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Cincinnati’s guide to fundraisers, friend-raisers, community events, and more…

Thru July 15

Sons of the Desert | International Sons of the Desert Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, downtown. DETAILS: Chimp tent meeting, parade of tents, Laurel & Hardy film screenings, collectibles  and memorabilia for purchase. Entertainment excursions. $445 plus excursion fees.

July 12, Thursday

Inter Parish Ministry |  Christmas in July Trivia Contest, 6:30-9 p.m., Mount Carmel Brewing Co., Amelia. DETAILS: Craft beer, food, friendly competition, raffle, toy drive. $15. 513-561-3932 or

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana | Walk for Wishes, 5 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. walk, Sawyer Point. DETAILS: Family-friendly 1-mile and 3-mile (5K) walks to raise funds for critically ill children, music and food. Registration:

July 13, Friday

ArtsConnect | Design My Arts Center kick-off party, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Springfield Twp. Arts Center. DETAILS: History presentation of ArtsConnect and building, self-guided tour. Refreshments, gelato tasting, alcohol-infused Madisono’s Gelato milkshakes, idea walls for design input. Kimberlee Flamm, 513-728-4262 or TheArtsConnect.Us/DesignMyArtsCenter

July 13, Friday

Elementz | Anniversary 10 Takeover, 6 p.m.-midnight, Prvlgd Lounge, downtown. DETAILS: National contemporary R&B artist, Vivian Green; VIP reception; after party; meet-and-greet with Vivian Green and Kwame Holland. A portion of the proceeds benefits Keyz2Life, Elementz and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. $30-$40.

Friars Club | Annual Golf Outing, 11 a.m. registration, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, Glenview Golf Course. DETAILS: Golf, lunch, cocktails, dinner and silent auction. Proceeds support athletic, educational and enrichment opportunities for at-risk children. $100 per golfer.

July 14, Saturday

Crayons to Computers | Push for Pencils, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., main entrance, Kenwood Towne Center. DETAILS: Supply drive collects crayons, dry erase markers, filler paper, glue sticks, notebooks, pencils and pocket folders. To host a drive: Betsy Wilson, 513-483-3290, or

Leonidas Foundation | Polo for Babies, gates open 2 p.m., match at 4 p.m., 10355 Dallasburg Road, Loveland. DETAILS: Polo match and post-game celebration. $10 and up. Supports Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, Saturdays

Westwood Works | Westwood Second Saturdays, 5-10 p.m., Westwood Historic Business District. DETAILS: Monthly street party with live performances, craft beer, shopping. Free.

July 15, Sunday

Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired | Yes You Can 5K Walk Run, 7 a.m., Spring Grove Cemetery. DETAILS: Walk to support services for people with vision loss. $30-$40.

Pets in Need of Greater Cincinnati | Community Ice Cream Social, noon-3 p.m., Pets in Need, Lockland. DETAILS: Ice cream, food, games, music and a visit with Lockland police and firefighters. Adoptable pets from SPCA. Free admission.

July 18, Wednesday

Learning Through Art | Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo. DETAILS: festival performances, dance, music and hands-on interactive booths. $1.

July 19, Thursday

Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Vino at the Memo, 6-8 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Explore the artwork of Memorial Hall and the art of wine. Discounts available for groups of eight or larger. Portion of sales donated to Cincinnati International Wine Festival to benefit 35 local charities.

July 20, Friday

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) | Suicide is a Drag, 8-10 p.m. American Sign Museum. DETAILS: Food and drinks and drag show. Cash bar available, valet parking included. All donations to AFSP for research, prevention, education and advocacy. AFSP in conjunction with the ISQCBBE and the Cincinnati Sisters are shedding light on America’s suicide rates – particularly among members of LGTBQ community.

LADD | Abilities at Bat; 6 p.m. DETAILS: Friday, July 20. Reds game against Pittsburgh Pirates. Pregame festivities and post-game fireworks show Please meet in the Kroger Fan Zone at 6 p.m. for pregame parade.

July 21, Saturday

Urban League Guild | 50th Anniversary Celebration, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Marriott North. DETAILS: Luncheon to honor Juanita Adams and Clarisse White, plus presentation of inaugural community service awards., search “Urban League Guild of Greater Cincinnati”

July 24, Tuesday

Council on Child Abuse | 40th Birthday/BrewCause, 6-9 p.m., Streetside Brewery, Columbia Tusculum. DETAILS: A portion from each pint or half pint sold will benefit the Council on Child Abuse.

July 26, Thursday

UCAN | Spayghetti & No Balls dinner, 6-8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, Newport. DETAILS: Pasta buffet, cash bar, silent auction. Benefits free spay/neuter surgery for pets of low-income families. $50.

