As most aspects of our lives have been drastically impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, so has our ability to come together in support of our area’s most popular annual charity and fundraising events. Here with the 12 Charity Connection, you can choose from the virtual and adjusted events happening this season that are of most interest to you.

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American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Providence Drive-In

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19 is putting a lot at risk right now, including the fight against breast cancer. But this is one fight that can’t be cancelled or postponed. This October join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Providence Drive-In on Wednesday, October 21 starting at 7:00p.m. at the historic Rustic Drive-In in North Smithfield. Survivors, caregivers, and community members interested in this one-of-a-kind Making Strides experience are asked to make a donation to attend.

This socially distant event will bring elements of the Making Strides experience to supporters while maintaining safety guidelines and regulations. Donors will be able to park their cars, listen to inspiring stories, and get involved in the many aspects that are usual walk in Downtown Providence has to offer year after year.  Select films will be playing on the three movies screens following the short program.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has always been more than a walk – it is a movement. Because of the pandemic, this fall may look different, but the community’s passion to end breast cancer must stay the same. The impact of COVID-19 will reduce our ability to fund cancer research by 50% in 2020 – the Society’s lowest investment this century if current trends continue. Communities, survivors, and caregivers are encouraged to rally around the fight and help raise crucial funds.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer and ensure that no one faces this disease alone. Since 1993, more than 15 million supporters have raised more than $935 million nationwide.

Funds raised through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer enable the American Cancer Society to invest in groundbreaking research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Donate and learn more at

The fight against cancer won’t be postponed.

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Crossroads Rhode Island – Keys for All

Virtual Event – Wednesday October 21, 2020 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This year, Crossroads Rhode Island is excited to introduce a new virtual fundraising event entitled Keys for All, which will replace Men and Women on a Mission. Keys for All will be held online on October 21 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. to help raise critical funds for the 3,100 men, women and children that Crossroads’ serves each year. Attendees will hear from Crossroads staff about their experience housing neighbors in need during the pandemic, enjoy a client’s story about his journey from homelessness to home, learn about how donors’ support helps those experiencing homelessness find safe and affordable housing, and more.

To register for Keys for All, visit

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CVS Health Charity Classic

CVS Health Charity Classic Announces Postponement

Due to the ongoing challenges and health concerns associated with COVID-19, organizers of the 22nd Annual VS Health Charity Classic announced the public event series will not take place as scheduled from June 18-22, 2020. This includes the CRAVE RI food festival and the Pepsi Pro-Am. A massive virtual event is being planned however! Stay tuned for as details will be unveiled on September 14, 2020.

The CVS Health Charity Classic is one of our community’s largest summer gatherings and our hope is to determine the best way to keep that sense of community while respecting current social distancing safety guidelines. This will include exploring holding virtual and rescheduled events.

The CVS Health Charity Classic Virtual Auction

For the first time ever, we are bringing the excitement of our silent auction into your homes and to your mobile devices. We invite you to support our mission of charitable giving by browsing and bidding on our wide selection of auction items, as well as donating directly to our charitable fundraising efforts. 100% of all proceeds from the auction and donations go directly to our charity partners. Keep up with us for real-time updates on every item. The auction will be live until Sunday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m.

The CVS Health Charity Classic remains committed to supporting its Southern New England nonprofit partners and continues to identify opportunities to support those organizations in 2020.

Since its inception, the CVS Health Charity Classic has raised more than $23 million for Southern New England nonprofit organizations that provide vital funding to a range of programs serving children and families.

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Potter League – Heart & Sole Walk for Animals

October 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Last year’s 30th annual Heart & Sole Walk for Animals raised over $80,000. This year details will come soon as accommodations around COVID-19 are being made.

So save the date and join and support the Heart & Sole Walk for Animals in October!

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Special Olympics Rhode Island

Celebrate the Movement “Fitness and Fundraising Challenge”

Week of September 26 through October 3, 2020

During this pandemic, the athletes of Special Olympics Rhode Island have had their world turned upside down. As more of their activities have been taken away from them, our athletes have come to rely upon their Special Olympics Rhode Island family to be there for them. Even through these challenging times, we promote their physical and emotional health virtually, and are carefully planning to return to play in mid-August with strict guidelines in place.

Special Olympics Rhode Island has developed a new and innovative way to stay fit, be socially responsible and will allow you to support our great athletes. Celebrate the Movement is a virtual fitness and fundraising challenge for the week of September 26 through October 3, 2020. You pick the activity and set your goal. For example, maybe you’ll run a marathon distance in one week. Then ask everyone you know to support you through your fundraising page at It’s easy and lots of fun to reach your goals!

Complete schedule of events coming soon.
Live and prerecorded video of the events will be streamed on Facebook and additional details will be available soon.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo – Zoobilee 2020

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts is back for 2020…VIRTUALLY!

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00pm

We’re pleased to bring the Zoo to you with a virtual celebration of Zoobilee presented by BankRI, on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00pm.

This event is now free and open to all! Visit this page on September 17th and tune in to join us for a festive, socially distanced party featuring special behind-the-scenes animal encounters (including a peek at Beany, our new baby two-toed sloth!), important messages from our most valued stakeholders and other fun surprises and performances.

Every year Zoobilee raises much needed funds for conservation and education programs, and this year, we need your support more than ever! We hope you’ll join us here for a rockin’ good time!

One of the most exciting parts of every Zoobilee is our annual online auction! From unique Zoo experiences, to beautiful artwork, there is something for everyone! Head on over and check it out today >

In 2019, Zoobilee raised more than $230,000 for the zoo’s conservation and education programs. With your support, 2020 will be the best year ever!

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Waterfire Providence

Waterfire Relief Fund

These are extraordinary times. WaterFire Providence is an extraordinary organization. WaterFire faces an extraordinary crisis. Help WaterFire survive.

Due to the current CORONA VIRUS pandemic, we do not currently have any WaterFire lightings scheduled. We are hard at work to ensure that when circumstance permit we’ll be able to hit the ground running and hopefully have an abridge lighting season this fall. We’ll see you soon down by rivers!

For 25 years WaterFire has been transforming place and building community in downtown Providence with impacts that reach into every corner of Rhode Island. More recently, with the opening of the WaterFire Arts Center in the underserved Valley/Olneyville neighborhood, we make world-class art, like Berlin artist Ryan Mendoza’s The Rosa Parks House Project and British artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, accessible for all. We believe in and are committed to #Art4Impact. Make a Donation

Stay tuned for more news and event dates. In the meantime please check out the WaterFire Arts Center event schedule.

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