More than 500 friends and supporters of Springer School and Center gathered at Cincinnati Music Hall’s Ballroom on May 5 for A Springer Celebration! 2022, 50th Anniversary Gala, raising a total of $420,000 for future school and center initiatives.
The annual fundraising event held at Cincinnati Music Hall honored legacy leaders from Springer’s five decades serving students with learning disabilities, beginning in 1971. Honorees include some of the greatest philanthropists in Greater Cincinnati, including Oliver Gale, Chuck Yeiser and Eric Yeiser, Daniel and Susan Pfau, Kate Lawrence and John Schiff, III and the Schiff Family. Harry and Linda Fath received an Impact Award for their contributions and sent a video message prompting generosity toward the cause. A significant anonymous donor was also honored. Guests were moved by testimonials featuring students describing their growth at Springer.
Four presenting sponsors of the gala were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gould, The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence Fund, Unlimited Systems and Western & Southern Financial Group. Springer alumnus and Trustee Peter Frey and Springer Parents Carrie and Rob Gould co-chaired the event.
The evening climaxed with the announcement of Advancing Success: A Campaign for Springer, their capital campaign which has already earned 11.7 million in its silent phase. Springer aims to raise 15 million now that the campaign has gone public.
FOX 19 Now Sports Director Joe Danneman served as emcee and presided over an 8-item live auction. All funds raised from the auction benefit capital campaign initiatives: 1. Financial Aid, 2. Capital Construction to increase classrooms, add a multipurpose auditorium and tutorial spaces, and 3. Center Expansion to extend outreach and educational programming in the community.
Executive Director Brett Marcoux shares, “Our vision for Springer’s future is clear, and our Celebration event and Capital Campaign have both been amazingly well received by the members of our community. I am so thankful to our supporters who know Springer can and will make an even greater impact on our community in the days and years ahead. The generosity of our supporters is humbling, and for each of them I am grateful.”