The Cincinnati Museum Center honored this year’s Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Makers with a celebration at the museum. Adults, youth, organizations and businesses in five categories were honored for their work on behalf of local children.
These winners were chosen from more than 90 nominees:
- Grace Ehemann (youth) – She coordinated a social media effort aimed at addressing bullying. She also organized a concert to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Surviving the Teens Program.
- Piper Hawkins (youth) – At age 9, she wrote and published own book, “Visions of Light: A Christmas Story.” Her writing inspired her family to form a public company and reach out to other local authors.
Morlan Osgood (youth) – Morlan’s STEMs for Youth is a mentoring organization that encourages young people to develop interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She has hosted nine summer camps, six after-school classes, and workshops at national and international conferences.
- Mariah Reynolds (youth) – Mariah began a service group that engages teens in volunteerism. In five years she has volunteered more than 500 hours. Among her many initiatives, she purchased and stuffed 1,200 backpacks with school supplies for St. Joseph Orphanage and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati.
- Jessi Hutson (adult) – Born in Calcutta, India, with cerebral palsy, Hutson has become an advocate battling bullying and helping others with disabilities. She founded the nonprofit You’ve Got the Power, which provides funding for individuals to make handicap-accessible modifications in their homes.
- Madhatter’s Closet (nonprofit) – Organization helps to clothe and feed children at Oyler School by allowing them to “shop” for clothing, personal hygiene and other items donated by the community.
- Mountjoy Chilton Medley (business) – Accounting for Kids program introduces financial concepts to children in a fun and interactive way. The program also encourages finance and business professionals to mentor disadvantaged children.
- Polar 3D (business) – Partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati to make 3D printing technology available as a learning opportunity.
- Children for Change (school/youth group) – Program encourages high school students to become mentors for elementary school students. Youth in the program have worked with several organizations around the region, including the Over-the-Rhine Senior Center.
- In addition, the Reds Community Fund was recognized as the 2016 Community Honoree for its positive impact on children and their families.
Sponsors for the celebration included the Harold C. Schott Foundation, Francie and Tom Hiltz, Dinsmore & Shohl, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, AT&T and PNC Bank.