Like many people, I’m a big fan of events that combine a good time with raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause.

And while these types of events are never in short supply in Charleston, the majority are priced $50 and above. Now, I understand why as they’re usually black-tie galas, but it does prohibit those on a budget from participating.

This weekend, though, offers up a number of charity events that are reasonably priced, opening them up to a whole different demographic.

‘Pursuit of Happyness’

Crisis Ministries, Charleston’s homeless shelter, will host a screening of the film “The Pursuit of Happyness” to heighten awareness of homelessness.

The film, for those unfamiliar, is a heartwarming tale of how a single father fought to build a future for himself and his son, going from homeless to a Wall Street legend. Will Smith stars as Chris Gardner in this movie, which is based on true events.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Theater, 446 King St. The suggested donation is $12 and includes popcorn and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available on-site.

Call 723-9477 or go to

Wine tasting, auction

ReFORM Studios, 1081-B East Montague Ave., will hold a benefit for My Sister’s House, a local organization that provides services, programs and resources to empower domestic violence victims and their children to live free from abuse.

The event will feature tastings of Napa Valley wines, appetizers catered by the Stratford High School culinary arts program and a silent auction. The benefit will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10 and includes wine and appetizers.

Call 284-3340 or go to

Blackbeard’s Cove

Blackbeard’s Cove in Mount Pleasant will hold a family fun day fundraiser for Camp Happy Days, an annual camp for children with cancer.

The Mutiny Pass costs $16 and includes free play on go-karts, a climbing wall, jump-land and two miniature golf courses for two hours. Half of the proceeds will go to Camp Happy Days.

The event runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will be sold until Friday and must be purchased through Camp Happy Days by calling 571-4336 or online at