Monday, February 27 2023 10:24

Charity Datebook Calendar 2023

Written by Marci Tomassone

We’ll help you plan something to attend every month

This year things look a little different. Some events are still being held virtually, while many charities are planning to go forward with their events in person. Not all dates have been yet been set (see events marked “TBD”).

We encourage you to check websites often for updates and, as always, ask that you support these great local causes … and have some fun along the way.


21st Annual A Taste of Phoenixville


Creative cuisines, silent auction, live music, local wine and beer make this a great start to the year. Benefits Good Samaritan Services, helping with homelessness in the area. Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville.


Kennett Winterfest


Enjoy winter brews from 60 unique craft breweries, live music and food trucks. Benefits Kennett Square.


Transplant Alliance Foundation

Transplant Alliance Foundation Monthly Fundraisers


The Alliance features weekly fundraisers to support those waiting for or healing from a transplant and those who have become donor families. March events include Designer Bag Bingo and St. Patrick’s Boozy Bingo. Apr. 16, Luxury Bag Bingo. For details on all events visit


Cheers for CHOP

March 4

An evening of live music, cocktails, dancing and an incredible silent auction. Benefits Behavioral Health at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St., Philadelphia.


The Philadelphia Flower Show — The Garden Electric

March 4–12

The Philadelphia Flower Show

The flower show returns indoors, and this year’s theme brings the electrifying presence of today’s most dynamic designers of floral arrangements, gardens and landscapes. Benefits the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Phila.


Wings for Success — A Night of Laughter

March 9

Better Than Bacon Improv Group performs at this fundraiser. Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square.


King of Prussia Restaurant Week

March 13–24

King of Prussia’s only restaurant week spotlights KOP’s world-class dining scene while raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Held the same week is KOP Shops for CHOP, where shoppers can save big while supporting CHOP at their favorite retailers.


74th Annual Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show

March 17–18

Local and regional artists auction work in an array of mediums. Patrons may also bid on local services as well as artisans’ crafts. Benefits educational enrichment programs at Chadds Ford Elementary. 3 Baltimore Pk., Chadds Ford.


People’s Light Gala

People’s Light Spring Gala

March 18

This year’s theme is “Shine Brighter: Accessibility for ALL” and will feature a guest star performance, cocktails and a dinner at The Farmhouse, as well as a raffle and silent auction, followed by dessert and champagne. The Farmhouse, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern.


Chester County Community Foundation Food for Thought: Sweet Charity Edition

March 28

Sample delicious desserts made by local chefs. Enjoy delectable food and great company, while supporting the Community Foundation’s mission to grow legacy philanthropy in the region. Food Bank, 650 Pennsylvania Dr., Exton.


16th Annual Trail Creek Outfitters Wild & Scenic Film Festival

March 30

Celebrating over 20 years of inspiring activism through film and art. Hosted by Trail Creek Outfitters to benefit Stroud Water Research Center and Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. Upland Country Day School, 420 W. Street Rd., Kennett Square.


10th Annual Chef’s Best

March 31

Enjoy mouthwatering specialties from the area’s top restaurants and cast your vote for the “Best of Chef’s Best.” Proceeds support ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester. West Chester University Alumni & Foundation Center, 202 Carter Dr., West Chester.


An Evening of Wine and Chocolate


United Way of Southern Chester County invites you to soak in the vistas of southern Chester County while enjoying wine, chocolate and appetizers in support of the southern Chester County community. Held at a new secret local estate each year. For tickets and information,


Philadelphia Virtual Red Ball

April 1

Guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and fabulous food stations. Benefits the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which responds to disasters and provides care and comfort to families. Vie, 600 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.


80th Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point

April 1

Celebrate the first race of the season over a 318-acre property. Kids activities include lead line and stick pony races, the Radnor Hunt foxhound parade and great raffle prizes. Dogs on leashes welcome at this family-friendly event. Benefits Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. Myrick Conservation Center, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Rd., West Chester.


In Person & Online Wine Tasting with Coach Dick Vermeil

Wine Tasting with Dick Vermeil

April 2

Join Hall of Fame football coach Dick Vermeil in person or via Zoom for a virtual wine tasting event and lively dialogue to support Camp Geronimo and The Barn at Spring Brook Farm. The Barn’s mission is to enrich the developmental skills and lives of children with disabilities through animal-assisted and nature-based experiences. 360 Locust Grove Rd., West Chester.


Coaches vs. Cancer Annual BasketBall

April 15

Business, health care and philanthropic leaders come together to make a difference in the fight against cancer. This year’s event honors Jay and Patty Wright. Benefits the American Cancer Society. The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.


Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run

April 16

A challenge for runners of all skill levels happening over National Park Week. Benefits VF National Historical Park. To register,


GWCC 10 Grand Club Winner

GWCCC Annual 10 Grand Club Event

April 21

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Annual 10 Grand Club Fundraiser is a 1 in 200 chance to win $10,000 cash and other great prizes! Enjoy dinner and open bar (beer, wine and signature cocktails). Loch Aerie Mansion, 700 Lancaster Pk., Malvern. Tickets and sponsorships,


Ryerss Run for the Horses

April 22

Everyone is welcome to take a 10K or 5K run or 1-mile walk on a cross country course at Ryerss Farm. Benefits the farm’s retired and rescued horses. 1710 Ridge Rd., Pottstown. Donation options on website,


Delaware Marathon Running Festival

Delaware Marathon

April 23

Runners enjoy the best of Wilmington, from the majestic views along the Riverfront and through downtown. Benefits Delaware College Scholars and the Cardiac Center, Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children. Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park, 815 Justison St., Wilmington.


“All That’s Purple Affair” Embracing Hope and Healing!

April 27

The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County invites you to their annual fundraising gala featuring entertainment and silent auction. Mendenhall Inn, 323 Kennett Pk., Mendenhall.


The Philadelphia Show

April 27–30

Celebrating 60 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and featuring 40 outstanding exhibitors specializing in fine art, Americana, antiques, folk art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry, textiles and decorative arts. Preview Apr. 27. Benefits the Museum. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Phila.


50th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show

Yellow Springs Art Show

April 28–May 14

Works from 220+ juried artists available for purchase. Apr. 28, Art Show Party, an evening of art, music, cocktails, dinner and an auction. May 14, Art Around the Village, a free community event with demonstrations, music, kids activities. Benefits the arts, education, preservation and environmental protection of Historic Yellow Springs. 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs.


Annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch

April 30

The Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch guests indulge in exquisite tastings prepared by world-renowned chefs as well as brunch cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction. Benefits Meals on Wheels in Delaware. DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Rd., Wilmington.


Unite For HER At Home—Bloom Spring Fashion Show

April 30

View the latest spring fashions and celebrate the members of Unite for HER Wellness Program. Bloom is a celebration of life and community. Proceeds support local breast and ovarian cancer patients. Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Dr., Drexel Hill.


Chester County Hospital Gala

Chester County Hospital Gala— Fly Away to Rio

April 29

This is a 30+ year tradition at which friends of Chester County Hospital celebrate their mission and support community outreach programs. Dance the night away while supporting Chester County Hospital. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square.


Blue Cross Broad St. Run

April 30

Line up for a 10-mile, point-to-point course starting at Central High School Athletic Field in Philadelphia and finishing inside the Navy Yard. Benefits the American Cancer Society.


Bournelyf Special Camp 2023 Hand to Hand 5K Run & 2K Walk

May 4

The race will begin and end at the corners of Church & Gay St., West Chester. After-party hosted by Wrong Crowd Brewing Company. Register or sponsor,


22nd Annual Bringing Hope Home Great Guys Dinner

May 4

The event brings a sigh of relief to families dealing with the financial hardships a cancer diagnosis can cause by offering financial assistance. Join the great guys (and gals) for dinner, cocktails, auctions and more. Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield.


Humane Pennsylvania’s 46th Annual Walk for the Animals

May 6

A relaxing, one-mile walk along the river with your pup, family and friends in support of Humane PA’s mission and the animals they serve. Enjoy live music, vendors, food trucks, games and a dog contest. Jim Dietrich Park, 4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd., Reading.


Winterthur Point-to-Point. Photo: Bob Hickok

45th Winterthur Point-to-Point

May 7

Enjoy a day of elite horse racing on the lush grounds of the Winterthur Estate. A signature Brandywine Valley event complete with antique carriage parade and antique car exhibit. Enjoy tailgating, hospitality tents and shopping galore. Benefits Winterthur’s programs. 5105 Kennett Pk., Wilmington.


Bridge of Hope Spring Gala

May 12

Celebrate the mission to end family homelessness. Guest speaker is author and podcast host Niro Feliciano. Doubletree, 2400 Willow Street Pk., Lancaster.


Willowdale Steeplechase

30th Running of Willowdale Steeplechase

May 13

World-class steeplechase racing, pony races, Jack Russell terrier races, boutique shopping, tailgate, hat and best dressed competitions, food vendors and fun for kids. Benefits Stroud Water Research Center and Penn. Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. 101 E. Street Rd., Kennett Square.


