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The Devou Cup honors the generosity of Northern Kentuckians who make a profound difference in the quality of community life, now and into the future. Named for 19th century philanthropist William Devou, the Cup has been awarded to exemplary philanthropic leaders since 2004.
The list of Frank’s and Pat’s professional, civic, and philanthropic leadership roles in Northern Kentucky is as prestigious as it is long. Prior to being a business professor at Thomas More College, Pat consulted to organizations on mission development, strategic planning, job design, and program development. Frank was the first chair of Forward Quest (the predecessor to Vision 2015). He helped build a common agenda and road map for Northern Kentucky, leading it to become one of the first communities to embrace the value of regional vision. The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF – an endowment created for the permanent philanthropic support of nonprofit organizations in Kenton, Campbell, and Boone counties – is proud to be a legacy of Forward Quest and was fortunate to count the Sommerkamps among its earliest supporters.
After graduating from Thomas More College, Pat began her career as a biology teacher at Covington Catholic High School. From that beginning, she obtained masters and doctorate degrees in education and helped shape many of the region’s education initiatives. Pat was elected the first President of the Kentucky Science Teachers Association, directed Institutional Advancement at Thomas More, and led several education and training programs at General Electric (GE) Aircraft Engines. At GE, she collaborated with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering to design and implement the nation’s first masters of engineering in manufacturing program, for which she earned a GE Management Award. Many awards followed, including Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky and YWCA Career Women of Achievement honors. The Enquirer named her Woman of the Year and Thomas More alumni presented her with the Lasting Influence Award. Pat served on the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Education/Legislative Task Force and the Judges Panel for the Scripps Howard Foundation’s scholarship program. She now chairs the Northern Kentucky Water District Board of Commissioners.
Frank retired as Vice President of Government Affairs at Cincinnati Bell, working more than four decades with the company and with AT&T. He is as well known for his regional and philanthropic leadership as he is for his business talent. His past chairmanships span industries and decades, from Forward Quest to the Thomas More College Board of Trustees, the Northern Kentucky United Way Campaign, Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, Covington Rotary Club, Kenton County Airport (board vice chair), and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Frank has served on the Crestview Hills City Council for 16 years and currently helps with fundraising efforts for Covington Catholic High School, Thomas More College, and the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation. He graduated from Xavier University, where he also earned a masters in business administration.
Frank and Pat have been married for 61 years and have three children: Daria Nantista, a workers compensation nurse at Parsec Inc. in Cincinnati; Tara Santry, a vice president at Staples in New Jersey; and Dr. Greg Sommerkamp, a hand surgeon in Crestview Hills. They also have ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Among the investments were three grants to Vision 2015, one of our “backbone” organizations that GCF supports through our five-year Collective Impact initiative. Serving as catalysts for change, these organizations work together across sectors and across the region to address resource gaps and fuel the implementation of strategies that work. Focused on growth in Northern Kentucky, Vision 2015 is a shared public plan that represents the region’s priorities and contains specific action steps to achieve the region’s goals and to measure the impact of those goals.
Three grants: $75,000 to support operating expenses; $15,000 to fund the Northern Kentucky One to One: Practicing Reading with Students; and $30,000 to advance the website development and innovation lab of the Uptech Business Accelerator in Northern Kentucky.
CINCINNATI (March 2, 2016) — The following are links to media stories about The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its work in the community.
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has granted its 2019 awards to two regional arts organizations, Know Theatre of Cincinnati and Revolution Dance Theatre.
The grants, the first for the fund, will be awarded annually to arts organizations in the eight-county GCF funding region — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.
They honor the legacy of the late Northern Kentucky philanthropist and arts patron David C. Herriman, who established the fund for the purpose of “making possible what would otherwise be impossible” for both large and small arts organizations. The awards will particularly focus on new works, the education of youth and performance enhancement through funding to bring in performance artists, directors, choreographers, authors, musicians and other creative artists.
“We are thrilled that David’s immeasurable passion for the advancement of the arts in his adopted hometown lives on in such impactful ways,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “We are honored to help ensure that his vision will be preserved for generations to come.”
Know Theatre of Cincinnati will receive $30,000 to fund its “Welcoming New Voices to the Know” guest residency program for artists of color during its 2019-2020 MainStage season. The Over-the-Rhine theater will conduct a search for up to four guest directors and/or designers of color from New York and Chicago to provide fresh perspectives to their audiences and shadowing/mentee opportunities to local artists. Know Theatre is recognized as a “theatrical playground where all are welcome,” amplifying under-represented voices and presenting inclusive productions.
Revolution Dance Theatre (RDT) will receive $10,000 to fund its Ballet on the BLOC collaboration with BLOC Ministries to bring high-quality arts experiences and classical dance access to the Lower Price Hill community. The funds will be used to cover professional fees for residencies at Oyler Elementary School and the neighborhood Q-Kidz Dance Team, as well as an extended residency with instructor KaRon Brown-Lehman, monthly events for intermediate and advance level dancers and a performance at Aronoff Center for the Arts. RDT is dedicated to “breaking barriers between the ballet art form and people of color” by bringing dance classes and resources to under-represented communities and producing works that celebrate diversity.
The anonymous committee that considered the funding requests includes a member of the arts community, a faculty member of a local university or college and a person representing a county of GCF’s funding region, a position which will rotate each year between the eight counties.
“Our committee was pleased and proud to review many excellent applications,” said a committee member. “The process underscored the depth and strength of the arts community in which we live and work. David’s goal of ‘making possible the impossible’ most clearly resonated in the grants to Know Theatre and Revolution Dance Theatre. We encourage all to attend their grant-winning performances to enjoy the impact of a most cherished friend and philanthropist, David Herriman.”
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation will award up to three grants — one large, and one or two smaller — totaling $220,000 in 2019. GCF will publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next funding cycle in April. Proposals will be due on October 1.
Strategic collaboration strengthens results, as proven by a recent federal grant awarded to the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurship Council (NKYEC).
Last month, NKYEC, in partnership with the Northern Kentucky University’s Institute of Health Innovation and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, was awarded a $731,250 grant to build the Northern Kentucky Health Innovation Initiative (NKY-HII). This grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s 2018 i6 Challenge is the first time i6 Challenge funds have been awarded in Kentucky.
The grant application required the commitment of a 100 percent match from other funders. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) was among those supporters who expressed their belief in this program by committing matching funds, bringing the total benefit to more than $1.4 million.
A bit of history: In 2017, Northern Kentucky’s UpTech business accelerator, with support from GCF, applied for a federal i6 grant but was unsuccessful in receiving it. The takeaway, however, was a learning process that resulted in a coalition of existing and new regional entrepreneurship assets through the newly established NKYEC.
By taking inventory of the region’s assets, focusing on intense collaboration, seeking consolidation and efficiency opportunities, capitalizing on regional strengths and adopting a “30-year view” of the work, NKYEC was able to leverage its collective impact to successfully attain this grant in 2018 – and also a $750,000 grant from the KY Innovation’s RISE program through Kentucky’s Office of Entrepreneurship at the Cabinet for Economic Development.
These achievements speak to the power of community partnerships – an essential GCF priority – and affirms that by making sure everyone is at the table and no organization is working alone, a much greater impact can be accomplished.
“The power of the Initiative’s partnership will allow the region to build a world-class health innovation initiative and is the primary reason we were awarded these funds,” Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) Senior Vice President Casey Barach said in a news release. By aligning Northern Kentucky’s top economic development, healthcare, university and startup accelerator assets, NKY-HII will stimulate and commercialize health innovation, creating jobs and attracting companies and talent to the region.
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