2018 Recipients

Carrie HaydenChairman's Award
Carrie K. Hayden

Mrs. Carrie Hayden—wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer extraordinaire, philanthropist, and just as importantly, two-time cancer survivor. Having faced serious health challenges head-on with tremendous courage and family support, Carrie truly understands the vital impact of medical research on education, prevention, treatments and cures.

Her indomitable spirit lends strength and determination to the Queen City’s fight against cancer. In collaboration with UC and local health care experts, Carrie brings passion and phenomenal leadership skills to her work with the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI) and the Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC).

The Cincinnati Cancer Center, a research collaboration among UC, UC Health and Cincinnati Children’s, has benefited greatly from her commitment to help the center achieve its ultimate goal of National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, and she is co-chair of the CCC’s Community Advisory Council. Carrie is a member of the UCCI Stakeholders Advisory Group and was co-chair of the institute’s capital campaign.

As a staunch health care and community engagement advocate, Carrie chairs the board of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. The center’s educational and patient care programs provide an important support network to treat the whole person, improve quality of life, and increase survival rates for those affected by cancer and other diseases.

Children and families are important to Carrie, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati holds a special place in her heart. As only the second woman to serve as its board chair, she worked diligently for nearly a decade on the Vision Council to identify critical core issues to guide the organization’s work and impact. Carrie has received national accolades for these groundbreaking efforts, is one of the United Way’s 100 Heroes, and has received its Vision Award and the Geier Family Award for United Way Leadership. She continues to champion the Ohio United Way Board and the national organization’s endeavors to unite communities and change lives.

Carrie’s most important partner is John, her beloved husband of 34 years. In describing his wife, John has said, “She tackles difficult challenges. Things that aren’t easily done. And, she NEVER gives up!” Together, they share co-chair responsibilities with John and Eileen Barrett for the $105 million NCI fundraising campaign, helping the CCC align local resources in the battle for a cure and attract the world’s best doctors and researchers to our region through increased federal funding.

In conjunction with their children, Carrie and John established the Hayden Family Endowed Chair for Cancer Research, using their personal resources to position the CCC as a national leader in the fight against cancer. This transformational fund is a “catalyst for investment in the cancer program” and publicly acknowledges “NCI designation is a critical effort for our community, and a cause they were willing to get behind—not only with their time, but with their financial resources as well,” states nominator Laureen McCorkle, UC Foundation Assistant Vice President for Development, Cincinnati Cancer Center.

Having survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer, Carrie is an ardent believer in the importance of cancer screenings, continued public awareness and easy access to medical services. Partnering with the Cincinnati Reds, the University of Cincinnati, UC Health, other regional health care groups and many enthusiastic volunteers, she was able to bring her dynamic vision to fruition for a community-wide rally against cancer. On September 29, Greater Cincinnatians came together at the Knock Cancer Out of the Park event held at the Great American Ball Park. Highlights included educational activities, health screenings, and on-field recognition for cancer survivors and local support organizations.

The UC Foundation also benefits from Carrie’s time, devotion, and graciousness. Serving on our Board of Trustees since 2010, she shares her considerable expertise and energy as chair of the Development Committee, member of the Executive Committee, and co-chair of the UC Comprehensive Campaign. As an exemplary role model for community action and a tireless volunteer, Carrie leads with compassion and inspires us all.

 

Michael PucciniTrustees' Award
Michael J. Puccini

Mike Puccini passionately embodies his pharmacy mission of enhancing the quality of life for those accessing the health care system through medicines and cognitive services. He is committed to serving the profession and is passionate about providing pharmaceutical patient care and recognizing pharmacists’ role in the community. For these reasons, Mike has been an unwavering ally to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy through personal and corporate philanthropy.

Shortly after graduating from the college in 1983, Mike began his long career with the Kroger Company where he identified the need to research and publish the positive outcomes of patient care services provided by Kroger pharmacists. He forged a partnership between Kroger Pharmacy and the college to gain support for this and other initiatives, which resulted in Kroger providing $600,000 to fund outcomes research in community pharmacy practice.

Under Mike’s leadership at Kroger, the relationship expanded to include major investments in student scholarships and the advancement of teaching and technology. As an advocate for student professional development, Mike helped implement and gain funding for the Kroger Community Pharmacy Residency Program, which has served as a model program on the national level. Before retiring from Kroger in 2017, Mike was instrumental in establishing a $250,000 endowment to provide for equipment and IT improvements and the upkeep of academic and research spaces.

Mike’s sustained contribution to the College of Pharmacy spans thirty years of active involvement. He has shared his expertise in the business of pharmacy through teaching, guest lecturing, student mentoring and faculty support. He currently serves as a co-chair of the Dean’s Board of Advisors and is a member of the college’s Council on Diversity.

 

 

Ohio Innocence Project BoardGroup Philanthropy Award
Ohio Innocence Project Board of Advocates

The mission of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) is to free the innocent from Ohio’s prisons, improve the criminal justice system, and educate about and prevent wrongful convictions. Since it was founded at UC in 2003, the OIP’s work has led to the exoneration of 27 wrongfully convicted Ohio prisoners who collectively served more than 500 years behind bars.

Formed in 2013, the Board of Advocates is made up of professionals dedicated to the integrity and growth of the OIP at Cincinnati Law. Board members help raise funds to support legal work, and they provide assistance with development, marketing and public relations efforts. The mission of the Board of Advocates is to assist in building a sustainable organization through community presence and financial stability.

