Celebrating Our Beloved Community 2021, Walk Our Blocks

Thursday, October 14th
in person and online

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Each year, we gather with our dearest friends, partners, and supporters to recognize the efforts of our community. With support from donors like you, we met the housing needs of 751 residents in 2020.

This year, we will share time together in a unique way by walking the blocks of Over-the-Rhine. Starting at Washington Park we invite you to explore our neighborhood by stopping at any of the 12 stations along our .5 mile route. You will meet residents and spend time talking with neighbors.

The evening will end back at Washington Park with dinner and refreshments. We will look at progress made in 2021 and present Partner in Building Our Beloved Community awards to Crescenda Parson and Greater Cincinnati Foundation, who have played a significant role in helping us achieve our vision of quality stable housing for all in a socially, racially, and economically inclusive community.

In person program
5:00 PM Doors Open
at Washington Park
5:15 PM Registration
6:00 PM Registration Ends
6:45 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Presentations
Online program
6:00 PM Event Opens
6:05 PM Welcome
6:10 PM Exploration of four stations
7:00 PM Live stream of presentation from
Washington Park

Each event ticket includes a first raffle ticket. Raffle prizes will be located at each station for participants to enter for the chance to win. Winners will be announced at the end of the night. Additional tickets can be purchased at the event with cash, credit card, or check.

Our raffle offers prizes from local businesses and attractions including the HUB OTR, Lunar Beauty Bar, Kismet, Brewing Heritage Trail, Simply Zero, Essen, Boombox Buns, Brown Bear Bakery, Junebug Jewelry, ChiChi Lux, Blue Manatee, Skyline, Taste of Belgium, UDF, Bengals, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Parks, Bakersfield, City Bird, Currito, The Eagle, Krueger’s, Maplewood, Pepp & Dolores, and SoHi.

This event will be held simultaneously online if you are not able to attend in person. For those with less mobility, stay at the park to explore virtually over live stream.
If we experience inclement weather or are unable to be in person this event will be held online.
For more information contact Claire at 513-287-8058 cdaugherty@otrch.org

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FAQ’s

What time does the event begin?
Registration for the in person event begins at 5:00 PM at Washington Park near the Bandstand on the south end of the park. We encourage everyone to register by 5:30 PM so they have time to visit as many stations as possible. The stations will remain open from 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM. At 6:45 PM everyone will be asked to travel back to the park for dinner and presentations to commence at 7:00 PM. The online event will begin at 6:00 PM.

Will there be tour groups?
This event will be a self-guided exploration. You will decide which stations you would like to visit and in what order. We will have maps to show you where each station is located and exact addresses so that you can use your smart phone as well. Each station will have signs to help you know when you’ve arrived.

How long will it take to walk the entire event?
You to decide which stations you would like to visit. Walking times may vary, as will time spent at each station. We encourage you to choose 4-8 stations to visit depending on the time you depart registration and the distance you are hoping to travel within the .5 mile loop.

COVID-19 Protocols:
Although the in-person event will be completely outdoors, we ask all attendees to wear face masks and follow CDC guidelines.

For more information on COVID-19 please visit the CDC website.
In the case of in person cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be held completely online.

What if I am not able to attend the event in person?
If you are not able to attend the event in person we will have a webinar option available. The virtual event will begin at 6:00 PM. Once your ticket is purchased you will receive a link to register for the webinar to attend the event through our GotToWebinar platform.

Accessibility
For those not able to explore the stations walking, we will be streaming the online event at Washington Park.

Will food and drink be available?
Light snacks and water stations will be available throughout the event at each station. A picnic dinner will be provided at 6:45 PM with additional refreshments.

What happens if it rains?
In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held completely online.

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We’re grateful to our 2021 sponsors: Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Model Group, PNC Bank, Anonymous, 3CDC, HGC Construction, Parking Lot Management of Cincinnati, RiverHills Bank, and TriVersity Construction.

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In 2007 we embarked on a journey to celebrate the community that we sought to preserve and help grow, building inclusivity. We planned to make our first event a memorable one! The evening included nationally-recognized architect Michael Pyatok who spoke on quality affordable housing design; the unveiling of a limited edition Rookwood tile that was exclusively designed by Cincinnati artist Terri Kern for OTRCH; and a brief introduction to the work of OTRCH.

On through the years we have had poets, staff, residents, artists, videographers and many more friends help us celebrate and tell the story of our neighborhood and our work. Check out these videos we shared in 2016: Todd’s Story and Angie’s Story. Click here to see a list of past award recipients.

Guests at our 2018 event had a blast celebrating the artistic talent that exists in our neighborhood. Click here to check out the photo album on Facebook! 2018 Partner in Building Our Beloved Community award recipients were Cincinnati Development Fund and Georgia Keith.

In 2019, we presented Partner in Building Our Beloved Community awards to Peaslee Neighborhood Center, the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, and Bonnie Neumeier. View the video shown that evening, produced by Barbara Wolf, here, and check out the photos from the evening, taken by Angie Lipscomb, here.

In 2020 we went virtual due to the global pandemic, but we didn’t miss a beat celebrating and honoring our special community. We still shared time together and we reflected on the impact that the current state of affairs had on us and our neighbors. We observed the depth of our organization’s commitment to creating homes that are more than just houses and a community that is more than a destination. And we of course shared the stories of our work and the lives of Over-the-Rhine residents. The stories shared elevated the value and reassurance that a stable home provides.