"Goodwill and STAR 64 Partner to Showcase HCMR/DD!"


L to R:Joan Hock, parent, Constance Brenneman, STAR 64, Tricia Ettinger, parent, Cheryl Phipps, Superintendent, HCMR/DD and Joe Byrum, OVGI President/CEO

Tuesday, October 20th marked the 3rd occasion that Ohio Valley Goodwill has welcomed back STAR 64 television to its corporate headquarters in the village of Woodlawn. STAR 64 “At The Movies” co-host, Constance Brenneman had a special reason for this particular visit. Ohio Valley Goodwill and STAR 64 are teaming together to present an overview of Hamilton County Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Services (HCMR/DD) and explain the importance of their upcoming Levy.

The STAR 64 piece will include 7 different segments which will feature individuals served by the organization, parents of participants, Goodwill staff, and very special guest, HCMR/DD Superintendent Cheryl Phipps. The purpose of the STAR 64 taping is to provide a community education and outreach tool for viewers about the vital role of Hamilton County MR/DD, the importance of their upcoming Levy, and long-time partnership with Ohio Valley Goodwill and the thousands of individuals with disabilities that MR/DD serves.


L to R: Lois Kramer, CARE Supervisor, Zack Ettinger, Tricia Ettinger and Constance Brenneman, STAR 64

“We wanted to provide this opportunity for HCMR/DD to appeal to the Greater Cincinnati community about the critical need to Vote Yes on Issue 5,” explained Joe Byrum, OVGI President and CEO. The levy only appears on the ballot every 5 years and was last passed in 2004. Passage of this essential levy provides more than 73% of the funding needed to support the 8000 individuals with disabilities that HCMR/DD currently serves.

The STAR 64 piece will air on Sunday, November 1st during its “At The Movies” presentation, 2 days before the election on Tuesday, November 3rd. Tune in to watch on November 1st and please vote Yes on Issue 5 on Tuesday, November 3rd.

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