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2021 Annual Awards

Congratulations to this year's award winners!

Video Presentation - 2021 Award Winners

List of Past Awardees

2019 Giving Circle



Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board

GOLD CIRCLE ($50,000 TO $99,999)

Interact for Health
Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation
U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

SILVER CIRCLE ($25,000 TO $49,999)

PNC Charitable Trust
City of Cincinnati – Human Services Fund

AMBASSADOR CIRCLE ($5,000 TO $24,999)

Charles H. Dater Foundation Inc.
The Drees Foundation
Western and Southern Financial Group

PARTNER CIRCLE ($2,500 TO $4,999)

Keating, Muething, and Klekamp, PLL
Marcia Spaeth & James Kennedy   
Raymond James Financial, Inc.   
St. Elizabeth Healthcare 

ADVOCATE CIRCLE ($1,000 TO $2,499)

Blank Rome LLP   
Cincinnati Police Department   
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Gearhart
Pepper Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation   
Sen. Rob Portman
Prevention Action Alliance 
Pride Surveys, Inc.    
Patricia Neal-Miller   
Dr. Shawn Ryan   
Union Savings Bank 


Barnes Dennig   
Stayin' Alive, Franklin County LCC   
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Christian   
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coletti   
Mr. Daniel Cummins   
Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc   
Ernst and Young   
Mr. Michael Lake   
Sinclair Broadcast Group - WKRC TV   
Mr. Patrick Roberson   
Robert A. and Marian K. Kennedy Foundation  
The Benevity Community Impact Fund   
Mr. Tim Volpenhein   
Mr. and Mrs. David Wallace   
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Wander   
Dr. Kathy Wedig-Stevie   
Mr. Steve Wesselkamper 

SUPPORTERS ($1.00 TO $499)

Dr. Richard Aft   
Ms. Shakila Ahmad   
Amazon Smiles   
Ms. Krista Boyle   
Dr. Michael Brubaker   
City of Springdale   
Mr. Matthew Clayton   
Dearborn County CASA (Community Advocating for Substance Abuse Awareness)  
Hon. and Mr. Carolyn Duvelius   
Ms. Mary Ann Ellerbrock   
Ms. Tristyn Eppley   
Mr. Joshua Fortin   
Mr. and Mrs. James Freytag   
Mr. Jay Gohman   
Graham Holdings Matching Gift Program   
Mr. Enrique Guemez   
Hamilton County Sherriff   
Robert A Harber Family Charitable Fund   
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Herbst   
Mr. Stephen Hester   
Ms. Kathyrn Hill   
Mr. Tony Hyott   
Rep Catherine Ingram   
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Johnson   
Ms. Catherine Kennedy   
Ms. Jessie Kinney   
Ms. Elizabeth Knuppel
Kroger Rewards   
Mrs. Julia Kyser   
Dr. Beatrice Lampkin   
Mr. Robert Lesan III   
Ms. Kim Linkel   
Mr. Derek Longmeier   
Loveland Educating Against Alcohol & Drugs   
Mrs. Melissa Mann   
Capt. Maurice Robinson   
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Neat   
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Noonan   
NKY Independent Health Department   
Mr. Kenneth Parker   
Ms. Sara Rorer   
Mr. Daniel Schloemer   
Mr. Steve Schultz   
Ms. Mary Schwaderer   
Ms. Judith Sclafani   
Hon. Amy Searcy   
Mr. David Stelzer   
Mr. Richard Stevie   
Ms. Tamara Sullivan   
Mrs. Hope Taft   
Ms. Elizabeth Osinbowale   
University of Cincinnati Campus-Community AOD Coalition   
Mrs. Linda Verst   
Ms. Mary Washburn   
Mr. and Mrs. Jean Wesseler   
Ms. Emily Wherle   
Mr. Ryan Whitaker   
Ms. Mary Wolff   


2020 Sponsor & Awards Recognition Video

2020 PreventionFIRST!
Sponsor & Awards Recognition Video

Our annual luncheon has always been an exciting and meaningful event for PF! Recognizing our sponsors and award winners is important to us. This video is our opportunity to celebrate the great prevention accomplishments of award winners and
identity our sponsors to as big of an
audience as possible.

Thank You Host Committee

Marianne Ivey

Hope Taft

Derek & Meris Longmeier

Pepper Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation


Kroger Community Rewards 

Shop at Kroger, use your Kroger Plus Card, and support PreventionFIRST!

When you designate PreventionFIRST! as your beneficiary, each time you shop we receive a portion of your grocery total. Visit to get started.

Amazon Smile 

Support PreventionFIRST! every time you shop with Amazon.  Through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon donates a percentage of the price of eligible items to PreventionFIRST!


1. Sign in/create your Amazon account
2. Search "Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati" (PreventionFIRST!)
3. Select the Coalition as your beneficiary

Corporate Giving Opportunities

Matching Gifts

Employers offering matching gifts allow employee contributions to have greater impact by matching your gift to PreventionFIRST!  Your employer match can double, triple or even quadruple the amount of your gift.  If you or your spouse work for a matching gift company, please consider having your gift to PreventionFIRST! matched. 

