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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.

Thru Oct. 31

Matthew Mangine Jr. Foundation, October Online Fundraiser | DETAILS: The foundation will be asking for $18 donations throughout the month in lieu of Matthew Mangine Jr.’s Heavenly 18th Birthday which would have been on Oct. 13.

Oct. 26-29, Tuesday-Friday

Cintrifuse, StartupCincy Week REvitalized | DETAILS: Panelists, speakers, keynotes, Happy Hours, networking, pitch competition, startup job fair.

Oct. 26, Tuesday

Magnified Giving, Fall Dinner | 6-8 p.m. Cooper Creek, Blue Ash. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner, dessert, and celebration of youth philanthropy. Keynote: Nancy Grayson, president of Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky. Free.

Network of Executive Women, S.H.A.R.K. Points: Fundamentals | 2-4 p.m. Hard Rock Casino, ballroom or virtual. DETAILS: Keynote: Daymond John, Founder/CEO of FUBU, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and Star of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO of The Shark Group, shares his unique goal-setting and achievement strategies. Registration: $70/$80 (in-person), $50/$60 (virtual).

Oct. 27, Wednesday

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Volunteer & Donor Appreciation | 5-5:45 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Presenting annual individual, corporate, and law firm awards and celebrating volunteers and donors.

Oct. 28, Thursday

Tender Mercies, Halloween Bash | 6:30-10 p.m., Woodward Theater. DETAILS: Virtual reality experience, wine pull, silent auction, live auction and music by DJ Savannah Sexton. Hosted by local chef and Food Network star Christian Gill and Bridget from 96ROCK Mornings.

Oct. 29-31, Friday-Sunday

Pig Works, Flying Pig-Queen Bee Weekend | DETAILS: Three-day festival: Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Fifty West Mile. Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m. Toyota 10K at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. Tri-State Running Company 5K. Oct. 30, 11 a.m. Queen Bee Medpace 4 Miler. Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. Flying Fur. Oct. 31, 7:30 a.m. Flying Pig Marathon, Paycor Half Marathon, Queen Bee Half Marathon, and CityDash 4-person relay. P&G Health and Fitness expo at Duke Energy Center, Oct. 29-30. and

Oct. 29, Friday

Cincinnati Design Awards, 235th Annual Banquet & Awards | Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. DETAILS: Recognizes designers and firms for outstanding work in the community and around the world. A jury of professionals determines the awardees. Jurors are Roberto De Leon, Joey N. Shimoda, Anna Crider, Allison Harvey and local juror Jake Hodesh.

The Dragonfly Foundation, Dragonfly Art Sale | 5-9 p.m. Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Cincinnati. DETAILS: Half of the sales go to Dragonfly and half to the artists. Valet parking available.

Oct. 30, Saturday

Brighton Center, Wine Over Water | 5:30-9 p.m. Purple People Bridge. DETAILS: Beer and wine, food, live entertainment by Saint Sterling. Tickets: $40. VIP table for two or four: $250 or $500.

Stereo Dinner, Bootsy Collins 70th Birthday | 7-9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe & Casino Cincinnati. DETAILS: VIP culinary meet, greet, and eat experience. Only 30 tickets available for the four course meal and beverage pairing custom crafted by Hard Rock Culinary Director, Jeff Braun. Online silent auction.

Nov. 1-Dec. 4, Monday-Saturday

Crayons to Computers, Keep Our Kids Warm Drive | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kenwood Towne Centre. DETAILS: There are three ways to donate. Drop off handmade or store-bought hats, scarves and/or mittens in the designated donation bins at inside mall entrances to Macy’s, or bring them to the main entrance (next to The Cheesecake Factory) on Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Curbside drop-off will be available.

Nov. 4, Thursday

A Child’s Hope Int’l, Inc., Annual Swing into Action Golf Outing | 6-8 p.m. Topgolf, 9568 Water Front Dr., West Chester. DETAILS: Family friendly event, dinner, dessert, and brief presentation. No golf skills required. Tickets start at $50.

New Life Furniture Bank, Party in the House | 5:30-8:30 High St. Design Studio, 1401 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45202. DETAILS: Matt Knotts and Tricia Reynolds: co-chairs. Scaled-down version of New Life’s designer challenge, featuring well-known interior designers showing off their skills. Vote for your favorite design, bid on unique pieces and learn more about Cincinnati’s only furniture bank. Includes small bites by Jeff Thomas Catering, sips, and raffle items. Space is limited to 200 guests.

Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Making a Way with Peaslee | 6 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Registration starts at $25.

Nov. 5, Friday

Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions, An Evening of Hopes & Dreams | 6:30-10:30 p.m., Madison Event Center, Covington, Ky. DETAILS: Dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions, raffles, music, dancing and more. Tickets $125 each, or sponsor a table of 10 for $1,000. Tickets can be bought online in advance and include parking, hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner, and open bar.

Special Olympics Hamilton County, Evening of Champions Gala | 6-11 p.m. Peterloon in Indian Hill. DETAILS: Live entertainment from the Crash Davis Band, silent auction, light bites, open beer & wine bar, entertainment, and lots of fun partying the night away. This event is an indoor/outdoor event. Cocktail attire dress code is recommended. Tickets start at $60 for individuals ($25 for athletes).

Nov. 6, Saturday

Art Design Consultants, Art Comes Alive 2021 | 5-9 p.m. DETAILS: Preview party, small plates, drinks, awards, after party, desserts.Tickets $100.

Cancer Family Care, 42nd Annual Wine Tasting & Auction | 6 p.m. Manor House, Mason, OH. DETAILS: Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings and live auction. Tickets $175/person or $2,500/table.

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Disabled American Veterans, 2021 DAV 5K | 9 a.m. The Banks. DETAILS: Walk, roll, run and motorcycle ride. Virtual option available Nov. 6-11. In-person tickets: $30, adults; $15, VIP Veterans and youth 6-15; virtual tickets: $40 and $25. 

Nov. 10, Wednesday

55 North, North Star Soirée | 5:55-7 p.m. Virtual. DETAILS: Celebrity hosts and auction. Host tickets: $200; general admission: $155. 

Nov. 11, Thursday

Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Annual Gathering | Woodward Theater. DETAILS: Showcasing local artists, in collaboration with SOS Art, that reflect vision for peace and eye towards justice. Visual and performance artists.

Nov. 12, Friday

Kindervelt, 50th Jubilee | 6:30-10:30 p.m. Mayerson JCC. DETAILS: Celebrating 50 years of making a difference in Cincinnati. Guest emcee: Tanya O’Rourke, WCPO-TV. Buffet dinner, games/raffles, silent auctions and socializing

Talbert House, Camp Possible | 7-10 p.m. The Phoenix – Grand Ballroom. DETAILS: Dinner, drinks, music, raffle, virtual auction in a safe and socially-distanced environment. Tickets $125 ($75 for young professionals with code YP2021) and include two drinks, a plated dinner with salad, choice of protein, sides and dessert.

Nov. 13, Saturday

Cincinnati Fire Museum, Cook-Off Fundraiser | 7 p.m. DETAILS: Hosted by Q102’s Mollie Watson, firefighter dishes will be judged by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, chef of Washington Platform Jon Diebold, and founder of Chowdown Cincinnati, Travis Setter. Live music by Aprina Johnson. Raffle that includes gift certificates to Cincinnati restaurants.

Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, An Afternoon With Matthew Whitaker | 2-5 p.m. The Metropolitan Club. DETAILS: Benefitting Clovernook Center’s award-winning Arts & Accessibility Initiative. Tickets $125 for individuals – includes admission for one, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments; $200 at the Patron level – includes meet and greet with Whitaker, plus complimentary parking, listing in the program and more.

Learning Grove, Gala in the Grove | 6 p.m. Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS: Cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, after party. Charity in Action Awardee: Shannon Jones, executive director, Groundwork Ohio or

Nov. 16, Tuesday

American Jewish Committee, Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch | Cintas Center. DETAILS: Celebrating our Unique Roots and Shared Values 

Nov. 17, Wednesday

Memorial Hall OTR, Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series Empower Hours | 4:30 p.m. DETAILS: Jennifer Zawadzki, CEO and Co-Founder of The Future You Project. Tickets are $30 and include one drink ticket, complimentary light bites and a meet & greet with the speakers.

Nov. 18, Thursday

Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Rhinegeist. DETAILS:  Hosts Natalie Jones and Freddy Mac from Q102 will lead guests to consider the challenges of vision loss. Guests will dine while blindfolded. Both in-person luncheon at Rhinegeist and a virtual streaming program. Showcases individuals and organizations who work to ensure a vibrant, philanthropic region. Individual in-person tickets will be sold subject to availability. Virtual tickets on sale at beginning of September.

