Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Humanitarian award winners are announced

Honorees cited for helping children

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A retired vice president, a history professor, an arts educator and members of Fluor Fernald Inc. will soon have something in common.

        Each will be honored as recipients of the sixth annual Beacon of Light Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Lighthouse Youth Services, at a black-tie event April 20.

        “This year's honorees are unique in their outstanding contributions to growth and diversity through education and mentoring (that) enhance the lives of children and youth,” said Stan Williams, president of Lighthouse's Board of Trustees.

        This is the first year a group of employees will be honored.

        Lighthouse Youth Services is a Walnut Hills-based agency that provides runaway shelters, foster care, group homes, education and other services for children.

        The winners were chosen for their support of community programs and projects that enhance the lives of children and families, for their volunteer efforts and for the good example they provide to youth.

        This year's honors go to the following:

        • O. Lavelle Bond: Mr. Bond, a retired vice president of worldwide diversity for Procter & Gamble, was chosen because of his volunteer leadership in education, and in several youth and family service agencies.

        His volunteer efforts extend to agencies such as the National Council of Negro Women, Thomas More College and the corporate executive advisory group to the White House on diversity.

        • Leon Boothe: Dr. Boothe is president emeritus and a history professor at Northern Kentucky University. A community volunteer, Dr. Boothe champions causes that benefit the arts, human relations and education. He is actively involved in fund-raising efforts.

        He is chairman of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and serves as a mentor for newly appointed members.

    • History: Founded by H. Robert Wientzen in 1969. It's based in Walnut Hills.
    • Services: Provides counseling, crisis intervention, emergency housing, shelter and residential treatment for abused and neglected youth; transitional-living services for older homeless youth; and foster care.
    • Beacon of Light Humanitarian Awards: 6 p.m. April 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown.
    • Information or tickets: Call (513) 221-3350.
        • Dorothy Dobbins: Mrs. Dobbins, a retired Cincinnati Public Schools arts educator, taught grades 4 through 6 at Stowe Elementary and ceramics at Douglass adult night school. She taught at Walnut Hills High School from 1960 to 1979, and was chairwoman of the art department.

        Mrs. Dobbins was the first African-American docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She is a member of the Hyde Park Center for Older Adults and the Cincinnati Women's Art Club.

        • Jamie Jameson and Fluor Fernald Inc.: Mr. Jameson is the senior project director of project execution for Fluor Fernald Inc., the contractor responsible for managing cleanup for the U.S. Department of Energy Fernald Environmental Management Project.

        Mr. Jameson's team volunteers yearly at New Beginnings, a Lighthouse group home for girls who have been physically or sexually abused. Each year, the group headed by Mr. Jameson completes a new renovation for the home. Some have included a gazebo, a craft room and a library. Mr. Jameson also holds fund-raisers for the home.

        “The Lighthouse Beacon Awards recognize selfless acts from area professionals and encourages further giving,” said Lighthouse Executive Director Bob Mecum.

        “As advocates for youth and families, Lighthouse is proud to offer this public forum for the many contributions of these great humanitarians.”


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