Sunday Salons serve up food for thought on cold winter days

Tickets are on sale for Women Helping Women’s Sunday Salons series, which runs through March 20, presenting local speakers addressing timely topics in interesting homes and venues around town.

Tickets for all events are $65. The Sunday Salons series is one of WHW’s two major fundraisers of the year.

WHW serves more than 12,000 survivors of assault and domestic violence annually and provides prevention education.

The February lineup includes:

Sunday, Jan. 31, 3-5:30 p.m.

Speakers: Jim Obergefell, a self-described “accidental activist,” and attorney Alphonse Gerhardstein, who represented him in the historic endeavor that led to the Supreme Court granting marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples across the U.S.

Hosted by: Anne Mulder and Becky Gibbs in their condo overlooking Eden Park. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and soft drinks will be served.

Sunday, Feb. 14, 3-5:30 p.m.

Speaker: John Kiesewetter, keeper of Cincinnati’s broadcast history and media beat blogger for, shares the inside scoop on celebrities he encountered during 30 years as the Enquirer’s TV columnist. It’s everyone from George Clooney, David Letterman, Al Schottelkotte, Bob Braun, Gary Burbank, and Bob Hope to Fred Rogers, Bob Newhart, Uncle Al, Skipper Ryle, and Marty and Joe.

Hosted by: Flo and Tom DeWitt in their new home in the historic East End. Includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, cocktails, soft drinks, tea, and coffee.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: John Faherty, director of the Mercantile Library and former Enquirer writer, shares his stories and those of others, as well as those of his elegant workplace.

Hosted by: Jan and David Lazarus of Water Tower Fine Wines and entrepreneur Molly Wellmann, at The Mercantile Library, Downtown.  An elegant high tea will be prepared and served by chef Jan Lazarus. Cincinnati cocktail guru Molly Wellmann will serve an 1835-era

libation created for the Salon.

Feb. 21, 12:30-3 p.m.

Speaker: Heather Russell, Hamilton County Municipal Court judge, long an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, explains the development of CHANGE Court. Designed to look beyond the charges of drug use and prostitution, this specialty docket provides treatment and a second chance.

Hosted by: Roberta Teran in her sleek new concrete and frosted glass Mt. Adams home. A light lunch with wine, soft drinks, and coffee will be served.

Sunday, Feb. 21, 4-6:30 p.m.

Speaker: Santa Ono, president, University of Cincinnati, began his presidency with a laser focus on social media. Now has ranked Ono as one of the “20 Most Interesting College Presidents” in the country. He will share the story of his first years as UC president.

Host: High Street, Soulful Modern Lifestyle Store, Pendleton. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, white wine and a featured cocktail with be served.

Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Sister Rose Ann Fleming, S.N.D., had an impressive resume –  MBA, Ph. D., law degree – and careers as a teacher, high school administrator, and college president. But for the last 30 years, she has been the force behind the extraordinary graduation rate of Xavier University’s men’s basketball players. Each player who reached his final year of eligibility has graduated. Following the salon, Greg Christopher, Xavier’s director of athletics, will take guests on a tour of the Cintas Center.

Hosted by: Greg and Tina Christopher, in the Crawford Student–Athlete Academic Center at Cintas Center on the Xavier campus. Brunch will be served, with Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer, coffee, teas, and soft drinks.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 4-6:30 p.m.

Speakers: Julie Francis, Nectar Restaurant, and Suzy DeYoung, La Soupe. Francis was sharing “farm-to-table” philosophy

well before it found its way into the local restaurant vernacular. DeYoung is the daughter of award-winning Maisonette chef Pierre Adrian and former owner of The Petite Pierre. She has turned her immense energy to attacking food waste and hunger by “rescuing” grocery store produce headed for the trash and using it in her “buy-a-bowl, give-a-bowl” soup program.

Hosted by: Marcie and Michael Vilardo, in their Madison Place home,  on a wooded acre near Indian Hill green space. Appetizers, desserts, wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee will be served.

The Sunday Salons series continues through March. Details on March salons are available on the Women Helping Women website.

For more information, call (513) 977-5552 or visit

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