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August 29, 2018

Going to Great Heights

After years of running a successful, family-owned global business, Kim and Gary Heiman of Standard Textile are used to going to great heights to get a job done. But rappelling 17 stories down the Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati to support United Way partner agency Big Brothers Big Sisters is a whole new level of commitment.  


As United Way’s 2018 community campaign co-chairs, the Heimans have shown they will do whatever it takes to raise awareness about United Way, our partners and our collective work in the community. That’s why they stepped up and over the edge to volunteer for the recent fundraiser that encouraged supporters to raise funds to rappel down the building while crowds cheered at Cincinnati’s Fountain Square.


United Way President and CEO Michael Johnson and Big Brothers and Big Sisters CEO Kathy List emceed a portion of the event while the Heimans rappelled down the 17 stories. Back at Standard Textile, where Gary is CEO and Kim is Managing Director, employees held a watch party.

Money raised at the recent rappelling event supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its work to make meaningful, matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in our communities.


United Way invests in best-in-class services at Big Brothers Big Sisters and 140 other incredible nonprofits in our area. United Way’s annual community campaign is going on now. For more information visit,