The Datebook

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

May 23, Wednesday

NKY University Friends of Steely Library | Good Food, Good Drinks, Good Books, 7-10 p.m., New Riff Distilling, Newport. DETAILS: Features local culinary specialists and beverage experts. Food, beverages, silent auction, live entertainment by Brad Myer and Michael Sharfe. Special guest: NKU coach Kenney Shields. Ticket sales end May 18. $100 and up. Ken Gunkel, 513-703-1123 or

May 24, Thursday

Imago | Branching Out, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Rhinegeist, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Evening happy hour of “camp” activities, snacks and beer. Proceeds and donations benefit Branching Out, Imago’s youth in nature programs. $10.

May 28, Monday

Freestore Foodbank | 15th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run, 7 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. event start, Yeatman’s Cove. DETAILS: Register to walk or run along and across the Ohio River. Supports Freestore Foodbank’s network of 400 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers.

May 31, Thursday

Children’s Law Center | Dancing with the CLC Stars, 6-9:30 p.m., Receptions, 1379 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, Ky. DETAILS: Dance competition featuring local celebrities paired with pros, dinner by the bite, beer and wine, cash bar, open dancing before and after the competition, and a free dance lesson at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. $50 or $100 for priority seating. Dance champion and fundraising champ will be crowned, with each dollar worth a vote. 859-431-3313 or

May 31-June 3, Thursday-Sunday

City of Milford and Frontier Days, Inc. | 56th Annual Frontier Days Parade and Festival, Riverside Park American Legion Ground and Riverside Park, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Milford. DETAILS: Parade, 6:30 p.m., steps off at 746 Lila Ave. and ends at Main and Locust streets. Festival features live music each evening, food and rides.

May 31-September 27, Thursdays

Findlay Market | Community Night, various evening start times, Findlay Market Biergarten, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Rotating lineup of arts groups, community groups and nonprofits showcasing talents, providing entertainment or offering learning opportunities.

June 1-3, Friday-Sunday

Summerfair Cincinnati | Summerfair 2018, Coney Island, Anderson Twp. DETAILS: Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Juried art show of various media, family activities, entertainment, food. Benefits area arts organizations and artists. $10.

June 1-July 28

Hyde Park Center for Older Adults | Mid-Century Modern Art Exhibit, Mary Ran Gallery, Hyde Park. DETAILS: Opening reception, Friday, June 1, 5-8 p.m. Light refreshments. Ten percent of sales will benefit the Hyde Park Center for Older Adults.

June 2, Saturday

Covington Rotary Club | Silent and Live Auction, 9 a.m., St. Elizabeth Education & Training Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger. DETAILS: Over 125 items in the silent auction, more than 100 items in the live auction. Supports The Point/ARC of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Free admission. $5 per paddle to bid.

JDRF | One Walk Kings Island, Kings Island, Mason. DETAILS: Check-in starts at 7 a.m.; walk begins at 8 a.m., entertainment and inspirational stories. JDRF’s mission is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. or

Price Hill Pacer | 5K/10K race, 7-11 a.m., Elder High School, Vincent Avenue. DETAILS: Walk starts at Elder; pre- and post-race celebrations at Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., Price Hill. Benefits Santa Maria Community Services and Price Hill Will.

SCPA Alumni Association | Alumni & Friends Gala, 6 p.m., School for Creative and Performing Arts. DETAILS: Inaugural gala celebrates SCPA Alumni Association and Jack Louiso’s tenure as school’s first artistic director. Cocktails, dinner, program. Chaired by Dianne Dunkelman. $100.

June 2-9, Saturday-Saturday

Friends of the Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County | 46th Annual June Book Sale, Friends Used Book Store, 8456 Vine St., Hartwell. DETAILS: New location this year. Large selection of books and media for sale. Proceeds benefit Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 513-369-6035 or

June 3, Sunday

Great Parks of Hamilton County | National Trails Day, all Great Parks locations. DETAILS: Free entry to all Great Parks. Hike trails or take in the 17,500 acres of natural habitat and wildlife, lakes and river access, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and other amenities. 513-521-7275 or

June 4, Monday

Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., TPC River’s Bend, Maineville. DETAILS: Golf, fine wine, beer, prizes and food from some of Cincinnati’s finest chefs.

Talbert House | Fatherhood Celebration, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, downtown. DETAILS: Annual luncheon recognizes two men as Fathers of the Year. This year’s honorees are Mel Fisher (posthumously) and Robert Neel. Keynote speaker is Rob Portman.

