The Datebook

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

Feb. 16, Thursday

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber | Annual dinner, 5 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Honors four new Great Living Cincinnatians: William P. Butler, Dr. Victor F. Garcia, Charlene Ventura and John P. Williams Jr. $175. 513-579-3111 or

Community Shares | Valentine Party, 6-9 p.m. Hotel Covington, 638 Madison, Covington. DETAILS: DJ Thaddeus, comedian Sweet Biscuit and live auction with Brooklyn. Stationed dinner reception. $85 in advance, $115 at the door.

Feb. 18, Saturday

Heritage Village Museum | Chocolate, Champagne & Candlelight,” 7-10 p.m. Raffel’s Banquet Hall,10160 Reading Road. Details: Chocolate dessert buffet plus champagne, wine, soft drinks, and appetizer buffet. 513-563-9484 or

World Affairs Council | One World Gala and Global Trivia Game, 6 p.m. The Phoenix. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner, trivia game. $150.

Feb. 23, Thursday

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative | Trivia Night, 5 p.m. Rhinegeist Brewery. DETAILS: Games start at 6 p.m. 513-363-5223 or

Literacy Network | Handbags for Hope, Cincinnati Club, downtown. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner, raffles, live and silent auctions, award presentation. Bidding on new designer bags and raffle that includes a $990 Louis Vuitton bag. $60. 513-621-READ (7323) or

Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association | Fat Thursday party, 6:30-10 p.m. N.Ky. Convention Center. DETAILS: Food, beverages, live New Orleans jazz with Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, live and silent auctions. The court: Scott Sloan of 700 WLW as king, Sheila Gray of Local 12 as queen, Giovani Bernard as grand marshal. Master of ceremonies: D-Lo and Harry Stephens. $60. Benefits: Welcome House of N.Ky., Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound, Bethany House Services. Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell. Tickets: (859) 291-NKRA or

Feb. 25, Saturday

American Heart Association | Heart Ball, 6:30 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. $500 per person. Sia Ruppert, 513-842-8863 or

Cincinnati Parks | Toast to Art, 6-8 p.m. Carol Ann’s Carousel, Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: Paint and sip wine under the stars. $30 per person, $50 per couple. Must be 21 or older. or at the carousel’s gift shop.

Little Sisters of the Poor | Rockathon, 1-4 p.m. St. Paul’s Home, Clifton. DETAILS: Solos or teams rock in chairs for 3 hours to collect pledges. DJ, mystery balloons, snacks and drinks.

Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic | A’Cat’emy Awards gala, The Phoenix. DETAILS: Dinner, drinks, VIP hour, live and silent auctions, games and A’cat’emy Awards for best cat videos. $65 and up. Benefits OAR’s no-kill shelter, clinic and outreach.

March 1, Wednesday

New Life Furniture Bank | Charitable Suds fundraiser, 5-8 p.m. Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., OTR. DETAILS: $1 per drink goes to NLF. Presentation of inaugural Golden Chair Award for making an impact on ending homelessness and fighting poverty.

Social Venture Partners | Fast Pitch, 5:30 p.m. Duke Energy Center. DETAILS: Finalists for funding get 3 minutes to tell their stories to an audience of philanthropists, community leaders and entrepreneurs.

March 2-4, Thursday-Saturday

Cincinnati International Wine Festival |  Winery dinners Thursday, tastings Friday and Saturday, charity auction/luncheon Saturday.

March 3, Friday

Redwood | Redwood Express, The Syndicate, Newport. DETAILS: Theme is “Destination: The Emerald City.” Tickets: $100 before March 2 or $125 at the door.

March 4, Saturday

Cincinnati Waldorf School | Starry Night Gala, 6:30-11 p.m. Kingsgate Marriott on University of Cincinnati campus. DETAILS: Bourbon and wine tastings, light bites, silent and live auctions, dancing. Proceeds benefit student scholarship fund. $100. 513-541-0220 or

Joyful Hearts | Hearts are Trump euchre tourney, 5:30-10 p.m. Five Seasons Sports Country Club, Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets, a silent auction and split-the-pot raffle. Benefits summer camp for children with heart disease. $35.

Ohio Valley Voices | SuperHero Gala, Cooper Creek, Blue Ash. DETAILS: Cocktails, raffles, seated dinner, dancing to DJ Vikas. Emcee is Elena LaQuatra, Miss Pennsylvania, who lives with profound hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant to help her communicate. Proceeds benefit Ohio Valley Voices tuition assistance. Tickets $150 at

March 7, Tuesday

Inventor’s Council | First Filament Awards, Huenefeld Tower Room, Main Library. DETAILS: Pitches by up-and-coming inventors and entrepreneurs competing for cash prizes.

