Got an overdue library book? Found a DVD that should have been returned a while ago? Well, if you pay your fine on Jan. 28, you’ll help literacy. The Winnipeg Public Library will transfer all overdue fines for library materials returned that day to the Winnipeg Foundation’s Literacy for Life Fund. This fund supports literacy initiatives and, since being created in 2003, has received $35,000 in library donations.
Gluten-free pancake brunch
The Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association is holding its annual fundraising pancake brunch Feb. 1. The fundraiser, which features gluten-free pancakes and sausages, is being held at the Maranatha Church (910 Sturgeon Rd.), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The brunch costs $5 and children under 12 are free. Gluten-free foods to donate to Winnipeg Harvest are welcome. For more information: www.manitobaceliac.com.
Ringette tournament helps fight cancer
A Feb. 7-9 ringette tournament is raising funds for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Keira’s Winter Klassic, a fundraiser started by Keira Bond, who was 11 when she died of cancer in 2017, is the third annual U-12 A2/A3 ringette tournament. It is being held at the Keith Bodley Arena (165 Sansome Ave.). The tournament will have eight teams, with the entry fee $750 and three games guaranteed. There is also a bake sale and organizers are seeking sponsors for the event. For more information: www.keiraskrusade.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mood Disorders fundraiser
The 11th annual In the Mood fundraising gala for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba is being held March 21. The fundraiser, in the Hotel Fort Garry’s Grand Ballroom, features dinner, dancing, and an award honouring lawyer Maria Mitousis, who volunteers with numerous organizations. Tickets cost $200 and can be purchased by contacting executive director Colleen McDuff at 204-560-1462 or email@example.com.
Help children living with special needs
The 21st annual Super Flea Market fundraiser is being held Feb. 1-2 by the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association. The market, featuring 80 booths offering everything from vintage to new items, is at Assiniboia Downs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 draw. Admission to the event, which helps children living with special needs receive therapeutic horseback riding, is $5, with children under 12 free. For more details, contact MRDA at 204-925-5905.
Fundraiser helps special-needs advocacy
The Family Advocacy Network of Manitoba is holding its first Bud, Spud and Steak on Feb. 1. The event, a fundraiser for the organization which is a support and advocacy organization for parents and family members of people living with special needs, is being held at the Canad Inns Polo Park’s TYC Event Centre from 5-8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person, and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Audra at 204-391-2851.
Dreams Take Flight gala
It will be Viva Las Vegas to help children with special needs and economic hardship realize their dream of going to Disney World in Florida. Dreams Take Flight Winnipeg is holding its annual fundraising gala with a Las Vegas theme at the Victoria Inn and Convention Centre on Feb. 29. It features a live auction and silent auction prizes. Tickets cost $150. For more details, or to reserve a spot: dreamstakeflight.ca or email email@example.com.
Deadline for grants
The deadline for grant applications to the Winnipeg Foundation is coming up fast. The application deadline for one-time community grants is Jan. 31, while deadlines for Literacy for Life grants is Feb. 1 and camp and summer program grants is Feb. 15. Go to www.wpgfdn.org/Granting/ApplyforaGrant.aspx for information about how to apply.
Save date for Variety gala
You should save the date for the 2020 Gold Heart fundraising gala for Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba. The gala, which is honouring longtime Variety volunteer and supporter Louis Trepel, is taking place at the RBC Convention Centre on May 2. Tickets are $300, and can be purchased by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or going to varietymanitoba.com.
Art auction fundraiser
The CNIB Foundation is holding its annual 20/20 Insight Gala and Art Auction on March 12. The event, being held at the RBC Convention Centre, will also honour Dr. Marilyn Ekins and Dr. Paul Shuckett and includes dinner, and live and silent auctions of artwork donated by local and national artists. Tickets start at $150, and can be purchased by contacting Glenda Gascoigne at 204-789-0947 or email@example.com.
Fashion show to help ill children, families
It will be fashion in a Roaring Twenties environment helping seriously ill children and their families March 12. The 34th annual Hope Couture Fashion gala fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba is being held at the RBC Convention Centre. The evening features dinner, fast dancing flappers with bob cuts, and a fashion runway show featuring outfits from local stores. For more information: Jolie-Anne Horn at 204-229-2724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laugh to help animals
You can laugh and help animals at the Brandon Humane Society. The Human Condition spring comedy tour features three comedians — Scott Porteous, Scott Belford, and Adam Mac — performing in Brandon on March 12, Oakbank on March 13, and Binscarth on March 14. For more information and tickets: www.facebook.com/thccomedytour.