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Charitable Events

Date Event Description Time / Location

Road to Self-Sufficiency

Enjoy your summer by helping homeless families and adults back on the road to self-sufficiency. The Illumination Foundation is currently seeking compassionate and energetic individuals to volunteer with our interdisciplinary services to help break or prevent the cycle of homelessness during the summer and through the year. Below you will find a list of the volunteer opportunities available, including Meal Service Volunteers; Housing Volunteers; Medical Coordinator Volunteers; Administrative Volunteers and more. Call 949-544-0389, or visit

INFO Various time slots, Various locations in North Orange County

Band Available!

The Mathis Band, formerly Gary Mathis, is available to play select charity events. None or minimal compensation. Call 951-355-8335 or visit  

INFO Upon consideration, Orange County

Canstruction OC

Friday night, 19 local architectural, engineering, planning, and design teams will gather at South Coast Plaza for the annual Canstruction design-build competition, in partnership with the South Coast Plaza, OC Food Bank, and the Festival of Children. Teams have12hours to create phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food, all of which is donated to the OC Food Bank at the completion of the exhibition. Call 714-897-6670, ext. 5314, or visit

INFO Build kickoff is at 10p.m. Aug. 29., structures are available to public 10 a.m. on Aug. 30, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 92626)

GO Purple OC

During the week of Sept.15, the Alzheimer’s Association will GO Purple OC and feature the color purple on Orange County’s well-known landmarks, city halls, retail shopping centers and more to increase awareness and inspire action. GO Purple OC is an Alzheimer’s Association initiative to rally the community to spread the word and encourage registration for one of the four Orange County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Call 949-955-9000, or visit

INFO All day, All over Orange County

Ani Keropian for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Join us for a Fundraising Piano Recital for St. Jude Hospital. The program includes Brahms, Liszt, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Gelalian. Call 949-878-7179, or visit

INFO 5 p.m., Winifred Smith Hall UCI Campus, Building #710, Irvine

Toast the Coast

Toast the Coast is Orange County Coastkeeper’s annual event to raise awareness and funds for the organization’s mission and to recognize the community leaders and volunteers who have made meaningful contributions to clean water throughout the region. Guests will enjoy wine, heavy appetizers, and silent and live auctions against the stunning backdrop of Newport Coast. Proceeds will benefit Coastkeeper's diverse slate of environmental education, advocacy, research, and restoration programs. Call 714-850-1965, or visit

INFO 6 to 9 p.m., The Resort at Pelican Hill

Gatsby's Black and White Soiree

Calling all Dapper Dans and Debs! Join us at Jay Gatsby’s opulent digs in West Egg, Fullerton, for a soirée fit for a king … or bootlegger. The cream of New York society celebrates Gatsby’s wealth in true sexy and sinful Jazz Age Style! Live vaudeville, fancy food, dancing and fine spirits! Be hip to the jive in your best black-and-white glad rags! Bid for flights in a biplane, weekends away in a mountain cabin, and participate in opportunity drawings to support our children's programming. Call 714-738-6595, or visit

INFO 6:30 p.m., Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Living Success Center 20th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

Living Success Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting a gala fundraiser. We provide low/no cost counseling services to the residents of Orange County. The fundraiser will assist the center in meeting its operating costs as fees from clients cover approximately 50 percent of the cost to operate the center. Marianna Thomas, the founder of Living Success Center is a Marriage and Family therapist and supervisor to the many interns in training at Living Success Center. Call 714-732-9090, or visit

INFO 6:30 to 11p.m., Harborside Pavilion Grand Ballroom, Newport Beach

Fifth Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala

This year marks the Fifth Anniversary of Irvine Public School Foundation's Spirit of Excellence Gala, honoring distinguished alumni of the Irvine Unified School District. This event brings together business, civic and community leaders as well as Irvine residents who support IPSF’s mission of a world class education for each Irvine student. The evening includes red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, entertainment and fine dining. Call 949-265-6412, or visit