March 8, Wednesday

CCMpower | Not Famous Yet Showcase, Patricia Corbett Theater, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. DETAILS: Features performances by CCM’s Class of 2017, reception, dinner by the bite. $100, $75 and $50. (513) 556-2100

March 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday

Montgomery Woman’s Club | Town Hall Lecture. DETAILS: Features talk by bluegrass musician Katie Laur 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sycamore Jr. High School, Montgomery, or 11 a.m. Thursday at Montgomery Assembly of God Church, Montgomery. $45. Benefits scholarship program. (513) 684-1632,

Longworth-Anderson Series | Pink Martini concert and receptions, Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., followed by post-concert reception. Light bites by Jean-Robert de Cavel’s restaurants, desserts by the BonBonerie and French wine tasting. $45. Benefits the concert series. (513) 977-8839 or

March 11, Saturday

Circle Tail | Dinner, Art and Wine for Canines, Receptions, Loveland. DETAILS: Keynote speaker is Marlys Staley, Circle Tail founder. $55 or $100 until March 1. After, $65 and $120.

Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung | “Jung’s Red Book” workshop 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. DETAILS: A guide to Shadow and Spiritual Growth with Olga Wittekind, Ph.D. 513-984-2059

Mayfield Education & Research Foundation | The Art & Science of Healing: The Hippest Science Fair in Town, 5-10 p.m., Carol Ann’s Carousel & Anderson Pavilion. DETAILS: Performances by pianist Sergei Polusmiak and soul singer Billi Nicol. $75 or $200. Benefits neuroscience fund of your choice. Interactive displays of latest advances in the neurosciences. 513-569-5277 or

Victorian Society | Symposium, 9 a.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington. DETAILS: Day-long symposium on life in 1867, the year of Covington’s founding. Speakers, lunch and parking included. $40 for Victorian Society members, $50 others. Deadline: March 6. Tickets: ORVC, c/o Jim Schwartz, 5791 Leslie Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014

March 13, Monday

Episcopal Retirement Services | Refresh Your Soul conference, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cintas Center, Xavier University. DETAILS: Keynote speaker: John O’Leary, author of “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.” Also, caregiver Loretta Anne Woodward Veney and advice for caregivers from Teepa Snow. Continues 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

March 14, Tuesday

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio | Women of Distinction awards, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Queen City Club, downtown. Honors Victoria Morgan, Cheryl Rose, Linda Clement Holmes, Kathy McMullen and Shakila T. Ahmad. (513) 619-1376 or

March 18, Saturday

Starfire | March Madness Flyaway, 7-11 p.m. Woodward Theater, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Music, open bar, catered food, NCAA tournament games on TV, silent auction, raffle of tickets to 2018 Final Four.

March 19, Sunday

Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown counties | Classical music performance, 2 p.m. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Anderson Township. DETAILS: A Bengals assistant coach and a vascular surgeon sit in with professional musicians. $25, includes reception with performers.

March 24-25, Friday-Saturday

Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund | Queen City Classic Chess Tournament, Paul Brown Stadium Club West. DETAILS: Friday: Simul with masters and grandmasters 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Youth tournament 9 a.m.

March 25, Saturday

People Working Cooperatively | Toolbelt Ball, Jack Casino. DETAILS: New gala benefits PWC’s Modifications for Mobility program. Black-tie, cocktails, entertainment, three-course gourmet meal, raffles, high-end wine and bourbon pull, silent and live auctions.

UCAN | Annual dinner, 5:30-9 p.m., Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., OTR. Pasta buffet by MOTR Pub, music by The Doug Hart Band, craft beer, raffles, silent auction. $60. Benefits United Coalition for Animals’ nonprofit spay/neuter clinic.

Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation | A Conversation with Abby Wambach, 2-4 p.m. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. DETAILS: Betsey Ross interviews the soccer legend. $50 ($40 for students).

March 30, Thursday

Behringer-Crawford Museum | Two Headed Calf Awards, Votruba Student Union Ballroom, Northern Kentucky University. DETAILS TBA.

April 1, Saturday

I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation | Spring Bling Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Receptions, Erlanger. Raffles, auction, Bling Bling Jewelry exchange, with 20 tables of costume jewelry. Presentation of WINGS (With Inspiration No One Goes Solo) award to a breast cancer survivor who has inspired others.

Karen Wellington Foundation | 10th annual Karen’s Gift “Forever in Bloom,” 7 p.m.-midnight, Renaissance Hotel, downtown.

April 6, Thursday

Cincinnati Symphony Club | April Affair, Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Fashion show of women’s fine apparel from Mike and Carol Trotta, luncheon, silent auction, shopping. Nancy Bove: 513-321-0230

Visiting Nurse Association | Caring Celebration gala, 5-9 p.m. Hyatt Regency, downtown. DETAILS: Honors Trey Devey and John Morris Russell. $150.

