Cincinnati’s Guide to Fundraisers, Friend-Raisers and Community Events
NOTE: Even though the pandemic is easing, please check with presenting organizations for event changes.
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Feb. 2, Thursday
AEQAI, “8 Buy 8” Silent Auction Fundraiser | 5-8 p.m. The Annex Gallery, 1310 Pendleton St., Pendleton. DETAILS: New work by local artists, 8″ x 8″ on birch panels from local artists. Light bites and refreshments. Supports nonprofit visual art online publication.
Feb. 3, Friday
Cincy Designer Spotlight | 6-8 p.m. Digital Futures Building, 3080 Exploration Ave., Cincinnati, OH. DETAILS: Camille and Chenelle Jones, also known as NIONNE, spotlights 4 local designers at the convergence of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary, Black History Month, and New York Fashion Week redefining custom fits connected to Hip Hop culture & the make-something-out-of-nothing attitude. From puffy coats & rap icons to denim & repurposed fabrics, they represent the future of Hip Hop & urban wear.
Feb. 4, Saturday
American Heart Association, Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball | 6 p.m.-midnight. Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Chair: Beverly A. Grant. Honorees: Kay and Jack Geiger and Dr. Creighton B. Wright. VIP reception (6 p.m.), general reception/silent auction (6:30 p.m.), dinner/live auction (7:30 p.m.), after party/late night bites (9:30-midnight). Complimentary valet. Tickets: $500.
Elementz, 2023 Open House | 2:30-4:30 p.m. Elementz Hip Hop Cultural Arts Center, 1640 Race St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Learn about cultural arts programs such as DJing, music production, hip hop dance, creative writing and more.
The Good Samaritans, Annual Gala “All That Glitters” | 6-11 p.m. Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Beneficiary is Good Samaritan Hospital’s Master Facility Project, along with annual support of the Good Samaritan Free Health Center and Medical Education Research Fund.
Feb. 7, Tuesday
Stepping Stones, Annual Open Your Heart | Eddie Merlot’s and “at home.” DETAILS: Cocktail hour, raffle, artwork created by Stepping Stones’ participants, take-and-bake meals and more. Tickets: $185.
Feb. 8, Wednesday
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Impact Breakfast | 8-9:30 a.m. Mayerson JCC, Amberley Room. DETAILS: Breakfast, program with guest speaker Gideon Bernstein, author of “Giving: A Handbook to Happiness for the Modern Philanthropist.” The well-known author will share inspiring stories as well as his approach to giving. No cost to attend. RSVP by Jan. 25.
Feb. 9, Thursday
Cincinnati Art Museum, Tell Me A Riddle Screening & Discussion | 7 p.m. CAM. DETAILS: Partnership between CAM, Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival and Women in Film Cincinnati. Screening of restored original film “Tell Me A Riddle.” After screening, producer Rachel Lyon will discuss restoration and film legacy. Moderated by Jaime Meyers Schlenck, president of Women in Film Cincinnati. Free.
Portaluca Boutique, Winter Warehouse Sale | Feb. 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 12, noon-3 p.m. 4623 Wesley Ave Suite I, Norwood, OH. DETAILS: Fill a bag for only $20. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success Cincinnati.
Feb. 11, Saturday
Guiding Light Mentoring, Annual I AM ME Youth Summit | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Chase Elementary School – 4151 Turrill St., Cincinnati, OH. DETAILS: Free event for all youth in grades 7-12 and parents with resources that include but are not limited to; student and parent workshops, swag bags, food, and music. This year’s summit will focus on gun violence prevention. Keynote: Duane Slaughter
The Victorian at Riverside, Gala | Time: TBA. Private club, Clifton. DETAILS: Chuck & Julie Geisen Scheper and Cincinnati Foundation for the Aged are among those receiving the Battelle Philanthropic Award for 2023, named after The Victorian’s founder, Ellen Battelle Dietrick. Kim Kelly Orchestra will perform, plus live and silent auctions.
Feb. 12, Sunday
Lindner Center of Hope, Touchdown for Hope | 5:30 p.m. Great American Ballpark. DETAILS: Reservation includes free parking, unlimited Touchdown Buffet, and a tailgate reception. Tickets: $100; $75: young professionals.
