ABOUT HELPING OUT

This column is the Argus-Courier’s new bi-weekly calendar of events that assist Petalumans in need, and locally-based non-profits. Are you planning a fundraiser, benefit, volunteer events, or crowdfunding campaign for a good cause or charity? For consideration in Helping Out, send the details to David Templeton at david.templeton@arguscourier.com)


CAROUSEL FUND — ANNUAL CAROUSEL FUND RUN 5K

Sunday, Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m.

What’s happening? Whenever a child is diagnosed with a catastrophic illness, the family is faced with numerous challenges, and paying for medical care is often one of the most stressful. To help out, Petaluma’s Carousel Fund sponsor the annual Carousel Fund Run 5K race, a fun, family-oriented opportunity to assist local families struggling with such illnesses. 100% of all race fees will go to the work of the Carousel Fund. Registration will remain open until all spots are taken, or till midnight on Oct. 28, whichever comes first.

Who does it help? The Carousel Fund is a Petaluma-based charity founded in 1987 to financially assist Petaluma families with sick children. The all-volunteer organization raises and distributes thousands of dollars annually through benefit events such as the Carousel Fund Run.

What else should we know? The Carousel Fund Run takes place Sunday, Oct. 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at Ellis Creek Park, 3890 Cypress Drive. To participate is $15 for a single runner/walker or $35 for a family. Information on this event and steps to sign up as a runner can be found at carouselfund.org/news-events.

AN HISTORIC SOIREE — BENEFIT FOR ONE COLD NIGHT & SOCIAL ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m.

What’s happening? An estimated 25 percent of Sonoma County’s homeless population is 25 years old or younger. Sometimes, all that’s needed for these young folks to get off the street is a positive stable relationship with a supportive adult. Getting off the streets and into a job or school can be a matter of life and death for such young people.

To call attention to the problem of youth homelessness, Petaluma’s Ben Goldberg, of Simply Solar, will be sleeping outdoors in Santa Rosa for a single long night, Nov. 3, along with fifty other Sonoma County leaders. The effort is called One Cold Night, during which each participant will be raising money from their own community to support Social Advocates for Youth.

Everyone who makes a donation of $25 or more to Goldberg’s effort will receive a ticket to Simply Solar’s annual community event, An Historic Soiree, taking place at Hotel Petaluma on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. There will be food, drinks, music and a treasure of raffle items. Donors at the single-ticket level receive one raffle ticket. A donation of $100 or more gets four tickets to the event, plus eight raffle tickets.

Who does it help? Social Advocates for Youth is a Sonoma County non-profit focusing on homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25. To learn more about Social Advocates for Youth visit saysc.org.

What else should we know? To donate to Goldberg’s One Cold Night effort, visit Saysc.org, click “events,” click “One Cold Night,” then select “Ben Goldberg” from the list of participants. The page will take you the rest of the way.

ABOUT HELPING OUT

This column is the Argus-Courier’s new bi-weekly calendar of events that assist Petalumans in need, and locally-based non-profits. Are you planning a fundraiser, benefit, volunteer events, or crowdfunding campaign for a good cause or charity? For consideration in Helping Out, send the details to David Templeton at david.templeton@arguscourier.com)