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(October 21, 2010) - The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF presented the Devou Cup to Judy Clabes on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the Northern Kentucky Celebration of Philanthropy.
The Devou Cup was created in 2004 to honor a donor who has made a profound difference in the quality of community life in Northern Kentucky, today and tomorrow. The award was named The Devou Cup in honor of the generosity exemplified by William Devou, 19th century philanthropist.
A life-long Kentuckian, Judy Clabes has spent both her professional and personal time making her state a better place to live. She has served Kentucky as a reporter, editor and volunteer, giving her time to numerous boards and committees.
Judy is chair of the Commission on Philanthropy and President Emeritus of Scripps Howard Foundation. She retired from the Foundation in 2008, after serving as President and CEO for 14 years and with the E.W. Scripps Company for 37 years. She is currently President and CEO of Judith Clabes Associates, a consulting firm working with philanthropic organizations.
The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF owes much of its success to Judy due to her power of persuasion and enthusiasm for making a difference in Kentucky.
“Judy is passionate about growing philanthropy in Kentucky,” said GCF’s President/CEO Kathryn Merchant. “From the late 1990s when she worked with GCF to create the Northern Kentucky Fund, through to today as chair of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, Judy has worked tirelessly to promote and inspire charitable giving. Certainly Northern Kentucky has benefitted from her leadership and generosity of time and talent.”
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 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.
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. gcfdn.org/nky
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.
CINCINNATI (September 14, 2016) - The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will present Wilbert L. Ziegler with the 2016 Devou Cup on Thursday, September 15. The award will be presented at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
The Devou Cup, created by The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, honors the generosity of individuals who make a profound difference in the quality of community life in Northern Kentucky, now and into the future. Named for 19th century philanthropist William Devou, the Cup has been awarded to exemplary philanthropic leaders since 2004.
Ziegler is president and senior member of the law firm Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C., and President and CEO of The R.C. Durr Foundation.
Ziegler serves on the board of trustees of Thomas More College, the University of Cincinnati (UC) Foundation and the UC College of Law Board of Visitors. UC has honored him both as an Outstanding Alumnus and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. A member of Blessed Sacrament Parish since 1959, he was the first president of the Blessed Sacrament School Board. His many philanthropic efforts with his late wife, Helen, included endowed scholarships at Bishop Brossart High School, Thomas More College, and UC College of Law, where they also endowed a professorship.
Ziegler was a founding member and president of the first board of NorthKey, providing mental health services throughout Northern Kentucky for both the disabled and mentally ill. Later, as a board member of Riverside-Good Counsel, Inc. (now New Perceptions), he worked to create a facility to provide schooling for developmentally disabled children. His leadership and board service continue with BAWAC, Inc. and the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health.
Ziegler has three sons and lives in Crestview Hills with his wife, Ellen Hackman Ziegler. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation salutes his generosity and lifelong dedication to Northern Kentucky.
Through the generous contributions of donors, more than $10 million in grants from The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation have been given to organizations and programs serving Northern Kentucky.
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. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.
The Devou Cup is not the first award to recognize their exemplary work in the community. They were jointly honored in 2014 by KET, in 2011 by Redwood, and in 2006 with NKU’s Lincoln Award.
The Domaschkos live in Covington and have two children and five grandchildren. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation salutes their generosity and dedication to our region.
About The Northern Kentucky Fund
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors have granted $38 million to Northern Kentucky nonprofits in the last two decades. The Northern Kentucky Fund brings together donors with the common goal of enhancing the quality of life in Northern Kentucky. Since its inception, the fund has invested in the health and vitality of communities in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
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 an accredited 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. At the end of 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
The Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was delighted to name Joan and Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III as recipients of the 2018 Devou Cup during the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on September 20.
The Devou Cup honors the generosity of individuals who make a profound difference in the quality of community life in Northern Kentucky, now and into the future. Named for 19th century philanthropist William Devou, the Cup has been awarded to exemplary philanthropic leaders since 2004.
"Joan and Bill Robinson created a charitable legacy in our region that endures and inspires,” said Ellen Katz, president/CEO of GCF.
The long list of their civic and philanthropic leadership demonstrates the depth of their commitment to our community, and especially to children and adults with disabilities as reflected by five decades of partnership with Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center. In honor of his and Joan’s dedication to human services and the arts, Bill served on numerous charitable boards and committees including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Taft Museum of Art, Freestore Foodbank, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. And they ardently supported Thomas More College, where they first met.
The Member-in-Charge of Frost Brown Todd’s Northern Kentucky office until his passing in 2017, Bill gained national prominence as President of the American Bar Association (2011-12). He also championed economic development in Northern Kentucky.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation salutes their leadership and generosity in our region.
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