2017 Social Calendar

Plan your fun and charitable giving

Here you’ll find all types of events that will raise funds and make friends for the dozens of local charities that support all sorts of societal needs.

The following calendar, the only one of its kind in the city, lists as many charitable events as we could gather. Some events still have details to be worked out, and we’ve provided contact information with each listing so you can fill in the blanks as agencies firm up their plans. We’re proud to say that many agencies rely on our Social Calendar to determine dates for their events and use it to get ideas for future fundraisers.

We Hoosiers are a generous lot, whether by creating endowments that will last for generations or tossing some change into a Salvation Army kettle. The following events provide needed funds that allow these agencies to continue fighting the good fight: bringing hope, health and happiness to Fort Wayne’s poor, sick and otherwise disadvantaged residents. As the needs of the community grow, so too do the needs of the agencies that help the least of us.

Use this calendar to keep up with your favorite charity or arts organization or to expand your altruism to new recipients. We guarantee you’ll find a worthy cause. Together, we can make Fort Wayne a better place for all who call it home.


Jan. 6
Annual Postcard Show & Sale,
6-9 p.m., Artlink, Auer Center, 300 E. Main St. Artlink’s annual Postcard Show & Sale opens with a special Members Only preview sale before the opening of the e
xhibit, which runs through Feb. 17. Proceeds from all postcards sold benefit programs at Artlink. For more information, contact Christina Rorick, gallery coordinator, at Christina@artlinkfw.com or call (260) 424-7195.


Feb. 10
Fort Wayne Junior League’s New to You VIP Preview Party
6-9 p.m., Memorial Coliseum Expo IV, 4000 Parnell Ave. It’s the first ever New to You VIP Preview Party! This fundraising event includes a red carpet greeting complete with a glass of bubbly and photo ops, a fashion show, pampering stations from local salons and services, a silent auction, drinks, food and pre-sale shopping at “twice the price.” VIP Preview Party attendees will have the first opportunity to shop the New to You Community Resale Event at “twice the price” on the evening before the sale. The highly anticipated designer boutique department, offering higher end labels such as Coach, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein, will be open and showcased in the fashion show. Gently used children’s clothing and toys, housewares, appliances, furniture, adult clothing, and many other items for sale at bargain prices. Registration is $25 in advance/$30 at the door (registration will open soon). To learn more about the resale event, please visit: www.facebook.com/events/1231430340281342.

Feb. 11
Fort Wayne Junior League’s New to You Community Resale Event
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Memorial Coliseum Expo IV, 4000 Parnell Ave. Join us for the 10th annual New to You Community Resale Event! Heavy attendance anticipated. At 1:30pm, the sale will close in preparation for the bag sale that begins at 2:00pm. Fill a small bag for $5 or a large bag for $10. This event is free to attend. (Please note: Coliseum parking is $5.) The New to You sale offers gently used children’s clothing and toys, housewares, appliances, furniture, adult clothing and many other items for sale at bargain prices. The sale will also include a designer boutique where you may find higher end labels like Coach, Vera Bradley, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, etc. The New to You Community Resale Event is one of two major fundraisers that support the programing and charitable projects the women of the Junior League do across the community. For more information, please visit: www.jlfw.org.

Feb. 18
Fort Wayne Sister Cities Gala,
6 p.m., Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Dr. Fort Wayne Sister Cities International presents the annual Taste of Sister Cities Gala, featuring cuisine from all of Fort Wayne’s Sister Cities: Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland; Taizhou, China and Malamyine, Myanamar (Fort Wayne’s first Friendship City and soon to be a Sister City). All funds raised will be used for Cultural Exchanges. Expect fabulous entertainment and outstanding silent auction items to highlight the Sister Cities and raise awareness of FWSCI’s mission to “Globally Advance Friendship and Peace through Educational, Cultural and Economic Exchanges.” For tickets and more information, visit www.fortwaynesistercities.net.

Feb. 18 – March TBA
Bowl for Kids’ Sake,
coming to a bowling alley near you. Participants from teams of five collect pledges and then enjoy two free games of bowling at a specified date, time and location. Shoe rental, food and beverages included. $500 per team or $100 per player. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. (260) 456-1600 or www.bbbsnei.org.

Feb. 24
Dine 4 Rides Mardi Gras Bash,
6 p.m., Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Dr. The annual Dine 4 Rides event takes on a Mardi Gras theme this year with its food and entertainment. Proceeds will provide medical transportation for seniors and people with disabilities via the Community Transportation Network. (260) 420-3407 or www.ridectn.org.


