Zonta Club of Cincinnati raises US$32,000 for scholarships, service, and advocacy

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati, District 5, held its Centennial Celebration and fundraiser on 13 April to raise money for scholarships as well as service and advocacy initiatives. 

Members said the charitable crowd had a great time bidding on fabulous silent auction items and the Fund-A-Scholarship live auction, buying chances for raffles of spirits items and cash and donating to the Zonta Giving Wall. All proceeds benefit the Zonta Club of Cincinnati’s Ann Rasche and Zonta International Scholarship programs as well as club-approved service projects.

“We are so excited to meet our goal of funding the Zonta Club of Cincinnati Ann Rasche Endowed Scholarship at Cincinnati State Community and Technical College at the $100,000 level! This caps off eight years of fundraisers to fully fund the endowment so that it is self-sustaining for future generations of women pursuing further education to improve their lives and that of their families. We had a fabulous turnout and the crowd was extremely generous. We are very fortunate to have such exceptional community sponsors and first-rate donors who contributed wonderful silent auction items. All of these great supporters helped us reach our goal to provide more scholarships," said Zonta Club of Cincinnati President Melinda Hepfner.

Cincinnati State President Monica Posey presented the 2019 Ann Rasche Scholarship certificate to Brandy Bynum, who along with 2015 Ann Rasche Scholarship recipient Jackline Singh-Eibeck, spoke eloquently about how the scholarships have impacted their lives and their future career plans. 

Susan Johnson from Susan’s Auction Service served as auctioneer for the live auction and kept things moving throughout the evening. 

Zonta International District 5 Governor Margot Hoffman spoke about Zonta International, its mission, and its goals. 

Clever Crazes for Kids Founder and CEO Dianne Dunkelman was honored with the third Zonta Club of Cincinnati Marian de Forest Award for her work in the community and her support of women’s organizations. 

The crowd was entertained throughout the night with music by the Midnight Rose Trio.
The Midnight Rose Trio entertained the crowd with their beautiful music. The Midnight Rose Trio entertained the crowd with their beautiful music.