WordPlay's fundraising dinner at Nicola’s raises over $100,000 for Cincinnati youth

More than 120 local professionals, philanthropists and community members gathered at Nicola’s restaurant in Over-The-Rhine on Sept. 12 for the fourth annual Legendary Dinner for WordPlay. Attendees raised over $100,000 for WordPlay’s capital campaign, “Unleash Curiosity; Ignite Community.”

Guests enjoyed an authentic five-course Italian dinner with wine pairings for each course. The evening’s presentation included a testimony from a young WordPlay student and a keynote speech by Aaron Parker, a teacher at Aiken High School and longtime WordPlay partner. Kathy DeLaura of Partners In Change led the live auction, which offered guests the chance to bid on items such as a restored vintage typewriter and tickets to the Ensemble Theatre’s holiday production of The Frog Princess.

100% of proceeds from the event supported WordPlay Cincy’s capital campaign. Campaign funds will fund the acquisition and renovation of a 7,000 square foot commercial building on Chase Avenue in Northside, which will serve as the organization’s permanent home in the neighborhood. Since 2012, WordPlay has reached more than 7,000 young people with free programs that build literacy through the arts. The building renovation will provide ample space to expand program capacity, as well as additional opportunities to collaborate with partner organizations.

WordPlay is grateful to the partners and sponsors who helped make this year’s dinner a success: Nicola’s wineCRAFT Regional Imports Cancer Support Community Catherine Grace Photography Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine The Mercantile Library Paolo A Modern Jeweler Taste of Belgium

For more information about WordPlay’s capital campaign, visit www.wordplaycincy.org/build

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