Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Noon - 1:00 pm (Pre-luncheon activities 11:15 am)
Columbus Convention Center - Short North Ballroom

The Portraits of Recovery Luncheon is one of the most inspirational and uplifting events of the year and this year will be no exception! More than 350 business and community leaders turn out for this annual fundraiser which provides critical funding for a wide range of treatment and recovery services for women who are struggling with addiction, mental health issues and trauma. Please join us - your support will have a direct impact on women and their families as they work toward lifelong recovery and economic independence.

2018 Purple Heart Award recipients.

Recipients of the Purple Heart Award embody service, sacrifice and commitment to ensuring the lives that Amethyst serves have access to hope, health, and recovery.

Rita and David Cohen

Purple Heart Award recipients 2018

We are pleased to announce that, at Amethyst’s Portraits of Recovery Event, the 2018 Purple Heart Award was presented to Rita and David Cohen. Since 1993 the Cohens have quietly, yet persistently, helped empower the women of Amethyst to live in sobriety, believe in their strengths, and pursue their lifelong goals. The Cohens’ compassionate dedication to serving others, mostly families and children, has touched thousands of lives in our region. Rita’s many volunteer involvements have included serving as a Parent Advocate for Franklin County Family Drug Court, while David’s mentorship has benefited the youth of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, among others. It is our great privilege to honor them both for the significant impact their humble generosity continues to have on our community and, in particular, the impact they’ve had on the women and children of Amethyst.

Previous Purple Heart Award winners:

2017    State Auto Insurance Companies
2016    Jane Grote, Tanny Crane, and Community Christian Church North youth group
2015    Zonta Club of Columbus, Erny Carmen and Kelly Ludwin Rish
2014    Founding Mothers of Amethyst: Catherine Wood, Marta Zanetis, Sally Bulford, Jean Daubenmier, Joanne Wagenbrenner, Ginny O'Keeffe, and Annie Upper
2013    Holly Herschede
2012    The Honorable Paul Herbert
2011    Kelly Borth of Greencrest
2010    Cardinal Health
2009    Eileen Bainter of Fifth Third Private Bank
2008    Zonta Club of Columbus, Columbus Rotary, and Rita Price
2007    Michael Fergang of Grange Insurance and Mary Oleksiuk of LBrands
2005    United Parcel Service, The Honorable Cynthia Lazarus, and Karen Fields
2004    Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Annie Gaunt, and Angela Larviere