17 Oct Happening in Northside at Happen Inc.
Tommy Rueff is the founder of Happen Inc., a place where kids and their parents share experiences through art and it’s free. The non-profit organization in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood recently celebrated 17 years with a birthday party where everyone joined in a cake walk orchestrated by Tommy.
Andy Overton: They had a day where they talked about bees and another day where they talked about earth worms and you got to do earth worm races and that was really fun .
Larkin Overton and her dad, Andy are two of the hundreds who’ve participated in Happen Inc. programs. Like most regulars they consider Tommy Rueff a hero . The artist and former advertising agent along with a small staff and a team of volunteers enjoy seeing parents and kids having fun together. Tommy says Happen Inc. utilizes music to help families connect.
Rueff: A lot of the music is old theme songs to TV shows. And the kids don’t know em’. But they enjoy em’. But really the connection is when a parent hears the theme song of “Green Acres” or “I dream of Jeannie”,they make a connection with their childhood and then it is automatic they will turn to their child and say this song is what I watched when I was growing up.
Tasha Hopey: It helps keep the kids out of trouble and off the streets .Leylah: It’s fun and we do crafts and we have fun activities. Syrus:I was just having fun with it.
Tasha Hopey, Leylah and Syrus have all had a chance to be part of Happen Inc.There are 8 programs and room for children from ages 3-17.
Tommy Rueff credits his mom with the name.
Tommy:When I was smaller she was always like you can do anything . You can make it happen. That’s where the name Happen Incorporated came from.