The Datebook

Cincinnati’s Guide to Fundraisers, Friend-Raisers and Community Events

NOTE: Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in Ohio and Kentucky, please check with presenting organizations in case of postponements, cancellations or other changes.

Friday, May 15 – Monday, May 18

Fernside Classic | Online, Virtual Event; DETAILS: Support Fernside while sitting on your couch. Bid on auction items like VIP coffee and beer experiences, sports packages, customized paintings, jewelry, wine, gift cards and much more. Fernside needs your support now more than ever. Join us to ensure that Fernside is able to continue providing grief services at no cost to children and families in our community.

For questions, contact Jen Beck at or call 513-865-1652. 

May 15, Friday

Visionaries and Voices, Double Vision XI | 6:30-11 p.m. Memorial Hall, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS: Annual fundraising art auction benefit featuring more than 40 collaborations. Pop-up shop, silent auction, food, drink, and live music by Ricky Nye. On-Stage: Pam Kravetz, Mike Brown and Associates. Tickets: $75

May 16, Saturday

Brighton Center, Roaring 20s Gala | Cincinnati Airport Marriott. DETAILS: TBA.

Cincinnati Nature Center, “Back to Nature” Signature Gala | 6 p.m. DETAILS: Co-chairs: Alli Parlin and Katherine Jarnigo. Upscale garden party attire. Nature-themed art offered for silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner, dessert on the patio, and live music. Meet famed artist John Ruthven as he sketches on the lodge’s terrace, and chance to own his finished wildlife sketch. Free valet parking. Tickets: $175, tables of 8 available. or 513-965-3346

POSTPONED: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Great Strides | 9 a.m. Sawyer Point, Cincinnati, OH. DETAILS: 5K walk provides an opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together and make a difference. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds., click “Great Stride”

Joseph House, Annual Golf Outing | 7 a.m., Fairfield Greens South Trace. DETAILS: 18-hole scramble, continental breakfast, lunch and a cash prize. Registration is $100 for individuals or $350 for a foursome.

Mindful Music Moments, Leadership Forum | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wilks Studio at Music Hall. DETAILS: Professional development for current and prospective schools and partners. Attendees will come away with practical tools to share with peers, parents and community as well as professional development credits for teachers. This forum will encourage students and teachers to be the voice they need for better health and academic outcome. The event is free with reservations.

Rosemary’s Babies Company, Legends Showcase “A Sneaker Gala” | 6-10 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo. DETAILS: Visit zoo babies at 3 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 for cocktails, games and auction. Dinner buffet inside the Pavilion and Lodge, while enjoying a performance by Scherrie & Susaye (formerly of The Supremes). Emcee: Alexis Rogers, WLWT. Tickets start at $25., search “A Sneaker Gala”

May 18, Monday

Bayley, Annual George Knittle Memorial Bayley Golf Classic | Western Hills Country Club. DETAILS: Honorary Chair: Bill Hemmer of Fox News. 513-347-4040 or, click “Events”

May 19, Tuesday

POSTPONED FROM MARCH 14: Young Professionals Choral Collective, Radio Revelry Gala Concert | 6-11 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center. DETAILS: 21+ event, VIP dinner, entertainment, happy hour, concert, after party. Tickets start at $50.

Megan Boyd, YPCC associate director, and KellyAnn Nelson, founding artistic director

May 20, Wednesday

Mindful Music Remix, Classical Covers Fundraiser | 6:30 p.m. Woodward Theater. DETAILS: The concert will feature innovative takes by local musical acts Blossom Hall, Turtledoves, MRC performers including Spirit, Cincy Steel quartet, Brianna Kelly and more plus meet students inspired by Mindful Music. Tickets start at $20.

May 21, Thursday

POSTPONED TO OCT. 2: Cincinnati Parks Foundation, Annual Hats Off Luncheon | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: Champagne toast, gourmet lunch, After Party, Pop-up Boutique. Co-chairs: Lindsay Wilhelm and Pat Hinkley., click “Hats Off Luncheon”

Hats Off Luncheon co-chairs Lindsay Wilhelm and Pat Hinkley

CANCELED: European American Chamber of Commerce, Gala Dinner

May 28, Thursday

POSTPONED: Children’s Law Center, Dancing with the CLC Stars |

May 30, Saturday

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati, Annual Hearts for Hope Gala | 5:30 p.m. The Summit Hotel. DETAILS: Honoring longtime supporters, Dave & LeAnne Conway. Cocktails, dinner, music & dancing, and live & silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will provide academically motivated students in need with the tools to rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and earn a high school degree, succeed to and through higher education, and build a career as a life-long learner. Tickets: $175.