Tender Mercies | Golf outing, 11 a.m., Clovernook Country Club. DETAILS: Lunch/registration at 11 o’clock, shotgun start at 1 p.m., dinner and awards. $250 per golfer, $900 per foursome. 513-639-7021 or

June 5, Tuesday

Association of Fundraising Professionals | Nonprofit Leadership Summit – Culture Eats Philanthropy for Breakfast, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Cintas Center, Xavier University. DETAILS: Kishshana Palmer will speak on building a successful organizational culture to benefit a nonprofit’s team, its donors and the community. Four CFRE credits. Registration by May 29. $25-$75.

June 7, Thursday

Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council | Voices of Giving, 5-7 p.m., 1223 Central Parkway. DETAILS: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, awards ceremony to recognize area philanthropists.

Patty Brisben Foundation | #SexualHealthMatters, 6-8 p.m., Hotel Covington. DETAILS: Launch of free community speaker series. Will feature three local physicians and a local sex and relationships therapist, all of whom are dedicated to improving women’s sexual wellness.

June 8, Friday

Cincinnati Art Museum | A Taste of Duveneck: The Art of Wine, 6:30-10 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, Mt. Adams. DETAILS: Food, wine and beer, live music from the Naked Karate Girls, a silent auction, access to the entire museum, including special exhibitions. $85.

Cincinnati Opera | Feast Fantastique, 7 p.m., Backstage at Music Hall. DETAILS: Cocktail hour, onstage dinner amidst “La Traviata” sets, and performance by Anthony Roth Costanzo. Black tie or “Fantastique” formal. Joe Peacock, 513-768-5565 or

Ohio River Foundation | Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 6-10 p.m., Woodward Theater, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Reception, light bites, cash bar. Film screenings begin at 7 p.m. Raffle at intermission. $12-$15.

June 8-10, Friday-Sunday

Concours Foundation | Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance weekend, Ault Park and other locations. DETAILS: Friday – 6:30-9:30 p.m., “A Rare Evening, A Rare Collection” party, Indian Hill. $175. Saturday – 8:30 a.m., Open House at Metalkraft Coachwerkes; 10:30 a.m. Porsche seminar; 1 p.m. Countryside Tour; 5-9 p.m. Hangar Party at Lunken. Sunday – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance Car Show, Ault Park, $30. Proceeds benefit the juvenile arthritis programs of the Arthritis Foundation. 513-321-1951 or

June 9-10, Saturday-Sunday

Ride Cincinnati | Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point Park, downtown. DETAILS: Saturday – 4-8 p.m., opening ceremony, Yeatman’s Cove. Live music, food, beer. Sunday – Century ride begins at 6 a.m. with other staggered starts. Benefits UC Health Barrett Cancer Center.

June 10, Sunday

Great Parks of Hamilton County | Trillium Art & Music Fair, noon-5 p.m., Glenwood Gardens/Gatehouse. DETAILS: Food, drinks, live music. More than 30 artists and craftspeople. Free. 513-521-7275 or

Holocaust & Humanity Center | Mapping Our Tears Final Viewing, 2-4 p.m., 8401 Montgomery Road. DETAILS: Celebration and closing of exhibit in preparation of HHC’s move to Union Terminal. Viewing from 2-3 p.m., program at 3 p.m.

June 10-14, Sunday-Thursday

Anthony Munoz Foundation | Hall of Fame Experience, various locations. DETAILS: Thursday – Hall of Fame Dinner, Manor House, banquet, dinner and program. $125-$1,000. Friday – Hall of Fame Golf Classic, TPC River’s Bend, registration at 7:15 a.m., celebrity golfers paired with foursomes, lunch, dinner, gifts and prizes. $4,000 per foursome. Saturday-Monday – Hall of Fame Football Academy, third- to eighth-grade students, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sycamore High School.

June 11, Monday

Stepping Stones | Golf Classic, O’Bannon Creek Golf Club, Loveland. DETAILS: Morning or afternoon flight. Awards banquet in the clubhouse. Single: $200. Foursome: $1,000.

June 12, Tuesday

Giving USA | Cincinnati Briefing, 7:30 a.m., National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. DETAILS: Breakfast followed by program on the state of philanthropy. Keynote speaker is Melissa S. Brown, former editor of Giving USA. Local speakers: Ellen Katz of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Rob Reifsnyder of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative | Women’s golf outing and clinic, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Summit Hills Country Club, Crestview Hills. DETAILS: Lunch, nine-hole shotgun start, 12:30 p.m.; lessons from a golf pro, 19th hole social, 3 p.m. $90 per golfer.

