Event cancellations: What’s changing, closing in Butler County, region

Because of concerns from the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and the strong recommendation of the CDC and state government officials, local organizations are postponing or canceling their events.

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty announced today it is canceling this Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K/10K & Community Block Party.

"The health and safety of participants and the community is our top priority," Community Foundation President and CEO Erin Clemons said in an email. "Please stay-tuned to our Facebook page and website for additional details regarding a Virtual Shamrock Shuffle run, and T-shirt pick-up details."

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty holds The Shamrock Shuffle annually to encourage and support community connection and philanthropy, Clemons said. Total event proceeds from the event are invested back into the community through annual grants to support local nonprofit organizations and participating Shuffle Gives Back Charity Teams.

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“Please consider contributing your event registration fee to the Community Foundation in support of local charities,” Clemons said. “The Community Foundation will establish a Community Health Fund to respond to current and future community health needs, enabling us to respond to the effects of this public health crisis through activities like health screenings, senior citizen services, and food pantry staples.”

Donations to that fund may be made here.

Other area events affected include:

Miami cancels Hamilton Downtown Center events

John Vaughn, the coordinator for Miami Hamilton Downtown center, said today that although Miami University is still open and holding classes remotely, Miami University activities and events that are not academically essential are now canceled through April 12, and possibly longer.

That includes all public programming at the Miami Hamilton Downtown center, Vaughn said.

Sorg Opera House board postpones events

The Sorg Opera Board of Directors has decided to postpone all scheduled events this weekend at the Sorg Theater. Postponed Events include Friday’s “Etta at Last: A Tribute to Etta James”, Saturday’s “Night Fever: The Best of the Bee Gees” and Sunday’s “Photographers Open House.”

"We understand how disappointing this decision can be for our patrons, but the choice is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States and Ohio," Sorg's board of directors wrote in an email today. "We appreciate your flexibility as we must do our part to protect our community's public health."
The board said that on Tuesday, the Middletown Health Department asked it directly to reschedule Sorg's weekend events.

Downtown Middletown Friday’s Etta James tribute concert would be rescheduled to Sept. 4. All tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date and honored. Questions or requests should be directed to info@downtownmiddletown.org or 513-464-2527.

The remaining two postponed events also will be rescheduled.

“We have been in contact with all of the performers; they are committed to coming to the Sorg,” the board of directors said. “We will pass the new dates along as soon as we know them. All tickets sold to events will be honored on the new dates of events.”

Fitton Center cancels four upcoming events

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts has canceled four events from now until early April.

The events that will not happen, but which the center hopes to reschedule, are:

• Shades of Bublé, scheduled for Saturday

• Loving, Tuesday

• Two Sketchy Dames, March 28

• 80 Acres, April 1.

“We are working with all producers and artists to reschedule all performances and events,” the center said in a news release. “At this time we can offer a direct transfer of all your purchased seats to the new date and your current tickets will be valid for the performance.”

But those who would like refunds can get them by calling the box office at 513-863-8873, extension 110.

The decision came after consultation with the Hamilton Health Department.

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CBI Middletown postpones Lens of Hope 2020 Gala

Community Building Institute (CBI) Middletown announced today it is postponing its second annual Lens of Hope 2020 Gala scheduled for Friday at the Windamere event venue in Middletown.

The decision was not made lightly, according to CBI Executive Director Karin Maney.

“CBI's board and I are following the recommendations of our local health board and the governor's office to postpone or cancel large group events to prevent the risk of spread to any possible attendees with underlying health concerns,” Maney said. “Our desire is to reschedule the event as soon as possible and once that date has been confirmed, we will let you know immediately.”

Maney said she is hoping to reschedule CBI’s gala to mid- to late May. The event typically attracts between 150 to 170 attendees.

Any tables, tickets or ad space that have been purchased will be on hold for the future date, Maney said. Those who are unable to attend the rescheduled date, will be refunded monies paid upon request, she said.

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Badin High School postpones spring play

Hamilton’s Badin High School is postponing its spring play, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" until further notice, school officials announced today.

The play was scheduled to run from March 19 through March 22.

“However, with the current national public health concerns, the administration at Badin High and drama director Mrs. Sarah Cline, concluded this was the appropriate course of action,” school spokesman Dirk Allen said in an email this morning. “Depending on the ongoing public health situation, the play will be rescheduled or potentially cancelled.”

West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance cancels events

The West Chester-Liberty Chamer Alliance announced this afternoon that all chamber events through March 20 have been canceled. That includes Friday’s Women 4 Women event and next Wednesday’s scheduled Business After Hours.

“ We will re-evaluate further events next week but as of now, everything occurring after March 20 is still scheduled as is,” the chamber wrote in a Facebook post. “Thank you for your understanding as the safety of our members and event attendees is of utmost importance!”

MLS suspends season

With Major League Soccer suspending its season, FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp doesn’t know yet what that will mean for club operations moving forward, according to our news partner, WCPO.

MLS announced Thursday that effective immediately the league will suspend the season 30 days as it continues to assess the impact of COVID-19, but Nijkamp said it is not yet clear whether clubs can proceed with training sessions and how the league plans to make up games.

FC Cincinnati had been preparing for its home opener Saturday against D.C. United.

The FC Cincinnati Foundation “Served by the Pros” charitable event on March 22 will be rescheduled; all scheduled player appearances will be canceled; and the club’s MLS WORKS Greener Goals service projects on April 8 and April 14 will be rescheduled to later dates. Additionally, the FC Cincinnati downtown shop is adjusting its hours of operations. More information – including ticket policies – about FC Cincinnati’s affected matches will be announced in the near future, according to a team release.

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Staff Writer Mike Rutledge contributed to this story.

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