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Second-annual Served by The Pros fundraiser announced

CINCINNATI – The FC Cincinnati Foundation has announced the return of its Served by the Pros fundraiser that is part of the charity’s “Orange and Blue Experiences” platform. The second-annual event will be held Sunday, March 22, at popular Cincinnati steakhouse Eddie Merlot’s. 

Fans and supporters are once again invited to enjoy an evening of handcrafted dishes and cocktails while being served by FC Cincinnati players and coaches. Tickets to both the main event, as well as tickets that include an exclusive VIP reception, are now on sale.

After raising more than $38,000 in its inaugural year, Served by the Pros will again feature popular live and silent auctions. In 2019, high-end prizes included a wine tasting for 10 at Eddie Merlot’s, an expense-paid trip to the 2020 FCC game in Atlanta, and a expense-paid trip to visit multiple wineries in Napa

When: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Time: 5 p.m. VIP cocktail hour, 6 p.m. main event/open to all guests

Where: Eddie Merlot’s, 10808 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242

General Ticket: $150 each

VIP Ticket: $250 each

Notes: This is a 21+ only event

Purchase Tickets: “Served by the Pros”

What “Orange & Blue Experiences” Support

“Orange & Blue Experiences” – including Served by the Pros, Ladies Lace Up (which will return this summer) and The Baileys – support the FC Cincinnati Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of children through soccer.

To achieve these goals, the Foundation offers an ambitious and engaging slate of programming that includes in-school and after-school soccer programming, Learning Is Cool, the West End Pride Soccer Team and Mini Pitch builds in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The FC Cincinnati Foundation also provides grants to support community-building initiatives in Cincinnati’s West End community and to not-for-profit organizations with aligned missions.

In 2019, the FC Cincinnati Foundation generated a $1 million financial impact in the Greater Cincinnati area and awarded $100,000 in grants to West End community organizations, all while making a direct impact on more than 33,000 Cincinnati-area children.


The FC Cincinnati Foundation was formed in December 2018 and aims to improve the lives of children in the Greater Cincinnati area through the game of soccer. The Foundation’s mission is accomplishment primarily through four key programs: in-school and after-school soccer programming, mini pitch builds, the West End Pride youth soccer team and Learning Is Cool. These programs help promote and encourage strong academic performance, and serve as catalysts to reinforce character values and improved health. The Foundation also serves as FC Cincinnati’s philanthropic arm, making donations and investments to Cincinnati-area organizations that have similar goals and ambitions for the area’s youth. Fans can follow along with the FC Cincinnati Foundation’s community work through its social media channels: @FCC_Foundation on Twitter, /FCCincyFoundation on Facebook and @FCCFoundation on Instagram.