Feb. 14, Tuesday
Found House, Faith in Action Breakfast | 8:30 a.m. The Ventura, 4557 Montgomery Rd., Norwood. Light breakfast and panel discussion on the role faith communities play in addressing the affordable housing crisis. Tickets: $30. 513-471-1100 x118 or email@example.com
ish, Abundance Dinner & Art Event | 7:30 p.m. 4089 Langland St. DETAILS: One-night-only, pop-up tasting menu dinner & art event by Chefs Rotem Greniman & Adam Cohen. Includes a 7-course meal with curated wine pairings. Dry offerings available. Tickets start at $180.
Feb. 15, Wednesday
Alloy Development, Annual Celebration | 11:30 a.m. Sharonville Convention Center. DETAILS: Celebrating accomplishments of Commercial Capital, Economic Development and Growth Lab teams, plus stakeholders and customers they support. Keynote: Pete Blackshaw of Cintrifuse. Emcee: Kyla Woods, Alloy Development board member. Tickets start at $60.
Feb. 16, Thursday
Dress for Success Cincinnati and Life Learning Center, Grand Opening Partnership | 3-5 p.m. Life Learning Center, 20 W. 18th St., Covington, KY. DETAILS: Dress for Success Cincinnati and Life Learning Center will announce a new partnership. Learn more about Dress for Success Cincinnati’s Styling Services, tour the Life Learning Center and connect with representatives of both organizations.
Feb. 18, Saturday
Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Lunar New Year Gala | 5-9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe. DETAILS: Networking, keynotes, performances, dinner, awards, raffle. Tickets: $400.
UC African American Alumni Affiliate, Onyx & Ruby Gala | 6 p.m. Graduate Cincinnati Hotel, 151 Goodman St., Cincinnati, OH. DETAILS: Black-tie event with cocktail reception, dinner and program recognizing excellence within UC’s Black community, personified by six recipients of the UC African American Alumni Affiliate’s annual awards. Honoree group is headlined by Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award recipient Reginald Wilkinson, a global leader in the field of corrections training and long-time director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The 4A chair is Eku Williams. The gala’s mission is the Shani Scholarship Fund, which supports underrepresented students to help them pursue study-abroad or international co-op experiences. Tickets start at $50.
Feb. 18-19, Saturday-Sunday
My Furry Valentine, Mega Adoption Event | Feb. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. (early bird); 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19, noon-5 p.m. Sharonville Convention Center. DETAILS: Hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats are brought together in a festive and family-friendly event. Adopter swag bags, raffle prizes, vendor booths. Early Bird Admission: $20/adult, $5/child 5+; General Admission: $5/person, for ages 5+.
Feb. 21, Tuesday
Mardi Gras for Homeless Children | 6:30-10 p.m. Northern Kentucky Convention Center. DETAILS: Emcee: JonJon Curl and Tiffany Potter of KISS 107. Entertainment by Beechwood Marching Band and Tickled Pink. Live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Bethany House, Brighton Center and Welcome House. Tickets $100; VIP $120.
Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, Mardi-Gras Crawfish Boil Dinner | 4-6:30 p.m. DETAILS: Take-away dinner consists of 2.5 lbs of crawfish, boiled with potatoes, corn, onions and Cajun sausage, as well as sides and dessert. Orders should be placed by Feb. 19. Dinner: $69.
Feb. 23, Thursday
Cincinnati Recreation Foundation, Fundraiser Event | 6:30-8:30 p.m. Prime Cincinnati, 580 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Conversation, light bites, libations, and silent auction. Tickets $75.
Norwood Together, Gems of Our Community | 5:30 p.m. The Ventura, 4557 Montgomery Rd., Norwood. DETAILS: Award celebration honoring Norwood residents who have made a positive impact during 2022. Light appetizers and cash bar available.
Queen City Book Bank, Gala for Literacy: One for the Books | 5 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. DETAILS: Auctions, raffles, food and networking opportunities. Tickets: $125.
