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2019 Fargo Charity Events Calendar

Photos by Hillary Ehlen and special to Fargo Monthly

Whether they be for fundraising purposes, networking or just celebrating all that they’ve accomplished, hundreds of local and regional charities throw events each year. We’ve compiled a list of many of the fun events that different charities and non-profits are hosting in 2019. Be sure to keep up with your favorite charities for updates on specific times and additional dates for such events! There were so many things going on that we simply couldn’t include them all, so we encourage you to use this calendar as a starting point for how to plan your own charitable-based event calendar.


Breakfast ClubThe Emergency Food Pantry
Third Tuesday of the month
The Emergency Food Pantry hosts a monthly Breakfast Club at the pantry. The Breakfast Club is currently scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month from 8-9 a.m. Community members get a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the service provided and get a better understanding of how hunger impacts Cass and Clay Counties. Dates in the first half of the year are Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18 and July 16.
Emergency Food Pantry
1101 4th Ave. N., Fargo

Meal at the MissionNew Life Center
Third Thursday of each month
On the third Thursday of each month at 11:45 a.m. will be the New Life Center’s Meal on a Mission. Learn first hand how homeless people and families in our community are experiencing real change. This will include a tour and a light lunch. Be sure to register online for a spot! The next two upcoming meals will be held on Jan. 17 and Feb. 21.
New Life Center
1902 3rd Ave. N., Fargo


North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artist ReceptionThe Human Family
Wednesday, Jan. 24
You’re invited to the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artist Reception at the Plains Art Museum! The exhibition is free to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear artists speak about their work. The event takes place on the third floor of the Plains Art Museum.
Plains Art Museum
704 1st Ave. N., Fargo

The Seven Interactive Human Rights ExperienceThe Human Family
Thursday, Jan. 25
Co-hosted with the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery, The Seven empowers individuals to discuss and learn what it means to organize, advocate for and influence positive change in their community. Expect short discussions from area social justice leaders, human rights films from the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival and performances from justice-minded artists. The event is free and open to the public.
Century Theater at NDSU’s Memorial Union
1401 Administration Ave., Fargo

Cops and Kids Charity Hockey GameMoorhead PAL
Sunday, Jan. 27
Come join Moorhead Police Athletics and Activities League as local law enforcement takes on Moorhead Youth Hockey Association players in a fun charity game that raises funds for both the MYHA and the Moorhead Police Explorer Post. This non-profit exists to help reduce juvenile crime by helping local police officers engage area youth in social settings that involve athletics and other activities such as this one. By making a connection with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, as well as all youth in our community, they hope to build good citizens and foster positive relationships.

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B-B-BRRR Winter ClassicGreat Rides
Sunday, Jan. 27
Embrace winter and join in for the aptly named, “B-B-BRRR (Border Battle Bike Race on the Red River) Winter Classic.” This one-of-a-kind, ninth annual race will begin in Wildflower Grove Park in Fargo. Experience is not required to ride, but helmets are. All ages are welcome to participate, and a post-ride celebration and award ceremony will be held indoors at Great Northern Bicycle Company in Downtown Fargo. All racers receive a meal, beverage and t-shirt for participating.
Wildflower Grove Park
9 Lower Terrace, Fargo


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Giving Hearts Day 2019

Thursday, Feb. 14
The day we’ve all been waiting for! For many charities and non-profits, Giving Hearts Day is the largest day for donations and aid to their cause. This 24-hour giving event attracts members from across the community and even across the country to come together and support worthy causes.

CCRI Polar Plunge
Thursday, Feb. 14
Be bold and get cold at the CCRI Polar Plunge! Get a group together or challenge your co-workers and jump as a team. For just $75, you can change lives. By signing up to plunge, you agree to fundraise a minimum of $75, which will directly affect the lives of the people CCRI supports. From fundraising to costume designing to the plunge, it’s a party. For more information visit online or contact Anna at
2903 15th St. S., Moorhead

Spin It To Give ItTNT Kid’s Fitness
Thursday, Feb. 14
For Giving Hearts Day, TNT Kid’s Fitness is partnering with CycleBar for the third straight year but with a twist for 2019. This year, the TNT “Spin It To Give It” challenge will be held on site. Teams and businesses from the Fargo-Moorhead community are invited into the TNT building so they can see the direct impact TNT has on those who they serve. This year, teams of six will compete for the trophy in a 10-minute race with four teams cycling at a time. So grab a group of friends or co-workers and reserve your time slot while they are available!
TNT Kid’s Fitness
2800 Main Ave., Fargo

