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Episcopal Retirement Services’ Annual Gala Returns on October 4th

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Episcopal Retirement Services is a comprehensive provider of programs that benefit Cincinnati and Tristate seniors. Since 1951, we’ve worked to improve the lives of older adults through innovative, quality senior living communities and community services.

In addition to staffing full-service retirement communities and skilled nursing homes like Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee, we provide in-home services that help seniors who are aging in place. Deupree Meals On Wheels, for example, delivers warm and nutritious meals to older adults in the eastern portion of Cincinnati. The program also provides safety checks for seniors who cannot easily leave their homes.

The Affordable Living by ERS initiative furthers our mission by rehabilitating challenged properties into mixed-use developments that include apartment communities for seniors of limited means.

These programs have the power to change lives but require significant funding to operate. Additionally, we promise that no resident of one of our skilled nursing facilities will ever be asked to leave due to financial concerns. While this commitment to our residents and families will never stop, it is also a significant expense.

As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we are dependent upon support from the community to continue delivering vital senior services and to fulfill our promise to residents.

That’s why the Good Samaritan Mission Fund exists. And that’s why, every year, we host a fundraising celebration — our Annual Gala — to spread the word about it.

The Good Samaritan Mission Fund

Proceeds from the Good Samaritan Mission Fund go directly toward funding care for the Tristate’s vulnerable senior population. It subsidizes affordable living activities, services for limited-income seniors and financial aid for deserving residents of ERS communities.

There are several ways to support the Good Samaritan Mission and, by extension, Episcopal Retirement Services’ senior beneficiaries.

  • Complete an online gift form.
  • Donate by phone at (513) 979-2309.
  • Donate by mail by sending a check to the ERS Foundation, 3870 Virginia Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227.
  • You can attend one of our fundraising events, including the Annual Gala.

The Annual Gala is our single-most important method of funding the Good Samaritan Mission Fund. In fact, last year’s event raised over $250K for area seniors. We hope to exceed that milestone in 2019. Episcopal Retirement Services cordially invites you to attend the 13th installment of our Annual Gala and show your support for the region’s aged.

Purchase Your Tickets Now

We’re holding this year’s Annual Gala — The Mad Hatter Ball — on Friday, October 4th at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hall of Mirrors on West Fifth Street. The Alice in Wonderland-style event will feature an elegant night of cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction. Mad Hatter-themed or cocktail attire is encouraged.

Tickets to the Annual Gala are $175 ($125 for ERS residents and staff). A table of 10 may also be reserved for $3,000. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online. Click here to be taken to our registration page. You can also contact Kim Harrison at (513) 979-2306 or by email at for more on sponsorship opportunities. Visit our website for additional details about the dinner menu and hotel accommodations.

Silent Auction Bidding Open

As for the silent auction, Episcopal Retirement Services is excited to offer auction bidding online! The auction will close the night of the Gala, Friday, October 4, 2019, at 8:30 p.m.

You will be excited by the exceptional experiences to bid on such as:

  • The Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State
  • Box seats for Hello Dolly
  • The Cincinnati Ballet's Swan Lake
  • Michigan Getaway
  • Western-Southern Open Tennis​

Don’t miss your chance to bid on these fabulous experiences and more! Note that when viewing each item, click on the photo and scroll down to see the full description of each experience or item.

You’re Cordially Invited

This year, we’d love the opportunity to show you what that something special is. We hope that you’ll consider being our guest at this year’s Annual Gala, the Mad Hatter Ball.

You’ll not only learn more about what ERS’ services mean to the area’s seniors — you’ll be showing your individual support and helping us to continue providing person-centered, dignified care to the people who need it most.

Gala 2019 - Purchase Tickets

Kristin Davenport
September 17, 2019
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS in 2014 after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director with American City Business Journals. Her role at ERS has ignited her passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city, and she spends time with residents as a SAIDO® Learning lead supporter. Kristin is the executive producer and co-host of the Linkage Podcast for ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio, with their two daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon, where she teaches painting and has an art studio, Indium Art.

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