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Guns N’ Hoses

Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of boxing; I couldn’t get past the fact that it appeared to be nothing but fighting. Now my family – that was another story. One of my relatives actually had Rocky Marciano as his Best Man, and that was something that made my dad especially proud. The closest thing I came to boxing was buying a Foreman Grill at the height of its popularity, but I never watched a George Foreman boxing match in all my years.

However, when the Guns N’ Hoses Southwest Ohio fundraising event was brought to my attention, I was excited to get involved. The match was held at the Horseshoe Casino on October 9th and benefitted the families of firefighters and law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. The boxing tournament featured three, one minute round matches between area Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters. The winner of each bout received a Championship Belt, and the runner up received a medal.

This foundation especially resonated for me because they were the organization responsible for funding Sonny Kim’s family to travel to the United States for his funeral – travel that would not have been possible if they would have had to wait for standard procedures surrounding benefits associated with this type of tragedy. For example, state funding sometimes isn’t available until 8-12 months after our heroes have fallen.

I was so proud that Pure Romance was able to sponsor such a noble cause, and give back to those who have sacrificed so much in service to our community. The organizers treated me to a wonderful surprise, inviting me into the ring to accept a championship belt in recognition of Pure Romance for being one of the top supporters of the event.











One of the biggest surprises of the night was when I found myself jumping up and down out of my seat screaming in excitement for several boxers. I couldn’t help myself from reading all of the bios in the program, and I’m pleased to say that out of 21 fights, I had predicted 17 wins right! (Look out, Vegas; I might have to share my predictions for some big up and coming matches!J) 

This amazing organization and their outstanding event are proof that giving back can really be fun. I came out of this experience a changed person and learned a little more about a sport that I had previously misjudged. Who knows what can happen when you make an effort to give back to causes that are important to you!







Embracing Transitions

Transitions Blog“What do you want to be when you grow up?” That is a question nearly all of us have experienced at some point in our lives, but what is “grown up?” I believe we should always strive to reinvent ourselves and move through transitions our entire lives. Someone in their fifties or even seventies has just the same right as a teenager or college student to change gears in their career, or chase a long-held dream. Inspiration is all around us, and sometimes you just have to look for it – I assure you, it’s there. Every morning, I seek lessons to learn, as well as the grace to recognize them when they are placed in front of me.

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Does Gender Bias Still Exist Today?

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What’s the difference between the word “Boss” and “Bossy?” Unfortunately, sometimes the answer is defined by gender bias, according to a new #WhipIt campaign by Pantene launched in the Philippines.

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Bright Lights, Big City

PattyBlogCincySkylineOne of the hardest days of my life was the day my daughter decided to move out of my house. She was the youngest of my four children, and “empty nest” syndrome stung to the core. I had no significant other, and the house suddenly became unnervingly quiet. I did what I always do in unsettling situations and immersed myself even further into my work; although productive, this strategy is not always the healthiest approach.   Continue reading

Race for the Cure

Last week, I told you about the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, an event that raises money to provide services to breast cancer patients in Cincinnati. But that wasn’t the only way I got involved to help find a cure.

On the last Saturday of September, the Pure Romance team and I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I look forward to this event each year, and the 2012 Race for the Cure was spectacular.

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