The Datebook

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

Nov. 14, Thursday

Aeqai Board President Cedric Michael Cox is among 20-plus artists showing their work at the benefit.

Aeqai | Annual Silent Art Auction and Benefit, 5:30-8 p.m. Pendleton Street Photography, Pendleton Studio Annex, Over-the-Rhine. DETAILS:Regional artists showcase work in wide range of media. Silverglades provides light refreshments. Tickets/$50. Patron level/$125. Reserve by sending a check to Aeqai Inc., 810 Matson Pl. Unit 1505, Cincinnati, OH 45204 or pay at door.

Ohio Cancer Research  | 24th Star Award Gala, 6:30 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Honoring Mark G. Witte, executive director, TriHealth Cancer Institute. Discovery Award for Research to Zalfa Abdel-Malek. Music by Kathy Wade. Tickets begin at $250. 800-232-6272, or

Taft Museum | House Party, 5-8 p.m. Taft Museum of Art. DETAILS: Signature cocktails, cash bar, and bites from the Cheesecakery, plus music by DJ Mowgli. Guided meditation session in art galleries or listen to a spotlight talk from the Civic Garden Center’s horticulturalist on our Poetry of Nature special exhibition.

The Women Walking West board of directors: Rick Casey, vice-chair Dwight Packard, Janice Walker, founder and chair George Sehi, Vijaya Reddy, Shannon Isom and treasurer Carey Curtis

Women Walking West | Annual Gala, 6-9 p.m. Manor House, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Rd. Mason, OH 45040. DETAILS: $75/person. Black-tie optional event with auction, raffles, dinner and speakers. Master of Ceremonies: Mrs. Norma Rashid. Keynote: Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County Coroner.  Guests will hear from Dr. George Sehi, other board members and a mentor and mentee from the W3 program.

Nov. 15, Friday

Cincinnati Children’s | Spirits of the Holiday Season, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave, Covington, KY. DETAILS: Live entertainment, food, dancing, both silent and live auctions. Celebrates local songwriter Haven Gillespie, who penned “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Tickets $75.

Great Parks | Walk and Wine at Holiday in Lights, 6-9 p.m. Sharon Woods. DETAILS: 21+ event. $40 per person or $75 for two. Mile-long stroll through holiday lights and displays, tastings of local wines and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the park.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful staff: Haley Hayes, Lauren Gottschalk, Alistair Probst, Katie Davis, Claire Bryson (in front of Katie Davis), Suzy Godber, Kara Luggen, Matt Troken, Megan Beck, Executive Director Jonathan Adee, Nancy Stockhauser and Emily Bottoni

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful | Cincy Block Party, 7-11 p.m. Benken Florist Home and Garden Center. DETAILS: Live music, food from local restaurants, open beer and wine bar, games, activities, raffle, silent/live auction. Tickets start at $60 and include admission, valet parking, food, drinks and a raffle ticket.

StarShine Hospice Spirits of the Holiday Season co-chairs Kathy McGraw and Karen Schupp

PAR-Projects | Partake: A Celebration of New Creative Space in Northside!, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. 1646 Hoffner St, Cincinnati, OH. DETAILS: Fine art installations, sporadic tours, cash bar, and DJ Pillo and DJ Sabastooge at brand new-to-us location, Studeō PAR-.

StarShine Hospice of Cincinnati Children’s | Spirits of the Holiday Season, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Madison Event Center. DETAILS: Live music, DJ, dancing, photo booth, live and silent auction items, appetizers, food stations, cocktails. Tickets: $75/person. 513-636-5684.

Nov. 16, Saturday

Pam Green, president and CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati; Craig Todd and Diane Todd, honorary chairs of the Brighter Futures Celebration

Easterseals | Brighter Futures Celebration, 5:30-9 p.m., Jack Casino. DETAILS: Craig and Diane Todd, honorary chairs. Cocktails, 5:30 p.m.,program, 6:30 p.m., after party, 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Nic Novicki, an actor/comedian and director of Easterseals Disabilities Film Challenge. Tickets/$150.

