Weekend Pick: Bunny Rock Half Marathon and 5k

There are many way you can spend your Saturday morning, but why not spend it running a half marathon or 5k? This Saturday at 9am, Adrenaline Sports Management will be hosting the Bunny Rock Half Marathon and 5k at Grant Park- Arvey Field. This could be the best way to get into the Easter spirit over the weekend.

All participants receive FREE bunny ears, sunglasses, and a t-shirt, plus drink and food specials at the after party at Bar Louie. If you’re not looking to race and have kids then you can also check out the egg hunt, petting zoo, and of course, photos with the Easter Bunny going on during the half marathon and 5k.

Swing into Spring Sweeps Us off Our Feet

The Central Park Conservancy’s Greensward Circle held a stunning Swing into Spring event at the Loeb Boathouse Wednesday night. Hundreds of young professionals gathered as the sun set over the boathouse to drink, eat, and dance beneath the space’s wood-beamed ceilings. The Central Park Conservancy is a non-for-profit who’s mission it is to restore, preserve and maintain the beauty and wonder of Central Park. The Conservancy raises over 75% of the parks annual $58 million budget so that it can uphold its iconic splendor and charm.

Swing into Spring with the Central Park Conservancy Tonight

The Central Park Conservancy exists to restore, maintain, and preserve the beauty and wonder that is New York City's Central Park. Since 1980 their efforts have continually provided 75% of the park's annual multi-million dollar budget. The Greenwald Circle is a branch of the Conservancy made of young professionals and philanthropists who work tirelessly to fundraise and further bolster these efforts. Tonight, these groups host their annual Swing into Spring party complete with drinking, dining and dancing all in the name of preserving one of the city's best treasures. From 7 to 11pm the Loeb Boathouse will be alit with the good spirit of charity and the clinking of glasses to the fruitful spring to come.

New York African Restaurant Week's Edible Bazaar Benefit

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, New York African Restaurant Week will proudly sponsor an Edible Bazaar Benefit at 16 W. 36th Street. The 2nd annual event is presented in conjunction with Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, and feature a night of dining, drinking, and dancing. All proceeds will go to such organizations as Alliance of Hope for Lupus and Keep A Child Alive. Guests will also enjoy a wide range of tastings from African cuisine, including Barbara Food Creations, Pierre Thiam Catering, Mombassa Dishes, Farafina, Madiba, and Panla Catering. The Spring 2014 honorees include: Mohammed Abdullah (Owner, Accra), Mark & Jenny Henegan (Owners, Madiba Restaurant), Chef Pierre Thiam (Chef, Caterer and Award-winning Author), Dr. Roy A. Hastick (President/Founder, CACCI) and Ramatu Ahmed (Community Organizer). The evening festivities will be hosted by Yolanda Sangweni (Essence and AfriPOP) and Namo. Music performances by DJs Universe and SM.

Arm the Animals Under Fire From MLB

Arm the Animals, a small organization that produces T-shirts and other small goods and donates profits to no-kill shelters, recently got in trouble with the MLB for its "Doggers" tee. The company runs several parody shirts, including "Pup Fiction," "Rambo Bunny," and "Cat-At" (think Star Wars' AT-AT), but this one caught the eye of MLB's copyright attorneys. Arm the Animals quickly complied with MLB's demands, the costs of which were almost equal to the profits of the shirt, and removed all traces of the shirt.

It certainly behooves a company to defend its own intellectual property. Nonetheless, it demonstrates a certain degree of aggressiveness when you are more stringent with your copyright than George Lucas. Additionally, as written by Sean Newell for Deadspin, "The coloring, stylization of 'Doggers,' and the ball-flight marks are on-the-nose reproductions, but no one would actually confuse this for a Dodgers shirt."

Weekend Pick: Eats and Beats at Mantua Haverford Community Center

Eating is great, but eating for charity is even better. AUNI's 5th Annual Community Meal and Fundraiser is Philadelphia's must-attend event to support food systems reform, while also supporting a young culinary talent. The theme of this year's event is Eats and Beats, and as the name implies, not only will attendees receive a delicious meal, but they will also be treated to live music from local youth and talent.

Toms is Bringing the One-On-One Model to Coffee

Toms has become a philanthropic fashion statement seen on feet across the country. The business was built on what Toms' founder, Blake Mycoskie, calls the one-on-one model: for every pair of shoes sold, one is given to a person in need, for free. This model has been wildly successful, supplying over 10 million pairs of shoes to children in poverty and has shoe moguls like Sketchers trying to replicate the idea with their own brands.

Mycoskie feels that this one-on-one model will be successful in a number of philanthropic avenues, recently announcing his plan to launch a line of coffee. The coffee packaging branded in the same style as the shoes, will be sold to fund efforts to provide clean water to those in need. Mycoskie feels this plan will do more to address the underlying, cyclical issues of poverty. Each bag of coffee sold has the power to provide a week’s worth of clean water for one person in areas where water for drinking, cooking, and bathing is scarce. There are also plans in the works to open several Toms cafes, with NYC slated as one of the initial locations.

Mark Your Calendar for the Spring for Impact Celebration

Did you have that one teacher who changed your entire life? Are you a teacher? Do you truly admire the work of our educators? How about food, drinks and dancing? Yeah, we totally love food too! Join us for the inaugural Spring for Impact celebration of teachers and achievements in education at The Greenhouse at Scholastic’s international headquarters in SoHo.

All proceeds from Spring for Impact will benefit Impact Network, a New York-based non-profit organization bringing e-Learning to rural Africa.

Elegant Fundraising Gala, "Profiles in Vision 2014"

New England College of Optometry introduces an opulent and black-tie-optional fundraising affair, “Profiles in Vision 2014,” on Thursday, April 10th. The event will be presented by College President Dr. Clifford Scott at none other than the beloved and elegant Beantown classic, The Langham, Boston. “Profiles in Vision 2014” will commence at 6pm and last until 9pm, commemorating OneSight’s Executive Director Dr. Jason Singh, in addition to the organization’s continuous work itself. The fundraiser will benefit eye care and vision for underserved adolescents and the elderly of Massachusetts.

Weekend Pick: The 5th Annual Rock the Red Fashion Show at Alhambra Palace Restaurant

The Red Pump Project, a non-profit HIV/AIDS awareness organization, is having its 5th annual Rock the Red Fashion Show this Saturday, March 22nd, at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant to commemorate National Women’s and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The fashion show, which showcases the work of designers from all over Chicago and honors local activists and supporters, is a combination of The Red Pump Project's two greatest passions: fashion and social justice.