April Charity Events Round-Up

Where can you go when you want to support a good cause this April? Look no further than one of these great events.

Celebrate GOOD
April 17, 2 PM
HandsOn Jacksonville presents Celebrate GOOD, an event honoring volunteers working in a variety of ministries and programs. Attendees will be treated to a day of food and entertainment while nominated volunteers receive awards for their dedication and service to the community. Friendship Fountain. 332-6767. Free. handsonjacksonville.org

IMG_3154Eighth annual Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships
April 23, 12 PM
Guests sample award-winning BBQ from more than 50 amateur and professional BBQ teams from around the First Coast. Enjoy live music and games for the kids. All funds raised support Daniel Kids and the Glyn Cook Memorial Scholarship, helping homeless youth go to college. EverBank Field, 296-1955. $16.50. danielkids.org

Cocktails for a Cause
April 2, 7 PM
Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and a silent auction at Pit Sisters' annual gala. Florida Coastal School of Law, 8787 Baypine Rd. pitsisters.org

One Walk
April 9, 8 AM
Particiants join the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their goal of creating a world without type 1 diabetes. Each year, JDRF Walks bring together more than 900,000 people from around the world to raise funds for critical diabetes research. Last year's Jacksonville walk raised more than $440,000. Metropolitan Park, 739-2101. jdrf.org

IMG_3513Cummer Ball
April 9, 6:30 PM
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens' annual fundraising gala is always an evening of artistic moments. Guests enjoy dinner, music, dancing and further entertainment. Black tie encouraged. Cummer Museum, 89906034. $175-$350. cummermuseum.org

Spring for the Arts
April 15, 6:30 PM
Celebrate arts and education in Jacksonville with the Cathedral Arts Project's 12th annual Spring for the ARts. Deerwood Country Club, 281-5599. $75-$125. capkids.org

Katie Ride
April 16,7:45 AM
The 12th annual premier bicycle touring event benefits the Katie Foundation, an organ donor education program. Cycle, walk or run on Amelia Island with routes from 18 to 100 miles. Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. 491-0811. katiecaples.org

Celebration 2016
April 21, 6 PM
This annual fundraising dinner event highlists several key members of Leadership Jacksonville, honoring them for their work strengthening and inspiring local areas as Community Trustees. Jessie Ball duPont Center, 396-6263. leadershipjax.org

March for Babies
April 23, 9 AM
Walkers gather at EverBank Field for a route ending with a live shot on the jumbotron. Entertainment and children's activities are included. Proceeds beenfit the mission of March of Dimes to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. EverBank's Pepsi Cabana Village, 398-2621. marchofdimes.org

AL8_1694Riverside Avondale Spring Tour of Homes
April 23-24
Each spring, residents of the Riverside Avondale Historic District open their homes to guests in an effort to raise money for the city's premier grassroots historic preservation organization, the Riverside Avondale Preservation Society. Each year approximately a dozen homes are featured. Tour hours: Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday, noon-5 PM. 389-2449. riversideavondale.org