June 16, Saturday

Cincinnati Observatory | Celestial Sips, 8-11 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory, Hyde Park. DETAILS: Features wine, tours of historic buildings and telescope viewing as weather permits. $50-$60.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation | Take Steps Walk, 9 a.m., Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park. DETAILS: Family-friendly walk with games, music and food.

Rotary Club of Cincinnati | Believe 2 Achieve, Anderson Pavilion, Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: Cocktails, food, silent auction and program emceed by Cincinnati Reds’ Teddy Kremer and mixologist Molly Wellmann. Benefits Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and Stepping Stones Camp Allyn.

June 16 & 23, Saturdays

The Carnegie | Suits That Rock, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, Covington. DETAILS: Volunteer musicians/singers are local business leaders. Theme is “Toga Party.” Music, appetizers and commemorative mug. Proceeds benefit children’s arts education programming. $60-$85. 859-957-1940 or

June 17, Sunday

Tacy Foundation | Brotherhood Benefit Concert, 1:30 p.m., Veterans Park, Anderson Twp. DETAILS: Live concert benefits the Tacy Foundation, which brings music to hospital patients, disadvantaged youth, military veterans and seniors. Free admission. Donations accepted.

Talbert House | Fatherhood Community Celebration, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sawyer Point Park. Family celebration with games and entertainment, arts and crafts, food and beverages, live music, sports activities. Free.

June 18, Monday

Bethany House | 25th annual Golf Classic, 11 a.m. The Heritage Club, Mason. DETAILS: Lunch, shotgun start at noon, cocktails, dinner and awards. $250.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and Ken Anderson Alliance | Dave Lapham and Ken Anderson Charitable Golf Outing, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Maketewah Country Club, Bond Hill. DETAILS: Breakfast or lunch, four-man scramble using 18 holes. Following afternoon flight, cocktails and light bites.

Ronald McDonald House Charities | 2018 Golf Classic, Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Morning and afternoon foursomes. Details TBA.

St. Joseph Orphanage | Golf outing, Glenview Golf Course. DETAILS: Lunch, cookout dinner, two drink tickets per golfer, scramble format, on-course contests, raffle baskets. Sponsorships and foursomes: $1,000-$10,000. 513-741-3100, or

June 21, Thursday

New Life Furniture Bank | Summer Solstice Celebration, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Bell Event Centre, Pendleton. DETAILS: Salsa, bourbon tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music, silent auction and wine raffle. $75.

June 22-23, Friday-Saturday

Little Sisters of the Poor | Spaghetti Supper, 476 Riddle Road. DETAILS: Special recipe sauce and meatballs available Friday, 1-7 p.m. Dinner options: carryout on Saturday, 2 p.m., and dine-in on Friday, 3-7 p.m.

June 24, Sunday

Bridges of Faith Trialogue | Festival of Faiths, Cintas Center, Xavier University. DETAILS: Inaugural event will celebrate the area’s religious diversity. Faith-based exhibits, dialogues, workshops, art, music and activities for all ages. Free.

June 25, Monday

Wave Foundation | David Fulcher’s Putt for Penguins, 9 a.m., Wetherington Golf & Country Club, West Chester. DETAILS: Golf scramble with four-person teams plus celebrity, 18-hole round of golf with cart, food and beverages, hole contests, live animal encounters and dinner.

June 26, Tuesday

American Jewish Committee | National Human Relations Award dinner, 6 p.m., Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, downtown. DETAILS: Event honors DeDe and Anthony Muñoz.

June 29, Friday

Public Allies Cincinnati | Leading, Learning, Living Our Values: 20 Year Celebration, 5:30-8 p.m., Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum. DETAILS: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, music, networking and program.

June 30, Saturday

The Cure Starts Now | Hyde Park Blast, Hyde Park Square. DETAILS: Four-mile run/walk, cycling races/Criterium, afternoon block party. Benefits Cincinnati cancer charities.

July 7, Friday

Forest Hills Foundation for Education | 9 Holes for 9 Schools, 6-10:30 p.m., Legendary Run Golf Course, Pierce Twp. DETAILS: Community golf outing benefits educational programming for Forest Hills School District students. $60-$75.

July 9-15, Monday-Sunday

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 13, Friday

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 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.

August 11, Saturday

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

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

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.

Sept. 13, Thursday

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

Oct. 11, Thursday

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.

Nov. 3, Saturday

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

Nov. 17, Saturday

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

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