F. Barrett, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western & Southern Financial Group, as our keynote speaker. As CEO of one of nine Fortune 500 companies based in Greater Cincinnati, John clearly un- derstands the importance of civic leadership and community advocacy, and everyone who calls Greater Cincinnati home has clearly benefitted from his vision. To cite a few examples, John was one of the key people in gathering support and resources for the expansion of the Convention Center; was instrumental in keeping world-class tennis and its $64.5 million economic impact in our region, and permanently changed our city’s skyline with the development of the Great American Tower at Queen City Square. It is clear to me that nothing happens without leadership. When someone embraces that gift and takes action to make a difference in our community, in a small or great way, people’s hearts are touched, their lives are changed, and our region is simply a better place. Another example of leadership in action is the development of the CityLink Center. Seven years ago, that idea came under intense scrutiny. However, because of the leadership of Mark Stecher, one of this year’s honorees and founder of the CityLink Center, he was able to bring diplomatic skills on the par of Henry Kissinger to bear. He brought opposing sides together, forged relationships, held countless meetings to garner the support of community leaders, understood the positions of various stakeholders, and seven years later the CityLink Center completed a successful $12 million capital campaign. They have also conducted best in class national research with the goal of bringing holistic life change and breaking the cycle of poverty, one person, one life at a time. In years to come, it’s my belief that the CityLink Center will be a space where thousands of volunteers will be mobilized into action. Stories will be created, talents will be utilized, lives will be changed, and the CityLink Center will be one of the great hallmarks of our community and recognized around the world as a benchmark philanthropy. Greater Cincinnati is a better place because of individuals who give of them- selves to invest their lives in nonprofits. I want to encourage you to read more about these selfless ardent supporters of our philanthropic causes on page 80, and ask yourself how you might use your talents and abilities to get involved and leave your own indelible mark on our world. – Steve and Kim Wanamaker18 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  8. 8. FEATURES
  9. 9. UC Health Helps the World to Sing Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian AmbsUC Health is one of the proud sponsors of this year’s World Choir It is with great honor and privilege that Cincinnatians welcomeGames that will be held this summer in our very own beloved city musical talents from across the globe. Hosting the World Choir Gamesof Cincinnati. UC Health will be responsible for the precious voices is a testament to our marvelous city.of all of the singers of all of the choirs in attendance. We are joined Pensak concurs, “The World Choir Games does a phenomenal jobby Dr. Myles L. Pensak to explain the incredible role UC Health will of spotlighting a very robust transformation this city is undergoing. Asplay during the event. A man of many hats, Dr. Pensak is the Chairman someone who is a resident of downtown Cincinnati, I am thrilled toof the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the showcase a very vibrant, growing, new/old city. From a professionalUniversity of Cincinnati College of Medicine, CEO of UC Physicians, view, we are one of the nation’s pre-eminent academic medical centersSenior Associate Dean for clinical activities, and Senior Vice President that deal with complex issues of airway and voice. Having the opportu-for the UC health system for clinical activities. nity to showcase our colleagues and speech pathologists is a special treat. With thousands of singers from hundreds of choirs inundating We have both a professional and philosophical obligation to optimizeCincinnati for the World Choir Games, UC Health and UC Physicians the experience of those traveling to Cincinnati for the World Choirwill be on demand to provide not only general medical care, but just Games. This includes both their experience of our city as well as theiras importantly, they will care for all of the performers’ voices. The healthcare experience.”magnitude of this task requires a group of highly trained individu-als equipped with cutting edge technologies. Luckily for the world’svoices, Dr. Pensak fills a roster with a superb team for the job. The University of Cincinnati Voice Consortium is a large multi-disciplinary, multi-college, and multi-organizational collaborationamong voice professionals. These include the department of Oto-laryngology, director of speech pathology, Dr. Ann W. Kummer atChildren’s Hospital Medical Center (who happens to run the largestpediatric speech pathology program in the United States), adult direc-tor of Otolaryngology, Dr. Sid Khosla, and Dr. Alessandro de Alarcon. The physicians and speech pathologists at UC Health have three pri-Partnering with this group is the school of engineering and the college mary missions.The first is education, which they accomplish by trainingof music to form the University of Cincinnati Voice Consortium. This the next generation of medical staff. The second is research; there is ateam focuses on research, education and training, and clinical delivery UC physician with a laboratory that uses jet engines as models to showof care for voice issues for the professional voice, amateur voice, and how a person generates voice. The next time you look at the turbinethose who use their voice frequently. of a jet engine, know that there are scientists in the heart of Cincinnati One of the key components of the Consortium is their educational who are modeling voice changes similar to that of airflows through a jetoutreach that focuses on keeping the voice healthy. Whether you are a engine. The third part is the clinical. The triad is the mandate for UCrock star belting out timeless lyrics on stage or a kindergarten teacher Health, co-existing with a broad and deep team that is encompassed byinstructing the ABC’s, your voice is of vital importance. There are a numerous disciplines in a collaborative manner. They work with anynumber of misconceptions for what can be done to prevent voice dam- age of person beginning with the neonate who is having trouble cryingage. Through outreach efforts such as World Voice Day, which was de- as a result of airway and voice problems, to the octogenarian whoseveloped by pathologists to celebrate the voice, experts are able to sum- voice production is getting wispy because as we age our vocal cordsmon awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy voice. become lax.There is a large depth and scope of cutting edge science andThe Consortium offers seminars to instruct on voice warm-ups and research going on at UC Health; it is truly a hospital of epic proportionsother methods of keeping your voice healthy. These sessions will be with a modest reputation. Dr. Pensak states, “UC Health is one of theavailable throughout the Choir Games. best kept secrets.” v Dr. Khosla and other speech pathologists will be on call through theduration of the event. They will be equipped with a highly specializedpiece of equipment called a strobe. Generally the vocal cords are exam-ined utilizing a mirror or flexible scope that can miss serious ailmentssuch as lesions or hemorrhage that can cause permanent damage. TheUC Clinic will graciously be loaning a strobe to have in close proximityin order to best take care of the singers’ vocal health, while promising For more information about UC Healthlisteners glorious tunes and musical excellence. visit V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 25
