Cincinnati’s nonprofit community is a robust and passionate population. It is important to understand the incredible impact these organizations have on our city and how much we rely on them. One significant way that organizations fundraise, raise awareness, educate and connect with the community is through events. This was well understood by Cincinnati philanthropists and patrons of the arts, John J. Emery and his wife, Irene.

When building their family home, Peterloon, the Emerys intentionally designed a home that included large open rooms ideal for hosting musical performances and fundraising events. Today, that legacy lives on through the Peterloon Foundation. The foundation’s core function is to serve as a place where qualified charitable organizations can host their events at Peterloon for a nominal rental rate. It is also important that Peterloon act as a catalyst to help share information about these groups and the importance of their events held there.

The Schilling School for Gifted Children was founded in 1997 and nationally is only one of two, K-12 schools serving gifted children. The school’s philosophy is “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.” Their goal is to develop, nurture, challenge and inspire their students to meet their full potential, therefore giving them the opportunity to make a significant impact to benefit their community and beyond. 

The school’s impressive curriculum, which includes college- level classes and nine foreign language electives, is highly sought after. The Ohio Department of Education and the Canadian Department of Education have both asked to use the Schilling School’s curriculum model. The school is incredibly proud of their students’ achievements. One graduate is a major in the US Airforce, and it has been indicated by his commanding general that he will be the youngest commanding general in the US Airforce. One of the school’s graduates is in national security at the White House, and another graduate has her Ph.D. in astrophysics and worked for NASA. These are just a few of the numerous success stories from The Schilling School alumni.

For nearly 20 years, Peterloon has hosted The Schilling School for Gifted Children’s high school graduation. “We chose Peterloon for our first graduation in 2001 and have never gone anywhere else since,” says Dr. Sandra Kelly-Schilling, head of school. “Peterloon is an elegant and meaningful setting with a strong Cincinnati history.”

Life Forward, Pregnancy Care of Cincinnati’s mission is to empower women and their families to make life-affirming decisions through God’s love. They provide confidential services at no charge that include consultations, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, referrals to community services, education and support. Life Forward strives to create an environment were women feel valued, respected and cared for.

“Our hope is to offer holistic relationship driven services that will build a bridge that will allow the gospel to be shared and dialogued,” says Riley Mullins, director of development.

Due to the private and personal nature of their organization, Life Forward does not offer many volunteering opportunities. The organization relies on events for fundraising as well as an avenue to engage with their community.

Life Forward holds numerous events but their largest event is their annual spring banquet. Leading up to this year’s 2020 banquet, they hosted an event at Peterloon to help create a meaningful experience for their key supporters and gain momentum for their annual banquet. Like many other organizations hosting events in 2020, Life Forward changed their plans and hosted a virtual banquet. It was such a success that it has inspired them to incorporate a virtual aspect into their future banquets.

Mars Hill Academy is Cincinnati’s only PK-12 classical Christian school. MHA builds a firm foundation that equips students with skills that last a lifetime: critical thinking, logical reasoning, persuasive writing and powerful speaking. A unique component of the MHA curriculum is teaching protocol, in which high school students learn about meal etiquette, conversations, interviewing skills and public behavior. Each class culminates with a special evening event.

Sophomores apply their buffet knowledge and enjoy an evening of conversation with teachers. Juniors partake in a formal, six-course dinner with adults outside of the school community.

“A defining part of what makes these signature events so special is experiencing the beautiful, special-occasion venue that the Peterloon Estate provides,” says Erin Edwards, protocol teacher. “MHA students, faculty and guests are always blessed by and appreciate the aesthetics of the estate and hospitality of the staff.”

“We would love the opportunity to host more nonprofit organizations at Peterloon,” says Jamie Rogers, marketing and events director at Peterloon. “We are looking for more ways to help share information and stories about organizations and the great work they do throughout our city.”

Peterloon is located at 8605 Hopewell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. For more information, email, call 513.485.2543, like them on Facebook or Instagram or visit their website at