Lifestyle Things to do in Metro Detroit

8 Ways to Give Back in Metro Detroit this October

September 29, 2019

From fashion shows to running races, join Metro Detroit nonprofits as they host fun events to support those in need.

By Rachel Pepe

Feature photo via American Cancer Society Facebook


Flight to Fight Breast Cancer Pop Up Fashion Show

via @steezystamps/WhatsNextDTD Facebook

6-9 p.m.

Coleman A. Young International Airport

11499 Conner Street, Detroit

Coleman A. Young International Airport will transform into a runway to raise awareness and support the Shades of Pink Foundation. Enjoy a fashion-filled night and help the organization live out its mission of providing financial assistance to breast cancer patients. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased here.


Trick or Feet Kidney Run

via the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's Facebook

Registration begins at 9 a.m.

5k and 10k begin at 10 a.m.

Maybury State Park

49575 8 Mile Road, Northville

Catch up with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and register for its Trick or Feet Kidney Run 5k and 10k. The 5k welcomes both walkers and runners, while the 10k is just for those planning to run. There will also be a Mini Monster Dash for children and a costume contest, so be sure to dress up! This event requires participants to have a recreational park passport. More information and tickets can be found here.


56th Annual Bloomfield Charity Antiques and Collectables Show

via Bloomfield Charity Antiques and Collectables

Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

1100 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills

Check out one of Michigan’s largest running charitable antique shows right in Bloomfield Hills! There will be a variety of antique and estate goods for sale from 35 acclaimed dealers. They will also have homemade pies available for purchase, along with appraisals and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will support Oakland HOPE and Grace Centers of Hope. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

via American Cancer Society's Facebook

Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Walk begins at 9 a.m.

Hart Plaza

1 Hart Plaza, Detroit

Join the American Cancer Society at its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This non-competitive 3 to 5 mile walk helps the organization raise money for research, provide free information and assist people with reducing their risk of developing breast cancer. Join the walk or receive more information here.


Duel on Fifth: Keys for Literacy

via Walker Literacy Center's Facebook

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fifth Avenue Royal Oak

215 W. Fifth Avenue, Royal Oak

Help the Walker Literacy Center support its mission of providing free summer and after school literacy lessons to children in Detroit. Attendees will be treated to a night filled with live entertainment, dinner and raffles. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.


Wine and Wags Midwest Rescue Fundraiser

via Midwest Small Breed Rescue's Facebook

6-9 p.m.

Cost Plus Eastern Market Wine

2448 Market St., Detroit

Join the Midwest Small Breed Rescue as it works to raise money for furry friends in need. Enjoy an evening filled with wine, beer, heavy appetizers and tons of raffle prizes! Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online here.


Alzheimer’s Association Chocolate Jubilee Gala

via Alzheimer’s Association- Greater Michigan Chapter’s Facebook

Event begins at 6:30 p.m.

MGM Grand Detroit

1777 Third Ave., Detroit

The Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting its annual gala for the 35th consecutive year, featuring special guest Tony Hawk. The event will showcase chocolate exhibitors from across Metro Detroit, and proceeds will help the organization with critical care, support and research. Tickets and more information can be found here.


Drinking with Dogs at MOCAD

via Canine to Five Facebook

6-9 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4450 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Stop by MOCAD for Canine to Five’s Halloween edition of its Drinking with Dogs event. Bring your dog, enjoy a few drinks and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Michigan Humane Society. There will even be a costume contest for dogs judged by the editors here at SEEN. Tickets can be purchased for $15 on Eventbrite.

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