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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stepping Stones Supporters Open Their Hearts for Disabilities To Raise $90K at Annual Charity Dinner

More than 220 guests showed their support for Stepping Stones at the agency’s annual Open Your Heart dinner at Eddie Merlot’s restaurant, netting $90,000 to support programs for local children and adults with disabilities.
(L-R) Leo & Stephanie DalleMolle and Louise & Jeremy Vaughn, all of Indian Hill, celebrate a successful night of fundraising. Leo DalleMolle and Jeremy Vaughn are Stepping Stones Board of Trustees Members
The Valentine-themed fundraiser, in its eleventh year, was chaired by Stepping Stones Board Member Patti Zesch of Indian Hill. “We all crave inclusion, fun, and growth, which Stepping Stones makes possible for so many with disabilities in our community,” Zesch said. “The organization’s enrichment opportunities truly change lives, and I’m humbled to be a part of that.”
Other members of the Open Your Heart committee were: Debbie Alf, Indian Hill; Gigi Heidt, Hyde Park; Terri Hogan, Amberley Village; Mary McGraw, Indian Hill; and Jen Parry, Madeira. The event’s presenting sponsor was SPA, Inc., with additional major support from Contemporary Cabinetry East, Convalescent Hospital at Cincinnati Children’s, and the Heidt Family Foundation.
Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency serving more than 1,000 people with disabilities in day and overnight programs that increase independence and promote individual success. Founded in 1963, the agency provides educational, recreational and social programs at locations in Batavia, Indian Hill, Monfort Heights and Norwood. For more information, visit

Francie Gunning, Indian Hill, browses the raffle packages at Stepping Stones’ Open Your Heart dinner

(L-R) Mary McGraw and Kathy Haglage, both of Indian Hill, visit during the cocktail hour at the Stepping Stones’ fundraiser. McGraw, a Stepping Stones Board of Trustees member, founded Open Your Heart 11 years ago and serves as a committee member.

(Back row L-R) Ellen Grossi, Jen Brunette, Julie Richardson, Monica Riney, Kadi Anderson, (front row L-R) Jen McNair, Megan Joy, and Rhys Hilton, all of Indian Hill, enjoy a night out at Open Your Heart. Richardson is a Stepping Stones Board of Trustees member.

Stepping Stones Board Member and Open Your Heart Chair Patti Zesch, Indian Hill, visits with Scott Rising, Hyde Park, at the Valentine-themed dinner

Gail and Fred Fischer enjoy a romantic evening. Fred Fischer is a Stepping Stones board member

Nancy Aichholz, Robin Schwanekamp and Cathy Harmann

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