National Philanthropy Day celebrates the ‘givers’

Clockwise from top: David E Herche, James Dodd, Heather Konerman, Rosemary Henry-Oglesby

Clockwise from top: David E Herche, James Dodd, Heather Konerman, Rosemary Oglesby-Henry

Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m., Music Hall

The deadline is rapidly approaching for this year’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

Registration closes Monday, Oct. 30, for the opportunity to take part in the celebration of “givers” – the people among us who make a point of serving others, either by contributing their time, their treasure or both to local charitable organizations.

The annual luncheon is hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Honorary chair is Ellen Katz, president/CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

This year’s honorees are:

Philanthropist of the Year David E Herche

Philanthropist of the Year David F. Herche was nominated by Cincinnati Works. Herche, chair of Enerfab, is credited with making it possible for Cincinnati Works to triple its capacity to lift people out of poverty. He is also credited with providing resources for a school in the inner city to be transformed into a place where the students can build their confidence and interest in learning.

James Dodd

Volunteer of the Year James Dodd was nominated by St. Vincent de Paul for the “countless” hours he has donated over the past 10 years volunteering in the food pantry, visiting neighbors in need, or providing training and support for the organization’s district councils.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Heather Konerman was nominated by Magnified Giving/Holy Cross High School in Covington. The school has honored Heather, a senior, the past three years for her volunteer efforts, which one year totaled 600 hours. Among those efforts: Heather collected nearly 1,000 baby items for the Rose Garden Mission and then donated a $50 award check.

Rosemary Oglesby-Henry

Emerging Leader Rosemary Oglesby-Henry was nominated by Tender Mercies. Founder of Rosemary’s Babies, she has assisted more than 100 teen parents in overcoming the challenges of providing for their children. She serves as an example of a teen parent who broke the stereotype by earning a master’s degree while raising two children. Not coincidentally, her children – one in high school and the other in college – both volunteer at Tender Mercies.

Tickets to the luncheon are $65.

(Photos by Tina Gutierrez, except Herche which was provided.)

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