October 12, 2017 at Cincinnati Music Hall

Our biggest event of the year, dedicated to celebrating the many Dream Makers at CYC – students, mentors, staff, and patrons. Special events like this raise crucial funds to support CYC’s vital programs – programs that impacted the lives of over 5,000 students in the 2016-2017 school year. Cincinnati is facing a childhood poverty crisis, but CYC programs empower students so they may break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our generous sponsors, donors, friends, and champions of CYC. We could not provide critical resources to Cincinnati’s vulnerable youth without the support of our caring community. Thank you for making dreams come true! 

This year’s Celebration will be held:
October 12, 2017
Cincinnati Music Hall (1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202)

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We welcome the following special guests:

Honorary Chair: Mary Ronanretired CPS superintendent, and children’s advocate.

Keynote Speaker: James Redford. For James Redford, storytelling, film, and social change have become the fabric of his life. As a writer, director, and producer for both film and television, he tells stories infused with compassion, optimism and hope, rendering complicated issues into accessible, relatable narratives that inspire positive change. Redford’s film, Resilience, examines how traumatic stress can wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children – and what can be done about it.

Master of Ceremonies: Kathrine Nero. Kathrine Nero has anchored Good Morning Tri-State on WCPO – 9 On Your Side​ for 15 years, swearing all the while that a 1:45 a.m. wake-up-call is the universe paying her back for refusing to take college classes unless they started “in double digits.” In addition to anchoring, Kathrine has spent the last several years reporting on struggles in our community involving heroin, poverty and education. That’s why CYC’s mission and our Dream Makers Celebration is important to her.









Thank you to the support of our generous 2017 sponsors




Dean’s List

Jack & Kay Geiger


Messer WeAreBuilding Logo Green Pantone

John & Francie Pepper

Honor Roll


      Jack & Kay Geiger


Media Sponsor




TQL Truepoint Kroger



  Beth & Bob Grace

Daniel & Laura Keller Family   Scholarship


       Cap & Gown