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The Association of Volunteers Toasts Molly Wellman For Next Fundraiser

Design Cincinnati Will Feature Local Mixologist In Support of

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The Association of Volunteers (AOV), a fundraising auxiliary for the Convalescent Hospital Fund for Children of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is proud to announce the 5th annual Design Cincinnati event, presented by Bahl & Gaynor, planned for Thursday September 22, 6:30 pm, at Kenwood Country Club. The group is thrilled to welcome mixologist, philanthropist, and esteemed Cincinnatian Molly Wellman as the group’s featured guest.

The Association of Volunteers, known for producing the celebrated Cincinnati Arts & Antiques Festival, now celebrate home decor, interior design and beautiful living, while still incorporating their legacy with antiques. Celebrity tastemakers, interior designers, and entertaining experts are invited to speak at their annual event helping to raise awareness and fundraise for Cincinnati Children’s. “Over the years, we have welcomed famed interior designers and style experts, from Martha Stewart to Bunny Williams to Vern Yip,” explained Susan VanVleet, the president of the Association of Volunteers. Most recently, the group invited Carson Kressley and Thom Felicia. This year’s event focuses on Cincinnati, with Molly Wellman demonstrating some of her favorite cocktails while chatting about the history of mixology in our city.

The AOV is also proud to announce Scott Hamlin, Robert Anning, and Lee Carter as the event’s honorary chairpeople, all long time advocates of many meaningful causes in the city. Scott Hamlin is the former chief operating officer at Cincinnati Children’s and has been an ardent supporter of the AOV and its mission for years. Roberg Anning is a trustee of the board of Cincinnati Children’s. Lee Carter was chairman of the board from 1996 to 2008. All three currently sit on the board of the Convalescent Hospital Fund for Children.

Bahl & Gaynor is the presenting sponsor of Design Cincinnati.

For 50 years, the Association of Volunteers organized The Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival, which raised over $4 million over the decades, funding special projects for Cincinnati Children’s, particularly in areas providing care for children with long-term conditions, including occupational and physical therapies. This event has predominantly taken place at Cincinnati’s beloved landmark Music Hall, after brief stints at the Sharonville Convention Center, the Alms Hotels and, where the event first began in 1966, The Carousel Inn. In 2016, the event was renamed Design Cincinnati and relocated to The Anderson Pavilion at Smale Riverfront Park. The group continued to fundraise throughout the pandemic and is now hosting at Kenwood Country Club. Over the years, the group has welcomed many design, style and entertaining celebrities to Cincinnati, including James Farmer, Suzanne Kasler, Charlotte Moss and Danielle Rollins.

Ticket sales will begin mid-August.

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