  10. 10. FEATURES Top row left to right: Deborah Emont Scott, director/CEO of the Taft Museum of Art; Datrice Lowry-Kristof; Lesley Kleiser; Nancy Moody, and David Hausrath. Bottom row left to right: Jane Votel, Cynthia Muhlhauser, Linda Fath, and Laura Pease. Not pictured: Wm. John Ryan, Brett Stover, and Mary Jo Will. 26 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  11. 11. The Taft Museum of Art Takes Patrons to Paris Written by Carly Behringer . Photo by Nico DeBarmoreMany things come to mind when envisioning a warm summer evening more wonderfully due to the weather, “the weather was perfect, soin France: fresh baguettes, the rolling Seine River, relaxing cafes and everybody was in a great mood and it was a wonderful night. It wasof course – the iconic Eiffel Tower. For those curious Cincinnatians pretty much an outdoor party and it was totally transformed into athat longed to visit the city of love, but just didn’t have the time – the fun, French atmosphere. I think everyone came and gasped becauseTaft Museum of Art’s Soiree in the Garden was an excellent substitute. it was so different than what you normally would see in the garden.”The fundraising event, in honor of the Taft Museum of Art’s 80th Kleiser also noted an increase in variety of ages attending the Soi-anniversary, was a French inspired evening highlighting a variety of ree, “I was at the door greeting people as they came in. I saw all agesartists, musical styles, and tastes. and I saw many faces I recognized and many faces I didn’t recognize May 17, 2012, the garden at the Taft Museum of Art was trans- at all. It was crowded and we sold lots of tickets and we had lots offormed into a café, mirroring the most iconic images that immedi- attendants. I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations!”ately remind one of France: tents filled with black and white couches The decorations were a very important part of the event, as theyand cushions with lime green accents and tall café tables. Traditional set the mood for the entire evening. One of the committee chairsFrench entertainment included live piano, accordion, and even mimes. for the event, a regular docent, and a decorator for the event, MaryAlong with a raffle to win a variety of items, those in attendance were Jo Will, was very pleased with the ambiance for the evening. Mostable to enter a contest to “adopt a painting” wherein their name would of the colors at the event were a combination of lime green, black,be displayed with the piece of artwork for the next year. Instead of white, and silver. A nine-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower stood ina typical sit-down dinner, this event was food-by-the-bite and guests the center of the garden surrounded by black “balloon” chairs, alongwere encouraged to wander the festive garden and decorative interior with lime green, silver, and black accents. One of Will’s favorite items were the black and white couches which rested under the tents alongof the museum. with the lighting, “we had zip lights hanging off of the balcony and On display for the entirety of the evening was the “Old Masters to as the night got darker, they really changed the atmosphere of theImpressionists: Three Centuries of French Painting” from the Wad- event; the lights kind of changed and had a sheen to them. In thesworth Antheum. The exhibition featured 45 works by French artists, beginning, they were white but throughout the night they seemed toincluding Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Rembrandt, Chardin, Boucher, be glowing green. I think my favorite part were the couches becauseGéricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Degas, Pissarro, and Renoir; all from they were different, fun, and comfortable. They sort of set the stagethe era of 1600 to the beginning of the 1900s. The exhibit also fea- for everything else.” Will reiterated that the color scheme, especiallytured French artists in the Taft Museum of Art’s permanent collec- the lime green, brought a simultaneously classy but energetic look totion: Ingres, Corot, and Rousseau. After guests toured the French the evening.scene in the gardens, they wandered the halls of the museum while In the end, the fundraiser went swimmingly, with the supportivebeing directed by dutiful docents and can-can dancers. donations going to educational programs provided by the Taft Mu- David Hausrath, whose wife and he were Gold Sponsors of the seum of Art; programs for both children and adults alike. “I think it’sevent, thought the night was an overall success, “I loved the atmo- important for the Taft Museum of Art because it did raise money forsphere of the evening. It was very alive, energetic, and there were the education programs and it was successful financially,” Hausrathmany feasts for the eyes. The decorating was wonderful, the enter- explains the importance of the event. “We had many great educationaltainment was fantastic, the food was excellent, and the art exhibition programs at the Taft Museum of Art, but they require funds. Manyof 300 years of French painting was just spectacular. It was kind of of them are targeted toward children, but it’s more than that becausethe whole package and it fit together really well.” it’s bringing art to the public.” v Hausrath also suggests that the casual atmosphere of the event mayhave attracted more attendees, “We had over 400 people and it waswonderful. I think the guests really enjoyed the festive French caféatmosphere. It was less formal than some events and I think as a result, The Taft Museum of Art is located at 316 Pike Street,we think we had a younger crowd as well. It was not a sit-down black Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.241.0343,tie dinner and instead we had couches and a café.” by email, or visit their Lesley Kleiser, a committee chair for the event as well as a docent website at the Taft Museum of Art, explains that the event couldn’t have gone V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 27
  12. 12. Favorites The Summit Country Day School Eternally Holds a Place in a Family’s Heart Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian AmbsA school establishes the academic foundation that prepares a child engaged a few years after college. They did not think twice aboutfor the future. For Stuart and Holly Seltman, their education at The where they would be married. The Summit’s Immaculate Heart ofSummit Country Day School had a monumental impact that directed Mary Chapel had been the obvious choice because it holds such annot only their academic achievements, but also built the foundation for endearing and special place in each of their hearts.their lives, and served as the cornerstone for their love, matrimony, “The chapel is a particularly special place for us. It was the oneand family. place we shared Mass together back when the Boys’ and Girls’ Middle “Holly and I shared a fantastic experience at The Summit. Not Schools were separated. We then celebrated our graduation in theonly does The Summit offer superb education, but it also develops the chapel as well,” Stuart says.child as a whole. This is why we found it so valuable to send