INFO 5:30 p.m., KIA Motors Headquarters

Crystal Cove Alliance's 12th annual “Back to the Beach” Gala

The Resort at Pelican Hill presents Crystal Cove Alliance’s (CCA) 12th annual gala “Back to the Beach.” Just steps away from the shore, in the Historic District of Crystal Cove, guests will experience a three-course gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, live music and the perfect ambiance to dance the night away under the stars. The signature event raises critical funds for CCA’s mission of restoration, education and conservation. Individual tickets for the beachside soiree are $375. Call 714-426-0444, or visit

INFO 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Historic District of Crystal Cove

12th Annual Toast To the Casa: Spanish Splendor

Join honorary guest Consul General of Spain Javier Vallure for the 12th Annual Toast to the Casa: Spanish Splendor fundraiser among vibrant, deep red roses, lush decor, fine food and wines, premiere entertainment and a live and silent auction. Come experience more than 30 of the best restaurants and vineyards of San Clemente. Featured entertainment includes: Jim Munoz Latin Jazz Band, Oksana Dmytrenko from "Dancing with the Stars" and Jonathan Platero, from "So You Think You Can Dance?"  Add an amazing a Fire Spinning Show by El Fuego De La Vida, plus decorated Spanish Burros and a Petting Zoo. Call 949-498-2139, or visit

INFO 5:30 to 10 p.m., Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, Can Clemente

Project Independence Walk for Independence & Health Fair

With Project Independence's agency-wide focus on health and fitness, we are excited to host our "Fifth & Finest" Walk for Independence that will benefit adults with disabilities all over Orange County. In honor of this milestone year we have dreams of expanding this year’s Walk with more exhibitors, increased community participation, new sponsors, and a $35,000-fundraising goal! However you choose to get involved, it will impact the lives of the people we serve, and for that we are grateful! Call 714-549-3464, or visit

INFO 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa

We Care Because You Cared

CarePossible makes care possible for those in need of mental health or addiction treatment, but cannot afford it. This event will raise funds for military and their families to receive free, confidential counseling and therapy for issues such as depression, anxiety, and more. Currently, there are 22 military suicides per day and 300,000 Iraq/Afghan vets with PTSD, so we are raising awareness as well as funds for care. This will be a gourmet, catered affair with Sen. Mimi Walters as guest speaker. Call 949 415-4911, or visit

INFO 6 to 9 p.m., Chuck Jones Center by 24 Carrots, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Susan G. Komen Orange County’s 23rd Race for the Cure

Whether you have personally been affected by breast cancer and are a survivor, know someone who has been touched by it, or you simply share our vision of a world without breast cancer, join us as we Race for IMPACT, Race for BREAKTHROUGHS and Race for FUTURES at the The Susan G. Komen Orange County 23rd annual Race for the Cure. After May 31, the price will increase to $35. Call 714-426-0444, or visit

INFO Complimentary Breakfast 6:30-8:30 a.m, races begin at 7:15 a.m., Fashion Island, Newport Beach

2014 Marine Mammal Gala

The Marine Mammal Gala will be held outside under the stars at The Ranch, a beautiful hidden gem in Laguna Beach. The magic ingredients for this wonderful evening are an elegant sit-down dinner, fine wine, an opportunity drawing for a one-year loan of a Kia Optima Hybrid, fabulous entertainment and many unique pieces of art for the auctions created by local artists just for the event! Call 949-494-3050, or visit

INFO 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Mosaic Vision Ministries Charity Golf Event

In the past decade, more than two million Ugandans have died from Aids. Because of this, approximately 1.8 million Ugandan children are orphans today. Mosaic Vision has been called to help these children. Our event is to raise funds for the supplements these double orphans need for the Aids Medicine to work. Mosaic has helped more than 300 children by sponsorship and they have received care for their physical emotional and spiritual needs. Call 714-921-8183, or visit

INFO 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12442 Tustin Ranch Rd. Tustin Ca 92782

Mission Hospital Wall of Honor

Throughout the month of October, Valiant Women will host the Breast Health Wall of Honor to create awareness for the importance of mammograms and raise funds to support diagnostic care and treatment for breast cancer. This event encourages community members to honor breast cancer patients and survivors through a beautiful collection of tributes on the Wall of Honor, located in Center Court at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Call 949-365-2238, or visit