March 4
Allen County SPCA Pawject Runway,
Hotel Fort Wayne Marquis Ballroom, 305 E. Washington Center Road. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Be a part of an exciting red carpet event showcasing the creative talents of local groomers competing for bragging rights and awards. Groomers will have booth space in which to transform their four-legged models into magnificent works of art, then work the runway while the judges tally up scores. Guests will arrive on the red carpet where the paparazzi will be snapping pictures celebrity-style. Attendees will be treated to hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while being entertained. VIP ticket holders will enjoy preferred seating at the runway. (260) 744-0454 or www.acspca.org.

March 4
Do Re Mi: Dinner & Music Review,
6-9 p.m., IPFW International Ballroom at Walb Union, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music performed by ensembles from the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. Proceeds benefit the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. $60/person. Cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. (260) 481-0481 or doremi@fwcchoir.org.

March 3
ARTrageous Gala and Auction 2017,
6 p.m., Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St. Featuring live and silent auctions brimming with art, jewelry and travel and luxury packages, it’s a night to remember with top-tier cuisine and live music. This exciting and luxurious evening at FWMoA raises essential funding to help the museum continue to serve the community as the largest regional resource for the visual arts. Tickets are $175/person or $225/patron level. The evening includes a go
urmet meal, beverage, entertainment and the chance to bid in the most art-focused auction in the city. (260) 422-6467 or www.fwmoa.org/gala2017.

March 9
Dancing with the Arc Stars,
5:30-10 p.m., Ceruti’s Banquet & Event Center, 6325 Illinois Road. Local community leaders are paired with Easter Seals Arc’s ballroom dancers and perform for your votes. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Arc, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. www.easterseals.com/neindiana.

March 18-19
FAME Festival,
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon- 5 p.m. Sun., Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. The FAME Festival showcases more than 6,000 pieces of art and sculpture and more than 2,000 performers in choirs, bands, dance and drama in grades K-8. Artists in residence perform for the public, and children participate in hands-on crafts and arts activities. The festival includes more than 70 schools and organizations from public and private school districts. $5/adults, free to under 18. Proceeds benefit FAME, the Foundation for Art and Music in Education. (260) 247-7325, info@famearts.org or www.famearts.org.

March 19
Taizhou Luantan Opera,
6 p.m., Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. The public is invited to celebrate five years of sisterhood between Fort Wayne and Taizhou, China with a performance by the award-winning Taizhou Luantan Opera on its first visit to the United States. This event is a collaboration between Fort Wayne Sister Cities (FWSCI) and Foundation for Art and Music in Education (FAME). For ticket information, visit www.fortwaynesisterscities.net

March 23
Settlers Inc.’s Guided History Tour and Lunch,
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Settlers member and educator Linda Huge will lead a guided history tour of the Allen County Courthouse and Historic Swinney Homestead with a lunch at the homestead. Proceeds will support the maintenance of the Historic Homestead. Reservations of $25 needed by March 16. Transportation is not included, and the event is geared toward those ages 14 and older. For more information, call (260) 747-1501 or (260) 747-1229 or go to www.settlersinc.org.


April 17
Imagine That 2017 Mustard Seed Furniture Beer Pairing Dinner,
time, ticket prices and location to be announced. Proceeds benefit Mustard Seed Furniture Bank. (260) 471-5802 or www.mustardseedfortwayne.com.

April 22
2017 Cadets in Cadence,
5:30 p.m., Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent auction with dinner and live auction at 7 p.m. $125/person. Proceeds benefit students, providing scholarships and tuition assistance for those in need. Contact Alison Eckert at aeckert@clhscadets.com or (260) 483-1102 or visit www.cadetsincadence.com.

April 22
Parkview Foundation 14th Annual Cookin’ Men,
7 p.m., Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Once again, 100 local men become chefs for an evening as they prepare, donate and serve their very own culinary concoctions and spirits. The goal, as always, is to attract a sold-out crowd and break donation records. Last year, 1,500 people attended and $190,000 was raised that went directly to life-saving research through Parkview’s new Breast Cancer Registry. This year’s beneficiary will continue to support women’s health, and specifically breast health, initiatives for patients of Northeast Indiana. For more information, contact Jen Veatch at jenifer.veatch@parkview.com or (260) 266-7800 or go to www.parkviewfoundations.org.

