Take your pick of charity events this summer

A model struts the runway for the 2010 Clare to Clare Benefit Fashion Show at the Deni'ana Center. Nearly 800 people attended last year's event, and up to 1,100 are expected to attend this year. The fashion show is used to benefit the Clare House, a 24-hour shelter for homeless women and children.

Epilepsy patients. Cancer survivors. Homeless shelters. The list goes on.

Summertime in Anchorage is always busy, but this summer is packed to bursting with charity events for all sorts of different causes and organizations. Beyond the act of simply giving money, people have the chance to get out and actively support numerous foundations benefiting those in need, becoming involved in a community, state, and nationwide act of goodwill.

From 5K’s to golf tournaments to fashion shows, these events are showing that giving charity is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a blast.

As the summer days are already rolling right along, several of these charity events have already taken place. One such, the 8th Annual Northwest Run/Walk for Epilepsy, proved to be a great fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (EFNW) and partner agency the Stone Soup Group. The outpouring of people on June 18th helped raise $3,045 toward the two organizations’ seizure- and epilepsy-fighting programs and services, as well as increase awareness toward the troubling condition.

The Epilepsy Run/Walk is also held in Spokane, Tacoma, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Portland, Hermiston, and Juneau, making it one of the largest charity events in the northwest. Nearly 7,000 people in Alaska alone suffer from epileptic conditions, so this is an important cause.

“[Our goal] is to provide support to agencies and the medical community who already provide good service to Alaskans with epilepsy,” said Brent Herrmann, EFNW President/CEO.

Just a day before this event, Bean’s Café held its 16th Annual Golf Tournament to support the homeless and needy of Anchorage. Thanks to the many sponsors and a sizable turnout, the tournament fees were enough to supply the desperate with ample amounts of food and social services; according to event coordinator Katherine Jernstrom, 92 people attended and over $39,000 was raised. In addition to the golf tournament, attendees were also presented with door prizes, bottomless golf balls at the driving range, and a catered lunch.

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Bean’s Café has been operating as a nonprofit since 1979, feeding, sheltering, and assisting the homeless during the day. Their motto is to “feed the hungry and shelter the homeless without discrimination,” and all of the money raised from their golf tournament goes directly toward funding their operation.

While many of these charity events have already passed, there are plenty more still to come, and plenty more chances to give back to the community.

Clare to Clare Fashion Show 2011, July 28

Fashion hits the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center from 6:30-10:30, with Clare House’s 3rd annual fashion show to benefit the 24-hour shelter for homeless women and children. Designed to resemble a New York event, with a 60-foot runway and spotlights, the Clare to Clare Fashion Show features clothing and models solely out of the Anchorage community.

“We take all the fashion from within our community—we like to keep it funky and eclectic,” said Clare Gauster, of the Clare House. “The first year we started this up, it was a pretty small event. It definitely grew in size last year, and we expect it to be even bigger this year—a lot of good should come from it.”

The 2010 show brought in about 700-800 people, and this year may be between that and 1,100. Money is raised through general admission to the event, which is $35, and exclusive seating, which can range from $55 for runway seats to $1,000 for tables. All the proceeds are used to purchase necessities such as milk, pillows, clothing, and soap for desperate women and children at the Clare House shelter.

Livestrong Cancer Survivors Summit, Aug 13

Cancer survivors will convene along with the general public at 11:00am at Kincaid Park, for the Annual Cancer Survivors Summit. With booths from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Alaska Regional Hospital, attendees can take classes on issues like nutrition and physical activity, financial issues, and managing long term effects of cancer treatments The event runs for three hours, giving people the opportunity to visit as many booths as they would like and educate themselves on living after a cancer diagnosis.


Trek the Trails with The Arc 5K Run, Sep 3

Beginning at 9:30am at The Arc of Anchorage, the Trek the Trails 5K Run is a donation event to support children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. The race takes place on paved trails, starting and ending at The Arc, with handicaps for age and gender. The funds raised through this event support the chapter’s services toward assisting those with disabilities.

For more information on the charity events going on this summer, visit events.adn.com.