Mary Claire Schnier and Dr. Doug Saunders at last year’s Taste of the World

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Annual Taste of the World, 7:30-11 p.m., Newport Aquarium. DETAILS: Food by top restaurants and wine, beer and spirits. Silent auction, raffle, penguin experience, specialty drinks, a Top Shelf Room to sample high-end beverages and view Cincinnati skyline. Tickets/$125.

Kimberly Stappaerts and Kim Dugan, 2019 Petcasso auction co-chairs

PAR-Projects | Partake: A Celebration of New Creative Space, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Studeō PAR- 1646 Hoffner St. Cincinnati, OH 45223. DETAILS: Fine art installations, adult beverages, sporadic tours, DJs, dance party.

Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati | Petcasso 2019, 7-10:30 p.m. Cincinnati Masonic Center – Grand Ballroom, 317 E. 5th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Dinner by the bite, open bar, bourbon pull, live music, travel raffle and silent auction of “Painted Pets” by local artisans. Emcees: Local 12’s Paula Toti and Kyle Inskeep. Early bird tickets through Oct. 15, start at $50.

People Working Cooperatively | Annual Prepare Affair, 9 a.m.-noon. Locations across Tri-State. DETAILS: Volunteers help low-income, elderly and people with disabilities, prepare homes for winter, plus rake leaves, clean gutters and perform other winter preparation activities. 513 351-7921 or

St. Vincent dePaul | Annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza, noon-3 p.m. Moerlein Lager House,115 Joe Nuxhall Way. DETAILS: Local, national and international holiday beers and food pairings. Music by Sonny Moorman. Gift raffles, holiday keg tapping fill, souvenir pint glass. Collecting new or gently used coats and cash donations. Tickets $40. Additional sampling tickets available.

Nov. 19, Tuesday

LifeCenter | Community Breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m. Cintas Center, Xavier University. Recognizing those impacted by organ, eye and tissue donation and honoring local advocates. To nominate a donation champion, visit RSVP by Oct. 24. $30/adults. $15/children. $20/Active Donate Life Ambassadors. or

Nov. 20, Wednesday

AJC Cincinnati | Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave. DETAILS: Tickets $20.

Cancer Support Community | Party with a Purpose, 6-8:30 p.m. Pearl’s, 3520 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45226. DETAILS: Specialty cocktails and craft beers. Portion of tab goes to CSC. Private room upstairs.

David Taylor, 2020 United Way Campaign chair

United Way of Greater Cincinnati | Community United Celebration 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Recognizing individuals, companies and organizations who’ve contributed to 2019 community fundraising campaign. Hors d’oeuvres available; cash bar.

Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison of America’s Test Kitchen

Nov. 21-22, Thursday-Friday

CET and ThinkTV | Inside America’s Test Kitchen with Julia & Bridget, Nov. 21, noon and 5:30 p.m., Cincinnati State Midwest Culinary Institute. Nov. 22, 6 p.m. (VIP) and 6:30 p.m. (general admission), Sinclair College. DETAILS: Chefs and co-hosts Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster. Enjoy food by culinary students from Midwest Culinary Institute. Interactive cooking demonstration, followed by Q&A session. Pre-order new America’s Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook. Tickets $75-$125.

Nov. 21, Thursday

Brighton Center | FriendsGiving, 6-10 p.m. New Riff Distillery, 24 Distillery Way, Newport KY. DETAILS: Live music, appetizers, silent auction, distillery experience,  special private single barrel selection raffle. 

French-American Business Alliance/EACC | Beaujolais Nouveau Première, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Silent auction, music from The Faux Frenchmen, and expertise about Beaujolais wines. Gerard Nijkamp, general manager of FC Cincinnati, will be celebrity auctioneer.

