Category: Profile

Patti Collins finds her own rhythm in giving back

Patti Collins with one of the Grooveminte Girls

Patti Collins is between business calls and picking up her grandson at preschool. She is dressed in red boots and a pink hat. The wife of “bring on the funk” musician Bootsy Collins, she is quick to laugh and quick to get to the point: “I am married to a legend, but I’m just Patti: a little country girl from New Richmond.”

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Finnegan McCarthy

Finnegan McCarthy (far left), with friends, sold lemonade to raise funds for Cancer Support Community.

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… Finn McCarthy and his family know the impact of a cancer diagnosis firsthand: McCarthy’s father was diagnosed with the disease when Finn was very young. Now 12 years old, Finn serves as a junior ambassador of Cancer Support Community.

Volunteer of the Year: John Mongelluzzo

John Mongelluzzo

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… In 2005, good friends of John Mongelluzzo invited him to a new fundraiser they were hosting at their home, an event they called Bloom.

Philanthropists of the Year: Drs. Neal and Donna Mayerson

Donna and Neal Mayerson. Photo by Tina Gutierrez. Painting: Al Held, “B.C.,” 1979, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… Ask Neal Mayerson where he got his giving gene, and he’ll tell you first about his grandparents, who always had a charity jar in the kitchen even as they struggled during the depths of the Great Depression.

Western & Southern – Investing in a stronger Cincinnati

Ed Babbitt, secretary/treasurer, Western & Southern Financial Fund, with Kim Chiodi, senior vice president, public relations and corporate communications, Western & Southern Financial Group

Page through almost any issue of Movers & Makers, and you’ll encounter the Western & Southern Financial Group brand, its family of companies, its foundation or their associates. Through annual contributions of approximately $10 million in each of the past five years, W&S is powerfully invested and involved in the region’s nonprofit community – as sponsors, donors, honorees, board members, event chairs and volunteers. 

The strings that bind – or don’t: the Itzkoff-Yenney family

Heidi Yenney and Coleman Itzkoff will both be performing during Summermusik.

“At a certain point, when I was younger, I kind of lost interest,” Coleman said. He pauses for a moment, then rephrases. “Not ‘lost interest,’ but I was leading a double life as a … as a kid, as a skateboarder and as a miscreant, and they had to pull me back from that and say, ‘Enough of the skateboarding.’ ”