Boston’s Best Upcoming Summer Charity Events

June 16, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House/Facebook)

In Boston, no one has to choose between having a good time and giving to a number of causes that could use some help. In fact, the two go hand in hand in many cases. From fashion shows to golf competitions, it is possible to engage in an interest or hobby while supporting a charity or organization that deserves it. No matter what a person wants to support, be it medical treatment or neighborhood enhancement, Boston has a way to do it.

catwalk Bostons Best Upcoming Summer Charity Events

Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care
State Room
60 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 854-5000

Date: June 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. (VIP ticket holders at 6 p.m.)

Boston is known for its fantastic health care facilities, and is proud to be so. Boston Medical Center is one of those facilities, and it offers a range of cancer care to its patients. Of course, funding helps a lot, so events like the Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care are put on to raise money and awareness of need. The best part about this event is that the very people at the core of the cause are the models. Guests will see staff members and even patients showing off designer duds on the catwalk.

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(Photo from Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House/Facebook)

(Photo from Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House/Facebook)

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House’s 9th Annual Sweet Soul Supper
Morss Hall, MIT
142 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 547-4680

Date: June 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. (VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m.)

In life, Margaret Fuller was a social reformer at heart. In her death, her childhood home has become the headquarters of an organization that works hard to make the changes necessary for empowerment, education, health and much more in the city. Among the initiatives supported by the Sweet Soul Supper are an active food pantry and The Men’s Health League. This benefit is a night of good food, good families and good music for a great cause.

(Photo from Project Smile)

(Photo from Project Smile)

8th Annual Project Smile Charity Auction
100 Warrenton St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8061

Date: Sept. 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Project Smile, while an event for adults only, is all about raising money for children who have lived through trauma. This is a date auction, meaning guests will get the opportunity to bid on dates with professional men and women between 21 and 45 years old. The highest bidder gets a date, but they could even get married as two couples from past auctions have. Every date comes with a gift certificate for something fun to do in the city to keep the experience exciting. The evening features food, music and possibly even gifts from event sponsors.

(Photo from Community Boating)

(Photo from Community Boating)

Community Boating SAILabration Fundraiser
Community Boating, Inc.
21 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 523-1038

Date: July 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Community Boating, Inc. is an organization dedicated to making the typically expensive hobby of sailing more accessible to the people of Boston. This means greater affordability and physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities. SAILabration is an Independence Day celebration that is not only fun, but also raises money for this recreational organization. It includes family activities like face painting, a traditional barbecue with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and waterfront seating for the famous 4th of July fireworks that evening.

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(Photo from Facebook)

(Photo from Facebook)

2014 Run To Home Base
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(877) 733-7699

Date: July 19, 2014 (Weather permitting)

Fenway Park’s Run to Home Base is a fundraising event aimed at helping soldiers who are returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fundraisers will either run a 9K or walk a 3K through Boston and across home plate at Fenway Park. What better way to raise money for a worthy cause than making it across the same home plate that players like Ted Williams and David Ortiz have made it across? Families and spectators are also welcome at the park and along the course for food and festivities.

(Photo courtesy: Pan-Mass Challenge-Facebook)

(Photo courtesy: Pan-Mass Challenge-Facebook)

2014 Pan Mass. Challenge

Dates: August 2-3

The Pan-Mass challenge brings New Englanders together for the first weekend of August every year, as spectators watch thousands of bikers go the distance to fight cancer. There are six two-day routes that range from 153 to 190 miles and five one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles. Cyclists are required to raise between $500 and $5,000 to ride in the PMC, depending on the chosen route. This year, WBZ-TV is an official partner of the PMC.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at

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