all four Holly continues, “Our wedding was truly special because we wereof our children to this school. The Summit provides an experience able to once again gather in our favorite place with our friends andthat is well-rounded scholastically, artistically, and athletically. As families. It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to reunite andbeautiful as the school is, what makes it so special are the people; celebrate as we began the next chapter of our lives together." vincluding the students, faculty, and staff. Some of the teachers wehad and loved when we were in school are now teaching our children.We believe quite strongly in the school’s mission to develop leaders ofcharacter and feel The Summit is second to none in all aspects of child Located at 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati OH 45208, Thedevelopment,” Stuart says. Summit serves students from age two through grade 12 in a “During our time at The Summit we developed life-long friendships coeducational setting. The Summit combines the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier independentthat have endured,” Holly says. “We had such an incredible experience school with the servant leadership and character-buildinghere that we wanted to give our children the same opportunity. The environment that are hallmarks of a Catholic education. Callsize of the school provides great value; from individualized education, 513.871.4700 or visit developing character, as well as offering easy access to strongathletics. We also love that all of the grades are within one school.Our children are able to share many school experiences together eventhough there are six years between them. The Summit provided uswith a strong foundation from the time we started school here and is Stuart and Holly Seltman, members of The Summit Country Day School’s 1986 graduating class, gather in front of their favorite place with theirnow helping us build on that foundation with our children.” children – Elly, a Summit lifer and 2012 graduate, Martha, Hank, and Stuart and Holly met in primary school at The Summit. They Stuart Jr. who respectively will be in grades 6, 9, and 11 next year.began dating during their sophomore year of high school and were
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  14. 14. FEATURES Top Business Leaders Embark on Multi-City Tour To Discuss the Economy and the Importance of A Financial Game Plan Photography by Brian Ambs On May 4, 2012 Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Ultimately, financial security is achieved through a game plan that Schlifske joined Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve contains a mix of risk hedging and investment products that is created Forbes at the Westin in Downtown Cincinnati on their seven city tour with the help of a trusted advisor. titled “The Power of a Game Plan.” While in Cincinnati, the executives offered their thoughts on Q: Due to the absence of things such as Social Security and pensions the economy, the financial markets, and the importance of having a in most of our futures, what is the best way to strategize for planning sound financial game plan in place regardless of market conditions, to our finances for retirement? hundreds of business and community leaders. As part of an ongoing partnership, the leaders of Northwestern Mutual, a leading finan- A: Americans must realize that today, getting to retirement is no cial security company, and Forbes Media previously spoke about the longer the end goal – it is a new starting point. On average, Americans economy to nearly 18,000 people in 25 cities. will live 20 - 40 years in retirement, which means you want to make “It’s clear that achieving financial security today requires a well- sure that you do not outlive your assets. Your financial plan may rounded game plan to preserve wealth, mitigate risks that can affect cover you until age 80, but what happens then on your 81st birthday? retirement years, and provide a predictable stream of income for life,” To combat this risk, I recommend my clients incorporate vehicles Schlifske said. “In partnership with Steve Forbes, I look forward to that can create a steady “paycheck” throughout retirement, such as a sharing my perspective on the power of a game plan, and to helping fixed-rate income annuity, into their comprehensive financial plans. individuals and business owners strategize in the midst of a still un- Diversifying can provide them with a predictable stream of income certain economy.” for life. Schlifske and Forbes shared their keen insights on: Q: How has our economy directly affected how we should strategize • Getting to retirement is no longer the end goal – it is a new starting our financial planning? point. Schlifske and Forbes contend that today’s economy coupled with increased life expectancy means there is an increased risk for A: The recent state of the economy has shifted the focus of financial individuals to deplete their assets too soon. A well-rounded plan planning back to the basics. Today more than ever, we emphasize core is essential to help maintain financial security for life. values to our clients – establish a sound financial game plan, minimize • It is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their way to prosperity. risk, and prefer long-term performance over short-term gains. In Rather, Schlifske and Forbes believe in practicing proven financial addition, it’s imperative to work with someone you trust. People do principles, such as cutting spending, saving in addition to investing, not build a house without an architect. It is the same reasoning when and dollar-cost averaging for the long term. contemplating finances. People need to work with someone they trust • Regardless of what happens in Washington, there are plans that to make certain they are thinking ahead of what’s to come and they individuals and business owners can make now to ensure long- are prepared for whatever their financial situation might be in the term security. Schlifske and Forbes encourage Americans to not future. let the debate in Washington prohibit them from addressing their short- and long-term financial needs. Q: Would you expand on Schlifske’s and Forbes’ belief that one should not only rely on investing in order to reach financial prosperity, “There is no replacement for the power of a strong financial game but should invest as well as cutting spending, saving in addition to plan,” said Forbes. investing, and dollar-cost averaging for the long-term? Shawn Kelley, the Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual: the Kelley Financial Group in Cincinnati, relays Schlifske’s and A: In my opinion, it is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their Forbes’ thoughts about “The Power of a Game Plan.” way to prosperity. Therefore, while important, I view investing as A sound financial game plan can help individuals achieve pros- only one component of a well-rounded financial game plan. When perity. This plan should include long-term savings goals and think- building a comprehensive financial game plan, it is important to ing about saving money while also investing. For example, growing both save and invest, as well as preserve the wealth accumulated wealth comes from putting money away, month after month, over throughout a lifetime, mitigate risks and provide a predictable stream the long haul, as well as an investment program in alignment with of income for life. individual goals and risk tolerance. A good plan is also diversified and balanced.
