Annual awards, regular meetings canceled but Spencer statute dedication still on

Cincinnatus Association has postponed its 6th annual Donald & Marian Spence Spirit of America Awards dinner, scheduled for May 19. The good news is that the venue, the Netherland Hilton, is deeply committed and proud to host this event. The hotel’s events team is working with us to reschedule as soon as we can. Meanwhile, the dedication of the Spencer Statute at Smale Park remains set for June 28. Cincinnatus has canceled its monthly meetings and panel meetings in person until further notice. The American Society of Public Administrators has also canceled its annual awards ceremony, where the Cincinnatus Award has been presented to celebrate local government cooperation.

The Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati has commissioned the first statue of a named woman in Cincinnati for civil rights icon Marian A. Spencer. Marian was an extraordinary woman of grace and dignity who spent her life working for equality, justice and her belief that each of us has the ability to make the world a better place. We are asking for your support in this effort. Marian A. Spencer is the perfect person to break the barrier to become Cincinnati’s first woman statue!  Marian Spencer stood up fearlessly for what she believed was right and set the example to be smart, be polite, vote and keep on fighting. Tom Tsuchiya and Gina Erardi are the sculptors. Tsuchiya is well known for his local sculptures, including the bronze statues of Cincinnati Reds players at Great American Ball Park.  There will be a dedication of the statue on the 100th birth date of Marian Spencer on June 28.

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