Get Involved in Charity, Make a Difference this August

Every month is a month good for charity. But here are some ways to reach out this August:

The Cassidy Stay Charity Trust Fund

Stay Family Memorial Fund, Cassidy StayStay Family Memorial Fund, a charity tribute trust for Cassidy Stay

Cassidy Stay is 15 years old and the only member left of her immediate family. On July 9, 2014, Cassidy’s estranged uncle, Ronald Haskell, shot and killed everyone in the Stay family home in Spring, Texas. Cassidy pretended to be dead until he was gone, and she bravely called 9-1-1 to warn them that Haskell was planning to attack more people outside the home. Cassidy lost her mother, father, and four siblings all at once. Being alone at 15 is not easy for anyone, and given the circumstances Cassidy has been through, a charity trust fund has been set up in order to help her family with financial support for expenses, including help to get Cassidy back on her feet and moving forward into adulthood. The expenses for the family are significant — any amount donated can and will help. You can make a difference for this brave girl and her family. Give hope by visiting the Stay Family Fund. 100% of the charity donations go directly into Cassidy’s trust fund account. More than 5,500 people have donated already, so let’s keep raising that number in August.


Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Miracle Treat DayDairy Queen’s Annual Miracle Treat Day brings thousands in charity donations

Want to do something sweet with your sweet tooth? On August 14, 2014, participating Dairy Queen locations will donate $1.00 or more from every purchased Blizzard treat to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to help children in need. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a not for profit organization founded in 1983 to raise charity funds for Children’s Hospitals for medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues. There are currently about 170 children’s hospitals affiliated with this organization in the US and Canada, and the funds raised through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals flow directly to these participating hospitals. So treat yourself to something sweet, while also helping a child in need. Check out Miracle Treat Day to find participating locations.


Autism Speaks Charity Run in Wildwood, New Jersey

Autism Speaks Run, charity race in Wildwood NJAutism Speaks Run website makes registration easy

This August 23, instead of taking a relaxing stroll on the Jersey Shore, you can run for a charity cause. Register for the Autism Speaks Run online at the Event Page. Early registration fees are only $25.00, but you can still register the day of the event for $30.00. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks and people suffering with Autism. The Wildwood 5K run starts at 7am at Rio Grande Ave, and continues along the boardwalk. Everyone who registers will get a 2014 “Team Up with Autism Speaks” t-shirt to wear with pride. There will also be medals awarded to the top three men, women, and children, but really everyone’s a winner because it feels good to do good. At the end of the event there will be an award ceremony. What better way to spend a lovely Saturday at the Jersey Shore than running along the ocean, raising awareness for an important charity cause?

Dance for Life Chicago

Dance for life Chicago, charity AIDS eventAIDS awareness and prevention

On the night of Saturday August 16, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago IL) will be filled with powerful music, accompanied by movement inspired by passion. Dance for Life raises awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and education through Chicago’s dance community. The charity event takes place in one night, when spectators can watch a variety of dance performances on stage for a great cause. Dance for Life is the largest performance based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest and has been raising AIDS awareness since 1992. To learn more about Dance for Life Chicago, and to purchase tickets to the event, visit their website at:

Dance Away SMA

Dance Away SMA annual charity event

Families of SMA bring you the Dance Away SMA charity event

August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy awareness month, so be on the lookout for ways to get involved. If you are near the Suncadia Resort in Washington State, consider signing up to play golf or sponsor a hole at the Annual Wannabe Cup, taking place from Thursday, August 14, through Saturday, August 16. All proceeds benefit people suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, and interested people can attend or join in the event. Donations are accepted from the around the country, and a number of other events are happening elsewhere in August. Visit the Wannabe Cup Event page, and their August Events Calendar to find out more.

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About Liz Grear

Liz Greer, MFA, teaches creative writing, tutors students, and dabbles in ballroom dancing, book binding, paper making, and playing hopscotch between Chicago and New Jersey. She dreams of running a writing workshop in a prison, because she believes words can change things. Maybe not all things. But enough things.

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