Nov. 22, Friday

ArtWorks co-chairs Barbara Hauser and Michael Betts

ArtWorks | Secret ArtWorks: Night Under The Stars, 6 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Art works with a secret – buyers don’t know artist’s identity until after they select their masterpiece. Each sale supports artists, art and youth in our community. Michael Betts and Barbara Hauser, co-chairs.

Faith Community Pharmacy | 2019 Annual Gala, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Elizabeth Training and Education Center. 3861 Olympic Blvd, Erlanger, KY 41018. DETAILS: Bourbon tasting, dinner-by-the-bite, silent & live auctions. RSVP Nov. 15. $75 each.  859-426-7837.

Friends of Twin Lakes | Holiday Boutique & Bake Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Twin Lakes Senior Living Community, 9840 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242. DETAILS: Holiday shopping, at vendors like Village Junction, Aglamesis Brothers, Z Place for Wine, and more. Baked goods and poinsettias also for sale. No cost to enter.

Chris Ventura, past chair, ambassadors board; Stacy Cole, Make Camp Possible co-chair; Dwanna Williams, former committee member; and Sam Rossell, chair, ambassadors board

Talbert House | Make Camp Possible, 7-10 p.m. The Phoenix. DETAILS: Benefits Camp Possible. Emcee: Sara Celi. Co-chairs: Stacy Cole and Scot Feldmeyer. Music. Tickets include dinner by the bite and two drinks.

Nov. 23, Saturday

Cincinnati Opera will honor Patty Beggs at annual gala

Cincinnati Opera | Love Letters to Patty. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Gala: celebrating 35 years of service by retiring CEO Patricia Beggs. 513-768-5524 or

Over-the-Rhine Museum | What is Your Story?, 1-3 p.m. The American Building, 30 E. Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Cocktails, light bites and stories about historic OTR. Donations go toward permanent museum home at 3 W. McMicken / 12 Findlay Street. RSVP by Nov. 16: or

Nov. 24, Sunday

Cincinnati Preservation Association | Preservation Awards and Annual Meeting, 4:30 p.m. Newsreel Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center. DETAILS: Recognizing projects of extraordinary merit completed within the last two years in the areas of rehabilitation, adaptive use, restoration, outstanding accomplishment in preservation, special recognition, education and preservation journalism. Free, but reservations required. Parking vouchers provided.

Nov. 28, Thursday

Give Back Cincinnati’s Fall Feast

Give Back Cincinnati | Annual Fall Feast, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Volunteers provide meals, free haircuts, vision screenings, health screenings, dental checkups, flu shots, toiletries, coats and books. Live music and several big-screen TVs to feature Thanksgiving Day Parade and football games. Kidzone with games, crafts, inflatable play areas and a petting zoo.

Western & Southern | Thanksgiving Day 10K Run and Walk, 9 a.m., Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS: Race registration includes soft-style long-sleeve shirt. Gifts, including a secret gift from Secret® for women. Free Tide PODS®, gift cards.

Nov. 30, Saturday

Children’s Law Center | Special Viewing of “The Frog Princess” 1127 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Special dress rehearsal performance of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s holiday show. CLC sells seating and sponsorships to this fun-filled event and many purchasers choose to donate their tickets back as free tickets for CLC clients. Tickets $25 each for children (13 years and under) and $40 for others. Limited seating.

Dec. 1, Sunday

Irish tenor Ciaran Sheehan will perform at the Green Tie Irish Christmas Gala

Irish Heritage Center | Green Tie Irish Christmas Gala, 5 p.m., Irish Heritage Center, 3905 Eastern Ave. DETAILS: Don’t have to be Irish to attend. Irish tenor Ciaran Sheehan joined by Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, plus others. Food and drink, silent and live auctions and social interaction with Irish dignitaries. 513-533-0100 or

Dec. 2, Monday

Alzheimer’s Association | Monday Night on Broadway, 7-9 p.m. Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45205. DETAILS: One-night-only concert with Broadway star Ciarán Sheehan. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association.513-721-4284 or

