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Help Local Charities Grow This Spring!

Apr 23, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Help local charities grow this spring! Have fun while raising funds. There are a variety of charitable events going on this weekend. Read on for your chance to win our stylish social media contest! Plus, check out other unique events this weekend celebrating style, literacy, sailing, and wine!

Walk for Wishes, Annapolis Towne Centre, 1906 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis, MD 
Photo courtesy of Walk for Wishes.

 21401, Thursday, April 23rd, 5 – 8 p.m., Donation levels vary,
This event supports Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, participants are encouraged to raise funds to support the chapter's mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The event allows individuals, companies and clubs to come together and help to share the power of a wish® through their fundraising for local wish children. Make-A-Wish will offer great tips on how to make fundraising easier. There will be several exciting "fundraising challenges" throughout the months preceding the event and top fundraisers will receive awards at the post-Walk celebration.
Photo courtesy of Bikes for the World.
Bikes for the World Bike Collection, 10-1 KI Thompson Creek Shopping Center by Food Lion, 382 Thompson Creek Mall, Stevensville, MD 21666, Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Donate Bikes with a $10 Donation, 410-570-0312,
Send your old bike and old bike parts to people in need around the world. Your old bike, bike parts, tires, and tools could help someone get to work or school. A $10 per bike donation is suggested to defray the cost of shipping to overseas charity partners, which recondition the bikes and distribute them to people in need. Receipts given for tax purposes. Thank you in advance for your donations!

First Annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Walk/Run presented by Anne Arundel Dermatology and Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, Kent Island High School, 900 Love Point Road, Stevensville, MD, 21666, Sunday, April 26th, Same day registration at 7 a.m., Walk/Run begins at 8 a.m., $20-30,
Help raise funds to support research, education and advocacy for melanoma. Can't attend? Participate virtually! If you would like to support Miles for Melanoma Chesapeake Bay from the comfort of your home, choose virtual participation! Virtual registrants have a discounted registration rate. They do not participate on race day but are still eligible for all fundraising prizes (event day Champions shirt excluded).
Photo courtesy of The Gathering Baltimore.
Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Festival and Competition, Storey Park, 1005 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, Saturday, April 25th, 12 – 9 p.m., Prices vary,
Foodies unite! Indulge in the region’s Top 60 food trucks, beer and wine. Experience a range of culinary dishes from American comfort to seafood, barbeque, desserts and more as the top food trucks from your region compete for the Mayor's Cup, People's Choice and Triple Crown. Enjoy all-day live music, and premium wines, beer and spirits and cast your vote for your favorite food truck. Proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen, an organization that provides nutritious meals to 80 nearby nonprofit partners, equips unemployed men and women to begin culinary careers, and engineers successful social enterprises that advance its mission and creates good jobs for those served by the program.

What’s Up? Media’s Stylish Social Media Contest…

Want to know how to get The Look? Ask fashion and style expert, Christian Siriano! Submit your question to Christian Siriano in the comment section of our facebook page, for your chance to win 2 tickets to What's Up? Media's 2nd Annual Beauty & Wellness event, The Look on Friday 9/25 plus a complimentary hair cut from Trends Hair Salon in Annapolis! The contest ends this Friday at 6 p.m.

More fun fundraisers on the horizon include…

The Great Give 2015 – 24 Hours of Giving to Benefit Local Charities
We encourage everyone to donate and support the causes they care most about and build awareness of the good work done by our local nonprofits. The largest single day of giving in Anne Arundel County will be from 6 p.m. on May 5th to 6 p.m. on May 6th. The 2015 goal is to raise $750,000 to benefit at least 170 nonprofit organizations that serve Anne Arundel County. If each individual, business and organization makes an online donation right here during the Great Give 2015 together, we can change our community! Support your favorite local organizations with a donation. And be sure to tell your family, friends and co-workers, so they can too. For more information call 410-280-1102 or visit
Westfield Annapolis and Bright Pink partner for the 3rd year to host the 2015 VIPink Pre-Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration  
Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bright Pink’s mission is to education women on the importance of proactive breast and ovarian health. It is never too early to take steps toward prevention and detection. They strive to reach women 18-45 who have the power to be proactive regarding their health. For more information visit
SPCA Walk for Animals
Join your friends at What’s Up? Media as we proudly sponsor the 24th Annual SPCA Walk and Run for the Animals on Sunday, May 3rd at Quiet Waters Park. The 5k Run starts at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. There is even a Tails and Trails 5k! The benefit will allow the SPCA to continue our efforts in providing shelter and rehabilitation to companion animals in need and promoting humane care and concern for the animals. Importantly, funds raised will enable the SPCA of Anne Arundel County to continue to develop and facilitate much needed life-saving programs that will continue to help our community and improve the lives of companion animals. To register and for more information visit

Fashion for a Cause
a benefit for Hospice of the Chesapeake is Thursday, May 7th. Enjoy a Summer 2015 Fashion Preview and support a wonderful cause. Tickets are $100. For more information call 410-987-2003 or visit

Planning to give? Did you know we feature fundraisers in our print magazines? You can find them listed under the Special Events category of the Events Calendar. Just look for the Peace Sign. 

You can also visit our Philanthropic Calendar at for a complete list of the year’s philanthropic events. Stay tuned for the May issues of What’s Up? Annapolis, What’s Up? Eastern Shore, and What’s Up? West County as we celebrate philanthropy and meet leaders in our community who are making a difference.

Please send fundraiser announcements to for free publicity.

Other fun events this weekend celebrating literacy, sailing, and wine include…

Photo courtesy of Annapolis Book Festival.
Annapolis Book Festival, Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403, Saturday, April 25th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 410-263-9231,
Celebrate the written word at the Annapolis Book Festival is a free community event that features a full day of discussions with best-selling authors, as well as book signings, family activities, and new and used book sales. The Annapolis Book Festival is at The Key School on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and authors Jim Dwyer, Michael Moss, Boog Powell, and Martin Goldsmith are among many distinguished speakers scheduled to appear at the 2015 Annapolis Book. In addition to author appearances, the 13th annual Festival includes family-friendly entertainment and educational performances, live music and a variety of interactive children’s activities including ComicKey, a family-friendly comic adventure for children and teens with an exciting line up of comic writers and illustrators.
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, Annapolis City Dock, 110 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Friday, April 24th through Sunday April 26th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., $12-19, 410-268-8828,
Enjoy a picturesque weekend as the charming seaport of Annapolis celebrates the end of Winter and marks the opening of the sailing year April 23rd – 26th. The 2015 Spring Sailboat Show is the first opportunity of the year for experienced and novice sailors to shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing and boating accessories at the 100+ on-land nautical exhibits. The fourth annual in-water springtime show will feature nearly 80 sailboats on display – new and brokerage – including catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, family cruisers, day sailors, and inflatables. Enjoy the thrill of sailing from the show docks. Free sailboat rides will be provided by Annapolis Community Boating. The show opens daily at 10 a.m. For more information call 410-268-8828 or visit
St. Michaels WineFest, Various Locations in City of St. Michaels, St. Michaels, 21663, Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, 12 – 5 p.m., $40-100,
Sample, sip, and savor nearly 400 wines from vineyards around the world during the 6th Annual WineFest in St. Michaels Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th from 12 – 5 p.m. The event has raised thousands of dollars for various local organizations including St. Michaels Food Pantry, St. Michaels, Community Center, and more. Wine tastings are available at various locations in St. Michaels with shuttle service to escort participants safely along the tasting route and most venues are within walking distance.

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