The Datebook

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

Thru Aug. 20, Saturday-Sunday

Western & Southern Open | Tennis tournament, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason. DETAILS: Men’s and women’s competition, featuring 44 highest-ranked players from the ATP World Tour and 39 of highest-ranked players on the WTA. Benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Barrett Cancer Center, Tennis for City Youth.


Aug. 20, Sunday

Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired | Yes You Can 5K, 8:30 a.m. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. DETAILS: Inclusive walk/run. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. $30 in advance, $35 day of run/walk.

Aug. 23, Wednesday

New Life Furniture Bank | Tour of new furniture warehouse, 3-5 p.m. 2415 Beekman St., Cincinnati. DETAILS: Also raising final $4,000 toward goal of $30,000 for furniture delivery truck. The organization hopes to provide furniture this year for 800 families/individuals overcoming homelessness.

Pro Seniors | Seniors Who Rock, 4:30 p.m. Cooper Creek, 4040 Cooper Road. DETAILS: Honors Kathleen M. Brinkman, Dr. Alvin Crawford, Marilyn Harris and Ronald Pfleghaar. Light bites and open bar. $46. (513) 458-5525 or

Aug. 24, Thursday

United Way of Greater Cincinnati | Campaign kickoff breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. Duke Energy and Convention Center, downtown. Includes complimentary light breakfast. To register:

Aug. 25, Friday

Big Brothers Big Sisters | Over the Edge, Westin Hotel. DETAILS: Raise $1,000 to rappel down 18 stories. After-party with free food, music, games. or (513) 421-4120

Music Resource Center | “Party Like a Rock Star,” 7:30-11:30 p.m. Woodward Theater, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Food, live and silent auctions, karaoke performances backed on stage by Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke. $75 in advance. Includes craft beer, wine, food, free valet service. Auction features Ultimate Air Shuttle flight to Broadway hit “Hamilton,” bourbon tasting hosted by Molly Wellmann, special edition Gibson Les Paul guitar, and tickets to local concerts and sporting events. or  

Aug. 26, Saturday

Brighton Center | Wine Over Water, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Purple People Bridge, Newport. DETAILS: Local and international wine tastings along with Braxton Brewing’s craft beer, food, live music. $35/$40 at the door. Extra $20 for 30-minute VIP wine tasting with sommelier Shannon Depenbrock.

Caracole | Party in Plaid Plunges Under the Sea, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati Masonic Center Ballroom, 317 E. Fifth St., downtown. DETAILS: $75, $40 for those 40 or under. Live music, cocktails, dinner by the bite, entertainment by choreographer Heather Britt, tuns of DJ Pillo. (513) 761-1480 or

Contemporary Arts Center | Love Invents Us gala and art auction, fourth-floor, CAC. The gala will take place here at the CAC on the 4th floor in The brightly painted space occupied by the Ugo Rondinone exhibition will remain, giving the evening a surreal and one-of-a-kind feel! $250. Dinner, entertainment and an art auction with wide range of price points. (513) 345-8422 or

St. Elizabeth Healthcare | River Cities Relay | Race, Purple People Bridge in Newport. DETAILS: Teams of two to four on 15-mile course that covers Northern Kentucky’s scenic riverfront in Newport, Bellevue, Dayton and Covington. Benefits several charities. Free after-race celebration with local food and drink, live music by the Flip Cup All Stars.

Tender Mercies | Taste of OTR, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Restaurant and food truck offerings, entertainment, Craft Beer Village. Free admission, wine tastings and beverages for purchase. VIP tickets $25.

Aug. 27, Sunday 

Talbert House | Bang Bang in Paradise, 6-8:30 p.m., Bonefish Grill Hyde Park. DETAILS: Throw on your Bermuda shorts or sundress and join Talbert House outside Bonefish Grill for food, drinks, and live music.

Aug. 29, Tuesday

Northern Kentucky Chamber Foundation | Leadership Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. St. Elizabeth Technology Education Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger. DETAILS: $30 before Aug. 1, $40 after. Keynote speaker Jon Sanchez, former Navy SEAL. Proceeds support Regional Youth Leadership.

Sept. 3, Sunday

Children’s Home | Rockin’ Riverfest party, 5-11 p.m., Anderson Pavilion, Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: Silent and live auctions, dinner, cocktails, VIP setting for watching the Riverfest fireworks. Ticket details TBA: thechldren’

Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation | Grand Slam for Gateway, 5 p.m. Great American Ball Park. DETAILS: Tours of the ballpark, open bar, dinner, private seating for the Riverfest fireworks. $200 tickets, $20 parking.

