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I Believe In Scouting


Boys Scouts of America Announces Second Annual Event Touting American Values and Patriotism

Cincinnati, OH, May 30th, 2018 – I BELIEVE in SCOUTING;

Amid all the excitement an organization can muster, the Dan Beard Council’s Hopewell District (Warren County) has announced the second annual fundraising event and silent auction promoting American values and patriotism.  The event promises to be exciting, given it’s hosted at the Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati showroom on Friday May 11, 2018 from 6:30 -8:30pm. Participants will again, be treated to professionally driven guided tours by certified Land Rover drivers on the Land Rover Challenge Quest track, uniquely available ONLY for this event.

The highlight of this year’s event will be The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial. This memorial is comprised of 23 life-sized paintings of the Ohio-based Lima Company 3/25 Marines and Navy Corpsman who paid the ultimate price for our freedom during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Eyes of Freedom Memorial will be open to the public for viewing  during May 12th at Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati. Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to support the Boy Scouts of America and honor the service and sacrifice of all those who answer our nation’s call – then, now and tomorrow.

Boy Scouts Are Inclusive

Speaking about the event and its significance, Rhett Woerner, Event Chair and Eagle Scout himself said, “Preparing America’s Patriots recognizes individuals in our communities of outstanding character or those who embody the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives”. The Scout oath talks about serving God and Country, while the law states that, A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. “In our present environment, we most certainly need youth development programs that emphasize these values. The Boy Scouts of America is unique with this approach to youth development. Not only does it deliver a best in class program, but the use of the program, through various agencies and organizations, makes it a truly all-inclusive program – including at risk and developmentally disadvantaged boys” Mr. Woerner continued. “After all, if the Boy Scouts fail to help groom the next generation of America’s leaders and patriots, who would fill that void?”

A Grassroots Effort

This fundraiser aims to raise $35,000 to support Scouting in Warren County. It is designed to support the at-risk youth in the Hopewell District (Warren County) and increase scouting awareness.  Contributions will support the scouting programs in Hopewell District, provide outreach services for those at-risk youths and continue to improve our communities through our community service projects.  Warren County currently serves 2,500 Scouting youth and, last year alone, produced 72 Eagle Scouts – Scouting’s highest rank. Over 14,000 hours of community service were logged by our scouts  and 600 adult volunteer leaders, according to the Dan Beard Council. “Even after 108 years, since the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, the time-tested values of character development, citizenship training and personal fitness remain relevant today. The age appropriate and grade specific programs focus on mentoring, service to others, lifelong learning, healthy living, and faith traditions”, said John Ralbovsky, District Director and one of two Scouting Professionals that serve the County.

Featured at this year’s event will be Keynote Speaker Brian Thomas; 55KRC Brian Thomas Morning Show host.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the College of Law in 1990.  He was serving as Executive Counsel, Litigation for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield prior to his becoming the host of the 55KRC Morning Show in January 2007.

The Eyes of Freedom Public Affairs Director, Mike Strahle, travels with the Memorial and speaks to community audiences. He had the honor of serving alsongside these men in combat during that deployment and now has the even greater honor of keeping their memory alive.

Jenell Walton will, once again be emcee for the evening.  She is Vice President of Marketing and Key Initiatives, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and an Emmy award winning journalist.

Host & Silent Auction

Hosting the event is Mr. Ed Neyra. He is President and CEO of Neyra Industries which owns Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati. He will be host for this fundraiser for the second year in a row. Mr. Neyra, himself, has a compelling American dream story, having arrived in the United States from Cuba as a refugee.

Notable sponsors include AT&T, Interlink Cloud Advisors, GMI Companies, Kleingers Group, & Jaguar Land Rover Cincinnati.

A silent auction with gifted items of quality artwork, a “Drive the Dream package” that includes a weekend use of a Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle and numerous other unique items top off the event.

Tickets are $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. To register for the event and to learn more about Preparing America’s Patriots. visit:


About Hopewell District

The Hopewell District is one of eight districts in the Dan Beard Council. It serves the communities of Lebanon, Morrow, Mason, Kings, Maineville, Little Miami, Loveland, Springboro, Carlisle, Franklin, Waynesville, Middletown, Monroe and Madison Township. The district annually serves over 2,500 Scouts at all ranks and has 600 trained volunteer leaders.

About Dan Beard Council

The Dan Beard Council is the administrative body of the Boy Scouts of America in the Greater Cincinnati area. With a geographic area of 12 counties in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky and an average annual membership of 33,000 youth, the Dan Beard Council is one of the larger metropolitan councils in the country and the largest youth organization in the Cincinnati area.

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