Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Fun-raisers


Hot events bring some cool cash

By Jim Knippenberg jknippenberg@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lots of money got raised for lots of kids on the ever-so-steamy weekend party circuit.

        • Memorial Inc., an 85-year-old agency offering services to children and families in need, packed the Banker's Club with 400 supporters for its sixth annual $40-a-head Wine & Rhinestones Friday.

        Media and political types — Carol Williams, Jack Atherton, Pat DeWine — poured wine and presided over the tasting (“no, you really don't want that pink stuff,” Ms. Williams told one guest) while guests wandered the 300-item silent auction, went for broke at Monte Carlo games or got front-row seats for the live auction of such items as a fur coat and piece of Rookwood pottery.

        • About 500 patrons of the American Jumping Classic dressed to beat the heat for a cocktail reception (in an open-air tent) and dinner (in an air-conditioned tent) before Saturday's finals at Galbreath Field, near Paramount's Kings Island.

        This is the 21st year for the Classic, which has raised more than $3 million for Shriners Burn Hospital and for scholarships. The show and the parties, says Shriners Potentate Gary Caudill, account for 80 percent of the money the group raises each year.

        Oh, and it's also one of the summer's biggest and flashiest parties, thanks to the support of Carl and Edyth Lindner (Mrs. Lindner chaired it forever) and heaven only knows how many other family members.

        • Down at Music Hall, meanwhile, a diverse audience of 450 paid $35 to $100 Saturday for cocktails, dessert and a whole lot of songs from Cleo Laine, husband John Dankworth and Cincinnatian Kathy Wade at the sixth annual Crown Jewels of Jazz concert.

        The black-tie do was a benefit for Learning through Art, the group founded by Ms. Wade to take music and other art forms into schools and neighborhoods.

        This year is the 10th anniversary of LTA, which also sponsors the summertime Hood is Bigger than You Think Tour.

        It's also a party to honor some of LTA's biggest supporters. This year's Heart for the Arts honorees were Time Warner Cable, represented by Pam McDonald, and longtime supporter Ernest Robinson.



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