Thursday, October 17, 2002

Some Good News


Donations by blacks matched

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A challenge match to get African-Americans to make donations in the United Way campaign is slowly bringing in donors.

The match was started by Ross and Cheryl Love who became the first African-American couple in Cincinnati and the second in the country to commit to give $1 million to United Way over five years.

The Loves asked that the first $200,000 of their gift be used this year to establish the match. The match will be used to encourage African-American donors to make gifts of $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000.

Yvonne Gray, chief operating officer at United Way, said even though the match program is just getting started, one $10,000 gift has been made.

That gift was made by Marty Dunn with Baker & Hostetler LLP downtown.

Mr. Dunn is also co-chair of the African-American Leadership Initiative, which was started last year to increase participation by African-Americans in the fund drive.

He said United Way spends more than $17 million in programs in urban core communities.

"We are fortunate to have nationally recognized programs such as FamiliesForward's work with the Parham School and ongoing work of organizations like Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and the Urban League, which has entered a new partnership with the Sickle Cell Awareness Group."

The goal this year for the United Way fund drive is $62 million.

To learn more about the initiative or receive a pledge card, call Ms. Gray at 762-7108.

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Retired federal Judge Nathaniel Jones will introduce the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to the nation at 8 a.m. today on CBS during the Early Morning Show from New York City.

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Carl Westmoreland, senior adviser for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, was honored last week with the National Preservation Award by the National Trust in Cleveland. Recipients are recognized for contributions that demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.

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Two doctors have been added to the staff at the Mount Healthy Family Practice Center through a partnership with the University of Cincinnati's department of family medicine.

They are Drs. Dominic Kiomento and Julia Reitz.

"Partnering with the University of Cincinnati gives our patients at Mount Healthy Family Practice Center superior access to high quality health care," said Dr. Douglas Rahner, medical director of Lincoln Heights HealthCare Connection, which includes Mount Healthy Family Practice Center.

Lincoln Heights HealthCare Connection was started in 1967 as Ohio's first community health center. The Mount Healthy center was added in 1987 and Forest Park center in 1998.

The centers serve 10,300 low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients in northern Hamilton County.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.



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