National Philanthropy Day award winners selected

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Ballroom B

Four individuals are to be honored at the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The luncheon, expected to attract 1,000 supporters of the region’s nonprofit community, will honor the following:

Richard Rosenthal – Outstanding Philanthropist
John I. Silverman – Outstanding Volunteer
Katie McElveen – Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

In addition, a special Ambassador of Philanthropy award will go to Wesley Holm for his commitment to disabled veterans.

Honorary chair is Dean Gregory, vice president of Montgomery Inn, selected for his support of the USO.

Keynote speaker is J.R. Martinez, actor, author, motivational speaker, advocate and wounded U.S. Army veteran, whose inspirational story became widely known when he and professional dancer Karina Smirnoff won ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Luncheon tickets are $50 through Oct. 15 or $60 after that.

The honorees…

Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal

Outstanding Philanthropist Richard Rosenthal has championed the arts and led the fight for equal justice under the law. As founder of Uptown Arts, he brought the gifts of art, music and dance to inner-city children. As a lover and patron of the arts, he has served on the boards of ArtsWave, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Opera Association, the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He endowed the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice in 2004 and strengthened both the institute and the Ohio Innocence Project, which has earned the release of 24 innocent people.


John Silverman

John Silverman

Outstanding Volunteer John I. Silverman was nominated by Talbert House, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Seven Hills School, Dream House Homes and Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. As board member and volunteer, he has raised over $1 million for Talbert House’s Camp Possible, Fatherhood Project and more. He assisted in the search for a new Cincinnati State president, helped Dream House Homes purchase six homes for disabled adults, participated in the Jewish Federation’s Allocations Committee and helped Seven Hills transform their campuses.


Katie McElveen

Katie McElveen

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Katie McElveen was nominated by Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House, where she began as a volunteer at age 12. She created a club for fifth- and sixth-graders who made greeting cards for guest families, and launched an annual dodgeball fundraiser that raises over $11,000.


Ambassador of Philanthropy Wesley Holm began donating a portion of sales from his company, HELP Heating and Plumbing, to disabled veterans causes in 2009. He sends a large team each year to the DAV 5K Cincinnati Run to Honor Veterans, and HELP hosts a breakfast on Veterans Day. HELP also pays full wages while employees volunteer for a charity of their choice.

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