Take a Look at Topgolf Tailgate

Golf is all about the club making impact with the ball to send it flying into the air towards its final goal. At our inaugural Topgolf Tailgate, sponsors were able to make an impact on the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and help us reach our goals!

Thanks to Integrity Express Logistics, LLC for helping make this event happen! We also had many longstanding and 24 new partners attend as bay sponsors.

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We kicked off the night with a Meet + Greet session with just a few of the Best 50 Bengals including: Joe Walter, Max Montya, Jim Breech, Dave Lapham, and Anthony!

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Attendees bidding on some of our fantastic raffle prizes.

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Prizes included: a football signed by Anthony Munoz & Andy Dalton, #78 Bengals Jersey signed by Anthony, and fun packages from Main Street Sweets, Montgomery Inn & Coopers Hawk.

 

We had some fantastic swings throughout the night while golfers played Top Golf and Top Scramble.

 

 

Golfers even had the chance to try and Out-Score a Bengal including Anthony, Jim Breech & Louis Breeden!

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Congrats to our First Place Male–Paul DeNicolo from Pimco

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Congrats to our First Place Female–Cheryl Davis from Links Unlimited

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Congratulations to the First Place in Top Scramble team from Justin Doyle Homes.

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Special congratulations to Danny Bohl; our Overall Last Place winner! (he won a gift card for lessons before next year’s Topgolf Tailgate)

 

Another thank you to Integrity Express Logistics, LLC and all our sponsors and attendees at Topgolf Tailgate for making your impact!

Do you want to help impact the Anthony Muñoz Foundation too? Here are three easy ways you can help out:

Shop: AMF is a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program. Enroll your Kroger Plus Card and Kroger will donate a percentage of what you spend to the Foundation. Enroll your card here. Search and add “ACE FOUNDATION” to your account. Then, all you have to do is your grocery shopping!

Volunteer: Our volunteers are an essential part of what we do. We’re currently looking for volunteers for our annual Youth Leadership Seminar on Thursday, October 12th. Join us to empower more than 1,200 Tri-State high schoolers to reach their leadership potential. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

Donate: We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of our sponsors, partners, donors and YOU. Click here to make your impact.

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Five Fun Facts About Our Whiz Kids!

This week is an exciting time at AMF: it’s the beginning of Whiz Kids! Here are five things you may not know about our Whiz Kids tutoring program.

  1. City Gospel Mission began Whiz Kids to provide at-risk students tutoring and mentoring around the city. 2017 marks the 8th year Anthony Munoz Foundation has been a site host at Robert Paideia Academy in Price Hill!

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2. Each year 20 Kindergarten through 5th Grade students have the opportunity to be matched with a tutor from AMF. These pairs meet every Wednesday after school for one hour of tutoring. They practice reading skills while building a relationship with their tutor.

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3. At the end of each session, Whiz Kids get to participate in a group activity. This can be an art project like creating shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day or even playing a fun game like “Over the Mountain” where students and tutors get to know each other better.

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4. In the last 3 years, 13 students have completed and aged-out of the Whiz Kids curriculum! They have moved on to the Whiz Kids extension program—City Gospel Mission’s Unplugged where they focus more on everyday enrichment, academics, and life-skills. These students also have the opportunity to learn more about spirituality. Fun fact: these students come from 7 different families!

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5. Want to be a tutor? You must be at least 16 years old! Most of our volunteer tutors do not have previous tutoring experience but training is provided by The Foundation and City Gospel Mission before Whiz Kids begins. There is still time for you to register to be a tutor for the 2017-2018 school year! Click here to learn more about registering to be a Whiz Kid tutor!

 

Back to School Means YLS is Just Around the Corner!

Back to school blues? Not when you have the 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar to look forward to! With registration open, we are looking to make this year’s event our biggest and best yet. Start your countdowns, because YLS will be here before you know it!

We are so excited for the event this year, and look forward to seeing so many familiar faces, from schools, students, and moderators. Our annual YLS started in 2005, and some schools have participated since the beginning. In fact, there have been twelve schools that have gone 12 for 12 in years attended! A HUGE thank you to…

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We hope these schools will continue their streak by attending this year’s YLS on October 12, 2017 at Xavier University.

Last year, YLS had a total of 94 schools in attendance from our Area of Impact. Whether it was ten-minute drive to over an hour, these schools all came with one goal:  to learn from their experience at YLS and leave ready to impact others. An overwhelming 41 schools came from Hamilton county for our event in 2016. Butler, Clermont, Brown, and Kenton county all brought a great amount of schools as well to help 2016 be such a success. Watch our 2016 Recap to see what all the buzz was about last year!

This year at our YLS event, we are looking to empower even more schools. We hope to see not only schools that have attended every year, but schools who have not attended consecutively or it’s their first time with us!

So, what are you waiting for? Register now for our 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar! We can promise you it will be an event you do not want to miss out on. If you’ve already registered, share it using #EmpoweredCincy17. See you on October 12th!

