This year the JDRF Southwest Ohio chapter hopes to raise $1.5 million at the gala, which would top last year's record achievement of $1.45 million. To achieve the new fundraising record, JDRF has silent and live auctions, sponsorships and Fund a Cure, which is a unique live auction benefiting Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF is the world's leading funder of T1D research, and each year the Southwest Ohio chapter raises more than $3.6 million. The gala is its biggest fundraising event.
"We are honored to pay tribute to Rich Boehne, who has done so much during his career for not just the Cincinnati community, but northern Kentucky as well," JDRF Executive Director Melissa Newman said. "We're also excited to have Petra Vester at the helm again for the second year as gala chair."
“Rich is most deserving of the Cincinnatian of the Year award. He has demonstrated that hard work, determination, integrity and a constant quest for truth pays off,” said Gerry St. Amand, NKU interim president. “We are grateful to have a man of his character and passion—a compassionate leader who constantly challenges us to remain mission-driven as we serve the needs our students and our region through courageous and creative means. Rich’s steady influence has helped NKU to be an agile and innovative institution, one fiercely focused on providing life-changing educational opportunities for all of our students.”
Boehne also serves as the chairman of the E.W. Scripps Company’s board of directors. He serves on the board of global news organization the Associated Press. The Radio Television Digital News Foundation presented Boehne with the First Amendment Leadership Award for his work on free speech.
Tickets are $250 and can be purchased at www.JDRFCincinnatian.org or by contacting the JDRF Southwest Ohio chapter office at 513-793-3223. Attire is creative black tie, with sequins and feathers encouraged this year.