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2017 Annual Gala: New Name, New Home and New Leaders
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is excited to announce its 2017 annual fundraiser with a new name – Rockin’ at Riverfest. Leading the fundraising team this year are Dr. Karen and John “Boe” Bankston, Jeff and Lindsay Berding, and Michael and Lauri Prescott with a bold new move to a new location – Anderson Pavilion at Smale Park in Downtown Cincinnati – to be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

“In 2016, more than 600 guests attended the sold-out event raising more than a quarter of a million dollars,” said Rod Hinton, Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement for The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. “This is a great opportunity to share the story of The Children’s Home and our impact, along with an opportunity to engage our community. We are honored to have the leadership of three of Cincinnati’s most prominent couples partnering with us to make this event a success.”

“The Children’s Home of Cincinnati has been a great organization to work with. Their mission is admirable, and the services they provide to more than 7,800 local children every year are critical to the future of Cincinnati. Lindsay and I are happy to be able to offer our experiences in helping to make this event a continued success.” said Jeff Berding, President and General Manager of the FC Cincinnati local soccer franchise.

Learn more about the Rockin’ at Riverfest co-chairs:

Jeff Berding is President & General Manager, and a member of the ownership group, of FC Cincinnati – the new local professional soccer franchise. Prior to his August 2015 founding of FC Cincinnati, Jeff served for 19 years as an executive with the Cincinnati Bengals, and also served six years as an elected member of Cincinnati City Council.

Lindsay Berding is a corporate meeting and events planner with the Western & Southern Financial Group. She was previously the Event and Promotions Coordinator, Integrated Marketing with Local 12 and the CW Cincinnati.

Karen Bankston, Ph.D, M.S.N., FACHE the Associate Dean for Clinical Practice, Partnership and Community Engagement of the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, she is the president and CEO of KDB and Associates Consulting Service, a company she founded after completing 5 years as the senior vice president/CEO of Drake Center, Inc., part of UC Health. Additionally, she is involved in the Cincinnati Child Poverty Collaborative and volunteers in efforts supporting the need for care to the poor and in the development of young African-American professionals.

“Boe” Bankston is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He is an Air Force veteran and currently works at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is an avid sports fan, specifically a life-long Cleveland Browns fan.

Financial veteran and community advocate R. Michael Prescott is president of U.S. Bank’s Cincinnati market. He joined U.S. Bank in February 2011 and is responsible for all of the bank’s activities and commercial lending efforts in the region. Previously he served as executive director of the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, where he was responsible for all aspects of Ohio’s 529 plan, and before that, he was a member of Huntington Bank’s executive team. He is currently a member of the board for 3CDC, the Cincinnati Business Committee, United Way, ArtsWave, the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, and the Medical Center Fund of Cincinnati. He is also a member of the board of managers for the Cincinnati New Markets Fund.

Lauri Prescott is Program Manager, Agile Combat Support, for the United States Air Force and has served in a variety of program management and contracting roles at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Previously she was an active community volunteer, spending the majority of her time in a variety of leadership roles at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, where her two children have since graduated.

“All six of these individuals bring decades of effective leadership to this important role. As co-chairs, they will work with and lead a wide circle of volunteers to reinforce our financial stability and advance our mission to strengthen families and our community,” adds Hinton.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Roderick Hinton at 513-527-7265 or rhinton@tchcincy.


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