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Champions of Hope Honoree 2023

Updated: May 17, 2023

Jerry Basch (left) with GCBHS President & CEO Jeff O'Neil.

Jerry Basch worked for the Kroger Company for 14 years before joining PL Marketing where, for over 30 years, he served as an executive. Since retiring, Jerry has been an active volunteer with multiple organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, SEM Food Pantry in Mt. Washington, and his church in Anderson Township.

Jerry has also volunteered with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBHS) for over five years and served as the co-chair of a successful million-dollar capital campaign that was launched in 2019.

His commitment to #GCBHS and our mission made Jerry the perfect choice for this year's Champions Of Hope Honoree. In his acceptance speech at this year's Champions of Hope Gala, Jerry shared a personal connection to the work that GCBHS does, "I see psychological challenges through a member of my family who suffers with bouts of depression. Throughout his life I have felt hopeless with his struggles. GCBHS is right on in the services offered to help protect our most important resource, our community. I want to thank God for giving me the energy and compassion to be a small part in helping a very worthwhile cause such as Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services."

Jerry and his wife Rosanna live in Anderson Township. Together they have six children and five grandchildren. Jerry also enjoys playing golf and pickleball, reading, and traveling with friends and family.

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