Western & Southern, The Salvation Army, local religious leaders, associates and many families and friends celebrated the dedication of the Crib of the Nativity with a ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8.
This is the 79th year for the Crib. It was first constructed in 1939 in Lytle Park, spent several years at Union Terminal welcoming returning World War II military personnel, and now continues as the company’s gift to the people of Cincinnati in Eden Park at the Krohn Conservatory. It is estimated that nearly 3 million people have visited over the years.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted and matched by the Western & Southern Financial Fund for the benefit of The Salvation Army.
Following the invocation by Major Larry Ashcraft of The Salvation Army, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John F. Barrett offered opening remarks and Senior Vice President of Public Relations Kim Chiodi made the presentation.
Religious leaders Father Barry Windholtz of St. Rose Church and Pastor Paul Booth, Jr. of Legacy Pointe Church also spoke.
The Western & Southern Choral Group, led by Bob Turner of Information Technology, and The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Anita Cocker Hunt, filled the air with seasonal carols.
The Crib of the Nativity is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, 2019, at the Krohn Conservatory.
About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and celebrating 130 years this year, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($48 billion) and managed ($27 billion) totaled $75 billion as of Sept. 30, 2018. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC;1 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;2 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;2 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Find more information on the Western & Southern family of companies. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of six major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.