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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Zonta Club of Cincinnati Raises $32,000 for Scholarship, Service and Advocacy Efforts

Zonta Club of Cincinnati President Melinda Hepfner, Ann Rasche Scholarship Recipient Brandy Bynum, Cincinnati State President Dr. Monica Posey
The Zonta Club of Cincinnati recently held their Centennial Celebration and fundraiser at the Clovernook Country Club. A 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.

Club President Melinda Hepfner said, “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.”

Cincinnati State President Dr. 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 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 Midnight Rose Trio entertained the crowd with their beautiful music.

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati, part of Zonta International, is a service organization dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service projects, advocacy, education and program funding. Through the Zonta Service Fund of Cincinnati, Inc. -  the club’s non-profit 501 (c)(3) arm - Zonta has been providing scholarships to non-traditional female students age 25 and older with limited financial resources in the Greater Cincinnati community for many years via the Ann Rasche Scholarship program.

Ann Rasche was a member of the Zonta Club of Cincinnati from 1972 to 1998 and worked for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College for 26 years. The Ann Rasche Scholarship fund was established in her honor upon her death in 1998.

In addition to their Ann Rasche and Zonta International Scholarships, proceeds from the Zonta Club of Cincinnati’s fundraisers benefit ongoing educational, service and advocacy programs which have included hosting quarterly birthday parties for the residents at the Bethany House Women’s Shelter; supporting FamiliesFORWARD by providing books, games and other toys for girls during the holidays; providing holiday gifts to First Step Home clients and dinner/ beauty nights for ladies at Tender Mercies; and assembling newborn and birthing kits for distribution to underdeveloped countries.

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati also supports their Withrow University High School Z Club, designed to teach girls about service and develop leadership skills.

Advocacy efforts include co-sponsoring Women Helping Women’s annual Purple Light Walk and She Screams Without Sound Candlelight Vigil to raise awareness about domestic and gender-based violence, and raising awareness about human trafficking by participating in the annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the statehouse in Columbus.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Cincinnati, visit

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