Save the date: March 28

March 28, 2014 


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Phi Beta Psi Sorority "Auction for a Cure": If you can bake, sew it, make it, grow it, bring in your creation and join the bidding fun to raise money for cancer research at Phi Beta Psi Sorority's "Auction for a Cure" beginning with a preview 6-6:45 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. March 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cash or check only. There will be door prizes. Refreshments will be served. Information: 941-795-7123.

Pique Nique sur la Baie and fashion show: New College of Florida will host its yearly fundraiser "Pique Nique sur la Baie," and a fashion show 11 a.m. April 2 at New College Bayfront, Sarasota, featuring a fashion show by The Met and a live auction. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit the Jane Bancroft Cook Library and New College. Information: 941-487-4800 or

Girls Inc. 26th annual Celebration Luncheon: The Girls Inc. 26th annual Celebration Luncheon will be 10:30 a.m. April 3 at the Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, celebrating "Girl of the Year" and honoring various outstanding individuals for their contributions to the community and their superlative personal and professional achievements. Tickets: $85. Proceeds will benefit Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County. Information: 941-366-6646 ext. 211 or

Annual Family Fun Walk and Fun Festival: Help raise awareness and funds for homeless children and participate in Turning Points' "Walk A Mile In Their Shoes," a one mile beach walk 5:30 p.m. April 5 at Coquina Beach, Bradenton, followed by fun activities for families including an exciting sand castle competition, bounce house, face painting, great food and music. Registration is at 4 p.m. Cost: $20 adults, $10 students, a family $45, and large groups of up to 12 people is $200. Proceeds will benefit Turning Points. Information: 941-747-1509 or

Inaugural Lupus Quarter Auction "Walk to end Lupus": The Velvet Manna Victors will host their inaugural Lupus Quarter Auction "Walk to end Lupus" 6 p.m. April 5 at West Manatee Fire Station 3, 205 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. Bring rolls of quarters to bid for the auction and for prize drawings. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple. Food will be available for purchase. BYOB. Ice, water and soda provided. Auction paddles are $5 each. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America. Information: 941-730-6612 or

Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter's "Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon": Giving Matters, an initiative of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter will host its annual "Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon" 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 8 at Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. The event will feature keynote speaker Jaimie Mayer Phinney. Tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit charities in the Sarasota Manatee community. Information: 941-921-5410.

Evening of Hope: The Salvation Army of Manatee County will host its "Evening of Hope" dinner 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 10 at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Special guest Nik Wallenda will share insights on his amazing career, his faith, family and how he balances it all. There will be live entertainment and a dynamic "Mocktail" hour. Tickets: $100. All proceeds from the event will benefit the homeless prevention services provided by The Salvation Army, Manatee County. Business attire is requested. Information: 941-748-5110 or

Eighth annual Gulf Shore Animal League Scavenger Hunt: Organize a team of up to five people and participate in the eighth annual Gulf Shore Animal League's Scavenger Hunt 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 beginning and ending at Palma Sola Park Pavilion, 7815 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. The day will feature a Gulf Shore Animal League Olympics and other fun park activities and many competitions including Kitty Kat Karaoke, Most Creative Costumes, and Best Team Spirit. Registration is $75 per team, and will be $90 after March 28. Lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit Gulf Shore Animal League. Information and registration: 941-747-2284 or

The 21st annual Tropical Nights celebration: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will host its 21st annual Tropical Nights celebration 6-11 p.m. April 12 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The "Vegas Lights" themed event will feature elaborate food displays, specialty drinks, live entertainments, casino-style games, interactive photo shoots, a "Chill Lounge" tribute to the posh Las Vegas nightclub scene, a silent auction and prize drawings. Tickets: $150. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. Information: 941-749-0100 or

Sweet and Salty Ice Cream Social: The Florida Maritime Museum will host a family-friendly fundraiser featuring a Tyler's Ice Cream sunday bar 2-5 p.m. April 12 at 4415 119th St. W., Bradenton. There will be live music by Bill Vinhage, an artsy photo booth, unlimited popcorn, nautical twister and lots of other fun activities for all to enjoy. Tickets: $20-$25 adults, $12-$15 children, All tickets include a gift bag. Tickets purchased before April 5 will include a premium gift bag. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Maritime Museum. Information: 941-708-6120 or

"An Island Affaire -- Just Another Day in Paradise": The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host its annual fundraiser "An Island Affaire -- Just Another Day in Paradise," beginning with a pre-affaire VIP party at 5 p.m. followed by a champagne reception and dinner at 6 p.m. April 12 at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. There will be live and silent auctions, open bar and live music by 1980's recording artist Bertie Higgins. Tickets: $175, VIP tickets are $250. Information; 941-778-1908, ext. 9203 or

Pinwheel 5K Run: The traditional Elite Fitness Challenge 5K Pinwheel Run will begin with registration 7 a.m. followed by the 8:30 a.m. Kids Dashes, 8:45 a.m. Kids Fitness Challenge, the 9:30 a.m. 5K Pinwheel Run, the 9:35 a.m. One-mile Fitness Run/Walk and the 10 a.m. 5K Elite Fitness Challenge at Nathan Benderson Park at 2500 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. The event will culminate in an after-party with refreshments, food and beverages. Registration: $10-$55. Proceeds will benefit the Family Partnership Center. Information: 941-358-5100 or

Arts Brunch and Fashion Show: Village of the Arts will host its annual Arts Brunch and Fashion Show 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 19 on the patio of Restaurante Ortygia, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature a brunch, exciting fashions, an art exhibit, music, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets: $35. Proceeds will benefit the Artists Guild of Manatee Inc. Reservations: 941-302-1069.

"Pines Run to Remember" 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk: Pines of Sarasota will be hosting a 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk "Pines to Remember" beginning with registration at 6:30 a.m. followed by the run/walk at 7:30 a.m. April 26 at Ca' d'Zan, Ringling Museum of art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Registration: $10-$25. Proceeds will benefit Pines of Sarasota residents with Alzheimer and its Education Institute. Information: 941-356-0901 or

Third annual Barefoot Sunday: Leave your shoes for a needy soul and be a part of doing a great good for an effort to provide shoes, sandals, work boots, children's shoes, new or gently worn to any of the three services 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. April 27 at Christ Episcopal Church's third annual Barefoot Sunday at 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The shoes will be donated to various local charities in Manatee County. Information: 941-747-3904.

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