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April 23, 2015

Gathering of Heroes Honors Community Leaders


United Way of Greater Cincinnati kicked off its year-long Centennial celebration Tuesday at a Gathering of Heroes reception and dinner. The recognition honored 100 Heroes who have helped shape and improve our community. 

There were more than a thousand in attendance at Duke Energy Convention Center to celebrate 100 years of community impact and to honor the 100 Heroes. And, while the 100 Heroes honored have all provided tremendous volunteer leadership to United Way  of Greater Cincinnati over the years, it was made clear that they represent just a sampling of a much larger group who are working every day to improve our region.

"With all due respect to the 100 volunteers we honor tonight," stated Rob Reifsnyder, president of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, "they are not United Way's 100 best volunteers. They are not our 100 most important volunteers. They are 100 great volunteers who are representing the hundreds of volunteers in this room, the thousands of volunteers who make our United Way and our community better today, and the millions of volunteers who have dedicated themselves to improving lives and our community over the past 100 years." 

The evening honored the history of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the community itself with a video (above) that recapped how United Way formed and grew over the last 100 years. The event paid tribute to the thousands of community and agency partners, from the first dozen that formed the Council of Social Agencies in 1915, to the several hundred today, and to current and past United Way staff team members.

It also saluted the tens of millions of donors who have shown us that community is important.

The dinner is just one of the many events planned for United Way's Centennial year that will seek to re-engage those who have not been involved recently and attract new people who never have been.

Sara Ellerhorst, community leader, served as chair for the dinner and reception. Centennial co-chairs were Carrie and John Hayden. Carrie Hayden has volunteered for United Way for more than 20 years, has chaired United Way’s Board of Directors, and is one of United Way’s 100 Heroes. John led the Midland Company to be one of United Way’s Top 25 supporters.

Honorary emcee was Jim Scott, recently retired from WLW Radio. Emcee was Carol Williams from United Way’s Centennial media sponsor, Scripps, WCPO, 9 On Your Side and WCPO Insider. Sponsors of the year’s Centennial Celebration are P&G and Western & Southern Financial Group.


The 100 Heroes

We are honored to share United Way’s 100 Heroes, including those heroes who were unable to attend the Gathering of Heroes Celebration dinner (indicated with an asterisk *).

James A. Anderson, Jr.
James M. Anderson*
Patricia A. Armstrong
Gerald T. Banks
Karen D. Bankston
Eileen and John F.Barrett*
John W. Beatty
Kathleen P. Beechem
Karen H. Bell
Jeffrey Berding*
James D. Berghausen*
Paul A. Bernish
Anthony E. Bezold
Peter M. Bloch
Barbara J. Bonifas
Jon Bancroft Boss
Thomas A. Brennan
Gary R. Bricking
Mary H. Brown
Herbert R. Brown
Donald B. Bush
William P. Butler*
Stephanie W. Byrd
David L. Calhoun*
Bernardo J. Calonge
Brian T. Carley
Kevin Michael Carroll
Shannon and Lee Carter
Robert Castellini*
Thomas G. Cody*
Philip T. Cohen
William O. Coleman, Jr.*
Sally and Michael Connelly*
Mark Cosimi
Phillip R. Cox
Dennis Cuneo
Deborah Gentry Davis
David L. Deitsch
David F. Dougherty
Marty Dunn*
Sara and Jim Ellerhorst
David L. Faulk
Suzette and Michael Fisher
Kay Geiger
Jodi M. Geiser
Joseph C. Geraci, Jr.
Crystal I. Gibson
Victoria Buyniski Gluckman
Charles W. Goering*
Peter D. Gomsak, Jr.*
Father Michael J. Graham, S.J.*
Merwin Grayson, Jr.
Stewart M. Greenlee
Kathryn Haines*
Michele Hawkins
Carrie K. Hayden
Christine H. Heekin*
Barbara B. Henshaw*
Arlene T. Herman
Grant V. Hesser
Catherine Ingram
Karen and Mark Jahnke
Deborah A. Jefferson
David L. Joyce
Harold A. (Hal) Klink
Brenda M. Kloos
Michael H. Kremzar
Michael J. Laatsch
A.G. Lafley*
Hannah and Alexander Laman
Jean B. Lauterbach


Wendy Kurtz Levine
Tillie Hidalgo Lima
Nancy and Jonathan Lippincott
Kathleen P. List
Dennis L. Loje
John D. Luken
Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr.
J. Gibbs MacVeigh*
Raymond D. Mains*
Michael A. Manzler
Andrew J. McCreanor
Jill T. McGruder
Daniel J. Meyer*
Ralph S. Michael III*
Robert R. Miller*
Charley Milton, Jr.
William J. Moran
H. A. Musser, Jr.
Van Needham
Lisa O'Brien
David B. O'Maley*
Col Owens
J. James Pearce, Jr.
Penny Pensak
Francie and John Pepper
Dave Phillips
Julia W. Poston
Myrtis H. R. D. Powell
John S. Prout
V. Daniel Radford*
Jackson H. Randolph*
Vicki L. Rogers*
James E. Rogers*
Cheryl Rose
Carl P. Satterwhite
George A. Schaefer, Jr.
Rosemary Schlachter
Roger J. Schorr*
Vivian and Jim Schwab
Milton S. Schwartz
Philip J. Schworer
Jim Scott
Phyllis S. Sewell*
Jay L. Shatz
Carol Z. Shea
Valarie L. Sheppard
Julie and Steve Shifman
Donald C. Siekmann
Mark L. Silbersack*
Patricia Mann Smitson
Frank B. Sommerkamp*
Barbara J. Stonebraker*
Robie Kay Suggs
Robert A. Sullivan*
David E. Szkutak
Cheryl D. Thomas
Wendy K. Vonderhaar
James C. Votruba
Kathy R. Wade
James L. Wainscott*
David R. Walker
Robert L. Wehling*
Sallie E. Westheimer
John V. Wharton
Jack Whitney*
Penny Wilkinson*
Mauri J. Willis
Charles J. Winger
Dale Wolf*
James M. Zimmerman