Guests Dine, Dance & Raise Money for Disabilities

Photography provided by Stepping Stones, Inc.

Stepping Stones 12th annual Bloom event drew more than 400 guests to Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill on a balmy October 1. 

The early fall tented party included tapas dining from more than 20 restaurants and caterers, dancing and a silent auction featuring everything from a year of coneys from Gold Star Chili to a week in the south of France. 

The event raised more than $270,000 to support Stepping Stones’ programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities. 

Event co-chairs were Kevin and Michelle Jones of East Walnut Hills. Kevin is regional president of Huntington Bank, which was the presenting sponsor. Honorees were Doug and Beth Brendamour of Indian Hill.

The committee included food co-chairs Deb Caley and Sam Scoggins of Mount Lookout, host and hostess chair Allyson Schumacher of Indian Hill and flowers chair Kelly Fruechtemeyer of Wyoming. 

Kevin Jones told the crowd that the answer was easy when he and his wife were asked to co-chair. 

 “We believe in doing the right thing,” he said. “And Stepping Stones, and all it stands for, is certainly the right thing.” 

Stepping Stones’ programs include summer camps, autism education, overnight respites, adult day programs and school year extracurricular activity programs. Donors who gave to the Stepping Stones Scholarship Fund received blinking rings and lapel buttons, filling the party tent with twinkling colors as emcees, the Q102 radio team of Jeff and Jenn, urged the crowd to “Light up the tent.”

Platinum sponsors were Beth and Doug Brendamour, the Pettengill family and the August A. Rendigs Jr. and Helen J. Rendigs Foundation.

Gold sponsors included Kadi and J.R. Anderson, Ascent Private Capital Management, Susie and Neil Bortz, Cardinal Solutions, Chemed Foundation, Gail and Fred Fischer, Landor, PNC Bank, Richwood Investment Advisors LLC, Barb and Mike Ricke, Anne and Jim Shanahan, SugarCreek/Julie and John Richardson, Turnbull-Wahlert Construction and Wyler Family Automotive. 

Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency with program locations in Indian Hill, Batavia, Norwood and Monfort Heights.

The organization’s next major fundraiser is the Open Your Heart Valentine Dinner at Eddie Merlot’s restaurant in Montgomery on February 7.

Stepping Stones Inc. is located at 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243. You can reach them at 513.831.4660 or visit their website at