As so many aspects of our lives are still impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, so has our ability to come together in support of our area’s most popular annual charity and fundraising events during the past couple years. Here with the 12 Charity Connection, you can choose to learn more and join us in support of any of the charitable events that are getting back into full swing and some still adjusted events happening this season that are of most interest to you.

WPRI 12 & FOX Providence are proud media partners of all the community events listed here.


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Special Olympics Rhode Island: Celebrate the Movement 2021 Walk-A-Thon

October 16-24, 2021

Enhance the lives of athletes from across Rhode Island!

-Set a goal for fundraising and walking,
-Click PARTICIPATE button to sign up,
-Send your page to all your friends & family so they can support your goal,
-Go out and walk! You can log the walking on your page, or keep it private,
-If you are not ready to sign up, you can DONATE to support another walker,
-Walkers who raise $100 or more will earn a Celebrate the Movement shirt!
-Consider joining us on October 24 from 11am – 1pm at Garden City Center for walking, music, food and prizes! Great time to see your SORI friends, and you can also pick up your Celebrate the Movement shirt!

Click here for more information on this local Special Olympics fundraiser event

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Potter League – Heart & Sole Walk for Animals

Sunday, October 24 @ 10:00 am – 2 pm

The Potter League is excited to announce that the 32nd annual walk will be held at a new location! Join us at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI this year. Enjoy a fun-filled dog walk, music, a sponsor & vendor marketplace, food trucks, special activities for dogs and kids, and a festive atmosphere celebrating the special bond between animals and people.

The Heart & Sole Walk for Animals is a beloved tradition and in addition to raising essential funds to support our lifesaving work, it’s an opportunity for animal lovers to join together in creating a more humane Rhode Island for people and pets alike.

Help Animals in Need
The Heart & Sole Walk for Animals is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds helping to save the lives of thousands of animals in our community with programs such as foster care, spay/neuter, adoptions, animal rescue, affordable veterinary care and more. In addition to the Heart & Sole Walk, you and your pup can stroll through our Flea-less Marketplace, enjoy tasty food truck treats and take part in our awesome contests!

Earn Prizes
Raise funds for the animals while earning awesome prizes and compete to be the Top Fundraiser or Top Fundraising Team! All registered walkers who raise $50 will receive a t-shirt and a selection of prizes based on your fundraising total.

The Potter League’s Heart & Sole Walk for the Animals is celebrating you, the animals you love and everything that makes Rhode Island a haven for pet lovers. Funds raised by walkers are used to find homes for pets, heal injured pets, and provide much needed services to those who love them.

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

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Hunger Action Month: Nexstar stations to raise awareness for Feeding America

Nexstar Media Group’s television stations across the country will mark Hunger Action Month by creating local stories and generating awareness through a promotional campaign for Feeding America’s network of food banks across the nation.

For 40 years, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, has responded to the hunger crisis in America by helping provide food to people facing hunger through a nationwide network of food banks.  Today, the network consists of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs throughout the country.

As food insecurity rates reach their highest levels ever, the Feeding America network of food banks has risen to meet the need, feeding 42 million people at risk of hunger, including 13 million children and 7 million seniors.  Since the start of the pandemic, food banks have seen more people turning to them for help, with an average increase of 55% more demand. Feeding America helped provide 6 billion meals to people in need in 2020.

To make a donation to Feeding America, you can click here. 98% of all donations raised for Feeding America go directly into programs serving people in the U.S.

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2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Sunday, October 3, 2021 – Providence, RI

Join Mike Montecalvo and WPRI 12 & FOX Providence in this great cause and walk to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is happening — and you can join us at your local event or Walk From Home in your neighborhood. No matter where you participate, know that your health and safety are our top priorities. All local events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, we ask that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site.

Share using #Walk2EndAlz and #ENDALZ

We will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees. If you prefer to Walk From Home, you can still engage in many Walk-day experiences through our mobile app.

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WPRI 12/Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring

June 14-15, 2021

An annual tradition for the entire staff at WPRI 12, FOX Providence, myRITV, and The CW Providence–a day of volunteering and giving back to local communities.

This year’s service brings various groups of our station staff to Vet’s Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Providence Animal Rescue League, and parks in Fall River. WPRI 12 is one of 170 Nexstar stations across the country participating in Nexstar’s Founder’s Day of Caring.

