Philanthropy Calendar, Aug. 30, 2023

SAINT VINCENT'S SERVICES' annual Motorcycle Run and Raffle will take place Sept. 17. / COURTESY SAINT VINCENT'S SERVICES
SAINT VINCENT'S SERVICES' annual Motorcycle Run and Raffle will take place Sept. 17. / COURTESY SAINT VINCENT'S SERVICES

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Having a ‘Blast’

SouthCoast Community Foundation will have its 19th annual “Summer’s Last Blast” fundraiser event on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5-9 p.m. at Weatherlow Farms, 845 Sodom Road, Westport. The event will feature seafood, hors d’oeuvres, hot-food stations and live music. Tickets cost $175 and proceeds will support the foundation’s efforts in providing financial contributions to local nonprofits. For more information, visit the foundation’s website.


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Early ‘Fall’

The annual “Fall for Lucy’s Hearth” will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6-9 p.m. at the Wyndham Newport Hotel, 240 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. The nonprofit’s signature fundraiser will help increase funding and support for one of Rhode Island’s only family homeless shelters. Tickets cost $135 for individuals and $250 for couples. For more information, visit Lucy’s Hearth’s website.

Riding for a cause

Saint Vincent’s Services will hold its 18th annual Motorcycle Run and Raffle on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting at the health care organization, 2425 Highland Ave., Fall River. Mass. State Police will escort riders along the scenic ride as they travel through the back roads of Fall River, Assonet, Berkley, Lakeville and Somerset for the 45-mile run, which will end at the Fall River Elks Lodge on North Main Street. Proceeds will support the health organization’s operations. Tickets cost $25 for riders, $20 for veteran riders and $15 for passengers. For more information, visit Saint Vincent’s Services’ website.

Running for veterans

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold its Race for Veterans 5K on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon on the cross country course at the university, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth. The funds raised will benefit the university’s Veterans’ Services Program Fund, which supports services provided to veteran and military-affiliated students such as military to civilian transition assistance, mentorship initiatives, tutoring, and the establishment and operation of a campus veteran center. Tickets cost $40 for  the general public, $25 for UMass Dartmouth alumni, veterans and active-duty military, $15 for children younger than 18, and $5 for current university students. For more information, visit the university’s website.

Celebrating culture

Higher Ground International will hold its annual Cultural Gala & Village Leader Awards event on Friday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. The event will benefit the organization’s efforts to support Liberian and West African immigrants and refugees. Funds raised at the gala will also go toward the organization’s efforts to construct and refurbish its new headquarters in Providence. Tickets cost $95. For more information, visit the organization’s website.

Highlighting food innovation

Johnson & Wales University will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala for its College of Food Innovation & Technology on Friday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the university’s Culinary Arts Museum, 315 Harborside Blvd., Providence. Gala attendees will experience the talents of alumni chefs and restaurateurs, current JWU faculty and students, and retired JWU faculty at food stations. Tickets cost $250 and proceeds will support the university’s programming. For more information, visit JWU’s website.

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