My Furry Valentine

More than 800 animals were adopted at the sixth annual My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event at the Sharonville Convention Center February 11-12. Dozens of animal rescues and shelters bring hundreds of dogs, cats and other small animals to the region's largest adoption event to find forever homes each year.

MidPointe Library Jazz Event

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award recipient, Jamey Aebersold, kicked off MidPointe Library West Chester's popular Jazz Series on Sunday, February 26. You don't have to go far from home to enjoy great music!

Junior Achievement Breakfast

West Chester Hospital hosted Junior Achievement's annual breakfast event to raise awareness about empowering young people to own their economic success. Partners, students and teachers shared success stories from programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. To learn more about how to volunteer or donate, visit

Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity

The eighteenth annual “Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity” event to honor Martin Luther King Day began with the March for Unity in Our Community, after which all marchers enjoyed lunch, courtesy of local businesses, and then a program with speakers, music and students. Photography by West Chester Township.

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Turns One

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle turned one in November! We want to extend a great big thank you to our advertisers, partners, supporters and staff who attended our one year anniversary celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn. We're looking forward to a wonderful second year of this community magazine!

Jamestowne Ribbon Cutting

Community leaders gathered in December for the grand opening of Jamestowne Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy in Hamilton. Jamestowne features 42 private patient suites, a 5,000-square foot therapy gym, a Hydroworx® therapy pool and best-in-class amenities. Parent company Community First Solutions will celebrate 100 years of caregiving in 2018.

Second Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

The Caring Community Collaborative, along with the Liberty Center Foundation, held its second annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Liberty Center. The event benefited Reach Out Lakota and the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program. Those attending selected a handcrafted bowl to take home, and enjoyed a meal prepared by area chefs.

Boys & Girls Club Dinner Event

Olympic medalist and four-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield spoke to guests at the annual 
West Chester-Liberty Steak & Burger Dinner on November 2. The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club, 
which helps children in the Lakota School District.

Reach Out Lakota Celebrity Dinner

The Celebrity Waiter Dinner is the largest annual fundraiser hosted by Reach Out Lakota and truly was a night of great fun for an even greater organization. Guests enjoyed dinner served by local celebrities, raffles, auction items and more! 
Thank you to the generous attendees, waiters and volunteers who made this event possible.

Cozy’s Cafe & Pub Grand Opening

A cozy good time was had by all at the Grand Opening of Cozy’s Cafe & Pub, the newest creation from Cozy’s restaurants. Cozy’s Cafe & Pub utilizes the best in farm-to-table cooking, paired with specially chosen wine, craft beers and cocktails, 
and offers guests a comfortable and cozy atmosphere.

Junior Achievement Fundraiser

The Greater Butler County Business Hall of Fame inducted five people as part of the Class of 2016 on October 20. The celebration is an annual fundraiser hosted by Junior Achievement. Inductees included Sherry Armstead, Charles Chappell*, Robert Ernst, George Adam Rentschler* and Stephen P. Wilson (*honored posthumously). Photography by Gina Breyfogle

Faith Alliance Music Festival

Guests enjoyed music, food and fun at the first Sing Out Against Poverty, Annual Faith Alliance Music Festival in Union Centre. Five bands performed Christian praise music in an effort to raise awareness for local poverty and funding for Faith Alliance programs, which serve local neighbors in need.

The Key Event

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty’s premier annual fundraising event was a great success on September 10 because of the generosity of community members, sponsors and a dedicated committee of volunteers. The Key Event is a unique fundraiser where attendees enjoy meals from professional chefs at homes within the community.

Fall Gathering at Gracetree

Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio welcomed the public to an open house at their Cincinnati-Dayton studio in September. Guests experienced yoga, wellness offerings and an astrology reading from the experts at Gracetree.

West Chester Hospital Golf Outing

West Chester Hospital's annual Fall Golf Outing successfully raised funds to support the hospital’s Innovation Fund, which allows for the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology and programs to enhance patient care. On 
September 23, teams enjoyed contests, prizes and creative costumes, in addition to a round of golf.

