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May Fundraisers

 

ANNUAL GOLF CHALLENGE
May 18 With an incentive to play more than 112 holes in six hours, Doug Spencer’s 13th Annual Golf Challenge encourages golfers to challenge each other while raising funds for Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. 12-7 p.m. Golfers asked to raise a minimum of $1,500 in pledges; sponsorships available. Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden. 407-426-1265. centralfloridahomeless.org

BIKE MS
May 16-17 Participants collect a minimum of $250 in pledges and bike up to 150 miles in two days, starting at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales and finishing the first day with a celebration at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. Prizes are given to participants who raise $500 or more. 407- 332-5212. flc.nationalmssociety.org

BLACK AND WHITE GALA
May 9 Give Kids The World hosts its 21st annual Black and White Gala, an evening of dancing, dining and entertainment. 6:30 p.m. $200 individual; $2,000 for table of 10. The Peabody Orlando, 9801 International Drive. 407-396-1114 ext. 4229. gktw.org
 
BLUE RIBBON RUN
May 16 Downtown Sanford hosts the first Jim Payne Blue Ribbon 5K Run and Kids Run to benefit the Kids House of Seminole. 5:30 p.m. kids run; 6 p.m. 5K run. $20-$30; sponsorships available. Magnolia Square, East 1st and South Magnolia Avenue, Sanford. 407-324-3036. kidshouse.org

CHEF’S GALA
May 30 The 17th annual event features fine dining from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs and restaurants, along with paired wines, desserts and specialty coffees to benefit local nonprofit agency programs supported by United Way. 6:45 p.m. $200 individual; $1,850 table for 10. Epcot World Showplace at Walt Disney World Resort. 407-429-2129. hfuw.org

CHOCOLATE AND CHAMPAGNE CASINO NIGHT
May 2 The American Diabetes Association hosts a casino-style fundraiser. The event includes gaming tables, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. 7:30-11 p.m. $200 per couple. Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard. 407-660-1926 ext. 3030. diabetes.org/orlandocasino
 
DANSKIN WOMEN’S TRIATHLON SERIES
May 10 About 1,600 Florida women of all shapes, sizes and abilities are expected to participate in a Mother’s Day race that emphasizes that finishing is winning. The Orlando event is the first in the 2009 series, and it includes a half-mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Minimum age 14. 6 a.m. $95 day of race, $165 for relay teams, plus $10 USA Triathlon membership fee for nonmembers. Disney’s Fort Wilderness, Walt Disney World Resort. 800-452-9526.

FLORIDA CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN
May 12 The Florida Commission of the Status of Women launches a one-day networking conference featuring internationally recognized speakers sharing their experiences and visions. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $90 general seating; $900 table of 10; $145 mother/daughter combo and $55 per additional daughter; $45 for students with student ID. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive. 866-540-3597. flconferenceforwomen.org

FURBALL
May 16 The SPCA of Central Florida hosts its 18th annual auction fundraiser at SeaWorld featuring a sit-down dinner and silent and live auctions with more than 300 items up for bid. 4:30 p.m. $125 individuals; $200 couples. SeaWorld Orlando’s Port of Call, 7007 SeaWorld Drive. 407-248-1741. orlandopets.org
 
A GIFT FOR MUSIC

May 14 Professional musicians will perform alongside more than 900 student musicians showcasing the year’s work. 6 p.m. Free admission. Calvary Assembly, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park. 407-345-0515. agiftforteaching.org

GOLDEN SOUTH CLASSIC
May 30 The 33rd annual Bert M. Warden Golden South Classic features more than 400 of the nation’s best high school track and field athletes competing to benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. 12 p.m. $15-$30 registration per athlete; sponsorships available ranging from $500 to $25,000. The First Academy, Payne Stewart Athletic Complex, 2667 Bruton Boulevard. 321-841-8022. goldensouth.com

GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON
May 8 Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call for women to take charge of their health. The luncheon educates women on heart health and provides a heart-healthy meal. 11 a.m. Sponsorships $1,000 individual, $3,000 for tables of 8. Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, 9300 Airport Boulevard. 321-438-0813. americanheart.org

GREEN FEST '09
May 17 Katie Merrigan of Merrigan's Boutique is hosting a family event promoting Eco-friendly local and national businesses. An all-organic fashion show, music, organic food and beverages will all be part of the event. Free admission. New Broad Street, Baldwin Park Village Center. 407-898-6864. greenfestatbaldwinpark.com

A HAIR AFFAIR
May 17 The hair-raising event features a friendly competition between local salons to create the craziest hairdos while showcasing the latest couture trends. Benefits Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. 3 p.m. $25 individual. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 South Magnolia Avenue, Sanford. 407-645-2577. hopeandhelp.org

MARCH FOR BABIES
May 2 Walkers weave their way through downtown Kissimmee for a three-mile walk to raise money for March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 7 a.m. registration. $25. Lakefront Park, 250 Lakeshore Boulevard, Kissimmee. 407-599-5077. marchofdimes.com/florida

ORANGE BLOSSOM JUBILEE
May 8 Winter Park Day Nursery’s signature annual fund-raising event features a sampling of food from area restaurants, live and silent auctions and entertainment to raise funds for high-quality preschool education for low-income children. 7-10 p.m. $75 individual; sponsorships available from $400 to $5,000. Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park. 407-647-0505. winterparkdaynursery.org

ORLANDO ASTHMA WALK
May 2 The American Lung Association invites participants to walk around Lake Eola Park to raise awareness about asthma. 9 a.m. Free registration; fundraising is encouraged. Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando. 407-425-5864. lungusa.org

TROPICAL NIGHT GALA

May 2 The island-themed event features silent and live auctions, a live band and more to benefit the American Cancer Society, Central Florida division. 6:30 p.m. $300 per person, $2,500 table of 10. Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way. 407-843-8680, ext. 2535. tropicalnightorlando.com