'Tis the season (the charity event season), so consider making contributions to these great causes:
- The Pet Project Rescue fundraiser on April 16th, sponsored by Summit Brewing Company. $13 in advance or $15 cash at the door gets you free Summit (or N/A beverages) and snacks, plus dibs on a silent auction. All proceeds go to Pet Project Rescue, which is a volunteer-based dog and cat rescue and foster home organization.
- The Tap Project fundraiser runs March 22-28, when participating restaurants will ask patrons to donate $1 for every glass of tap water they receive. Funds go directly to UNICEF, which provides clean water and filtration systems to developing countries. Participating restaurants include Azia Restuarant & Anemoni Sushi Bar, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Barbette, Red Stag Supper Club, Aura, POP!, View, Cafe Agri, Big Bowl and Pazzaluna. Check this page for additional restaurants.
-The Primp for Prevention event began March 1. Nature of Beauty is cosmetics retail website started by local lady Terri Bly after realizing that the chemicals in our everyday cosmetics and toiletries are toxins that could be contributing to the rise in cancer, infertility and environment-based illnesses. While supplies last, Nature of Beauty is offering a special grab bag filled with over $60 in cosmetics for only $30. The bags themselves are handmade by women in Gambia from recycled plastic bags. All proceeds from the sale of these grab bags (which include makeup, a cleansing bar, facial care, nail polish and more) will go to the Breast Cancer Fund to promote research of the environmental causes of breast cancer.
My total for charitable donations in 2008 was just about $400, mostly for the animals. I don't know if I can swing quite that in 2009, so I'll continue to spread the word about all the great charity events going on in the Twin Cities.
Our animal charity event at La Belle Vie comes together a little more every day. Johnny and I are currently deciding between two names for the event, submitted by the lovely readers of this blog, so stay tuned for the winning name!