We say it all the time, but the Miami Valley is full of some of the most charitable residents in the country. While we may not rank as one of the richest regions in the country, we do see to rank as on one of the most giving as a percentage of incomes. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the most popular local fundraisers for the month of March. Of course, this is just a few highlights, to see the full list, click here.
Celebrating 10 Years for Girls on The Run!
Schuster Performing Arts Center
March 5 @ 6 – 8:30 pm. $75
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of inspiring joy, confidence and strength-Her Light Shines because of YOU!
6PM: Cocktail Reception
7PM: Heavy Hors D’ Oeuvres and Cocktails as we share Joy, Confidence & Strength
Event Tickets: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Celebrate10Years
2nd Annual Healthcare for All Ohioans Gala
The Brightside Event & Music Venue
March 6 @ 7- 10pm. $40 suggested donation
Last year we surpassed all expectations for our first annual Gala. This year will be even bigger and better! Special guests The Rubi Girls, music, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and more.
We continue to build momentum to bring healthcare to all Ohioans thanks to the hard work that you have done and you deserve to celebrate but we must remember that single payer will not happen in Ohio without funding to make it possible. All proceeds will go to bringing healthcare to everyone.
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Pancakes for a Purpose
The Church at Eastmont
March 7 @ 8 – 11am $5
Menu includes all of the pancakes, sausage, turkey sausage, coffee and juice your heart desires. So make sure to wear your Thanksgiving eatin’ pants.
The proceeds go to Extract Effect, a local tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to ending child trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.
Adults 12 & up are $5 presale / $7 at the door. Youth ages 6-11 are $4 presale / $5 at the door. Kids 5 & under are free. Families can grab any 3 or more tickets for $15 presale. So don’t wait, grab your tickets ahead of time to save cash!
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Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2020 – Community Edition
Poelking Lanes – Woodman
March 7 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm. $500
Register your team of 5 bowlers for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser, Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Each year half…
Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament and Social Fundraiser
Rotary Club of Springboro
March 7 @ 5 – 10:30 pm
Join us for the Rotary Club of Springboro’s Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament & Social Fundraiser! We are excited to partner this year with the Springboro Young Professionals to promote this exciting event. Food, soft drinks, and water provided. Players are encouraged to BYOB their own alcoholic beverages. Event will be held at the Springboro Chamber of Commerce inside the Springboro Performing Arts Center.
Come join us for some fun and fellowship and win some CASH!
LWV Centennial Anniversary Celebration
The Dayton Art Institute
March 7 @ 5:45 pm – 9:30 pm $100
Join the Party of the Century! LWV Greater Dayton celebrates its 100th year of creating a more perfect democracy at a special Anniversary Celebration, honoring our 2020 Dangerous Dames of Dayton. Held at the beautiful Dayton Art Institute. Doors open at 5:45 pm. Cash bar, silent auction, dinner. Honoring Jo Columbro (posthumously), Jill Kingston, Judge Alice O. McCollum, and Mayor Nan Whaley. Guest speaker Susan Page; Bureau Chief for USA Today, political contributor for CNN and MSNBC, past president of the White House Correspondents Association, and author of “The Matriarch, Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.” Books available for purchase at the event or in advance from League office.
YWCA Women of Influence Luncheon
Dayton Convention Center
March 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – SOLD OUT
Since 1998, YWCA Dayton has set aside one special day to recognize and honor women in our community. Join us in celebrating Dayton’s most influential women, all of whom have made a difference in our community through their dedication to the YWCA mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
All proceeds from this 23rd annual event support critical programming for women and girls in Montgomery and Preble counties, including YW’s domestic violence shelters and 24/7 crisis hotline, transitional housing units, and Girls LEAD! youth leadership program.
24th Auction Gala & Comedy Show Featuring Michelle Wolf
March 14 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm $65
The Antioch School is a small but historically unique school. It was started as an education laboratory for Antioch College, and for almost 100 years has remained a true democratic school. The school is free from testing or grades and students are encouraged to explore and own their educational experience. The 24th Annula Auction Gala & Comedy Show, featuring Michellw Wolf, supports the children’s scholarship fund. Over half of our students and families are dependent on scholarship assistance.
The Antioch School is the oldest democratic school in the country and an essential Yellow Springs institution. The Gala is the school’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the scholarship fund.
Eureka- Betting on the Boonshoft
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
March 14 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm $60-70
Calling all would-be hopefuls to mark your calendar for Dayton’s most entertaining cocktail party! Join us for Eureka: Betting on the Boonshoft on March 14 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Revel in the tasty treats from Brock Mastersons, swank drinks, hot tunes, and our brand new Egypt exhibit! All sorts of games to enjoy while supporting this amazing cause: Texas Hold’em, Black Jack, roulette, trivia and the epic return of the ferret races! You might even learn something!