Chili Bowl & Concert Plains Art Museum
Thursday, Feb. 14
With a $15 donation to the museum, listen to the Cropdusters while enjoying five different kinds of piping hot, homemade chilis prepared by local restaurants, caterers and museum staff and members. At the end of the event, take home a free custom-made ceramic bowl created by local potters.
Plains Art Museum
704 1st Ave. N., Fargo


The Sons of Norway ConcertRed River Valley Veterans Concert Band
Thursday, March 7
To thank everyone who donated during Giving Hearts Day, The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band is putting on a special concert to all their supporters and donors. The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band’s mission is to promote patriotism through music, and many members of the band are military veterans or are currently serving in the National Guard.
Sons of Norway
722 2nd Ave. N., Fargo

Annual Gala Dinner Banquet – The Outdoor Adventure Foundation
Saturday, March 16
The Outdoor Adventure Foundation’s mission is to provide hunting, fishing and other adventures for youths diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. OAF is an all-volunteer organization making big dreams come true, and banquets such as this one help them keep doing what they are doing.
Hilton Garden Inn
4351 17th Ave. S., Fargo

2019 Charity Events calendarBowl for Kids’ SakeBig Brothers Big Sisters
Friday, March 22 and March 29
This bowling adventure is an annual fundraiser benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Participants form a team, collect donations and come to a bowling party on one of the two days. By taking part, you are defending the potential of a child in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Register today online.
West Acres Bowl
3402 Interstate Blvd. S., Fargo

Think! Trivia Night FundraiserJunior Achievement
Thursday, March 28
Test your trivia knowledge for a good cause. Teams of four to six will compete in a trivia competition with all proceeds going towards purchasing curriculum for Junior Achievement’s students. Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, teaching them valuable skills for a strong future.


Oak Grove Spring Gala
Friday, April 5
Support Oak Grove by attending their Spring Gala! This evening will consist of fine dining and entertainment, all benefiting Oak Grove Lutheran School. Serving nearly 700 students, Oak Grove provides an education rich in academics, faith formation and service.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo
1635 42nd St. S.W., Fargo

2019 charity events calendarYou Be You, A Not-So-Formal Gala Celebrating Self-Esteem In GirlsBIO Girls
Friday, April 5
Join BIO Girls for a not-so-formal fundraising gala celebrating girls. This family-friendly event welcomes adults and children ages 7+. This event has fun for the entire family, including a special guest speaker, dinner, silent auction, kids’ carnival and more. This event is semi-formal, but wear your sneakers. BIO Girls stands for “beauty—inside and out” and helps girls ages 7-12 build self-esteem. Consider taking one night to help them.
Avalon Events Center
2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo

Wine & Wishes GalaMake A Wish
Friday, April 5
Celebrate Wishes. Celebrate Families. Celebrate Transformation. Save the date for Wine & Wishes, a signature fundraising event for Make-A-Wish North Dakota. The evening will include an inspirational connection to their mission and highlight the lasting impact of wishes. Experience firsthand the power of a wish-come-true as a panel of wish kids share their wishes and the impact it had on them and their families. Enjoy wine pairings with hearty hors-d’oeuvres, silent auction with electronic bidding and live auction as a part of this evening, as well.
Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo
4351 17th Ave. S., Fargo

FM Ballet Presents Tribute
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7
FM Ballet presents Tribute. This show celebrates 40 years of the Gasper family teaching dance in the FM Area and features FMB Artistic Director Matt Gasper’s original ballet “Spirit Rising,” as well as pieces from founders Eddie and Kathy Gasper and this season’s “Storybook Ballet La Boutique Fantasque” (The Magic Toyshop) choreographed by FM Ballet Junior Company Ballet Mistress Lindsey Setzerkorn. This production will be entertaining for the whole family. For new audiences, it is a perfect introduction to FM Ballet’s mixed repertoire that ranges from classical and contemporary ballet to jazz and tap.
Fargo Theatre
314 Broadway N., Fargo

Good Scout LuncheonBoy Scouts of America, Northern Lights Council
Thursday, April 11
This year, The Boy Scouts of America’s Good Scout Luncheon will honor Ed and Nancy Schafer as “Good Scout” Distinguished Citizen Honorees and Forum Communications as the Corporate Community Service Honoree. Each is being recognized for their significant contributions to North Dakota and the Red River Valley.
Avalon Events Center
2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo

Fargo Moorhead Opera Presents Carmen
Friday-Saturday, April 12-13
If you’ve never been to the opera before, then you must see the final production of the season, “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. This is a classic and unforgettable opera piece that can be enjoyed by all. Tickets can be purchased online or you can call the box office at 701-239-4558. Adult tickets run from $20-80 and student tickets (K-12 and college rush) are $5.
Reineke Concert Hall, NDSU
1511 12th Ave. N., Fargo

Shaken Not Stirred: A Martini Party FundraiserFargo Moorhead Community Theatre
Friday, April 13
Support the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre with an evening of craft cocktails made my area mixologists. Dress up and have a fun night sampling various martinis on a “tini-tour,” and it’s all for a good cause.

“Bright Soldiers” PremierAfrican Soul, American Heart
Sunday, April 14
African Soul, American Heart will premiere their new documentary, “Bright Soldiers” at the Fargo Theatre. ASAH’s mission is to protect, educate and empower orphaned girls from the Republic of South Sudan through primary school, secondary school and beyond. To further support their mission, education through documentaries such as “Bright Soldiers” teach our community more about what is needed in other parts of the world.
Fargo Theatre
314 Broadway N., Fargo

Healthy Kids DayYMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Saturday, April 27
Healthy Kids’ Day is a national YMCA day to inspire kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long. Join in for an afternoon packed with fun and interactive activities in the YMCA’s Xerzone, basketball gym, climbing wall and more. Healthy snacks will be available. This event is free and open to the community.
Schlossman YMCA
4243 19th Ave. S., Fargo


Paint it ForwardLakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership
Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership is bringing back the Paint it Forward event in May. This special event brings together local artists with the children in their programs to create a piece of artwork that will be auctioned off to benefit the organization. More details on this event can be found on their new website.

2019 charity events calendarYWCA Women of the Year
Monday, May 6
Join YWCA to celebrate their 46th Annual Women of the Year event. Selected by an independent panel of judges, the lives, talents and passions of local community members are recognized each year. Come recognize how their time and talents are helping to shape our community. With a crowd of more than 750 guests, the evening culminates in the announcement of the 2019 YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year recipients in 13 categories. Nominations for Women of the Year are currently being accepted. Visit for more information or to nominate an inspirational woman in your life. Nominations close Feb. 20.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo
1635 42nd St. S.W., Fargo

15th Annual HERO Bash
Friday, May 10
HERO’s signature fundraising event is their annual HERO Bash. The evening features guest speakers, live and silent auctions, appetizers and desserts, a wine pull and live music. It’s a festive evening that celebrates the hearts and hands of HERO while raising awareness for their mission of collecting and redistributing donated healthcare supplies to help those in need.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo
1635 42nd St. S.W., Fargo

“Startin’ Somethin’!” RecitalRed River Dance & Performing Company
Saturday, May 11
Make sure to make it to the spring dance recital: “Startin’ Somethin’!” Red River Dance & Performing Company plan to start a movement that gets everyone in our community engaged through the art of dance. They are looking forward to including CHARISM, Dakota Boys & Girls Club and Jeremiah Program in this recital as well.
NDSU Festival Hall
1511 12th Ave. N., Fargo

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Slug Run Longspur Prairie Fund
Sunday, May 19
As a community event, the Longspur Prairie Fund’s Slug Run has three purposes. First, it allows parents with very young kids to participate in Fargo Marathon Week via cool and safe outdoor activities specifically designed for small children. Second, it gives young runners the opportunity to “race” in a way that acknowledges their age and abilities. (This is not a “youth run”— there’s a big difference between a 3-year-old and an eighth grader!) And finally, it communicates and embodies Longspur Prairie Fund’s core community values – confidence, physical fitness, determination, friendship and respect for nature – in a way that is clear, participatory and fun! So come join in!
Gooseberry Park
100 22nd Ave. S., Moorhead

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Brady’s Border to Border Ruck MarchBrady Oberg Legacy Foundation
Tuesday – Saturday, May 21-25
The Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation will be holding its second Annual Brady’s Border 2 Border Ruck March to raise awareness and money for veteran suicide recognition and prevention. This course is not one that’s meant to be “fun” – it’s meant for participants to push themselves and give their all, just like our fallen heroes, past and present, have given their all for our country. This year, they will be marching from the border at Beech, N.D., to the bridge on 52nd Ave. South in Fargo. It’s about 366.3 miles total and will take about 94 hours. Contact for more information.


