John’s Crazy Socks will be in Hamilton soon

Butler County Connect Staff Report

Hamilton will soon have an extra means of keeping warm this winter: crazy socks.

John Lee Cronin coming to the area in September. Photo submitted

In September, John Lee Cronin will be in the area to speak about his venture. He is a man with Down syndrome who, with his father Mark, built a retail socks business that has a social mission to spread happiness.

The night before Cronin speaks about John’s Crazy Socks at the District Advocacy Conference at Christ Church in Mason, he will be at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on Sept. 26 to sell socks. That event will be at Alexander’s Market & Deli on High Street.

Members of the chamber will be able to meet John and hear about an opportunity to bid on having a sock designed for their business that will be featured in John’s sock of the month club.

Proceeds from the winning bid will benefit Sensory Friendly Activities at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton.

The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Speak Up Advocacy Group and Inside Out Studios will work with Cronin on the specialty sock sale.

Support from the BCBDD

Connie Mehlman, community connections coordinator for the BCBDD, said it is the board’s goal to provide support “geared toward the philosophy of person-centered thinking, which places the individual at the center of decisions made about the services they receive.

“The Board is committed to helping people determine their dreams and helping to make those dreams come true,” Mehlman said.

“The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities supports 3,600 people to live, work and learn successfully in their communities. Supports and services are available lifelong through contracts with partner agencies, or directly provided by our board,” Mehlman said.

John Lee Cronin coming to the area and speaking in September. Tickets now available. Photo submitted.


What: District Advocacy Conference

When: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

Where: Christ Church, 5165 Western Row Road, Mason

Cost: $5

Who: The conference is for self-advocates, parents, and staff

Register: Email Connie Mehlman at or call (513) 785-2881 for more information. School-age groups or community members interested in hearing John and Mark Cronin speak, they are welcome but need to call for availability of seating



Watch a video featuring John Cronin talking about his business.

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