Elizabeth Rather, 26, of Riverhead with her friends Lisa Zamber (left) and Rachel Allen. Friends of Elizabeth is planning its sixth annual fundraiser to help pay for Ms. Rather’s medical costs after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
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.