  15. 15. Q: How can individuals and business owners plan to ensure their long-term security, and what effect do politics have when planning for this?What is the strategy for planning long-term security that does not putyou at the will of Washington?A: Regardless of what happens in Washington, there are plans thatindividuals and business owners can make now to ensure long-term Steve Forbessecurity. I encourage all Americans to work with a trusted advisorwho can help them create a well-rounded financial game plan, andhelp them stick with it over the long term. A strong plan is capable ofweathering any dips or downturns, because it has a long-term strategyin place.Q: How has Northwestern Mutual been able to continue its successin the face of a poor economy?A: Northwestern Mutual opened its first office in Cincinnati in 1879.Today, we serve 45,000 local clients and policyholders giving themthe financial security that they deserve for themselves and theirloved ones. Since Northwestern Mutual opened, the company hasseen, and survived, world wars, the Great Depression, the recessionof the ’80s and the tech bubble burst of the early 2000s. This mostrecent economic downturn has helped to reinforce our company’score values – establishing a sound financial game plan, minimizingrisk, preferring long-term performance over short-term gains, and John Schlifskealways putting our client’s interests first. This, in my view, has beena recipe for success.The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee isamong the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies of 2012according to Fortune magazine. It has helped clients achieve financialsecurity for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutualhas no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on itsclients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to themover time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holisticapproach to financial security solutions including life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment prod-ucts, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include North-western Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registeredinvestment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the NorthwesternMutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal sav-ings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; Shawn Kelleyand Russell Investments. v Northwestern Mutual: The Kelley Financial Group is located at 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45208. You can reach them at 513.366.3600 or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 31
  16. 16. FEATURES Connect. Lead. Serve. Young Professionals Board of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati Written by Kateri Kosta Photography by Claudia Susana S Since 2008, the Young Professionals Board (YPB) of The Chil- dren’s Home of Cincinnati has offered support in the mission of helping children create amazing stories of transformation. The Children’s Home offers education and mental health treatment services for vulnerable children – many of whom have experienced abuse, neglect, or other factors that have inhibited their healthy growth and development. The Young Professionals Board is a diverse group of 26 skilled and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to connect, lead, and serve. Young Professionals Board members connect with the larger community to increase awareness of The Children’s Home, they lead by developing skills for future board membership, and they serve by offering assis- tance to program staff members who work directly with children. Their ultimate goal is to use their skills and resources to bolster the services available to children who have special educational In the four years since the Young Professionals Board was founded, members have laid the foundation for effective and com- plementary service to the programs and staff of The Children’s Home. Members developed and initiated a mentorship program to connect individually with children who receive services. They also launched an agency ambassadors program to connect and communicate directly with staff on their successes and chal- lenges. In addition to their child and program-focused initiatives, Young Professionals Board members continue to advocate for and nurture partnerships that generate fundraising opportunities. Founding members Tom Connor of the Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP law firm and Rania Zimmerman, a dedicated community volunteer, contributed to the formation of the YPB and its mis- sion. Their first project in 2008 was helping with the Rockin’ Lobster Party, which concluded an eight-year run in 2011 to and mental health needs, improving each child’s chances for suc- make way for a new special event coming in October, Rockin’ cess at home, in school, and in the community. Ribs on the River. This year, the board formed a Fundraising 32 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  17. 17. Opposite page, left to right: Alayna Tackett, Scott Lyle, Philecia Avery, Tom Connor. Above, top row, left to right: Karen Huneke, Leslie McDermott, Garri Davis. Bottom row, left to right: Aaron Byrd, Mindy Kirsch, Zach Dotzauer.Committee to increase effectiveness and develop infrastructure Rusty Ball. This year the committee helped the agency achieveto pursue a variety of initiatives. new beneficiary designation from the Cincinnati Golfers for “The accomplishment of which I am most proud is the suc- Charity 100 Hole Challenge, and they’re looking forward tocessful transition from being a small group of key contributors being a beneficiary of the Bacchanalian Society’s 2013 Winterdriving the YPB’s efforts to a successful and sustainable orga- Wine Tasting.nization driven by the talents and energy of a large number of Young Professionals Board members connect with donorsdiverse and active members,” says Connor. and community stakeholders to build networks for The Chil- Andrea Enders, who works for The Cincinnati Enquirer, leads dren’s Home, and they take a leadership role in strengtheningthe Fundraising Committee and is pleased to note that concen- the agency’s programs. The Program Committee exists to pro-trated fundraising efforts have already started to yield results. vide professional input, support, and direct volunteer experi-In particular, the committee has advocated for The Children’s ence to enhance programs. Emily Roberts, who works in Mem-Home to be selected as a beneficiary of several local charity bership Development at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber,events. In 2011, The Children’s Home was a beneficiary of the and Zach Dotzauer, a Senior Manager at JD Cloud & Co. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 33
  18. 18. FEATURES LLP, work together as committee chairs to help develop strate- gies that encourage YPB members to be directly engaged in the agency’s mission and services. Mandy Peck’s involvement with the Mentoring Committee has been particularly impactful. “Being a mentor for a child from The Children’s Home has filled a gap I didn’t even know I had in my heart. It has been challenging, but extremely rewarding.” Others, like Enders, serve as program ambassadors to programs like Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK), which provides resources for kindergarten readi- ness to local families. Enders had the opportunity to ride along on a home visit to see the impact firsthand, and is in- volved with projects to increase families’ awareness of their eligibility for SPARK. Young Professionals Board members get involved out of a de- sire to share their skills and give back to the community, but some- times they find their own lives transformed in unexpected ways. Davette Shorter, Director of Communications and Inte- Below, top row, left to right: Kevin Graves, Kelly Gadd. Bottom grated Marketing at Quest Diagnostics, MedPlus Division says, row, left to right: Mandy Peck, Kim Popa, Nicole Balkenbusch, Emily Roberts. “Joining the YPB has helped me grow in character and spirit. Spending time at The Children’s Home is part of how I pay it forward to prepare a more compassionate and helpful world for my daughter.” Scott Lyle, an Assistant Vice President for Fifth Third Mortgage Private Banking, echoes Shorter’s sentiment, not- ing that he’s happy to support programs that transform the lives of vulnerable children, but he’s also learned that there are some personal benefits. “My commitment to service has been picked up by my kids, and they now give back through service events at school.” Being a member of the Young Professionals Board of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati means having access to incred- ible opportunities for professional networking. It helps to de- velop skills to be effective Board of Trustee members in the future. However, YPB members will tell you that it’s not about advancing their careers or building their resumes: It’s about helping children. “Helping kids today will make a better tomorrow for all of us. I get a sense of pride knowing that what we do on the YPB makes a difference,” says Lyle. v
