Covington Ladies Home to Honor Molly Wellmann with Ellen Award

The Covington Ladies Home will honor Cincinnati businesswoman and popular "mixologist" Molly Wellman with its 2018 Ellen Award.

The award is named for Ellen Battelle Dietrick, the Ladies Home founder, and recognizes a young woman "with a charitable spirit, boundless energy, and civic-mindedness in making contributions in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area."

“Ellen Battelle Dietrick was a true pioneer for her time,” said Becky Jones, chair of the Ladies Home board. “In 1886, she saw local women displaced and struggling from the effects of a severe flood and difficult economic times. Her willingness to challenge authority and speak out about societal inequalities inspired others, and ultimately established our beloved Covington Ladies Home.

“We had an outstanding pool of nominees from which to choose, and ultimately chose Molly Wellmann because she so fully exemplifies Ellen’s passion for helping others.”

Wellmann, a graduate of Colerain High School, is well-known for her charitable engagement in Greater Cincinnati.

“I have a great love for this community. I am so proud to be from the Cincinnati area, and I want to do all I can to make it a great place to live,” Wellman said.

Through her company, Wellmann Brands, she frequently donates her time and expertise as a mixologist. The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Dress for Success, and Women Helping Women are examples of organizations that have benefited from her generosity.

Wellmann's company operates several establishments across the region.

The award will be presented at the Covington Ladies Home Gala on Saturday, November 17 at The Gardens of Park Hills (1622 Dixie Highway, Park Hills).

Tickets are $135 per person (including all taxes and fees), and seating is by reservation only. Online registration is available at or call 859.431.6913 for more information.

All proceeds help provide personal care for the residents of the home, which has operated at 702 Garrard Street for 132 years.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Wellmann owns Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar in Covington. She no longer owns that establishment. RCN regrets the error.

-Staff report
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