6/15/2012 - Asheville-area benefits and fundraisers set for coming weeks
by Asheville Citizen Times
Run to boost Big Brothers, Sisters
SWANNANOA - The fourth annual Blue Ridge Foot Center's Run For Kids' Sake 5K, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the campus of Warren Wilson College.
Registration and information are available online at www.bbbswnc.org/ events and www.active. com or by calling 253-1470.
Motorcycle Cruis'in set for Saturday
HENDERSONVILLE - Once Upon A Sign is sponsoring the fifth annual Main Street Motorcycle Cruis'in 6-9 p.m. Saturday along Main Street. Sound Extreme will perform; proceeds go toward autism awareness, including the St. Gerard House.
Event includes a motorcycle show with trophies, shopping discounts and more. To learn more, call Harley at 606-1962.
Father's Fest celebrates families
ASHEVILLE - Asheville Father's Fest will be noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, benefiting Mission Hospital Foundation. See story in Take 5.
Tickets are $20 per family. Call 298-4789 or visit www.ashevillefathersday. com or purchase tickets at the brewery.
Love Me Tea to benefit New Hopes
ASHEVILLE - New Hopes, New Beginning is hosting its second annual Love Me Tea 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Courtyard at Pack Place.
The afternoon will include a children's fashion show, hors d'oeurves, craft for children and a raffle and silent auction. Survivors of domestic violence will speak.
Admission is $10; free for children. To learn more, contact Susan Ledwell-Lytle at 277-3812 or visit www.newhopesnewbegin nings.com.
New Hopes is a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating domestic violence.
Raffle to benefit DisAbility Partners
ASHEVILLE - DisAbility Partners Center for Independent Living is raffling off two tickets to the June 24 concert in C harlotte featuring Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Grace Potter and Jake Owen. Ticket buyers will also be eligible for a drawing for a Kenny Chesney guitar.
Tickets are $2, three for $5, and are available at www.disabilitypartners.org. The drawing will be Monday.
To learn more, contact 298-1977, 631-1167, 321-2494 or ticketsales@disability partners.org.
Greenlife raises funds for WNCAP
ASHEVILLE - Greenlife Grocery, 70 Merrimon Ave., will donate 5 percent of sales to the Western North Carolina AIDS Project all day Thursday.
WNCAP executive director Jeff Bachar -- as well as WNCAP volunteers Laurey Masterton, Harry Brown, David Gantt, David Bailey and others -- will be bagging groceries at the store 4-7 p.m.
To learn more, visit www.wncap.org.
Fun run to aid mother with cancer
BLACK MOUNTAIN - The Run for Melanie, a 5K run or walk set for 8:15 a.m. June 23 at Lake Tomahawk, will provide some support for Melanie Christian, a mother of two diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in September.
The fee of $25 will help pay Christian's mounting medical bills and support her daughters, Cade and Cole. Learn more at www.RunForMelanie.com.
Register for the race online at www.imathlete.com/events/runfor melanie.
Balsam Range to play for ECO
HENDERSONVILLE - As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Environmental & Conservation Organization will hold a special concert featuring Balsam Range and other acts on at 7:30 pm June 23 at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College.
Also scheduled to perform are Americana star Laura Boosinger and Henderson County's own The Atomic Sisterhood.
Tickets are $20-$25. Visit www.eco-wnc.org or call 692-0385.
Putt for Mutts planned for June 22
ASHEVILLE - Animal Compassion Network's second annual Putt for Mutts charity golf tournament tees off at 1 p.m. June 22 at Broadmoor Golf Links. Registration is at 12:30 p.m.
Fee is $85 a player or $320 a foursome, including cart, lunch, beer, soft drinks and water, Hole-In-One Contest (prize: a Prestige Subaru Outback), three Closest-to-Pin Contests and other prizes.
Register online at www.animalcompassionnetwork.org or stop by the Pet Harmony adoption center, 803 Fairview St.
Project Runway event to benefit JCC
ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Jewish Community Center is hosting a Project Runway event 10 a.m.-noon June 24 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave.
The event will feature music and fashions from Asheville's creative community, as well as breakfast.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is assisting with the event and welcomes donations of pet food and pet toys.
Admission is $18; tickets available at the Fine Arts or the JCC, 236 Charlotte St., or online at http://su.pr/ 2WRTVk.
Pink on the Links scheduled June 26
BLACK MOUNTAIN - A women's golf tournament, Pink on the Links, will be tee off at 9 a.m. June 26 at Black Mountain Golf Course to benefit the nonprofit Beauty Through Cancer.
Fee is $60, including cart, lunch and gift bag. To register, contact Maggie Tuttle at 669-9328 or email:tuttmags2@bell south.net.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.; player form teams of four. Raffle tickets $2 or three for $5. Mulligans two for $3. Learn more at www. beautythroughcancer.org.
'I See' event for eye surgery
WEAVERVILLE - The Vanishing Wheelchair, a nonprofit that assists the disabled, will sponsor a fundraiser for Dottie Ray's eye surgery, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 30 at 35 Hillside Community Center.
The "I See" event will feature magic shows, singing, a cakewalk, lunch and dinner, and other surprises throughout the day.
Donations for all events will be graciously accepted.
Ray, 43, has been instrumental in helping Vanishing Wheelchair to establish a writers group. She lost the vision in one eye at age 12 due to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
To learn more, visit www.VanishingWheel chair.org.