May 2022

Hello Nune,

Before I begin, I'd just like to say that we grieve with the parents and family members of the children murdered in Texas this week and with all children who experience violence. And while we hope you are able to enjoy the long Memorial Day Weekend with your family, we also want to honor them and the memory of all those who died in service to our country as well. 

Memorial Day serves as a reminder that summer is nearly here, and we have a lot planned at Santa Maria that I'd like to tell you about. 

First is our Second Annual Summer Safety Fest. We want you to join the conversation about preventing violence and substance abuse in Lower Price Hill. Here is a flyer with all of the details:

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We also plan to celebrate our littlest graduates in the Every Child Succeeds program on June 10 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Schaeper Center at Elder High School.

Looking ahead to July 22, Prevention First returns to our East Price Hill Location (3301 Warsaw) to continue the conversation about substance abuse prevention at the annual picnic. Later in the summer, we will be Promoting Our Preschoolers as they head off to Kindergarten.

Looking even further ahead, be sure to mark your calendar for our fall fundraiser, The Sharing Table, being held at ARCO (Price Hill Will) on Thursday, September 15 from 6-9 p.m., and Santa Maria will be celebrating our 125th birthday with a special fundraising event at the American Sign Museum on November 3 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Be sure to keep an eye out for our June e-newsletter that will include our annual Impact Report.



H.A. Musser, Jr.

President and CEO

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.

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Santa Maria Recognized with the Cincinnatus Association's Spencer Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

At The Cincinnatus Association’s Seventh Annual Donald and Marian Spencer Spirit of America Awards Dinner, held on May 10, 2022 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Santa Maria was honored, along with five other Cincinnati area businesses and nonprofits for promoting diversity and inclusion.


The Cincinnatus Association named the Spencer Awards after Cincinnati’s “First Couple of Civil Rights,” as a way to celebrate the couple’s achievements and “honor nonprofits and businesses who exhibit conspicuous and enduring contributions to promoting greater inclusion and diversity in the community.”


Although Mr. Spencer died in 2010, before the inception of the awards, Ms. Spencer participated in the dinner each year until her death in 2019. Marian Spencer was known for fighting to integrate Coney Island amusement park so her children could swim in the pool. She also was the first African American president of the Woman’s City Club of Cincinnati and the first African American member of Cincinnati City Council. Donald Spencer was the first African American on the Cincinnati Park Board, the first African American broker on the Cincinnati Board of Realtors and the first African American trustee at Ohio University.


“When reading the nominations, we receive each year for the Spencer Awards, the outstanding work being done by so many organizations in our community to improve the lives of our citizens is an inspiration to us all. Cincinnatus has this unique opportunity to recognize and share with you the efforts of our honorees to help those in need achieve their ‘American Dream’ through their services, education and inclusion of all citizens,” said Susan Noonan, Chair of Spencer Dinner Committee.


In addition to Santa Maria, the 2022 Spencer Awards were also presented to: Activities Beyond the Classroom, Avondale Development Corporation, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, and TriVersity Construction.


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