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Charity Events This October

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Who doesn’t love helping out a good cause?  This month, we’ve made it easy for you to find events to go to that will not only be a great time, but also benefit the local community and help those in need.

Country 102.5 20th Year Celebration – Celebrate Country 102.5’s 20th year at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on Thursday, October 3rd with American Idol favorite Kellie Pickler and special guest Charlie Worsham!  This acoustic performance is limited to those that are 21 and over, and the cost is $20.  Doors open at 7 PM and the concert begins at 8 PM, so make sure you arrive early to get a good spot!  All proceeds will benefit the Floating Hospital for Children at the Tufts Medical Center which provides comfort and care to children and their families when they need it most.  Grab your friends and head to the Hard Rock for a fun night of music, while doing some good for local families.

Central Massachusetts Walk To Cure Diabetes – This fun-filled charity walk takes place in various locations across the country, and this one will be held on Sunday, October 6th at the Bolton Fair Grounds in Lancaster.  The walk raises funds and awareness for the millions of people that are living with type 1 diabetes.  There is no registration fee although guests are encouraged to register for the walk ahead of time.  You can either walk alone or create a team and fundraise together.  The walk begins at 10:30 AM and is a 5K, it will be held rain or shine so make sure you dress for the weather.

Howl O Ween – For all of you animal lovers out there, this charity event will be a fun day out for you and your furry friend!  This fundraiser benefits the German Shepherd Research and Rescue Center and will take place at Endicott Park in Danvers on Sunday, October 13th from 10 AM – 3 PM.  Admission is free and there will be tons of fun activities going on throughout the day including a pledge walk, costume contest, dog demo’s, lucky ticket raffle, vendors, and much more.

Making Strides Walk To End Breast Cancer – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this month you can join the American Cancer Society for their annual Making Strides Walk in Worcester on October 20th at 10:30 AM.  This non-competitive, 2.5 mile walk not only raises funds to assist in life-saving research, but also raises awareness for this disease that effects 1 in 8 women.  There are other walks going on across the state this month, in Boston, Greater Springfield, Cape Cod, Berkshire County, and Nantucket so find the one that’s closest to you and sign up to join the fight against breast cancer!  Keep in mind that these walks are on different dates and possibly different lengths than the one in Worcester, so make sure you look into the details for the walk closest to you!

It’s easy to give back and have fun all at the same time this month, whether you’re working up a sweat at a charity walk, enjoying a concert, or having a fun day with your furry friend, there’s something going on this month for everyone to enjoy!

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Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

As many of you already know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  What better excuse to get out and do something fun than to spread awareness for a good cause?  There are many different ways to get involved and help spread the word this month, whether you want to eat, work out, or be entertained there is an event for you!

Fondue For A Cure – Dip In To Fight Breast Cancer – Who doesn’t love fondue?  The Melting Pot and Estee Lauder are teaming up to to present this event aimed at fighting Breast Cancer, with proceeds benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Stop by the Melting Pot (Burlington/Bedford location) tonight, October 4th to support this cause.  Reservations are required and guests can enjoy a 3 course menu consisting of your choice of cheese fondue, followed by an entree cooked and served fondue style, and closing out with your choice of chocolate fondue.  The event is $40 per person and $10 will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  There will also be raffles for Estee Lauder and Melting Pot gift baskets and each attendee will receive a gift bag full of Estee Lauder products and Melting Pot coupons.

Goddesses Of Laughter – This comedy show is perfect for you’re next girls night out!  Join in on the fun Friday, October 12th at the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place hotel and spa in Foxboro.  This new all female comedy tour is performing for one night only to benefit the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink For The Cure foundation, they will donate 10% of ticket sales to this worthy cause.  Tickets are available for either dinner and the show or for the show only.  Tickets are general admission and for the dinner show cost $49 (reservations required), which includes a 3 course prix menu, and are $25 for the show only.  Dinner begins at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 8:30 PM, the Renaissance Hotel is also offering a special rate(for those with tickets) on an overnight stay for $159 per room.  The tour consists of 5 women who have very unique and diverse comedic styles and have been described as “refined yet quirky”.  Come out to support the cause and have some laughs with friends, it’s for a good cause after all!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – This walk is organized in cities throughout the country and the American Cancer Society is celebrating the walk’s 20th year in Boston, Sunday October 14th at Boston’s Hatch Shell.  There is no registration fee but walkers are encouraged to fundraise for the cause!  There is a rolling start between 8-10 AM and walkers can choose either a 2 or 5 mile route.  If you know someone who has been affected by this horrible disease or have been affected yourself, this walk is a wonderful way to show your support for awareness and commitment to finding a cure!  Not only does the money that you fundraise go towards research, it also supports prevention, early detection, and patient services.  This walk is an inspiring event that goes a long way towards honoring survivors, raising awareness, and reducing the risk of getting breast cancer.  Want to find other ways to get involved?  The American Cancer Society is still looking for volunteers and sponsors for this event!  There are also walks taking place on the same day in Cape Cod, Nantucket, Lee/The Berkshires, and Worcester, for more information click here.

Join A Party In Pink Zumbathon – Zumba is sweeping the nation, this latin-inspired dance workout not only helps shed some excess weight, now you can zumba for the cure!  Stop by the Book Shack book store on Saturday October 27th for a three hour zumbathon!  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  The Book Shack has 2 locations hosting this event, Taunton at 12 PM and their Kingston book store at 3:30 PM.  Get up and get out there!  This event is a great deal and not only will you feel great about getting an intense workout in over the weekend, knowing you are supporting a cause that changes lives has to feel pretty good too!

Whatever way you want to give back, there is an event for you this month.   Breast cancer affects thousands of families across country, and whether you know someone personally or just want to support the cause and spread awareness, there’s no better time than the present.  Not only do your generous donations support research that brings us closer to a cure, they raise awareness, promote early detection which helps prevent the spread of this disease, and support patient services which make a major difference in the day to day lives of patients.  There are tons of other ways to get involved this month, look for events in your hometown or purchase products that donate a portion of their sales to charities, getting involved is easier than you think!

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