Alan Ding of Dublin recently participated in Kent State University's 2014 Piano Institute.

* Alan Ding of Dublin recently participated in Kent State University's 2014 Piano Institute.

He was among 14 participants from around the world who took part in the intensive program for talented piano students in grades 7-12.

The students received four hours of one-on-one lessons daily; attended master classes taught by Kent State pianists; studied sight-reading and technique and learned practicing and audition/competition preparations, while living on the Kent campus. To conclude the program, the students presented a concert in Severance Hall's Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland.

Ding is the son of Qing Ding and Yuhong Yang.

* The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will honor Stephen E. Markovich, M.D., president of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, at its 9th annual Columbus Dinner of Champions.

Markovich, of Dublin, will receive the Norman Cohn Hope Award, the National MS Society's most prestigious award, for his commitment to volunteer leadership, philanthropy and community service.

Markovich has served as a physician and an administrator for Riverside since 1996. He has practiced as a family and emergency physician there and has served as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Ohio State University. In addition to his medical career, Markovich is a brigadier general in the Ohio Air National Guard where he serves as the chief of staff. His extensive military background includes multiple deployments.

The Dinner of Champions will be held Sept. 10 at the Ivory Room at Miranova. Individual reservations are $150 per person. Proceeds help provide programs and services for more than 20,000 Ohioans who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For more information, contact Michelle Wohlfeiler at 216-503-4184 or