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
Mr. and Mrs. 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
Pride Surveys, Inc.   
Ms. Patricia Neal-Miller   
Pepper Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation   
Sen. Rob Portman   
Prevention Action Alliance   
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   


Host Committee

As a host committee member, your endorsement will be used on print and digital materials to promote this year's PreventionFIRST! Fundraising & Awards Luncheon. Host committee members help spread the word and create a buzz about the event among friends, colleagues, and family.  

2020 Host Committee membership = $200 Donation to PreventionFIRST!

Benefits of Host Committee


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


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.  PreventionFIRST! offers several ways to volunteer.

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, Director of Community Engagement
513-751-8000 ext. 13

Host a Fundraising 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

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:
Cathy Born, Administrative Assistant
513-751-8000 ext. 10

Giving Options
event information

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

PreventionFIRST! is now securing sponsorships for our 24th Annual Fundraising & Awards Luncheon.  Sponsors receive recognition in a variety of ways including – print and electronic communications. 

PreventionFIRST! Fundraising & Awards Luncheon - Fact Sheet

2020 Sponsorship Benefits

2020 Sponsorship Form

2020 Commitment Deadlines

November 24th -- Included on the save-the-date

February 20th -- Recognition on invitation

March 30th -- Recognition in event program

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


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

Interested in being a Host Committee Member?

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

event details

Table Sponsors 

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

Gearhart & Associates of Raymond James



Partner Sponsor

St. Elizabeth

Friend Sponsor

Robert & Brynne Coletti

Barnes Dennig