  19. 19. For more information regarding the Young Professionals Board, contact Shannon Starkey-Taylorat 513.272.2800, or, or visit V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 35
  20. 20. FEATURES Photograph by Brian Ambs The Aubrey Rose Foundation is located at 7805 Affinity Place Cincinnati, OH 45231. You can reach them at 513.728.2680 or visit their website at
  21. 21. Favorites Love Photo by Nico DeBarmore A Beautiful Story of Hagit Limor is an Emmy and national award-winning investigative reporter for WCPO-TV (Channel 9). “I had the pleasure of meeting Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp after her “I have made a valiant effort to participate and support the transplant. I had done a story about what was going on because it foundation anyway I can because I feel so strongly about their was such a rare surgery and was performed on such a wonderful mission. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to emcee little girl, so full of life. Aubrey was always smiling and laughing. I their annual banquet each year. And I did stories on the foundation was able to meet her entire family and found I had a connection after it had begun to help spread the word about all of the incredible with them. After the transplant, everyone was elated by the success things they were doing. My cousin participated in the American Girl of the surgery and celebrated. So it came as a complete and utter show, which she absolutely loved. For me, this is a forever story and shock when Aubrey did not wake up one day. The child had been so it will always have a place in my life and heart. incredibly sweet and was a fighter. It has been almost a decade since, “I believe the biggest impact the foundation has … is providing and it is still very painful to think about the devastating tragedy. You (families) with a lifeline of compassion and understanding at a time can’t understand the loss of a child or contemplate the deep despair they need it most. The families are dealing with near tragedy, and it a parent feels. No one would have blamed her parents (Nancy and gives comfort and support to hear from someone who has walked in Jerry Hollenkamp) if they had become angry and retreated from their shoes. There is no words for what that means. This is especially life. But instead, they showed all of us the best of humanity. They true for people staying at the Ronald McDonald house. These took their pain and loss and turned it into something amazing and families are in a different city; alone and away from their family and beautiful by starting the Aubrey Rose Foundation (The foundation friends. The Aubrey Rose Foundation is there to offer encouragement helps families who have children with life-threatening illnesses). and assistance. They help to provide for these families’ needs and “Through the years, I have attended every single event the give emotional support. I can’t imagine being out of town with a foundation has held. The first year they were joined by hundreds of seriously ill child and feeling so alone. The foundation helps to ease people. The evening was complete with food, a band, and filled an others’ lives. entire hall. I was very impressed, but that first event was only the “I believe that you do not need to have children to understand beginning. Every year it gets bigger and bigger and has grown into the love of a parent. At the beginning of my involvement, I was not a more fundraising events. Both Nancy and Jerry have fulltime jobs, parent yet. But what the Hollenkamps did spoke deeply to my heart. but they dedicate their time outside of work to do so much for others. They did something truly incredible that should be a testament to all They put on the annual American Girl Fashion Show, concerts, golf of our hearts, to follow the golden rule and reach within ourselves outings and started Writely Sew (an embroidery and embellishment to find a way to help others. This spoke to me. When I became a business that puts all of its proceeds directly into the Aubrey Rose parent, I understood even more what a blessing this was. I can’t put Foundation). It is difficult to fathom where they find the time and into words why this organization impacted me so intensely except energy to do so much, but it is their hearts that carry them. I have that I believe that this is how we as humanity should live our lives. never in my life come across anyone who lives their faith as they These feelings are so deep within me that it is difficult to articulate. do. You will be awed and inspired reading some of the messages I believe that the Hollenkamps epitomize what I would like to see from the families they have helped. It is truly amazing what they inside myself. The level of understanding and compassion they have done for others. They touch people’s lives and make a genuine displayed at a time one could easily turn inward instead of outward difference. The Hollenkamps’ mission is to help a child’s entire and help others, is truly inspiring. I would hope to see the same in family. They understand that the siblings of a sick child often take a myself if I were to ever be put into such a situation. backseat in the family because so much time must be devoted to the “They were able to take a tragedy that would send most into a child who is ill. Jerry and Nancy have created programs to recognize downward spiral, and harness their powerful loss to turn it to a the siblings, make sure that their needs are met, and they feel cared tribute. Because of this, their child will never be forgotten and her for and appreciated. This can be such a relief for the other children. spirit and memory will live forever. It is a beautiful story of love.” v V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 37
  23. 23. The Chance at Being a Kid Again Written by Carly Behringer . Photography provided by A Kid Again V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 39
  24. 24. FEATURES Photo by Brian Ambs Top left photo: A Kid Again event with Dr. William L. Barrett. Top right photo: A Kid Again Committee from left to right: Michelle Johnson, Chris Henn, Rebekah Vazquez, Diana Lara, and Theresa Diersen. Bottom right photo: Miracles and Magic show. A Kid Again is located at 9600 Montgomery Road, Suite 4, Cincinnati, OH 45242. You can reach them at 513.232.5104, by email at or, or visit their website at 40 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  25. 25. FEATURES The Ripple Effect “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.” — Scott Adams Written by Jamie Rogers 42 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
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  27. 27. FEATURES In the eyes of every child, who lives on the street and imagines and severe abuse. And yet, in his mind, he has found refuge hope for a better life, we can find a waterfall of pain and tears away from his scarred body and anguish from a broken heart. that in a blink, turns into crystals of inspiration and belief In his rags for clothing, from under the sounds of defeat, arises depicted in this extraordinary piece of artwork, “The Dream”. a warrior with iron wings and a mind like a steel trap that has In the painting, the young child folds up in a cardboard box, visions of living a life wallowed in love and victory. A new life escaping into his imaginary world from where he finds comfort that will carry him home to a place of security, compassion, and peace. Yet the symbolism of the empty pot depicts a lack and freedom. “The Dream” echoes sounds of kindness, endless of food, hunger and starvation, a harsh and cruel street life play, and defeat of cries; now there are sounds of laughter and of begging and constricted with poverty. The child’s feet are play, where he will no longer shiver in the night from the fear of marred with bruises, disfigured, battered, and swollen with a broken life and a broken body. cuts from running on a line of broken dreams, mental agony, 44 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  28. 28. St. Aloysius is located at 4721 Reading Road, Cincinnati,OH 45237. You can reach them at 513.242.7600 or visittheir website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 45
