Who we are.

Design Cincinnati is an event. In the tradition of the Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival, likely one of the oldest antiques festivals in the country, Design Cincinnati will soon bring one of the most renowned interior designer, premier shopping and a gourmet lunch, all to raise money for Convalescent Hospital.


We are a group of women. Working professionals. Retired professionals. Professional volunteers. Stay-at-home moms. Working moms. Some have been with the group for decades. Some have just joined us. We share the same passion. Helping kids. Making a project (that would not otherwise be possible) possible. 


And the glue that holds this all together is Marie Huenefeld.


You may know Marie through her work with the Cincinnati Flower Show. Or the Mariemont School Board. Or her 46 years with our group, the Association of Volunteers. In fact, if you are involved in any of the good works in our area, chances are, Marie is too.


MarieElders, Stepping Stones Center, Beechwood Home, Cincinnati Riding for the Handicapped, LADD (Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled), United Cerebal Palsy, Ohio Easter Seal Society. 


Is it any wonder that she was named Enquirer Woman of the Year in 1999?


Marie isn't just attending monthly meetings. She gets her hands dirty. She's involved and knowledgable at a level that most of us look at with awe. She knows all and tells all, always willing to share her wisdom, bringing so many others along in her shining example of voluntarism. 


As we enter this new era, and transition from the Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival to Design Cincinnati Presented by ClearArc Capital, we know that we are standing on the shoulders of giants, like Marie. She is among a small group of dedicated women who built the Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival into a much anticipated event, drawing in antiques dealers from around the country and sponsors who helped to support the event year after year. After holding leadership positions for years, Marie now acts as our group historian, giving us first-hand insight into the intricacies of planning an event of such magnitude for decades, from attracting world-renowned speakers to managing vendors to the delicate nature of putting together a seating chart. 


We're in awe of her energy. We're grateful for her dedication. 


Thank you, Marie.