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Twins Win: Make Goebel Great Scores Cash from Cincy Sundaes

Well, they've done it again.

11-year old twins Adam and Rowan Weckman dazzled another crowd and walked away with money. The brothers are the poster children for the Make Goebel Great effort, a community-driven revitalization of Goebel Park in Covington's Mainstrasse Village. 

The pair bagged $1,140 from Cincy Sundaes, a contest held around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in which individuals or groups make their pitch for an event or initiative. At the conclusion of the event, the audience picks their favorite and the winner gets the money collected at the door ($5 per person, which also buys a namesake sundae).

Organizers said that Sunday's event, held at UpTech on Pike Street in Covington, was the closest vote yet, with six votes separating first place from fourth place.

Make Goebel Great beat out Bake Me Home, which incidentally is made up of another set of twins, 13-year old sisters who are expanding their offerings to the less fortunate to include family portraits. A Madlot-esque performance space at St. James Plaza in Walnut Hills and a series of classes in which locals would learn from each other on how to live a more creative and productive life (Shoppe Class) also competed for the funds.

"Let's turn this banana into a banana split," the Weckmans told the crowd, referencing the long-neglected park that has seen a recent resurgence through their and neighbors' efforts. The latest funding will help them apply more colorful paint to the structures at the park.

In all, Make Goebel Great is a quarter-million dollar dream, co-chaired by Emily Wolff (the twins' mom) and Cole Imperi, both of Mainstrasse Village. Since the twins' original pitch at City Hall, organizers have motivated supporters to paint, build a temporary bike pump track, host a well-attended concert, and hold regular yoga sessions there.

You can see more about the plans at Make Goebel Great.

Also Sunday, Eric Avner of the Haile/US Bank Foundation told the crowd about People's Liberty, a new non-profit philanthropy lab that will offer two individuals the opportunity to chase their dreams for a full year with the backing of $100,000. Those recipients will be announced near Thanksgiving, and interested parties can still apply. 

In the spring, sixteen project grants will be made available. Three opportunities go toward renovating a space and three others will be for transforming Peoples Liberty's storefront every three months. 

The initiative is expected to last five years. For more information, visit People's Liberty.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photos by Brian Frey, RCN contributor

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