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Announcing Transformation Awards 2024! Please, save the date!

by | Apr 1, 2024 | The Center’s Words

The Center for Respite Care has set Transformation Awards 2024 to drop virtually on September 24, 2024.  After many years as an in-person event, the experience of the COVID pandemic has led the awards committee to determine that supporters appreciate the ability to view the festivities at their convenience.

In prior years the event has been emceed by Channel 12’s health expert Liz Bonis — who likely will again return. Liz has been a stealth proponent of the Center’s work and is personally extraordinarily committed to the greater community.

Honorees for 2024 will be announced in the weeks ahead. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors are people and organizations who desire to closely align with the Center’s mission and — at the same time— provide financial support to the Transformation Awards celebration.

For over ten years, this has been the Center’s premier fundraising effort.

The Transformation Awards honors individuals and organizations who have played transformational roles in the community. 2023 was a special tribute to Dr. Bob Donovan, a leader in the Center’s founding 20 years ago — and others who were part of the Center’s founding and growth.

Dr. Bob Donovan

Who is Dr. Bob Donovan?

After being in private practice for several years, Dr. Bob Donovan entered the Society of Mary. Following his profession of vows, he returned to Cincinnati and became the Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1988. As part of his duties, he delivered primary care to people experiencing homelessness via the Mobile Medical Clinic, regularly visiting the city’s shelters. From this effort, the Center for Respite Care was born. He currently cares for people experiencing homelessness (and others) at the Kate Bennett NeighborHub Health Primary Care Center in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Weekly, he oversees medical operations for the Center for Respite Care.

TA 2024 will recognize honorees reflective of the community at large.

“The Center is honored to pay tribute to people and organizations who contribute to the community’s well-being. The Transformation Awards are a small way to say thanks. We are excited to announce the 2024 amazing honorees,” Laurie Nelson, CEO of the Center said.

In the months ahead — further information on the honorees and event sponsorship opportunities will be available at

All sponsors will be gratefully acknowledged on the Center’s website and in all promotional communications for the event. For inclusion in the awards ceremony, your commitment must be received by JULY 2024. Please contact to learn more.

Thanks to all who believe in and support our service to our clients!

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The Center for Respite Care is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. View our 2022 IRS Form 990 – Public Disclosure.








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