Inspire Wellness Adult Co-ed Sand Volleyball TournamentFamily Wellness
Join in on the Family Wellness’ Annual Adult Co-ed Sand Volleyball Tournament! This tournament helps support the Family Wellness Inspire Wellness Initiative, which helps people cook well, move well and live well for life. There is limited space in this tournament, so make sure to register to confirm a spot. Each participating team is encouraged to raise money as their tournament donation.
Fargo Billiards & Gastropub
3234 43rd St. S., Fargo

Go Hawaiian for HospiceHospice of the Red River Valley
Benefitting Hospice of the Red River Valley, join in on “Go Hawaiian for Hospice!” Come for the seventh annual luau lunch this June (specific day TBD). For a suggested donation of $5, attendees will feast on a pig roast, baked potato, fresh pineapple, Hawaiian Punch and a frozen treat.

First Annual Spring GalaMemory Café of the Red River Valley
Thursday, June 6
The Memory Café of the Red River Valley will be hosting their first annual spring gala in June. Jayne Clairmont, who is a nationally recognized dementia expert, will be the featured speaker. This event will be open to the public and anyone who has a loved one living with dementia is encouraged to attend.

2019 Charity Events CalendarAmerican Cancer Society Relay for Life of Clay County
Thursday, June 6
Help fight off cancer with this fun event! Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, including in our very own Clay County chapter. Join this event to bring the community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancer and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.
Clay County Fairgrounds
620 Main Ave. E., Barnesville, Minn.

Dakota Blitz 3:10Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity
June 19-29
Three homes in 10 days. “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is hosting 10 days with a mission to build three homes. They will need all the hands they can get, so make sure to join in.


July 4th CelebrationBonanzaville
Thursday, July 4
Don’t miss the classic July 4th celebration at Bonanzaville! The event kicks off with a historic shooting of the anvil, followed by a day of carnival games, live historic demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts for the kids, bouncy houses, food trucks, a parade and so much more. And of course, there will be fireworks at dark, too!
Bonanzaville – Cass County Historical Society
1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo

9th Annual Car & Bike CruiseCommunity of Care
Sunday, July 28
Join in on a cruise around town on a Sunday afternoon to raise money to help older adults remain in their rural Cass County homes. Community of Care offers services to seniors, one of them being transportation services, making this event quite appropriate! Events like this help keep them able to continue this mission.
Community of Care
11 Langer Ave. N., Casselton, N.D.


Suits and SandalsAnne Carlsen Center
This summer, you are cordially invited to the most unique event in Bismarck: Suits & Sandals – a semi-casual beach party, and the seventh annual fundraiser to benefit the Anne Carlsen Center. Experience fine dining in an elegant yet casual setting, complete with drinks and live music, all while relaxing on the water’s edge.
Bismarck, N.D.

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Over the Edge for CHARISM
Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7 and 8
Sometimes giving back requires a leap of faith. Don’t miss the tallest and most exhilarating fundraiser in town, Over the Edge! If you participate, you will conquer the challenge of rappelling 110 feet down the Black Building on Broadway in downtown Fargo, with all the money raised going to CHARISM.
Black Building
118 Broadway N., Fargo

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We’ve Got You Covered Clothing GiveawayYouthworks
Thursday, Aug. 15
Youthworks will be hosting a clothing giveaway, providing free back-to-school clothing to youth and families in need. The vision of We’ve Got You Covered is to provide back-to-school clothing at no cost to youth in middle school and high school who may not otherwise get back to school clothing. The goal of the giveaway is to get to kids to school with dignity, encourage young people to help their peers and positive community engagement.
317 S. University Dr., Fargo

Fed Up! RallyLost and Found Recovery Center
Saturday, Aug. 31
Lost and Found Recovery Center is hosting a Fed Up! Rally raising awareness for the addition crisis our country faces. The Fed Up! Coalition was formed in 2012 when several organizations from across the country joined forces. What brought them together was their shared concern that the federal government was failing to stem the rising tide of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. This rally will help fight for positive change.