April 27
Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust,
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Plaza Dr. The Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust ignite a passion for ethics by celebrating those who “Do it Right!” Established in 2006 and hosted by the Charitable & Educational Foundation of BBB, the awards bring attention to the stellar practices the organization’s honorees employ to generate a high level of trust among their team members, their customers and their communities. (260) 918-2069 or www.bbb.org/northernindiana.

April 28
Tapestry: A Day For You,
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Proceeds benefit women’s scholarships at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. This year’s keynote speaker is journalist Ann Curry, a former NBC news anchor and international correspondent who has covered wars in Syria and Iraq, reported on humanitarian disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and hosted “The Today Show.” Ticket prices to be announced. For more information, call (260) 481-6854 email tapestry@ipfw.edu or visit www.ipfw.edu/tapestry.

April 28
Big Brothers Big Sisters 44th Annual Gourmet Dinner,
location, time and ticket information TBA. Guests are offered a reception followed by a multi-course gourmet meal, keynote speaker and grand prize giveaway. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. (260) 456-1600 or www.bbbsnei.org.


May 5
31st Annual Festival of Wines,
5:30-8:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road. This annual gala features a varied selection of wines from the United States and abroad, paired with hors d’oeuvres and dessert, plus live music. All proceeds benefit Visiting Nurse. Ticket prices TBA. (260) 435-3222 or www.vnfw.org.

May 5
Historic Swinney Homestead Open House/Settlers,
Inc. Plant Sale,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne’s Historic Swinney Homestead, built in 1844, will be open for walk-through tours and refreshments. There is no admission fee. Proceeds from the plant sale support Settlers’ maintenance and restoration of the homestead. (260) 637-8622 or www.settlersinc.org.

May 7
Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne,
noon-5 p.m., Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Japanese folk dancing, Taiko drums, sushi, samurai, martial arts, tea ceremonies, origami, silk, bonsai trees, anime characters and even cherry blossoms. A one-day festival to celebrate everything Japanese, the Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by Fort Wayne Sister Cities International and Japanese American Association of Indiana. Admission is free with food, merchandise and games available for purchase. The festival promotes Fort Wayne Sister Cities’ community education about Japanese culture. cherryblossomfw@gmail.com or www.cherryblossomfw.com.

May 13
Fourth Annual Fairy Tale Fest,
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Arts United Campus, 300 block of East Main Street downtown. An entire day of performances, arts and crafts, food, face painting, costumes and book character meet-and-greets. Plus performances from Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Ballet and Youtheatre, which will perform “James and the Giant Peach.” Proceeds benefit participating organizations. Tickets are $20 and include admission to Fort Wayne Museum of Art. www.fortwayneyoutheatre.org.

May 20-21
Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale,
noon-2:30 p.m. each day, Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave. The annual and perennial plants offered are homegrown by Master Gardener volunteers or from the Educational Display Gardens at the Extension Office. Proceeds from the sale help support the display gardens and the Purdue Master Gardener Program in Allen County. (260) 481-6826.


June 17
Northeast Indiana Kidney Walk and Kidney Health Assessment at Headwaters Park,
333 S. Clinton St. Check-in at 8:30 a.m., with the walk at 9:30 a.m. The Kidney Walk calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. The Kidney Health Assessment is a free 15-minute assessment which includes blood pressure measurement, body mass index calculation and free clinical consultation about chronic kidney disease. All proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana. For more information, go to www.kidneywalk.org.

June 24-25
Northern Indiana Pet Expo,
11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. This annual spring event showcases dozens of pet-related vendors and shelters and rescues with adoptable animals. Thousands of pet lovers and hundreds of pets take advantage of this event, which includes vendors, obedience tips and classes, vets on hand to take questions, obstacle courses for your furry friends and more. $5/adults; $3/seniors and children ages 6 to 12 and $1 for healthy and altered dogs and cats. Children 5 and under get in free. Proceeds benefit the Allen County SPCA. www.northernindianapetexpo.org.


July 20
Batters & Bidders,
5:30 p.m., Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. This family-friendly annual fundraising event is a great way to enjoy a TinCaps game from the exclusive TreeTops area of Parkview Field while supporting the 3,000 children and teens who benefit from after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne each year. Bid on unique silent auction items, enjoy dinner and stay for fireworks. (260) 744-0998 or www.bgcfw.org.


Aug. 18
Zoo Brew & Wine Too,
5-9 p.m., Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Those 21 and older can sample fantastic food, beer and wine while exploring the zoo and listening to local bands. Proceeds benefit zoo operations, education and conservation programs and animal care. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. development@kidszoo.org or www.kidszoo.org.

