The Datebook

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

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please check with presenting organizations for postponements or cancellations – especially if the event appears to be “in-person.”

Thru Nov. 20

Ride Cincinnati Event | Virtual. DETAILS: Choose your route distance and get on the road by yourself, or with a small group of fellow supporters. Or choose the purely virtual option and simply raise money to support cancer research. 100% of all rider-raised dollars goes directly to cancer research and care in Cincinnati.

Oct. 27, Tuesday

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Event | 4 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Presented by the Ohio State Bar Foundation, recognizing 2019 Award Winners.

Oct 28, Wednesday

Black Jewish Table of Understanding, Music: A Bridge that Unites Us | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Partnering with AJC Cincinnati and Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, interactive program features local talent and songs of fellowship in Hebrew and English. Special guests: Patti and Bootsy Collins. Co-chairs: DeAsa Nichols and Jeanne Weiland. Free and open to the

Oct. 29, Thursday

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, Annual Fall Event | Noon. Virtual. DETAILS: Free event. Video tours of Sheakley Center for Youth and Youth Development Center.

The Network of Executive Women (NEW) Cincinnati, Fall 2020 Premier Event | 2-4 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Carey D. Lohrenz, keynote speaker, author of “Fearless Leadership’ and the US Navy’s first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot. Event open for all to attend.

Right to Life, Evening for Life | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Hear from conservative, millennial commentator Allie Beth Stuckey. Live Q&A. Free registration to get code for event.

Oct. 30, Friday

Community Action Agency, Annual Luncheon | Noon. Virtual. DETAILS: Recognizing local leaders and organizations for contributions to Cincinnati. Keynote: Dr. Bernice King. Free event.

Smart Business, Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service | DETAILS: EXTENDED DEADLINE for nominations for both for-profit and nonprofit categories. Honors businesses of all types and sizes for contributions to Greater Cincinnati. Encourages a charitable environment, recognizes creative efforts that make a difference and demonstrates ties between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. The 2021 Pillar Award Honorees will be recognized at a special celebration in January.

Oct. 31, Saturday

Findlay Market, Trick or Treat in OTR | 4-6 p.m. Findlay Market. DETAILS: Safe and fun trick or treating event in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines. Kids can trick or treat at Findlay Market, Grant Park, and Findlay Park. Findlay Market will also have costumes available for kids who may not have one and trick or treat bags. Grant Park and Findlay Park are planning some spooky tunes and decorations.

Nov. 5, Thursday

55 North, North Star Soirée | 5:55 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Highlighting organization’s work, silent auction. Tom Cooney and Crystal Faulkner, co-chairs; Dr. O’dell Owens, keynote speaker; Courtis Fuller, emcee. Host/Hostess tickets include a special Soirée gift package with wine, charcuterie tray, and cookies. $155/couple or $80/person; general admission tickets complimentary.

AFP Cincinnati, National Philanthropy Day 2020 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Annual, signature event celebrating philanthropic community and honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions. All nonprofit organizations invited to participate in Honored Guest process by recognizing donor, volunteer or special friend for making exceptional impact.

Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Making a Way with Peaslee | 6 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Celebrating education and social change work in the community. Registration starts at $25.

Nov. 7-11, Saturday-Wednesday

Disabled American Veterans, 2020 DAV 5K | Virtual. DETAILS: Run, roll, walk and motorcycle ride to show support for veterans and raise awareness of issues ill and injured veterans face every day. Registration: $35 adults; $20 VIP Veterans and youth 6-15. Pricing includes shipping of participant shirt, bib and medal.

Nov. 7, Saturday

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, The Big Event: Happiness Is… | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Online entertainment, stories from children and mentors, online auction and scavenger hunt. Registration required; admission: whatever you are inspired to give. 513-867-1227 x. 112 or

Cancer Family Care, Annual Wine Tasting & Auction | 6 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Sponsored, hosted parties of 10 in people’s homes, complete with catering and wine. Virtual program, online silent auction and virtual live auction. Tickets: $175/person 

Mercantile Library, Half-Baked: A Virtual Gala | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Celebrate literature, benefit the Mercantile Library, and help local restaurants. Curtis Sittenfeld debuts a story no one has heard before, and talks about writing. Attire: Black-tie or pajamas. Or both. Tickets at $175.

Rosemary’s Babies, Legends Showcase Covid Edition: “Masks & Sneakers” | 5:30-8:30 p.m. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Rd. DETAILS: Doors open 5 p.m. for a Yellow Carpet Reception with Khrys Styles, cocktails, games, and Rose, Rose’ & More Online Auction (begins Nov. 1-7). In-person and virtual benefit concert featuring Scherrie & Susaye Formerly of The Supremes, Makenzie Thomas of The Voice, and many more. Tickets $65.

