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Ellen and George Rieveschl to receive Devou Cup

The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will present the 2015 Devou Cup to Ellen Rieveschl and her late husband, Dr. George Rieveschl.

 Ellen Rieveschl with her late husband, Dr. George Rieveschl

CINCINNATI (September 2, 2015) The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present the 2015 Devou Cup to Ellen Rieveschl and her late husband, Dr. George Rieveschl. The honor will be given to Rieveschl at The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on September 17, 2015. 

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 the Rieveschls' professional, civic, and philanthropic leadership roles in Northern Kentucky is as prestigious as it is long. 

After receiving a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, George created the antihistamine Benadryl. 

Ellen was a trust new business officer at Fifth Third Bank and then worked as a commercial and residential real estate agent.

Together, their combined love for science and the arts, inspired them to support the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, The Carnegie, and Lloyd Library and Museum, among many other organizations. 

The George and Ellen Rieveschl Endowed Scholarship and the Rieveschl Scientific Instrumentation Fund at NKU have helped students receive a state-of-the-art science education and unparalleled research opportunities in Northern Kentucky. 

George is survived by Ellen, his sons Jan and Gary, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

About The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Through the generous contributions of donors, more than $22 million in grants from The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF  have been given to more than 150 organizations and programs serving Northern Kentucky.

About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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