INFO Daily during mall hours, The Shops at Mission Viejo

Purpose Launch Party

International Sanctuary empowers people rescued from trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth. This event is completely free, so bring a friend! Come celebrate the launch of iSanctuary’s new brand! A night of live music, drinks, fun and festivities. Call 510-429-0142, or visit,

INFO 7 to 9 p.m., Anaheim House of Blues // 1540 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim 92802

Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards

The Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards is the signature fundraising event for Marshall B. Ketchum University of Fullerton, home of the Southern California College of Optometry and the new School of Physician Assistant Studies, with the first class beginning in 2014. “Sharing Vision—Changing Lives,” is the program focus of this year’s Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards which seeks to have all children in O.C. vision-ready for school through MBKU’s children’s vision programs, which include the Eye Force One mobile van and events. Call 818-509-9275, or visit

INFO 5:30 p.m., Richard Nixon Presidential Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., in Yorba Linda, CA.

15th Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer

Mix, mingle, and celebrate the Collective Impact of the real estate community's efforts in partnership with United Way at the15th Annual Real Estate and Building Industry Mixer. This October, be a force for change and unite to strengthen Orange County at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Call 949.263.6132, or visit

INFO 5 p.m., Balboa Bay Club & Resort

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Provides Education to Families

The alarming increase in the rate of children affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder has prompted Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) to bring together parents and professionals from around the world to discuss current research, therapeutic and treatment options for their patients and children at the TACA Real Help Now (RHN) West Coast Medical Conference. Call 714-655-6493, or visit

INFO 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Orange County Hilton

Forever Footprints 5K

The inaugural Forever Footprints 5K Run takes place on October 4th, 2014, the morning of and prior to our OC Walk to Remember, memorial services and 5K walk. The 5K run will create Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness and offers another avenue for families to Run in Remembrance of their baby or babies. Race benefits hospitals, support groups and other organizations helping families who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy. Call 949 975-1812, or visit

INFO 6 a.m. to noon, The District at Tustin Legacy, 2437 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782

2014 OC Walk to Remember 5K Walk Event

The 10th Annual OC 5K Walk to Remember will take place  at The District in Tustin, CAWe encourage parents to invite their loved ones and friends to join them as they walk in remembrance of their child or children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, etc. The walk is preceded by a memorial service, where each baby's name is read. The memorial service is not just a remembrance but a celebration of each life, no matter how long or short. Call 657-212-6500, or visit

INFO 7 a.m., The District at Tustin Legacy

Great Gatsby Gala

This is the fourth annual fundraising gala for the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. Call 714-554-2711, or visit

INFO 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fox Pointe Manor - Anaheim Hills

Second Annual Newport El Classic Car Show

The event is held at Newport Elementary School, a historic 100-year-old school located on the beautiful Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. This is a chance to showcase your car in one of the best settings on the West Coast while supporting a good cause. All proceeds benefit the students of Newport Elementary School. Featuring LA Kiss Girls, Buddy Rice INDY 500 Winner and Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and his Trophy Truck. Complimentary admission for spectators. Come see amazing cars at the beach! Call 858-997-5098, or visit


INFO 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1327 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach 92661

Casino for Canines

Animal Donation Advocate will host its inaugural fundraising event, Casino for Canines. All proceeds will benefit the Santa Ana-based non-profit Animal Donation Advocate, Inc. which partners with a variety of animal advocacy groups to provide veterinary care and low-cost spay and neutering programs to low income families.The afternoon fundraiser includes casino games (poker, blackjack, craps and roulette), live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings, entertainment and appetizers. Call 949-521-4962, or visit

INFO 1 p.m., Irvine Hilton Hotel (OC Airport)

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Visit the top restaurants of Orange County in one night at the epicurean event of the year when more than one dozen restaurants and California vintners come together for an incredible evening benefiting the March of Dimes. Guests will enjoy culinary tasting masterpieces prepared by participating chefs, dessert tasting, and a live and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind travel and dining packages. Call 949-263-1100, or visit

INFO 5 to 8 p.m., The Westin South Coast Plaza

Smart Women’s Fashion for Breakfast with Kelly Lam

Kelly Lam is a wellness expert who will give a talk on motivating and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. A hot breakfast is included in this event. Call 714-210-2460, or visit  

INFO 8 to 9:30 a.m., The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92660

