We have Guts! (Pumpkin Guts)

Topic Design supported this year’s GUTS, an annual pumpkin carving competition benefitting the local Make-A-Wish Foundation: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana chapter, by sponsoring the Main Stage in OTR’s Washington Park and providing volunteers.

Kristen Pericleous, Art Director and Co-Vice President of AIGA Cincinnati, was the master of ceremonies, and Deanna Hengge, Topic’s CEO, bravely overcame an ankle injury to present the second place Silver Carver on the Topic Main Stage.

“This was the inaugural year for GUTS, and it has become my favorite event that AIGA Cincinnati puts on,” said Pericleous. “I’m beyond happy that we were able to create a family-friendly event supported by the whole community and, in turn, are able to make a wish come true for a child in need.”

The Topic Main Stage was a focal point of GUTS, providing music and kids activities during the event, which raised $9,200. All proceeds will help Make-A-Wish grant a wish to a local child suffering from a serious illness.

“At Topic, we live to solve problems by creative means, and GUTS is based on a similar passion,” said Hengge. “Through a fun fall activity like pumpkin carving, AIGA is able to turn artistic talent into a way to support a wonderful charity.”

Topic was joined in sponsoring the event by Allegiant Air, who supported the Carving Area and presented the first place Master Carver. Molly Alexander, who previously had a wish granted by Make-A-Wish, presented the People’s Choice winner.

In 2016, Topic has also volunteered at Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House and Tender Mercies, which provides supportive housing for homeless individuals with mental illness. See more pictures of the event on Topic’s Facebook page, and visit cincinnati.aiga.org for more info on AIGA Cincinnati.