The Power of the Purse (POP) Fund, operating under the West Chester-Liberty Community Foundation, is a women's giving circle dedicated to strengthening the community by providing grants to non-profit organizations serving women and girls. Members recently gathered for a luau-themed fundraiser to select a winner for a $10,000 grant.
Designer Items and More recently celebrated its grand opening at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance. Owner and fashionista Felisa Insignares chose to expand her online business to a boutique in Olde West Chester. Women can shop high-end clothing and accessories by making an appointment.
Community members and business leaders recently took a swing at the 2017 West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance Golf Classic. Hosted at the Wetherington Golf & Country Club, the annual event serves as one of the Chamber's major fundraisers. This year's Classic benefited Focus On Youth.
Two local families opened their homes to host community parties to gather donations used for raffle items at the Key Event benefiting the West Chester-Liberty Community Foundation. Judge Rob and Bea Lyons hosted a 'Sports of All Sorts' gift-gathering party while Becky Wilber hosted a 'Stock the Bar' party.
The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance hosted the sixth annual Everest Award, which honors leaders and legends who have caused, through their actions, a significant, positive impact on business, the community and quality of life along the I-75 Growth Corridor. Honorees included John Boehner, Jenell Ross and Jill Wilson.
In one of the region's most unique races, teams feature handcrafted boats made entirely out of cardboard. At the eighth annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta at Voice of America Park, teams competed for speed, originality and buoyancy.
The eighth annual Linkinnati Golf tournament raised $15,650 to support EDGE Teen Center. Linkinnati is a networking group with chapters in West Chester and throughout Cincinnati. EDGE Teen Center serves nearly 700 Lakota students each year, giving them a place to build community with one another.
West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle hosted its first Home Expo at Carriage Hill on June 10, giving guests the opportunity to tour model homes, learn about many local home services and win prizes. Thank you to all who participated in the event, which raised funds for Edge Teen Center.
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty hosted the inaugural Leadership Through Philanthropy on June 8 at the Holiday Inn Centre Park in West Chester, highlighting the impact philanthropy has on our community. Heather Abbott, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack, was the evening’s keynote speaker. Photography by CS Folio.
Dr. Suresh Gupta, MD and his team of medical professionals celebrated the opening of their newest PureMD MedSpa location at Liberty Center with this ribbon-cutting. PureMD offers aesthetic services from complete facelifts to liposuction and fat transfer, all from their Liberty Center location in the Foundry Building, Suite 212.
Twenty-one businesses from West Chester, Liberty Township, Fairfield, Hamilton and Mason contributed to Reach Out Lakota’s second annual Corporate Food Fight in June. The companies raised 8,400 lbs. of food and donated $2,515. The event was sponsored by local organizations, including West Chester Hospital and West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle.
Local business leaders attended the West Chester & Liberty Chamber Alliance Regional Business Expo on Tuesday, May 9. The attendees gathered for networking, vendor booths and a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Luke Fickell, Head Coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
The first annual Catwalk for a Cause hosted by Liberty Center benefited the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. Guests enjoyed a spectacular fashion show full of the latest styles for men, women and children, modeled by local celebrities, including players from FC Cincinnati. Liberty-Center.com
May 5 was the eighteenth annual Cinco de Mayo Party hosted by Judge Rob Lyons of Lyons & Lyons, and his family at their West Chester home. Guests included Congressman Warren Davidson. The fiesta provided a fun atmosphere for all.
Shortly before graduation day, graduating high school seniors, dressed in their caps and gowns, paraded past cheering elementary-aged students who lined the halls of their school. During the parade, seniors received congratulatory letters of advice and encouragement written by elementary students. Congratulations to all graduates!
Ladies viewed the latest fashions at the semi-annual Art On Symmes Spring Fashion Show on April 27. The show was hosted at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and benefited The Greater Miami Valley YMCA Booker T. Washington projects, and featured spring trends from both local and national designers.
Five local students and five adult leaders were recognized at the Sixth Annual "Heroes of Character" Celebration on March 15 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hamilton. The event was hosted jointly by the Hamilton City of Character and The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati. Congratulations to the winners!
Mercy Health Foundation’s second “Angels Among Us” event, presented by US Acute Care Solutions, took place Saturday, April 29, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. This celebration honored the 2017 Mercy Health Angel Award recipients—dedicated and selfless caregivers who excel in compassion and service and live Mercy's mission every day.
The 11th Annual Shamrock Shuffle, hosted by The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, was held on Saturday, March 18. More than 4,000 participants enjoyed a 5k/10k and Community Block Party on The Square @ Union Center. Proceeds supported the Community Foundation programs and beneficiaries. Photography by CS Folio.
On March 25, Liberty Center hosted Pasta with a Purpose, a FUNraiser benefiting the Caring Community Collaborative of West Chester/Liberty (C3). Guests enjoyed menu samplings from local restaurants, beverages, kids' activities and the NCAA tournament. Thanks to Liberty Center and our community for supporting C3. Photography provided by Liberty Center.
Community leaders recently gathered to celebrate the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Annual Dinner, where they recognized award recipients who have made a strong impact in our community this year. Congratulations to the winners and the Chamber Alliance for a great year. Photography by Len Kaltman with West Chester Corporate Photography.
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.
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!
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 JAPartners.org.
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 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!
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. Community-First.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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'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.
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. UCBMA.com.
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. HarmonyOhio.com
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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 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.