16th Annual Straight “A” Luncheon

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On April 25th, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation hosted their 16th Annual Straight “A” Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. The Straight “A” Luncheon recognizes and awards 18 Tri-State area high school seniors (9 male and 9 female) that best demonstrate our definition of what it means to be a Straight “A” Student – pursuing Academic excellence, accomplishing Athletic Achievement, showing a strong Ambition all while playing an Active role in the community, maintaining a winning Attitude and displaying the ability to overcome Adversity.

All 18 finalists were awarded a $2,000 scholarship to further their education. The overall Straight “A” Students of 2017 were Maya Kien from North College Hill High School and Jyvel Tolbert from Aiken High School. Both finalists received an additional $3,000 scholarship, for a total of $5,000.

Maya Kien is a well-rounded student who has excelled both academically and athletically. Maya has been a part of the North College Hill Women’s Soccer Team and has received one varsity letter. She has maintained a spot on the honor roll throughout high school. Maya will be graduating Top 10% in her class with a GPA of 4.8. Next year, Maya will attend Xavier University.

Jyvel has shown determination and perseverance on and off the field. He managed to maintain a strong 3.66 GPA while being a competitive asset to his Track & Field team. Jyvel will also be recognized as the Valedictorian of Aiken’s 2017 senior class. He will be interning this summer at General Electric and is excited to begin his journey at the Ohio State University in the fall.

All Straight “A” Finalists submitted an essay that explained the adversity that they have had to overcome and how it hasn’t defined who they are today. Check all 18 Finalist stories out on our website.

2017 Straight “A” Finalists

With more than 350 high school students nominated this year, we have received the highest number of Straight “A” Scholarship nominations ever! Check out our website to view the full list of 2017 Straight ‘A’ Nominees.

These outstanding individuals have acknowledged the importance of involvement in and out of the classroom. Each student has demonstrated Academic and Athletic excellence, strong Ambition, Active roles in the community, a constant positive Attitude, and the ability to overcome Adversity.

That being said, our committee has officially selected nine male and nine female finalists. Congratulations to the 2017 Straight “A” Finalists!

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All finalists will receive a $2,000 scholarship toward their college education. One male finalist and one female finalist will be chosen by Anthony to receive an additional $3,000 scholarship, for a total of $5,000, to further their education. We look forward to recognizing and honoring all eighteen Finalists at the Straight “A” Luncheon on April 25th hosted by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

Stay tuned for more information on our Finalists!

Cold Weather Can’t Freeze Warm Hearts

We’re Midway through March and already so many projects have blown by!

Lupus Awareness

Carlisle High School hosted a blood drive to raise Lupus awareness to donate to the cause. This idea was inspired when they first accepted the AMF Challenge in honor of their Principal, Mr. Potter, who was on leave because of his personal battle with the disease. Best wishes to Mr. Potter and congratulations on all your hard work Carlisle!

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Walk for Water

Aiken New Tech and Anderson High School hosted the Walk for Water 5k to raise money for a well for the students of Aiken-Largo High School in Sierra Leone, Africa. Students from both high schools came together on a chilly winter day to walk in solidarity with the students of Aiken-Largo who have to walk 3.1 miles to their nearest source of water. Anthony was able to personally congratulate the crowd of over 200 students at the event. Great teamwork everyone!

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Senior Senior Prom

You read it right, Saint Henry District High School held Senior Senior Prom at Elmcroft Assisted Living Center. The senior residents at Elmcroft were swept off their feet with a night of dancing, dinner and so much fun! The students from Saint Henry’s even had the residents at Elmcroft vote for Prom King and Queen. What a fun night!

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There are only 13 days left and we still have more projects to come!

We will be visiting some of these Service Challenge Projects, so be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to keep up with the amazing work! #OnePurposeOneImpact #AMFChallenge

Part of the #AMFChallenge? Don’t forget to submit your completion form by April 1.

“Where Are They Now” Wednesday: Justin Couch

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After receiving more than 350 nominations for our Straight “A” Scholarship this year, we had the chance to catch up with our 2009 Straight ‘A’ winner, Justin Couch, to see how he has continued pursuing the Six ‘A’s of the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship.

In 2009, Justin graduated from Ludlow High School and decided to take two years off to decide what he wanted in life. He explained that this was a great decision for him because he truly realized how important education is.

Justin went on to attend Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Electronic Media and a minor in Marketing. He has always had a love for sports and has built lifelong relationships and memories through participating in athletics.

Justin graduated from NKU this past December. With his love for athletics and degree in Electronic Media, his dream job is to be a camera operator for professional sporting events.

For Justin, the most important ‘A’ from the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship is the ability to overcome Adversity.

“Life has taught me that no matter how difficult of a time you may be experiencing, just know that there’s a man sleeping under a bridge somewhere, a starving child in a third world county, and millions of other people who are having a much more difficult time than you are. If you can understand that, then you can overcome anything and when you do overcome adversity, you will appreciate things in life that so many other people take for granted.”

It was a pleasure having the opportunity to catch up with Justin Couch this past week. Keep following our blog for more “Where Are They Now” Wednesdays. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful community and look forward to choosing our next Straight ‘A’ Finalists who should be announced by the end of March. Stay tuned!