April 8, Saturday

Cincinnati Arts Association | Dancing for the Stars, 6 p.m. Jack Casino Ballroom, downtown. DETAILS: Benefit for CAA’s Overture Awards for students. Includes dance competition featuring eight local celebrities, wine and cheese reception, dinner by the bite, cash bar, dancing. $150. 513-977-4188 or

St. Vincent de Paul | Hope to Homes 5K run/walk, 9 a.m.-noon Sawyer Point. DETAILS: Benefits SVDP’s emergency assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance.

Summerfair Cincinnati | Poster exhibit, Weston Gallery, Aronoff Center for the Arts. DETAILS: Also features exhibition of 12 Cincinnati-area artists who won Summerfair aid awards.

April 17, Monday

Girls on the Run | Boston Marathon, Boston, Mass. DETAILS: Cincinnati fitness trainer and GOTR board member Jessica Leonard, who has raised $100,000 for GOTR, runs the Marathon. To support GOTR: or

April 20, Thursday

Woman’s City Club | National Speaker forum, 7 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Broadcast journalist Maria Hinojosa’s topic is “Latinos and Immigration: the U.S. Mambo.” (513) 751-0100 or

April 22, Saturday

Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio | YP Honors Brunch and Awards Ceremony, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. University Club of Cincinnati.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra | “Bourbon and Bond” gala, 6:30 p.m., former IMAX Theatre, Newport on the Levee. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner by the bite, silent auction, dancing, music from James Bond films. Proceeds benefit Summer Park and education programs. (859) 431-6216 or

April 23, Sunday

Ohio Alleycat Resource | Jammin’ for Whiskers, 7:30 p.m. Leapin’ Lizard Event Space, Covington. DETAILS: Concert by 3 Piece Revival. $15 at the door.

April 25, Tuesday

CET | Action Auction fundraiser. DETAILS. Televised live April 25-29 with special auctions each day. Benefits public television.

April 26, Wednesday

Pregnancy Center East | Banquet for Life, 5:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Keynote speaker Lou Holtz. $75 or $50 for those under 25. (513) 321-3100

April 27, Thursday

Cincinnati Horticultural Society | Ladies Day luncheon, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Chef Maeve Rochford, a Food Network champion and executive chef/owner of Sugar & Scribe Bakery in San Diego, is keynote speaker. $100.

Women Helping Women | Light Up the Night – Back to the ‘80s, 5:30-9 p.m. Jack Casino, downtown. DETAILS: Dinner by the bite, silent auction, raffles, wine/bourbon pulls, cocktails by Molly Wellmann. WGRR’s Lunaman spinning ‘80s hits. $125.

April 28, Friday

PreventionFIRST! | Community Awards Luncheon, noon-1 p.m. Cintas Center, Xavier University. $50. Details TBA.

Stepping Stones | Sporting Clays, 11 a.m. Elk Creek Hunt Club, Owenton, Kentucky. DETAILS: Novice and experienced shooters welcome. $250 includes ammunition, targets, meals, player gifts and cart fees.

April 29, Saturday

American Red Cross | Cause Day, Jack Casino, downtown. DETAILS: Volunteers install free smoke alarms in nine neighborhoods, then get together for food and fun. Choice of morning or afternoon shift.

Kindervelt 68 Westside | Fairy Tales Can Come True Cabaret, 6:30 p.m. Father Reardon Hall at St. William’s Church, Sunset and Elberon avenues. DETAILS: Performances by Elder High School and Seton High School ensembles, ventriloquist Denny Baker and the Starlight Band. $20, includes beer, wine, soft drinks and light snacks. Benefits Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at Cincinnati Children’s. (513) 451-1750, (513) 922-5292 or

Lighthouse Youth Services | Beacon of Light Humanitarian Awards Gala, 6:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency, downtown. Honors retired Lighthouse CEO Bob Mecum. $150. (513) 487-7154 or

SPCA | Fur Ball Gala, 6-10 p.m. Sharonville Convention Center. DETAILS: “Hollywoof” party, black tie or Hollywood glam, cocktails, fine dining, live and silent auctions, wine wall, red carpet Pet Parade of adoptable animals. $200.

April 30, Sunday

Midwest Culinary Institute | 1 Night 12 Kitchens, 6 p.m. MCI on Cincinnati State campus. DETAILS: Guests sample gourmet fare from 40 restaurants, explore MCI kitchens, mingle with chefs. $125, or $200 for extras, including hors d’oeuvres reception with chefs and entry to Top Chef Lounge.

