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The Company That Cares 

Western & Southern is a passionate corporate citizen determined to promote a strong economy, exceptional health care, educational achievement and a rewarding quality of life in Cincinnati. 

Making Cincinnati Great Together

At Western & Southern, we are dedicated to the vitality of our city and the surrounding areas. Our company supports local causes that promote a strong economy, exceptional health care, educational achievement and a rewarding quality of life in Cincinnati. Our six title sponsorship events are just a few of the many ways we partner with community groups to make Cincinnati the best place to live, work and enjoy life.

Community Sponsorships: Continuing Cincinnati Traditions

We sponsor the Western & Southern Open, a US Open Series tennis tournament. The tournament hosts nearly 200,000 fans for nine days of world-class tennis and top-notch hospitality, while the Greater Cincinnati area is showcased to fans around the world through TV broadcasts on ESPN and the Tennis Channel. The tournament generates an estimated $48.7 million annually in regional economic impact, and since 1974, has helped raise more than $10 million for local nonprofits, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth.

2017 marked the third year the company sponsored the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks display, a Cincinnati tradition for 40 years. More than 700,000 viewers gathered along the Ohio River to celebrate the last blast of summer and raised $1 million for the Freestore Foodbank. The company is also proud to continue its sponsorship of three Cincinnati events: the Thanksgiving Day Race, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk MS, supporting MS research; and Ride Cincinnati, a family bicycling event advancing local cancer research, education and care. 

Western Southern WEBN fireworks display

Education & Youth: Investing in the Next Generation 

Western & Southern invests in the next generation of Greater Cincinnatians with the donation of more than $1 million to nonprofits promoting education and youth development. One example? Together, the Western & Southern Financial Fund, our company and associates gave approximately $50,000 to Junior Achievement over the past year.

And more than 10 years ago, we established the Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award to inspire and reward excellence among educators in Cincinnati Public Schools. This distinguished $10,000 award honors one educator who has elevated the educational process in our public schools to an exceptional level through personal commitment, dedicated focus and outstanding results. It is hoped recipients of this award will serve as inspirational role models who encourage other educators to achieve excellence.

Hawkins Educator of the Year Award
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In 2017, Western & Southern presented the 11th annual Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award, a $10,000 gift to an outstanding Cincinnati Public Schools educator. We also matched associate donations to 19 colleges and universities and funded the Western & Southern Lobby at Xavier University's Williams College of Business.

john f barrett presenting hawkins award

Civic & Community Development: Building a Great Place to Live

Western & Southern donates more than $700,000 to local nonprofit partners that promote civic and community development. Donations to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and various parks, recreation and beautification projects furthered the company's mission to make Cincinnati great together.

Arts & Culture: Creating a More Connected Community

Western & Southern continues its tradition of promoting the local arts community. We are among the top 10 corporate partners of Greater Cincinnati's ArtsWave campaign and honored to sponsor galleries at the Cincinnati Art Museum. We also make significant contributions to the Taft Museum of Art, Music Hall and many other local arts initiatives.

Health & Human Services: Committed to the Vitality of Our Community 

We help drive the vitality of our hometown by donating to local causes that improve health care and provide basic resources to those who need it most. In 2016, the corporate foundation donated $2.4 million to local nonprofits promoting health and human services. Most notably, our associates and corporate foundation donated $1.4 million to United Way this year, making Western & Southern the fourth largest corporate contributor in Cincinnati.

The company and associates also completed Habitat for Humanity houses for two local families in 2017. The first home was constructed for a single mother of three who worked alongside Western & Southern volunteers every weekend during the build. The second home was built for a family with seven boys - one of whom had brain surgery during the time of construction.

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