Category Archives: Event

JDRF Sets New Bourbon & BowTie Bash Fundraising Record

On Saturday, October 20, JDRF hosted its annual Bourbon & BowTie Bash at the Duke Energy Convention Center, and for the fifth consecutive year realized a new fundraising record with over $300,000 raised to fund the JDRF mission to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D).

The event featured bourbon and cocktail tastings, silent auction, dancing, fashion show, and much more. While tasting food from over 30 different local restaurants and bars, guests had the opportunity this year to watch the Best Bartender competition happen live on-stage, followed by the fashion show, sponsored by Macy’s, Bourbon Cousins and Kendra Scott. Local 12’s Bob Herzog kept the energy high all night as the event emcee. Griffin Ross from Wiseguy Covington took home the prize as the Best Bartender, Flipdaddy’s received the Best Restaurant award and Tres Belle was fan favorite for Best Sweets.

Bill Whitlow of Rich’s Proper provided a welcome cocktail to guests, and his soon-to-be-open restaurant Rich’s Proper received the Best Up-and-Comer award. Also new this year was the most meaningful part of the evening, the Fund a Cure video.

JDRF Executive Director Melissa Newman attributes this year’s success to the video, “One of our young professional volunteers, Brooke Dorger, was very brave in sharing her story of the realities and challenges of living with T1D, ” says Newman. “Guests were educated by her story, and also moved to donate. Through the Fund a Cure live auction alone, we raised over $90,000, which played a huge role in achieving a new overall record. It was such an awe-inspiring moment to see hundreds of bid cards in the air, as attendees were able to take a break from the food and fun and make a huge impact for our cause.”

Brooke Dorger is a member of the JDRF Emerging Leaders Council (ELC), which is a group that plays a big role in helping to coordinate the event. This year’s ELC co-chairs were Salena Burg and Kathleen Trubee. Sixteen “BowTie Barons and Baronesses ” were selected this year to help in the corporate fundraising efforts, and to assist in promoting the event and securing new vendors.

JDRF Development Coordinator Jackie Oney led the overall event, and Senior Development Manager Becky Gaible took the lead with corporate sponsors. The ELC members who helped start the event when it originated in 2013 were also recognized on stage, and provided a custom Bourbon barrel top in appreciation.

All event proceeds benefit JDRF, a nonprofit organization working to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). This year also marks the fifth consecutive year (every year since its inception) that the Bourbon & BowTie Bash sold out in advance of the event. Next year’s date has been announced as Saturday, October 19, 2019 and will once again be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 2019 tickets will go on sale this summer.

Learn more about JDRF at

Sneak Peek: RetroFittings 2018

RetroFittings, a one-of-a-kind fashion show and fundraising event that benefits St. Vincent de Paul, is back for another year on Oct. 18. And organizers say this one will be their best one yet.

If you haven’t heard of RetroFittings before, it’s where St. Vincent de Paul teams up with UC’s DAAP program to showcase original fashions of students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program. Students shop in any of the seven local St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of only $15 each, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion.

In addition to the fashion show, the event also features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. Just to give you an idea of the deals you’ll find, I got a sneak peek of this year’s boutique and I found this perfect-for-fall Rag & Bone sweater top for only $14, this fun cocktail dress for only $10, this classic-with-a-twist little black dress long sleeves with a beautiful faux ostrich feather trim for only $12, and a cozy faux cheetah fur coat for only $35.

They will also have a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds from the event benefiting many of the programs of St. Vincent de Paul. Just to give you the idea of the impact — just last year, St. Vincent de Paul fed more than 100,000 people through food pantries and kept 5,300 families in their homes through the homelessness prevention program.

Some of the live auction items at RetroFittings 2018 include a week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to see Elton John at U.S. Bank Arena in February.

New to this year’s event is the location as it heads back to the recently-renovated Music Hall.

This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6pm. General admission tickets for the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets. VIP admission tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, three drink tickets, and priority seating.

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit

Kendra Scott: A Lifestyle

This blog post was written by my intern Kate Byrd!

I have been hearing the name Kendra Scott get thrown around a lot lately and have even passed it in Kenwood and Liberty Towne Center before but, never went in before. So, when presented with the opportunity to go look at their new charm line I was delighted.

Approaching the store, I could see the vibrant yellow lettering they’re so known for from their boxes, as I walked in the space really impressed me. It’s classy, clean and sparkly reflecting perfectly the new charm line.

For those of you who are newbies to the Kendra Scott life this is how the charm collection works. First, you have the option to, “Choose your base,” this includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Then you “Choose the metal” of your base which include: gold, vintage gold, rose gold, rhodium and vintage silver. Then go crazy and customize your jewelry to your style with charms.

I dove right into the charm collection quickly identifying some favorites. A piece that caught my eye right away was the You Are Pure Magic– Magical Charm Set. It had a big stone, a long horn and a unicorn on it.

Something else that I thoroughly enjoyed about the Kendra Scott Charm Collection was that they have philanthropy charms. They even proudly displayed the You Do Good charms with the text, “50% of the proceeds of our philanthropic charms benefit impactful causes.” I love this aspect of the company a lot and 50% is a very significant amount to give back to the charity so, kudos to Kendra Scott.

If you’re really into the power of the Earth or astrology like me, then these charms will gravitate towards you. Their new line even has power stones, birthstones and zodiac coins, at a decent price I must add between $20-45.

Another one of my favorite charms there was the “evil eye” for any Real Housewives of Orange County fans out there!

If you’re looking for a more simplistic look, there’s even letters that you can customize your necklace with your initial or an initial of a loved one.

The collection overall just eeked of positivity and good vibes. There are tassels- so cute, keys, horseshoes, stones and simple yet beautifully designed charms.

I could really see the charms making a perfect gift or token of love for your special ones. I kept picking up different charms making a mental list of which ones will be a must have for my mom!

Schedule some time out of your day and go be charmed in person. Or you can visit their collection on


St. Elizabeth Hosts Wine & Watercolor October 10

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is hosting Wine and Watercolor: What Women Need to Know About Strokes on October 10! Join female friends old and new at this popular St. Elizabeth Women Take Heart event. Learn what you need to know to reduce your risk of stroke from Vascular Surgeon Alexander Hou, MD. You are never too young to reduce your risk! Enjoy wine, beer, or your choice of non-alcoholic beverage, and appetizers. You’ll participate in a painting experience led by Wine and Canvas. No art experience or talent required – you’ll be led step-by-step. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Bras with Flair on October 5!

It’s almost that time of year again! Join us Oct. 5 for our 2018 Bras with Flair event at Macy’s Kenwood Towne Centre! Enjoy exclusive Macy’s discounts, a fabulous fashion show, DJ, refreshments, fun photo booth, bidding on bedazzled bras decorated by local celebrities/artists paired with amazing silent auction items. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Southwest Ohio! This event will sell out so get your tickets at before they’re gone!

The Professionista Experience Oct. 9

The Professionista Experience is coming October 9 at brideface in Cincinnati! Are you tired of traditional and outdated headshots? Are you ready to stand out on LinkedIn, social media, and all other platforms? Unbridled Studio has lined up a team of talented creatives to get you camera ready! Enjoy light bites, champagne, HD makeup, styling, wardrobe consulting, and professional headshots! Book your experience