Philanthropy Calendar, Oct. 5, 2018

ATTENDEES SELECT BOWLS prior to walking into the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's annual Empy Bowls fundraising event last year. This year's event will be held Oct. 18 at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
ATTENDEES SELECT BOWLS prior to walking into the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's annual Empy Bowls fundraising event last year. This year's event will be held Oct. 18 at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

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Celebrating unity

United Way of Rhode Island will hold its 92nd annual Celebration, dedicated to strength and unity, on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence. The event will honor local leaders, as well as offer a light buffet, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit uwri.org/event/uwris-annual-celebration-2018.

 

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Offering hope

Horses Bringing Hope, a local nonprofit that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons to those with disabilities across Rhode Island, will host its fifth annual gala on Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Imperial Room, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston. The event will have a cash bar, a silent auction, raffles, entertainment and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are advised to dress in casual wear and no jeans. Tickets cost $60 for adults, $50 for seniors and $25 for children ages 6-12. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s programs and reservations are due Tuesday, Oct. 9. For more information and to register, call (401) 265-1341 or email horsesbringhopevolunteer@gmail.com.

Striking for kids’ sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State will host a “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” bowling event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. at Lang’s Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave., Cranston. The event will have two hours of bowling, free shoe rental, food, music and prizes. While the event is free, participants are to form fundraising teams and collect donations. For more information and to register, visit bbbsos.org/bowlforkidssake.

Golden celebration

Special Olympics Rhode Island will host its 50th Anniversary Golden Gala on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6-11 p.m. at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Athletes, family, guests, volunteers and supporters will celebrate the organization’s 50 years helping athletes with special needs. The event will include dinner, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and live music. Tickets cost $100 per person and $60 for Special Olympics Rhode Island athletes. Reservations are due Oct. 5 and tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, contact Tracy Garabedian either at (401) 349-4900 or tracy@specialolympicsri.org.

An enchanted evening

Women & Infants Hospital will host a benefit dinner titled “One Enchanted Evening” on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Café Nuovo, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence. The event will consist of dinner, wine and dancing. Tickets cost $200 per person and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to register, visit foundation.womenandinfants.org/enchanted.

Filling the bowls

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will hold its fourth annual Empty Bowls fundraising benefit on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Attendees will choose a handcrafted bowl that was donated to the event by artists and fill the bowl with tastings from more than 35 local restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Last year’s event raised more than $100,000. Tickets range between $50 and $150. Proceeds raised will benefit the food bank. For more information and to register, visit rifoodbank.org/news-events/events-and-programs/empty-bowls.

Great ball of fire

WaterFire will host its FireBall celebration fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6-11 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence. The event will feature live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, dinner and other festivities. All proceeds raised will support WaterFire and its programs. Tickets start at $35, with a patron ticket costing $150 and a VIP ticket costing $250. Sponsorship opportunities are available and online ticket sales will close Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, visit waterfire.org/fireball.

Inspiring boys, impacting generations

San Miguel School will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Oct. 19, from 6-11 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. The event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a formal dinner and San Miguel testimonials. Tickets cost $150 and proceeds raised will benefit the school’s Student Sponsorship Program. Dress code is business-casual attire, and both valet parking and handicap accessibility are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Vangy Auclair at (401) 467-9777, ext. 117, or at vauclair@sanmiguelprov.org.

Feeling alright

The Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, will present the second annual Feeling Alright Health Fair and Unity Concert on Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. Along with featuring live music, the event will symbolize a new partnership with the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals and an effort to focus an awareness campaign on the state’s opioid crisis to make the community aware of helpful options that are available. Tickets for the concert cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event, while the health fair is free. Proceeds will benefit the Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program’s initiatives. For more information, visit tuneinandtuneup.org.