About a decade ago, when Riverhead High School graduate Elizabeth Rather started feeling unusually groggy as a college student at Fordham University, she dismissed it, doubling her efforts in the classroom. But when she began her career at CBS Television in Manhattan, she finally saw a doctor — and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Since then, Friends of Elizabeth has held five fundraisers to help pay for Ms. Rather’s medical costs, allowing her to begin a cutting-edge stem cell treatment for the disease.
The group will hold its sixth annual benefit at Meetinghouse Creek Inn Restaurant in Aquebogue Thursday, July 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature food, live music and a silent auction. Tickets cost $55. RSVP by June 26 by calling Lisa Zamber at 808-589-9596.
Horsing around for IRIE
Get to riding, all right? A Riverhead nonprofit that offers therapy through riding and caring for horses will hold its annual fundraiser at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center on East Main Street in Riverhead Thursday, July 10, from 7 to 11 p.m.
IRIE Therapeutic Horseback Riding’s “Really Big Chinese Auction” will offer food, live music and more. Proceeds will benefit children with special needs who use the nonprofit’s services. Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased by calling 631-871-1916.
Oceans for Hope on the River
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation will hosts its 14th annual Oceans of Hope fundraiser Friday, June 27, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center.
The nonprofit, which is based out of the aquarium, saves and rehabilitates marine life, particularly sea turtles and marine mammals, throughout New York State.
Tickets to the luau-themed event cost $175 and can be purchased at riverheadfoundation.org.