October 17, 2023 | The Dayton Art Institute | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

46th Annual Friendship Celebration

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About the Event

Please join us for the 46th Annual Friendship Celebration honoring outstanding individuals who have profoundly advanced Greater Dayton as a diverse and inclusive community.

Now more than ever we need your support! Now more than ever our community needs NCCJ. Now more than ever our mission of building a community dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and discrimination is needed.

NCCJ works in our community to build strong leaders who are empowered and equipped to be agents of change. By supporting our Friendship Event, you are part of the solution.

Join us for this exciting night of honoring our 2023 Humanitarians.


The Dayton Art Institute: 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton, OH 45405


October 17, 2023 from 5:30PM-7:30PM

Honoring Dayton’s Humanitarians

2023 Humanitarian Award Winners:

  • Willis “Bing” Davis, EbonNia Gallery - Pat Meadow’s Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Cathy Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

  • Jessica Salem, Executive Director, Center for Health Equity, Dayton Children's Hospital

  • Dr. Eric Spina, President, University of Dayton

  • Dr. Vanessa Ward, President, Omega Community Development Corporation

  • Natalie Collins, Youth Honoree

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Previous Award Recipients

See a full list of our Humanitarian Award recipients dating back to 1978

Previous Award Recipients

The 40th Annual NCCJ Friendship Dinner

Monday, October 30, 2017

5:30 – 8:30PM

Sinclair Conference Center (Building 12)

Our Mission

We take great pride in our ability to promote understanding and respect among all cultures, races, lifestyles and religions. We do this through advocacy, conflict resolution and educational opportunities. We empower individuals of all ages to become change agents.

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