Fourth Annual Food Truck Rally

West Chester residents and foodies gathered August 12 for the Fourth Annual Food Truck Rally in Union Centre, where 45 
local food trucks brought their best dishes to our neighborhood. The event was sponsored by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants Association. Next year’s FTR will be August 11, 2017.

Harmony Healing Arts Center

The new Harmony Healing Arts center opened in Liberty Township in July with an open house event. Harmony showcased their services that empower their clients to find harmony in their body, mind and spirit through dance, yoga and holistic 
healing services.

Crazy Cardboard Regatta

Have you ever seen a hot dog race a duck or a platypus sink a ship? These were just some of the sights at the seventh annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta at Voice of America Park. Teams featured handcrafted boats made entirely out of cardboard, competing for speed, originality and floatability.

Linkinnati Golf Outing

The eighth annual Linkinnati Golfs for EDGE event raised over $12,800 to support EDGE Teen Center. Linkinnati is a networking group with chapters in West Chester and throughout Cincinnati. EDGE serves 500 Lakota students each year, giving them a place to build community with one another.

Reach Out Lakota’s Corporate Food Fight

The first annual Corporate Food Fight restocked the shelves at Reach Out Lakota with a spirited competition between local businesses. 23 participating companies donated 8,000 pounds of food. The Wrap Up Party at Liberty Center’s Sabin Hall featured At Your Service catering, Rhinegeist, live entertainment and an awards ceremony.

Caring Like Karen Awards

The fourth annual Caring Like Karen Awards were held in June, recognizing exceptional caregivers while honoring the memory of Karen Mason. Congratulations to this year’s award winners: Dr. Chetna Mital, Edna Acree, Sara Marshall, Julie S. Thomas, Jena Ruehl and Lynn Noble. Photography by Judy Gehrlich/TourFactory

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Ladies Night

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle hosted our first Ladies Night on June 2. It was an evening of meeting new friends, wine, prizes and sweets from Cozy’s Cottage. Thank you to our sponsors: Dermatology & Surgery of Southern Ohio, Diet Center, Shaklee, Cozy’s Cottage and Blow Dry Bar & Salon.

2016 Regional Business to Business Expo

The West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance hosted more than 1,400 professionals and 110 exhibitors to “Connect People & Possibilities” at its successful annual event. The guest speaker was Phillip Castellini, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds. Lunch featured foods by local caterers and restaurants. Photography by West Chester Corporate Photography

Lyons’ Annual Cinco de Mayo Party

May 5 was the seventeenth Cinco de Mayo Party hosted by Judge Rob Lyons of Lyons & Lyons, and his family at their West Chester home. Guests included Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy and Warren Davidson, congressional nominee. The fiesta included a photo booth to capture all of the fun.

UC Health West Chester Hospital 80s Fundraiser

UC Health West Chester Hospital held their fifth annual spring fundraising event on April 22 at Centre Park Event Center. This 80s-themed event was a time machine to raise funds for cutting edge technology for enhancement of patient education and communication at the hospital. Photography TapSnap & Jillian Kelley

Conquistador Challenge

Locals gathered at The Conquistador Challenge, a fundraiser to honor the memory of longtime West Chester resident and chiropractor, Dr. Chris Coffman. Teams competed at volleyball and cornhole and took their chances for prizes in a raffle. 
Proceeds benefited The Chris Coffman Memorial Fund.

Welling & Co. Jewelers Grand Re-Opening

Welling & Co. Jewelers sparkled at its Grand Re-Opening on March 24. The remodeled gallery of fine and fashion jewelry is open at its new location in Olde West Chester at 8992 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The crowd enjoyed appetizers as they explored the new space and gazed at jewels and gems.

10th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners at the Shamrock Shuffle, hosted by The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty on March 19. Events included competitive 5K and 10K races, a Family 5K and a one-lap race for the little leprechauns. The Shuffle raised about $114,000 for 45 local charities.

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Launch Party

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle celebrated our debut at Centre Park Event & Banquet Center on March 4. Publisher Michelle Moody expressed her appreciation and shared the goals of our publication: to connect the community, inspire action and volunteerism and help local businesses thrive and grow. Photos by Masterworks Imaging.