UC African American Alumni Affiliate, Onyx & Ruby Gala | 6 p.m. Graduate Cincinnati Hotel, 151 Goodman St., Cincinnati. DETAILS: Black-tie event with cocktail reception, dinner and program celebrating Black Excellence by acknowledging contributions of alumni, faculty/staff and students. Primary fundraiser for the Shani Scholarship, which supports underrepresented students in their pursuit of study abroad opportunities. Tickets start at $50.
University of Cincinnati Advancement & Transition Services, Red & Black Blast | 6-10 p.m. Tangeman University Center – Great Hall. DETAILS: Honoring Pam Green, CEO of Easterseals Redwood, with the Champion for Inclusion Award, and Stephen D. Kroeger, UC associate professor in special education, with the Chuck Altenau Outstanding Service Award. Tickets: $100
Feb. 24, Friday
Ault Park Cincinnati, Cold Nights & Warm Spirits | 6-10 p.m. Aukt Park Pavilion. DETAILS: Whiskey tastings, snacks, music, cigar patio and fun. Tickets: $30 through Feb. 20. $40 after.
Feb. 25, Saturday
Clovernook Center, Vision Over Sight | 6-10 p.m. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. DETAILS: Honoring visionaries and advocates for the blind and visually impaired community. Dinner, awards celebration, live and silent auctions.
March 1, Wednesday
Leadership Council for Nonprofits, Securing the Future Conference | 7:30 a.m. Cintas Center. DETAILS: Half-day nonprofit conference. Keynote speaker Vu Le, blogger at Nonprofit AF and founder of Nonprofit Happy Hour. Additional breakout sessions and presentation of Leadership Legacy Awards. Tickets: $75 and $100.
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Trivia Night for Brighter Futures | 5-10 p.m. Rhinegeist Brewery. DETAILS: Happy hour and games. Post-Game Party following main event. Games, raffles, and desserts. Entry is free for all Trivia Night participants. Tickets: $60; Teams of 4 are $200; Post-Game Party only tickets are $25. Food and drink tickets are included with individual ticket or team purchase. Post-Game Party tickets come with a drink ticket and three raffle tickets.
March 4, Saturday
Ohio Valley Voices, Mardi Gras Ball | 6-11 p.m. Hilton Netherland Plaza. DETAILS: Reception, silent and live auction, games, raffles, program, dinner, and music provided by Naked Karate Girls. Admission: $150, VIP $250. Special access for sponsors and VIPs with award-winning mixologist Molly Wellmann.
Sonder Brewing, Bockfest 5K | 10 a.m. Bockfest Hall, 1811 Vine St. Cincinnati OH. DETAILS: 5K course new start and finish located by new Bockfest location. After party. Virtual options available.
March 5, Sunday
de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation, Friends & Family SIDS Brunch | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223. DETAILS: Treats and sweets by some of the best chefs, restaurateurs in the Queen City. Funds outreach programs and research to eradicate SIDS. Music, silent auction and kid-friendly activities. Tickets start at $25.
March 10, Friday
Cincinnati International Wine Festival, Grand Tastings | 7 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Fine wines, small bites, variety of international and domestic wines, and a chance to bid on silent auction items. Tickets start at $95.
March 11, Saturday
Cincinnati International Wine Festival, Charity Auction & Luncheon | 9:30 a.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Featuring limited-release and rare wines coaxed from the cellars of prominent Cincinnatians, plus the opportunity to win chef-prepared dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, glamorous trips, wine cellar tours, and more. Tickets $150.
Cincinnati International Wine Festival, Grand Tastings | 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Fine wines, small bites, variety of international and domestic wines, and a chance to bid on silent auction items. Tickets start at $75.
Graciously Seasoned Women’s Network, Luncheon | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 5975 Boymel Dr., Fairfield, OH. DETAILS: Gift bags, mentoring, networking. Keynote: Dr. Vanessa McQueen of Sanctuary Covenant Christian Fellowship, Hamilton, Ohio. Tickets: $40.
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 26th Anniversary Gala | The Syndicate. 18 E. 5th St., Newport, KY 41071. DETAILS: Open bar, raffle baskets, silent & live auctions, casino games, special performance by “Elvis”.