Global Music & Wellness, An Evening of Wellness through Music | 6:30-10 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral. DETAILS: Mike Garson and violinist Drew Tretick in a benefit concert. Proceeds provide active music-making for children, at-risk youth, older adults, refugees, and individuals recovering from mental illness in our community. Hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. 

June 1, Monday

Community Action Agency, Community Action Classic I 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Maketewah Country Club DETAILS: Golf, raffle, on-course games, lunch, dinner, and awards banquet.

June 6, Saturday

Cancer Support Community, Backyard Bash | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. DETAILS: Free and open to the public and to community members of all ages. Fun activities for the whole family. Food, craft activities, face painting.
513-791-4060 or

June 7, Sunday

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Yes You Can 5K Walk/Run | 7-11 a.m. Spring Grove Arboretum. DETAILS: Early bird registration (ends April 3rd): $32; regular registration: $40; day-of registration: $45

June 11-13, Thursday-Saturday

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Cincinnati, Women Build | DETAILS: Individuals may participate by donating or raising $250 or more to support women in homeownership. Participants receive a Women Build t-shirt and opportunity to work on build site with fellow volunteers. Groups of up to 15 participants must raise $2,500 or more. or 513-482-5607

June 13, Saturday

Dragonfly, Annual Ride for Dragonfly | Queen City Harley-Davidson. DETAILS: Motorcycle ride, live entertainment, raffles and retail. Emcee: Brian Thomas, WKRC.

June 14, Sunday

CANCELED: Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance

June 16, Tuesday 

Giving USA Breakfast | 7:30-10 a.m. Cincinnati Museum Center. DETAILS: Annual report on charitable giving across the nation. Speaker: Melissa Brown.

June 17-20, Wednesday-Saturday

POSTPONED FROM APRIL: CET/ThinkTV, Action Auction | 5:30-10:30 p.m. DETAILS: Viewers can call in and bid on donated items to support local public broadcasting stations. Dr. O’Dell Owens returns for a 10th year as the CET Action Auction chair.
513-345-6579 or

June 17, Wednesday

Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance, Lincoln of Cincinnati, Exclusive Private Collection & Tasting | 6:30 p.m. The Kroger Estate. DETAILS: On-site valet service, an unmatched collection of race automobiles, a diverse set of business and community leaders, and a unique culinary experience. Reservations are limited. Tickets $225; must be purchased by Tuesday, June 2, 8 p.m. or 513-321-1951.

June 18, Thursday

Cincinnati Opera, The Ball of the Century & A Toast to the Future | 5 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom. Cocktails, followed by dinner by Mita’s and Eat Well. Music by CCM jazz musicians, flamenco dancers and fortune tellers. Opening night tickets to “Barber of Seville” sold separately. Following the opera, the celebration returns to the ballroom for A Toast to the Future featuring desserts and dancing. Patron tickets: $500.
513-768-5524, or

June 19, Friday

Taft Museum of Art, Light Up the Night Gala | DETAILS: Event Co-Chairs: Michelle and Dudley Taft, Jr., and Tina and Dudley Taft. Tickets start at $125.

June 25, Thursday

Companions on a Journey, Annual COJ Celebrity Classic | 11 a.m. Glenview Golf Course. DETAILS: 11 a.m. Registration/Lunch, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start, 5 p.m. Reception/Dinner. Non-golfers can join the fun by attending the 19th hole reception and dinner.
513-479-3834 or

July 13, Monday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Golf Classic | Traditions Golf Club, Hebron. DETAILS: Produced by CFF Tomorrow’s Leaders Young Professional group

July 17, Friday

POSTPONED FROM MAY: Elder’s Altiora Fund, Kyle Rudolph Charity Concert | 7 p.m., Elder High School. DETAILS: Darius Rucker, hosted by Kyle Rudolph and featuring The Bronson Arroyo Band. SOLD OUT.

July 25, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bourbon and Bubbles | 5-9 p.m. Madison Event Center, Covington. DETAILS: Assortment of tastings, food and drinks from Kentucky distilleries, breweries, restaurants and vineyards. Music, auctions and more. Regular ticket: $110. Top Shelf ticket: $150. Info: Victoria Molin, 513-533-9300 or

Aug. 12, Wednesday

POSTPONED FROM MAY: Cancer Family Care, Annual Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Hero Awards | Registration 6:30 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Dinner and Awards. Tickets: $45/adult; $15/child

Aug. 22, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cycle for Life | 116 Dayton St., Hamilton, OH. DETAILS: Riders ages 16 and up may participate. Helmets required. Ride starts and ends at Marcum Park in Hamilton, OH. 15, 32 and 65 mile routes available. Breakfast, cycle post party.

