Believe 2 Achieve Summer Party

Turns 10 At Brain Brew Distillery

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati and its Rotary Foundation will toast a decade of fundraising for children with disabilities at the 10th annual Believe 2 Achieve auction and dinner at the Brain Brew Distillery in Newtown.

The Aug. 7 event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and live and silent auction items ranging from vacations and experiences to artwork, gift baskets and more than $10,000 in gift cards. The event is 7 to 9:30 p.m. with a pre-party for sponsors at 6 p.m., where sponsors will create their own custom bourbon blend with mixologist Molly Wellmann. Local 12 news personality Bob Herzog will MC the event.

“This is our 10th year, but it feels like a new event,” said Carl Kappes, president of the Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati, the philanthropic arm of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. “Last year’s Believe 2 Achieve was virtual, so we’re back with a live event in a new location that includes a beautiful tented outdoor area overlooking a lake.” The indoor and outdoor areas allow guests to be socially distanced while enjoying the fun, he said.

Kappes, of Wyoming, and Foundation President-Elect Ali Hussain, of Mason, are co-chairs of the event. Beneficiaries are Stepping Stones Camp Allyn, The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and Visionaries + Voices, which helps artists with disabilities find their voices and their place in the community. Since it was launched in 2012, Believe 2 Achieve has raised more than $1 million to support programs for children and adults with disabilities.

“The main purpose of Believe 2 Achieve is to help the three organizations,” said Kappes. Organization volunteers join Rotarians in planning the event, with all net proceeds going to the beneficiary organizations.

For tickets or to become a sponsor, contact The Rotary Club of Cincinnati at or call 513-421-1080.

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati was founded in 1910 as a service and networking organization with a mission to provide selfless service in the community and the world and to meet needs of children with physical and social needs. With close to 300 members, it is the largest Rotary Club in Greater Cincinnati.