The Childrens Home has announced the co-chairs for this year’s Rockin’ at Riverfest, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 6, at Smale Riverfront Park. The 2020 co-chairs are J.B. and Leigh Buse, and Jeff and Jeanette March.
The event is the agency’s marquee fundraiser, annually fueling the comprehensive education, behavioral and mental health services. The Children’s Home provides to children and families of Greater Cincinnati. The co-chairs are volunteers who lead the event on behalf of community partners who support children and families in Cincinnati.
“We have a goal of raising $500,000 at the 2020 Rockin’ at Riverfest to support our programs and services that serve Cincinnati’s most vulnerable population,” says John Banchy, president and CEO of The Children’s Home. “Even in these unprecedented times, sponsors and donors have generously supported our mission and I’m beyond grateful. The leadership these talented co-chairs are bringing with them is a game-changer and I’m confident we’ll be successful.”
A lifelong Greater Cincinnati resident, Jeff March was one of the founders of BRG Realty Group, where he now serves as CEO. Over many years, Jeff and his wife, Jeanette, have generously donated their talents to various educational and housing initiatives along with other charitable endeavors to enhance the lives of those in our community. Jeff is a member of The Children’s Home board of trustees, the Cincinnati Country Day School Foundation board of trustees, and a past member of the Episcopal Retirement Services board of directors, where he also served as chairman of its Affordable Living board. He serves as president of the Apartment Association Outreach, Inc. board and is an active member of the National Apartment Association’s legislative committee. He and Jeanette are members of the United Way Tocqueville Society, and they founded the John P. March Educational Foundation in honor of their infant son who passed away in 2000.
“Jeanette and I have always believed in the importance of community, and the need to give back and leave our little corner of the world better than how we found it,” Jeff says. “Right now, it’s more important than ever for all of us to stand together. We’re very proud to support The Children’s Home because they change the lives of tens of thousands of our neighbors every year. Rockin’ at Riverfest enables them to provide for children and families who sometimes have nowhere else to go for help.”
J.B. Buse serves as chairman and CEO of LOTH Inc., and Leigh Buse is a CPA and corporate secretary/assistant treasurer for Corporex. J.B. is in partnership with The Regional Economic Development Initiative Cincinnati and is a member of the board of executive advisors at Xavier University’s The Williams College of Business, as well as the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati. He serves on the board of the Johnny Bench Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society. Leigh is actively involved in philanthropic efforts benefitting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Morgan Judd Memorial Foundation.
“Events like Rockin’ at Riverfest represent the best of Cincinnati,” says Leigh. “J.B. and I are very fortunate in that we get to bring many of Cincinnati’s leaders together who support a vulnerable population that needs The Children’s Home. This is about securing a brighter future for our city.”
“This event is the heart of our charity,” notes Roderick Hinton, chief administrative officer at The Children’s Home. “Last year, Rockin’ at Riverfest helped fund more than 30 programs that changed the lives of almost 15,000 people. With the generous backing of community leaders like the Marches, Buses and other neighbors who are part of this event, we can continue to fuel our mission of hope, help and healing. We’ve been a pillar of support for children and families of Cincinnati for 156 years. Our community partners ensure we’re able to continue to serve the underserved.”
The Children’s Home is located at 5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227. For more information, call 513.272.2800 or visit www.tchcincy.org.