July 28, Saturday

Marjorie Book Continuing Education | Annual Movin’ for Inclusion 5K Walk, 9 a.m. Stone Shelter, Devou Park. DETAILS: Registration begins at 8:30am; Walk begins at 9am. A minimum donation of $15 is requested of each walker, although participants are encouraged to use this event to raise $50 and also raise awareness, of the mission of Marjorie Book Continuing Education. Joe Link, 513-328-6300

July 29, Sunday and Sept. 15, Saturday

Redwood | “A Bang Bang Night for Redwood,” 5:30-8 p.m. Bonefish Grill, Crescent Springs. DETAILS: Food, drink, live music, raffle, silent auction. 859-331-0880 x297, or

Vent Haven Museum | Open house, 1-4 p.m. both dates, Vent Haven Museum, Ft. Mitchell. DETAILS: Ventriloquism museum houses more than 900 dummies and puppets. Free. Donations accepted.

July 30, Monday

TriHealth | “A Broadway Cabaret,” 8 p.m. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater. DETAILS: Cast of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon” will perform an evening of Broadway show tunes. Proceeds support Cincinnati Landmark Productions and the artistic programming of the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater. 513-241-6550

Aug. 4, Saturday

Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce | Annual Food Truck and Music Festival, 3-10 p.m. Miami Meadows, 1546 Ohio 131, Milford. DETAILS: Live music, fireworks by Rozzi. Family-friendly with children’s entertainment, rock climbing wall, zip-line and bungee. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine.

Outdoor Adventure Clubs | Ohio River Paddlefest, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Gilday Riverside Park. DETAILS: Friday Night Paddler’s Party, nine-mile float, Finish Line Festival.

Pink Ribbon Girls | Ignite the Fight, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Lunken Airport – Hangar 2. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner, silent auction, raffles, live music.

Aug. 5, Sunday

Adath Israel and Child Poverty Collaborative | Cincinnati Kosher Barbeque Cook-Off & Festival, 3-7 p.m., Adath Israel, Amberley Village. DETAILS: Contest judged by a panel of Kansas City Barbeque Society certified judges. Food, drinks, raffle, Bluegrass band, kids’ zone.

Aug. 9, Thursday

Melanoma Know More | Music for Melanoma, 6-10 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Entertainment, raffle, silent auction. 513-364-6653 or

August 11, Saturday

Bethesda Foundation | Annual Gourmet Melodies, 7-11 p.m. Anderson Pavilion, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati. DETAILS: Tickets $100, includes complimentary parking, drinks, live music, and food. Benefits Hospice of CIncinnati.

Cincinnati Museum Center | 1940s Day, Lunken Airport. DETAILS: Live jazz music, classic cars and vintage warbirds, costume contest, lectures and vendors. $10, adults; $5, children. Free for veterans and CMC members.

Hug the World Foundation | Third Annual Charity Golf Outing, registration: noon, shotgun start 1:30 p.m., Walden Ponds Golf Club, Hamilton. DETAILS: A portion of the proceeds benefit MYO Challenger League, which provides the opportunity for children with physical and developmental challenges to play Little League sport. Food, beverages, raffle and prizes. $80/golfer. Sarah Brothers, 513-492-9250 or

Aug. 11, Saturday-Aug. 19, Sunday

Western & Southern Open | Men’s and women’s tennis, Lindner Tennis Center, Mason. DETAILS: Top-ranked players from men’s ATP and guarantee of 7 of 10 top pros from Women’s Tennis Association. New $25 million facility for spectators. Tickets:, and 513-651-0303

Aug. 18, Saturday

Wave Pool Gallery| Pool party, 5-8 p.m., and drawing marathon, 6-11 p.m. 2940 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington. DETAILS: BBQ foods and brews, dunk tank, Putt-Putt course by artist collaborative SLAPface, SPA Salon mobile nail painting studio, Caravan’s traveling sound studio, prints by Pull Club, the Archive of Creative Culture’s Argosy Airstream, and local music groups. Donations split evenly between Wave Pool and artist participants, furthering Wave Pool’s mission to cultivate artistic development.

August 18-19, Saturday-Sunday

Petco Foundation | My Furry Valentine Summer Pet Adoption Event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharonville Convention Center. DETAILS: Early-bird ticket holder hours, 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals. Swag bags, raffle prizes, kids’ activities. $5, ages 5 and older.

August 24, Friday

Family Nurturing Center | Blue Ribbon Bash to End Child Abuse, Cincinnati Airport Marriott. DETAILS: Honoree Lisa Knutson of E.W. Scripps Co., “The Rapping Dad” Derek Clark, live music, dancing and silent auction. 859-538-1630 or

Healthy Moms & Babies | A Promised Moment, 6:30-11 p.m. Bell Event Centre. DETAILS: Honoring Jeanette Altenau (Dir. of Community Relations, TriHealth) and Denyse Adams Ferguson (VP of Community Partnerships & Impact, Mercy Health)

Aug. 25, Saturday

Brighton Center | Wine Over Water, 6:30-10 p.m., Purple People Bridge. Tasting event includes wine, beer and food. 21 or older. $40 in advance, $50 at the bridge.

