Room to Read Hosts A Charity Benefit at Ariana Restaurant

Thursday, November 13th will prove to be a great day for the foundation known as Room to Read. This charity aims to raise money for literacy and gender equality within Asian and African communities. Enjoy an evening of exquisite 3-course cuisine as well as live entertainment provided by 6-time Russian Grammy Award-Winner Ariana Grinblat, the Nina La Voix burlesque dancers, and others. During the evening, guests have the opportunity to auction on items from producers such as wines from Acker Merrall & Condit, jewelry from Tuleste Jewelry, Lydell NYC Jewelry & Miranda Hope Jewelry, fitness classes, dance classes and zip-lining.

CC Sabathia Takes Over Lucky Strike

This past Friday night, Lucky Strike was abuzz with do-gooders and pro athletes, some bing a mashup of the two. CC Sabathia, pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his wife Amber hosted their annual kick off celebration for the CC Challenge that would be taking place the following day. In an effort to raise money for their charity, The Pitcch In Foundation, they host an "Amazing Race" style event with multiple teams competing for first place. CC informed us that "The Amazing Race" is the couple's favorite show. "We wanted to do something to raise money that was different than the usual charity events like bowling or golf."

The bowling alley was filled with members from most of the teams who came out to fellowship, mingle, and talk a little trash to their opponents. As each team took their place in front of the step and repeat for their team picture, many walked away saying things like "that's the winning team" and "remember these faces tomorrow." As Dusse liquor was one of the many gracious sponsors, delicious cocktails were passed around along with fulfilling appetizers and snacks. While eating and drinking, guests could also partake in a rousing game of bowling. Although the competition wasn't set to start until Saturday morning, teams took this as an opportunity to set a precedent for the skill that would be showcased only a few hours later at the challenge. All in all, the event was fun and it was a great way to kick off the challenge. Teams were able to meet their opponents and scope out the competition. Also, they got to hear all the rules in advance which would prove to make advance strategizing much easier. CC and Amber were elated to host the event and eager to raise money for their foundation that would eventually be used to "enrich the lives of inner city youth."
World Stroke Day with Supermodel Claudia Mason and RHONY Star Kristen Taekman took a walk on the healthy side for New York's Stroke Day event. Sponsored by Covidien, in partnership with the World Stroke Organization, the "Take 2 Tell 2" campaign was meant to spread awareness about the horrific symptoms of a stroke. Kristen Taekman from Real Housewives of New York was present to share her story and inform others about the facts. With 2 uncle's who suffered from strokes, she was happy to provide our readers and guests of the event with words of advice. "I have learned so much in the past two weeks. It's the second leading cause of death in the world, and one in six will suffer a stroke in our lifetime." She explained that, as a mom, you get information from other moms. This is why the Take 2 Tell 2 campaign is so beneficial, "by telling your story or hearing other people's story, you're going to recognize the warning signs."

Bar-Hopping For A Cause: It's Cocktails For Comfort

Get ready for a boozy adventure which also supports a great cause. Starting on October 10th, eight bars throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens will be featuring specialty cocktails created to support Chemo Comfort — an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for chemo patients. Running until October 19, this ten-day event will be known as Cocktails for Comfort.

During October We Wear Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

1.) If you love wine and want to donate to breast cancer research, this is the product for you! This year, a portion of the sales from Rabbit’s Original Corkscrew ($50) in Pink will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. The product features an automatic cork release, it pulls a cork in 3 seconds flat, it works on all bottle sizes and cork types, and there is a foil cutter and extra spiral included. Get your drink on and purchase one of these not only to donate to breast cancer research but to make your life a bit easier as well!

Trades of Hope Fundraiser

Join Stage Left Studio as they host the Trades of Hope fundraiser on Monday, August 25th starting at 6pm. Help women out of poverty by buying their beautiful fair trade (which ensures that the women receive fair compensation for their work), quality, handmade products from around the world!

They make wonderful gifts for graduations, birthdays, teacher gifts, hostess gifts ~ something a little different than flowers or a bottle of wine, or just a little something special for you.

As a gift they are unique and beautiful and they give twice – both to your recipient and to the artisans who are helped through your purchase!

Taking the #IceBucketChallenge to the Streets

In case you have taken residency under a boulder, the latest social media fad involves dumping a bucket of ice water over your head, and then nominating others to follw suit. Seriously. As silly as it may sound, the premise behind it promotes a very good cause—raising awareness for serious disease that may have otherwise been bypassed.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” The ALS Association has begun the Ice Bucket Challenge, which dares people to either pour a bucket of ice water over their head, or donate. Many people have opted to do both. This promotes awareness while also earning money for research. Donations are at an all-time high and awareness is exponential.

Weekend Pick: Ales for ALS Open Taps at The Beer Company

Come out and show your support for fighting ALS by attending the Ales for ALS event! $20 gets you a pint of the Ale for ALS (a hoppy IPA), four beer samples and a pairing with the food truck sponsored by Stock Pot Malden, one of the most well-known food services in the Boston area.

All proceeds are being donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, so come out with some friends and support a great cause by drinking some good beer and eating some good food - all for a great price!

Help Paul McCartney Make A Meat Free Monday Video

To celebrate five years of Meat Free Monday the campaign is looking for your help to make a new fan video. If you'd like to get involved, (which you really should) pick one or two lines from Paul McCartney's 'Meat Free Monday' song and take a picture of yourself with it. Be creative! Write the words on colorful pieces of paper, use sidewalk chalk, or for the tech savy people out there, use a computer program! Use your family and friends for additional hands. The favorite pictures will be chosen to be a part of the exclusive five year celebration video.

Help All Animals Find a Home with Weyerbacher IPA

Enjoy a glass of great beer at Tavern 29 or Stone Street Tavern and make a difference! Now through October 1st, every glass ordered of Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA guarantees a donation of $20 to chosen local charity Animal Haven, from both Weyerbacher and Union Beer Distributors. Weyerbacher donates a portion of proceeds from all sales of Last Chance IPA to small, local no-kill animal rescue organizations which offer homeless dogs, cats and more a chance to find a home. Weyerbacher has already donated over $56K to such charities, and now you can help raise that sum.