Workplace Campaigns

Workplace giving campaigns offer payroll deduction for the convenience of donors.  Donors often find this option an easy way to support PreventionFIRST!.  See your company’s human resources department for more information on your employer’s workplace giving campaign.

For More Information:
Angela Cowart, Development Coordinator
513-751-8000 ext. 20

Awards Nomination

Now Accepting Award Nominations!

Deadline EXTENDED to February 25, 2020!

Now is your chance! Nominate someone who deserves to be recognized for their contribution to prevention substance use/misuse in our community!

Each year PreventionFIRST! recognizes individuals who contribute to advancing PF!'s mission and supports substance use/misuse prevention efforts. This year awardees will be celebrated at the PreventionFIRST! Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon on April 24, 2020.

2020 Community Awards Criteria

2020 Community Awards Nomination Form

Rob Portman Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization from the tri-state who has significantly contributed to the advancement of our mission through support, influence or involvement in youth substance use/misuse prevention.

Rachel Hutzel Prevention Partner Award is presented to an individual or organization from the tri-state who has shown notable progress, results and/or innovation in youth substance use prevention. The winner of this award will have worked to implement prevention strategies and demonstrated outcomes and/or innovation as a result of their work.

Carolyn Ford-Griffith Youth Leadership Award is presented to a student or student group from the tri-state region who has modeled a drug-free lifestyle, taken an active role in youth substance use prevention, and motivated their peers to take an active role in youth substance use prevention.

For More Information:
Angela Cowart, Development Coordinator
513-751-8000 ext. 20

Get Involved

One person giving the gift of time adds great value to an organization.  Many local coalitions began with one person or a small group motivated to impact their community. There are several ways you can support and contribute to the work PreventionFIRST! does.

Connect with a local coalition
Neighborhoods with coalitions see lower incidences of youth substance use. The more community members active in a coalition, the stronger and more effective that coalition can be. 

See if your community has a coalition

Start a community coalition

For More Information: 
Amanda Conn Starner, Senior Director of Community Engagement
513-751-8000 ext. 13

Mark Anthony Garrett
Mark Anthony Garrett

A Special Presentation!

Mark Anthony Garrett

The Power of Prevention:
Who is Your Champion?

Each year, PreventionFIRST! and our community sponsors and partners gather to celebrate a year of accomplishments and present our annual community awards -- this is our one and only fundraiser. 

We were unable to celebrate in person this year, but we are fortunate to be able to share the talents of our planned Keynote Presenter, Mark Anthony Garrett, as a virtual webinar --  available at NO cost to you! 

Monday, June 15, 2020
12 - 1:30 pm

Register HERE!

* Prevention professionals can receive up to 1.5 hours of professional development

2022 Community Awards 

Accepting Nominations!

Help us recognize outstanding partners and youth working to expand substance use/misuse prevention and reduce the risk of behavioral health disorders.

This year’s winners will be recognized at our Annual Community Awards Luncheon & Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the Xavier University Cintas Center.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022

Nominations can be based on personal or professional efforts and must align with the mission and vision of PreventionFIRST!

Our Mission & Vision

Sponsorship Opportunities

This event is promoted through our network of over 3500 followers and subscribers and highlighted by local media and business and community publications. Annually, nearly 200 community leaders, nonprofits, public agencies, social service providers, faith leaders, schools, local community and youth coalitions attend to recognize the contribution of our award winners, network, and support PreventionFIRST! 



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The Power of Prevention: Who is Your Champion?

This presentation will be an empowering message designed for those who serve and work within the wonderful world of prevention. Those in attendance will learn Success Principles designed for personal empowerment, organizational advancement, building capacity, strengthening teams, mastering emotions, inspiring others and operating with a spirit of excellence. In addition, participants will be given critical information on the psychology of what is needed to become a high-performance individual.

Award Criteria

award criteria
Community Award Criteria

2019 Highlights

2019 Award Recipients

Rob Portman Leadership

  • Mr. Rick Oliver

Rachel Hutzel Prevention Partner

  • Dr. Kathy Wedig-Stevie, MD 

Carolyn Ford-Gritth Youth of the Year

  • YouthQuake

Youth Honorable Mentions

  • Deer Park C. A.T. S.
  • Madison Bennington
  • Warren County Teen Alliance Council

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Partner Level

  • KMK|Law
  • Roberson Wealth Management of Raymond James 
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Table Level

  • Gearhart & Associates of Raymond James
  • James & Marica Kennedy
  • Cincinnati Police Department
  • Pride Surveys
  • U.S. Senator Rob Portman

Friend Level

  • Barnes Dennig
  • Brynne & Bob Coletti
  • PreventionFIRST! Board  
  • 12 WKRC-TV

2019 Host Committee

  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department
  • Derek & Meris Longmeier
  • Honorable Kenneth Parker
  • Hope Taft
All Sponsors


Schiesler Roberson at 2020 Friendraiser
Nicole Schiesler, PF! President/CEO & Pat Roberson, PF! Board Member at a 2020 Friendraiser event.