Greater Milford Area Historical Society | Annual Vintage Quilt Exhibit & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 906 Main St., Milford. DETAILS: Nearly 50 quilts available for viewing, some with local connections.

Aug. 26, Sunday

Talbert House | Bang Bang in Paradise, 6-8:30 p.m., Bonefish Grill, Hyde Park. DETAILS: Live music, Bang Bang shrimp and Bonefish menu.

August 29, Wednesday

ProSeniors | Seniors Who Rock Award Ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Cooper Creek, Blue Ash. DETAILS: Heavy appetizers and light bites, open bar and inspirational awards presentation. Honorees: Marianna Brown Bettman, Dan Hurley, Don Neyer, Walter T. Oka. $48-$58.

The Standard | 2018 Volunteer Expo, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fountain Square. DETAILS: More than 40 nonprofit organizations offer a wide variety of service and donation opportunities. Organizations represent the arts, culture, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, human services and more. or contact Scott Gallagher 503-552-5003 or

Sept. 2, Sunday

Cancer Support Community | Hope is Here, Metropolitan Club, Covington. DETAILS: Beverages, dinner, entertainment, fireworks, live auction.

Dan Beard Council | Annual Festival of Fireworks, 5-10 p.m. Mount Adams. DETAILS: Silent auction, basket raffle, games, bounce house, face painting, caricature and balloon artists, pig roast, coneys. Free parking near I-71, parking shuttle. 513-577-7733, or

Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation | Annual RiverBlast Fundraiser, 5-10 p.m. Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. DETAILS: Stadium tour, full beverage service, appetizers, buffet dinner, fireworks, silent auction, and raffle. Sandy Ortman-Tomlin, 859-442-4122, or

Rubber Duck Regatta | Purple People Bridge. DETAILS: Nearly 200,000 rubber ducks swim in the Ohio River for a chance at winning prizes. Ducks, $5 or six for $25. Proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

Sept. 6, Thursday

Children’s Hunger Alliance | Annual Taste to Remember, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Rhinegeist Brewery. DETAILS: Food; desserts; complimentary beer, wine and soda; DJ entertainment; live and silent auctions. Free valet parking.

Sept. 8, Saturday

Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation | Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival, 4-8:30 p.m. Bramble Park, 6300 Bramble Rd. Cincinnati. DETAILS: Live jazz, BBQ, craft beer, art mart and activities for kids

Stepping Stones | Annual Bloom Gala, 6:30 p.m. Greenacres Arts Center, 8400 Blome Rd. Cincinnati. DETAILS: Early Bird tickets $125. Price will later rise to $150. Presented by Huntington Bank, event is Stepping Stones’ signature fundraiser and supports year-round programs for people with disabilities. Live music, silent auction, cocktails, tapas and desserts.

Sept. 13, Thursday

Dress for Success Cincinnati | Annual Fashion Show luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jack Casino, downtown. DETAILS: TBA.

Sept. 16 Sunday

Behringer-Crawford Museum | Annual Gala & Auction, 4-8 p.m. Devou Park, Covington. DETAILS: A portion of the sale price of each auctioned piece will go to the artist; the balance will be donated to the museum, benefiting area children through BCM’s educational programs. 859-491-4003,, or

Sept. 20, Thursday

Episcopal Retirement Services | Great Gatsby Gala, 5:30-9 p.m., Marriott Renaissance Hotel. DETAILS: Speakeasies, dinner; 1920s costume or cocktail attire; live entertainment by artists from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. $175.

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services | Fall Fundraiser, noon, S.B. Allen home, Glendale. DETAILS: Lunch by-the-bite, wine by the glass, fashion and accessory boutiques, and a raffle. $125.

Sept. 22, Saturday

The Urology Group | The Gentlemen Stakes 5K for Prostate Cancer, 8:30 a.m., Belterra Park Gaming. DETAILS: 11th annual run/walk to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer. Proceeds benefit ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.

Sept. 23, Sunday

Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati | Bill Keating Jr. Great Ohio River Swim, 7 a.m. Serpentine Wall and Public Landing. DETAILS: Participants swim 900 meters across the Ohio River and back.

Sept. 24, Monday

Clermont Chamber of Commerce | Annual Golf for Kids, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Golf Club Stonelick Hills, 3155 Sherilyn Ln. Batavia. DETAILS: Supports Work Readiness Initiative of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a collaborative of business and community leaders who partner with educators to prepare students to be “work ready” through Signature Programs developed by Clermont County business community.

