On Saturday evening June 8, 2013, the Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, came together to host the second annual Believe 2 Achieve event. This event was held to benefit three organizations that fit Rotary’s passion of service to children with special needs. The benefitting organizations were Stepping Stones at Camp Allyn, the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, and The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati.
The fun evening took place under festively decorated tents at the Boathouse Restaurant where Dean Gregory and his staff put together a fabulous dinner. Over 350 people attended the event which included an oral auction, silent auction, raffles, and an opportunity to “Send a Child 2 Camp”. The oral auction was again emceed by Brad Johansen of Local 12, WKRC. Last year this event raised over $65,000 and this year was even higher with $91,000 being raised. Susan Wilkinson, who chaired this year’s event, said “we are again excited to host this event which benefits three truly worthwhile organizations which do so much to help children with special needs throughout our region. The organizations have been great partners and we are proud as Cincinnati Rotarians to help them achieve their goals”.
The “Send a Child 2 Camp” support allows children the opportunity to experience a day camp that is tailored to their needs and allows them to enjoy the fresh air, swimming, fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities. Linda Muth, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, said “When you see the smiles on the faces of the campers, you understand why we have all come together to make this event so special.”