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Chef's Celebrating for a Cause

08-01-2012

Cincinnati, OH (August 1, 2012) - Join the Athletes United Foundation on October 27, 2012 as some of the world's top chefs cater an evening of food and wine at the magnificent Peterloon Estate. The Annual Chef's Gala benefits the Athletes United Foundation and their programs - Field of Dreams, The Locker Program and Nourish to Flourish. These programs help under-served children year by providing meals, clothes, school supplies, gifts, personal hygiene and household items.

The historic Peterloon Estate serves as the stage on which the world's renowned chefs will perform. The interactive culinary experience allows the chefs to speak with guests,explain techniques, and field questions - all while preparing a menu of creative, delicious dishes. In addition to enjoying the food and wine, guests can bid on unique auction items for the chance to win outstanding prizes.

Tickets are $250 per individual and $2,000 for a table of eight. For more information or to purchase tickets call 859-360-6086 or visit www.athletesunitedfoundation.org.


Bengals Players Dig In To Help Moscow

By John Faherty 03-09-2012

Cincinnati, OH (March 9, 2012) - The woman from the county really wanted Andrew Niehoff to meet the football players. Niehoff, 18, a high school senior, had lost his home in the Moscow tornado. A few days back, he also had to put his dog down. Too old.

So Friday, the county worker drove all around Moscow. She circled and circled in her golf cart, past the downed trees and the homes without roofs or walls. The town is so small and the players so big. There would be a crowd around them. Certainly they would be easy to find. But there was no crowd. When the county worker finally found DeQuin Evans, Leon Hall and Rey Maualuga, they were doing what everybody else in town was doing. They had their heads down and they were working.

One week after a devastating tornado rolled through the little village as if it was aiming for it, it was clear how far things have already come. There were tarps on the roofs, the downed trees no longer lay across streets. Now they sit in orderly piles of recently sawed wood; pyramids of logs showing what was lost and how much work has been done.

"In a way, this town has never looked so beautiful, so many people coming together to help," Pam Felts, a 48-year-old Moscow resident, said. "There is so much beauty here now, even though it still looks kind of awful."

There were utility workers and volunteers from the Red Cross and Lowe's and Home Depot. Maintenance workers from other towns were busy, too.

"Back in '99, when a tornado hit Sycamore Township, people from here came and helped us out," said Mark Homan, a maintenance worker for Sycamore. "Now it's our turn, it feels good."

Mike Kimutis had seen all the destruction on television and the newspaper. He was walking around somebod's yard picking up small debris and putting it into a bucket. When the bucket was full, he would take it to a garbage can and begin again.

"This is fine, I am happy to help in any way that I can," Kimutis, 53, of Anderson Township said.

Linda Carter, the town's vice mayor, took in the scene around her. She was asked if she had every seen anything like it. "No," she said. Which, the destruction or the good will? "Both."

When the county worker finally found the football players, they were clearing a driveway in front of a home on the river.

Niehoff, wearing a new vest courtesy of the Bengals, walked towards the players.

"What's up, buddy, I'm Rey," said Maualuga, giving him a handshake and a quick, manly hug. Niehoff later said it may have been his first smile of the week.

Hall quietly asked him if he was OK. Did he need anything? Niehoff said he was fine.

Evans asked him about his home, and about what he was missing the most. Niehoff said he missed his shoes, but then showed him a new pair.

Finally, Maualuga put him on the spot, and asked Niehoff if he had girlfriend. Not really, said the boy. Maualaga reminded him that prom was just around the corner, and he better get busy.

Then the football players patted him on the back, and got back to work.


 
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