Source: The Independent

Sweet Charities

by Jessica Mackin

December 04, 2013

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Jingle Bell Hop

St. Therese of Lisieux Nursery School in Montauk hosts its Jingle Bell Hop at ENE at 8 PM on Friday. Tickets are $35 at the door and $30 in advance at the church. Enjoy an open bar for the first half hour, a buffet, fabulous raffle prizes and music by Lost Time.

Wine Tasting

Park Place Wines & Liquors in East Hampton and Animal Rescue Fund are hosting a wine tasting at Highway Diner in Wainscott on Saturday from 3 to 6 PM. Taste 50+ wines from around the world and help animals in need. All ticket proceeds go to ARF of the Hamptons. Buy your tickets now and save $5 (Tickets sold at the door are $15). Receive 10 percent off breakfast, lunch or dinner at Highway Diner on Saturday with your Event Ticket. To purchase your ticket visit or call Park Place at 631-324-2622. 

Holiday Giving Programs

As we enter into the holiday season, The Retreat has announced the agency’s annual Holiday Giving Programs. In the true spirit of the season, The Retreat asks supporters to join together in brightening the holiday experience of courageous families affected by domestic violence.

During the holiday season, an increasing amount of families seek out The Retreat’s services. Many women and children find that during the holidays, domestic violence increases due to money problems, and increasing amounts of alcohol and drug use.  

The most peaceful time of year, sadly, can be the hardest. In an effort to infuse light into some of the dark realities these families have to face, The Retreat is looking for help in providing survivor families with a joyful holiday experience during Thanksgiving and the December holidays.

Supporters can consider offering support to The Retreat’s annual Adopt-A-Family Program by donating holiday presents or gift cards for a family in need. Call The Retreat’s Holiday Help Line at 631-329-4398 and ask for Christiana or Lisa, to learn more about becoming involved in brightening the holiday season for survivors of domestic violence.

Clamshell Foundation

As the year comes to an end we take stock of ourselves, our friends and our families. The Clamshell Foundation is doing the same and have begun making its Grants for 2013.

They are committed to three book Scholarships for graduating High School Seniors. Also, they’re buying 100 Turkeys for the outreach programs of nine different Church’s. This is all the result of donations and proceeds from The SandCastle Contest and The Great Bonac Fireworks Show.

If you are considering making year-end donations visit

Miss Ella’s

Shop for a cause. Fridays to Sundays from noon to 4 PM through December 22. Miss Ella’s Holiday Shop at Hallockville will have local handcrafted gifts, jewelry, woodcarvings, antiques, collectibles, ornaments, cards and seasonal items, plus educational toys and games for children. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit mission of Hallockville Museum Farm, support the preservation of 19 historic structures dating back to 1765 across 28 acres of preserved farmland.

Located on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, Hallockville is home to cows and sheep, and offers educational programming that connects the community to the shared agricultural heritage throughout the year. Museum members save 10 percent off non-consignment purchases.