Dream Makers Celebration

CYC’s 2018 Dream Makers Celebration

Will you be joining us for our 2018 Dream Makers Celebration? This year promises to be an extra special event with added focus on the shining stars who make up the youth that we serve.

This year’s Celebration will be held at Cincinnati Music Hall on:
October 4, 2018


Please visit our event page to purchase tickets!

We welcome the following special guests:

Kent Wellington, Honorary Chair

Honorary Chair: Kent Wellington, Graydon. Kent Wellington is the proud father of two grown children and a 22-year CYC mentor to multiple children and young adults in our programming. Kent’s tenure has been marked by his compassionate and steadfast leadership, and an infectious optimism that has brought hundreds of volunteers from every corner of Cincinnati to CYC’s Saturday Hoops program each Saturday every January through May. Kent believes that every child deserves a bright future, and access to a warm and welcoming environment filled with caring adults who believe in their potential. Saturday Hoops is just that place for so many of our youth. Kent and the Saturday Hoops team just wrapped up an incredible 14th season of Hoops.

Additionally, Kent has served as the president of CYC’s executive board for many years, and now holds a role on our advisory board. In his day job, Kent is an attorney at Graydon where he chairs the firm’s Litigation Group, helps lead community efforts, and touches many lives in the process.

Regina Carswell Russo, Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies: Regina Carswell Russo. Regina began her professional communications career in radio in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She later switched to television news working in Lansing, Michigan before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio where she spent 15 years as anchor/reporter/host for the FOX affiliate.

Feeling a desire to stretch her talents in storytelling she became the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In her first two years the museum received remarkable local, regional and national media attention which translated to record attendance numbers. She became the Chief of Communications at the Contemporary Arts Center and elevated the brand awareness of the internationally recognized non-collecting museum. Her work there was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier, awarding Carswell Russo with a C-Suite Award for Chief Marketing Officer.

Regina is also a published writer, serving on the Editorial Board of Contributors for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Contributor to Polly Magazine, UPTOWN Magazine and Movers & Makers Magazine.


See our photos from last year’s celebration: 2017 Dream Makers Celebration Photo Album


Thank you to the support of our generous 2018 sponsors




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Honor Roll




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Keller Family Scholarship
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