Friends with Benefits

So many good charity events coming up. Here’s three:

1. Buddy emcees the black-tie Hope Ball this Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Newport to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It’s a night of dinner, dancing, cocktails and silent and live auctions for such a good cause — juvenile, or type 1, diabetes affects 1 in 3 families. Click here for tickets, info and to check out auction items. (You have to love our local businesses that donate so often to so many great organizations.)

2. Your $125 ticket ($200 for couples) to the annual Jarvis Green Foundation Wine Tasting in Seekonk, also Saturday, gets you access to 100 wines from around the world and food catered by Johnson & Wales, plus a line-up that includes fire dancers, magicians, Hollywood and NFL celebrities (any guesses?) and a comedian, who I’m thinking will seem really, really funny after you’ve sampled all that wine. The foundation benefits single working mothers in need. Info here.

3.  Part of proceeds from ticket sales to this weekend’s P Bruins games will benefit the Red Cross. They’re playing the Worcester Sharks on Friday at 7pm and the Portland Pirates on Sunday at 4pm. It’s also T-shirt Night and Poster Night respectively, a fact they seem super psyched about on their homepage. (I’ll be curious to see how they make upcoming "Lip Balm Night" on March 27 into a bad-ass hockey graphic.) See what I mean (and get tix) here.