About the award
In 2007, Anthony presented the inaugural Jim Semon "Impact" Award to an adult who epitomizes all that Jim Semon meant to the life of Anthony. When Anthony was six years old, Jim, then the Director of Parks and Recreation in Ontario, California, gave Anthony his first baseball glove. At that time, little did Jim know that he was giving so much more to Anthony. Not having a solid male role model, Anthony latched onto Jim. Ultimately, Jim became Anthony's high school baseball coach and continued to provide the guidance needed to succeed in life.
Anthony recognized Jim for his unconditional and everlasting support. He was presented with a commemorative ring from Heileman Jewelers.
At The Spirit of '78 Hall of Fame Dinner, Anthony recognized Ben Huffine. Ben was director and member of CityCURE for 17 years. He would give food, clothing and shelter when you needed it. He helped individuals in Over-the-Rhine to find Christ, get a job, or move to a better place to live. When Ben decided to move his family to Grayson, Kentucky, he kept on giving by leading Sunday school classes and working with the youth of his church. Tragically, Ben died at the age of 52 in December of 2004. He is loved and missed by many.
At the Celebre Los Nños Hall of Fame Dinner, Anthony recognized Paul Brondhaver. SSG Paul Brondhaver, a New Richmond native has served his country for over 19 years in the United States Army. While being a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his tour ended early when his combat patrol was attacked and a rocket propelled grenade exploded near his Humvee. Paul works full time for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and teaches school part-time. He is also active with the American Red Cross, as Instructor in Lifeguarding and Health and Safety for 20 years, and is a member of the First Baptist Church in Glen Este. Paul is deeply respected by the entire community and clearly devotes his life to serving others.
At the Big Man on Campus Hall of Fame Dinner, Anthony and dede recognized Jack Cassidy. Jack Cassidy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati Bell Inc. and is also an active member of the community. He serves on the boards of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Museum Center, University Hospital, 3CDC, the Boomer Esiason Foundation and is the past chair of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's Regional Technology Initiative as well as the current Chair of the Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Program. Mr. Cassidy has been honored as the Personal Communications Industry Association's (PCIA) Distinguished Corporate Citizen, the Boomer Esiason Foundation's Man of the Year and the Cincinnati Friars Club's Man of the Year. He also has been awarded the NAACP's Wright Overstreet Award for Education, the Cincinnati School Board's "Making A Difference" award, and the 2007 Cincinnatus Association John E. Pepper Award. Most recently, Jack was recipient of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission “Connecting Cultures & Communities” award; and Cincinnati Bell and Jack Cassidy were honored as JDRF 2008 Cincinnatians of the Year.
At the Celebrate Cincinnati's Best Hall of Fame Dinner, Anthony and dede recognized Sam Bonasso. Sam is the proprietor for Outback Steakhouse. Sam has been involved with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation for a number of years providing meals for the Hall of Fame Football Academy and Partner Dinner. Sam helped launch the "Thanks for Giving" campaign at Outback Steakhouse, which allowed diners to order off a specialized menue and a portion of the sale was donated to "Operation Homefront" in an effort to support deployed military service members, their families, and wounded soldiers who have returned home. Sam also volunteered to go overseas to visit with soldiers in Iraq and prepare meals for them at military bases in an effort to provide them with a taste of home.
At The Anthony Muñoz Foundation's 10th Anniversary 'Celebrating a Decade' Hall of Fame Dinner, Anthony and dede recognized Bill Kinane the owner of Manor House and active board member for the Foundation. Each year Mr. Kinane donates not only the entire Manor House to the Foundation for Hall of Fame, but he donates countless hours and resources to help make the Hall of Fame Experience run as smoothly as possible.
At the "Hula" Fame Dinner, Anthony and dede recognized Andy Olds. Andy plays a large role in the Foundation as head coach of all of AMF's football camps throughout the year: "Impact for Eternity" Camp, Football Academy, and Hispanic Character Camp. Andy has been involved with the Foundation for a new of years, bringing in coaches from local area high schools to come out to each camp and lead the campers in football drills, while also helping them develop their character and build teamwork. Andy is currently the head coach for King High School and has also started working with Anthony's son, Michael, during the summer for Muñoz Agency as the head football coach for their NFL Play 60 Character Camps.
At the 12th Annual 1950's Hall of Fame Dinner, Anthony and dede recognized Daniel Minera. Daniel has been involved with a number of different organizations and outreach programs throughout the Cincinnati area. Some of those programs include AMF Whiz Kids tutoring program, Hispanic Character Camp, IFE Camp, La Viña Cincinnati, and the Hispanic Outreach for City Gospel Mission. He serves with various community leadership councils, committees, and boards that continue to promote character building, education, and faith based encouragement throughout Cincinnati. We thank Daniel for all he has done throughout the Cincinnati area, and his impact will continue to reach youth across the Tri-State.