The Spirit of Cincinnatus


In Every Crowd, We See a Community.

The Spirit of Cincinnatus is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, created to support and promote our non-profit community and the services and opportunities they provide. Our mission is to improve the overall quality of life by providing assistance for those faced with unexpected challenges and opportunities. The organization is made up of 100% volunteers who share a common belief that we can achieve uncommon results when we work together to make our community a better place.


In Every Crowd,
We See Results!

Hosted by The Spirit of Cincinnatus and The Rusty Griswolds, The Rusty Ball is Cincinnati’s premier collaborative fundraiser. Begun in November 2008, the event has generated $2,687,791 in support of 448 charitable organizations throughout the region. Imagine 4,000+ attendees coming together, each supporting their charity of choice from among our beneficiaries, helping to raise dollars that stay in our community. It doesn't get much sweeter than that!


8 Balls
448 Charities
22,590 Attendees
1,624 Volunteers
$2,687,791 Revenue
...and still bouncing!


Best Of Cinti 2013
Best Of Cinti 2014
Best Of Cinti 2016
Business Courier
jefferson awards


2010 RustyBall

November 2010

2011 RustyBall

November 2011

The Spirit of Cincinnatus First in Tri-State to Receive Prestigious International Fundraising Excellence Award Presented by The Association of Fundraising Professionals

(Arlington, VA) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has bestowed its highest fundraising honor, the Award for Excellence in Fundraising, to The Spirit of Cincinnatus in
Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Spirit Of Cincinnatus Wins Non-profit Innovation Award Presented by The Business Courier, CincyTech, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

CINCINNATI (4/18/11) – The Rusty Griswolds, selected as the 2010 “Best Local Band” by Cincy Magazine and 2010 and 2011 “Best Local Band” by CityBeat, are happy to announce that The Spirit of Cincinnatus, the charitable arm of The Rusty Griswolds and The Rusty Ball, received the Cincinnati USA Innovation Award (Non-profit category) presented by The Business Courier, CincyTech, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.


Steve Frisch
Founder and President
The Spirit of Cincinnatus

Eric Schueler
Board Member
The Spirit of Cincinnatus

John Schutte
Board Member
The Spirit of Cincinnatus


Jeanette Altenau
Director of Community Relations

Kevin Bright
Managing Director, Energy Efficiency
Duke Energy

Kevin Canafax
Vice President Public Affairs
Fidelity Investments

Richard Graeter
President and CEO
Graeter's Inc.

Brian Keenan
Co-founder and Creative Strategist
Openfield Creative

Elizabeth Pierce
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Cincinnati Museum Center

Ashley Buchanan
Assistant VP/Director Queen City Square Management
Eagle Realty Group

George Yund
Managing Member
Frost Brown Todd LLC


Joseph Jones
Corporate Outreach

Adele Frisch
Beneficiary Coordinator
Eric Langevin
Media Relations

Brian Keenan
Marketing & Design
The Spirit of Cincinnatus
4138 Linden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 235-9785