Dublin Pub One Mile Run, presented by Jameson
Mon, March 16th 5-8pm at Dublin Pub
Dublin Pub hosts the city’s premier St Patrick’s Day party and we want you to come celebrate with us! Jameson is the presenting sponsor of the one mile run. Want to add to the party? Add the POUND class to your registration and channel your inner rockstar with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums.
Jersey Mike’s Subs – Day of Giving
March 25 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
For a 10th year, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton (URS) has been named the charity recipient for the Dayton-area Jersey Mike’s Subs nationwide “Month of Giving” campaign in March. Jersey Mike’s 600+ locations from coast to coast will participate. The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 10 am to 9 pm. The goal for this year’s event locally is $30,000!
HOT Soups COOL Cause!
Christ Episcopal Church
March 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for our semi-annual fundraiser and luncheon on Friday, March 27 from 11:30 to 1pm. Try soups, breads, salads and desserts from some of Dayton’s best restaurants. Advance tickets on sale now below or at daytonpeacemuseum.org
Hosted by Dayton International Peace Museum and Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton
WSU’s Arts Gala
Wright State University – Creative Arts Center
March 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Wright State’s ARTSGALA is known as one of THE premier arts events in town. Each year, over 800 guests are treated to a…
7th Annual 5k Walk/Run for Literacy
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
2019 marks the Brunner Literacy Center’s 7th annual 5k to promote adult literacy education in Dayton!
Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5th to walk, jog, or run our certified 5k course through beautiful Englewood MetroPark’s West Park to celebrate the joys of literacy, health, and community. Our course begins and ends at the Lawwill Shelter.
Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early to check in at the registration table, get something to eat or drink, join in some pre-race exercise, listen to music, and visit with friends.
The three fastest men and women in each age bracket will be awarded medals at our closing ceremonies. Age brackets are divided into these groups:
- 19 years old and under
- 20-35 years old
- 36-50 years old
- 51-65 years old
- 66 years old and over
At the end of the race, we like to give away some goodies. Raffle prizes include cash awards of $500, $300, and $200. On top of that, some of our friends and sponsors donate other goodies to be given away. Past years’ prizes have included restaurant gift cards, gas station gift cards, fitness classes, fresh produce from A. Brown & Sons Nursery, and more!
Each 5k participant gets one free raffle ticket with registration. Additional tickets can be purchased at $5 for one (1) ticket and $25 for six (6) tickets. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BLC ahead of time or at the park on the day of the 5k. You do not need to be present to win the cash prizes. All proceeds benefit the BLC.
About the Brunner Literacy Center
Every day at the Brunner Literacy Center, volunteers put learning tools into the hands of adult learners. Administrators, staff, and volunteers work to fulfill the Center’s mission of helping adults learn to read, write, compute, and learn English as a new language. Tutoring and other services, including books and materials, are provided to students without charge.
The BLC is always in need of new volunteers! For more details about our volunteering opportunities, visit our website here to learn more about how you can support Dayton’s adult students.
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. Here are MostMetro’s list of the top 10 first quarter events we think you should be aware of.
To see our complete list of charitable events for 2015 check our DMM calendar.
Saturday January 30, 2016
|2016 Dayton Brew Ha-Ha
Montessori School of Dayton
Saturday January 30, 2016 6:00 – 10:00 pm
5th annual beer tasting benefitwill focus on the great beers and breweries of the Midwest.
Saturday February 20, 2016
|URS’ 60th Anniversary Gala
Dayton Art Institute
Saturday February 20, 2016 6:00 – 11:00pm
Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and an evening of celebrating the agency’s rich history of serving local children, adults and seniors with disabilities in the Miami Valley.
Saturday February 27, 2016
|18th Annual URS Bud Light Barstool Open North
United Rehabilitation Services
Saturday February 27, 2016 11:00am – 6:00pm
A fun indoor, miniature golf outing with teams of four travel from bar to bar completing a total of 9 holes at 9 bars.
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Saturday February 27, 2016 7:00 – 11:00pm
Upscale, casual cocktail party feature food and a one-of-a-kind science experiments.
Sunday February 28, 2016
|Day of Caring 26th Annual Pancake Brunch
Sunday February 28, 2016 8:00 am – 1:00pm
50+ area churches, community organizations, and public foundations host, prepare, and serve the annual pancake brunch.
Thursday March 10, 2016
|Women of Influence
Dayton Convention Center
Saturday March 12, 2016
|Harrigan’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K Charity Walk/Run
Saturday March 12, 2016 09:30 am
Put on your best St. Patty’s Day outfit and join the fun!
Saturday March 19, 2016
|21st Annual Dayton Heart Ball “The Heart of Monte Carlo”
Sinclair Community College
Saturday March 19, 2016 6:00 – 11:00pm
Black tie event will include the fun and excitement of a James Bond theme.
Saturday March 19, 2016 1:00 – 7:00pm
Each year half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters as we change how children grow up!