Sixth Annual Difference Maker Awards dinner Nov. 7 at
Union Terminal featuring community honoree
PNC Grow Up Great
September 16, 2013
Media Contact: Elizabeth Pierce, (513) 368-2139, firstname.lastname@example.org
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center announced today the 2013 Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Maker nominees, celebrating the greater Cincinnati region’s thriving spirit of giving and dedication to children. Forty-three outstanding individuals and organizations were recognized for going above and beyond to better the lives of children.
"The Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Maker nominees include unsung heroes, small community organizations and budding child advocates, along with powerhouse agencies and individuals who all deserve recognition for the Difference Makers they truly are," stated Douglass W. McDonald, CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. "We are honored to take time each year to recognize these heroes in our community."
These outstanding nominees will be recognized for their hard work and dedication at the Sixth Annual Difference Maker Awards dinner on Nov. 7. Join us to honor their efforts and recognize the finalists selected by a panel of community volunteers and previous Difference Makers. In addition, we will celebrate the 2013 Difference Maker Community Honoree, PNC Grow Up Great.
The dinner and awards presentation will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Union Terminal. Tickets are on sale now; $45 Individual ticket for adults and $25 for children, $500 Table (10 Tickets). RSVP is requested by Oct 29, 2013. For reservations, please call (513) 287-7001.
Support for the Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Maker Awards is generously provided by presenting sponsors, Harold C. Schott Foundation and Francie & Tom Hiltz. Additional support is provided by Dinsmore, Miller Valentine Group, Sheakley and the Cincinnati Enquirer. A complete list of supporters can be found at www.cincymuseum.org/Difference-Maker. Proceeds from this event support museum visits and programming for underserved children and families.
Difference Maker Free Friday—Nov. 1
As part of our Difference Maker celebration, Cincinnati Museum Center will host a special "Free Friday" on Nov. 1, in honor of the Difference Maker nominees. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science will be open FREE from 4 until 8 p.m. Metro is joining the celebration by providing free rides to and from Cincinnati Museum Center on Metro Rt. 1 during extended hours from 4 to 9 p.m on Nov. 1, and for the celebration dinner on Nov. 7.
2013 Difference Maker Nominees
These individuals and organizations have been nominated by their peers and members of the community who have seen their hard work and selfless dedication to children. Nominee categories include: Youth (17 and younger), adult - volunteer, adult - professional, business and non-profit organization.
Please join us in congratulating our 2013 Difference Maker Award nominees:
2013 Community Honoree
PNC Grow Up Great is featured as the 2013 Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Maker Awards community honoree in recognition of significant efforts to improve early childhood education and school-readiness.
The PNC Grow Up Great initiative began in 2004 with a mission to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. Their visionary leadership has been recognized with awards from the National Head Start Association, Committee for Economic Development, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the Child Welfare League of America. PNC Grow Up Great partners locally with non-profit organizations to foster a foundation in science for preschools. Grow Up Great with Science provides low-income families with support for professional development for preschool teachers and by introducing entire families to science through on-site and classroom experiences. PNC Bank employees have donated 12,500 volunteer hours and impacted thousands of children. With over $350 million dollars invested within communities across the country, PNC Grow Up Great has dedicated their mission as strong advocates for the future success of today’s children. For more information, please visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com and www.youtube.com/PNC or follow @PNCGrowUpGreat on Twitter.
Locally, PNC Grow Up Great has supported Cincinnati Museum Center through the ECSITE (Early Childhood Science Inquiry Teacher Education) program. ECSITE is a teacher professional development program designed to sustainably increase the competency and confidence of early childhood teachers in creating science inquiry classroom experiences for their students, thereby maximizing science thinking and key multi-disciplinary developmental skills. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the ECSITE program were recognized earlier this year as one of four museums nationally to receive the 2013 Promising Practice award. Supported by MetLife Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums, the Promising Practice Award recognizes U.S. and international children’s museums as essential places for nurturing children to become global citizens.
For a list of all previous Difference Maker honorees, visit www.cincymuseum.org/Difference-Maker.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati History Library. Recognized as Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes one million plus visitors annually. For more information, visit cincymuseum.org.