7 Ways to Give Back in 7 Days

Tutu Run 5k

Lady Tutu 5K via Kid101

By Mariah West

Sample local food at the 2018 Celebrity Chef to benefit animals through Columbus Humane

Thursday, April 5 @ 6:00pm–8:30pm
St. Charles Preparatory School

For over 100 years, Columbus Humane has provided shelter, care, and advocacy for the welfare of Central Ohio animals in need. Help further their mission this Thursday as they host their 16th annual Celebrity Chef foodie fundraiser at St. Charles Prep School. At this event, an estimated 400 guests will get to stroll & sample bites from a variety of local restaurants, meet adoptable animals, and mingle with local celebrities, with all event proceeds benefitting homeless & abused animals in the community.
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Take an herb gardening class to benefit OSU’s Chadwick Arboretum

Thursday, April 5 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm

Growing your own herbs is an easy, fun way to add fresh flavor to homemade cocktails & food. Learn how to start your own garden with expert Deb Knapke as she hosts an cocktail gardening class over drinks & bites at Mozart’s in the Short North on Thursday evening. Guests will receive a growing guide, plants & seeds, and cocktail recipes, with ticket purchases benefiting educational programs & gardens at OSU’s Chadwick Arboretum.
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Attend or volunteer at the Evening of Light fundraiser for Alvis human services agency

Friday, April 6 @ 6:30pm
Saint Charles Preparatory School (Robert C. Walter Center)

Alvis is a nonprofit that specializes in social services such as behavioral health & substance abuse treatment, family support, recovery housing, and assistance to those with developmental disabilities. This Friday, the organization will be hosting its annual fundraiser, Evening of Light, an event which will feature inspirational stories from guest speakers, live music & entertainment, complimentary wine & beer, and gourmet food. Purchase tickets to attend, or volunteer to set-up/tear-down the event with Columbus Gives Back.
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Volunteer or participate in the Tutu Run 5k to benefit Make-A-Wish

Saturday, April 7 @ 8:00am–9:00am
Easton Town Center

Hundreds of costume-clad girls & women will dash through Easton Town Center Saturday morning for the annual Lady Tutu 5K & Little Princess Dash. This social, fun fitness event celebrates female empowerment, with funds going to charity partner, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana. Grab your tutu & tiara and join the fun as a racer, or sign up to volunteer to get involved.
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Party at the UA Brew Fest to benefit Tri-Village Rotary


Saturday, April 7 @ 3:00pm-6:00pm POSTPONED as of April 2, 2018 (DETAILS)
Tremont Center

The Tri-Village Rotary Club will debut a new beer-lovers’ bash on Saturday with their UA Brew Fest. This party will highlight the best in Columbus beverages, with 8 local breweries to pour up samples to thirsty guests alongside food trucks. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Rotary’s efforts to promote goodwill in the community & beyond though volunteerism and humanitarian service projects.
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Attend The Shrunken Head’s drive concert for Star House homeless youth shelter

Saturday, April 7 @ 7:30pm-12:30am
The Shrunken Head

Grab a drink and catch a show with 5 local bands at The Shrunken Head on Saturday evening as the rock & roll bar hosts a drive for the OSU Star House, which provides shelter & assistance to homeless youth. Admission to the party will directly benefit Star House, and guests are also encouraged to bring donations of items like new underwear & towels, deodorant, and book bags for the shelter.
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Take a yoga class with cats of the Eat, Purr, Love Café to benefit SNAP spay/neuter efforts

Sunday, April 8 @ 3:00pm–4:30pm
Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

Truly one of its kind in Columbus, the Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café partners with the Capital Area Humane Society to provide a space where guests can sip coffees while meeting & interacting with adoptable cats. The kitty-persons’ paradise welcomes locals to join them for group yoga class amongst the felines on Sunday afternoon, with 100% of ticket sales going to spay/neuter efforts of SNAP (Spay, Neuter Assistance Program of Ceontral Ohio).
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