Celebrations, Awards, and Honors


  • Wyoming High School-Kharkiv Teen Community Service Exchange participant Julia Carleton awarded first ever Sister Cities International Youth Award  for her efforts in support of sister cities in her community and abroad. 


  • CKSCP awarded a Certificate of Recognition for exceptional support of the Open World Program at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress.


  • Inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Forum’s Greater Cincinnati International Hall of Fame as an “Outstanding Non-Profit Organization.”



  • In September, 23 Community Connections host families travel to Kharkiv as guests of their former guests. On September 11, their celebration of the official opening of the American Center in Kharkiv was tempered by the simultaneous events in the U.S. The outpouring of love and care from the Kharkivites for the visiting Cincinnatians after the tragedy of September 11 further proved the close relationship between Cincinnati and Kharkiv.



  • On June 22, 165 friends of CKSCP gathered to celebrate ten years of friendship between Cincinnati and Kharkiv. Artwork reflecting the sister city relationship was on display before the dinner. A vice mayor of Kharkiv, Volodymyr Kiyko, and Roxanne Qualls, who was then Mayor of Cincinnati, contributed opening comments. Everyone enjoyed a Ukrainian-style meal. A local puppet team presented a collage of memories and stories to entertain the gathering.

  • Community Connections Director, Marilyn Braun, recognized in GLAMOUR Magazine as a Regional Finalist in the 2000 Saturn Women At Their Best Awards for her work on the Community Connections program and other projects in the community.



  • International Association of Business Communicators – “Silver Quill” “Award of Excellence” – “From Communism to the Future” Photo Exhibit – Jan Sherbin

  • CKSCP Workshop Presenters at SCI Conferences – Topics: Retail, Cultural Exchange, University Exchange, Basics of People to People Exchange, Sister City Relationships, Business & Trade Exchange, Professional Staffing, Building Successful Partnerships



  • Sister Cities Intl. – “Special Achievement Award” for “Springtime of Hope” Video about the rebirth of religious life in Kharkiv



  • Sister Cities Intl./Reader’s Digest – “Special Achievement Award” for “Education and Training” for the CKSCP/IESC Municipal Training Program for Kharkiv and Kharkiv area officials and administrators.

  • Art Directors’ Club of Cincinnati – Bronze Award – Illustration Category – “Cultural Exchange” Poster



  • Sister Cities Intl./Reader’s Digest – “Single Project Award” for Cooperation and Activity in the area of “Substance Abuse”

  • Cincinnati “Post Corbett” Award to the CKSCP Cultural Committee for their outstanding work promoting a wide range of cultural cooperation between Cincinnati and Kharkiv since 1989

  • Cincinnati Editors’ Association Awards – in categories of Feature Writing and Photography



  • Sister Cities Intl./Reader’s Digest “Special Achievement Award” for “Cultural Awareness” – for the “Choral Synagogue of Kharkiv Restoration Project” – CKSCP’s involvement in the return of the Choral Synagogue to the Jewish community in Kharkiv and its restoration

  • Highly Successful and Acclaimed September 1991 US/USSR Sister Cities Conference – Organized by CKSCP



  • Sister Cities Intl./Reader’s Digest – “Special Achievement Award” in “Economic Development” – for Retail Effort which supports CKSCP & builds economic links with Kharkiv