Transitions | Gala Dinner and Fireworks Viewing Party, Metropolitan Club, Covington. DETAILS: Features presentation of Heroes Against Heroin Humanitarian Awards. Additional details TBA.

Sept. 6, Wednesday

Pregnancy Center West | “Miracle Worker” benefit performance, 7:30 p.m. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. DETAILS: $20. Half of ticket proceeds to PCW. or 513-244-5700

Sept. 7, Thursday

Anthony Munoz Foundation | TopGolf Tailgate party, 6-9 p.m. TopGolf, 9568 Front Drive, West Chester. DETAILS: Dinner + Drinks (non-golfer) $75; Dinner Drinks + Golf $150; Dinner, Drinks + Golf for a bay of six players $750. Victoria Knepp, 513-772-4900 or

Sept. 9, Saturday

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati | Walk to End Alzheimer’s, VOA Park, West Chester. DETAILS: This is walk for Butler, Warren and Clinton counties. Registration 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. or (800) 272-3900.

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries | Ripple Effect performance, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati Woman’s Club, Clifton. DETAILS: Through story and song, Broadway singer-actress Susan Emerson tells how one person can make a difference through small meaningful acts. Proceeds benefit senior services and charitable home health care programs. $75. Aimee Shinkle at (513) 751-2500 x 204

Stepping Stones | Bloom, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Greenacres Arts Center, Indian Hill. DETAILS: Tapas from 20+ restaurants, open bar, silent auction, music by Swampthang, dancing. $150.

Sept. 13, Wednesday

The Standard | Volunteer expo, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fountain Square. DETAILS: Booths by 40 nonprofits, with opportunities for volunteers in the arts, culture, humanities, environment, animal welfare, health and human services. Free.

Sept. 14, Thursday

Dress for Success | Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jack Casino, downtown. DETAILS: Reception, luncheon, runway show by Saks Fifth Avenue models. $100.

Findlay Market | Flavor of Findlay, 6:30 p.m. Findlay Market. DETAILS: Tasting stations pairing market merchants with top local chef; wine and beer pairing at each station. Plus silent auction, DJ, craft cocktails by Molly Wellmann. $75.

Sept. 15, Friday

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden | Zoofari, at the zoo. DETAILS: Party for 2,300 guests under a 60,000-square-foot tent. High-energy entertainment, food and drinks, and 30 exotic animal encounters. Ticket details TBA.

Pregnancy Center West | Golf outing, Pebble Creek. DETAILS: Registration at 11 a.m., lunch, shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Chicken and rib dinner follows golf. $130 per golfer. (513) 244-5700 or

Sept.16, Saturday

Cincinnati Preservation Association | Tour and program at newly renovated Groesbeck Lodge, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Nature Center. DETAILS: New home of Center for Conservation.

Cincinnati Children’s | Cincinnati Walks for Kids, 9 a.m. Coney Island. DETAILS: One-mile and two-mile, stroller-friendly routes. Free face painting, entertainment and exclusive access to rides at Coney Island. $25 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and under. All walkers receive an official Cincinnati Walks for Kids T-shirt and a customizable fundraising page at

Integrative Care Division, Cincinnati Children’s | Unleash Your Sparkle Gala, 6:30 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, dinner, dancing to Fun Size Band. Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director, Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona. Black-tie optional. $175., Nancy Stiefvater (859) 640-7262 or

United Way | Hispanic Leaders Volunteer Day, 8:30 a.m.-noon, LEAP Academy, 2001 Baltimore Ave. Volunteers infusing the school with elements from Latin American cultures, including fence weaving, landscaping, building and painting benches, mural inspired by Talavera art. Volunteers, funding for equipment.

Zonta Club | Wine & Dine scholarship dinner, 6 p.m. Sharonville Convention Center. DETAILS: Live and silent auctions, raffle, music by Kyle English, buffet dinner. (513) 616-5696 or

Sept. 17, Sunday

Behringer-Crawford Museum | freshART, 4-8 p.m. Drees Pavilion, Devou Park. Painters start Saturday morning, Sept. 16, in Devou Park. Completed works sell Sunday at the gala. A new silent auction of local artists’ works is Aug. 5-Sept. 16 at the museum. (859) 491-4003

Sept. 18, Monday

Boys & Girls Clubs | Golf outing, The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills, Batavia. Details TBA.

