Events that raise money for some type of charity, including galas, golf outings, shopping events, charity auctions, etc. Deadline is two weeks before event date.
Sustainable Living Night: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. Incinerator-Free Lake County will host an educational and entertaining fundraiser featuring Dr. Neil Seldman, president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, along with additional speakers, music, snacks and drinks. Learn about sustainable living and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. We need your support. Donations will be accepted at the door. Visit incineratorfree.com.
Improv challenge: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, Warren Township High School Almond Campus cafeteria, 34090 Almond Road, Gurnee. Student improv group "Giggles 'n Bits" will take on faculty team "Adequate Yearly Progress." Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 each. Ticket sales will help raise money for a new light board for theater productions.
Wii Bowling Tournament: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Mundelein Park District Regent Center, 1200 Regent Drive, Mundelein. The Mundelein Park District will hold a Nintendo Wii Bowling tournament and scholarship fundraiser for adults ages 40 and older. Cost is $10 with advance registration ($15 with controller provided). Walk-ins are also welcome. A portion of proceeds from all registrations will go toward the Mundelein Parks Foundation which provides scholarships to area residents for park district programs. For information, to donate, or to register, call (847) 566-0650. Visit mundeleinparks.org.
Rock The Fox: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 6, Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake. Live music performed by local bands. Admission is one canned good or $1 to support The Edge Church food pantry. For information or to register a band, call (630) 287-1592, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit edge-church.com.
February Fun Fest: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Woodlawn School, 6362 Gilmer Road, Long Grove. Hosted by Congregation Beth Judea the event includes appetizers, buffet meal, prizes, live and silent auctions, games, more. $25 adults; $10 for children 13 and younger. RSVP to (847) 634-0777 or Lneiman@BethJudea.org.
Chess Without Borders: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Barbara Rose Elementary School, 61 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Funds will be raised through food sales at the chess tournament to benefit Haiti children. For information or to donate food items for the sale, call Rishi, (847) 924-3455 or Kyle, (847) 382-8092.
Haiti fundraiser: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 6, Scott Dogs Grill and Catering, 895 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Ten percent of all hot dog sales will be donated through the Red Cross to help earthquake victims in Haiti.
Benefit Concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. The Downhome Sophisticates will perform a pre-Valentine's Day concert to raise funds for Prairie Crossing Charter School. This adults-only event includes a cash bar, romantic raffle items and other surprises. Tickets are $15 in advance; call (847) 543-9722 or e-mail email@example.com.
Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Hilton Chicago. 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Event honors top athletes from Chicago's professional teams for outstanding performances on and off the field. Benefits the March of Dimes. Honorees includes Frank Thomas, Jonathan Toews, John Salmons, Ryan Dempster, A.J. Pierzynski, Jon Busch and Alex Brown. Visit csnchicago.com or call (312) 596-4722.
Valentine Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 13, American Legion Lake Region Post 703 Hall, 703 N. Route 12, Fox Lake. The 10th District members of the American Legion Auxiliary offer all-you-can-eat pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage patties, and beverages for a $6 per person donation. Children 5 and under are free. A Sweetheart Raffle will also be held.
Ladies Aid Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, St. Matthew Lutheran School, 24480 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. Used book, DVD and CD Sale in the school gym. Part of St. Matthew's "Love is More Than Skin Deep" month, to raise money for Jeremiah Krueger, an infant with a very rare skin disorder, epodermolytic hyperkeratosis. For information visit stmatts.net or call (847) 438-7709.
Casserole Cook Off: 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, St. Matthew Lutheran School, 24480 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. No charge, but donations may be made as part of St. Matthew's "Love is More Than Skin Deep" month, to raise money for Jeremiah Krueger, an infant with a very rare skin disorder, epodermolytic hyperkeratosis. For information visit stmatts.net or call (847) 438-7709.
St. Baldrick's fundraiser: 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, Jerseys Pizza & Grill, 2360 Lakewood Boulevard, Hoffman Estates. To raise money for children's cancer research. There will be raffles for prizes including tickets to the Chicago Rush season opener, concert tickets, authentic Patrick Kane jersey, and more. Attendees can sign up to have their heads shaved to help raise funds. Visit stbaldricks.org.
National Junior Disability Championships fundraiser: For the entire month of February, Wheeling Auto Center, 2430 E. Hintz Road, Arlington Heights, will donate $5 from every oil change and $25 for every referral to NJDC, a national competition for young people with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Visit njdc2010.org. For appointments, (847) 259-3776 or wheelingautocenter.com.
It Can Be Done: Mondays and Tuesdays, Francesca's Intimo, 293 E Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Francesca's Intimo has agreed to donate 15 percent of patrons' bills to the nonprofit organization It Can Be Done! on Mondays and Tuesdays if the customer mentions the organization to a restaurant employee. The proceeds will benefit the purchasing of a drill to construct wells throughout the 12 villages of Uru on Mount Kilimanjaro, providing the 30,000 people living there with freshwater. For information or to donate, visit itcanbedoneafrica.org or e-mail Barbara Joye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our House of Hope donations: Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue has set up accounts at Green Tree Animal Hospital, 1165 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, and Shear Paradise Pet Salon, 408 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein. Donations at either location may be made to the accounts to provide care for the organization's animals. Donors who would like to be recognized can mail receipts for their donations to Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue, 5250 Grand Ave., Suite 14 - PMB 176, Gurnee, or e-mail them to Ourhouseofhope@yahoo.com. For information on Green Tree Animal Hospital, visit email@example.com, visit petsalonandspa.com or call (847) 970-7722. Visit ourhouseofhoperescue.net or call (773) 552-4673.