Stepping Stones Invites Supporters to ‘Open Your Heart’ Feb. 5

(L-R) Patti Zesch, 2019 Open Your Heart chair, and Mary McGraw, event founder, both of Indian Hill, are looking forward to a successful event in February.


Stepping Stones will hold its 11th Annual Open Your Heart fundraising dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Eddie Merlot’s in Montgomery.

The Valentine-themed evening includes an hors d’oeuvres reception, three-course dinner with wine or beer, raffle, and sale of one-of-a-kind items made by individuals enrolled in Stepping Stones’ Adult Day Services program for adults with disabilities.

“Stepping Stones holds a special place in my heart,” Open Your Heart Chair Patti Zesch, Indian Hill, said. “We all crave inclusion, fun, and growth, which the agency makes possible for so many children and adults with disabilities in our community. Stepping Stones’ enrichment opportunities truly change lives, and I’m humbled to be a part of that.”

Joining Zesch on the organizing committee are Debbie Alf, Indian Hill; Gigi Heidt, Hyde Park; Terri Hogan, Amberley Village; Mary McGraw, Indian Hill; Jen Parry, Madeira; and Dina Taylor, Blue Ash.

The Open Your Heart cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $185 per person (young professionals $140). Valet parking is included. Eddie Merlot’s is located at 1080 Montgomery Road.

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, visit or contact Libby Odenbeck at 513-965-5103.