  29. 29. FEATURES Face to Face Written by Jamie Rogers . Photography by Brian Ambs
  30. 30. Domestic Violence. Two words that are often avoided in our “Whether the physical improvement from surgery is drasticsociety and brushed under the proverbial rug, but these two or not, the improvement on their psychological makeup iswords address an incredibly serious and common problem found tremendous,” Dr. Mangat more households around the world than anyone would like to “The individual feels that by fixing their physical deformity,admit. To ignore these two words is to ignore the victims, or they are now able to close that chapter in their life and they canrather the survivors, of horrendous acts brought upon by those have a fresh beginning. Psychologically they feel that they nowho should love, cherish, and protect them. It is our responsibility longer have their deformity to hold them back. I believe this isas a community to shed the veil of denial in pursuit of arming the biggest benefit of FACE to FACE. Not only is there a positivesurvivors of domestic violence with strength, courage, and the physical transformation, but there is a coinciding psychologicalpower to overcome and heal. benefit with the knowledge that this is the final thing they needed The board of directors of the American Academy of Facial in order to recover from the pain and tragedies of their past life.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery acknowledged the dire They are able to look forward to a bright and encouraging future.”ramifications of domestic violence. Serving as an academy Dr. Mangat was introduced to Meredith, a strong andconsisting of 2,700 plastic surgeons, the 25-member board sought vivacious woman who was a victim of domestic violence. She wasto use their expertise and talents to fill a need in the community referred to Dr. Mangat through her local chapter of NCADV. Heof domestic violence survivors. In 1999, with support of their concluded that the damage to her nose, both external and internalPresident, Devinder S. Mangat, MD, FACS, the board partnered damage (which hindered her breathing), warranted surgery. Thewith the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) surgery would fix the physical damage Meredith sustained. Sheto aid survivors in their physical healing. explains the emotional and psychological effects she believes the Dr. Mangat explains, “The NCADV is a national organization surgery will have on her.which identifies people that have been in violent domestic situations. “My experience with domestic violence tore apart myThey help these individuals remove themselves from these confidence and self-worth, and took an emotional and physicalcircumstances and direct them through proper rehabilitations. toll on my body, mind, and spirit,” Meredith says. “After five yearsOnce the individual is safely out of their violent situation, they are of dealing with the abuse, crime, court appearances, protectionintroduced to our members for any facial reconstructive surgery orders, and violations of protection orders over and over again, Ithey may need as a result of a facial deformity incurred from am more than ready to put this behind me. I was introduced toabuse. As a national organization, we identify members of our the FACE to FACE program through a victim advocate in theorganization, facial plastic surgeonsfrom around the country whooffer their services pro-bono. Thisprogram is called FACE to FACE.” Survivors are referred by theirlocal NCADV chapter to a physician,who then interviews the individualto discern the proper procedure thatwill correct the deformity. Manymembers of the American Academyof Facial Plastic and ReconstructiveSurgery have their own surgicalfacilities, enabling them to performthe surgeries on site. This allows thephysician to do the entire surgerycompletely pro-bono because theydo not have to charge for eitherequipment use or surgical fees. Insituations where hospital careis necessary, the physicians willapproach the hospitals to inquireupon the possibility of the facility donating its equipment and Domestic Violence Unit. I was previously unaware that there wereservices for the worthy cause. programs out there to help victims like me. I feel that the surgery The survivors may suffer facial deformities in the form of scars will give me closure on that chapter of my life. It will improve myor broken bones. These disfigurements may be visually obvious quality of life and will help me get back my confidence. I greatlyand others more subtle, but regardless of the severity of the appreciate Dr. Mangat’s donation of his time and facility. I wantphysical scarring, the psychological scarring on the individuals to spread the word about this wonderful doctor and incredibleis astronomical. program that can help many victims in the future gain back their V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 47
  31. 31. FEATURES confidence and rid them of the physical scars that take such a “It is important for people to understand that domestic violence is monumental emotional toll on a person.” a lot more common than most people think. I encourage people FACE to FACE is open to any individual, male or female. It so who have been victimized by domestic violence to seek help and happens that the vast majority of the victims are women. Over the not be ashamed of something that is not their fault so they are able past 13 years, Dr. Mangat has only treated women patients. The to put their lives back together and heal.” v primary requirement one must meet in order to have the facial corrective surgery is they must be out of the abusive relationship, and they must no longer be at risk of falling back into that relationship. Otherwise, as long as they have a deformity that can To learn more about FACE to FACE, visit the American be corrected with surgery, they qualify for FACE to FACE. The Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website survivor must go through their local chapter of NCDAV and fill at There are two components of FACE to out the required paperwork. The request will then be forwarded FACE. One is the domestic violence initiative and the second to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive is the international program where surgeons are sent all over Surgery where they will identify a surgeon in that particular the world to do facial reconstructive surgery in needy areas. location and introductions are made. After a consultation between physician and survivor, the surgery is scheduled. “The most important part of this program is helping to give these individuals a new start. FACE to FACE helps to improve Mangat-Kuy-Holzapfel Plastic Surgery is located their self-image and worth. They are not the person that their at 8044 Montgomery Road, Suite 230 Cincinnati, deformity made them to feel like. They are not inferior. These OH 45236. They can be reached at 513.984.3223. women (and men) are strong and productive members of society In Northern Kentucky, they are located at 133 and they should not let this painful experience be a limiting factor Barnwood Drive, Suite A, Edgewood, KY 41017. in their lives. I believe that the self-image and confidence this They can be reached at 859.331.9600. Visit their surgery instills in them is the biggest benefit,” Dr. Mangat says. website at >> Domestic Violence Facts << Did you know... · An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. · Most cases of Domestic violence are never reported to the police. · Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner. · In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before murder. · The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services. · Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likewly to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. · There are 16,800 homicides and 2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually. · Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalking?s perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence Facts. 1 June 2012 <>. 48 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  32. 32. Dr. Devinder S. Mangat MD, FACS V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 49
  33. 33. Saving LivesFEATURES One Scan at a Time Written by Carly Behringer . Photography by Brian Ambs and Mark Bealer 50 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  34. 34. Pictured left to right: Susie McHale, Brittany Buckman, Kara Winnings, Christine Estell, and Tahnee Frain.ProScan Pink Ribbon Center is located at 4850 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati,OH 45227. You can reach them at 513.527.7750, by email at, or visit their website at Visit their otherlocation in Over-the-Rhine at 5 East Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.You can reach them at 513.241.2873. V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 51
  35. 35. FEATURES Tracy Teegarden and family. Of course I was nervous when I went. When you go in, you feel like you know what they’re doing. They put your mind at ease. They explained everything as they were doing it. During my experience, I went in for my regular mammogram and I got a call back. When I went back the second time, I was terrified. I just figured that I had cancer and that it was going to be all over from there. They were so reassuring and so wonderful and made me feel like they were really taking care of me. It turned out that I just had a cyst and it was benign. I never had one before as far as I knew. “I sat in the waiting room after my ultrasound, and when they called me back, the doctor was wonderful and patted my knee and said, ‘You’re going to be OK,’ and explained it to me. He didn’t just say, ‘You’re OK, now go home,’ but he actually showed me the ultrasound pictures and explained to me why I was OK. I was reassured that I was OK and there was no question. He showed me it was a cyst because the edges were complete, and because it was fluid-filled, and exactly why and how they knew that. It made a big difference to me because I really needed that reassuring proof. They know what they’re doing, they’re very professional, and I trust them. I didn’t feel like I was just another number. They took time to answer my questions. Sometimes in the doctor’s office, I can feel like another number. At ProScan, I felt like I was Tracy Teegarden and I mattered! – Tracy Teegarden 52 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  36. 36. “It really couldn’t have been easier. It was very, very positive. It was my first time there, and they were very welcoming, and the staff is confident and professional. I’m very pleased and I would recommend them to anybody. My technologist did a great job and she really informed me on bone health due to all the information she gave out. I think it’s really refreshing that a health care professional would spend that much time with me or with anyone. It’s the knowledge that we need to take good care of our bones. And so I’m a lot more aware and I pay a lot more attention to the amount of calcium that I get in my diet – I don’t miss my calcium supplements every day and I make sure to take them. It’s a convenient location and they’re very professional. I feel that they’re very education focused, and that’s what I found when I spoke with my technologist. It wasn’t just that they were rushing me through to get my exams done; they were making sure I knew in order to take better care of myself. And I really appreciated it. I feel like the information I got is very empowering to women.” – Karen Rosenthal “ProScan is a great place and they have a great program. I really liked what they did for me. Recently someone told me that I should get checked out. ProScan did a great job looking to make sure I was clear. I had a few regular tests done through the Mammogram Match funding and they did not find any cancer. During my appointment, one of the machines wasn’t working, so one of the ladies drove me to another place so I could get the test done that day. They are really hard workers, and I recommend it because cancer is so bad and I wish all women would get a mammogram. It’s the best idea.” – Ananda TamrakarCheryl Brackman and husband This was my second go-round with cancer and I have been with Dr. Karen Columbus since 1999 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. In early August of 2011, I went for my annual mammogram. Everything for 12 and half years was absolutely great and I felt fine. I went to ProScan, the doctor walked in and thought something didn’t look right. They took me out, X-rayed me again, and then the doctor wanted to talk with Dr. Powers. Dr. Powers is the most wonderful radiologist. That was on Thursday. The biopsy was Friday, and the following Wednesday they said I had two cancers and a pre-cancer. This was from a little dot that showed up on the mammogram. I can say with certainty that Dr. Powers saved my life. August 23, I was scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy. “This is the reason why every woman should have a mammogram. I felt nothing, looked normal, felt great, and it was so small and obscure. Honestly, without my history, they probably wouldn’t have watched it. So I feel like Dr. Powers truly saved my life. Dr. Columbus did a great job with (the) mastectomy, I got my plastic surgeon, I have my implants in and it’s been a journey. The environment is great – they have an intimate little room that tries to make you feel comfortable no matter what the bad news. They do an amazing job of serving women who have already survived breast cancer. Because of a complicated health history, I feel that I have the authority to say that ProScan is amazing. v – Cheryl Brackman V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 53
  37. 37. PHILANTHROPY 100 years Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired taking care of the city’s eyes for overPictured left to right: CABVI Program Services Managers: Mark Foersterling, Gina Carroll, Judy Hale, Kathy Roberts, Lori Lindsly, and Ginny Backscheider, Director of Program Services.Not pictured: Judy Schermer 56 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  38. 38. E Written by Carly Behringer Photography by Brian Ambs Eyes: They guide us through this unusual journey we describe as The program was founded in 1986 and was originally called the“life.” They help us make decisions on who we want to associate Computer Training Program. The name was recently changed to with, what our favorite colors are, and even what we define as Access Technology in order to reflect the rapidly growing popular- beauty. Most importantly, however, is that they enable us to ity of portable devices, such as tablets and e-readers, “Now it’s … function in today’s fast-paced society. Even though you use them more of a migration into the personal technology: the tablets, the everyday, most people don’t seem to realize that these magnificent phones. Our staff has to stay on top of the developments and ahead orbs are not immune to detrimental deterioration, and that life of our consumers. There are smaller items out there like laptops, changes forever if their ability falters. note-takers, and smartphones. And how do you use those if you’re Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CAB- visually impaired?” VI), a private and not-for-profit organization, has helped the vision Many computer companies are creating software to help the impaired populace adapt to “normal sighted” society since 1911. blind and visually impaired enjoy their products. For example, Visually impaired describes a variety of eye diseases and disorders, many Apple devices, like the iPad and iPod, have voice-over tech- including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degenera- nology that enables persons with failing eyesight to utilize the tion. These disorders differ in their effects and symptoms, but all product to its full potential. Windows has not yet developed its are classified as causes of “low vision,” which is defined as vision own programs, yet there are many third-party and independent loss that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses and could include the versions