Sept. 27, Thursday

CET | Live! On CET, 5:30 p.m. JACK Cincinnati Casino. DETAILS: Honoring Dianne Dunkelman, CEO & Founder of Clever Crazes For Kids. Tickets $200.

Sept. 28, Friday

Talbert House Annual Luncheon | Annual Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, downtown. DETAILS: Celebrates achievements of the past year and honors individuals who have made an impact on the community and the Talbert House mission.

Sept. 29, Saturday

League for Animal Welfare | Pet Jam 2018, noon-6:00 p.m., Grailville, Loveland. DETAILS: Live music (Naked Karate Girls, White Liger, Elementree Livity Project, Chris Lee Acoustic), food trucks, beer garden, vendor village, family zone and adoptable animals.

Sept. 30, Sunday

Northside Community Council | Northside House Tour, noon-5 p.m. DETAILS: Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 day of the tour. At least 10 homes from elegant Victorians to mid-century moderns to cutting-edge LEED-certified. One third of ticket sales will be donated back to participating nonprofits.

Oct. 3, Wednesday

Chris Collinsworth ProScan Fund | 17th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon, starring Andy Grammer. 10:30 a.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Celebrates breast cancer survivors. Funds raised empower ProScan Fund in fight against breast cancer. 866-557-PINK or

Oct. 4, Thursday

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative | 2018 Dream Makers Celebration, 6-8:30 p.m. Music Hall. DETAILS: Honorary Chair: Kent Wellington, Master of Ceremonies: Regina Carswell Russo.

Oct. 6, Saturday

DevouGrass | Music & Arts Festival, noon-dusk. Devou Park Bandshell, Covington. DETAILS: Music, food, live bluegrass music, children’s activities, a kids run and bike ride, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, DevouCycle rentals. Proceeds benefit Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

Oct. 11, Thursday

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Light The Night Walk, 5:30 p.m., Yeatman’s Cove. DETAILS: Participants carry lanterns symbolizing those affected by blood cancers and raise funds for LLS.

Over-the-Rhine Community Housing | 11th Annual Celebrating our Beloved Community, 5:30pm, Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: “OTR’s Got Talent!” featuring MUSE, SCPA’s Meridian 8 a cappella ensemble, OTRCH resident artists and more to celebrate the neighborhood’s artistic talent and to strengthen the community. $75.

Oct. 19, Friday

Association of Volunteers | Design Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Anderson Pavilion, Smale Riverside Park. DETAILS: Coffee and mimosa reception, home decor lecture from interior designer, Susanna Salk; gourmet luncheon; book signing. $125 and up.

A Kid Again | Annual All Out, 7 p.m. Mercedes-Benz of West Chester, 5897 Muhlhauser Rd. DETAILS: Wine Ring Toss, Silent Auction and other All Out Adventure Challenge events

Oct. 21, Sunday

De Cavel Family SIDS Foundation | Annual Friends and Family SIDS Brunch, 11 a.m. Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati State. DETAILS: Food, drinks, sweets, live music, kid-friendly activities, silent auction.

Oct. 24, Wednesday

Mannequin Boutique | RENT Fundraiser, Rhinegeist. DETAILS: TBA

Oct. 26, Friday

Cincinnati Preservation Association | Annual Fall Forum Luncheon, noon, Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Terry Stewart, former president and CEO of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be keynote speaker.

Oct. 27, Saturday

Christ Hospital Foundation | “Unmasking the Future of Cancer Care” A Masquerade Gala, 6:30 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Proceeds benefit Christ Hospital Cancer Program. Moonlight Masquerade Party following Gala, live music by The Party Crashers. Kerry, 513-585-2904 or

Nov. 3, Saturday

Jewish Family Service | Dancing With Our Stars, Jack Cincinnati Casino. DETAILS: Dinner, professionally choreographed dance competition, live entertainment.

Cancer Family Care | 39th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction, 6 p.m., The Manor House, Mason. DETAILS: Honorary Chairs Meredythe & Clayt Daley. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings and live auction. $175.

Nov. 9-11, Friday-Sunday

Ohio River Foundation | Cincinnati Coffee Festival, Music Hall. DETAILS: Tastings, samplings, live music, latte art, demos and products for purchase.

Nov. 17, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Annual 65 Roses Gala, Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet dinner with wine pairings from Tramonte & Sons and live auction. Live music from The Mistics. Laura Morgan, 513-533-9300, or

Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati | Petcasso, The Summit Hotel, Madisonville.  DETAILS: Live and silent auctions, including Painted Pets art auction. Additional details TBA:

April 5, 2019, Friday

Karen Wellington Foundation | 12th annual Karen’s Give bash. DETAILS: TBA.

April 12, 2019, Friday

Cincinnati Ballet | Club B. DETAILS: TBA

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