Speakers: Ceair Baggett, Ethel M. Taylor Academy; Ria Davidson, The Dragonfly Foundation; Tamie Sullivan, Girls with Pearls.
Moderator: Meghan Cummings, The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Hosts: Tony and Cathy Ramstetter, Wyoming
What happens when one person sees a need, has an idea, and makes it happen? Something spectacular that has the power to change lives. Come meet four individuals who did just that. Ciera Baggett will share how he marshalled an army of supporters to change the academic outcomes for students living in one of Cincinnati’s most impoverished neighborhoods. All Ria Davidson wanted to do was make cancer treatment and hospital stays easier and more comfortable for the son of her best friend. Five years later, The Dragonfly Foundation has changed the paradigm of patient care for thousands of cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families at Cincinnati Children’s and Dayton Children’s Hospitals and Lurie Children’s and Loyola Children’s Hospitals in Chicago. Knowing that the experiences of boys and girls are different, Tami Sullivan saw the need for safe places where girls in fourth through sixth grade could talk about issues they face – self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, and other girl-specific issues. That is exactly what her Girls with Pearls does at several area schools.
Twin Oaks, the Ramstetter’s home, was built in 1854 by Col. Robert Reily and played host to the meeting where neighbors gathered in 1861 to choose a name for their village, Wyoming. Originally a mid-century stone home in the Gothic style, it was updated in 1885 to add Victorian accents such as gabling under the eaves, window bump-outs, and a large turret on the third floor. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and pastries in the parlor where history was made.