May 4, Thursday

Alzheimer’s Association | Art of Making Memories, 6-9:30 p.m. Jack Casino, downtown. DETAILS: Dinner by the bite, live entertainment and auction of framed artwork by participants in Association’s Memories in the Making program. Honorees: Drs. Jeff and Liz Schlaudecker. 513-721-4284 or

May 5, Friday

Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati | Aspire Cincinnati Award Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: John and Eileen Barrett and Chris Bochenek will be honored. Contact: Meier Bauer, 513-221-4447 or

May 6, Saturday

The Cure Starts Now Cancer Foundation | Once in a Lifetime Gala & Auction, Duke Energy Convention Center, downtown. Features appearance by Grammy Award winning singer TobyMac, plus after-party concert. 513-462-6025 or

May 10, Wednesday

YWCA Greater Cincinnati | Career Women of Achievement luncheon, Duke Energy Convention Center. Nominations for honorees accepted through Dec. 2. Nomination forms: 513-241-7090 or

May 11, Thursday

School for Creative & Performing Arts | Corbett Mayerson Awards Competition, SCPA, 108 W. Central Pkwy. DETAILS: SCPA junior class members compete. 513-363-8100 or

May 13, Saturday

Cincinnati Nature Center | Back to Nature Gala, 6 p.m. Krippendorf Lodge. DETAILS: Celebrates 50th anniversary of the nature center. $175. Doris Marks Callis at or

Cincinnati Preservation Association and Wyoming Historical SocietyHouse tour, 1-5 p.m. Wyoming Historic District. DETAILS: Tour of Wyoming Historic District in the heart of the village, which includes 300 buildings and is on National Register of Historic Places. More details TBA.

JDRF | Cincinnatian of the Year Gala, Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Live entertainment, silent and live auction, Fund A Cure.

May 18, Thursday

Women’s Committee of Smale Riverfront Park | Hats Off Luncheon, Great Lawn, Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: TBA

May 19, Friday

Easterseals | ReUse-apalooza, 7-11 p.m. Building Value retail store, Northside. DETAILS: Party plus Designer Challenge competition that features repurposed or reused salvage items made by either amateur or professional designers. Erica Busch, or (513) 386-6819

May 20, Saturday

Weston Art Gallery | Warhol-inspired Disco Ball, 7 p.m. Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center. Cocktails, ’70s-themed dinner, dancing in recreation of Studio 54 in Procter & Gamble Hall.

May 21, Sunday

Marvin Lewis Community Fund | Golf Classic, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Topgolf West Chester. DETAILS: Games and contests followed by party and awards. VIP party Saturday at Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

May 25, Thursday

Children’s Law Center | Dancing with the CLC Stars, Receptions, Erlanger, Kentucky. DETAILS: TBA . Nominations for celebrity dancers being taken. Contact: John Vissman, 859-431-3313 or

June 2-4, Friday-Sunday

Summerfair Cincinnati | 50th anniversary of art fair, Coney Island. DETAILS: 300 artists representing 12 art categories.

June 3, Saturday

JDRF | One Walk Kings Island, 8 a.m. Kings Island. DETAILS: 5,000 walk 4K through Soak City and Kings Island park to raise funds for type 1 diabetes research. Check in at 7 a.m.  No fundraising minimum required, but at least $100 suggested.

June 5, Monday

Tender Mercies | 25th annual Tee Up for Tender Mercies golf outing, Clovernook Country Club, North College Hill. DETAILS: Registration starting March 1. $250 for singles or $900 for foursome.

June 10, Saturday

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation | Take Steps walk, Summit Park, Blue Ash. Details TBA. 513-772-3550 or

Give Back Cincinnati | 17th annual Paint the Town, Bellevue and Dayton, Kentucky. DETAILS: TBA.

June 11, Sunday

Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance | Car show, Ault Park, Cincinnati. Details: TBA.

Ride Cincinnati | Family-friendly bicycle rides, Yeatman’s Cove. Benefits cancer research at the Barrett Cancer Center of UC Cancer Institute. New this year: a 100-mile ride, 5k run and 5k brick (cycle and run) event join its 8-, 18-, 26-, 45- and 63-mile rides.

June 19, Monday

Ronald McDonald House | You Play. Kids Win! Golf Classic, Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Tee times at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Breakfast, golf and lunch for morning round. Lunch, golf, cocktails, dinner, and a live auction for afternoon round. or Carrie Schroder at

St. Joseph Orphanage | Golf Fore the Kids of SJO. A fall outing for 20 years, this year it moves to June. DETAILS TBA.

June 24, Saturday

Hyde Park Blast | Runs, bike and chariot races, block party, live music, Hyde Park Square.

Aug. 23, Wednesday

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

Sept. 15, Friday

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden | Zoofari, at the zoo. DETAILS: TBA.

Sept.16, Saturday

Integrative Care and Wellness, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, Cincinnati Children’s | Unleash Your Sparkle Gala, 6:30 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director, Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona. Black-tie optional. $175. After-party for YPs $95. More details TBA.

Oct. 7, Saturday

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.

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