Blu Galaxy 2012, the annual blu Party to benefit youth rowing and high-performance athletes in the Boathouse District, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Devon Boathouse near SE 6 and Lincoln Boulevard on the Oklahoma River, $75 per person. blue2012.org.
2012 OKC AIDS Walk, Run and Pooch Parade, Sunday, different locations downtown. Walk, 12:30 p.m. registration and 2 p.m. start, Myriad Gardens, Reno and Robinson; 5k run, 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. start, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; pooch parade, 12:30 p.m. registration and fashion show, 1 p.m. for dogs in costume, www.aidswalkokc.org.
End of Summer Jimmy Buffett Beach party, a happy hour benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, 6 p.m. Thursday, The Greens Country Club Drive, 13100 Green Valley Drive. Jason Schreier, head chef at the Greens, will provide food. Free food, cash bar. The Greens will donate 15 percent of the money spent to the foundation.
Champions for Change luncheon, for National Alliance on Mental Illness, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, honoring Carol and Jim Hetherington, John Kennedy and Dr. R. Murali Krishna, The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive.
Sunset Stampede, for Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein; $30 per person; 651-2324 or www.sunsettrc.org.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Central Oklahoma, annual recognition luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Christian Life Center at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15. Tickets $15 for those who are not RSVP volunteers. 605-3110 or email@example.com.Editors' note: This updates an incorrect date for the RSVP luncheon from a previous version.
21st annual Mistletoe Market, hosted by Junior League of Oklahoma City, Oct. 11-13, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. Tickets $5 for seniors and children ages 3-12; $8 for adults. www.MistletoeMarket.org.
Rebuilding Together's ninth Construction Derby, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, “No Motor Speedway” at NW 5 between Walker and Shartel downtown. www.rebuildingtogetherokc.org.
Editor's Note: This was updated from a previous version, which listed the incorrect date of the Construction Derby.
Heritage Hills Twilight Tour, preview of the Heritage Hills Home Tour and cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner in the home of Jerriann and Geoffrey Altshuler, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., $100; 525-8027.
Pioneering Spirit Gala, benefiting Water 4 Foundation and featuring actress Jennie Garth and singer Sandi Patty, Thursday.
NONPROFITS IN BRIEF
Foundation to host fundraiser to fight hunger
Thunder basketball star Russell Westbrook will host the inaugural “A Night to End Hunger” benefiting the Needs Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the historical Governor's Mansion, 3615 N McKinley.
The black-tie event includes cocktails, food from Deep Fork Restaurant, entertainment by Zoom City and a performance by MEANT2B. The “Thundermobile,” a 1996 Suzuki X-90 featuring 10 Thunder team members custom-painted on each side by Drew Hooper, will be raffled.
Tickets are $250 and include 10 raffle entries. You can bring one item for Westbrook to sign.
The Needs Foundation collects unserved food from local restaurants and distributes it to churches, homeless shelters and hungry people in Oklahoma.
For information or to buy tickets, go online to www.needsokc.org.
Sorority selling pansy flats
Tri Delta is taking orders for its annual “Pansy Patch” sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Casady Square Parking Lot at Pennsylvania Avenue and Britton Road. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association.
Flats are $18 each, and people are encouraged to pre-order them because the number will be limited on the day of the sale.
Call Kim at 623-1628 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allied Arts to hold its biennial fundraiser OPUS VII
Allied Arts is gearing up for its biggest event of the year to be held on Oct. 26 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 N Grand Blvd.
“OPUS VII: Party Wow!” will be from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., with a special pre-party event for sponsors and VIPs beginning at 6 p.m.
All proceeds benefit Allied Arts and the arts organizations it supports to help make arts programming and education accessible to the community.
Beverly and Mark Funke and Jane and David Thompson are co-chairmen, and the event will feature live music from the Pink Flamingos, a seated dinner and a live auction. Individual tickets are $200.
For information, call 278-8944, visit the Allied Arts office in Suite 200, 1015 N Broadway or go to www.alliedartsokc.com.
Speakers' Bureau created to spread pediatric hospital's mission
BETHANY — The Children's Center has formed a speakers' bureau that can provide guest speakers to speak at the meetings of community organizations.
The hospital can provide experienced professionals to make presentations to community groups, civic or professional organizations, neighborhood associations and other groups at no charge.
Speakers include former patients of the pediatric hospital, families of former patients, nurses, therapists, special education teachers and community leaders.
“Our communications staff can talk all day long about the wonderful things happening every day at The Children's Center, but there is something very special about a former patient telling their story of survival, or a parent reliving their treasured moments with the incredible staff at The Children's Center,” said Melissa Richey, communications coordinator, in a news release.
To learn more about The Children's Center's Speakers' Bureau or to schedule a presentation, call Richey at 440-6746or email email@example.com.
Upward Transitions to make its own transition
An 87-year-old local nonprofit organization that helps almost 5,000 people a year is making its own transition. Upward Transitions is moving to a new location in early 2013.
Upward Transitions will be moving from their current location at 1033 N Walker to their new location at 1134 W Main.
“We believe this move will have a positive impact for the clients we serve in the community,” said Dana Hope Chism, Upward Transitions' executive director, in a news release. “We will be centrally located for current and potential clients staying at area shelters as well as offering easy access for clients seeking other services.”
During the next six months, the old 1930s storefront structure will undergo a transformation from a deserted building used primarily for industrial purposes to the new home for Upward Transitions.
Upward Transitions is an umbrella organization with a mission of elevating those who are in need, stranded or homeless to positions of self-sufficiency through a variety of programs. These programs include Travelers Aid at the Will Rogers World Airport, transitional housing, programs for the homeless and homeless prevention services that assist with one-time needs like rent and/or utility payments, food or other services needed to complement the clients' short and long term goals.
For more information, go to UpwardTransitions.org.
Love's Travel Stops shows heart for children's health during campaign
Love's Travel Stops employees in Oklahoma City and surrounding cities are putting their hearts into raising funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by asking customers to purchase $1, $5 or $20 heart icons to benefit Children's Hospital Foundation. Until Sept. 30, can stop in at your local Love's and purchase a paper heart or a paper OU or OSU football to show your school pride.
Specific locations raise additional funds by holding bake sales, pumping gas for tips, conducting in-store drawings and coordinating other fundraising events. Love's associate's goal for their 2012 campaign is to raise more than the $145,063 that was raised in 2011 to benefit Oklahoma's children.
Compiled by Peggy Gandy, Social Scene columnist, and Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Assistant Features Editor. Please email your nonprofit news to firstname.lastname@example.org and calendar items to email@example.com.