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Charity Events In July!

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Want to give back while having fun this month?  You’re in luck because we’ve found a few different charity events going on across the state that support worthy causes and help our local residents!  You don’t have to give much more than your time to make a big difference this month, whether you’re passionate about helping the environment, Veterans that have served our country, or those that are simple less fortunate, there is an event for you!

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project – Head over to the Charles River at Christian A. Herter Park and help the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project keep our beaches, rivers, parks, and lakes “barefoot friendly”!  Barefoot Wine has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation, a non profit organization that is dedicated to protecting our beaches, waves, and oceans.  Together they are making 15 cleanup stops nationwide and one of them is in Boston this Saturday, July 13th! The cleanup will be from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM and will be followed by a celebration organized by the Surfrider Foundation, featuring Barefoot wine, surf-inspired fare and a performance by Eric Hutchinson.   The celebration is from 5 PM – 7 PM in Cambridge and tickets will be distributed at the cleanup.  Both events are for those 21+.

Taste of Boston Silent Auction – Plan on going out to dinner this month?  Why not go out and give back all at the same time?  Get your tickets for the Taste of Boston Silent Auction taking place on Thursday, July 18th from 6 PM – 9:30 PM at Technique Restaurant in Cambridge.  Presented by Chow Hall Cuisine, this event benefits the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and is sure to make your taste buds tingle.  Tickets are $35.00 and once you arrive be sure to check out the many items up for auction!

Worcester Kicks For Kids – Who doesn’t love playing kick ball?  Don’t miss out on the Worcester Kicks For Kids charity kickball tournament Saturday, July 27th at 9 AM at Burncoat Park in Worcester.  This tournament benefits Y.O.U. Inc which is a non-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization that serves troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families in the Worcester county area.  There will be games going on throughout the day leading up to the finals at 4:30 PM.  After the games from 6:30 – 10:30 PM there will be a party at Blackstone with food provided by Wings Over Worcester!  Be sure to register for this fun event that supports a wonderful local cause before it’s too late!

Murder Mystery Dinner – Sounds fun already doesn’t it?  This Murder Mystery Dinner event takes place on Saturday, July 27th from 6:30 PM – 11 PM at the Franklin Lodge of Elks in Franklin, MA.  Proceeds benefit Homes for Our Troops, an organization that helps to rebuild the lives of severely injured Veterans through the gift of high quality, specially adapted homes that provide freedom of movement and the ability to live independently.  The event has a theme of “High School Reunion” and there will also be food, raffles, and a silent auction.  Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple and if you can’t attend the event donations are always appreciated!

What events do you plan on attending this month?  Are there any that you know of that aren’t listed?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: Alan Kotok

Give A Little, Get A Lot!


Ever feel like you want to volunteer or give back to your community but just don’t have time?  We all have busy schedules, managing friends, family, work, and finances; as busy as we get it’s still so important to remember those in need.  This month it’s easier than ever to help those that are less fortunate, and as always you will have a great time doing it!

Mustachio Bashio – Yes you read that right, head over to City Table in the Lenox Hotel on Wednesday, March 6th, for an event you won’t forget anytime soon!  For the past month, dedicated ‘stache growers have been growing out their beards/mustaches tirelessly, all in the name of charity.  Now’s your chance to join them for a night of drinks, food, and good times!  Tickets for the event itself are $50.00 and include live entertainment, complimentary drinks, and lite bites, however, if you want to do more than purchase a ticket to this event, you can sponsor one of the growers and whatever amount you donate will bring them that much closer to reaching their fundraising goal.  This event is hosted by Community Servings, and every $25 donated will feed a critically ill neighbor who is too sick to shop or cook for themselves or their families.  Not only are you giving back to those in need, you can enjoy a great event with food and friends!

Charity Date Auction – This event was originally scheduled for February 9th, but was later rescheduled to March 9th so the excitement  has been building for months!  Are you ready to meet your match?  Taking place at the Estate, one of Boston’s most happening party spots, this charity auction features Boston’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes!  Project Cupid is hosting this fourth annual auction, and proceeds benefit pediatric leukemia research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Dates aren’t the only thing that will be up for auction, sporting event tickets, signed memorabilia, hotel stays, and salon gift packages will also be offered for bids as well.  Whether you’re single or happily taken, stop by the Estate from 6PM – 9PM to support a good cause and have a great time!  Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door.

Fashion Show To Benefit Big Sister Association – Alright ladies, grab your girlfriends and get your tickets to this fashion forward event benefitting a great cause!  Taking place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on Tuesday, March 19th, this fashion show will feature Boston’s leading men walking the runway dressed by Classic Tuxedo, accompanied by models in Denise Hajjar’s Spring 2013 Collection.  There will be a cocktail reception from 6-7PM and the show itself will be from 7-9PM.  In addition to cocktails, there will also be hors d’oeuvres and auction prizes!  Tickets for this event are $250 each and although they are a bit pricey, it goes towards a wonderful cause, and you definitely don’t want to miss seeing Jason Varitek walk the runway!

Cookies For Kids – Stop by participating Panera Bread locations from March 18-31st and get one of their delicious Easter Egg Cookies!  10 cents for every Easter Egg cookie sold will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital, so now you can get your sugar fix without feeling guilty!  This makes it easier than ever to do a little something special for others.  Maybe even pick up a dozen for your office, friends, and family.  Participating locations include Boston, Everett, Watertown, Saugus, Waltham, Dedham, Burlington, Hingham, Stoughton, Danvers, Hanover, and Plymouth.

These charities rely on donations from generous community members like yourselves to help others and you can be sure that your donation is going towards a worthy cause.  Grab your family, friends, co-workers and spread the word!

Photo By: JD Hancock



Walk For Hunger 2012

Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger is coming up!  Next Sunday, May 6, join walkers from across the state as they gather in the Boston Common to raise funds and awareness that will help to put an end to hunger in Massachusetts, it’s a great way to give back to your community!

For those interested in walking there is still time to sign up!  If walking isn’t your thing and you still want to give back, volunteers are also needed at the event to ensure safety and happiness of the walkers.   What exactly does this walk entail?  Over 40,000 participants are invited to walk the 20 mile route through Boston, however it is not required that you walk the full route.

This walk is truly about giving back, as there is no registration fee or fundraising minimum, although walkers are encouraged to raise as much as possible to benefit Project Bread.  For those that do expect to raise a generous amount of donations, you can sign up to be a Heart and Sole Participant, which means you pledge to raise atleast $500.   The money raised by these walkers is used for hunger relief and prevention, and is distributed through 450 emergency programs, schools, farmers’ markets, community health centers, community suppers, home care organizations, and many other programs benefitting the residents of Massachusetts.

In just the last year, Project Bread provided 65.2 million meals to those in need, and many of those meals were able to be distributed because of the Walk for Hunger!   What are you waiting for?  Sign up today and help take a step towards ending hunger in the Bay State!  If you would like to submit a donation online, you can do so here.

Photo By: Rusty Clark

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