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15 events that put the 'fun' in fundraiser

15 fall-winter events that put the 'fun' in fundraiser in South Florida.

The fall-winter season in South Florida has the best parties, most of them so much fun you forget they were created to raise money for a good cause. As you synchronize your calendar, here is a highly subjective list of some favorite fundraisers and events planned by especially engaging nonprofits in the next several months. Can you say bacon, beer and Batman?


Some of the area’s best rolling restaurants will be parked at the inaugural Food Truck Face Off at 4 p.m. Sept. 12 on Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission is $35, which gets you a $10 food voucher and unlimited craft beer sampling. A portion of proceeds go to the Give N Go Project, a soccer charity focused on helping abandoned children in the U.S. and developing countries. Info:


The annual Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Walk, which raises money in honor of first responders lost on 9/11 through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, is 7:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 13, beginning at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. More emotionally stimulating than fun, this is a must-do at least once. Info:


Several local charities benefit from the series of bar tours called the Bus Loop. Mark your calendar for the West Palm Beach Bus Loop on Sept. 18, the Delray Beach Bus Loop on Oct. 3, and two seasonal circuits in Fort Lauderdale: the Zombie Bus Loop on Oct. 30 and the Bad Santa Bus Loop on Dec. 18. Info:


Glam-A-Thon begins its annual fight against breast cancer with the cheeky Lipstick Lounge soiree, a fundraiser for the Broward Health Foundation on Sept. 18 at the Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Tickets cost $65 in advance, $85 at the door. The group’s other signature event, the Glam Doll Strut, is 11 a.m. Oct. 17 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Info:


The 2016 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar will be unveiled with a party and fashion show on Sept. 18 at Sun Life Stadium. Tickets cost $25 in advance at or $30 cash at the door. Proceeds from the event and calendar sales help fund Miami Dolphins Foundation community projects.


The fourth annual Rock United is an “epic, guitar-shredding” battle of the bands put on by the Young Leaders Society of United Way of Broward County on Sept. 25 at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 advance, $25 at the door. Info:


We can’t mention all the fun runs out there, but here’s a special one: The 2015 Superhero 5K and Fun Run is 6 a.m.-noon Oct. 10 at John Prince Park, 2700 Sixth Ave. S. in Lake Worth. The race of caped crusaders young and old supports the Foster & Adoptive Parent’s Association of Palm Beach County. Info:


The Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis party, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, returns to the Downtowner Saloon in Fort Lauderdale noon-3 p.m. on Oct. 10 for pet-friendly conviviality to support the Humane Society of Broward County. Tickets cost $20 advance, $25 at the door, and include two free drinks and appetizers. Info:


The 14th annual Signature Grand Ghoul, a benefit for 2-1-1 Broward, will again transform the sprawling Davie event hall into a haunted mansion on Oct. 26 for a costume party gathering local athletes and celebrities, including hosts O.J. McDuffie and Joe Rose. Now that’s scary. Tickets: $75. Info:


HGTV hunk Carter Oosterhouse on Oct. 30 hosts the third annual Salvation Army Red Shield ReDesign Bash at the Galleria Mall (second floor) in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $100, $150 VIP. Info:


The South Florida Day of the Dead celebration returns Nov. 2 with the Skeleton Processional, a family-friendly community dress-up, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It’s free. Several preliminary events occur in the months leading up to the parade. More info:


Bacon Bash, sponsored by Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and Covenant House Florida, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park 7-10 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets are $35 advance beginning Sept. 8, $40 at the door, and get you unlimited tastings of bacon prepared in ways you may not have thought possible. Info:


The fourth annual Palm Beaches Crab Cake Cook-Off, which benefits Community Partners, is Nov. 7 at the Lake Pavilion, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $75, and come with crab cakes, wine and beer tastings, live music and, of course, mini golf. Info:


The 10th annual Recycled Fashion Show on Nov. 13 at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 St. in Davie, offers a night of music, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, highlighted by the runway show of clothing made by teen designers from recycled material. Joy Taylor of sports-talk radio station The Ticket (and sister of Miami Dolphins great Jason Taylor) is the host. Tickets cost $45, with proceeds supporting YAA’s programs for underserved and at-risk youth. Info:


The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball is Dec. 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, followed a week later by the 44th annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on Dec. 12. Info:

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