March 14, Tuesday
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Women of Distinction “Girls Change the World” | Queen City Club. DETAILS: Emcee: Sheila Gray, WKRC-TV
March 19, Sunday
American Heart Association, Heart Mini-Marathon & Walk | 7:30 a.m. Corner of 5th & Lawrence streets, downtown Cincinnati. DETAILS: TBA.
March 23, Thursday
Woman’s City Club, Annual National Speaker Forum and Fundraiser | 7 p.m. Memorial Hall. DETAILS: Marcia Coyle, award-winning journalist of the Supreme Court. In her presentation, “A Look Inside the Supreme Court,” Coyle will focus on recent and anticipated decisions. Tickets: $50.
March 24, Friday
Emanuel Ax Concert | 7:30-10 p.m. Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts, 108 West Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Exclusive, solo performance by world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax to benefit the Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund. The BCB Scholarship Fund’s mission is to expose underserved and economically disadvantaged youth to the artistry of classical music by providing private lessons and instruments. Tickets: $50-$175
March 25, Saturday
People Working Cooperatively, ToolBelt Ball 25th Annual Gala | 5:30 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. DETAILS: Black-tie affair, cocktail reception, online and in-person auctions, entertainment, dinner, raffles and Booze Pull. Proceeds benefit PWC’s Modifications for Mobility program. Tickets: $175.
Their Voice of Greater Cincinnati/True Community, Keeping it Safe with (CP)R | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May We Help, 7501 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227. DETAILS: Earn American Red Cross CPR Certification. Lunch served.
April 1, Saturday
Junior League of Cincinnati, Spring Fashion Show | 6:45-10 p.m. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Appetizers, open bar, vendor pop ups, silent auction and a dynamic fashion show showcasing some of Cincinnati’s best women’s, men’s and children’s boutiques. Cocktail attire recommended. Tickets start at $125.
April 2, Sunday
Caracole, AIDS Walk + Run | 9 a.m. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. DETAILS: This family FUNdraising event benefits the agency in their mission to positively change lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our region. Participants can walk or run the 5K route (3.1 miles) while taking in the stunning features of Spring Grove. The 10K is back again as a double loop of the 5K course.
Musicians for Health, Champagne Jazz Brunch | noon-3 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Food, drinks, fun, entertainment and silent auction.
April 22, Saturday
UpSpring, Benefit Bash | 6 p.m. The Great American Ballpark-Bally Sports Club, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH. DETAILS: Cocktail hour and silent auction. Tickets coming soon.
April 23, Sunday
American Lung Association, Fight for Air | 8 a.m. Great American Ballpark. DETAILS: Stair climbing event designed for every type of climber, from beginners to competitive climbers. Race to the top or take it at your own speed. For best climb experience, form team of friends and family, coworkers or neighbors. Registration: Until Jan. 1, $25. Day of: $40.
April 27, Thursday
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Business Financial Education Series: Business Planning Essentials | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati OH. DETAILS: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, First Financial Bank, and the African American Chamber of Commerce are collaborating for a year-long initiative to provide free financial education to small business owners and address implicit bias. The four-part series will cover topics such as credit, taxes, business planning, and funding sources. The initiative aims to bridge the financial knowledge gap created by systemic racism and provide more equitable access to financial education. The sessions will be held in-person and registration is required.
April 29, Saturday
The Cure Starts Now, Once in a Lifetime Gala | Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Three-course gourmet meal, open bar, silent auction, live auction and entertainment. Tickets: $100.
DCCH Center for Children and Families, Swing Into Spring Fundraiser | 7 p.m. St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (SETEC), 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY. DETAILS: Dinner by-the-bite, silent and live auctions, and comedian Terry Foster. Tickets: $100.
The Dragonfly Foundation, Grand Gala | 5:30-11 p.m. Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Formal, black tie optional. Dinner, musical performances, entertainment, open bar, silent auction and grand raffle. Tickets: $200.
