Hilsheimers receive Gerlach award

October 30, 2011

Larry and Cindy Hilsheimer

“Cindy’s dedication and leadership had been an incalculable benefit to The James,” said Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. “During the inaugural Pelotonia cycling event, she participated in planning nearly every aspect of the event and secured the participation of every member of The James Foundation Board, and has kept up the pace.  We are extremely grateful for all the work that Larry and Cindy have done for the university through the years.”
Cindy recalls with fondness her vivid memories of being a student at Ohio State—a time she credits with igniting a passion for service to the institution that continues to this day.

“I continue to be inspired by the talent, energy, leadership, innovation, pride, and pursuit of excellence that define this extraordinary entity,” said Cindy. “Ohio State is now a tradition for my family of seven. We all proudly share our connection to Ohio State and are grateful for its influence on our personal and professional values.”  

While at Ohio State, Cindy met the man she calls “the love of her life,” her husband Larry. “That was a lovely complement to the amazing experience I enjoyed as a young person.”

Larry shares Cindy’s deep connection to and love of Ohio State.

“My passion for The Ohio State University is multifaceted,” said Larry. “It began for me as a boy with a passion for Ohio State athletics, and grew to became the place that prepared me for my career and introduced me to my best friend, my wife Cindy.”  

As Larry continued to build his career, the university started to serve a broader purpose as a source for talented business recruits, as well as a place to pursue continuing education.  

“Beyond that, Ohio State has evolved into one of the key economic engines for our community, state, and country with one of the premier cancer research and treatment centers in the world,” said Larry.  “My passion for Ohio State’s success grows as it touches and supports more and more parts of our lives.”

Cindy currently serves on The James Foundation Board, Pelotonia, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and its foundation, the New Albany Foundation, the Columbus Symphony, A Kid Again, and the NetJets Family Foundation, and on the advisory boards of The Women’s Book and The Ohio State University Women & Philanthropy.

Larry serves on the Fisher College of Business Campaign Committee and The Ohio State University Alumni Association board of directors. He also serves as a board member for Battelle for Kids; previously chaired the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board, CompeteColumbus; and served as a board member of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation/Capitol South Board, Nationwide Children¹s Hospital, Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and many other community and civic organizations.