Aug. 28, Friday

Camp Joy, Dance for Joy | Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Drew Lachey, emcee. Proceeds support life-changing programming and camp experiences for underserved youth, kids in foster care, and children with medical and special needs.

Aug. 29, Saturday

Cancer Family Care, Annual “Dig Deep for Cancer Family Care” Sand Volleyball Tournament | 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Grand Sands, 10750 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH. DETAILS: Volleyball and Lunch provided. Tickets: $25/player; $8/spectator.

POSTPONED FROM MARCH: CircleTail, Annual Dinner, Art, & Wine for Canines | 6-10 p.m. Receptions Loveland, 10681 Loveland-Madeira Rd. DETAILS: 21+ event. Dress is smart casual. Wine tasting, buffet dinner, open beer and wine bar, mystery boxes, silent art auction and raffle prizes. Tickets start at $70.

Sept. 6, Sunday

Cancer Support Community, Ignite Hope | 5:30-11 p.m. DETAILS: Unique event offering VIP experience for the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest, including silent auction, raffles, entertainment.

Sept. 12-13, Saturday-Sunday

Ohio River Foundation, Cincinnati Coffee Festival | Cincinnati Music Hall DETAILS: The midwest’s premier coffee event, celebrating artisan coffee, fine teas, pastry, savory food. Guests will enjoy free tastings, samplings, live music, engaging demonstrations, and the opportunity to purchase products.

Sept. 12, Saturday

POSTPONED FROM APRIL: American Sign Museum, Hobby Pig 2020 | 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45225.
513-541-6366 or

Brighton Center, Wine Over Water | Purple People Bridge. DETAILS: TBA

Sept. 16, Wednesday

POSTPONED FROM MARCH: Woman’s City Club, Annual National Speaker Forum and Fundraiser | 7 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Keynote: Denise Kiernan, best-selling author and journalist. Tickets start at $40.

Sept. 17, Thursday

POSTPONED FROM APRIL: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,Cincinnati’s Finest Finale | 7-10:30 p.m. DETAILS: Honoring area’s best and brightest young professionals. By-the-bite dishes, vote for favorite dish, silent auction, wine and beer pairings, and awards: 2020 Cincinnati’s Finest Restaurant and the 2020 Cincinnati’s Finest Professional. Tickets start at $80.

Sept. 25, Friday

Cincinnati Zoo, Zoofari: The Roaring ’20s | DETAILS: TBA

Oct. 2, Friday

POSTPONED FROM MAY: Cincinnati Parks Foundation, Annual Hats Off Luncheon | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Smale Riverfront Park. DETAILS: Champagne toast, gourmet lunch, After Party, Pop-up Boutique. Co-chairs: Lindsay Wilhelm and Pat Hinkley., click “Hats Off Luncheon”

Oct. 9-11, Friday-Sunday

Flying Pig Marathon | Downtown Cincinnati

Oct. 9, Friday

Episcopal Retirement Services, Annual gala | DETAILS: TBA

POSTPONED FROM APRIL: Karen Wellington Foundation, Annual “Karen’s Gifts” FUNdraiser Bash | 7 p.m. Renaissance Hotel, Downtown. DETAILS: Cirque du Chic theme, music by DJ JonJon, open bar, dinner by the bite, and dancing. 

Oct. 10, Saturday

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, International Freedom Conductor Awards | DETAILS: TBA

Oct. 15, Thursday

St. Vincent de Paul, Retrofittings | Music Hall Ballroom

Oct. 17, Saturday

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 65 Roses Gala | Hard Rock Casino

Oct. 20, Tuesday

POSTPONED FROM MAY: YWCA, Career Women of Achievement | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center

Oct. 23, Friday

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Chamber of Horrors | Woodward Theater. DETAILS: TBA

Nov. 7, Saturday

Cancer Family Care, Annual Wine Tasting & Auction | 6 p.m. Manor House, Mason. DETAILS: Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction. Three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings and live auction. Tickets: $175/person.

Nov. 13, Friday

Cincinnati Art Museum, Gala | 6-9 p.m., Music Hall. DETAILS: “Much Ado About Duveneck” theme with cocktails, dinner, entertainment and auction. “Duveneck Deux” After Party 9-11 p.m. with desserts, cocktails and entertainment. Tickets: $225/museum members, $250/non-members, $100/After Party only.

Nov. 14, Saturday

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Dining in the Dark | 6-10 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. DETAILS: TBA


May 1-2, Saturday-Sunday, 2021

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cinci-Cinco Festival | Fountain Square

June 13, Sunday, 2021

Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance

Oct. 2, 2021

Christ Hospital, 2020 Gala |6:30 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Black tie gala with cocktails, dinner and dancing.
513-585-0657 or

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