April 30, Sunday
March of Dimes, March for Babies | 8:30 a.m. Sawyer Point. DETAILS: Program with the walk following (estimated start of 9 a.m). Walk route just under two miles long. Following the walk, stay and visit March for Babies Town. Chair: Sarah Pasquinucci – senior director/communications, Baby Care North America at P&G.
May 1, Monday
Know Theatre, A Cabaret Bash | OTR Stillhouse, 2017 Branch St., Cincinnati, OH 45214. DETAILS: Celebrate 25 Years of Know Theatre and 20 Years of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival performances from some of your favorite artists of the Know & Fringe’s past, present, and future. Dinner-by-the-bite, drinks, silent auction.
May 11, Thursday
Hearing Speech + Deaf Center, Kretschmer Service Award Gala | 6 p.m. Great Hall, Tangeman University Center, University of Cincinnati. DETAILS: Open bar reception, dinner, and award program. Auction. Sponsor opportunities. Tickets: $150. firstname.lastname@example.org
June 3, Saturday
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, REVEL Gala | 5 p.m. Otto M. Budig Theater. DETAILS: Reception with cocktails and dinner by the bite, awards celebration, option to add on closing night performance of “Trouble in Mind.” Tickets start at $250.
June 5, Monday
Stepping Stones, The Golf Classic | O’Bannon Creek Golf Club, Loveland. DETAILS: Tee off for charity in morning or afternoon flight followed by food, refreshing drinks, exciting hole challenges, raffle prizes and more.
June 12, Monday
CancerFree KIDS, Paxton’s Golf Outing – Corporate Day | DETAILS: TBA
July 27, Thursday
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Business Financial Education Series: Taxes: Understanding & Filing Business Taxes | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. First Financial Bank, 601 Madison Ave., Covington KY. DETAILS: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, First Financial Bank, and the African American Chamber of Commerce are collaborating for a year-long initiative to provide free financial education to small business owners and address implicit bias. The four-part series will cover topics such as credit, taxes, business planning, and funding sources. The initiative aims to bridge the financial knowledge gap created by systemic racism and provide more equitable access to financial education. The sessions will be held in-person and registration is required.
Sept. 9, Saturday
Stepping Stones, Viva La Bloom | Little Miami Event Center, 310 Mill St., Milford. DETAILS: “Vegas” themed games, entertainment, food and silent auction.
Sept. 13, Wednesday
Dress for Success Cincinnati, Fashion Show | 10:30 a.m. Hard Rock Casino. DETAILS: Celebration of DFSC clients, contemporary fashions and presentation of the Mary Ivers Award. Co-chairs: Meredith Blum and Lauren Gucciardo. Tickets on sale June 15.
Sept. 29, Saturday
CancerFree KIDS, Celebration of Champions Dinner and Concert | 5:30 p.m., MegaCorp Pavilion. DETAILS: Cocktail hour, dinner, auction to support childhood cancer research. Outdoor after-party includes a live concert featuring The Rockers for Research Band.
Oct. 20, Friday
Stepping Stones, Sporting Clays Tournament | Sycamore Pheasant Club. DETAILS: Clay shoot followed by savory bites at the lodge, drinks, live music, awards and live auction.
Oct. 27, Friday
Great Parks Forever, Root Ball | 6:30 p.m. Rhinegeist Event Center. DETAILS: Dinner gala with a twist. Trade your best black tie for your community blue sky over cocktails, courses and conversation. Tickets: $100.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Business Financial Education Series: Securing Funding, Personal Funding, Fundraising and Sponsorship Grants | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati OH. DETAILS: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, First Financial Bank, and the African American Chamber of Commerce are collaborating for a year-long initiative to provide free financial education to small business owners and address implicit bias. The four-part series will cover topics such as credit, taxes, business planning, and funding sources. The initiative aims to bridge the financial knowledge gap created by systemic racism and provide more equitable access to financial education. The sessions will be held in-person and registration is required.
Nov. 4, Saturday
4C for Children, Champions Gala | DETAILS: TBA
Cancer Family Care, Annual Wine Tasting & Auction | DETAILS: TBA
Nov. 11, Saturday
CABVI, Dining in the Dark | 6-10 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. DETAILS: TBA
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