Canine Partners for Life Unleashed

Canine Partners for Life Unleashed: The Magic of Independence

May 13

This elegant gala event is filled with wonderful food, music, live and silent auctions and a variety of games. Guests meet and hear from service dog recipients, CPL board members and the executive director. And yes, CPL dogs and puppies will be there! White Manor Country Club, 831 Providence Rd., Malvern.


FORE Health Golf Invitational for Chester County Hospital

May 15

A great day of golf to benefit the NICU and Women’s and Children’s Health Services. White Manor Country Club, 831 Providence Rd., Malvern.


Radnor Hunt Races. Photo: Bob Plant

The 92nd Radnor Hunt Races

May 20

Racing for Open Space, raising funds and awareness for the Brandywine Conservancy’s open space and clean water programs. Race day is also about steeplechase racing, fashion and tradition at this signature event. Benefits the Brandywine Conservancy. Radnor Hunt Grounds, 826 Providence Rd., Malvern.


Natural Lands Music Without Walls Field Jam

May 20

Field Jam features lively music, craft beer and tasty food truck treats. Stroud Preserve offers the perfect backdrop for a fun evening out with friends and family. 454 N. Creek Rd., West Chester.


FORE Fresh Water Golf Invitational

May 22

Annual golf invitational to support freshwater research, environmental education and watershed restoration. Sponsorships, foursomes and single golfer packages are available. Bidermann Golf Course, Greenville, DE.


Main Line Animal Rescue 13th Annual Spring Golf Outing

May 22

Golfers and animal lovers gather for raffles, prizes and an on-course lunch. Stonewall Links, 375 Bulltown Rd., Elverson.


The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

May 25–June 4

Therapeutic Riders Division at The Devon Horse Show

See Olympic-caliber riders, the best local riders, junior classes and munchkins on the Lead Line or come for the fun outside the ring— like the Ladies Hat contest—at the country’s oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show. Visit the Country Fair’s midway attractions and boutiques. Benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital. 23 Dorset Rd., Devon.


44th Annual Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show

May 27

Over 175 riders of all abilities compete in equitation, dressage and trail classes at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Rd., Devon.


Willistown Conservation Trust Barns & BBQ


Two ticket levels: The Willistown Morning Barn Tour and Barns & BBQ, both featuring the tour and access to barns and farms, with Barns & BBQ attendees ending the evening with a cocktail hour, three-course meal and live music at a secret barn location. Benefits the Trust’s conservation works. 925 Providence Rd., Newtown Square.


Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area Strawberry Festival


A family affair with food, entertainment, kids games and fresh strawberries and ice cream highlight the event. Benefits the Historical Society. 204 Church St., Phoenixville.


Schuylkill River Sojourn


Join an adventure of a lifetime with the annual guided paddling trip on the Schuylkill River. Paddlers choose what days and locations they want to join on the 7-day journey. Benefits Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. Location varies.


Main Line Animal Rescue 11th Annual Tails & Trails 5K Run/2K Walk

June 3

The day will be filled with fun, food, music, drinks and pups. Run or walk at your own pace while supporting the mission to save animal lives. Ready. Set. Rescue! 1149 Pike Springs Rd., Chester Springs.


CVIM’s Annual Golf Classic

June 6

Join Community Volunteers in Medicine and its partners for a day of golf along with breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar, auction and giveaways. Supports the region’s largest free healthcare center for families without health insurance. Applebrook Golf Club, 100 Line Rd., Malvern, PA. Learn more at


Alex’s Lemonade Great Chefs Event

Alex’s Lemonade Stand 16th Annual Great Chefs Event

June 10

Culinary superstars along with local stars from the best bars, wineries and craft breweries share their creations at this tasty annual fundraiser at the Navy Yard. Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Bldg. 543, 5000 S. Broad St., Phila.


Thorncroft’s 38th Annual Victory Gallop

June 10

As Thorncroft’s premier fundraising event, the Victory Gallop presents an unforgettable black-tie evening for the benefit of the Farm. The Victory Gallop welcomes guests for dinner, dancing and silent auction. Held at a private estate.


French Creek Iron Tour

French Creek Iron Tour—Cycling for Open Space

June 11

Rides for all levels— from beginners to accomplished cyclists—with courses from 11 to 100 miles. Benefits French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.


Chester County Balloon Festival

15th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival

June 16–18

The 3-day event highlights hot air balloons from all over the country, a balloon glow, Special Shaped Balloon Rodeo, untethered and tethered balloon rides and a walk-through balloon. Benefits Boy Scouts Troop 52, Chester County Hero’s Fund, local police, fire and fire police plus EMS. Willowdale, 101 E. Street Rd., Kennett Square.