Step Out to Stop Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association invites you to walk for a cure! Step Out with us through the park grounds of Knott's Berry Farm! All are invited to join our annual fundraising walk. Rest stops and fun surprises are located throughout the route. As walkers arrive at the finish line, they are greeted with a hero's welcome followed by food, live entertainment, kid's costume contest, FREE health screenings, and other fun activities! Call714-662-7940, or to register, visit

INFO 7:45 to 10 a.m., Knott's Berry Farm

Celebrity Walk ‘n’ Roll for FSH Muscular Dystrophy

The annual Celebrity Walk ‘n’ Roll for FSH Muscular Dystrophy, which is being held in Irvine’s Heritage Park aims to raise awareness and funds for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSH MD). The event will feature up to 20 Hollywood celebrities, local Olympic gold medalists and more than 250 event participants. The day will also include lively activities, silent auction, food and music. Call 713-480-9566, or visit

INFO 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Heritage Park, 14341 Yale Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

NAWBO-OC 19th Annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala

The National Association of Women Business Owners Orange County (NAWBO-OC), a premier organization for Orange County women business owners will honor three remarkable women who have demonstrated success, leadership and passion in their chosen fields. Call 949-631-2333, or visit

INFO 5 to 10 p.m., Irvine Marriott

Human Options Fall Fundraiser

Award winning author Rosalind Wiseman will be the key note speaker at Human Options annual fall fundraising luncheon at The Westin South Coast Plaza. Held during October Domestic Violence Awareness month, a primary focus is to help boys navigate their way to becoming healthy responsible young men. All proceeds will support Human Options’ mission of working with the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Rosalind Wiseman is the author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes." Call 949-521- 4962, or visit

INFO 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel

Evening of Wishes

The annual gala to benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire will be a magical night of surprises, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Sponsorships are now available, table sales available on Aug. 1, and individual ticket sales start Sept 1 if available. Cocktail attire, black tie optional. Tickets are non-refundable. Call 714-573-9474, or visit

INFO 6:30 ;.m., Balboa Bay Resort

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts Presents Avenue Q

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts presents "Avenue Q " (School Edition) as our first musical of the season -  which premieres Oct. 17 through  Oct. 19, and will repeat the next weekend, Oct. 24 to Oct. 26. Enjoy this show in the historic auditorium on the Huntington Beach High School campus. Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Purchase online at Tickets will also be available two hours before show time. Call 714-536-2514, ext. 4025.

INFO 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, Historic Auditorium at Huntington Beach High School

Home Tour Past and Present For CHOC Children's Hospital

Don't miss the Littlest Angel Guild of CHOC Children's 37th annual Home Tour event. This is a special year for Home Tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of CHOC Children's in Yorba Linda. The Home Tour is a self-guided four-home tour.  Tickets are $45 advance purchase and $50 the day of the event. Locations of the homes will be provided with Ticket Purchase.  All proceeds to support CHOC Children's. Call Call 714-264-4178, or visit, or to purchase tickets visit


INFO 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yorba Linda

The Joyful Feast

Join us at the beautiful Fairmont Newport Beach for a fantastic dinner, dancing, a wonderful silent and live auction, and joy for all in celebration of protecting and empowering children and families to be brave and safe. Too many children are victims of violence, exploitation, trafficking, and abduction. We are here to stop it. In memory of Samantha Runnion and in honor of all child victims, join us and be a part of the solution. Together, we can stop crimes against children. Be brave. Call 714-642-3301, or visit

INFO 6 to 10 p.m., The Fairmont, 4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach 92660

25th Annual High Tea & Fashion Show

The Orange County Ronald McDonald House is celebrating 25 years! Join us for our 25th Annual High Tea & Fashion Show at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Since opening our doors in 1989, staff and volunteers have embraced thousands of families who have children being treated for serious illnesses in area hospitals. Our goal from the beginning has remained constant—to provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. Call 714-516-3669, or visit


INFO 1 p.m., Balboa Bay Resort

I Survived Real Estate

The Norris Group’s award-winning I Survived Real Estate event returns to the Nixon Library. Join leaders from the real estate industry, and learn about on-going industry regulations, upcoming legislation, bailouts, imminent domain, and opportunities for real estate professionals. This black-tie gala, dinner and panel event will benefit our local chapter and other children’s charities. Call 714-573-9474 or visit


