Cincinnati Museum Center now accepting nominations for those who make an impact in the lives of children

CINCINNATI – Do you know someone who works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children? Cincinnati Museum Center wants to honor them at our eighth annual Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Makers Awards on February 6, 2016. But you have to nominate them first!

The Difference Makers program recognizes those people who work to make a difference in the lives of children and the communities in which they grow, learn and play. We want to honor the unsung heroes – the grandmothers and foster parents, the volunteers and small community organizations, the teenagers and budding child advocates – along with larger organizations and professionals who make the Greater Cincinnati region a better place for children.

“This is an exciting opportunity to honor the people who humbly make a difference for children every day,” says Donna Zaring, corporate communications director at Truepoint Wealth Counsel and chair of the 2016 Difference Makers Awards. “Our mission is to honor these often unsung heroes and inspire the next generation of difference makers growing up in our communities.”

Past honorees were nominated for baking cookies and donating the proceeds to local charitable organizations; operating a lemonade stand and using the proceeds to buy food for a local food pantry; using classical music to bring children of different ethnic and economic classes together; helping pregnant and parenting teens to raise children while continuing to pursue their dreams; and much more.

We are now accepting nominations in the following categories:
Youth – under 18 years of age
Adult Volunteer – unpaid individuals
Adult Professional – Paid professional
Large Business – For-profit organization exceeding $2 million in revenue
Small Business – For-profit organization not exceeding $2 million in revenue
Large Non-profit – More than 50 full-time employees
Small Non-profit – Less than 50 full-time employees
Youth & School Group

We’re looking for widespread community help in identifying and nominating those heroes who share Duke Energy Children’s Museum’s focus to better the lives of children in our community.

Since the original Difference Makers event in 2008, we’ve recognized more than 220 fantastic nominees!

Nominating someone is easy… and don’t they deserve some recognition? Visit our website at to find the nomination form and submit your nomination online. Help us share the work and deeds of these unsung heroes!

“There are incredible individuals and organizations throughout our community who are taking it upon themselves to build a brighter future for children right here in the Greater Cincinnati region,” says Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Our Duke Energy Children’s Museum is proud to have an impact in the lives of children but we can’t do it alone and we are humbled every year to meet and celebrate those in the community who share our passion for healthy childhood development.”

Nominees will be recognized for their hard work and dedication at the eighth annual Difference Makers Awards on Saturday, February 6, 2015 at Cincinnati Museum Center. During the event, we’ll share the nominees’ inspiring stories and celebrate the strides they’ve taken to better the lives of the children in the Greater Cincinnati region. Nominees will be able to engage their fellow Difference Makers during the family friendly event and encourage others to become further engaged in their community. For a list of all previous honorees, visit

For more information or to nominate someone today visit or call (513) 287-7000. Nominations must be received by October 9.