available. Essentially, whether someone has a preference loss of peripheral vision, sensitivity to glare, or the reduced ability for Apple or PCs, there is a gadget to help everyone. to see detail. CABVI is happy to accommodate any kind of visually From braille software to computers that communicate with the impaired individual, whether they are young, old, partially blind, user, the technology is only expanding. Foersterling has seen years or completely blind. And instead of telling them to let go of the of progression since his start in the late 1980s. “Fifteen, 20 years hobbies and activities they once loved, CABVI does things a little ago, (a lot of) people hadn’t used technology. They didn’t know differently. They not only encourage independence via rehabili- how to type on a keyboard and they lost their vision on top of it. tation programs, but technologies such as talking tablets, voice- Now when someone loses their vision, maybe they’re a little more activated computers and braille adapted gadgets are available to comfortable with their skills.” help the visually impaired take part in their peers’ surroundings. Foersterling explains that when he started, he was the only The road to independence today goes hand-in-hand with access staff member in the technology section, which has now expanded technology. Since the beginning of the computer craze in the late to five full-time employees, each specializing in a different area. 1980s and early ’90s, technology has become commonplace in vir- Some of the technologies and services that CABVI possesses in- tually every business, company, and home. While there are some clude large print and portable electronic magnifier technology; exceptions, most Americans work with computers daily in some text-to-speech programs; braille adaptive devices; internet access fashion. So, how does a visually impaired person utilize technol- instructions; and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) wherein ogy? All it takes, according to Mark Foersterling, the manager of the user can convert images of text from different devices into Access Technology Service at CABVI, is “getting over the mindset digital text. of, “I’ve lost my vision.” Technology may have advanced dramatically in the past 20 He compares many clients’ experience to peeling an onion. years, yet there are many different levels of skill. “The gambit of“Someone comes in here for a low vision evaluation … and then their skill levels varies widely,” Foersterling says. “Some people they’ll start to say, ‘well, what about technology?’ It keeps unfold- are adapted to technology and other people are brand new. A lot ing for people and they … say, ‘OK, now I can do this,’ or ‘I never of our seniors have worked with technology in the work force, so thought of this when I first found out I had vision loss.’ ” they’re less frightened.”
  39. 39. PHILANTHROPY Despite their bravery, Foersterling explains that there are those who are tech illiterate. No matter the level of savvy, there’s a useful device for someone. During a client’s visit, a baseline test is conducted to determine their level of competency such as keyboarding skills and internet skills. All of the technolo- gies are primarily purchased by either the client, by CABVI with grants from a number of local foundations and donors, or a business or company cover the cost in order to retain their trusted employee in some instances. A large part of CABVI technology enables many blind or visually impaired adults to keep their jobs if they’re behind on learning how to work a computer. Foersterling explains that referrals are given to the department for those who could potentially lose their job due to their inability to use technology. Now these individuals, no matter their degree of need, can gain computer skills that helps make them not only a valuable player in a work environment, but gives them a new sense of confidence and self-worth. Not only adults benefit from these products, but school-aged children as well. Foersterling explains that CABVI does have a few contracts with local schools where the school will help fund the cost for the technology so that their visually impaired student is up to date with their class- room peers. Foersterling says that people of all ages are utilizing these products and soft- ware in order to assimilate back into the work force or get back to a more normal life. “The youngest kid we saw last year was 8 and the oldest (person) we’re work- ing with this year is around 90 years old.” Many people are drawn to the technological aspect of CABVI because it can be used for vocational goals, personal use (checking email, browsing the web, or even managing finances), or academic goals. There is a much larger demand in today’s society for technical fluency and the people at CABVI are helping everyone get a fair shot. While technology is an important aspect of CABVI, there are other programs and services that set them apart from other agencies in the area. One of its main goals is to help the individual, especially if dealing with vision loss, maintain their independence. Typically when someone is diagnosed with vision impairment and reaches out to CABVI, a social worker will visit the client in their home and assess their needs. The person may benefit from a low vision evaluation at CABVI, which includes the use of magnifiers, special reading glasses, telescopic aids, video mag- nifiers or CCTVs. There are support groups, and individual and family counseling sessions available for clients and their loved ones. According to CABVI, many 58 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  40. 40. people have a hard time coping with depression and anxiety from vision loss. Families can bedealing with a lot also, and discussing issues with a social worker can help family membershelp their loved one retain their independence. Other programs help inspire those living with vision loss to continue working for theirindependence, such as the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy program. Clients with low visionlearn different and adaptive techniques in order to cook, clean, conduct minimal home re-pairs, identify clothing and medication, write letters, and even continue their hobby. Essen-tially, those who have lost their sight over time can regain their confidence and independence.Those who are blind, visually impaired, or print impaired can benefit from CABVI’s radiobroadcast featuring volunteers reading numerous publications, including newspapers andmagazines, or they can utilize volunteers to help them shop for groceries. From orientationand mobility instruction that addresses traveling with vision impairments or blindness to themusic therapy program for children and youths, Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visu-ally Impaired tries to find ways to help everyone maintain their independence, or help themgain it for the very first time. v Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located at 2045 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.221.8558, by email at, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 59
  41. 41. PHILANTHROPY Gary and Patty Dillhoff with their kids, Jessica, Cooper, and Parker A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT for a Promising Future Photography by Mark Bealer 60 VENU E LIF ES TYLE & EV EN T G U ID E
  42. 42. Above: Cooper infusing himself withhis medication through intravenousinjection with “factor,” a blood-clottingagent. Tri-State Bleeding Disorder Foundation is located at 635 W. Seventh Street, Suite 407, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203. You can reach them at 513.961.4366, by email at, or visit their website at V E N UE L I F E S T Y L E & E V E NT G UI D E 61
  43. 43. “The Ripple Effect” St. Aloysius presentsA Cabaret Performance By Award-Winning Singer-Actress Susan Emerson St. Aloysius Orphanage BENEFITING Saturday, September 8th, 2012 VIP Event 6:30 – VIP Reception for Sponsors will be Hosted by Drew and Lea Lachey 7:30 – Heavy Hors d’oeuvrves Served Cabaret Style and Cash Bar 8:00 – The Ripple Effect Cabaret Tickets are $125/ for reservations call 513.318.9039. For more information, contact Thomas Courtney at 513.242.7613 ext. 308 The Ripple Effect benefit will be held at Pinecroft at Crosely Estate 2366 Kipling Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45239