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Philanthropy calendar

IYRS holiday fundraising event, Higher Ground International Extravaganza and more.

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Philanthropy calendar

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HOLIDAY FUNDRAISING EVENT

The International Yacht Restoration School will host its annual holiday party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the school located at 449 Thames St., Newport. During this informal event, guests will get a chance to see the daily activity of students engaged in craft-based making, building and restoring. Faculty and staff will be available to answer any questions about the school and information will be available on career training programs. Refreshments and a cash bar will be offered. Gift memberships can be purchased and donations to the school’s annual fund can be made during the event. For more information, call (401) 848-5777 or visit www.iyrs.edu.

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE

Toys for Tots will host a holiday toy drive on Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. at Toys ‘R’ Us, 375 East Ave., Warwick. During the event, new, unwrapped toy donations will be accepted and characters such as Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head and Toys “R” Us’ Geoffrey the Giraffe along with the Duracell Rapid Responder will be on hand to greet people. For more information, call (401) 821-3872 or visit www.toysfortots.org>.

CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Higher Ground International will host its third annual Cultural Extravaganza at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Blackstone Visitors Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. This year’s theme evokes the concept of “Bringing the Village To-gether.” Proceeds will help bring clean water and sanitation to 15,000 people in rural Liberia, and support HGI’s culturally relevant youth workforce development program in Rhode Island. The evening will include an awards presentation, African cultural performances, a cocktail reception, silent auction, raffles, food, live music and dancing. Cost: $60 per person. For more information and to buy tickets, contact Henrietta at (401) 339 2948, e-mail contact@highergroundintl.org or visit www.highergroundintl.org.

SNOW ANGEL BALL FOR EPILEPSY

The Matty Fund will host a fundraising event from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. The event will support the fund’s mission to improve the lives of children living with epilepsy. The evening will feature entertainment by the Malloi Band as well as dinner, dancing, a photo booth and much more. Cost: $100 per person. For more information, contact Linda Lynch at (401) 789-7330 ext. 14, email linda@mattyfund.org or visit mattyfund.org.

2014 GAMM GALA

The Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre will host its 12th annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St., Providence. The event will celebrate the career and accomplishments of veteran actor and board member Sam Babbitt at the Providence Biltmore’s Grand Ballroom. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the company’s artistic and educational programs. Cost: $175 per person. For more information, call (401) 723-4266 or visit www.gammtheatre.org.

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