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Tucson fundraising: charities wine and dine

Tucson fundraising: charities wine and dine

l-coronet-hotelApril is a busy month for local grassroots charities in Tucson.  Contribute to their bottom line by eating and drinking. It’s a win-win.

April 7 – Arizona Gives Day
Do you love amazing locally roasted coffee? How about freshly baked pastries? Yellow Brick Coffee will be donating a portion of their sales on Tuesday, April 7 from 7 AM – 2 PM to Arizona’s Children Association. Yellow Brick Coffee is located at 3220 S. Dodge Blvd, suite 1.

Arizona Gives Day helps raise money for hundreds of charities throughout Arizona. While Arizona may not be consistently represented in a positive light — this special day makes AZ shine.


April 11 – Adopt Love Adopt Local
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Want to meet your new best friend? Bring the family and friends to an all-day mega adoption event where 30+ local Tucson rescues will be on hand with plenty of adoptable cats and dogs as well as local vendors, local entertainment and local experts. Two dogs will even get married at the end of the event. It all happens at the Tucson Expo, 3750 E. Irvington Road between Alvernon Way and Palo Verde. Free parking, free admission, please leave your pets at home.


ADDED: April 12 – Tails and Ales
Once again the Barrio Brewing Co. is proud to offer both place and space to the Tucson Roller Derby in order to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Roller Derby.

Bring your dirty best friend/s and the Tucson Roller Derby (all wild women) are volunteering their time to give your dogs a thorough and complete wash. Cost is $15/per dog or $12 if you BYO towel.

During the hours of the event (11 AM to 4 PM) Barrio Brewing will donate 10% of sales to both charities. Woof!

Additionally, there will be gift baskets to raffle off and commemorative pint glasses for sale. Music will be provided by Tucson ’s own Shrimp Chaperone.

Barrio Brewing is located at 800 East 16th St. Tucson, AZ 85719. 791-BREW (2739)

April 12 – Jack’s CatShack Wine Tasting Benefit
4 to 6 PM
Come join in as Jack’s CatShack celebrates its 5th anniversary by partnering with CataVinos Wine Shoppe. Sample wine and nibbles while bidding on catty silent auction items. The cost is $20 ($10 is tax-deductible).

Jack’s CatShack is a 501(c)3 non-profit haven for elderly cats. The CatShack provides a home for cats 10 years + who have been surrendered to Tucson’s local shelters due to their owners becoming too ill to care for them or died or are just no longer wanted.

April 12 – 12th Annual Pie Party                                    


3 to 6 PM

Are you a pie maker extraordinaire? Get ready to enter a pie or pies — fruit, cream, other, vegan and wheat-free. The Pie Party will be held at the YWCA. Slices are $3/slice or two for $5.

The “Best in Show” pie baker decides which non-profit organization (from five which have been pre-chosen/see website for charities) to receive half of the evening’s profits.

The “People’s Pie” will be voted on by the most pie tickets collected and receive the other half of the evening’s winnings.

April 13 – Dine Out for Greyhound Rescue
Visit The Coronet, a brasserie-style restaurant, from 11 AM to 9 PM and 15% of your purchase will benefit Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA Greys). No flyer needed just mention “greyhounds” to your server.

SA Greys transitions and rehabilitates retired racing greyhounds from the dog track in South Tucson. Many of the dogs come off the track with broken legs and other injuries. No greyhound is turned away. Please consider adopting, fostering, or sponsoring a greyhound.

The Coronet is located at 402 E. 9th Street, Tucson AZ 85705

April 22 – Dine Out for Safety
This event benefits SACASA (Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault). Up to 20% of your check will benefit this organization which works to end sexual assault and respond to the needs of individuals affected by the violence. Did you know that someone is affected by sexual violence every 2.5 minutes and every 13 seconds a child is abused?

Check out the list of participating restaurants.

Alisha Escoto

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