Philanthropy Calendar, May 24, 2019

CHILDREN PARTICIPATE in a running event during last year's Connecting for Children & Families' Make Tracks for Kids 5K Run/Walk. This year's event will be held at Bryant University in Smithfield on Saturday, June 1./COURTESY CONNECTING FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to or at least four weeks in advance of the event.

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


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Choose, give, get

Ocean State Job Lot, which has more than 100 retail locations in the area, will launch its “Choose-Give-Get” program beginning Thursday, May 30. Any customer who chooses to donate $10 or more (in increments of $10) to one of eight causes supported through the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation will receive their donated amount back in the form of a Crazy Deal Gift Card. Customers can choose to donate to the following causes:

  • Advance health care
  • Aid animal rescue
  • Assist veterans and military families
  • Care for children
  • Feed the hungry
  • Help the homeless
  • Promote learning
  • Support the arts

All proceeds will benefit the causes. For more information, visit

Honoring fallen heroes

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island will hold its third annual Gold Star Gala on Friday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. The event will honor post-9/11 Rhode Island families and will raise funds for the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial, which will be held at Fort Adams this year, the organization’s Veterans Endowment Fund. Dinner will be served at the gala, which costs $75 per person to attend. For more information and to register, visit

Occasion for Education

YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, a school that helps students of color to become civically engaged leaders in the community, will hold its inaugural fundraiser titled “An Occasion for Education” on Wednesday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike St., Providence. The event will include cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with the academy’s alumni, staff and volunteers to understand the academy’s mission and work. Tickets cost $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Home sweet home

The Sweet Home Project RI, a nonprofit that helps underserved mothers through furnishing and decorating their homes, will hold a fundraiser titled Eat, Drink and Be Giving, on Wednesday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Candita Clayton Gallery at the Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Unit 105, Pawtucket. The event will feature food, drinks and a gallery of various artworks. Tickets cost $25 and proceeds will help Sweet Home Project and its programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Make a bid

The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre will host its 17th annual Auction for the Arts on Thursday, May 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at the theater, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. The auction will feature various items, such as vacation trips, sports and entertainment tickets, gift cards and memorabilia. Tickets cost $15 and proceeds will support the theater’s programming and operations. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

I got bingo!

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island will hold its Bingo Night on Friday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown/Newport Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road, Middletown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served during game play. Tickets cost $15 and proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which offers support and assistance to those who suffered traumatic brain injuries and their families. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (401) 228-3319.

Under the moonlight

Thundermist Health Center will hold its annual fundraiser, titled “Moonlight at the Dunes,” on Friday, May 31, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Dunes Club, 137 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. The event will feature dinner and dancing to live music from Nancy Paolino & The Black Tie Band. Tickets cost $125 per person and proceeds will benefit Thundermist, which provides health care to those in need. Donation and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to register, call (401) 235-6887 or email

Opportunity knocks

Community College of Rhode Island will host its third annual Raising Opportunities benefit on Friday, May 31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the college’s Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick. The college’s largest benefit will feature a live auction, music, dancing and performances. Proceeds raised will help fund CCRI’s programs and initiatives, and scholarships for students. Tickets cost $150 for general admission and $75 for students and alumni. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Showing your pride

AIDS Project Rhode Island will hold its 33rd annual AIDS Run/Walk for Life on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Carousel Village at Roger Williams State Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. The event’s theme will be “Stride for Pride & Show Your True Colors,” in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, and participants are encouraged to dress in unique and colorful creations. Registration opens at 8 a.m. the morning of the event, followed by a speaking program prior to the walk/run. Registration costs $40 for the running event, which includes a T-shirt and a medal, and free for walkers. Proceeds will support Rhode Islanders who are living with HIV/AIDS. For more information and to register, visit

Making strides

Connecting for Children & Families will hold its ninth annual Make Tracks for Kids 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. The walk will take place around the campus and participants are welcome to be dressed as their favorite superheroes. The 1K event for children ages 12 and younger will start at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9:30 a.m. A barbeque and awards ceremony will take place after the run/walk. Registration costs $30 as a regular participant, $45 for the superhero participant and $10 for children for the 1K event. Donations are also being accepted. Proceeds raised will benefit the nonprofit’s family-support initiatives and education programs for inner-city children and their families. For more information and to register, visit

Walking the dogs

The Cumberland Lincoln Rotary Club will hold its 16th annual Pet Walk, to benefit the Lincoln/Cumberland Animal Shelter and other Rotary charities, on Saturday, June 1, from 9-11 a.m. at the Cumberland Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Pet owners will walk around a one-mile loop around the monastery’s grounds. There will also be raffles, vendor boots and a pet photo booth at the event. Each ticket holder will receive a gift bag. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and includes one dog. Tickets for each additional dog cost $5. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit