Farmer Family Dragonfly Center opens near Cincinnati Children’s

Representatives of Greater Cincinnati’s health care and philanthropic communities came together on Friday for the official grand opening of The Farmer Family Dragonfly Center in Avondale.

The Oak Street facility is the base of operations for The Dragonfly Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer patients as well as their family members and caregivers. Founded in 2010, the organization provides its clients with everything from clothing and care bags to financial support to pay for utility bills and transportation.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new-look Farmer Family Dragonfly Center.

This new addition, made possible by a grant from The Farmer Family Foundation, more than doubles the base of operations for Dragonfly. The center is located in the newly renovated carriage house adjacent to the historic Hauck-Heine House, which serves as Dragonfly’s headquarters. The 0.68-acre site features the main house, the carriage house, ample parking and a beautifully wooded yard.

The site is only a few blocks from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The Dragonfly Foundation purchased the property in 2018. Construction began in September and just recently completed. The project cost $850,000.

Since 2010, Dragonfly has cared for 7,786 patients and families in Cincinnati and Chicago. And Megan Jackson, Dragonfly’s vice president of development, said she believes having this bigger space will enable Dragonfly to help even more people in the future.

“The Farmer Family Dragonfly Center will be a welcoming and safe place of respite for Dragonfly families,” Jackson said.

A philanthropic call to action

During Friday’s event, Dragonfly families, volunteers, staff and donors gathered to mark the official grand opening of The Farmer Family Dragonfly center with a ribbon cutting. Those in attendance also received tours of the new space.

George Joseph, a Farmer Family Foundation trustee, voiced pride in being able to partner with the Dragonfly Foundation in their work to help young cancer patients and their families find strength, courage and joy.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, the Farmer Family Foundation provides grants to programs, nonprofits and other organizations focused on essential community needs and those that help Greater Cincinnati thrive. It prioritizes investments in efforts that enhance K-12 education for at-risk individuals and enable economic self-sufficiency as well as health care research.

Specifics about the Farmer Family Foundation’s financial commitment to the Dragonfly Foundation weren’t made available.

Joseph said he and the other foundation’s other trustees – Amy F. Joseph, Joyce B. Farmer, Brynne F. Coletti, Bob Coletti, Scott Farmer and Mary Farmer – were thrilled to “provide an accessible play, social and community gathering space for Dragonfly youth, young adults and families.”

“We encourage others to join us in supporting The Dragonfly Foundation as they achieve the full activation of The Farmer Family Dragonfly Center and The Landing to provide more critical family services and connection opportunities for their patients and families,” he added.

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