October fundraiser roundup: Mad Scientist Ball, Halloween parties, more

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
The annual Mad Scientist Ball is only one of many October fundraisers.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

October's round of fundraisers isn't all just spooky parties. Check here for details on events packed with art, fashion, food and more. 


P3: People, Pints and Pedals Pub Crawl

The ninth annual P3 pub crawl will run from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 (after being postponed a week for expected inclement weather.

The crawl begins at 575 Pizzeria, 2803 Civic Circle, and hits Golden Light Cafe, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave., and I Don't Know Sports Bar and Grill, 1301 S.W. Sixth Ave., then back to 575 for an after-party. Pre-registration will be available soon on the website.

The event is free, but a suggested donation of $15 will benefit One Chair at a Time, which buys sports wheelchairs for Amarillo adolescents and young adults.

Call 806-322-5575.


Fashionable Fundraiser

Talbots of Amarillo, 2201 S. Georgia St., will host a shopping fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle.

When shoppers say they're supporting the cause between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 4, 10 percent of proceeds will go to the organization, Talbots assistant manager Monica Duran said.

BBBS Executive Director Emily Nance will be at the store from 3 to 5 p.m.

Call 806-359-9190.



Community businesses and volunteers lip-sync popular songs at the annual LIPS fundraiser for Opportunity School.

These LIPS don't lie: The popular fundraiser for Opportunity School will celebrate its silver anniversary in October.

The event — which features volunteers from businesses and elsewhere doing lip-synch performances of popular songs — is set for 6 p.m Oct. 5 at Embassy Suites Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St.

Tickets are $150 for individuals and up to $6,000 for tables of 10.

Call 806-373-4245.


28th Annual Pancake Festival

The 28th annual Amarillo Downtown Lions Club pancake festival is Oct. 7.
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The Lions are roaring — for more syrup.

The Amarillo Downtown Lions Club will host its 28th annual pancake festival from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at Tascosa High School, 3921 Westlawn Ave.

The festival will include all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, a car show, a bike/trike show, a chalk art contest and music from Kickshikers, Marcus & Jamie, The Average Joes, Kim & The Crash and Anderson, Flesher & Key

Proceeds benefit Lions charities, including High Plains Eyeglass Foundation, the Texas Lions Camp, the Lions Eye Bank, Lions Leader Dog, Texas Ramp Project, High Plains Food Bank, One Chair at a Time and Volleys for Vets.

Call 806-373-0648.


All Things Luxe

The new All Things Luxe shopping exposition will donate a portion of proceeds to CASA and The Bridge.

The event runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.

The expo will feature "the best in shopping, art, food, beauty, health, nutrition, financial planning, home decor, leather, fur, furniture, jewelry, footwear, clothing, hats, home design, cosmetics, spa/massage vendors, family/wedding/professional photography, housewares, and much more," according to an exhaustive list on the Facebook event page.

The event also will feature live music, fashion and art demonstrations, a red carpet photo opportunity, a cash bar, door prizes and more. 

Admission is $15, plus fees

Call 806-420-7240.


Walk for Mental Health 5K

Walkers will raise awareness of and funds to support mental health initiatives at the fifth annual Walk for Mental Health 5K.

The walk is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Memorial Park, 2501 S. Washington St.

Held by National Alliance on Mental Illnesses — Texas Panhandle and Amarillo Area Mental Health Consumers' Agape Center, the walk will raise fund for free mental health programs and support groups for the organizations.

To register for or donate to the walk, visit here.


12 x 12

Paintings wait to be hung for the 2016 12 x 12 art show and sale at Amarillo Museum of Art.

Amarillo Museum of Art will celebrate 12 years of 12-inch square artwork at the annual 12 x 12 Art Exhibition and Silent Auction.

The one-night-only show and sale, themed Color Therapy, will feature about 100 works by 50 artists who have previously participated and 50 artists chosen by the AMoA Alliance 12 x 12 committee.

The party runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St.

Art — all 12 inches by 12 inches (by 12 inches, if three-dimensional) — will be sold via silent auction with a starting bid of $120. Half of the sales price will go to AMoA's educational programs, with the other half going to the artist.

Tickets are $12, including heavy hors d'oeuvres and a full bar.

Call 806-371-5050.


Signature Chefs

A collection of Amarillo's top culinary minds will join forces for the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs event.

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cornerstone Ranch Event Center, 1901 Cement Road.

Chefs are scheduled to include Bud Andersen of Ben E. Keith, Ashley Bara Parades of La Fiesta Grande and Caterings by Roy, Rocky Dunnam of Nineteen49 Catering and Bivins Pointe, John Kuzma of The Continental at Park Central, Juan Lopez of Pescaraz, Joyce Martin of Lakeland Marketings, Brian Mason of BL Bistro, Rhonda Obenhaus of Joe's Catering, Marcia Phillips of The Grill at Park Central, James "JT" Thomas of Macaroni Joes and Laura Yarber of The Crave Factory.

Tables of eight are $2,000 to $10,000.

Call 806-670-0188.


Out of the Darkness Walk

The 2017 Out of the Darkness community walk is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Medical Center Park, 1100 Wallace Blvd.

Participants can raise money to benefit efforts of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Walkers who raise $150 or more recieve a 2017 walk T-shirt.

Registration can be done online

Call 806-282-1465.


Party in Pink Zumbathon

Dance your butt off for a good cause Oct. 14.