Unity March for MLK Day

Low temperatures did not lower the spirits of 125 community members gathered to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for unity. The march ended at Lakota West's cafeteria with music by Lakota West's Jazz Band. Lunch, donated 
by local businesses, was served by Lakota Plains' Beta Club.

Junior Achievement Breakfast

West Chester Hospital hosted Junior Achievement’s annual breakfast to raise awareness about empowering young people to own their economic success. Partners and students shared success stories from programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. In 2014-2015, JA helped 6,400 students across much of Butler and Warren counties.

Centre Park Grand Opening

Centre Park Event & Banquet Center opened with a dazzling party, featuring music by Matt Snow, prizes and cocktails. Center stage at the event was Holiday Inn’s award-winning design, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse’s tasty eats and Centre Park’s stunning space. Centre Park is the new centerpiece of West Chester’s business district.

Star Wars Day at MidPointe Library, West Chester

The force was strong at MidPointe Library, where 350 patrons celebrated the epic film release in December. Buckner Martial Arts provided “Jedi Training,” the Automation Technology Club gave robotics demonstrations and several characters were there in costume, supplied by the 501st Legion. Twenty teen volunteers assisted at the family-friendly event.

Be a Santa to a Senior Program Gifts Local Seniors

Home Instead Senior Care wrapped up a season of generous giving with 518 gifts for more than 250 local seniors. Partnering with local nursing facilities and community businesses, they facilitate gift-giving to seniors who might not otherwise receive holiday gifts. Volunteers wrapped donated gifts with supplies contributed by Thrivent Financial.

BMW of Cincinnati North Grand Opening

BMW of Cincinnati North launched its remodeled showroom with a celebration worthy of the Winner's Circle. The Alpen Horns and Cincinnati Civic Orchestra kicked-off the event. The SPCA's furry friends made a showing. Auto enthusiasts enjoyed specialty vehicles on display and test drove 2016's new line of ultimate driving machines.

Empty Bowls Hunger Event, Sponsored by C3 – the Caring Community Collaborative

More than 200 people enjoyed lunch and live entertainment at the inaugural West Chester/Liberty Empty Bowls event held at Liberty Center’s Sabin Hall. C3, partnered with Butler County United Way and 70+ volunteers, raised $5,000 to fill local bellies through the Reach Out Lakota and Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program.

Chamber Alliance Women of Excellence Awards 2015

Congratulations to ten local women honored for their significant contributions to the community through service: Margaret (Mag) Baker, Michelle Brown, Dr. Cathy Bishop-Clark, Carolyn Coley, Amy Han, Sue Hill, Lyn Hogrefe, Rachel King, Shellie Leder and Dr. Chetna Mital. The Gala crowd was addressed by Keynote Speaker Stephanie Worrell.

Celebrity Waiters Serve Community

Reach Out Lakota's celebrity waiters served up a spectacular evening of good eats and generosity, raising funds to assist Lakota School District families in need. The 4th annual event was held at West Chester's Savannah Center in October. Celebrity waiters included news anchors, former professional athletes and local government leaders.

Halloween Extravaganza

There were no tricks, just treats at the 7th annual Halloween Extravaganza at West Chester Family Dentistry. Highlights included games, door prizes, free food and drinks, a chili cook-off contest, a costume contest, goodie bags, a fire safe house and even a chance to pet a real alligator.

Key Event Opens Doors for Philanthropy

Generosity was the key to success at this 22nd annual fundraiser hosted by Community Foundation to support philanthropic efforts in West Chester and Liberty Township. Guests dined at local homes, fed by volunteer professional chefs.

Butler Tech’s Bioscience Center Open House

Butler Tech opened their state-of-the-art Bioscience Center in West Chester with a ribbon cutting and public facility tours. The $13 million facility provides hands-on training for biomedical science, health technologies, exercise science and dental assisting.

Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

Animal lovers created masterpieces of pets to benefit Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic. OAR has surpassed services for 10,000 cats and 300 feline adoptions this year. Hosted by Paint by the Glass, West Chester.