Wednesday, February 07, 2001

Downtown Council honors people, places and things

By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Dressed up pigs, a gussied up fountain, pealing bells and a dot-com recruiter will take top honors when the Downtown Council, a division of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, hands out its 14th annual Downtown Cincinnati Awards.

        NBC News Dateline correspondent Edie Magnus, a Walnut Hills High School grad and former WKRC-TV reporter, will give the keynote address.

        Honorees, recognized for service to downtown, are:

        • The Big Pig Gig will get the Tiffany Award of Excellence for “making a positive, lasting impression on the city.” Arts supporter Melody Sawyer Richardson, Cinergy Foundation president Joe Hale and ArtWorks director Tamara Harkavy will accept the award.

        • The Tyler-Davidson Restoration Project will be honored with the Downtown Beautification Award “for contribution to the beauty of downtown ... restoring the Genius of Waters.” Willie Carden Jr., director of Cincinnati Parks, and Charles Lindberg, fund-raising chair, will accept.

        • Downtown Achievement Award goes for contribution to the vitality of downtown. This year it's Verdin Co. president Jim Verdin for work on the Pendleton Arts Center and commitment to Over-the-Rhine.

        • The Downtown Community Service Award is presented for contributing to overall well-being. It goes to attorney George Molinsky for organizing Main Steet Ventures, promoting Digital Rhine and dot-com start-ups.

        The awards luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency, $25. Call 579-3191.


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