Ethel Voss Palmer started The Humane Education Auxiliary in 1960 to help abused and neglected children and animals in the Tri-State. She was eventually able to raise enough funds to help build a shelter in Kenton County to help educate citizens on how they can be humane and kind to both people and pets.
Nick Clooney, George Clooney’s father, often hosted Palmer’s events as she became the voice of needy children and animals in Northern Kentucky. “Even as she grew old she kept working to change the perception of children and animals in need,” explains Jan Malley, founder of The Humanitarian League Foundation.
Just before Palmer passed away, Malley and her husband Chip, who now works as the Foundation’s president, decided to do something to keep her legacy alive. So, in 2004 the couple decided to relaunch The Humane Education Auxiliary as The Humanitarian League Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.
In an effort to bring local ladies together to make a difference, while creating a sisterhood of support and care for each other, Malley and the organization held its first “Diva Day” in 2005.
“Diva Day is a day filled with fashion, pampering, vendors, an auction, lunch and speakers to inspire and educate us all,” Malley says. “This year, Jill Rappaport from NBC’s the Today Show will share the latest on all the Hollywood celebrities.”
Steve Raleigh, chief meteorologist from WCPO, will be the host of this year’s event where the theme is Viva La Diva, a tribute to all the fabulous Hollywood movie star divas in the last 50 years. The event will be held October 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Drees Pavilion. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite Hollywood diva movie star or wear their chicest lunch attire.
Since Diva Day is only held every two years, it’s always a sell out, Malley says. “At the last event, more than 300 divas attended and more than $120,000 was raised for the featured charities,” she adds.
Malley’s favorite part of Diva Day is when she sees the dogs and cats who need to be adopted strut their stuff on the runway with the models in hopes of finding their new forever home — and many of them do.
Diva Day’s fundraising efforts benefit charities in Greater Cincinnati who help abused and neglected children and animals, but need financial assistance and community support. The charities present to the board, after which, there is a vote to select those who are the least represented.
Malley says this year’s charities include the Kenton and Pendleton Animals Shelters, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), Milestone Equine Therapy for Children, Potter’s Ranch Horse Therapy for Adults and Children, Northern Kentucky Tails, the Junior Bengal Special Needs and Inner City Cheerleaders.
The event had several sponsors, including: The Lois Pope Life Foundation, Bank of Kentucky, Hermes de Wyman Miro, Interventional Pain Specialists, PNC Bank, David A. Terry, CPA, P.S.C., Little Red School House, Stock Yards Bank, Huntington Bank, Ricking Paper, Katz and Teller Law Firm, Altra Machinery Movers and Rigging, LLC, Arrowsmith, Business Benefits, Central Bank, EverDry Water Proofing, Jennifer Overmann Lawyer, Lexus River Center, Omega Processing, Practice Logistics, Michael Kessling Financial Group, Tri-City Insurance and Shannon Hill’s Vintage Salon.
Malley says they are still seeking corporate sponsors for Diva Day and any businesses interested in being a sponsor or individuals who want to attend the event can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about The Humanitarian League Foundation, visit their website.