INFO 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., The Richard Nixon Library

Project Cuddle's Spooktacular Costume Event

Help Project Cuddle save more babies! Our Spooktacular Costume Party will be on  at a mystery location in Peralta Hills (an exclusive area in Anaheim Hills). There will be a costume contest, silent auction, entertainment, and delicious food. The entertainment is provided by Val Martinez, the director and star of "Walk Like A Man" who toured with Frankie Valli for 4 years. Seats are limited! You don't want to miss all the SPOOKTACULAR fun! Call 714-837-6490, or visit

INFO 5 to 11 p.m., Mystery Private Manor in Peralta Hills, CA

Orange County Ride for AIDS

The Orange County Ride for AIDS 5 is Orange County's most supported and enjoyable charity ride event! There are three routes to choose from: The Taste of OCRA 30-Mile Route, Metric Century 62-Mile Route and Century 100-Mile Route. OCRA includes an inspiring opening ceremony, delicious breakfast, pit-stops and technical support on the routes. Support vehicles and sweeps will ensure everyone is safe, and no one gets left behind. Additionally, enjoy a delicious lunch, ORCA cupcakes, massage stations and Post Ride Festival. Call 949-809-5750, or visit

INFO 7 a.m.: Century and Metric Century Ride routes open; 11a.m.: Taste of OCRA Ride route opens, The William R. Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612.

Tour de Cure

The American Diabetes Association invites you to come out and ride for a cure! The ADA is hosting their annual Tour de Cure cycling event in Rancho Santa Margarita with mountain courses, road rides, and a kid's zone on site. This is an event that everyone can enjoy! Call 714-662-7940, or build your team and register today at

INFO 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rancho Santa Margarita

Second Annual Rise for a Cure

Welcome to our Second Annual Rise for a Cure: The Gary Schmidt Memorial Walk, Run, Ride to End Lung Cancer. Walk. Run. Ride. Donate. Volunteer. We need YOU! Our goal is to raise at least $50,000 for lung cancer research. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States, surpassing even breast cancer, and yet it's still severely underfunded. Help us raise awareness and donations to end this deadly disease! All donations go to Lung Cancer Research! Call 949-244-3745, or visit or


INFO 10 a.m.-check-in; 11a.m.-5K walk/run and 25K bike ride, Yorba Regional Park 7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim 92807

Halloween Terrifying 10-Miler, Spooky 5K & 10K, Super Hero Kids Run

Throughout the Halloween Terrifying 10-Miler, Spooky 5K & 10K & Super Hero Kids Run, participants will have amazing views of wilderness areas, beach and, of course spooks, ghosts and goblins along the course. This event benefits WeROCK (We Run Orange County’s Kids), a non-profit organization that provides after-school intervention programs for the Middle and High School students of Orange County. Call 949-975-1812, or to find out more about WeROCK or to join, visit


INFO 6:30 a.m. registration, Salt Creek Park, 33333 S. Pacific Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

Halloween Bash

Centinela and Animal Amour Pet Sitter University are sponsoring a Halloween Bash for everyone to attend. Photo booth with a FurrTographer and a Costume Contest, Food, Prizes and lots of Howling Fun! Charity has not been chosen to date. Call 714-749-4647, or visit

INFO 3:13 p.m., Centinela Pet Supplies

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Whether you're walking for friends, family, a person living with Alzheimer's, or to fight the nation's sixth-leading cause of death, we all have a reason to walk. Join the Walk to End Alzheimer's as we reclaim the future for millions. Call 949-955-9000, or visit

INFO 7 a.m., Huntington Beach

Great Gatsby Gala - Dinner - Auction - Concert

Join us for the fourth annual fundraiser dinner and concert benefiting the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. Call 714-554-2711, or visit

INFO 5 p.m. VIP reception, 6 p.m. General Admission, Fox Pointe Manor - Anaheim

Dino Dash Bike Tour

The 50k (32.5 miles) metric half-century ride will take you on a tour of picturesque Santiago Canyon from the City of Orange side to Foothill Ranch. Riders will skirt the old El Toro Marine Base and Great Park before returning to The Market Place in Tustin. There is 2,154 feet of elevation gain over the course. A flat, short route of 15K is available for those who want a more leisurely ride. This is a tour, not a race. Call 949-975-1812, or visit

