In 2015, the Turner Farm Foundation donated $250,000 to the center, establishing The Bonnie Mitsui Integrative Health and Wellness Fund to support program development. It pays homage to Bonnie Mitsui, who worked tirelessly to develop Turner Farm into the region’s leading organic farm and education center. In 2013, Mitsui passed away after a long battle with cancer.
“It was the first major gift we received and launched our wellness series at Turner Farm and supported the work of the center in messaging wellness to our community,” Cotton said. “In a sense, the gift served as seed funding to see what we could provide for the community via our annual Symposium, mindfulness and teaching programs, and broader efforts focused on prevention and healthy lifestyles. It cannot be understated how much that support allowed us to be where we are today.”
In addition to supporting the work of center faculty, the gift funded the Wellness at Turner Farm Community Education Series — classes in Turner Farm’s Teaching Kitchen that educate attendees on the importance of fresh, organic, properly prepared foods. A recent event featured a cardiologist from UC Health who spoke about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, specifically how it can reduce stress and inflammation.
“We wagered on Sian and, frankly, it was a good wager,” Edmiston said. “She has succeeded in socializing the concept of integrative health and wellness in the community and is deserving of the chair.”
In fundraising for the center and endowed chair, Turner Farm hosted a black-tie gala in September called, “A Night of Celebration in Honor of Dr. John and Susan Tew.” John is a professor of neurosurgery and vice president of community affairs at UC Health. He and his wife, Susan, are leading advocates for integrative health and wellness approaches. The event also celebrated the opening of Meshewa House, a restored manor house on Turner Farm.
This gift is part of Next, Now: The Campaign for Cincinnati. This comprehensive campaign for UC and UC Health will focus on raising money for scholarships and graduate student fellowships; research; the health and well-being of our region; and the signature programs and initiatives that are unique to UC and UC Health.