Host a Fundraising, Friendraiser or Awareness Event
Get involved and promote substance use/misuse prevention. Host a fundraising or friendraising event such as a house party, raffle, walk-a-thon, bake sale ect.

For More Information:
Angela Cowart, Development Coordinator
513-751-8000 ext. 20

Award Descriptions & Criteria

Rachel Hutzel Prevention Partner Award 

This award was created in honor of former PF! board member, the Honorable Rachel Hutzel. 

The individual or organization receiving this award must be from the tri-state region. They have exemplified the PF! mission by demonstrating at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Initiated or notably advanced the development of community-based prevention effort
  2. Implemented a prevention strategy with the goal of reducing the risk or incidence of a substance use/misuse or behavioral health disorder
  3. Used data to identify a community need and demonstrate a positive community change
  4. Increased the engagement of one or more community sectors in prevention work

Carolyn Ford-Griffith Youth of the Year Award 

This award was created in honor of former PF! board member, Rev. Carolyn Ford-Griffith. 

The individual or organization receiving this award must be from the tri-state region. They have exemplified the PF! mission by demonstrating at least two of the following criteria:

  1. Initiated or supported the development of resiliency in their peer group
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of prevention science
  3. Implemented a prevention strategy with the goal of reducing the risk or incidence of a substance use/misuse or behavioral health disorder
  4. Advanced prevention efforts in a group, coalition, or community sector 

Why Your Sponsorship Matters

The PreventionFIRST! Annual Awards Luncheon is our signature fundraising event. It is also the largest and most anticipated gathering of local prevention partners. All community sectors are represented to celebrate the value of substance use/misuse prevention and its incredibly important impact on communities. 

As an event sponsor you will be:

  • Helping to address the impact of substance use on youth, families, and communities
  • Investing in work that is impacting local communities
  • Building youth resiliency and fostering mental wellness
  • Recognizing the importance & value of prevention 

Learn More About Sponsorship Opportunities

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Ticket Information

For More Information:
Angela Cowart, Development Coordinator
513-751-8000 ext. 20

Submit a Nomination

The submission form requires the following:

  1. Your contact information (Nominator)
  2. Contact information for the nominee
  3. Selecting the award and criteria
  4. Providing a narrative explaining how the nominee demonstrates this award's criteria (600 words)

Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022

Impact & Award Sponsorship


Expect to be Motivated & Inspired!

Participants can expect to be motivated and inspired as it relates to making a positive difference in the lives of others. Furthermore, participants will be taught cutting edge strategies on building powerful relationships, inspiring children for greatness, developing a winning attitude and staying motivated through challenging times.

Presentation Goal: To provide a relevant, inspiring training message that reminds individuals of the tremendous value they bring to the world of Prevention and the difference they are making in the lives of those they serve.  The mission of this training is to create an atmosphere where individuals walk away with a greater since of Self-Efficacy.

Learning Objectives:

1.      For individuals to learn cutting edge strategies on self-empowerment

2.      How to rekindle your passion for the field of prevention

3.      How to become an unlimited value-added asset for your organization

4.      The importance of maintaining a passion for children

5.      How to unleash your inner champion and serve from the heart


Giving Options

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities
We have occasional need for help with one-time volunteer opportunities such as conferences, trainings, staffing tables at community events or mailings.

Interested in Volunteering:
Christi Valentini-Lackner, Senior Director of Prevention Action
513-751-8000 ext. 16

Notification of Winners

Nominators will be notified of selection results. If your nominee is selected, you will have the opportunity to notify them of their award.  You may be asked to assist in providing biographical information about the honoree. 


Angela Cowart, Stewardship Coordinator
513.751.8000 ext. 20

Introducing our speaker!
Mark Anthony Garrett

For over 20 years Mark Anthony Garrett has worked as a Top Level Consultant, Master Trainer and Professional Speaker for various businesses, child welfare agencies, education associations and K-12 school systems. He has motivated audiences through his electrifying speeches, training and transformational seminars. Mark is a leading expert within the Child Welfare and K-12 educational industry on such topics as Teacher Leadership, Cultural Pedagogy, Staff Retention, Motivational Empowerment, Leadership, Service Excellence, Overcoming Adversity, Youth Empowerment, Building Relationships and Maximizing Human Potential.  

Friend Sponsor

For More Information 

Angela Cowart, Stewardship Coordinator
513-751-8000 ext. 20


Tribute Gifts

We are happy to acknowledge any gifts made on behalf of or in memory of someone.  

Planned Giving

A planned gift helps secure the future of prevention training and services we provide in our community, and may further your financial goals.  Individuals in a range of income levels have the power and capacity to leave a planned gift.  Planned gifts include life insurance, bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts and retirement plans.  

In-Kind Contributions

PreventionFIRST! has periodic needs for services and items (such as gift cards, tickets to entertainment or sporting events, etc.) and interesting venues to hold various events free of charge or at a reduced cost.  

For More Information:
Angela Cowart, Development Coordinator
513-751-8000 ext. 20

For questions, contact:
Angela Cowart
Stewardship Coordinator
(513)751-800 ext. 20