Charles P. Taft Civic Gumption Award
The Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati is proud to announce Marge Hammelrath as the recipient of the 18th Biannual Charles P. Taft Gumption Award. The celebration to honor Ms. Hammelrath will be Wednesday, October 12, 5:30-7:30 at the Transept at Washington Park, 12th & Elm Streets in Over the Rhine. The public is invited. Please contact the Charter Committee: 513-241-0303 to make a reservation. Cost is $50.
Hammelrath’s work in Over the Rhine helped initiate and has been essential to this neighborhood's re-vitalization. She was an early advocate for preservation of the unique architecture and historic nature of the neighborhood. She was a founder and Director of the OTR Chamber of Commerce, OTR Foundation, Lollipop Concerts, and Friends of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. She served as Director of Memorial Hall and raised the funds for the current restoration taking place. For two decades she was a regular tour guide at Music Hall and she coordinated the first Labor Day fire works with the Cincinnati Symphony, which later became the annual WEBN event. If you see a license plate OTR MOM, that's Marge's car.
Hammelrath has shown courage, leadership in the face of skepticism and criticism, and just plain common sense, clearly meeting Charlie Taft's definition of gumption.
For more information contact:
The Charter Committee