Ryerss Farm Family Fun Day

June 17

Fun for the whole family with pony rides, hay rides, a moon bounce, crafts, games and prizes. Rain date, June 18. 1710 Ridge Rd., Pottstown. Donation options on website,

Habitat For Humanity Hops for Homes


Habitat For Humanity Hops for Homes Beer Festival

June 17

Brewers will be pouring beer, cider and, new this year, wine. Come out and enjoy live music, food, games, vendors and a photo booth, all for a good cause. Exton Square Mall Parking Lot, Exton. Noon to 4.


Natural Lands Friday Night Lights

July 14

Live music, wine and beer, s’mores toasting, star gazing and sunset socializing. Benefits Natural Lands. ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Rd., Coatesville.


The Colonial Theatre Presents Blobfest

July 14–16

The Phoenixville Blobfest commemorates the classic 1958 movie ”The Blob” and the famous run-out scene filmed at the Colonial Theatre. Benefits the theater. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville.


The Strawberry Festival

July 26–29

The Rotary Club of Coatesville hosts the Strawberry Festival, offering wonderful family entertainment, rides, kids activities, monster truck rides, crafts, Friday fireworks and more. Benefits the Coatesville community. Brandywine Hospital, Rt. 30 Bypass, Coatesville.


United Way of So. Chester County Fundraiser

United Way of Southern Chester County Celebration and Fundraiser


Silent auction items, the presentation of an award and prize money to a local nonprofit, and a signature cocktail are just some of the exciting offerings to expect. Kennett Country Club, 100 E. Locust Ln., Kennett Square. For more,


Delaware Burger Battle


Delaware’s top chefs put their best burgers forward as guests sample the burger-licious options. Benefits Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room. Cauffiel House, 1016 Philadelphia Pk., Wilmington.


6th Annual Run for Thorncroft Equestrian Center

August 31

Featuring a 5K and Move As You Please, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk/ Wheel or Ride. (5K is challenging for runners of all levels.) Post-race features live music, craft beer and food trucks. Benefits the Farm and the care of horses. 190 Line Rd., Malvern.


SHiNE in the VINES


Celebrating 25 years of supporting patients living with cancer. Benefits The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital.


Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance

September 8–10

Drive on over to this nationally recognized three-day event that includes a Friday Night Barbecue, Chester County Road Rally and Black Tie Gala. Benefits Thorncroft Equestrian Center, specializing in therapeutic horseback riding. Radnor Hunt, 826 Providence Rd., Malvern.


Coatesville Invitational Grand Prix

7th Annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix

September 14–16

Step back in time to experience authentic early American sports car racing, featuring dozens of rare and unique historic cars and motorcycles dating from 1900 to 1970, competing in individually timed races. Benefits the Coatesville community. Start and finish at 3rd Ave. & Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville.


Canine Partners for Life Fall Festival and Cow Bingo

September 16

Learn more about CPL’s mission while enjoying a day full of free family fun with vendors, booths highlighting CPL’s programs, food trucks, service dog demonstrations, tours, a family fun zone, puppy kissing booth, live music and the much loved and anticipated Cow Bingo! 334 Faggs Manor Rd., Cochranville.


21st Up On The Roof

September 16

Sip a martini and watch the sunset from the rooftop of the Chestnut Street Garage. West Chester Downtown Foundation and West Chester BID join forces for an evening under the stars with dinner, music, dancing and open bar. Benefits the beautification of West Chester. 14 E. Chestnut St., West Chester.


Whitford Classic

September 22

This festive event brings together Whitford Country Club members and an extensive network of supporters and grantees from the community to play in golf, tennis and pickleball tournaments, with the highlight being the Whitford Gala and Auction. Benefits the Whitford Charitable Fund. Whitford Country Club, 600 Whitford Hills Rd, Exton.


Bike the Brandywine

September 23

Bike the Brandywine

The ride features three scenic loops that take in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Routes are 25, 45 and 62 miles. Benefits the Brandywine Conservancy, helping preserve water quality and quantity in the region for over 50 years. Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Rd., Chadds Ford. Bike-Brandywine.


Rotary Club of West Chester Chili Cookoff

West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff


Downtown West Chester gets spicy! Over 70 chili-cooking teams—businesses, nonprofits, hometown cooks—line the streets for this cookoff and compete for prizes in several categories. Sample as many as you can and vote for your favorite. Benefits local nonprofits. Gay St., West Chester.


