Introducing The Cincy Celebration of Champions

The University of Cincinnati (UC) and The Smith Family Foundation (TSSF) have collaborated to bring the community-at-large the first annual joint Cincy Celebration of Champions. “Together, together” is a joint force of these two institutions and their ability to connect to hundreds of critical social service, community and student organizations.

The 2014 Cincy Celebration of Champions, Cincy Charity Golf Ball Drop was presented this year by The Smith Family Foundation (“TSFF”) and The University of Cincinnati (“UC”) for the benefit of UC and its student organizations and academic programs and other participating 501 (c)(3) community charitable organizations.

Congratulations to our 2014 Cincy Charity Golf Ball Drop Prize Winners!!

First Place $10,000

Julia Lyons

Sold by The Smith Family Foundation

Nine $1,000 “Remke Markets” Gift Card “Runners-Up” Prize Winners

Prize Name Winner Sold by: Nonprofit Organization
Honesty   James Hethcox  Bearcat Bands
Integrity  Joseph Stickle  The Healthcare Connection
Sportsmanship   Anita Barron  Ohio Alleycat Resource
Respect  Jena Gundrum Cincinnati Slammers U10
Confidence Maggie Brown Testicular Cancer Foundation
Responsibility Karen Austin Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary
Perseverance  Jackie Reichenbach Engineers Without Boarders
Courtesy  Jacki Hummel Cincy Slammers U10
Judgment   Arlene Foster   Children’s Media – Study Abroad

You can also see media coverage of the event at the following links:

Click Here to see our WLWT coverage.
Click Here to see our Enquirer coverage.
Click Here to see Local 12 coverage


The Cincy Celebration of Champions is (UC) and The Smith Family’s annual signature fund-raising event. This "Celebration of Philanthropy" unites visitors, residents, and charitable organizations to benefit the Greater Cincinnati's non-profit community. Join us as we celebrate the Celebration of Champions.

Cincy Charity Golf-Ball-Drop is a unique fundraiser created and hosted by both organizations to benefit local charitable organizations in a meaningful way. It is highly engaging and participative.

The event happened on Thursday, April 17th at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium.

Numbered raffle chances were sold through our web site, through participating organizations (NPO's) or by calling 1-866-321-DROP (3767)  Golf balls were numbered and then dropped onto a target from high above. Prizes were awarded based on the winning numbered golf balls being the closest to a targeted area. This cascade of thousands of numbered golf balls toward the target was an exciting event to behold!

The event includes the world’s largest Wiffle Ball drop. UC’s Department 7 has constructed a large Pelican that was flown by a soaring Sikorsky Helicopter. The winning golf ball was awarded with a grand prize along with other prizes awarded.


About the Presenter


The mission of The Smith Family Foundation is to facilitate philanthropy, and it is committed to do just that with its inaugural signature event, The Celebration of Champions, on Thursday, April 17, 2014. With the theme of "Together Together," this landmark "Celebration of Philanthropy" will bring together hundreds of nonprofit and student organizations.

Over fifty percent of the 1.8 million charities in America and millions worldwide have budgets of under $2.5 million. In Greater Cincinnati alone there are more than 3,000 non-profits. Out of those, over a third spend as much as sixty percent of their time just keeping their doors open.

The Celebration of Champions is presented for the benefit of The Smith Family Foundation and other participating charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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