Dec. 3, Tuesday

Impact 100 | Giving Tuesday Celebration, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Life Learning Center, 20 W. 19th St., Covington, KY 41011. DETAILS: Meet and hear from those who have received an Impact 100 grant. Cost: $15. Register:

Dec. 6, Friday

Cincinnati Art Galleries | Panorama of Cincinnati Art Reception, 5-8 p.m. 225 E. Sixth St. DETAILS: More than 150 works by artists from the Cincinnati region. Music, wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, valet parking. Chairpersons Dick & Kitty Rosenthal. Benefits Freestore Foodbank.

Dec. 7, Saturday

Matthew 25 Ministries | Holiday Party Adventure, 3-6 p.m. 11060 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242. DETAILS: Magical Tree Forest, Santa’s Workshop, crafts, laser tag, games, food,  holiday cheer.

Mentoring Plus | Maker’s Mark Bottle Dipping Event, 6-9 p.m. Newport Syndicate. DETAILS: Dinner served at 7 p.m. 859-982-5895 or

Dec. 8, Sunday

Concert:nova | Holiday Auction + Fiesta, 6 p.m. Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45226. DETAILS: Chocolate competition, bid on items, experiences. Food, drink, and music by concert:nova. Party is free for VIPs.

Ohio Alleycat Resource | Yoga with Cats, 2 p.m. Elemental Om, Montgomery. DETAILS: Class led by Trisha Durham, RYT 500. Take your own mat. 1:30-2 p.m. Meet and Greet with cats. 2-3 p.m. Yoga class.Tickets: $20 (plus fees). All levels and ages are welcome.

Dec. 9-11, Monday-Wednesday

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | Meals 4 Monologues, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 1127 Vine St. DETAILS: Actors invited for general audition call to perform in exchange for a suggested donation of three non-perishable food and/or toiletry items to benefit Freestore Foodbank. Time slots are 3 minutes maximum and available by appointment only. Must be scheduled ONLINE at Walk-ins and reservations via phone will not be accepted.

Dec. 11, Wednesday

Longworth-Anderson Series | Music Trivia Night, 8-9:30 p.m. Higher Gravity Craft Beer & Wine. DETAILS: Special Music Trivia Night, with themed Q&A and craft beer on tap. Hosted by Adam Stone, this 90-minute game is free to play (team registration recommended). Prizes awarded. 10% of bar sales from the event to the LAS.

Dec. 15, Sunday

The Mini Microcinema | The Anniversary Show, 7 p.m. 1329 Main St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Monthly fundraiser celebrating films that reach significant historical milestones in 2019, 70th Anniversary of The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed. Themed drinks and snacks. Tickets: $25.

Jan. 11, 2020, Saturday

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | CSO TImeless, 125th anniversary gala, 7 p.m. concert, 8:30 p.m. gala. Music Hall Ballroom. Details: TBA. Tickets: $250-$350.

Jan. 12, Sunday

Terrence Wilson

Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund | Annual fundraising concert, 7 p.m. School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Pkwy. DETAILS: Guest artist Terrence Wilson, piano,with concert:nova. Reception to follow. Tickets $35. 513-410-0681.

Jan. 17, Friday

UC College-Conservatory of Music | Moveable Feast, at CCM. DETAILS: TBA

Jan. 24, Friday

School for Creative & Performing Arts | Future of the Arts Gala, 6:30 p.m. Music Hall. DETAILS: Honorary chair: Kay Geiger, emcee: John Morris Russell. Performances by SCPA students and members of Playhouse in the Park, May Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, Opera and CSO. Tickets $175. Teresa Summe-Haas, 513-363-8155 or

Jan. 25, Saturday

Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign | Color Ball 2020, 5-10 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: VIP reception, silent auction, dinner, after party. 

