Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Benefiting Others

Aug 8, 2013

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In addition to details about for-profit concerts, public town-halls, art gallery showings and the like, KGOU’s events calendars regularly include information on so-called “benefits” and fundraising events.

In this week's OneSix8, we highlight four such events where you can donate time, energy and even dollars and cents for a cause.

More than 400,000 people in the United States live with Multiple Sclerosis - a debilitating auto-immune disease which affects the central nervous system. Raising funds to support MS research and assist those impacted by the disease is among the charters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Tonight the Oklahoma chapter of the non-profit organization presents the 7th Annual MS Smarty Pants Trivia Night fundraiser to support organizational efforts. This event takes place at the Oklahoma History Center and begins at 7 p.m. Individual tickets remain for those interested in participating in raffles and/or watching various teams demonstrate their collective trivial knowledge. Attendees must be 21 or older.      

Cleanup continues in Moore and other communities directly impacted by the May tornadoes. Similarly, efforts to raise funds for relief and recovery continue.   

The Society in Oklahoma City celebrates its two year anniversary Friday, August 9 by raising funds for tornado relief efforts through art and music. Made for Moore features food, artwork by more than 60 artists from across the nation, and live performances by Chrome Pony, Jacob Abello, Jabee and Crystal Vision. The event is from 7-11 p.m.

Regional Physical Therapy hosts its fourth annual Cha Cha for Children fundraiser August 10. The event was created to raise funds for The Children’s Center, which provides physical therapy to children with medical disabilities. This year’s theme is “Hats Off to Kids” and features a photo booth for guests to take pictures with their favorite hat. This event is from 7-10:30 p.m. and includes a DJ, raffle, and dinner & drinks.

The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center presents the 2013 Midnight Streak the evening of Saturday, August 10.

Midnight Streak is an annual, USATF-certified 5K run for the arts. More than 1,000 runners participated in 2012, including social runners as well as serious racers. Proceeds support Oklahoma Contemporary’s mission to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. The streak will also help keep arts exhibitions in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery free to the public year-round. 

Festivities begin at 9 p.m. with children’s activities and music by Full Circle. The race begins at 11 p.m. at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

As always, there are more details on these and other events to help you fill the next 168 hours of your week in our online events listing.