Champions of Hope raises $105K

The 10th annual Champions of Hope fundraiser April 22 at the Horseshoe Casino Pavilion raised over $105,000 for Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. More than 350 guests attended the event, emceed for the seventh year by Jen Dalton of Local 12’s “Good Morning Cincinnati.”

“We are sincerely grateful to our guests and sponsors, led by presenting sponsors Herbal Essences and Western & Southern Financial Group, for recognizing the vital need for funding to benefit adults, families and youth in our communities who are facing mental illness, homelessness and substance abuse,” said GCB president and CEO Jeff O’Neil.

GCB honored Nick Hahn as its 2016 Champion of Hope for his years of support. Hahn, a retired executive of The Kroger Co., has served on GCB’s board of directors for nearly 10 years, including service as board chair.

The featured speaker was Alisha Waters, a Northern Kentucky domestic violence survivor whose story gained national attention. In 2013, Waters was shot and paralyzed by her estranged husband while at her place of employment in Fort Thomas. He then turned the gun on himself. He had a history of mental illness but refused to take his medication. She now advocates for changes in domestic violence laws.

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