August TBA
14th Annual Brad Miller Golf Outing,
time and date TBA, Noble Hawk Golf Links, 3005 Noble Hawk Drive, Kendallville. Event in the past has been a Florida Scramble with pickup after par with a delicious meal following each golf round. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. (260) 456-1600 or www.bbbsnei.org.


Sept. 9-10
Fort Wayne’s Historic Swinney Homestead Open House,
11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. The Historic Swinney Homestead, built in 1844, will be open for walk-through tours. Members of Settlers, Inc., will share history of the homestead, located in Swinney Park, as well as history of the Swinney family. There is no fee; donations accepted. (260) 424-7212 or www.settlersinc.org.

Sept. 17
9th Annual A Toast To Life: Specialty Beer and Food Pairing Dinner,
4-7 p.m., location TBA. Attendees at this exclusive event will enjoy a six-course meal crafted by Club Soda, with each course paired with a select specialty beer chosen by the experts at Five Star Distributing. “A Toast to Life” toasts the lives and memories of family and friends who are no longer with us, while supporting the work of Visiting Nurse. Ticket prices TBA. (260) 435-3222 or www.vnfw.org.

Sept. 18
Parkview Foundation 23rd annual Golf Classic Celebration,
time TBA, Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road. Golfers will enjoy breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. In past years, participants have had two flights of golf to choose from. Golfers in both flights compete for team and skill awards given at the end of each flight. Participants provide support for the people and patients at Parkview through programs and services that would not be possible without the generosity of donors. Golfer registration fees to be announced, and sponsorship opportunities are available. www.parkviewfoundations.org.


Oct. 6
Erin’s House Wine for the Spirit,
time TBA, A Party Apart, 200 E. Superior St. Erin’s House for Grieving Children will host its 12th annual Wine for the Spirit fundraising event, which is considered one of the premier fundraisers in the region showcasing exquisite wine and cuisine in a unique setting along with exceptional auction items. In the past, Wine for the Spirit has raised millions of dollars and has enabled Erin’s House for Grieving Children to provide support services for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one. Erin’s House provides all services at no fee to grieving children and their families. (260) 423-2466 or www.erinshouse.org.

October TBA
Java & Jazz,
details to be announced. Live music, silent and live auctions, wine tasting and food samples from local chefs are featured. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Arc, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. www.easterseals.com/neindiana.


Nov. 18
Big Brothers Big Sisters 10th Annual Women’s Champagne Brunch,
9-11:30 a.m., Allen County Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. This event features a champagne brunch, silent auction, a fashion show and testimonials as well as the announcement of the Diane Humphrey Award, given to someone who has shown commitment to the youth in the community. There is no fee to attend, but the hope is the event inspires people to make a gift of a monetary donation. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information, check www.bbbsnei.org or call (260) 456-1000.

November TBA
Smart Girls Brilliant Women luncheon,
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., date TBA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, 2609 Fairfield Ave. This popular luncheon event is an opportunity to meet and support the girls and young women of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. The keynote speaker will share moving and personal experiences with guests and young “Smart Girls” who join each table. The 2017 Smart Girl of the Year will be announced. Ticket prices TBA. Proceeds support programs like Smart Girls, designed to encourage girls to develop a healthy attitude and lifestyle, as well as help them acquire positive self-concept and decision-making skills. (260) 744-0998 or www.bgcfw.org.

November TBA
32nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting,
5-6 p.m., Baker Street Train Station, 221 W. Baker St. This moving ceremony honors those who have passed on and supports those who go on living. Organized by Visiting Nurse. Purchase memorial lights by calling (260) 435-3222 or visiting www.vnfw.org.

November TBA
Bruce Ewing Landscaping Designer Showcase,
124 N.Thomas Road. See the latest from decorators at the Holiday Shop, and choose from personally selected garlands, custom ribbons, wreaths and holiday accessories. Ticket prices to be announced. Ticket sales benefit the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, and 10 percent of sales benefit the center. www.bemarriedevents.com/holiday-shop.


Dec. 1-2
Inc.’s Christmas “At-Home” with the Swinney Sisters,
1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Visit Fort Wayne’s elegantly decorated Swinney Homestead to celebrate the Christmas spirit and have refreshments. Hearthstone Ensemble will provide early American music. Syllabub, tasty savories and sweets will be served, and unique items will be for sale in the gift shop. Proceeds from the $20 fee and sales support the homestead. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the event runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Call (260) 747-1229 or (260) 747-1501 to make reservations. Go to www.settlersinc.org for more information.

First appeared in the December 2016 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.


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