INFO 6:15 a.m., The Market Place - Tustin 92782

Dino Dash 10K, 5K, 2K Kids Fun Run

Run, walk and ride for education! 10K, 5K and 2K runs and 50K/15K bike tour. The Dino Dash is our biggest event—and biggest fundraiser—of the year, bringing together 10,000 people of all ages for a jam-packed morning of fitness and fun. Together, we raise thousands of dollars to benefit TUSD schools in Irvine, Santa Ana, North Tustin and Tustin. Register Now! Call 949-975-1812, or visit

INFO 6:15 a.m., The Market Place - Tustin, El Camino Real and West Street, Tustin, CA 92782

Zocalo Fiesta

Zocalo Fiesta, the Delhi Center’s annual fundraising event, is a colorful, fun-filled evening of mariachi music, authentic Latin food, games and more. “Zócalo,” in many Latin American countries, is the town square, a place where people gather and socialize. Call 949-514-1176, or visit

INFO 6 to 10 p.m., Delhi Center, 505 E. Central Ave., Santa Ana

24th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner

The Share Our Selves (SOS) Celebrity Chef Dinner is a five-course gourmet dinner and hors d’oeuvres prepared by a group of Orange County's finest chefs. Each course is paired with a fine wine. Guests participate in an opportunity drawing, silent auction and live auction. The event nets approximately $160,000 which supports the SOS Food Pantry. Call 949-270-2134, or visit 

INFO 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

2014 Celebrate Leadership

Join us for the 2014 Celebrate Leadership gala, and enjoy an evening of dining, bidding and connecting with Orange County leaders in support of Girl Scouts, the nation’s premier leadership development program for girls at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Celebrate Leadership raises vitally important philanthropic funding to more than 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts. For sponsorship opportunities or tickets, contact Melissa Walker at 949-461-8838, e-mail, or visit


INFO 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. Sundayy only, Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Rescue Me 5K-9

Join fellow racers and their pets for the best 5K on four legs – the Rescue Me 5K-9! Not only will you be sharing the route with fellow pet-lovers and their canine companions, you’ll be helping animals in need with portions of the proceeds going to local area animal shelters, adoption centers and rescue groups. Includes a Puppy Dash for kids 8 and under!  Call 949-855-8822, or visit

INFO 8 a.m., Mike Ward Community Park, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 92620

2014 Hike for the Cure

The 2014 Hike for the Cure returns for its third year to raise awareness and funding for women's cancer research. The approximately 4-mile, round trip hike is open to the public. Participants may hike the marked trail at their comfort level. Donations are welcomed online or on the day of the event but not required to join. All proceeds benefit the Nancy Yeary Women’s Cancer Research Foundation. Call 949-933-6279, or visit

INFO 8:30 a.m., Alta Laguna Park, Laguna Beach

It’s Time to Bet Big at TACA’s Eighth Annual Ante Up For Autism Event

The Eighth Annual Ante Up For Autism is back and better than ever. This premier Gala and Casino Night will benefit Talk About Curing Autism. Special celebrities, sport stars and autism supporters will help raise money for the autism cause. Located at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, the event will offer a VIP red carpet entrance, cocktails on the resort lawn, tournament poker, live and silent auctions and tips from poker stars. Call 714-655-6493, or visit

INFO 5 p.m., 1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point 92629

Goodwill 90th Anniversary Gala

The Beach Boys are surfin' into OC to help celebrate Goodwill of Orange County’s 90th anniversary. With actor John Stamos as guest drummer, the legendary rock band will perform a full-length set at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point. Tickets are available at $300 per seat, and will go toward raising funds to help families living with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Call 949-200-6108, or visit

INFO All day, Laguna Cliffs Marriott, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Whether you're walking for friends, family, a person living with Alzheimer's, or to fight the nation's sixth-leading cause of death, we all have a reason to walk. Join the Walk to End Alzheimer's as we reclaim the future for millions. Call 949-955-9000, or visit

