Open your wallet for a good cause

Open your wallet for a good cause

September 16th, 2011 by Susan Pierce in Chattnow Outabout

Nine fundraisers are scheduled over the next seven days, raising money for nonprofit work that ranges from literacy improvement to land conservancy.

It's not too late to make a reservation and help a good cause.

TODAY

Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

* When: 6-10 p.m.

* Where: Miller Plaza's Waterhouse Pavilion, corner of M.L. King Boulevard and Market Street.

* Tickets: $55 per person or $85 couple, includes barbecue meal.

* What to know: Formerly a lunchtime event, the bee has been moved to evening. Adults spell in a round-robin competition.

* Benefits: Re:Start (formerly READ of Chattanooga).

* Information: www.chattanoogaspellingbee.com or 855-4443.

SATURDAY

Bubbles, Bites and Bling

* When: 7 p.m.

* Where: Loose Cannon Studio, 1800 Rossville Ave.

* Tickets: $55 per person.

* What to know: This is a new event with jazz by the Robert Crabtree Trio, champagne, trunk show by Rone Regency Jewelers and food by four cupcake bakeries.

* Benefits: "This is a more intimate event that allows our supporters to celebrate the work provided by our physicians through Project Access and the Medical Foundation of Chattanooga," said Rae Bond, foundation director.

* Information: 622-2872.

Taster's Luncheon

* When: 10 a.m. auction, 11:30 a.m. luncheon and fashion show.

* Where: St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 7111 Lee Highway.

* Tickets: $15.

* What to know: This annual event is sponsored by the Alpha Beta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. ESA member Betty Proctor says there will be a variety of salads and desserts prepared by members. Many of those dishes will be made from recipes in the chapter's cookbook, which will be sold for $15.

* Benefits: Walter Boehm Birth Defects Center

* Tickets: 266-5215.

The Southeast Social

* When: 6 p.m.

* Where: Bendabout Farm, Highway 11, just south of Cleveland, Tenn.

* What to know: Event kicks off with a cocktail hour, followed by a farm-to-table dinner, live music and an old-fashioned ice-cream social at the site where a polo match will be played earlier in the day.

* Tickets: $100 per person.

* Benefits: Land Trust for Tennessee.

* Tickets: 305-1783.

SUNDAY

6th Cavalry Polo Match

* When: 2 p.m.

* Where: Bendabout Farm, Highway 11 just south of Cleveland, Tenn.

* What to know: Polo matches between Bendabout Farm and the 6th Cavalry date to the 1930s, according to Chris McKeever, director of the 6th Cavalry Museum. See a story on Pages 22-23.

* Tickets: No charge; donations accepted.

* Information: 423-476-6602.

Celebrity Softball Jam

* When: 1 p.m.

* Where: Park Properties field on Cloud Springs Road in Fort Oglethorpe.

* Tickets: Free but donations accepted for the Hunter Worley Foundation.

* What to know: The softball game pits local celebrities against Roger Alan Wade, Danny Shirley and Confederate Railroad. A concert and raffle will follow the game.

* Information: www.hunterworleyfoundation.org.

Taste of Hamilton Place

* When: 7-9 p.m.

* Where: Hamilton Place mall, Shallowford Road at I-75.

* Tickets at the door: $40 adults, $15 ages 5-12.

* What to know: Guests can sample the specialties of 20 restaurants. Erlanger spokeswoman Amanda Whitaker said there will be a family zone with face painting, clowns and balloon animals for kids, as well as music by harpist Rachel Payne, Tim Lewis Band and Moon Slew.

* Benefits: Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

* Information: 778-8057.

TUESDAY

First Things First Fall Banquet

* When: 6:30 p.m.

* Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

* Tickets: $60 per person.

* What to know: Featured speaker Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of "The Five Love Languages."

* Information: 267-5383 or firstthings.org.

THURSDAY

All About Children Auction

* When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

* Where: Signal Centers, 109 N. Germantown Road.

* Tickets: $50 per person.

* What to know: Held in a tent on the grounds of Signal Centers, the benefit begins with a silent auction. Debby Frederes, chief marketing and development officer of Signal Centers, said there will also be dinner catered by Outback Steakhouse and a live auction before the party ends.

* Benefits: The Children's Program of Signal Centers, sponsored by Friends of Special Children.

* Information: 698-8528.