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May 02, 2017

Mary Ronan receives national Operation School Bell award

Ronan_MaryMary Ronan was selected for the award by a national committee of 12 independent reviewers. Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved women and children in their communities, has 121 chapters located in cities across the nation. The honor is given to individuals or groups who provide extraordinary support to an Assistance League chapter.

Ronan has a 40-year career in education and has been superintendent for Cincinnati Public Schools for nine years. She retires from the school district this August.

 “Mary has offered encouragement, strength, and personal and professional support to Assistance League members and volunteers involved with Operation School Bell as we worked toward a shared mission,” said Meier Bauer, president of Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati. “Her commitment to children’s education was extended to their physical appearance and self-esteem, which we know is so integral to academic success.”

The seventh annual Assistance League Aspire Cincinnati™ Awards luncheon will be held Friday, May 5 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Cincinnati Hotel. The Aspire Award Luncheon was created by Assistance League to honor local community leaders or philanthropists with a “passion to inspire and aspire” and a commitment to giving back to the local community.

Jane Keller, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, will act as keynote speaker.

The event will bring together several hundred Cincinnatians to participate in the presentation of two Aspire Cincinnati Awards: to John and Eileen Barrett of Western and Southern Financial and to Christine Bochenek of the Haile/USB Foundation. The theme of the luncheon will be “Community Commitment and Caring in Action.”

bond hill uniformsOperation School Bell is an Assistance League program that provides school uniforms annually to more than 2,500 of the neediest children in 35 public and parochial schools in greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Each school uniform consists of short and long-sleeved shirts; pants; socks; underwear; a belt; and a fleece jacket. More than 20,000 children have participated in the program since 1998.

Some of the ways Ronan has supported Operation School Bell and Assistance League include: regularly assisting as a volunteer during Operation School Bell uniform distribution; developing a protocol enabling Cincinnati Public Schools to pay for school buses used to transport students to Assistance League distribution sites, which freed the nonprofit organization’s chapter funds, enabling an increase in the number of children served; and arranging for Operation School Bell coordinators to regularly attend staff development meetings with the resource coordinators from each school, strengthening the AL role and program impact on the children participating in Operation School Bell.

To attend the May 5 luncheon, call 513.221.4447 or email algc@fuse.net. Tickets for the Aspire luncheon are $75 per person. Sponsorships and table host information are still available.

Assistance League is made up of volunteers who run programs dedicated to aid women and children in crisis, serving Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties in Ohio, and Kenton, Boone, Campbell, Grant and Mason Counties in northern Kentucky.

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