2024 Greater Cincinnati Dinner

Saturday, March 16, 2024 at
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Organized by HRC Cincinnati

Thank You for Attending the HRC Cincinnati Dinner
on Saturday March 16
, 2024!

Welcome Reception: 5:30 PM
Dinner & Stage Program: 7:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 W 5th St
Cincinnati, OH 65202

Thank You to our 2024 Greater Cincinnati Dinner Program Book Sponsors


Jelani Alladin, Visibility Award

Jelani Alladin is a fast-emerging star who is establishing himself across television, film and theater. Alladin recently starred in Showtime’s Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominated limited series,FELLOW TRAVELERS, alongside Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey, Noah J. Ricketts and Allison Williams.The series is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon, which was expanded and adapted for television by Ron Nyswaner. Alladin plays ambitious Black reporter, ‘Marcus’, created specifically for the television series, contending with D.C. racism and some of his own femme-phobia as he falls for a drag performer, Frankie (Ricketts).

The A.V. Club called Alladin’s performance “a revelation”.Upcoming, Alladin will star in the independent feature BENEATH THE FOLD, a gritty story about thedying days of print media. Set at the tail end of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, a team of local news peoplecope with the realities of a changing world, waning resources, and a clash of personalities.

Previously in television, Alladin has appeared in THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND for AMC, LAWAND ORDER: SVU, as well as FBI. In film, Alladin starred in Netflix’s TICK, TICK... BOOM and MGM’s RESPECT in 2021.On stage he was last seen as Hercules in Public Work’s musical adaptation of Disney’s HERCULES.

Alladin made his Broadway debut starring as ‘Kristoff’ in Disney’s FROZEN earning him a Drama Desk nomination for Best Leading Actor and a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance.Other credits include audiobooks for New York Times notable MY GOVERNMENT MEANS TO KILL ME by Rasheed Newson and BOYS COME FIRST by Aaron Foley.

Alladin is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of The Arts and currently resides in New York City.

Visibility Award- Presenter

Ron Nyswaner is an Academy Award-nominated writer and producer known for the classic film Philadelphia, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. He has been nominated for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Writers Guild Award, Golden Globe, Spirit Awards, as received the National Board of Review’s Best Adapted Screenplay Award and GLAAD’s Best Screenplay Award.

Most recently, Nyswaner created and produced the Showtime miniseries Fellow Travelers, starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey. Based on the novel by Thomas Mallon, the love story and political thriller follows the volatile romance of two men who meet in 1950s Washington DC, just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn initiate the Lavender Scare, declaring war on “subversives and sexual deviants.” The series chronicles queer American history, tracing the lovers, their friends and family through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism and the White Night Riots of the 1970s, and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Nyswaner’s feature films include Philadelphia, My Policeman, Freeheld, Smithereens, Mrs. Soffel, Soldier’s Girl, and The Painted Veil. In television, he has written and produced on the acclaimed series Ray Donovan and Homeland. Other television credits include the HBO true crime series, Murder on Middle Beachand the MSNBC documentary feature, Loan Wolves.

He is the author of Blue Days Black Nights: A Memoir of Desire, and produced and directed the documentary feature, She’s the Best Thing In It, that premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

Nyswaner has been honored for his LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activism, receiving the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Award and the Ryan White Youth Service Award among others.

Sheriff Charmine McGuffey, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey is a lifelong Cincinnatian and a 38-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected sheriff in November 2020, she held the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and major. Sheriff McGuffey took office on January 4, 2021, and is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Hamilton County, OH, Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff McGuffey has worked in nearly all facets of the Sheriff’s Office including as the Academy Commander for the Ohio Peace Officer Corrections Academy, serving as lead hostage negotiator for the Sheriff’s Special Response Team, and as Commander of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard. Sheriff McGuffey provided training for law enforcement officers throughout the State of Ohio and is an accomplished self-defense instructor.

During her tenure as major of Jail and Court Services, Sheriff McGuffey was credited with leading reforms in the jail to reduce the likelihood of people returning to jail. She was also credited with bringing the jail from the worst ranking in the State of Ohio to the top ranking.

As major, Sheriff McGuffey was named local and regional “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” and was honored by the Ohio House of Representatives for being named the 2016 Public Citizen of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was included in the 2013 Cincinnati Enquirer’s list of Professional Women to Watch. In 2021, Sheriff McGuffey was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier in its Women Who Mean Business event, and in March 2022, Sheriff McGuffey was one of 25 women featured in Cincinnati Magazine’s Our Future is Women edition.

Sheriff McGuffey is a reformer and effective leader committed to moving our justice system from one of hard incarceration to one that offers opportunities for rehabilitation. Sheriff McGuffey is committed to public safety and to ensuring accountability, transparency, and engagement with the community as the foundation of the work in the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff McGuffey is a member of the Human Rights Campaign, a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati 39, and in 2023 was named a Career Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.

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