Development is a major objective of the Board of Advocates, and each member makes an annual commitment to raise funds through personal contribution, garnering support from others, or by leading fundraising events. Each year, members of the board plan the following events in support of the OIP: the Annual Fundraising Breakfast, Friends of OIP Program, Young Professionals Events, Bearcats Dash and Bash, and the Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

The Board actively works to build awareness in the community, and at the national and international levels, by highlighting the organization’s successes through social media, OIP-u, and other media opportunities. They strive to build support by cultivating relationships, building advocacy in new communities and collaborating with partners in law enforcement, prosecutors’ offices and state legislature.

The work of the Board of Advocates towards organization sustainability will allow the OIP to continue as one of the most active and successful Innocence Projects in the world.

 

Karen TullyUC Foundation Staff Award of Merit
Karen A. Tulley

For over twenty years, Karen Tully has been a fundraiser and champion for the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Leading with the philosophy that everyone within the college plays a role in development, Karen has built a community of philanthropy that has enabled CCM to remain one of the world’s premier institutions for the performing and media arts.

Karen has forged many meaningful relationships with colleagues, donors and alumni through her tireless dedication to service and passion for the college. She serves as both a partner and resource to CCM leadership, faculty and volunteers, sharing her expertise and experience with stakeholders so they can operate with a single mission and find collective success.

Karen is truly an ambassador for CCM students in the community and within the college. She advocates for each of CCM’s fifteen departments and over 100 unique majors, many of which are extremely niche in terms of obtaining support. Karen facilitates partnerships internally by helping departments work together on key fundraising initiatives that benefit the entire college.

Among Karen’s many noteworthy accomplishments, she successfully managed the $93.2 million capital campaign to rebuild CCM’s campus village, significantly enhancing teaching and performance capabilities. She has implemented fifteen Moveable Feast events, a massive undertaking that has generated close to $2 million cumulatively. She was also a key player in combining the Alumni Board of CCM and the Friends of CCM into the organization CCMpower, which has brought in over $1 million in additional support for the college.

 

Andrew ConleyStudent Philanthropy Award
Andrew Conley

For over twenty years, Karen Tully has been a fundraiser and champion for the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Leading with the philosophy that everyone within the college plays a role in development, Karen has built a community of philanthropy that has enabled CCM to remain one of the world’s premier institutions for the performing and media arts.

Karen has forged many meaningful relationships with colleagues, donors and alumni through her tireless dedication to service and passion for the college. She serves as both a partner and resource to CCM leadership, faculty and volunteers, sharing her expertise and experience with stakeholders so they can operate with a single mission and find collective success.

Karen is truly an ambassador for CCM students in the community and within the college. She advocates for each of CCM’s fifteen departments and over 100 unique majors, many of which are extremely niche in terms of obtaining support. Karen facilitates partnerships internally by helping departments work together on key fundraising initiatives that benefit the entire college.

Among Karen’s many noteworthy accomplishments, she successfully managed the $93.2 million capital campaign to rebuild CCM’s campus village, significantly enhancing teaching and performance capabilities. She has implemented fifteen Moveable Feast events, a massive undertaking that has generated close to $2 million cumulatively. She was also a key player in combining the Alumni Board of CCM and the Friends of CCM into the organization CCMpower, which has brought in over $1 million in additional support for the college.


 

 

Past Recipients

Chairman's Award 

2017 Robert L. Fealy
2016 Steven A. Wilson
2015 John B. Goering
2014 Phil D. Collins
2013 Kirk Perry                       
2012 Jerry P. Leamon
2011 Sandra W. Heimann
2010 Anthony J. Perzigian, PhD
2009 Jeffrey P. Williams
2008 James C. Kautz
2007 George L. Strike
2006 Timothy E. Johnson, PhD
2005 Jeffrey L. Wyler
2004 Otto M. Budig, Jr.
2003 Brian H. Rowe
2002 Joan R. Herschede
1999 Reuven J. Katz
1998 Marjorie Hiatt
Thomas H. Humes, Jr.
1997 J. Clay Stinnett
H.C. Buck Niehoff
1996 Sigma Sigma
1995 James A.D. Geier
1994 Donald E. Becker
Robert J. Herbold
1993 Jack E. Brown
Dorsey W. Jones

 

Trustees' Award 

2017 Marvin P. Kolodzik
2016 James P. Jurgensen, II
2015 Michael McGraw
2014 A.J. “Gus” McPhie
2013 Ed and Jean Wedbush
2012 Todd C. DeGarmo
2011 John M. Tew, Jr., MD
2010 Larry A. Sheakley
2009 Cora K. Ogle
2008 Robert E. Dobbs
2007 James J. Amann
2006 John Cuppoletti, PhD
2005 Gary E. Menchhofer
Margaret K. Valentine
2004 George J. Wile
2003 John B. Goering
2002 Roger H. Zanitsch
1999 S. Jay Stewart
1998 Nancy R. Hamant
1997 Eugene R. Allspach
Lamar L. Kerr
George A. Kralovich, Jr.
1996 James C. Kautz
1995 James A.D. Geier
John J. McDonough
1994 Frances D. Cohen
Jack L. Kopinsky
1993 Mary Ellen Betz
James E. Sauls, Sr.

 

UC Foundation Staff Award of Merit  

2017 Mark A. Godsey
2016 Jeri B. Ricketts, PhD
2015 Cady Short-Thompson
2014 Caroline Brotherton-Miller
2013 William Mulvihill
2012 Linda E. Bledsoe
2011 Steve Rosfeld
Judy Rowe See
2009 William E. Henrich
2007 Richard W. Bauer

 

 

Group Philanthropy Award

2017 Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure
2016 Ride Cincinnati
2015 CCMpower

 

President's Medal of Honor  

2013 Steve Wilson       

 

Student Philanthropy Award 

2017 Jessica S. Brawand
2016 Sara M. Whitestone
2015 Jack Kelly
2014 Andrew Harmon  

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