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Pay it Forward: Fun with purpose always in season

By Amy Woods

The 2015-16 philanthropy season has arrived. In honor of the time of year that brings balls and bashes, dinner dances and luncheons, and parties of all themes to South County, I’ve highlighted one must-do charity event for each month from October through March.

October: Milagro Center, a children’s nonprofit whose mission is to enrich young lives through cultural-arts programming, will get its spook on at Halloween Hollywood Horror Fundraising Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31 at Delray Beach Elks Lodge, 265 NE Fourth Ave. Activities include dancing, a costume contest and pumpkin carving.

November: Impact 100 Palm Beach County, a philanthropic organization that has awarded $1.1 million in grants to 19 deserving groups in the area, enters its fifth year of giving with a membership kickoff event from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Delray Beach Club, 2001 S. Ocean Blvd. Goals include boosting membership to 500 and donating a half-million dollars in 2016.

December: Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach celebrates its 13th annual Holiday Trunk Show from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 (preview party) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 (public opening) at Seagate Hotel & Spa, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Proceeds from gift items, including accessories, holiday ornaments, jewelry, clothing and toys, will go toward programs that help children excel academically, physically and socially.

January: George Snow Scholarship Fund will throw its 22nd annual party, the Caribbean Cowboy Ball — where the Wild West meets the tropics — from 6 to 11 p.m. Jan. 30 at Red Reef Park, 1401 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton. Help top last year’s attendance of 450 and donations of more than $85,000 to support college scholarships for deserving students.

February: Food for the Poor will bring a special evening of dining and dancing to philanthropists when the Building Hope Gala returns at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 East Camino Real. Proceeds will go toward efforts to build homes for destitute families in Haiti.

March: Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County will ring in the 25th Love of Literacy Luncheon at 11:30 am. March 10 at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The always well-attended fundraising event will feature a special guest speaker, not yet announced at press time.

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