Laurel Hill Cemetery Gravediggers’ Ball


Themed costumes and masks encouraged at this fun fundraiser. Benefits Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, working to preserve and promote both sites. The Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia.


4th Annual Wine Tasting with Coach Dick Vermeil


All are cordially invited to join Coach Dick Vermeil for this private wine tasting in support of Bournelyf Special Camp as they celebrate their 44th year of service. Benefits the camp scholarship program and summer camp operations.


Notable Fall Fête

Notable Fall Fête


The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Main Line Committee presents this event with a luncheon preceded by shopping at multiple boutiques offering a variety of specialty items including jewelry and fashion. Proceeds support development and educational programs of The Orchestra. Contact [email protected] for more information.


45th Annual Radnor Run


Lace up your shoes and join the 5-mile timed running race, 1-mile walk/fun run and a health fair after the run. Benefits the American Lung Association. Radnor Twp. Bldg., 301 Iven Ave., Wayne.


Main Line Animal Rescue 11th Annual Bark & Whine Gala

TBD in October/November

The group’s most important fundraising event and a night to celebrate the Rescue’s mission. Support by purchasing a Bark in the Box, take part in the silent auction or make a donation. 2300 Arena, Philadelphia.


Thorncroft Equestrian Center’s 14th Annual “Lobstah” Bake


Enjoy a lobster dinner complete with pork BBQ and a selection of sides. Open beer and wine bar, soda and light cocktail hour food provided. Jimmy Moran North Arena, 190 Line Rd., Malvern. More information at


Harvest–Unite for HER Chef and Wine Tasting


Rustic chic tasting event featuring the region’s best chefs, wines, brews and spirits, plus an auction and live music. Benefits local women affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Phoenixville Foundry, 2 N. Main St., Phoenixville.


21st Annual People’s Light Golf Classic

October 2

Your tee time is reserved at the beautiful and historic Waynesborough Country Club, 440 Darby Paoli Rd., Paoli. Benefits People’s Light Arts Education programs. Visit


Chester County Day House Tour

Chester County Day

October 7

This Chester County tradition is always the first Saturday in October and is known as “The Day.” Celebrate the history and architecture of Chester County on this long-running tour, taking you inside stunning homes and historic buildings. Benefits the Women’s Auxiliary’s Breast Health for Life pledge to Chester County Hospital.


Natural Lands Beats & Brews

October 7

Jam out, drink up and give back some love to Binky Lee. The annual bash includes live music, craft brews, fantastic food options and sunset socializing. Binky Lee Preserve, 1445 Pikeland Rd., Chester Springs.


The Hoe Down at Spring Brook Farm

October 21

Join your Chester County friends and neighbors for a party and silent auction like no other in support of The Barn’s mission to enrich the developmental skills and lives of children with disabilities through animal-assisted and natured-based experiences. For tickets, 610-793-1037;


Home of the Sparrow’s “Power of Your Purse” Fashion Show

October 26

Enjoy an evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy with onsite shopping with local shops and women-owned businesses, a silent auction, a drawing for a Louis Vuitton bag, full-course dinner and a show hosted by QVC host Jayne Brown. The Desmond, 1 Liberty Blvd., Malvern. Visit website after Sept. 1 for info.


60th Delaware Antiques Show


See 60 distinguished dealers in art, antiques and design. Benefits educational programming at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 S. Madison St., Wilmington.


French & Pickering Creek Trust’s Annual Auction Party


Enjoy live and silent auctions with exciting items on the block, plus delicious food. Benefits French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. Stonewall Golf Club, Bulltown Rd., Elverson.


Wine, Wit & Wisdom for Phoenixville Library


Best-selling authors are featured at this annual event for the library, as well as a silent auction, fine wine and food. RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, 100 Rivercrest Dr., Phoenixville.


89th Running of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup

November 5

Timber racing, food and shopping highlight a day in the countryside at this long-running event in Unionville. Benefits the Chester County Food Bank, Work to Ride program and Upland Country Day School. North of Rt. 926 & Newark Rd., Unionville.


Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce Charity Gala

November 18

A signature event including dinner, dancing and auction with great items for this season of giving. Benefits the Phoenixville Senior Center and Barnstone Art for Kids. Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve, 100 RiverCrest Dr., Phoenixville.


West Chester Charity Ball


Enjoy dinner, dancing and an auction. Benefits The Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, Outreach, Emergency Family Shelter and the Homeless Prevention Program. West Chester Golf and Country Club, 111 W. Ashbridge St., West Chester.


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