By Janelle Sheetz

Few things are more rewarding than giving back and helping your community, and charity events are a great way to do just that. Pittsburgh has lots of great charity events coming up this spring, from an annual event benefiting fostered youth to a bluegrass concert to help homeless men. Here are five of the best.

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Picture This!
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 722-1404

Date: April 1, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Ward Home’s 6th annual Picture This! event, benefiting local at-risk foster teens, will be held on Saturday, April 1. This year’s event will be held at a new venue, the August Wilson Center, and will include such things as caricatures, live painting demonstration, a silent auction, community art project, and more — and artwork done by Ward Home’s teens will be showcased and available to buy. Ward Home has been helping Pittsburgh’s at-risk youth for over 100 years.

Out of Hand
Society for Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-7003

Date: April 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Out of Hand, held on Saturday, April 1, proves that fundraiser events can be fun and interactive, with the opportunity to create your own handwork with help from Contemporary Craft artists — or if you prefer, you can watch other artists or speak to an artist. The event will also include a silent auction with art-related packages and handcrafted work from nationally known artists, as well as live music and other “hand celebrities,” or people who make a living with their hands. Food will be provided by nearby Strip District restaurants, and creative attire is encouraged. The event will help Contemporary Craft to continue their free exhibition, education, and arts programming. Tickets range from $200 to $1,000.

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Gregory’s Gala
Omni William Penn
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 996-1794

Date: April 2, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Gregory’s Gala is a new charity event in Pittsburgh, only in its second year, but it’s already making an impact — last year’s fundraiser raised over $50,000, which has helped 14 adoptive families in need of financial support to finalize adoptions. Tickets to this year’s Black and White Masquerade are $125 and will help to complete even more families. This year’s fundraiser goal is to double last year and raise $100,000 to assist 20 families with the expenses relating to adoption.

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Syrian Relief Dinner
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
419 South Dithridge St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-3866

Date: April 2, 2017 at 4 p.m.

The subject of refugees is a hotly debated political topic these days, but that’s not stopping International Orthodox Christian Charities from doing what they can to help. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral will be holding a prayer service and dinner to benefit Syrian refugees. Tickets are $50, $20 for students. Children ages six and under get in for free. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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St. Joseph House of Hospitality Bluegrass Concert
Synod Hall
125 N. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 471-0666

Date: April 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Billed as “the unofficial start to bluegrass season,” St. Joseph House of Hospital will hold its 19th annual bluegrass benefit concert on April 28, featuring Allegheny Drifters, Echo Valley, Fern Hollow, Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Bruce Mountjoy of WYEP and more. Before the bands take the stage, enjoy light snacks and a sampling of beers from Rivertowne. Tickets cost $20, with proceeds benefiting St. Joseph House of Hospitality, a residential facility for men aged 50 and over.

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