August Social-lite Guide

 

There are plenty of opportunities to lend a hand to great charities in August.

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By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Celebs Tend Bar for JDRF Ride
On Thursday, August, 12, head to City Oyster & Sushi Bar (213 Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach), where celebrities including Olympic Medalist Dara Torres, LPGA Golfer Kurt Bagwell and local philanthropists will tend bar and serve guests their favorite cocktails at a fundraiser for Palm Beach County JDRF Ride to Cure cyclists – who will cycle 72 miles around Lake Tahoe in September to raise money for Type I Diabetes research. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres will be provided by City Oyster & Sushi Bar and all tips will be donated to JDRF. There will also be a raffle with great prizes. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30.  Call 561-686-7701 for information or click here.

Oil Spill Relief Effort
On the heels of the recent government statement that the oil spill crisis is "turning a corner," JB Kitchen & Bar announces a new way to keep the momentum going. The restaurant, alongside the accredited National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and a team of young professionals, is inviting South Florida residents to a charitable happy hour event on Thursday, August 12 from 6-9pm featuring music by popular local fixture DJ Ethics. JB Kitchen & Bar will donate a percentage of the proceeds from drink sales and a select menu of appetizers towards funding the rehabilitation of wildlife and the environmental cleanup of the affected area. There will be additional donation opportunities at the venue, as well as information on how to further get involved with the NWF. For reservations, please call 305-415-0071 or visit www.jbkitchenandbar.com for more information.

Get a Haircut to help the Gold-Diggers

Camelot Salon & Spa is sponsoring The Gold-Diggers, Inc.’s Third Annual Cut-A-Thon charity event on Sunday, August 15, from noon to 4 p.m. for a salon experience like no other, all in the name of charity.  Guests at the salon can receive a haircut for $20, nail polish change for $5 and/or a relaxing chair massage for $10.  Gourmet “couture” will be served from Cupcakes Nouveau and Giardino Gourmet Salads; fitness tips from Gables Fitness. The Gold-Diggers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, now in its 33rd year, and has raised over one million dollars for its beneficiaries, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida and The Food for Life Network.  The Gold-Diggers, Inc. is made up of 40 women from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties who raise money for these charities through fall fundraisers and their annual spring musical revue.  Visit www.gold-diggers.org for more information or www.camelotspa.com.

Help the Women in Distress
Join the Women in Distress Auxiliary on Thursday, August 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Wine & Cheese Night at the 7th Street Wine Company (701 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale). You are invited to bring a friend, meet new people and join together at the volunteer group’s annual summer membership drive at the wine bar. The entrance fee of $25 includes two glasses of wine and delicious appetizers. Women in Distress Auxiliary is constantly looking for new members (both men and women) to help support Women In Distress, the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County.  To RSVP or for more information, contact WIDA Treasurer Elizabeth Lebrecht at 954-547-4307 or elebrecht@gmail.com.

Small Miracles in Miami
Join the Easter Seals of South Florida for a free luncheon and fundraiser on August 26, at the Bank United Center at the University of Miami. The event starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Hurricane 100 room and ends at 12:30 p.m.  One of the main objectives is to inform and educate guests on all of the “miracles” the Easter Seals South Florida provides for the children and adults in the surrounding communities.   For more information, call:  Paula Mejia 305.547.4713 or Marilyn March 305.547.4758 or click here.

Zoo Miami Needs You!
Zoo Miami (formerly known as Miami Metro Zoo) needs your votes to win a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to purchase a large-scale accelerated composter that will allow them to recycle herbivore waste and landscape debris and turn it into a fertilizer.  This will reduce the zoo’s environmental impact and expenses by lessening the use of commercial fertilizers, mulch, landfill space and by reducing disposal quantities.  The Pepsi Refresh Project is a program that provides grants each month to projects that benefit others in a neighborhood, city or on a national level.  Projects are voted on by the public and the ideas with the most votes receive the grant. Voting runs through August 31, so vote once a day (and tell everyone you know) to help make this happen.  Go to this link  and click: “vote for this idea.”

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