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Here’s a list of five good-cause fundraisers and benefits in 2017 that could use your support.

1Feb. 4: Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

photo courtesy Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Help victims of domestic violence while enjoying decadent chocolates of all makes and shapes at this fundraiser for the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non­violence (SPAN). The 5:30-11 p.m. event at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield includes a cocktail and chocolate hour, dinner, an auction and dancing. Visit www.safehousealliance.org.

2March 4: Interfaith Quilters Annual Show & Sale

photo courtesy Interfaith Quilters

The stunning and amazing volunteer-made quilts at this annual sale benefit the Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley and the OUR Center in Longmont. The 10 a.m.-4 p.m. show at First Lutheran Church, 803 Third Avenue in Longmont, features a no-sales preview from 5-8 p.m. on March 3. Visit www.interfaithquilters.com.

3March 11: Grapes for Good: Autism Society of Boulder County Wine-tasting Fundraiser

photo by Africa Studio

Enjoy fine wines from Colorado and international wineries, gourmet cuisine, dancing, and live and silent auctions to benefit children with autism. At the St Julien Hotel & Spa from 6-11 p.m. Visit
www.autismboulder.org.

4March 18: Homeward Bound

photo by Evie Photography

Dogs and cats are tops in many people’s hearts and homes, but what about pets that still need a home? The Homeward Bound gala aims to send shelter pets to new homes. Sponsored by the Longmont Humane Society, Homeward Bound is a fun-filled evening with food and beverage tastings. Live and silent auctions and live music round out the 6-9 p.m. event, which raises money for animals in need. So have a heart for homeless pets and pencil it in your calendar. Visit www.longmonthumane.org.

5March 18: Empty Bowls Luncheon

photo by Nathan Pulley Photography

Help feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and fulfill a broad range of social needs—and get a beautiful, hand-painted ceramic bowl to boot. This fundraiser for Longmont’s OUR Center includes a handmade ceramic bowl of your choice, which you can fill with soup from local restaurants. You can also donate a bowl by purchasing and decorating one at Crackpots, 505 Main St. in Longmont. Drop-off donated bowls to
OUR Center, 220 Collyer St., prior to the March 18 event. The 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. luncheon is at Longmont High School, 1040 Sunset St. Visit www.ourcenter.org