Zumba Fitness at River Falls will host a Party in Pink Zumbathon from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at Maverick Boys & Girls Club, 1923 S. Lincoln St.

Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit Harrington Cancer Center.

Call 806-674-5959.


Fall. Fashion. Rock.

Mustard Street Wear will host a fashion show to benefit Amarillo Housing First.

Fall. Fashion. Rock. begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at City Studios, Studio 25 at The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. 

Models from Anderson Talent Agency will walk the runway. The evening also will feature a concert by Amarillo rock band Hed Change, a silent art auction and free keg beer for ages 21 and older.

Admission is free.

Call 806-282-6573.


Mad Scientist Ball

Don your lab coat: The Mad Scientist Ball will return Oct. 14.

The annual fundraiser for Don Harrington Discovery Center kicks off at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the center, 1200 Streit Drive.

The party includes music from The Space Rockers, a fully catered dinner, two open bars and a coffee bar, a photo booth, science experiments and activities, and more. 

Tickets are $125. Sponsorships begin at $500.

Call 806-355-9547.


Heart Walk

Participants warm up for the 2016 Heart Walk. This year's is set for Oct. 21.

Lace up your sneakers for the annual Heart Walk on Oct. 21.

The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. Participants will trod a 5K course.

Registration is free, but donations will benefit American Heart Association.

The day also will include a kids zone and a food tent.

Call 866-430-9255.


Clip for the Cure

Regis Salons and MasterCuts hope to shear away at breast cancer.

The salons will donate 10 percent of proceeds between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 21 to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

Call 806-359-4334.


CASA Game Day

Watch all of the major fall games at CASA Game Day.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates will host this "ultimate college game day" from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 at Amarillo National Bank Skyline Room, 410 S. Taylor St., said Lara Escobar, executive director.

Attendees are encouraged to wear fan attire as games play on several screens around the 16th-floor party room. 

Tickets are $40, including tailgate food and drink. A silent auction will be held, featuring sports memorabilia, and a cornhole tournament also will take place; entry fee is $5.

The come-and-go party replaces CASA's Halloween-themed CASAtume costume party.

Call 806-373-2272.


Shoot Out T1D

Take aim at Type 1 Diabetes at the Shoot Out T1D sporting clays shoot-out.

TOADS (Type One Area Diabetic Support) will host the shoot-out from 1 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21 at River Breaks Ranch, 7802 Durrett Drive.

The event includes the shoot-out, dinner and an after party. 

Entry fee is $275, including one shooter and two party tickets; or $1,000 for a team of four, with eight party tickets. Admission to the after-party alone is $50. Sponsorships are available from $500 to $10,000.

Call 806-567-8005.


Peaches for Paws

A new fundraiser will raise money and awareness for Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Peaches for Paws will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street.

The party will feature kids activities, food trucks, the Mani Camper, a silent auction and a meet-and-greet with the center's ambassador possum, fox, skunk, prairie dog and snake, as well as music from Amarillo bands and musicians Maggie Burt, Uncle Puppy & The Rejects, J. Trial Band and Jason Hodges & The Panhandle Playboys.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Call 806-355-5930.


Monster Bowl

Don a costume and your bowling shoes for Monster Bowl.

Costumed teams will help raise money for a good cause at the annual Monster Bowl

The fundraiser for Junior Achievement of the High Plains helps equip volunteers to work with area youth.

The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 at Western Bowl, 5120 Canyon Drive.

Entry fee is $300 for a team of five. Sponsorships are available up to $2,500.

Call 806-355-0045.


Shred Out Cancer

Shred unneeded paperwork and make a donation to help battle cancer on Oct. 28.

The 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center and the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program will host Shred Out Cancer with Document Shredding and Storage

Bring old receipts, records, letters, bills and more to the secure onsite shredder, and make a tax-deductable donation, which will be used to support programs and activities at the center.

Call 806-331-2400.


EQTX Halloween Party

Don your best costumes for the annual Equality Texas Halloween Party.

The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 28 at 3600 Danbury Drive and raises funds for the EQTX Foundation, which lobbies for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights in the state. It will feature a live DJ, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and costume contest.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door.

Call 806-463-9714.


Beans and Cornbread Luncheon

A simple meal will help raise funds to support Amarillo's homeless population.

The 20th annual Beans and Cornbread luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. 

Tables of eight are $250, $500, $1,000 and $5,000.

The event is the kickoff for the annual Interfaith Campaign for the Homeless, which will raise additional funds from communities of faith through April 2018.

Call 806-282-1014 or 806-290-8577.


6th Street Creepy Crawl

Sixth Avenue will go nuts for Halloween at the annual 6th Street Creepy Crawl on Oct. 31.

The annual 6th Street Creepy Crawl kicks off with kids activities from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 between Georgia and Carolina streets on Historic Route 66.

Proceeds benefit ACTS Community

Activities include pumpkin painting, a photo booth, a mirror maze and a kids costume contest at 7:30 p.m. at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. 

Adults-only fun begins at 9 p.m. with live music at The 806Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; Austin's Texas Pub, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave.; and Leftwoods, 2511 S. Georgia St.

Creepy Crawl Cards are $5 in advance beginning Oct. 13 or $7 on Halloween. The card offers discounts at stores and bars along Sixth Avenue.

Volunteers are sought for set-up, trick or treating, tear-down and more.

Call 806-322-1806.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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