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Cincinnati Museum Center accepting nominations for annual Children’s Museum Difference Makers Awards

Do you know someone who is devoting their time and resources to mentor underserved children into the next generation of software engineers and computer coders? Or a child who collects books for classmates who may not have any? Maybe you know a business that provides resume workshops for high school students.

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Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) wants to honor them at its tenth annual Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Maker Awards, but they have to be nominated first.

Past honorees were nominated for organizing a benefit concert to support Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Surviving the Teens programs; helping pregnant and parenting teens to raise children while continuing to pursue their dreams; placing 3D printers in Boys and Girls Clubs across the country; raising funds to support and provide educational resources to Syrian refugees; collecting and donating gently-used books to fellow children who lack access to them; and much more.

CMC is now accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Youth – under 18 years of age
  • Adult Volunteer – unpaid individuals
  • Adult Professional – paid professionals
  • Business – for-profit organizations
  • Non-profit Organization
  • Youth & School Group

CMC is 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 and our community.

Nominating someone is easy. Click here to submit a nomination form online,

For ten years, the Difference Makers program has recognized those who work to make a difference in the lives of children and the communities in which they grow, learn and play. The goal is to honor the unsung heroes – the teachers and youth leaders, the volunteers and community organizations, the teenagers and budding child advocates – along with the businesses and professionals who make the Greater Cincinnati region a better place for children.

Since the inaugural Difference Makers event in 2008, CMC has recognized more than 350 nominees.

“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. We want to acknowledge and connect with others who are making a difference for children and families. 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 tenth annual Difference Makers Awards in February 2018. During the event, the nominees’ inspiring stores will be shared in a celebration of the strides they’ve taken to better the lives of the children in the Greater Cincinnati region. Nominees will be able to meet 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, click here.

For more information or to nominate someone today visit cincymuseum.org/difference-makers or call (513) 287-7000. Nominations must be received by September 22.

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives.

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