Over 300 people attended the 2007 Over-the-Rhine Chamber Annual Meeting on Monday, June 25th. The audience included several business, civic and government leaders, along with many other Over-the-Rhine supporters. Held in Music Hall’s Ballroom, the meeting’s program included the recognition of 2007 Star Awards recipients. Once a year, Star Awards are received by outstanding individuals, organizations, and businesses to recognize the positive impact that they have made in Over-the-Rhine.
Master of Ceremonies WKRC Morning SHow Co-Host, Brian Thomas, and keynote speaker University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher brought personality, enthuisiasm and kind words to the stage. Ms. Zimpher spoke about the importance of a vibrant Over-the-Rhine and Vibrant Uptown to the Greater Cincinnati community. She also presented a slide show of the important changes in Clifton around the University of Cincinnati and noted the importance of high tech to both UC and the surrounding communities. A big thank you goes out to the individual volunteers that helped make the 2007 Annual Meeting a great success.
2007 Star Award Winners
At the 2007 Annual Meeting, several businesses, individuals, and organizations received Star Awards for their contributions to Over the Rhine over the past year. Each point on the star represents each of the 5 unique neighborhoods(Washington Park, Mohawk, Central, Pendleton, and Findlay Market) that make up Over-the-Rhine.
Cincinnati PoliceChief Thomas Streicher and Sheriff Simon Leis received the Chairman's Award for their joint efforts in making the Over-the-Rhine safer and cleaner.
Greg Badger, Madi Fusco, Joan Kaup, Arlene Koth, Steve Massie, Ed Ratterman, Steve Samuels, and Jen Walke received the President's Award due to the planning and implementation of the Business First AdVenture Grant Program.
Venice on Vine won the Business of the Year Award.
New Businesses of the Year Award went to Vinyl and HighStreet.
Stacy Sims received an Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the success of her business - Pendleton Pilates.
Property Development of the Year went to 3CDC for the Gateway Quarter development.
Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year Award went to Emmanuel Community Center for their programs that promote a safer, vibrant Over-the-Rhine Community.
Arts Organization of the Year went to Know Theatre of Cincinnati for allowing people from all walks of life to experience innovative theatre and for sparking a cultural rebirth in Cincinnati.
Individual Contribution Award went to Norma Peterson for her tireless work in Over-the-Rhine.
Special Recognition Star Awards went to Ruth Vogepohl, founder of Our Daily Bread, for her tireless efforts to the less fortunate, Sean Rhiney and Bill Donabedian, founders of the MidPoint Music Festival, for bringing high quality entertainment to the city of Cincinnati.
Thank You to the 2007 Annual Meeting Sponsors
The Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the 2007 Annual Meeting sponsors whose support made the event a success. We appreciate Cole + Russell Architects, Macy's, Proctor & Gamble, Melody Sawyer Richardson - Comey & Shepherd Commercial and Western & Southern Financial Group, our Platinum Sponsors.
Thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Bartlett & Co, The Business Courier, The Cincinnati Reds, Eagle Realty Group, Huff Realty- Metropolitan Office, Mercy Health Partners/ Mercy Franciscan St. John, Mercy Housing Inc., The Model Group.
Many thanks to our Silver Sponsors: Dugan & Meyers Construction Co., Duke Energy, Frost Brown Todd, LLC, GBBN Architects, Inc, Loud & Clear, Inc, Media Bridges, Michael Schuster Associates, Miller-Valentine Group, National City, Pendleton Pilates, LLC, PNC, Rippe & Kingston Co., University of Cincinnati, US Bank, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc..
The Chamber would also like to thank our Patron Sponsors: Al Neyer, Inc., Barbara Stough Interiors / Stough Development Corporation, Blue Frog Promotions, Glaserworks, Gray & Pape, Inc., Hamilton County Sheriff, Simon Leis, Kaup for Council, Mellott & Mellott, P.L.L., Messer Construction, Norma Petersen, Urban Sites Properties.
A Very Special Thanks to: Cincinnati Arts Association at Music Hall, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Sign Company, City Cellars Fine Wines, Digital Express, Elegant Fare, Inc., Embrace – a Sweets Company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Kreutzer & Dorl Florist and Pieczonka Unlimited.