GCB 2017 Champions of Hope
GCB 2017 Champions of Hope raises $123,000 for
Mental Health Initiatives
CINCINNATI: The 11th Annual Champions of Hope fundraiser was a huge success, raising more than $123,000 for Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. 280 guests attended the event on Friday, April 7 at the JACK Cincinnati Casino Pavilion Ballroom.
"We are sincerely grateful to our guests and sponsors, especially Presenting Sponsor Western & Southern Financial Group and Champion Sponsor Herbal Essences, for recognizing the vital need for funding to benefit adults, families, and youth in our communities who are facing mental illness, homelessness and substance abuse," said GCB President and CEO Jeff O'Neil.
GCB honored Nehemiah Manufacturing Co. as its 2017 Champion of Hope for its many years supporting GCB and its clients. Nehemiah CEO Dan Meyer accepted the award from Jeff O'Neil on behalf of the company. Its mission of Building Brands, Creating Jobs, Changing Lives, speaks to the company's intention to bring manufacturing jobs back to the inner city of Cincinnati to stimulate community development, economic growth and gainful employment for "second chance" employees, people who are ready to live productive lives after a felony conviction.
Champions of Hope was emceed for the 8th year by Jen Dalton of Local 12's Good Morning Cincinnati. The evening's featured speaker was Abby, a young woman who recently graduated from the Hamilton County Mental Health Court, for which GCB is a partner and service provider. Her story of struggles with a mental illness and substance abuse moved the attendees to a spontaneous standing ovation. Judge Jody Luebbers, Abby's Mental Health Court judge, was ready with a hug when Abby finished her presentation.