SAVE THE DATE: Stepping Stones Celebrates 15th Annual ‘Bloom’ Gala Sept. 7

Ellen Grossi, Bloom’s 15th annual gala chair, enjoys the 2018 event with her husband, Frank. Bloom benefits programs for Greater Cincinnatians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


What: 15th Annual Bloom Gala – an elegant, tented outdoor garden party

When: 7:00-11:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Rd., Indian Hill

Why: To support Stepping Stones’ programs for children, teens & adults with disabilities


Stepping Stones’ Bloom gala, an evening of live music, dancing, and tapas dining, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill.

Ellen Grossi of Indian Hill serves as this year’s chair of the tented outdoor garden party, the agency’s 15th annual gala. Anne Shanahan of Hyde Park is the event’s host and hostess chair.

“I have always believed that every person deserves to have respect and to feel accepted,” Grossi said. “Stepping Stones strives to provide each and every participant with these qualities, as well as a sense of belonging and purpose. We are so privileged that this organization is available to provide support, encouragement and most of all, acceptance.”

The 15th Annual Bloom Gala will feature tapas dining from more than 25 local restaurants and caterers, as well as wine, beer and cocktails. Live music will be provided by popular local dance band Stays in Vegas. Tickets are $150 per person or $85 for young professionals.

Additionally, in celebration of Bloom’s 15th year, the event will include an exclusive VIP art auction and top-shelf bourbon tasting. Tickets to the private “Art from the Heart” are available for a $50 add-on to a Bloom gala ticket.

The 2019 Bloom presenting sponsor is Huntington Bank. Platinum sponsors include Susie and Neil Bortz, the Chemed Foundation, the Pettengill Family, and Julie and John Richardson and their company, SugarCreek.

Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency serving more than 1,000 people with disabilities in day and overnight programs that increase independence and promote individual success. Founded in 1963, the agency provides educational, recreational and social programs at locations in Batavia, Indian Hill, Monfort Heights and Norwood. For tickets or more information about Bloom: