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Shannon and Lee Carter to be honored at Annual Luncheon

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present two awards at its Annual Luncheon on Friday, September 20, 2013. The Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award will be presented to Shannon and Lee Carter and the Bridge Builder Award will be presented to FTB Financial Services.

Lee and Shannon Carter

CINCINNATI (August 20, 2013) - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present two awards at its Annual Luncheon on Friday, September 20, 2013. The Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award will be presented to Shannon and Lee Carter and the Bridge Builder Award will be presented to FTB Financial Services.

The Foundation’s 50th Anniversary will also be celebrated at the luncheon. Bill Shore, founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, and author of four books on social change, is the keynote speaker.

The Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award, presented since 1987, recognizes the leadership and generosity of time provided by an individual or couple committed to improving the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati. The Award was named in honor of Jacob E. Davis, GCF’s first Governing Board Chair and Volunteer Director from 1978 to 1987. 

Shannon and Lee Carter are personally invested in many of the organizations and events that make our region extraordinary. As advocates for organizations such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Crayons to Computers, the World Choir Games and Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, they embody the very spirit and leadership of philanthropy and volunteer service that Jake Davis shared with Greater Cincinnati.
Shannon is the former owner of The Hyde Park Shop for Pappagallo, ladies’ shoes, clothing and accessories store. She was a member of the Leadership Cincinnati Class XIX group that launched Crayons to Computers (C2C), a free store for teachers. Since 1997, C2C has been replicated in 42 other cities around the country. It has distributed over $100 million worth of school supplies to teachers serving 100,000 students in Greater Cincinnati. Shannon is the recently retired President and CEO of C2C. 

Currently, she is the co-founder of Welcomers Community Volunteer Network, a legacy project of the World Choir Games, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Shannon has been recognized as an Enquirer Woman of the Year and was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Lee is a native Cincinnatian. He graduated from Princeton University and joined the Drackett Company in Sales and Marketing. In 1971, Carter founded Local Marketing Corp., a national marketing consulting firm whose clients included Procter and Gamble, Quaker Oats, Lever Brothers, Coca-Cola and S.C. Johnson. He sold Local Marketing Corp. in 1989 to Grey Advertising Co. in New York and continued as CEO until 1996. His civic involvement includes being Chairman of the Board of Cincinnati Children's Hospital from 1996 to 2008, Chair of the Fine Arts Institute (ArtsWave), Chair of the Urban Design Review Board, and a board member of GCF, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He also served as Chair of the American Institute for Public Service and Lead Director for Community Wealth Partners. Lee also founded and chairs the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center – a program that has engaged over 2,500 at-risk Cincinnati Public School juniors and seniors.

Shannon and Lee worked together to co-chair the very successful World Choir Games in Cincinnati last year.

FTB Financial Services will receive the annual Bridge Builder Award. The award recognizes a professional advisor or team who has been a supporter of the Foundation and its work in the region in multiple ways over many years. 

FTB Financial Services is a team of 20 professionals providing customized solutions to corporate executives and their families through comprehensive financial planning and asset management. With nearly 300 years of combined financial services industry experience, FTB manages more than $1 billion in assets with a focus on Procter and Gamble executives. FTB Financial Services provides personal attention and service with distinction.
GCF’s luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Presidential Ballroom of The Westin Cincinnati. To register for the event, please visit

Guests attending the luncheon should be aware that early street closings for Oktoberfest may result in changes to traffic flow near The Westin. Additional information will be on GCF’s website as it becomes available.

FTB Financial Services

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