AEQAI, Annual Fundraiser | 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Annex Gallery, Pendleton Arts Center. DETAILS: Silent art auction, light snacks and cash bar. Auction features works by local, regional and national artists in a curated exhibition. The exhibit will also include the personal collection of Daniel Brown, long-time aeqai editor who died in August 2021. Free event; reservations required. Masks required for non-vaccinated.

Reservations, by Nov. 11,

Nov. 19, Friday

Cincinnati Museum Center, Layers of Creativity | 7 p.m. DETAILS: Adults-only night at the museum with light bites from local restaurants, creative cocktails, “explosive” programming and exclusive access to CMC exhibits. All-inclusive general admission tickets are $225. Premium tickets are available for $250. All include food, drinks, entertainment and access to three museums and featured exhibitions. Proof of vaccination required for entry. 

Nov. 20, Saturday

Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Dining in the Dark Wonderland | 6-10 p.m. Hard Rock Casino Event Center. DETAILS: Natalie Jones & Freddy Mac from Q102. Dinner, drinks, silent auction, split the pot, Wonderland games. Honoring Barney H. Kroger Humanitarian Award Recipient, Marta Bowling Tickets. $150.

Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, 25th Anniversary Gala | 6 p.m. Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: Formal black-tie event.

Nov. 25, Thursday

Western & Southern, Thanksgiving Day 10K Run & Walk | 8:30 a.m. Paul Brown Stadium. DETAILS: 8:30 a.m. Pepto KIDS Fun Run (Ages 5-10). 9 a.m. 10K Run and Walk. Virtual 10K option available Nov. 20-Dec. 18. Registration starts at $34.

Nov. 30, Tuesday

Easterseals, Brighter Futures Celebration | 7:30 p.m. WCPO 9 and streaming on WCPO App. DETAILS: Meet three of your neighbors who overcame significant challenges on their journey to employment, plus an outstanding community partner committed to inclusive employment in Greater Cincinnati.

New Foundations Recovery Housing, Giving Tuesday Fundraiser | 4-7 p.m. First Financial Bank Community Space, 1 E 4th St. & Vine St., Cincinnati. DETAILS: Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, mock tales, tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets. Quick presentation at 6 p.m. honoring community figures. Business casual.

Dec. 9, Thursday

Horizon Community Funds, Give Where You Live NKY | 6-7 p.m. Molly Malone’s. DETAILS: Fun, casual way to give back to nonprofits that serve Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. Participating members nominate a nonprofit, and three names are randomly selected and briefly discussed. Members vote on favorites, and each member contributes $100 for the grant to the winning organization. 


Jan. 14, Friday

School for Creative & Performing Arts, Future of the Arts Gala | Music Hall Ballroom. DETAILS: John F. Barrett, honorary chair. Evans Mirageas, emcee. Performances by SCPA students and members of Cincinnati Ballet, May Festival, Playhouse, Opera, Shakespeare Company, CSO/Pops and Ensemble Theatre. Tickets: $200. Tables of 10: $2,000.

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Feb. 5, Saturday

Good Samaritan Foundation, Annual Gala: Dancing Through the Decades | 6-11:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency. DETAILS: Black-tie gala with cocktails, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit creation of Cellular Therapy Program at TriHealth Cancer Institute, Good Samaritan Hospital.

Feb. 26, Saturday

American Heart Association, Heart Ball | 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Duke Energy Convention Center. DETAILS: Reception, silent auction, live auction, dinner, after party, late night bites. Honoree: Pete Strange, Chairman Emeritus, Messer Construction. Chair: Mal Gravely, CEO, TriVersity Construction.

March 5, Saturday

Chatfield College, Chatfield of Dreams Celebration | 1544 Central Pkwy. DETAILS: Food, music, drinks, silent and live auctions.

April 2, Saturday

Beechwood Home, Annual Gala | 6-10 p.m. Kenwood Country Club. DETAILS: Gala with cocktails, dinner and dancing to Soul Pocket. Honorees: Rev. Earl Fernandez and neurologist Robert Neel, MD. Proceeds support programs and services for Beechwood Home’s 80 residents, ages 20s to 80s, with neurological conditions. 

May 20, Friday

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Annual REVEL Gala | 6-10 p.m. The Otto M. Budig Theater. DETAILS: Black-tie benefit performance of “Pride and Prejudice” with cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite. Celebrate CSC’s grand re-opening season and support education and outreach programs reaching 50,000 students and families each year. Tickets $250, Sponsorship and host opportunities available.

May 21, 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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