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Meeting Street Telethon 2021

Saturday, January 30, 2021
The 45th Annual Meeting Street Telethon was different but still amazing. The annual drive was smaller, safe and mostly virual/on-air this year on WPRI 12 and at 7 p.m. on January 30, 2021.

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Donate Funds Day to Benefit Rhode Island Community Food Bank

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

During this season of giving, WPRI 12 is asking for your help on one day, with one goal — to help feed local families in need.

On Wednesday Dec. 9, WPRI 12 will devote the day to raising funds for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Now, more than ever, the food bank needs your help to purchase food to replenish its pantries.

So, if you’re able, please consider donating to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Join us for this special and more important than ever Donate Funds Day on December 9!

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The Autism Project: Virtual Imagine Walk


WPRI 12 has been a longtime partner with The Imagine Walk. Even though we cannot get together at the park, we will be together! After our virtual gathering we encourage you to get out and walk!

At The Autism Project we strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment where individuals and their families feel safe, respected, and supported. Like you, The Autism Project has made many changes to adapt to challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have remained committed to our mission and the community!

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The Autism Walk 2018 was the 14th Annual event held at Goddard Park to raise funds for The Autism Project.

Funds raised through the 2021 Imagine Walk will go directly towards programs, services and trainings for children, teens and adults living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, caretakers and the professionals who support them.

Ways you can help

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PanCAN: PurpleStride Rhode Island 2021


PurpleStride honors everyone affected by pancreatic cancer and is held year-round in nearly 60 communities nationwide. PanCAN’s PurpleStride Rhode Island is on Sunday, May 2, 2021 and you can join in from wherever you are. WPRI 12 has been a longtime partner with PurpleStride Rhode Island.

Register today (it’s free!), build your team and start fundraising to support PanCAN’s life-changing programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Get creative in how you participate. Connect with other PurpleStriders in your area by joining the Rhode Island Affiliate Facebook Group to share fundraising ideas, stories and more.

Everyone who registers for PurpleStride and raises or makes a personal donation of $25 or more will receive a PurpleStride T-shirt. And, NEW this year — if you do so by Sunday, April 11 your shirt will be mailed to you, arriving the week of your event. Check out event deadlines for more details.Register for PurpleStride 2021Donate to this Charity

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Crossroads Rhode Island – Women Helping Women

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Virtual Event – Save the Date: Thursday May 6, 2021 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Crossroads is excited to announce that our 14th Annual Virtual Women Helping Women Fundraising event will be held on Thursday, May 6.

This year’s virtual event will offer guests exciting opportunities to:

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  • Learn firsthand about the critical work that Crossroads’ frontline staff accomplish daily as they provide support and guidance to each client in shelter and housing
  • Meet a client and understand her journey from homelessness to home
  • Network with event participants in a cocktail-style setting, engage in meaningful conversations and connect with other influential women across Rhode Island
  • Support the most vulnerable women in our community with the critical help they need to make it through these challenging times, including emergency shelter, housing, education and employment programs, and more.
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Your support of this event will help hundreds of women in need overcome their homelessness. And these women – our grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters – need your help more than ever. We look forward to “seeing” you on May 6! More updates to follow.

Save the date!

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Toys For Tots 2020

November 26 – December 24

Once again WPRI 12 & FOX Providence will join with Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses and the U.S. Marines to host a drive for This year, all toy donations should be dropped off at any Cardi’s location or you an make a monetary donation directly at Collections will run through noon on Christmas Eve. NOTE: WPRI 12 Studios at 25 Catamore Blvd. will not be collecting toys this year.

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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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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.

CRAVE Rhode Island: Virtual Celebration Week

SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2020

Crave RI Celebration Week sponsored by Don Julio, Bulleit Bourbon, Ketel One Vodka and Mars Wrigley will celebrate and showcase Crave RI partners through featured menu items and promotions, while providing the community a healthy and safe opportunity to experience the vibrant food scene in Rhode Island. Learn more and o check out the list of Crave RI specials being offered.

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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Rhode Island Blood Center

PPAC & WPRI 12 Blood Drive

Thursday October 8, 2020 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Grand Lobby – 220 Weybosset St., Providence

Help us save the community blood supply to save lives. Donations by appointment and free parking. Blood donors will receive a thank you gift from Boscov’s.

GO TO: to reserve your appointment and use sponsor code 3991

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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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