Charity happenings on the East End.

Sweet Charities

Bow Wow Meow Ball

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will host its annual Bow Wow Meow Ball on Saturday, August 18, at the ARF adoption center in East Hampton. This year, the event introduces arfITECTURE, unique cat and dog houses created by top architects and builders that will be auctioned at the event.

This year’s ball will honor event designer David Monn with the Champion of Animals Award. The festivities begin with cocktails at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets start at $750. For more information, visit

A Mind Is . . .

The United Negro College Fund will host its seventh annual “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons Summer Benefit weekend on Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19. The weekend will start on Saturday with a reception and program at a private residence in East Hampton. There will be a VIP reception at 5 PM, followed by dinner at 6 PM.

On Sunday, there will be a brunch at Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton starting at 11 AM.

UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. Funds raised at the Hamptons event will be used for student scholarships on the East End. For tickets to either event, visit

Artist & Writers

The annual Artist & Writers celebrity softball game will be held in East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Saturday, August 18. The game starts at 4 PM.

Prior to the game, there is a future artist and writers kid’s clinic at 10:30 AM, a home run challenge at 1 PM, and batting practice from 2 to 3 PM. There is a suggested $10 donation.

Funds raised will support local charities like The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy, The Retreat, and East End Hospice.

Ellen’s Run

The 23rd annual Ellen’s Run 5K to benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Centers and Ellen’s Well will be held on Sunday, August 19, in Southampton starting at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The 5K starts at 9 AM and will wrap up at noon.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation ensures that no breast cancer patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment. All services through Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge. For more information or to register, visit

CTREE at Sebonack

Horses Changing Lives, the annual CTREE at Sebonack fundraiser, will be held on Thursday, August 23, at Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton. CTREE, the Center For Therapeutic Riding of the East End, provides therapeutic riding lessons and equine assisted activities to children, young adults, and veterans with disabilities.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 PM. Event chairs are Tami Maines and Diana Shiel. Enjoy cocktails, silent and live auction, and Brazilian bossa nova by Ludmilla Brazil. For tickets and more info, visit

Box Art Auction

The annual Box Art Auction benefiting East End Hospice will be held on Saturday, August 25, at St. Luke’s Church Hoie Hall in East Hampton. Eighty-five artists take a small, unadorned box and create a unique work of art that is put up for auction. The silent auction will begin at 4:30 PM and the live auction at 5:45 PM. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the $75 ticket price.

Leading up to the benefit the boxes can be previewed at Hoie Hall on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23, from 10 AM to 4 PM. On Wednesday, August 22, the public is invited to a meet the artists reception. For tickets and more, info visit