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These gentle local animals are among local winners of difference-maker awards

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is ready to celebrate the inspiring individuals, organizations and businesses that are making a difference in the lives of children in the region. Finalists for the 10th Annual Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Makers Celebration have been selected from a group of nominees. Honorees will be announced and all nominees will be celebrated at the 10th Annual Difference Makers Celebration Feb. 24.

Difference Makers recognizes those individuals, organizations and businesses that work to make a difference in the lives of children and the communities in which they grow, learn and play.

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A total of 15 finalists in six categories were selected for their contributions to children and the community around them. The Difference Makers program will also recognize one community honoree for their positive impact on the lives of children and their families.

Local finalists by category for the 10th Annual Difference Makers Celebration, each nominated by members of the community, are:

Non-Profit

• Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses - Seven Oaks Farm uses miniature horses to bring joy and offer hope through animal-assisted therapy for children. Their “Just Say Whoa to Bullying” program teaches children that everyone has something valuable to offer, encouraging acceptance, tolerance, respect and understanding. The miniature horses make learning fun and engaging, capturing the attention of children. Seven Oaks Farm has partnered with local police departments to bring the program to 30 schools last year with the hope of eventually reaching all 60 schools.

These finalists will be recognized for their inspiring work and dedication at the 10th Annual Difference Makers Celebration on Feb. 24 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. To purchase tickets visit cincymuseum.org/difference-makers or call 513-287-7000.

Adult - Professional

• Caitlin Burke - As the Prevention Coordinator for Women Helping Women’s comprehensive program on ending gender-based violence for youth in Hamilton and Butler counties, Burke teaches 5-day and 10-day programs in schools or other youth organizations. Her programs explore signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexual assault and harassment (including use of social media and technology), consent, bystander intervention and resources to help a friend or loved one. She also coordinates a Youth Prevention Team to help students gain leadership skills, volunteer experience and opportunities to continue the conversation about dating violence prevention. She empowers children in our community to seek healthy relationships and be there for one another.

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