Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Some Good News


T-shirt is among coolest

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The event T-shirt for the Hyde Park Blast, a run and walk project to benefit cancer charities, was judged among the top five coolest in the nation.

The Blast T-shirt was designed by Dale Doyle of the local office of Landor Associates, a leading global brand strategy and design consulting firm.

The shirt was used last year at the first Hyde Park Blast run and walk. It was chosen by judges at Runner's World magazine.

"This gives us national exposure and gets more focus on the cause of the race," said Chad Sims, race director.

The T-shirt logo is a futuristic Statue of Liberty in a running pose. The logo became known as Blasty. This year, the group is having a contest to name the mascot of the race. Got an idea? Send the name to:Hyde Park Blast Name Contest, 2843 Rosella Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45208.

The group raised $12,000 last year, bringing in runners from 16 states. The funds from the race went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

This year's Hyde Park Blast will be July 4. For information, call 533-4708.

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For its community service projects, the Greater Cincinnati Junior Chamber of Commerce has been recognized as the No. 1 chapter in the United States serving an area its size in 2002.

Michael Harlow, the Jaycees' 2002 president, said major projects included working with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission to decorate Fountain Square and sponsoring a tour of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

The local Jaycees chapter is one of the largest in Ohio with 120 members. It was also recognized as the No. 1 chapter in the state last year.

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Put the Latin band Sol del Caribe into the setting of the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Dance and you get a slice of real Latino culture. That will happen at 7 p.m. May 2 at Purcell Marian High School's Alumni Hall, Walnut Hills.

The goal is to raise $20,000 to support the operation of Santa Maria Community Services' Bienestar Hispanic Health Alliance Initiative program. The program provides more than 14,000 pieces of health education materials written in Spanish, and cultural competency training to health care and social services providers.

For more information, call 557-2730.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. Suggestions? Let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.




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