WAVE Foundation | Camp WAVE at Cincinnati Parent Discovery Day, noon-3 p.m. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct, West Chester. DETAILS: Free event for families: entertainment, face painting, balloon artists, activities, prizes, swag bags, booths…

Feb. 4, Tuesday

Stepping Stones | Open Your Heart Dinner, 6 p.m., Eddie Merlot’s, Montgomery. DETAILS: Reception, three-course dinner, premium wine and beer selections, and luxury raffle packages. Event planning committee members: Debbie Alf, Claire Elson, Terri Hogan, Mary McGraw, Dina Taylor and Zesch. Tickets $185, $140 for young professionals.

Feb. 8, Saturday

Good Samaritan Foundation | Annual Gala: Roaring Into the Twenties, 6-11:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Black tie theme-inspired evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to benefit the TriHealth Neuroscience Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, along with annual support of Good Samaritan Free Health Center and Medical Education Research Fund. Sponsorship, underwriting, and tickets:

National MS Society I Dinner of Champions, 6-11 p.m. Jack Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Cocktail reception and silent auction; dinner and program begin at 7 p.m. Attendees encouraged to wear orange. Individual tickets $125, sponsorships and additional information: 248-936-0351 or

Feb. 9, Sunday

Dan Klocke has participated in every Fight For Air Climb since 2006.

American Lung Association | Fight For Air Climb Cincinnati. Carew Tower, Downtown Cincinnati, 9 a.m. DETAILS: Climb solo or with a team the 804 stairs of skyscraper Carew Tower to raise funds to end lung disease. Participants are required to fundraise a minimum of $100.00 in order to climb. Each climber receives a free t-shirt and complimentary food. or

Feb. 20, Thursday

Cincinnati Cares | Board Match, 4:30-7:30 p.m. American Modern Conference Center, 7000 Midland Blvd., Amelia, OH 45102. DETAILS: Connect one-on-one with leaders in the community seeking board positions to see if they are the right fit for your organization. A small fee, based on your organization’s annual budget, covers admission for up to three representatives from your organization, two drink tickets per person and light bites. Bring at least two representatives so you can talk to multiple candidates at the same time.

Feb. 21, Friday

Price Hill Will | Mardi Gras Ball, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Sanctuary. DETAILS: Cajun dinner catered by Mardi Gras on Madison; musical entertainment from MYCincinnati and the Price Hillharmonic; cash bar; games; raffle prizes. Prizes for most festive Mardi Gras wear. Top of the Hill Awards recognize community leaders. Tickets start at $125.

Feb. 22, Saturday

Dragonfly | Grand Gala, Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: TBA.

March 6, Friday

World Affairs Council | Annual ONE WORLD Gala & Global Trivia Game, 6:30 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Cocktail reception and dinner. Teams compete for prizes in globally themed rounds of questions.

March 7, Saturday

4C for Children | Champions Gala, 6 p.m. Jack Casino. DETAILS: Dinner, 7:30 pm. After party, 9 p.m. Cocktail reception, dancing. Black tie optional. Honorees: Steve Richey of Thompson Hine and Kathy Wade, jazz singer, education advocate and community leader. Tickets start at $150.

March 13-14, Friday-Saturday

Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: TBA.

Monday, March 16

Parish Health Ministries | Annual Refresh Your Soul Conference, Cintas Center. DETAILS: Keynote speaker: “Blue Zones” researcher Nick Buettner. Others include Dr. Jennifer Molano, author Dave Caperton and Kelly Rogan. Limited seats available for VIP luncheons featuring conversations with featured speakers.

April 18, Saturday

St. Joseph Home | Incline to the Finish Line 5K – Save the Date

June 18, Thursday

Cincinnati Opera | 100th Anniversary Gala, Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: TBA

Oct. 10, 2020, Saturday

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | International Freedom Conductor Awards. DETAILS: Save the Date/TBA

Nov. 6, 2020, Friday

Cincinnati Art Museum | Gala. DETAILS: TBA/Save the Date

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