INFO 7 a.m., Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Charity GALA to benefit Treasures of Africa Children's Home

This elegant charity gala will benefit the Treasures of Africa Children's Home, a ministry to AIDS orphans and abandoned children in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania, East Africa. The event will feature the Live Jazz sounds of the Ron Kobayashi Trio, a sumptuous dinner presented by Turnip Rose Elite Catering, a heart touching video presentation from Treasures of Africa, and an exciting live auction where you can do some early Christmas shopping, door prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $75. Call 714 665-0407, or visit

INFO 6 to 9 p.m., The Promenade Event Centre 1570 Scenic Avenue Costa Mesa 92626

Race for the Rescues - Orange County

The Second Annual Race for the Rescues - Orange County will host a fundraiser and Adoption Day to save the lives of dogs, cats, horses and other Southern Californian wildlife. Run. Walk. Shop or Adopt! Call 323 899-5640, or visit

INFO 7 a.m., Oak Canyon Park, 5305 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado 92676

National Philanthropy Day Orange County 29th Annual Awards Luncheon

National Philanthropy Day Orange County proudly announces the 2014 Outstanding Honorees. The honorees include organizations and community members selected because of the deep impact of their volunteer efforts, charity donations and commitment to the betterment of Orange County. They will be honored at the 29th Annual Awards Luncheon hosted by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Call 714-573-0899, ext. 228 or visit

INFO 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center

Sleep Out on Superior

Sleep Out on Superior is an all-night program and sleep out (staying overnight is optional) to bring awareness to hunger and homelessness in Orange County. By committing to sleeping outside for one night, you will be joining a local and national movement to end hunger and homelessness. We are coordinating our efforts with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov.15 through 23. Call 949-270-2134, or visit

INFO 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., SOS, 1550 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot

Come “move your feet before you eat” this Thanksgiving at Oceanside’s Ninth Annual PMCU Turkey Trot 5-mile or 5K-run/walk. The race course is a very fast downhill which starts at the Civic Center and finishes at the Pier area along the beach. Join one of the fastest growing holiday traditions. Be sure to bring the whole family, as there will be races for everyone. Event offers a costume contest, "largest teams" competition, live entertainment everywhere and finisher medals for all participants. Call 760-434-5255, or visit

INFO 7 a.m., Civic Center, 300 N Coast Highway, Oceanside

11th Anniversary Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Experience the power of thousands united by autism at the 11th anniversary Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. The 2013 Orange County Autism Walk hosted 9,000 people and raised $258,386. Call 714-365-4170, or visit

INFO 6 a.m. to noon, Angels Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim

Troutman Sanders Renegade Santa Run 5K, 10K & Kids Run

Orange County's best holiday run, the Troutman Sanders Renegade Santa Run, returns to start at Hick's Canyon Elementary School. The run features a flat and scenic course. You will enjoy running along the Peter's Canyon bike trail, lined with beautiful trees and landscaping. Proceeds from Troutman Sanders’ fundraising efforts will benefit Human Options, a non-profit organization dedicated to victims of domestic abuse. Call 949 975-1812, or visit

INFO 8 a.m., Hicks Canyon Elementary School, 3817 Viewpark, Irvine, CA 92602

Coaster Run 5K, 10K and Camp Snoopy Kids Run

Rain or Shine! Run, Walk and Ride the Coasters for the Kids of Speech and Language Development Center. The Coaster Run offers a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 1/2 Mile Kids Camp Snoopy Fun Run followed by a finish-line expo with a complimentary piece of Knott's famous Boysenberry Pie. Call 949 975-1812, or visit

INFO Registration opens at 6 a.m., Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 9062

Reaching for the Cure Ride Run & Walk

The Reaching for the Cure Run & Ride is one of Orange County's family favorite community and fundraising event for pediatric cancer. For serious runners, casual joggers and walkers, cyclists, volunteers and spectators in So. California, this 2-day charity event funds research that will help find a cure for children's cancer. PCRF hosts its 17th Annual Reaching for the Cure Run & Ride Event! Raising funds to improve the care quality of life and survival rates of children with malignant disease. Call 949 975-1812, or visit

INFO 6 a.m. to noon, Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine 92618


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