In Over-the-Rhine, a celebration of beloved community

Earl Hunt, sitting on the stoop of his home in OTR

Earl Hunt, sitting on the stoop of his home in OTR

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom

Over-the-Rhine Community Housing will welcome friends and supporters to its 10th annual fundraising/awards dinner.

Called “Celebrating Our Beloved Community,” the dinner will be among the first events by a nonprofit in the revitalized Music Hall.

Building Our Beloved Community awards will be presented to an individual and an organization that have played significant roles in supporting efforts to develop affordable housing and foster diversity and inclusion in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Honorees are Finance Fund and Earl Hunt.

Hunt, who lives in an OTR Community Housing apartment at 14th and Race streets, has become friends over the years with many who live in OTR and downtown.

“We call him the Mayor of OTR. He has lived here since 1964, and greets everyone from his front stoop,” said Cathleen Fagan. “Imagine the book he could write!”

Finance Fund connects for-profit business owners and nonprofit organizations with public and private funding to help spark community development and create jobs in distressed communities. It has supported several OTR Community Housing projects over the last 25 years.

The event also will feature presentations on OTRCH programs and projects, including Recovery Hotel and Children’s Creative Corner.

Event tickets are $75. Supporters may also donate $25 or more so that another OTR resident can attend.

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