Annual Bis-Man Ride for DiabetesAmerican Diabetes Association Camp Sioux
American Diabetes Association Camp Sioux’s annual bike ride will be held in Bismarck this September. There will be 5-mile (family friendly!) and 25-mile options, depending on what you’re comfortable with. The longer ride made quite a presence in the community in 2018, with upwards of 65 riders participating. Stay tuned to the American Diabetes Association-North Dakota Facebook page for dates and registration information.
Bismarck, N.D.

Celebrity Dinner and AuctionFargo Air Museum
Saturday, Sept. 14
This is it, Fargo Air Museum’s annual fundraiser! Note that this event’s “celebrity” is an airplane not a person, but it is always a great time. The event includes a delicious dinner and a live and silent auction full of fantastic goods, big and small, to bid on. Find out how to buy a table, tickets or donate auction items online.
Fargo Air Museum
1609 19th Ave. N., Fargo

Fargo Walk to End Alzheimer’sThe Alzheimer’s Association
Saturday, Sept. 21
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.
Fargo Civic Center
207 4th St. N., Fargo


Wags, Whiskers & WineHomeward Animal Shelter
Join Homeward Animal Shelter for wine tasting, delicious appetizers, music and fabulous silent and live auction items at the 10th annual Wags, Whiskers & Wine event. All proceeds of this fun evening benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Homeward Animal Shelter.

Annual Dessert Celebration and Silent AuctionChild Evangelism Fellowship
Thursday, Oct. 10
Join a wonderful evening with Child Evangelism Fellowship featuring a live/silent auction, powerful stories about what God is doing in our community and a delicious dessert. The Child Evangelism Fellowship continues their mission by hosting Good News Clubs during the school year as well as five-day clubs and day camp ministry during the summer.
Bethel Church
2702 30th Ave. S., Fargo

Third Annual Journey for Hope GalaJeremiah Program
Friday, Oct. 18
Don’t miss the next chance to transform lives for local single mothers and their children at the third annual Journey for Hope Gala. Each year there is a “destination” that you will be transported to, so stay tuned for the announcement of what 2019’s destination will be. This special event features a five-star meal, a live auction, fund-a-family auction, fun raffles, keynote speeches from program participants and more!
Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo

[Re] Builder Boil – Rebuilding Together
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Rebuilding Together’s annual friend-raiser, the [Re]Builder Boil, is held every fall. This year, they will be presenting the 2nd ever “Denny Walaker Community Leadership Award” to a dynamic leader in our community. Enjoy a seafood boil, live music, your favorite beer and learn about how you can (re)pair, (re)vitalize and (re)build Fargo-Moorhead.
El Zagal Shrine Center
1429 3rd St. N., Fargo

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3rd Annual FM Raise Your Spirits Gala
Friday, Oct. 25
This year’s gala will be an exciting event like no other, including a multi-course culinary experience paired with a variety of spirits, silent auctions, raffles and entertainment. The FM Raise Your Spirits Gala will donate 100 percent of net proceeds generated through this event to multiple charitable causes. Each year at this gala, outstanding individuals who volunteer to impact health and quality of life in our community will be recognized, in four categories.
Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo


17th Annual Extra Mile EventHandi-Wheels
Handi-Wheels will host its 17th Annual “Extra Mile Event” in November of 2019. They work closely with Hope Lutheran Church North Campus to provide an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle. Specific date and time to be determined, so stay tuned.
Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus
2900 Broadway N., Fargo

Redemption Road Fall Gala
Saturday, Nov. 2
This is Redemption Road’s second formal Fall Gala! In an effort to expand into greater North Dakota, they are hosting this amazing event. Be expecting a silent auction, dinner and some testimonies. Tickets will be limited, so purchase a table in a timely manner, and bring some friends. Learn more and stay tuned for updates by following them on Facebook.
Avalon Events Center
2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo

Annual Event – Lend A Hand Up
Monday, Nov. 25
Lend A Hand Up hosts an annual event on the Monday of Thanksgiving week to commemorate all campaigns and fundraisers held in the past year to help our neighbors, as well as to show appreciation for their volunteers, sponsors, contributors and supportive community members. Throughout the year, Lend A Hand Up works by and through others to help families in medical crisis.


REACH Holiday Extravaganza
Saturday, Dec. 14
Each year, the REACH Holiday Extravaganza is held the second Saturday of December. This event includes a 5K Jingle Bell Run, a brunch and a toy bingo. It is a major fundraiser for REACH, so be sure you come by to help them continue to enrich the lives of residents residing in rural Clay, Norman and West Becker Counties in Minnesota.
Hawley, Minn.

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