Burgers and books
Wendy’s restaurants within Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., will offer customers the opportunity to purchase coupons to benefit Adoption Rhode Island. From now until Sunday, May 26, customers can purchase six free Jr. Frosty coupons for $1 and Wendy’s will donate the net proceeds from the sales to Adoption Rhode Island, a nonprofit helping children in state care waiting for families. Coupons are valid until June 30 and are available while supplies last. For more information, visit adoptionri.org.
The National Association of Letter Carriers will coordinate a statewide food drive, titled Stamp Out Hunger, on Saturday, May 11. The national effort to address hunger is including the U.S. Postal Service, the National Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL-CIO, the United Food and Consumer Workers, United Way, Valassis and Valpak. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag of healthy, nonperishable food items near their mailboxes early in the morning on May 11 and the letter carriers will pick up the donations to be delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Most-needed items include canned soups and vegetables, peanut butter, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, canned beans, tuna, and healthy cereals. For more information, visit rifoodbank.org.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will hold its 2019 Party for the Peregrines benefit on Friday, May 10, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Roger Williams Park’s Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. The event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live and silent auctions. Attendees will also have a chance to meet the society’s raptors. Tickets cost $85 and proceeds will benefit the Audubon Raptor Care Program, Raptors in Schools and other programs. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/2019-party-for-the-peregrines-tickets.
Out for a run
Harvest Acres will host its eighth annual Rainbow Run/Walk 5K event on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at the farm, 425 Kingstown Road, Richmond. The event will help raise awareness regarding struggles with mental health and suicide. The event will also include raffles, food, a small petting zoo, music and a children’s race. Registration costs $30. For more information and to register, visit harvestacresfarm.org/rainbow-run.
South County Health will host a Centennial 5K road race on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at South County Hospital, 100 Kenyon Ave., South Kingstown. The event is part of the health care system’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration. The race will run through area neighborhoods near South County Hospital. Music and various health care displays will also be part of the event. Registration costs $25 and proceeds will benefit South County Health’s health care initiatives. Donations are also being accepted. For more information and to register, visit crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/centennial5k.
Bow ties for boys
Stages of Freedom, a Providence-based nonprofit aimed to provide programming and education for the African-American community, will hold its Bow Ties for Boys program on Saturday, May 11, from 10-11:30 a.m. at The University Club, 219 Benefit St., Providence. The annual free program offers young African-American boys the opportunity to learn important skills that will enable them to achieve their life goals. Individuals, including young males ages 5-13, are invited to attend. Attendees may sponsor a boy, who will leave the vent with his own bow tie, for $25. For more information, visit stagesoffreedom.org.
Trivia for kittens
Rhode Island Kitten Kits will hold a DJ Trivia & Pasta Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at PNA 1001 Lodge, 15 Meeting St., Coventry. Festivities will include a trivia competition, pasta, raffles and prizes. Attendees will also have a chance to win a door prize if they bring an item for the Amazon Wish List. Tickets cost $25 and proceeds will support care kits for kitten foster families. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/rhode-island-kitten-kits-dj-trivia-pasta-dinner-for-itty-bitty-kitties-tickets.
The Miriam Hospital will hold its annual Gala & Auction event, themed “Grease is the Word!” based on the movie musical on Saturday, May 11, from 5:30-11:30 p.m. at Wheeler School’s Van Norman Fieldhouse, 640 Prospect St., Seekonk. Music and auctions will be part of the festivities. Tickets cost $300 and proceeds will benefit The Miriam Fund for a New Generation and the hospital’s Colorectal Cancer Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to register, visit giving.lifespan.org/The-Miriam/Gala.
A’s B4 Nonprofit Corp. will hold its 2019 Fundraiser Gala & Art Auction, titled “Love Where You Live,” on Saturday, May 11, from 6-10 p.m. at the New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford. The event will feature wine, tapas and music. There will also be an art auction featuring various local artists. Tickets cost $40 and all proceeds will support A’s B4 youth mentoring programs. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/2019-fundraiser-gala-art-auction-tickets.
