Spencer Awards Dinner Postponed to 2021

In light of the recent surges in COVID, and for the safety and health of all our wonderful supporters, we have decided to cancel any attempt to hold the Cincinnatus Spencer Awards Dinner in 2020 and wait until 2021. Our committee and the Hilton have worked together on a date and we are reserving MAY 12, 2021 for the Spencer Dinner in the Hall of Mirrors.

While we are all hoping that by then there will be a vaccine or viable treatment to curb the virus, we will be holding this event in person, hybrid or virtual in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Our awardees of 2020 have been notified and will be honored in 2021 – with no restrictions on numbers we hope! We lost the opportunity to celebrate Marian Spencer and Cincinnatus on their 100th birthdays – so we will celebrate 101 next year!

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward to a wonderful event on MAY 12, 2021. Put it on your calendar please!

2021 Spencer Awards Winners

The Cincinnatus Association is pleased to announce the winners for the 2021 Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards. Cincinnatus will be honoring these organizations that by their work have created greater inclusion and diversity in our community.

Non-Profit Organizations:

For-Profit Organizations:

We encourage you to reach out to individuals, groups, and organizations to  help sponsor this unique opportunity to honor Donald and Marian Spencer and our “Spirit of America” award winners.
We sincerely look forward to your commitment to keeping the Spencers’ legacy alive1

About the Spencer Awards

The Cincinnatus Association presents the Spencer Awards to  organizations that have:

1) intentionally shown a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, justice and basic human rights;

2) delivered “conspicuous and enduring” contributions that have created greater inclusion and diversity in our community and/or impacted equity, justice and human rights issues, thus improving the quality of life for citizens.

The Spencer Awards are named after Marian and Donald Spencer, Cincinnati’s “First Couple of Civil Rights,” to celebrate their achievements in civil rights. Mr. Spencer died in 2010 – before the inception of the awards. Mrs. Spencer died June 28, 2019 at the age of 99.  Anyone interested in joining the committee is should contact Susan Noonan at snoonan@fuse.net

Spencer Awards Dinner

May 12, 2021

The Spencer Awards
Reception 6 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM

In person, hybrid or virtual
in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
35 W 5th Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Support Diversity and Inclusion in Cincinnati. 

Spencer Award History
American Jewish Committee Cincinnati
Franciscan Ministries
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Fifth Third Bank
JANCOA Janitorial Services

Event cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Ohio Justice & Policy Center
The Reds Community Fund

Small For-Profit

The Model Group

Large For-Profit



Non-profit Job Training Organization

City Gospel Mission
Venice on Vine / Power Inspires Progress “PIP”

Non-profit Support Services Organization

Freestore Foodbank
Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs

For-profit Organization

Nehemiah Manufacturing, Inc.


Non-profit Job Training Organization

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Non-profit Support Services Organization

Su Casa Hispanic Center of Cincinnati

For-profit Organization

Al. Neyer



Dr. Bleuzette Marshall


Innocence Project





Willie Carden


Goodwill Industries