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Denver's Whiskey Throwdown and Doughnut Showdown hits Denver on Saturday night and benefits Minds Matter, an organization that supports low-income and first-generation college students. Photos courtesy of Noah Berg Photography/WhiskeyDoughnuts.com

Our Top Charitable Picks October 10-16

Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado.

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Events to Attend

National Haunted House Day: The Mile High City is home to some of the nation’s scariest haunted houses, including 13th Floor and The Asylum. (If you need proof of how terrifying they really are, we dare you to make it to the top at 13th Floor. Good luck.) On National Haunted House Day, a portion of your ticket to either of these fear factories benefits Don’t Be A Monster, a national anti-bullying nonprofit. So no matter how fast you chicken out at the Asylum, you can still feel good about yourself. Friday, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; The Asylum: 6100 E. 39th Ave, 13th Floor: 4120 Brighton Blvd; $26.99-$49.99

Tacos, Tequila & Tatas: Friday night is a great night to go out for tacos—and the Matador is a great spot to get them—but on this night, you can make your belly happy for a good cause. Try one of the Matador’s six featured dishes and 40 percent of the proceeds will go to Hope Lives, which provides care programs for breast cancer patients. (The shredded chicken breast enchiladas sound particularly tasty.) If you’re looking to go bigger than 40 percent, buy a “tacos, tequila & tatas” T-shirt, which is yours for a $17 donation. On a side note, men, this is our chance to show off how good we look in pink. Friday, 11 a.m. – Saturday 1 a.m.; The Matador, 3496 W 32nd Ave; costs vary

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Project Helping at Food Bank of the Rockies: You may hope to wake up to a nice breakfast on Saturday morning, but thousands of people in our state miss out on that privilege every day. Food Bank of the Rockies needs your help to make sure your fellow Coloradans don’t go hungry, especially during the cold winter months ahead. Feel free to reward yourself with lunch afterward. Saturday, 9 am.; Food Bank of the Rockies, 10700 E. 45th Ave.; free

Delta Sigma Pi’s Capture the Cure: Yes, this is capture the flag for charity—get a team together and help the Multiple Sclerosis Society by running around at a park on a Saturday. There are prizes at the end. We don’t see any downsides here. Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Danville Park, 1147 Mountainview Ln., Colorado Springs; $30-$50

Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown: Whiskey and doughnuts are a match made in heaven. With multiple Denver-area doughnut suppliers and all the local whiskey you could ever need, this tasty event gets even better with an offer of doughnuts for life to 10 lucky ticketholders. The event is sponsored by Denver-based Molly’s Spirits and partners with Minds Matter, which supports low-income and first-generation college students. Saturday, 2:30-8:30 p.m.; Cluster Studios, 3881 Steele St.; $30-$115

Causes to Care About

If Girls Ran the World: All you have to do to empower women all over the world this month is run. Set your running goals and ask your friends and family to sponsor you as you raise money for clean water, education, food and other resources for women.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: One of the biggest barriers to those with disabilities in the workforce (as in other areas of life) isn’t their disability itself—it’s that employers don’t know their capabilities. Thanks to the HirePotential Learning Academy, that can change. Whether you’re an employer of someone with a disability, or you want to learn to tap into a gold mine of skill and expertise, check out HirePotential’s fully online course materials.

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