“Take Action Against Hate” Dinner - The Gonzaga Institute’s fourth annual event will honor the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and the Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Spokane. All proceeds will benefit the institute. At the dinner, the Eva Lassman Award, which is issued annually to honor an organization and an individual who has committed his or her life to challenge hate, will be presented. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the formal program at 7 p.m., with a theme of “Transformations.” Tuesday, Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall Globe Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. $50/person, $400/table of eight. (509) 313-3665.
Coeur d’Alene Resort Give Back Day - Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the resort course. A portion of every entry will be donated back to The First Tee of the Inland Northwest, which builds character and teaches life skills through golf. This is not a tournament format. Wednesday, 11 a.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, 900 Floating Green Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $75. (800) 935-6283 or (208) 667-4653.
Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County sixth Annual Gala Event - “The Race is On! - Building Kids’ Futures,” with hosted beer and wine social hour with Wine Toss, Boat Races, Mystery Bottle Auction, Silent and Super Silent Auction and raffles, followed by dinner, a live auction featuring fun places to go and things to do. Music by The Rhythm Dawgs. Dress is casual – wear your favorite race attire. Tickets online at www.bgc-northidaho.org or North Idaho Sterling Banks and the Post Falls Chamber office. Friday, 5:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $65/person. (208) 665-1919.
“Masque-Your-Aid” Benefit and Auction for Communities In Schools of Spokane County - Enjoy dinner and wine while being inspired by stories from donors and courageous students. Silent and live auctions will support the mission of empowering students to stay in school and prepare for life. Friday, 5:30 p.m., the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $50/person. (509) 413-1436.
Buckaroo Ball - Western-themed party with prizes for best looking cowgirl and cowboy. Dance to the music of Stagecoach West. Social 6:30 p.m.; music for listening and dancing 7-10 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Audubon Park Masonic Temple. Purchase tickets in advance. Friday, 6:30 p.m., Audubon Park Masonic Temple, 2821 W. Northwest Blvd. $13/person, includes dessert. (509) 326-6206.
OctoBrewfest - Annual event to benefit the Inland Northwest chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. There will microbrews, silent and live auctions, wine and gourmet soda, as well as food available for purchase from Azars and David’s Pizza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Age 21 and older. Tickets available at all TicketsWest outlets, by phone or at Yoke’s Fresh Markets. Saturday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $13/advance, $15/door. (509) 482-2022.
The Pumpkin Ball - Ninth annual event. A fun and elegant evening benefiting Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Wear your best black-tie attire for high-end live and silent auctions, gourmet dining, outstanding entertainment and a pumpkin carving contest. Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $150. (509) 474-2819.
Laugh-for-the-Cure - Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Eastern Washington Affiliate presents an evening unlike any other to help raise awareness and funding for breast health programs. This fundraising event will feature dinner and a PG-rated stand-up comedy show featuring two of the finest comedians touring today. Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays in the 14 counties to support and provide services and resources. Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $75/person, $600/table of eight; cost includes plated dinner. (509) 315-5940.
Hope House Celebrity Fashion Show and Luncheon - 14th annual event to provide shelter and refuge to vulnerable Spokane women. 11 a.m., wine tasting and auction; luncheon and fashion show at noon. Models include Cheryl Simpkins, Mike Yates, Ozzie Knezovich, Rick Van Leuven, Teresa Fuller, Lori Humphrey, Jeff Humphrey, Sister Sue Orlowski, Mark Agee, Elliot Wilde, Jeff Phillips, Joyce Cameron, Robert Johnson, Brian Myers, Debi Moon, Lisa Rossi, Mike Rossi, Kim Troyer and Dr. Jeff Collins. Oct. 26, Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Blvd. $45/person, $350/table of eight. (509) 624-2378.
“Murder on the Red Carpet” - Murder mystery and dinner presented by The Lion’s Share Theatre. Reservations due by Oct. 22. Performances are: Oct. 26-28 at 6 p.m. at Lion’s Share, 1627 N. Atlantic St. For more information, visit www.lionaround.org. $40/person, includes dinner and show. (509) 327-1113.
RYPtoberfest 2012 - Meet Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, who will be in traditional German clothing, throwing footballs and singing with the band. The evening benefits the Rypien Foundation, which helps children with cancer and their families through trying times, and the Inland Northwest Honor Flight which flies WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials. Live entertainment with German music by The Polkatones and the Barley Bashers. Prizes for wearing a costume. Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Greyhound Park and Events Center, 5100 W. Riverbend Road, Post Falls. $30/includes beer stein, two beer tokens and one food token; $55/includes beer stein and all-you-can-eat and drink. (509) 362-1781.
Oktoberfest Twilight Masquerade - Annual EWU Library fundraiser with auctioneer Austin Booker. Wine will be provided by Latah Creek Winery and Walla Walla Vintners; along with beer from No-Li Brewhouse and Golden Hills Brewery. Proceeds go to the EWU Library’s Collection Endowment Fund to purchase books, journals, and electronic resources for students, faculty, staff and the EWU community at large. Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Eastern Washington University, JFK Library, 816 F St., Cheney. $35/general, $15/student, $175/table of six. (509) 359-6915.
Odyssey Masquerade 2012 - The theme is Phantom Nights. Benefits the Odyssey Youth Center serving LGBTQ youth ages 14-21. Event is for people 21 and older. Oct. 27, 7-11 p.m., Masonic Center, Falls Room, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. $50/person. (509) 325-3637.
A Taste of Italy Dinner Fundraiser - Presented by Washington State University College of Business. Guest executive chef Andrea Trapani, head of the culinary and baking department at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, will prepare an authentic Italian meal. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students studying hospitality business management. Oct. 31, 5 p.m., Riverpoint Campus Phase One Building, Todd Addition 268, hospitality dining room. $125/person. (509) 335-7578.
Snow Dance 2012 - A black tie affair with no-host bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and auction, music and dancing from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Music by the Kelly Hughes Band. Silent auction to support the 49 Degrees North Winter Sports Foundation and the Forty-nine Alpine Ski Team (FAST). Age 21 and older. Nov. 3, Spokane Club, Georgian Room, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. $135/couple, $110/single, includes dinner and tuxedo rental. RSVP to Mr. Tux by Oct. 26 for tux, (509) 747-5207. (509) 838-8511.
Partners in Hope - The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and the St. Joseph Family Center staff invite you to attend this event of hors d’oeuvres, music, wine and silent auction. This fundraiser will feature speaker state Rep. Timm Ormsby, entertainment by the Kathleen Cavender Band and hosted by Leslie Lowe of KHQ. St. Joseph offers professional and confidential counseling services for people of all socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds. This event allows clients to receive free assistance. Nov. 3, 6 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $50/person, $80/couple, $320/group of eight. (509) 483-6495.
Endicott Community Club German Dinner and Silent Auction - Menu of German and potato sausage, meatballs, noodles, sauerkraut, tossed salad, rye bread, rolls, desserts and beverages. All proceeds go toward projects for the community of Endicott. Nov. 4, noon, at Endicott School, school gym, 308 School Road, Endicott. $12/general, $6/ages 6-10. (509) 657-3753.
Epicurean Delight - Annual event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. with tastings from 30 of the region’s wineries and microbreweries. Dining begins at 7 p.m. in the ballroom with a menu showcasing the area’s top restaurants and culinary talents, followed by an award ceremony at 9 p.m. and dancing at 9:30. Benefits the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Nov. 9, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $150 each. (509) 232-4567.