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.

WPRI 12 & FOX Providence have been proud media partners of all these charitable community events.

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The Autism Project – Imagine Walk 2020

The Virtual Imagine Walk – Facebook Watch Party Opening Ceremony

The 2020 Virtual Imagine Walk got together virtually via a Facebook Watch Party. This was a time to celebrate each other and take part in some familiar activities.

The Autism Project loves and appreciates all of you! The funds raised through the Virtual Imagine Walk go directly toward programs, services and training for children, teens and adults living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, caretakers and those who work with them.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a huge difference!

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American Cancer Society – Relay for Life

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The annual Relay For Life local event series has been impacted by COVID-19. It has grounded many ACS events, which make up nearly half of their fundraising. To continue fighting cancer and providing critical services for patients — we need your help. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and coordinated and staffed by local volunteers. These events bring people and communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

Relay For Life of Johnson & Wales University can help fund the American Cancer Society’s Response to COVID-19

Cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, volunteers, and partners are turning to the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN for information and resources that will help them navigate this crisis. Cancer patients – many who already have compromised immune systems – are more vulnerable than ever. See what the American Cancer Society is doing right now and how your investment in Relay For Life can help cancer patients with their urgent needs AND front-line health care workers during COVID-19.Show More »

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Crossroads Rhode Island – Women Helping Women | Men & Women on a Mission

Women Helping Women 2020 Goes Virtual!

We are excited to announce that we have rescheduled our 13th Annual Women Helping Women, and this year we are going virtual. Join us online on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

We look forward to having hundreds of women join us from the comfort of their homes to celebrate and support the critical services and programs that we provide for those experiencing homelessness.

During this crisis, our mission to help these women secure stable homes is more vital than ever. We are sincerely grateful to our Crossroads community for what everyone is doing to keep our clients safe and healthy. Register Here »

Men & Women on a Mission

Created to support all programs and services at Crossroads, our Men & Women on a Mission annual fundraising event helps more than 3,500 men, women and children in need access temporary shelter services, find a safe and stable place to call home and get their lives back on track with education, employment and other programs. Save the date details for Men & Women on a Mission 2020 to come!

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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.

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 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.

CVS Health Charity Classic: Complete Coverage & Information on WPRI.com

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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – PurpleStride Rhode Island

PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease.

Virtual PurpleStride Rhode Island 2020 Presented by Ocean State Job Lot

PurpleStride is an incredible community celebration and centerpiece for the PanCAN family.

As an organization focused on supporting pancreatic cancer patients and their extended community, the health and safety of this vulnerable population, as well as that of our supporters, volunteers and staff, must be our top priority.

Therefore, in the interest of continuing your spirited PurpleStride celebration and keeping you safe, we invite you to join us for our first-ever Virtual PurpleStride Rhode Island on May 3, 2020.

This means you can still participate in PurpleStride, but as a virtual participant, doing something meaningful and personal to you in honor of the people you love.

If you have already registered for PurpleStride, thank you! If you haven’t, register now to get started. It’s easy, free and our community needs you.

Photo Gallery: PurpleStride Walk 2019

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Potter League

In light of the ongoing threat of COVID-19, we have made the decision to unite our LoveBash for Animals and Yappy Hour summer event into a single Virtual Yappy Hour on July 12. With so many unknowns regarding the future of large gatherings, we feel strongly that this is the responsible decision with regard to the safety and well-being of you, our staff, volunteers, and community supporters.

We invite you and your pets to join us virtually for a week of inspiring stories, an online auction, special guests, surprises and more – all from the comfort of your home. Events will begin a few weeks prior and culminate on July 12 at Virtual Yappy Hour. Come as you are, or dress to impress. It’s up to you. (You’ll be in the comfort of your home anyway!)

Your LoveBash ticket purchase will be honored at Yappy Hour 2020 where you will be recognized as a sponsor during our program. Your donation will go even further to help the animals in our care, and you will be sent an acknowledgement indicating 100% tax deductibility of your donation. Every donation will go to our Pet Protection Fund to build our community’s resiliency and ensure animals will be safe throughout these difficult times.

We can’t wait to raise a glass with you in July and share heartwarming stories of the lifesaving work we do together with you each day, the impact of your ongoing support, and the vital connection between our community and mission to enrich the lives of pets and people who love them.

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Special Olympics Rhode Island

Virtual Summer Games

This year, Special Olympics Rhode Island is proud to bring you the first-ever Virtual Summer Games on May 29-30! Due to COVID-19, we had to significantly alter our State Summer Games experience and move it to an online format. The 2020 Virtual Summer Games will be unlike any other competitions that SORI has ever hosted. It will include opportunities for athletes to compete in a variety of events from the safety of their homes. It’s also an incredible opportunity to virtually bring together not only our athletes, but also family members, coaches, volunteers and sponsors.

Virtual Summer Games Schedule:
Friday, May 29, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony will include pieces that you would traditionally see during an SORI Opening Ceremony such as the Parade of Athletes, guest speakers, entertainment, Torch Run and much more!

  • Friday, May 29, from 9 – 10 a.m. – Sports Competition/Awards
  • Saturday, May 30, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Olympic Village will include health tips from our Healthy Athlete Clinicians, Yoga, Zumba, fun activities and more.
  • Saturday, May 30, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Athlete Dance/Closing Ceremony (pre-registration will be required and a Zoom registration link will be available soon. When you register, you will provide your name and an email address. Once we confirm your registration, we will email you the Zoom code and password for the dance.)

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 2020 – Feast with the Beasts!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts is the zoo’s largest single-night fundraiser featuring fine fare from dozens of the area’s best restaurants and caterers. Enjoy fabulous entertainment including live music, dancing and other fun surprises! This is an adults-only evening event (21+). Your ticket includes all food tastings. Hydration stations and cash bars available.

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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