Jazzed for Justice - An evening of food, drinks, jazz and justice. All proceeds from the ticket sales and gifts made at the event support the Center for Justice. Jazz music by Julia Keefe; food provided by Feast Catering Co.; and beverages provided by River City Brewing and DOMA Coffee Roasting Co. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave. $30, includes heavy appetizers; no-host bar available. (509) 835-5211.
Taking a Bite out of Hunger - 19th annual event and one of the region’s hottest food and beverage tasting events. There will be 50 purveyors of fine food, wines, microbrews, spirits and coffee who will provide generous samples. Changes this year include whimsical handmade flower centerpieces that can be purchased for $35. Beer connoisseurs can buy buckets with microbrews, logoed glasses and more for $50. Lots of silent auction-themed tables. May 15, 5:30-9 p.m., Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $75. (509) 252-6265.
Fabulous ’50s Party and Silent Auction - 55th anniversary with a 1950s dinner menu of burgers and sodas, antique car show, dancing, silent auction and costume contest. Music by Joel Brantley. May 17, 5-9 p.m., Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. $15/advance, $20/door, includes meal. (509) 327-2861.
Cinderella Tea and Fashion Show Fundraiser - Theme is “Because There Is Hope.” Ninth annual nonprofit event with fashions by Chico’s and emcee is Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council president. Bringing hope and safe haven to those touched by cancer. Vendor show at 9:30 a.m.; fashion show at 10:30 a.m. May 18, Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $27.50. (509) 953-5866.
Sixth Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction - Presented by the Friends of Eastern to raise money for resources not available to patients at Eastern State Hospital. All donations are tax deductible. May 18, 3 p.m., Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St. $25/general, $15/students. (509) 828-1245.
S.K. Ball - Best barn dance of the year benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. Dinner, live music and dancing lessons, hippity-hop races, mechanical bull and prizes for best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl. Includes all the beer and wine you can fit in a red Solo cup. Register at www.rmhcspokane.org/events. May 18, 6 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $75. (509) 624-0500.
Women Helping Women - 21st annual fundraising luncheon featuring Bonnie St. John, who despite having her right leg amputated at age 5 became the first African-American to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing. She took home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. The event supports programs for women and children in need. May 20, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125 per person. (509) 328-8285.
Partnering for Progress Fundraiser at “Grease” - A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit P4P’s mission of bringing health, education and clean water to residents in developing countries. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing, raffle prizes, beverages and snacks. June 5, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $35/adult; $30/student. (509) 720-8408.
“Fire on the Runway” Fashion Event - Local firefighters and models will heat up the runway with casual and formal styles from Mountain Gear, Tangerine, Tuxedo Gallery and Finders Keepers. Guests will be treated to sparkling wine and appetizers, receive a free swag bag and professional event photo, and have the chance to participate in the Wall of Wine and Fab Grab Bag raffles. The vendor show will feature women-centric businesses and an auction of an original piece of artwork by acclaimed local artist Kirsten Stobie. All proceeds benefit local Red Cross services. Age 21 and older only. Tickets available at or http://american.redcross.org/FOTR or by phone. June 7, 7 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $50. (509) 321-6055.
Moscow Chamber’s Summer Soiree Auction & Dinner - Annual fundraiser theme is “Yesterday, Today, To Moscow.” Silent and live auctions. June 8, 5 p.m., Best Western University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow. $50. (208) 882-1800.
Mad Hatter Tea - Annual event to benefit The Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center. Located on the Spokane River and Centennial Trail, the gardens on the serene campus of SJFC is the perfect location for this Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea. Alice and The Mad Hatter will be hosting this unique event as guests enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie, high tea and a hat parade. Music by Kathleen Cavender, a Heads/Tails Raffle, and even a treasure hunt where all guests will leave with as many eggs filled with donations from area businesses as they are able to grab. Enjoy a silent auction filled to the brim with great items and several vendors ready to show you their wares. June 23, 1-4 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. $50. (509) 483-6495.
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