Six NCAA championships. Four-time NCAA Coach of the Year. While those are accomplishments beyond measure, they’re in the rearview mirror now for the United Way of West Alabama’s 2017 Campaign Chairwoman, Sarah Patterson. 

Habitat for Humanity will host its Vets for Vets event on Friday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Hotel Capstone ballroom. The event is dedicated to Tuscaloosa’s local veterans who set aside their free time to assist with their fellow veterans’ home repairs. 

Tuscaloosa’s streets will sizzle on Saturday, July 29, as the 2017 Hot Hundred Bicycle Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. The hottest ride in the south will start at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex, and riders will choose whether they want to face a 29, 36, 52, 71 or 103 mile ride. 

The ride is organized to raise funds for mental health in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance. Since its beginning, the ride has only grown bigger with each passing year.

Tee Time is coming at Tall Pines Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, as Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, holds its 24th Annual Night Light Golf Tournament on Aug. 18. The four-person scramble is unique, in that it allows participants to play in the dark. Nine holes are played in the afternoon, and nine at night.  

The 23rd Annual Youth for Christ Legacy Golf Challenge will be held this Thursday, May 11, at the NorthRiver Yacht Club. The organization hopes to raise a total of $70,000 for its programs this year.

Two specific programs that benefit from the Youth for Christ golf tournament are its Campus Life and Parent Life programs, which provide outreach to students at 14 different high schools and middle schools. Maintaining the programs helps students stay connected with a welcoming atmosphere, said Mike Green, Youth for Christ’s executive director.

McAbee Construction Company will host Takin’ Cancer for a Ride this Saturday, April 29th.

The motorcycle ride will begin at Northport Civic Center, travel through rural Tuscaloosa County and end at Rhythm and Brews in downtown Tuscaloosa, according to Casey Johnson, director of development of The DCH Foundation.

Miss Dots is going to the dogs this Saturday, April 29, hosting a special "Dogs at Dots" fundraiser with the Humane Society of West Alabama.

The West Alabama Food and Wine Festival will host its 5th Annual event this Thursday, April 27, at Tuscaloosa RiverMarket to benefit the West Alabama Red Cross. The festival features small plates by 16 popular restaurants, including the highly anticipated Central Mesa created by the same owners as The Avenue Pub. A variety of wines will be available, and two local breweries will also be serving samples.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the 11th Annual Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup on Saturday  April 29. The Mayor’s Cup is a 5K and 10K race in support of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. 

The race will start and end at Government Plaza behind City Hall. The route will go through downtown and cross through the Walk of Champions on the University of Alabama campus. 

The Autism Society of Alabama will host its annual Walk for Autism this Saturday, April 8, at the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, in support of individuals with autism. 

“The Walk for Autism is our most powerful awareness and fundraising event of the year,” said Angie Barber, Ph.D., a board member for Autism Society of Alabama and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. “The walk provides the opportunity for residents, students and community leaders to support families affected by autism,” Barber said.  

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