What’s an Un-Gala?

To protect the health and safety of our community, Community Matters and Education Matters have come together to change the way we hold our annual, joint fundraising event (previously An Evening in Lower Price Hill: Winter Gala) and our individual year-end fund drives.

Now, more than ever, we need your support.

Between now and December 31st, the first-ever Building a Thriving Community: Un-Gala will include a range of opportunities for you to hear stories from and learn about the people and places that make up our community, have fun, and give back.

Your support of this year’s mostly-virtual celebration will raise a total of $80,000 to help us begin construction on 47 permanently affordable apartments in Lower Price Hill, launch a GED testing site on the Saint Michael Campus, help resident leaders launch small businesses and other initiatives, and ensure that we are able to continue to provide essential, wraparound support for our neighbors.

By supporting this unique campaign, you join us in believing that the path to building a more thriving community begins when we invest in its people and places.

Virtual Balloon Auction

If you’ve attended our annual, in-person Winter Gala before, you might recall seeing The Sanctuary filled with colorful balloons at the end of the Balloon Auction, each representing the financial commitment of generous donors like you.

While we cannot entirely replicate the incredible energy of that room this year (we still have some tricks up our sleeves), we still need your support in helping us build a more thriving community.

Lower Price Hill Car Tour

Explore this custom Google Map for a guided tour of Lower Price Hill, which highlights the resident-led stories, initiatives, and community assets that make the neighborhood unique. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be done in-person while driving the streets of Lower Price Hill or from the comforts of your home by clicking through each map location.

Virtual Education Matters Trivia Night

Thursday, December 10th
6:00PM to 8:00PM

Swing by Higher Gravity for a special seasonal, craft beer 6-pack (or get it delivered), then join us for two hours of trivia! Questions will be pulled from organizational facts, as well as real questions that our adult learners face from the GED exam and the U.S. Naturalization Test. Prizes for the top 3 teams!

Online Raffle

This year, in lieu of a Grand Raffle and Silent Auction, we have hand-picked some of our favorite and most popular experiences for an online raffle!

All raffle tickets are $25 each, and no physical tickets will be issued. Online raffle ticket sales will close at midnight on Friday, December 18th, and we will announce the prize winners, selected at random through computer software, at 10am on Monday, December 21st.

ROMANTIC COTTAGE GETAWAY
(5 DAY/ 4 NIGHTS)

Stay 5 days and 4 nights in this cute, treetop cottage overlooking Pitman Creek at Lake Cumberland.

Enjoy the peaceful, covered balcony or paddle out to explore the rock formations and waterfalls. This property is located in Somerset, Kentucky close to Cumberland Falls and Daniel Boone National Forest, great for hiking or watching the moonbow.

Property amenities include heat and air conditioning, queen size bed, 32″ flat screen smart TV, small kitchenette with fridge and microwave, full bathroom, on-site parking, kayak and canoe use, boat dock, hot tub access, grill, fire ring, and assorted supplied on hand.

ROMANTIC COTTAGE GETAWAY
(3 DAY/ 2 NIGHTS)

Stay 3 days and 2 nights in this cute, treetop cottage overlooking Pitman Creek at Lake Cumberland.

Enjoy the peaceful, covered balcony or paddle out to explore the rock formations and waterfalls. This property is located in Somerset, Kentucky close to Cumberland Falls and Daniel Boone National Forest, great for hiking or watching the moonbow.

Property amenities include heat and air conditioning, queen size bed, 32″ flat screen smart TV, small kitchenette with fridge and microwave, full bathroom, on-site parking, kayak and canoe use, boat dock, hot tub access, grill, fire ring, and assorted supplied on hand.

DINNER FOR 8 WITH CHEF PERRY WASHBURN

Back by popular demand! Experience an evening of cooking instruction and dinner for yourself and 7 guests hosted by cookbook author, Perry Washburn, at his private residence. The winning bidder will get to help plan the menu for the evening, including appetizers, main dish, and dessert.

While this experience does not expire, Chef Perry is happy to deliver a pre-made meal if the winning bidder wants to redeem during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Events

THANKFUL FOR LPH (CARRYOUT) DINNER*

Thursday, November 19th

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF AWARDEES

Thursday, December 3rd
Join us on Facebook for a pre-recorded video to help virtually celebrate this year’s LPH Impact, LPH Visionary, and Kathryn Ann Connelly Leadership Awardees.

HOLIDAY FOOD BASKETS DISTRIBUTION*

Thursday, December 12th

HOLIDAY TOY SALE*

Thursday, December 17th

*Reflects a community event with an additional opportunity to engage. To learn more about ways to volunteer or to give in-kind support, please email Patty@CMCincy.org or call 513-244-2214 extension 211.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for generous sponsors who have helped to make this special celebration possible. Thank you to each of the following businesses and individuals for their support of the Building a Thriving Community: Un-Gala!

PRESENTING
MATCHING GIFT

Between November 16th-30th and December 14th-31st, all donations (up to $5,000 in total each period) will be doubled thanks to these generous matching sponsors!

EVENT

Barnes Dennig | Brian Borcherding & Amy Bernard | Cincinnati Development Fund | Hart Pharmacy | Messer Construction | Plummer Daffin Financial | The Priestle Family | Matt & Ginny Strange | TQL

COMMUNITY

Cincinnati Alarm Systems | Connexus Association | The Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning at Xavier University | Higher Gravity | Dr. Tammy Schwartz | Keith & Rossana Stettler | Dr. Christopher & Melissa Young | Veracruz Mexican Grill

ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. By supporting this unique campaign, you help ensure that we can continue to build a more thriving community.