Heroes of Character 2019
November 14, 2019 | Savannah Center, West Chester
Character Connects Us All
On November 14th, we will gather to honor the 2019 Heroes of Character in West Chester at the Savannah Center. These Heroes have been nominated by their peers as upstanding citizens and people of character, and represent the best of the Tri-State area. They come from all over the region, from different backgrounds and walks of life. They are willing to do the right thing, no matter who is watching. They set an example of care and compassion in our communities. They may never have met before this event, but they are connected, nonetheless – by their character.
Just as the West Chester area creates a connection between Cincinnati and our northern neighbors, so too, does character connect each and every one of us. Character is a choice, each and every day, that brings us closer together. When we choose to do the right thing, no matter the cost; when we choose to care for our neighbors in need, despite our personal burdens; when we choose to fight injustice for those unable to fight for themselves, that is when our character makes the connection.
This year will feature Jim Place as Keynote Speaker. Jim has spent 49 years as an educator, administrator, athletic director, and football coach in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, with a strong passion for athletics and character education. As a coach, he has been inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, is a State Champion football coach, and is the recipient of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Place spent time as the Director of Character Education for Hamilton City Schools, which was honored as Ohio and National School of Character Education during his tenure. He has presented at more than 300 conferences, clinics and other speaking engagements and has give Character Presentations to over 200 schools and groups. Jim has also presented at football clinics at Ohio State, University of Michigan, and Notre Dame.
Master of Ceremonies this year will be Tyler Bradshaw. Bradshaw has hosted a number of our events and we are pleased to welcome him back once again. He is an educator, announcer, and enthusiastic public speaker. Tyler currently serves as an Associate Director in the Office of Admission at Miami University, coordinating nationwide recruitment efforts for Ohio’s original Public Ivy. Tyler recruits in Columbus, Ohio, and helps co-manage Miami’s Red Brick Roadshow (a multi-city admitted student event program). Tyler has spoken to thousands of college-bound students across the country since joining the Miami staff in 2011. Additionally, Tyler’s voice is well-recognized in local athletic communities as a dynamic announcer and broadcaster. He announces games for a number of different teams throughout Greater Cincinnati. Tyler is a member of the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Board of Directors, helping those with physical and developmental disabilities play the game of baseball in an accessible, state-of-the-art facility. Tyler is a passionate advocate for mental health issues as well. After losing his Father, Scott, as a victim of suicide in 2013, Tyler started SeeyaBub.com. Seeya Bub is a blog where Tyler discusses the difficulty he faced in losing his Dad, covering topics related to grief, mental illness, and suicide prevention. He now speaks at schools, churches, and other community organizations about the importance of mental health, carrying on his Dad’s memory and story.
This year we will have a very unique feature. Courtesy of ReRuns for Wee Ones, each guest arriving will receive a child’s building block with a character quality on it. Guests will then ‘build character’ together and form a sculpture over the course of the evening.
Pick an envelope, any envelope! We will have envelopes numbered 1-100 at the event. Pick an envelope and donate that amount to the Character Council. You may just find a prize inside your envelope worth more than what you donated!
Proceeds from this fundraiser directly sponsor our Education Initiative, helping us to provide programming for local schools that support character education and bullying prevention.
Silent Auction and Basket Raffle
This year will feature a silent auction and basket raffle. Click here to see some of what we will be raffling off at the event!
Our Heroes and Student Heroes
Are you ready to meet our Heroes and Student Heroes of Character? Check out their stories in our Hall of Heroes.
In addition to our Heroes of Character, we will be honoring Ohio and Kentucky’s National Schools of Character and Ohio’s State School of Character, as designated by Character.org. The Character Council is the State Sponsor for Ohio and Kentucky.
National Schools of Character:
Kentucky – Kenwood Elementary | Louisville, KY
Ohio – Centerville Primary Village North | Centerville, OH
State School of Character:
Ohio – Imagine Madison Avenue School of the Arts | Toledo, OH
Mike & Mary Russell
Pallavi & Shashi Patel
Get Your Tickets Now!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by calling 513-973-6984.