Dayton long ago earned a reputation for being a city that gives back. According to the history of the Dayton Foundation, NCR founder and Chairman John H. Patterson championed innovative projects for the betterment of the community. Joining him in his enthusiasm was his sister-in-law, Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell, and nephew, Robert Patterson, son of John Patterson’s brother, Capt. Robert Patterson, all active community leaders in their own right. A leading businesswoman, Julia Patterson Carnell helped establish the Dayton Art Institute by donating works of art, a mansion that served as the museum’s first home and $2 million towards the construction in 1930 of its current facility.
Robert Patterson was a senior executive at NCR and a leader in community affairs. He helped to found the local Boy Scouts and the Dayton Rotary Club and was active with the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and Miami Valley Hospital.
Today there are over 4000 nonprofits in the region, and to continue the legacy of taking care of our community, there are hundreds of fundraising events to support them. To see our complete list ofcharitable events for 2018 check our DMM calendar.
Here are MostMetro’s list of the top July events we think you should be aware of:
Mall at Fairfield Commons, Entrance A
July 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Mall at Fairfield Commons will host their 2nd annual Red, White and Brew event on Saturday, July 7th outside of the main mall entrance next to Bravo!.
The event will include live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks, fireworks and more! The event will also include a beer garden, sponsored by Yuengling. Event admission is FREE, but 100% of all beer sales will go directly to Fisher-Nightingale Houses, Inc.!
Hey There Morgan will perform LIVE at 8:00pm and an amazing fireworks display will follow at 10:00pm!
July 14 @ 8:00 am – July 15 @ 12:00 am
Cycle to support four local charities! The ride starts and ends at Young’s, with 28-mile, 56-mile, 83-mile, 100-mile and 166-mile (two-day) options. Two-day participants stay overnight in great accommodations at Ohio Northern University. Riders of all ages and abilities raise money for charity and have a good time riding the well-marked routes. Food and ice cream is provided to all volunteers and riders.
This bike ride raises funds for the following charities: Alzheimer’s Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, South Community Behavioral Health & United Rehabilitation Services.
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
July 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mark your calendars for our 5th annual gala: July 14, 2018, at the beautiful Schuster Center Wintergarden.
No black ties needed on this red carpet! Guests will be dressed in summer casual with a touch of Old Hollywood. Habitat in Hollywood was made for stars like you- it’s Lights! Camera! Gala! during this fun yet casual summer evening.
Habitat in Hollywood will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dinner and dessert. Enjoy complimentary beer and wine throughout the evening. Bid in our silent auction and dance to live music from The Kim Kelly Orchestra.
Complimentary valet parking will be provided.
July 14 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Join us for an evening under the stars. Dayton’s top chefs will prepare a one-of-a-kind gourmet tasting for you to enjoy along with beer, wine, a cigar garden, a 50/50 drawing and live music.
All proceeds raised will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley. Help our regions LITTLE stars have one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.
Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
July 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
A massive, muddy event to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of the Greater Dayton Region. As if you ever needed a reason to roll around in the mud for a day. But if you need some justification all proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region. So feel good about getting dirty! You can register as a team or as a free agent and you’ll be assigned to a team! Everybody plays! Or perhaps you’d rather volunteer!
July 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Many lives in our community are touched by cancer each year. The Gala of Hope Foundation is a financial resource to alleviate some of the damaging effects of cancer by providing funds for patient care, families, caregivers, and research.
July 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
$10 – $15
Is the summer heat draining your holiday cheer? Refill your spirit(or at least half of it) at our 3rd annual Christmas in July beer tasting! Make sure to bring your Santa hat, elf ears, tacky sweater(or cut it into summer sweater) we’ll help you find your holiday cheer!
Warped Wing Brewing Company
July 28 @ 5:30 pm
$25 – $30
Join us for the fourth annual BIG BLUE Pub Crawl, hosted by the Dayton Action Council and benefitting JDRF. Ticket price include BIG BLUE pub crawl t-shirt, lanyard with crawl map and drink specials along the route.
Wright Dunbar Historic District
July 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate summer with a low key fundraiser for Wright Dunbar by joining us for a Shrimp Boil. We’ll cook up the shrimp, corn, and sausage, have plenty of cole slaw and potato salad. Don’t be afraid to dig in and peel some shrimp, drink some ice cold brews and enjoy!
July 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Salvo is a benefit show for FilmDayton. Organized by Freeman Design Co. and Clash Dayton with support from many…