By: Crystal Hessong

If you have ever wanted to help out some great causes around town but weren’t sure where to get started, think about attending a charity event. These fundraisers provide the proceeds many charities need to continue their efforts in raising awareness or funds for a certain cause. Not only can you help worthy groups with your dollars, you also can enjoy great shopping, fun runs, cook-offs and other enjoyable events.

Shaggy Dog Rescue Fest And 5K
Stude Park
1031 Stude St.
Houston, TX 77077

Date: April 8, 2017 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you love dogs and want to help rescue as many as possible? The Shaggy Dog Fest and 5K is for you, then. This festival couples a timed 5K with a celebration of rescued dogs. Proceeds go to benefit the Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue, which helps provide medical and foster care to abandoned dogs. You may register online or on the day of the event, and ticket prices vary depending on which of the run or walk you want to participate in. The 1-mile pet run costs $10 per family and dogs are allowed on leashes. The regular 5K online price is $35, and if you wait to register for the 5K until the day of the race, it costs $40.

Superhero Heart Run
Pelican Grove Pavilion – Cullen Park
19008 Saums Road
Houston, Texas 77084

Date: April 9, 2017 8:30 a.m.

The Superhero Heart Run is a 5K with a twist. Participants run in superhero capes to show because the funds raised help to save lives of those with serious heart conditions. Two groups, Mended Little Hearts of Houston and Heart Heroes benefit from the proceeds of this run, which also helps to raise awareness for congenital heart defects. Everyone who pays for registration either before or on the day of the event will get a cape to run in. Registration for adults costs $25 for the 5K event, and children 2 through 12 register for only $10 each for the 2K run. Those with congenital heart defects get to participate for free.

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2017 Walk For The Woods Project
Neighborhood Centers Inc Ripley House
4410 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

Date: April 15, 2017 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the sixth year in a row, the Woods Project will host its Walk for the Woods, a 5K event through the historic East End neighborhood. Participants are encouraged to take this walk at a leisurely pace and stop to look at the various historic sites along the way. This walk is the The Woods Project’s major fundraising event of the year. The Woods Project uses the funds it raises to provide outdoor excursions to help disadvantaged kids succeed in life and school. For more information about registration for the walk, check out the official information page on The Woods Project’s website.

Fight Like A Kid Cancer Awareness Fashion Show
Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
Houston, Texas 77004

Date: April 29, 2017 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Houston Children’s Museum will host the Fight Like a Kid Cancer Awareness Fashion Show this April. Tickets for the show start at just $35 or free for childhood cancer survivors, and unlike many other fashion shows that are strictly for adults, this event will feature great activities for kids, such as face painting, child entertainers and games. The fashion show will feature child cancer survivors in a venue that’s made for children. If you want to help raise awareness for cancers that are diagnosed in 13,000 children each year, consider buying a ticket to this event or donating your time as a volunteer.

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