The Fort Adams Trust and the Newport County YMCA will co-sponsor a charity golf event, titled “The Season Opener,” on Monday, May 13, beginning at noon at Newport Country Club, 280 Harrison Ave., Newport. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the event will feature lunch and an awards dinner reception. A foursome package, including carts, costs $1,600. Proceeds will support the Newport County YMCA’s programming for youths in the area. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, call (401) 263-4902 or (401) 847-9200, ext. 109.
Celebrating the arts
Festival Ballet Providence will hold its 41st Season Gala on Monday, May 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Financial Way, Providence. Festivities will include live and silent auctions, an awards presentation, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dinner. There will also be an awards presentation. Tickets cost $195 for regular admission and $250 for VIP. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds raised will support Festival Ballet, which offers community dance and arts performances and programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit festivalballetprovidence.org.
It’s a bird… it’s a plane…
The Manton Avenue Project will hold its 2019 gala, titled “Superpowered Bash,” on Monday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m. at Hope Events on Main, 999 Main St., No. 1230, Pawtucket. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. Cocktails, music and an auction will be part of the event. Tickets cost $50 and proceeds will benefit the nonprofit which helps young people in Providence’s Olneyville section through year-round, tuition-free playwriting programs. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/maps-superhero-gala-a-superpowered-bash-tickets.
Relax, enjoy, support
The Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College will hold its spring fundraiser on Tuesday, May 14, from 5-7 p.m. at Siena Restaurant, 400 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. Tuscan fine dining cuisine will be served. Tickets cost $50 and proceeds will benefit the school’s nursing programs. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/rini-middle-college-spring-fundraiser-tickets.
Keep on truckin’
The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association will hold its Family Food Truck Night on Tuesday, May 14, from 6-9 p.m. at Proclamation Ale Co., 298 Kilvert St., Warwick. Multiple food trucks will be on hand offering attendees various delicacies. Tickets cost $5, which also includes one free beer for attendees ages 21 and older. Proceeds will benefit the association’s Companion Animal Foundation. For more information, email email@example.com.
Tasting the Hill
Federal Hill House, a nonprofit that provides human services to clients to improve quality of life through education and support, will hold its Taste of the Hill fundraiser on Wednesday, May 15, from 6-9 p.m. at The WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence. The event will feature food from local restaurants and food purveyors, including Angelo’s Civita Farnese, HG80, Via Roma and Trattoria Zooma. Tickets cost $50 in advance and $65 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Federal Hill House. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-the-hill-2019-tickets.
Raise a glass
Raymour & Flanagan Furniture and Mattress Store and Chris Gasbarro Fine Wine will hold a wine-tasting benefit event, titled Food, Wine and Wishes, on Thursday, May 16, from 5-8 p.m. at Raymour & Flanagan Furniture and Mattress Store, 100 Highland Ave., Seekonk. Local restaurants will be available for tasting along with wine. Tickets cost $30 and proceeds will benefit A Wish Come True. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/food-wine-and-wishes-tickets.
A night of theater
The Players and the East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Barker Playhouse, 400 Benefit St., Providence. The reception will be followed by the play, directed by Michael Farrelly. Tickets cost $35 per person or $60 for two and must be purchased in advance at the East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, 438 Hope St., Providence. All proceeds raised from ticket sales will go toward the branch’s annual campaign. For more information, email either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call (401) 521-0155.
The Best of Newport County Soiree will be held Thursday, May 16m from 7-9 p.m. at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport. Various area restaurants and businesses will offer gourmet food stations, craft cocktails, an open bar, dancing and entertainment. There will also be a silent auction benefiting the Preservation Society of Newport County. Tickets cost $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit newportri.com/bestof.
Walking against hunger
The North Kingstown Food Pantry will hold a Hunger Walk on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the pantry, 445 School St., North Kingstown. The two-mile walk will start and conclude at the pantry. Registration costs $10 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. Proceeds raised will benefit pantry and Blessings in a Backpack programs. For more information and to register, visit northkingstown.com.
Celebrating purpose and passion
Aldersbridge Communities will hold its “Adding Life to Years” Gala on Saturday, May 18, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange St., Providence. The event will feature a cocktail reception, dinner program, and live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $150 and proceeds will benefit Aldersbridge and their programs assisting the elderly community. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit aldersbridge.org/adding-life-to-years.