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The Association of Volunteers is a long-time support of Convalescent Hospital of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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Former President, Association of Volunteers

The Association of Volunteers is saddened by the tragic loss of long-time leader of the AOV, Kristin Crowley.

Kristin served as President of the Association of Volunteers and, in addition, was a dedicated volunteer, both before and following her leadership role.  Kristin was passionate about raising awareness and support to close the gap of unmet needs to enhance the lives of children with long-term medical diagnoses.  Her family asks that if you are so moved, you donate to this fund in her memory so that Kristin's legacy may live on.

The Association of Volunteers is an auxiliary of the Convalescent Hospital Fund for Children.  In our 59 years as an organization, we have raised over 4 million dollars to support over 100 different programs and equipment benefiting children with lifelong health needs.    

Proceeds raised this year will continue to benefit Cincinnati Children's be.well program, which offers programs and equipment encouraging children to be active.  Programs include skiing, tennis, gardening, soccer, yoga, karate, and many more.  Together we can increase opportunities for activity and participation to help more children thrive.

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A Legacy of Antiques. A New Era of Style

After 50 years of organizing The Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival, the Association of Volunteers refreshed and rebranded their time-honored event with Design Cincinnati: A Legacy of Antiques, A New Era of Style. This renewed lecture & luncheon event celebrates beautiful living in all aspects of the home, inside and out, including interior design, entertaining and tabletop decor, and even fashion, all with a nod to our history of antiques. Celebrity guests of Design Cincinnati have included Vern Yip, Susanna Salk, Eddie Ross, and Thom Filicia. Plans were in the works for a 2020 event celebrating a fun and exciting guest speaker.

Although COVID-19 virus stay-at home orders changed our fundraiser for 2020, the need was greater than ever. After canceling our in-person event, we scheduled two virtual events. First, we welcomed back Susanna Salk, along with her friend and partner Stacey Bewkes, who gave us a tour through their newest book, At Home With Designers And Their Dogs. Next, we got to meet celebrity event planner Bronson van Wyck, who entranced us with details of some of his best parties in his book, Born To Party, Forced To Work.

This year, we'll be designing Cincinnati in the evening and celebrating with some of the best of our city. With our honorary chairs, Lee Carter, Robert Anning, and Scott Hamlin, we'll welcome everyone's favorite mixologist, Molly Wellman for an event that is sure to be the toast of the town.  We hope you'll join us. In the meantime, follow us and prepare to be inspired.

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Through a partnership with I can bike, participants are introduced to riding a two-wheeler on adaptive bikes. By attending each day for one week, the majority of patients transition to a regular two-wheeler. Weekly bike clubs keep them riding in style.

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For several years, we have helped fun the be.well running club. Participants receive new running shoes from Fleet Feet, mileage trackers, and gather twice a week to train for a local 5K in a Cincinnati Park.

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In 2020, we funded and volunteered as gardening buddies to children growing sensory gardens, in partnership in Gorman Heritage Farms. After the success of that program, this year, we have funded children in the growing of a pizza garden. The ingredients they grow will be used at a pizza-making party.

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To keep patients active and engaged during the pandemic, Be.Well joined forces with Band in a Bus and Pones to create a fun music and movement class, addressing both OT and PT goals for participants.

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We were thrilled to support yet another program during the pandemic and then beyond. Participants learned cooking and baking skills, worked on OT goals, and participated in a secret chef cooking contest.

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The Cincinnati Children's team with Be.Well is constantly brainstorming new ways to deliver programs to patients that will help achieve OT and PT goals outside of the traditional hospital setting. If you'd like to be involved, contact us today.

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Continue the celebration with a copy of Born to Party, Forced to Work

Thanks to all who joined us to welcome Bronson van Wyck, the professional event planner called "The Wizard of Oz of New York party planning" by Vogue. If you loved learning about his spectacular events, and tips for planning your own parties, you can order your own copy of Born to Party, Forced to Work, directly from the publisher. Did you miss the fun? A recording of our virtual event is available for you to watch.

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Our First Ever Virtual Luncheon

In a world where events are getting canceled and postponed all over the place, the team at Design Cincinnati is brought you our design lecture and luncheon 6 MONTHS EARLY!
Thanks to all who joined us for our Virtual Luncheon!

Our first in the Design Cincinnati: At Home Presented by Bahl & Gaynor series, featured back-by-popular demand speaker Susanna Salk and her creative partner on the Quintessence video series, Stacey Bewkes, for a behind-the-scenes, first ever view of their new book, At The English Countryside: At Home with Designers and Their Dogs.

If you missed our first event, keep following us for an announcement about our next virtual gathering.  And check out the recording of our event.

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There is beauty in the world
So much beauty in the world
Always beauty in the world

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Avoid the FOMO! Catch up on what we've been up to while we've all been at home.

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Meet Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes

If you missed our first virtual event, a trip to the English Countryside with interior designer duo Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes, you can watch it here. Keep following Design Cincinnati for more events like these, both in person and virtual.

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Meet Bronson Van Wyck

Our second virtual event was a happy hour with the one and only Bronson van Wyck. If you know you were born to party, but forced to work, you'll want to hear some of Bronson's best party planning tips.

If you enjoyed these videos, consider donating to our sustained fundraising initiative. 

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