Sep. 19, Tuesday

Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Partnership Celebration. 5 p.m. Holiday Inn & Suites Eastgate. DETAILS: Honoring the partnerships of businesses, organizations and individuals with school districts, administrators and teachers. $40.

NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative| Regional Women’s Summit, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. Theme: “Igniting Bold Leadership in Established and Emerged Leaders.” Keynote speaker: Executive coaching consultant Libby Gill. $159. Gina Bath, (859) 578-6384, or

Sept. 22, Friday

Episcopal Retirement Services | Good Samaritan Awards, Cooper Creek Event Center, Blue Ash DETAILS: TBA

Sept. 23, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | CF Cycle for Life, 8 a.m. Lunken Airport Playfield. Routes of 15, 32 and 65 miles. Check-in at 7:15 a.m. Fundraising minimum $150.

National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting | 75th anniversary celebration, VOA Museum, West Chester. DETAILS: Cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, VIP tours, unveiling of a Powel Crosley Jr. exhibit, entertainment by Carmon DeLeone and his New Studio Big Band. $150. (513) 777-0027 or  

Sep. 25, Monday

Addiction Services Council | Golf outing, Traditions Golf Club, Hebron, Kentucky.

Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Gather on the Green golf outing, 10 a.m. Oasis Golf Club. DETAILS: Supports the Work Readiness Initiative through the chamber. $225 individual or $875 per foursome.

De Paul Cristo Rey School | Golf Classic, noon Western Hills Country Club. DETAILS: Scramble, lunch, cocktail reception, prizes. Benefits tuition assistance. Lisa Muething, (513) 861-0600

Talbert House | Annual Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Celebrates the achievements of the past year and honors individuals.

Sept. 28, Thursday

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services | Fashion, Food, Friends & Fun fall fundraiser, North Avondale. DETAILS: Hosted by Ryan Messer and Jimmy Musuraca-Messer at their home, a mansion built in 1897.  Lunch by the bite, wine by the glass, and shopping at fashion and accessory boutiques. WLWT News 5 anchor Sheree Paolello is emcee.

NKY Chamber | Awards dinner, 5-8:30 p.m. NKY Convention Center, Covington. DETAILS: $95. Reservations due by Sept. 22. (859) 578-8800 or

Sept. 30, Saturday

League for Animal Welfare | Pet Jam, 2-10 p.m. Grailville, Loveland. DETAILS: Live music, food trucks, vendor village, craft beer. Adoptable cats and dogs. Proceeds help house animals until adopted and also fund wellness and spay/neuter programs. $10 adults, $5 kids ages 5-17.

Oct. 6, Friday

I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation | Golf outing, 9 a.m. tee time, Twin Oaks & Plantation Club, Covington. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, buffet dinner, raffles, Chinese auction, prizes. $90 for golfers, $30 for non-golfers.

Oct. 7, Saturday

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati | Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Sawyer Point, 720 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown Cincinnati. DETAILS: This is Cincinnati/ Tri-State walk. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m. or (800) 272-3900.

ArtsWave | R(new)ed Community Celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Music Hall. DETAILS: Free tours, 50 live performances. Also visit new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company building and renovated Ensemble Theatre. 9:30 a.m. ceremony at Music Hall. No reservations needed. Full schedule of performances TBA.

Ronald McDonald House | Red Tie Gala, 6 p.m. Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions. $175. or Carrie Schroder, (513) 636-5551 or

St. Joseph Orphanage | A Night under the Stars Gala. DETAILS: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. Event moves from traditional spring date to fall.

Oct. 11-12, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Ann Compton, first female TV news correspondent assigned to the White House. Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45 or $140 for series of four talks. Proceeds fund scholarships.

Oct. 13, Friday

A Kid Again | All Out annual fundraiser, The Cincinnati Club. DETAILS: Entertainment by Johnny Clueless. $70.

Oct. 14, Saturday

Cooperative for Education | Fall Fiesta, 6-10 p.m. Great American Ball Park. DETAILS: Dinner and drinks, raffles and auctions to benefit the children of Guatemala.

Starfire Council | StoryFest Cincy, 3-6 p.m., Switch Lighting and Design, 312 W. Fourth St. DETAILS: Features spoken-word artists, an interactive mural, beer and food tastings, live music. Free, but $15 suggested donation.

