Nonprofits Host Virtual Events

Sunny Hostin has been an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, a legal correspondent for ABC, an executive producer of a documentary series, and a co-host of “The View.” Her debut novel, “Summer on the Bluffs,” was published in June. Photo: ABC/Heidi Gurtman.

Three upcoming virtual fundraising events for local nonprofits promise to be fun, interesting and informative:

Sunny Hostin, an Emmy Award-winning legal journalist and co-host of ABC’s “The View,” will be the speaker for the Chrysalis Foundation’s annual “Inspired” fundraiser, Oct. 9 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the live virtual event, Hostin will share how she came to understand her calling: to give a voice to the voiceless and “to show that if I can become who I’ve become, anyone can.” A self-described Afro-Latina lawyer who grew up in the South Bronx, Hostin has said she is not a role model but a “possibility model.”

Tickets are $30 to $75, available here. All proceeds will support Des Moines girls and women through educational scholarships, after-school programming for at-risk girls, and grants to local agencies.

Salisbury House and Gardens will host a Virtual Tea at the Castle on Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. You’ll receive a tea kit containing two varieties of tea, finger sandwiches, madeleines and tea cookies, mini scones, clotted cream, jam, and fresh flowers. The event includes short real-time videos on the history of the house and its collections, education about the tea, and more.

Tickets cost $40 ($36 for members) and are available here or by calling 515-274-1777. Sales close this Friday, Oct. 2. On the day of the event, you’ll pick up your tea kit between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the venue’s north door.

Ballet Des Moines and Winefest are partnering for three virtual wine dinners and a behind-the-scenes ballet performance and wine discussion. The first, on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., will feature a three-course dinner from Table 128 and a live rehearsal for the ballet company’s upcoming virtual season. In addition to the virtual option, a few tickets will be available for guests to have dinner and see the rehearsal from the Ballet Des Moines balcony. Tables will be socially distanced.

Dinner for two and two bottles of wine are $110 for the virtual event and $210 for the in-person event. Tickets are available here. Dinner can be picked up between 5 and 6 p.m. at Table 128 in Clive on Oct. 6, but orders must be placed by Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.

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