Ride Cincinnati was founded in 2007 by Dr. Harvey Harris, his family, and two friends whose lives had also been impacted by breast cancer. Ride Cincinnati is the signature fundraising event for breast cancer awareness and research in the greater Cincinnati Region.
The annual event is dedicated to the life of Harvey’s wife, Marlene Harris, and to the belief that through research, we can work together to spare others the pain of losing a loved one to breast cancer. To date, Ride Cincinnati has donated $1.4 million to support the continuing research efforts of the faculty at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI). Since the inaugural event, nearly three dozen pilot research studies have been funded at UCCI. With more than 2,000 riders each year, Ride Cincinnati provides a strong boost in community awareness of both the UCCI and its comprehensive breast cancer research program.
UC Foundation Staff Award of Merit
Jeri B. Ricketts, PhD
Jeri B. Ricketts, Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting and Director of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Business Program, has had a career spanning 35 years at UC. Jeri created a unique academic curriculum designed to shape future business leaders within the Lindner Honors-PLUS Program (LHP). Jeri also established the LHP advisory board with supporters who have a keen understanding of philanthropy. Jeri has not only secured major gifts from Lindner benefactors but has engaged parents, students, and alumni in fundraising initiatives. Her efforts, and the generosity of LHP’s enthusiastic donors, provide nearly $500,000 annually.
In September 2016, nearly 500 business partners and program alumni gathered for a celebration to establish a Director’s Endowment in Dr. Rickett’s honor. The event raised close to $800,000 to kick off the $2.5 million campaign for the endowment, which will provide sustainable quality leadership in the LHP Director’s position for generations to come.
Student Philanthropy Award
Sara M. Whitestone
Sara Whitestone is everything you want a Bearcat student leader to be. During her time at
UC, Sara drew on personal experience to become an extraordinary advocate for students with disabilities. She established two organizations, Sara Spins and UC’s Alliance for Abilities. Sara Spins is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 that provides students with the tools and technology they need to pursue their dreams of higher education. The Alliance for Abilities is the university’s first student group focused on making UC a campus that is completely open and accessible for all students.
Sara graduated this August with bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Communications. She is now studying in an international Master’s of Neuroscience program at the University of Bordeaux in France.