Oct. 15, Sunday

DeCavel SIDS Foundation | Friends & Family SIDS Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Food and drink by chefs, restaurateurs and foodies; music, kid-friendly activities and silent auction.

Oct. 18, Wednesday

Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund | Pink Ribbon Luncheon, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Silent auction, pre-luncheon discussion, luncheon, awards. Cris Collinsworth emcee. $100. Proceeds benefit the fight against breast cancer through the fund’s Pink Ribbon Programs.

Oct. 18-19, Wednesday-Thursday

Little Sisters of the Poor | Two talks by Amy Herman, author of “Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change your Life.” DETAILS: Training for first responders, 8-11 p.m. Wednesday at Cintas Center; presentation of new release and book signing 7-8:15 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum. or (513) 281-8801

Oct. 21, Saturday

Gabriel’s Place | Harvest Festival, noon-5 p.m. 3618 Reading Road. DETAILS: Arts and crafts, health screenings, healthy food samples, chili cook-off, raffles and silent auction.

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Inaugural Vendor and Artisan Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road. DETAILS: Features select vendors and artisans, plus baked goods and raffles. Proceeds to local charities. Lisa Houser at (513) 205-8216 or

Spirit of Construction | Gala, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. DETAILS: Black tie-optional event for 1,000 features awards, music by The Remains band. $2,000 for table of 10.

Oct. 26, Thursday

Hyde Park Center for Older Adults | Celebrity Genealogy, 6:30 p.m. Reds Hall of Fame and Great American Ball Park. DETAILS: Features live genealogy reveal of Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman and Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Tommy Helms. Plus cocktails and light bites, ballpark food, silent auction. $75. (513) 321-6816 or

Oct. 27, Friday

Cincinnati Preservation Association | Fall Forum. DETAILS: Speaker: James Crawford, publishing and research grants operational manager at historic Environment Scotland and author of “Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings.” DETAILS: TBA

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Run Like Hell costumed run, 7 p.m. Xavier University campus (off of Dana and Woodburn). Check-in starts at 5 p.m.

Nov. 3, Friday

Talbert House | Step Up to the Plate, 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Phoenix. DETAILS: Sample cuisine from local restaurants while supporting Talbert House’s Camp Possible, a therapeutic-based summer program for children who struggle with behavioral health issues.

Nov. 4, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | The 65 Roses Gala, Hilton Netherland Plaza. Details TBA.

Kindervelt | Kindervelt Krafts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., second-floor balcony of auditorium at 150 Viking Way, Glendale, Ohio. DETAILS: Formerly known as Kinderklaus Markt/Market, put on by Kindervelt chapters citywide. Features handcrafted items, baked goods, raffles, games. Benefits KV PEACe (Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center) at Cincinnati Children’s. Libby Baker, (859) 331-4108 or

Mercantile Library | Niehoff Lecture, 7 p.m. Westin Hotel. DETAILS: Features novelist, essayist and short story writer Zadie Smith. $175 for members, $200 others. (513) 621-0717 or

Nov. 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Robert Wittman, who investigated art fraud, forgeries and fakes for the FBI.  Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45 or buy series of four talks. Proceeds fund scholarships.

Nov. 9, Thursday

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA | 6-9:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Features Carlos Pareja, Peru’s ambassador to the United States. $125 until Sept. 15. Ticket prices increase as event nears. (513) 979-6999 or

Nov. 11, Saturday

People Working Cooperatively | Prepare Affair. Volunteers will help prepare over 900 homes of the low-income elderly and disabled for winter. Details TBA.

Nov. 13, Sunday

Music for Food | Benefit concert for Freestore Foodbank, 2 p.m. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. DETAILS: CCM students and faculty perform. No admission charge. Attendees are asked to take  nonperishable food items or cash to help feed the hungry during holidays.

Nov. 18, Saturday

Pets in Need | Petcasso, The Center, downtown. DETAILS TBA.

Jan. 22, 2018, Monday

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber | Great Living Cincinnatians dinner | 5-8:30 p.m. Duke Energy Center. Details TBA.

March 7-8, 2018, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Peter Greenberg, a travel reporter for shows on CBS, PBS, NBC, The Travel Channel and The History Channel. Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45. Proceeds fund scholarships.

April 11-12, 2018, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture Series. DETAILS: Speaker: Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian who is former editor-in-chief of Newsweek. Choice of times: Wednesday: 8 p.m. at Sycamore Junior High School; Thursday: 11 a.m. Montgomery Assembly of God. $45. Proceeds fund scholarships.

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