We are proud to recognize local organizations for their time and commitment to the Ohio community.
Miami Valley Dance Company
The Miami Valley Dance Company (MVDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the training and teaching of its young dancers. Since 1990, the Company has provided many opportunities for the dancers to perform for diverse audiences throughout the Miami Valley area. It is locally renowned and constantly recognized for its artistic excellence and choreographic innovation.
The Company is a year-round pre-professional training program and performing ensemble under the direction of Terre Manning and Pamela Ellis.
Miami University Hockey
Miami University's hockey team had previously made the NCAA playoffs for seven consecutive years and came within seconds of winning a national Championship in 2009. Coached by Chris Bergeron, the RedHawks are one of the premier hockey programs in the nation and have been recognized for their excellence both on and off the ice.
Miami plays in a powerful conference that always brings the best competition and constant challenges. We're confident that the RedHawks will once again be a contender for the National Championship.
Crayons To Classrooms
Located in Dayton, "Crayons To Classrooms" helps teachers obtain supplies for needy children in the Miami Valley. Teachers from participating schools choose classroom materials from the Goodwill Easter Seals location in Dayton. There is no cost to the students, families or schools.
Goals and values of the organization include meeting the highest ethical standards, treating every person with respect and dignity, offering transparency and integrity, and being as responsible as possible. Partners include individuals, local business owners, volunteers, and of course, schools and teachers in the area. They are also considered a 511 (c)(3) organization (nonprofit), so any contributions are fully tax-deductible. Their 10th anniversary was in 2019.
Similar to "Crayons To Classrooms," this organization provides needy students some of the tools needed to succeed. More than $160 million of school supplies have been distributed from hundreds of donors and organizations. Approximately 20% of children in the Cincinnati area are living in poverty, so the assistance is badly needed.
A Mobile Outreach program and Teacher Free Store receive products at wholesale prices or free (from donations) that have helped thousands of kids. The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) is an affiliated national organization that provides free school supplies to needy kids. Financial support can be provided from donations, special offers, service donations, and other organizations.