Nov. 10-12, Tuesday-Thursday

JDRF, Annual TypeOneNation | 6-9:30 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Kid’s programming and virtual vendor fair in addition to standard educational sessions. Nine educational breakout sessions led by local and nationally known diabetes experts.

Nov. 12, Thursday

Aeqai, 13th Annual Fundraiser | 5:30-8 p.m. The Annex Gallery, Pendleton. DETAILS: Silent art auction and benefit. Regional artists will showcase their work. Music will be provided by The Last Boppers. Cost is $50; students are $25; patrons are $125. Tickets are available by sending a check to aeqai, c/o Daniel Brown, 810 Matson Place, #1505, Cincinnati, OH  45204, or guests may pay at the door.  Masks are required; social distancing will be maintained.

Nov. 14, Saturday

Cancer Support Community, Evening of Hope | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Inspiring stories by those celebrating cancer survivorship and recognize CSC supporters.

Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Dining in the Dark… A Virtual Experience | 7-8:30 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Online auction, wine pull, bourbon raffle, virtual entertainment. Emcee: Natalie Jones, from Q102. Musical performance from local band Motherfolk. House Host tickets: $500, include party pack for 10 people, delivered to your door. All House Hosts recognized on website, during the gala, and in the print program. Event is complimentary to individuals.

Tender Mercies, Opening Doors Celebration | 7-8:30 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Emcee Local 12’s Bob Herzog; auction presented by WGRR’S Chris and Janeen.

Nov. 15, Sunday

Cincinnati Preservation Association, Annual Meeting | DETAILS: TBA

Nov. 18, Wednesday

United Way, Virtual Bus Tour | 6-6:45 p.m. DETAILS: Interactive virtual tour Brown & Clermont Counties visiting communities and organizations partnering with United Way. Experience how services are provided, hear from nonprofit community partners and learn more about the community solutions United Way leads. Tour consists of pantry, early education center and youth program.

Nov. 20, Friday

ArtWorks, Secret House Party | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Nov. 12-19, online art auction. 50 local artists create original artwork. Bid on pieces; artist identities revealed during event. Cocktail demonstration by HomeMakers, DJ spinning your favorites, and celebrity guest experiences. Guests enjoy take-home Party Packs including cans of Rhinegeist beer, meal kits from Jeff Thomas Catering or Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts, original art pieces from ArtWorks vault, and more. Party Kits start at $100.

Nov. 20, Friday

ArtWorks, Secret House Party | 7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Nov. 12-19, online art auction. 50 local artists create original artwork. Bid on favorite pieces; artist identities revealed during virtual event. Cocktail demonstration by HomeMakers, DJ spinning your favorites, and celebrity guest experiences. Guests enjoy take-home Party Packs including cans of Rhinegeist beer, meal kits from Jeff Thomas Catering or Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts, original art pieces from ArtWorks vault, and more. Party Kits start at $100.

Nov. 22-29

Western & Southern, Thanksgiving Day Virtual 10K | Virtual. DETAILS: Run or walk anywhere-anytime, Nov. 22-29. Registrants receive virtual race kit.

Nov. 26, Thursday

Western & Southern, THANKSgiving Day 10k | 9 a.m. Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS: Virtual options available. Free parking. $34-$40/person.


January, Date TBA

Smart Business, The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service | DETAILS: Honoring businesses of all types and sizes for contributions to Greater Cincinnati, encouraging charitable environments, recognizing creative efforts that make a difference and demonstrating ties between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

Jan. 15, Friday

POSTPONED School For Creative & Performing Arts, Future of the Arts Gala | Music Hall. DETAILS: Black-tie soiree featuring six of area’s major performing arts companies on stage alongside SCPA students. Tables, including cocktails, dinner, program and complimentary valet parking, are $2,000. or 513-363-8155

Jan. 24, Saturday

UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness & UC Cancer Center Survivorship and Supportive Services Program, Optimize Your Well-Being Symposium | 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Keynote: Expert-led content streamed live. Registration required.

March 4, Thursday

Leadership Council for Nonprofits, Securing the Future Conference | 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center. DETAILS: TBA

513-554-3060 or, click “Securing the Future.” 

March 11, Thursday

Mental Health America, Unraveling the Mind-Body Connection | DETAILS: Brings together hundreds of social workers, counselors, educators, behavioral health practitioners, emergency services providers, peers and more from across region to discuss mental health challenges.

May 1-2, Saturday-Sunday

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

May 18, Tuesday

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. 

June 7, Monday

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center / Cradle Cincinnati, 25th Annual Laura Elizabeth Pease Memorial Golf Outing | Wyoming Golf Club

June 13, Sunday

Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance

Oct. 2, 2021, Saturday

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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