The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation—started by the Bengals quarterback and his wife—provides a combination of daily services and life-changing experiences for seriously ill and physically challenged children. Its four primary programs support children and their families throughout their medical experiences. Date Night gives parents a free private dinner as an opportunity to spend time on their own while their children play together at the Hilton Downtown. King for a Day sends children to Kings Island theme park with fast lane passes, snack vouchers, and free T-shirts. As part of the organization's focus on daily needs, the Pass it On program distributes medical equipment to families who cannot endure the financial expense, and The Hub stocks hospitals with entertainment and educational resources.
CGC has planted more than 45 gardens across Cincinnati in the past 30 years, and the gardens' leafy fruit have reached more than 2,000 community members. Driven by its community base, the neighborhood-gardens program furnishes flourishing garden beds with volunteers, water tanks, tools, and seeds. However, the gardens are commonly plagued with poor city soil, clogged with rubble and stripped of nutrients. CGC would like to infuse a community garden with 10 garden plots' worth of fresh, nutrient-rich soil, creating a fertile infrastructure that will support plantings for generations.
InReturn’s life-skills classes include a weekly reading class, where production associates read new fiction and nonfiction books aloud to one another, helping improve their literacy skills as they stay current on world events. The production associates also learn social skills from the stories that can be applied to their daily lives. InReturn hopes to purchase new books so each production associate can have their own copy for continued reading and learning.
Papers with colorful illustrations taped to the walls, students acting out a story to fit it into context, words mixing together to retell a tale in a new way––these are the activities that inspire a love of learning and that Cooperative for Education (CoEd) seeks to make possible in Guatemalan schools. When lessons exchange rote methodology for engaging activity, students are excited to attend class and return home spreading the love of learning to their siblings. Brothers Joe and Jeff Berninger founded CoEd after visiting Guatemala in the 1990s. Jeff volunteered in a local school, where he noticed students lacked adequate access to learning resources. Together, the brothers left their careers to dedicate themselves to improving the availability of resources, giving students a chance to succeed academically and professionally so that they might break the cycle of poverty. Today, CoEd team members focus on textbooks, reading, computers, and scholarships. The Textbooks program, which currently reaches about 10% of Guatemala's rural middle schools, rents out books for a small fee to allow students access to resources that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. Computer Centers give children access to technology, equipping them with in-demand work skills, and the Culture of Reading Program delivers books and supplies to children and teaches them how to become better readers and writers.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra showcases music not commonly performed by large symphony orchestras, so each show is an uncommon musical experience. During Spring 2, the delicately constructed harmonies of Arnold Schoenberg and George Gershwin (two works each) float across Corbett Auditorium and into ears to tickle auditory nerves like pixies riding tiny ponies on eardrums. Two of the four pieces were inspired by literature. Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night was inspired by a Richard Dehmel poem about a shocking confession that affects two lovers, while Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suite is inspired by DuBose Heyward’s racially charged 1925 novel about the inhabitants of the semi-fictional Catfish Row. Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra, op. 16, is an unsettling work that balances Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue, which is performed by acclaimed solo pianist Michael Chertock.
The American Heart Association unleashes teams of up to five foragers through Madeira during a race composed of physical challenges, minigames, and a smartphone-based scavenger hunt. Wily racers ages 9 and older rush from place to place, earning points for solving puzzles and playing madcap team-based games in the style of Minute to Win It. At each destination, people scan codes with their smartphone or their infrared eyes before hurrying off through the urban landscape and jovially jostling with other teams for first place. Following the race, families and friends dance to disco-inspired beats in celebration of the cause. A free blood-pressure screening and CPR training educates racers on lessening cardiovascular risks by employing simple habits before prizes such as a $250 Visa gift card, a pair of women's Prada sunglasses, and a Mini Cooper weekend vehicle-rental package are awarded. Steaming mugs of coffee, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider keeps hands as warm as a furnace's bed sheets, and hot, fresh pizza rebuilds racers' strength. Each team requires at least one smartphone, and guests are encouraged to don spirit wear and costumes.