ArtsWave campaign meets goal

CincySings, a choral competition featuring teams from local companies, boosted the ArtsWave campaign. Winning team (pictured) was the P&G African Ancestry Leadership Network’s Voices of Destiny Ensemble. The high-energy evening, hosted by Drew Lachey, raised more than $70,000 for the ArtsWave campaign.

CincySings, a choral competition featuring teams from local companies, boosted the ArtsWave campaign. Winning team (pictured) was the P&G African Ancestry Leadership Network’s Voices of Destiny Ensemble. The high-energy evening, hosted by Drew Lachey, raised more than $70,000 for the ArtsWave campaign.

ArtsWave is celebrating the success of its 2016 Community Campaign, which raised $12.45 million to reach the campaign goal.

Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, co-chaired the campaign with her husband, Awadagin Pratt, internationally known pianist and artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The official celebration took place April 28 at Anderson Pavilion in Smale Riverfront Park.

During the event, ArtsWave board president Lisa Sauer introduced next year’s community campaign chair, Tim Elsbrock, Cincinnati market president of Fifth Third Bank.

Meyer and ArtsWave CEO and President Alecia Kintner announced a new initiative and fundraising challenge by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.

Leaders attribute success of the 2016 campaign to many factors:

  • Multiple individual gifts of $150 or less.
  • More than 13,000 employee and retiree contributions from Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank and GE.
  • Increased giving among employees at many companies, including Kroger, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Bell, U.S. Bank, Vantiv, Paycor, Ohio National Financial Services, Michelman Inc. and the 3 East Fourth Street building.
  • New support totaling more than $80,000 from 30 companies.
  • A $50,000 challenge grant from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation matching individual donations.
  • Creative initiatives by 35 local restaurants, bars and breweries, and discounted tickets from the Cincinnati Reds for April and May games. (www.reds.com/artswave)
  • The new Tidal Art x Tech Challenge, sponsored by Fifth Third, which featured a weekend-long problem-solving event with Startup Cincy and CincySings.
  • Outreach that resulted in nearly 4,000 YP donors contributing  $500,000.
  • Leadership giving  ($1,500 or more) by 1,000 people,, 350 new Women’s Leadership Roundtable members, and 85 new donors to Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts.

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