Transformation Awards 2019

On October 17, 2019, at 6:00 pm, The Annual Center for Respite Care Transformation Awards was held at the Cintas Center. The “Transformation Awards” event honors individuals and organizations who have transformed life for Cincinnatians. It is also an opportunity to honor the Center’s volunteer of the year.

This year’s dinner paid honor to Roger Grein, Free Store Food Bank and Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. Roger Grein, is a noted philanthropist giving of his time talent and treasure for the past 60 years. He is the founder of Magnified Giving. Sr. Bonnie Steinlage, SFP is the founder of Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart, 25 years of service to over 50,000 poor and homeless individuals. FreeStore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, the Center’s Volunteer of the Year, is a longtime supporter of the Center’s mission both financially and through monthly volunteer effort.

“This year’s dinner was truly inspirational and enjoyable. All honorees delivered uplifting remarks and continue to deliver hope,” Ed Slater, Chief Advancement Officer, said.

In her remarks to those gathered for the event, Center for Respite Care CEO, Laurel Derks Nelson shared words of gratitude, “Special thanks to our event co-chairs Diana Klinedinst, Martha Schueler and Rebecca Beckstedt. These women have worked tirelessly for years and continue to exceed financial goals through increasing attendance and sponsorship. Thanks to this year’s sponsors. We could not do this without them.” (See the list of sponsors below.)


Roger Grein

Sister Bonnie Steinlage, SFP

Freestore Foodbank

Hyde Park Community

United Methodist Church

Presenter Bob Donovan, MD , Honoree Roger Grein and Center Board President Mark Manley, MD

Presenter Sr. Jo-Anne Jackowski, SFP, Honoree Sr. Bonnie Steinlage, SFP and Mark Manley, MD

Presenter Chris McClenathen, for Honoree Freestore Foodbank President and CEO Kurt Reiber and Mark Manley, MD

Presenter Ed Slater, for honoree HPCUMC the Reverends Kathy and Doug Johns and Mark Manley, MD

Event MC, Local 12 Anchor Meghan Mongillo

The Junior ROTC group from Great Oaks Career Campuses present the colors and lead the pledge of allegiance.

The evenings invocation by Rev. Doug Johns of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.

Shawnta Hunter, a vocal student in Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts accompanied by SPCA instructor Erwin Stuckey provided entertainment.

The Center for Respite Care ‘s CEO Laurel Derks Nelson opens the evening’s program.

Jack Stern, FC Cincinnati’s Head of Goalkeeping and the Center’s Honorary Annual Appeal Chair kicks off the fundraising campaign.

Guests view a video of the Center for Respite Care’s daily activities.

Dan shares his experience as a client of the Center for Respite Care.

Dan, his sister and Meghan Mongillo

Sister Bonnie shares a closing prayer.

Event committee Diana Klinedinst, Martha Schueler and Becky Beckstedt.

The Center for Respite Care team.


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