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Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Public Information Officer, Michael Flannery, was honored to be asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the University of Cincinnati’s Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner held on the evening of June 12th. The annual event is held to recognize the achievements of University of Cincinnati alumni following graduation. Flannery, who now serves as Goodwill’s Public Information Officer, is also a local comedian, celebrity and entertainer and was previously a media personality with WCPO, 9 on your side. Held at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, Flannery entertained more than 300 guests who were there to celebrate the achievements of this year’s five distinguished honorees; Jay Hummel, Brian Leitten, Catherine Roma, Kirk Perry, and Cathryn Hilker.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement to Cathryn Hilker, for her lifetime work in cheetah conservation. Hilker has been a prominent spokesperson and advocate in the Greater Cincinnati community for years on behalf of wild animals and specifically, big cats. University of Cincinnati President, Dr. Santa Ono presented Hilker with the prestigious William Howard Taft Medal. As Master of Ceremonies, Flannery was pleased to be seated with Dr. Ono and other distinguished University of Cincinnati faculty and alumni.
In typical Flannery fashion, Michael entertained the distinguished guests with his unique brand of humor and also, mentioned his role at Ohio Valley Goodwill. The attendees loved his ability to balance the importance of the occasion with ample amounts of laughter.
As Goodwill Public Information Officer, Flannery is available for speaking engagements and is in frequent demand as a Master of Ceremonies and public speaker. His role allows him to share the Goodwill story with a variety of audiences who then become more informed about the organization’s mission in the community and service to thousands of Greater Cincinnatians with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. To contact Michael for speaking engagements, call (513) 771-4800 or email email@example.com
Ohio Valley Goodwill congratulates the 2014 University of Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni Award recipients on their success.