Thursday, February 09, 2012

Triumph in Over-the-Rhine

"Many hands make light work."

It's a saying I whisper to myself sometimes when I'm working on a challenging task. Sometimes it's a laborious work project, other times it's an effort on behalf of a volunteer organization. Long ago I discovered the burden of any chore can be made better when you work with others.

The mantra should be an unofficial tagline for the work happening in my neighborhood. Over-the-Rhine is a community thick in the middle of rebirth. Dilapidated architectural treasures stand beside bright, shiny startups.

The neighborhood includes both residents striving for financial stability, and those who are on a trajectory toward wealth.

And dozens of community organizations are working to make the neighborhood north of Central Parkway better for everyone.

The Emanuel Community Center is one of those places.

Emanuel works to connect all residents of Over-the-Rhine by providing a place for education, collaboration and shared experience.

The Race Street non-profit offers the Early Learning Center, Ohio's oldest continually licensed daycare. The Center offers a curriculum that enhances each child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

Emanuel provides a wealth of additional programming that brings together all OtR residents - white, black, underprivileged, financially secure, homeless and those who enjoy home ownership.

The Emanuel Community Center is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Triumph Awards at the Madison Event Center in Covington on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 a person.

The dinner gala recognizes three prominent leaders for their contributions in the community:

  • Edwin Rigaud, president and CEO, Enova Premier, and director of Taft Business Consulting LLC
  • Victoria Morgan, artistic director and CEO, Cincinnati Ballet
  • Yvonne Gray Washington, executive vice president and COO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

By attending this event, you can help support some great work happening in Over-the-Rhine, as well as recognize three highly respected people who are leading by example.

Lend a hand and make the work a little lighter.

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

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