Wishes for Whiskers Covenant Creatures Companion Animal program is hosting a charity auction and entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. May 17 at the Heritage Room, 604 Water St. SW, Olympia. Enjoy a cocktail hour from 5-6 p.m., with a catered dinner at 6:30 p.m. The evening will also feature a family-friendly comedy show, and a live silent auction. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased through brownpapertickets.com. Call 360-357-6301 for details.
Run for Rett 5k run, 3k walk and kids dash The Run for Rett supports the Northwest Rett Syndrome Foundation. Start is 9 a.m. June 7 at Tumwater Historical Park, 777 Simmons Road SW, Olympia. There is limited parking so carpooling is advised. Register at active.com/tumwater-wa/running/distance-running-races/run-for-rett-5k-run-3k-walk-and-kids-dash-2014 before June 4.
The Family Support Center of South Sound expects to open a 24-hour-a-day shelter July 1. However, the nonprofit group still needs funding to buy furnishings, including bunk beds, kitchenware and bath supplies. The shelter will be in the Smith Building at 837 Seventh Ave. SE, Olympia, which is being converted from a vacant office building to six emergency shelter rooms, and seven permanent, affordable housing units for families with children, with on-site supportive services. Individuals and businesses can contribute by purchasing the right to engrave their names and business logos on 600 bricks in the shelter entryway. The cost is $100 per person or $300 per business. Also, room sponsorships are available for $5,000. For more information, visit the family support center at fscss.org.
Concern for animals needs dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, bird and chicken food; cat litter; beds, blankets and towels in good condition; pet toys; dog houses, carriers and crates; leashes and collars; and gift cards to any outlet that sells pet food and supplies. To arrange to drop off supplies, call 360-456-8176 or visit Score Used Sports Store, Fluffy and Floyds, Les Schwab-Lacey, Rick’s Automotive, Anytime Fitness-Lacey, Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center or The Dog House in Tenino. For more information or to make a cash donation, go to concernforanimals.org.
thurston county Food Bank needs clean, untorn paper grocery sacks and dozen-egg cartons. If you can help, drop them off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 220 Thurston Ave. NE, Olympia. Call 352-8597 for more information.