As always, Charlestonians like to help others — in style.

Saturday’s Charleston Heart Ball marks the 16th annual Art & Wine Auction put on by the American Heart Association.

Taking place in the beautiful ballroom of the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Drive, the Heart Ball is one of the most prestigious and philanthropic events in Charleston, making a difference in the lives of those affected by heart disease. Last year’s Heart Ball campaign raised more than $51 million nationwide, allowing the organization to fund more than $123 million in research and programs throughout the country, including right here in Charleston.

The black-tie event features an intense live auction of some of the best art, wine and luxury packages available.

It’s always a big deal in the art community to know who the chosen artists are. This year’s featured artist is Shannon Runquist with her painting “High Cotton.” The other artists whose works will be in the live auction are JB Boyd, KC Collins, John Carroll Doyle, Chris Groves, Karen Hewitt Hagan, Jill Hooper, Mark Kelvin Horton, Hilarie Lambert, Laurie Meyer, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Shannon Smith, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Charles Williams and Mickey Williams.

The event will start with a silent auction during the cocktail hour at 6 p.m. A seated gourmet dinner will follow at 7 p.m., then the live auction will commence. Once you’ve put your bidding arm to rest, attendees will have the chance to get up and dance to the Palmetto Soul band.

Tickets to the Heart Ball are $250 per person and can be purchased online at ahacharlestonsc.ejoinme.org.

Empty Bowls

Another event for a good cause will be Friday’s Empty Bowls at Cone 10 Studios.

The public is invited to partake in a simple meal of soup and bread prepared by Celia Cerasoli, formerly of Celia’s Porta Via, and Fiorenzo Berardozzi, who has designed and made tableware for McCrady’s and Husk Restaurants.

“Twenty-five potters from the Charleston community have created and donated each of the bowls we will use for the meal. In exchange for a donation of $38 to Crisis Ministries, guests will keep the bowl they have eaten from to remind them of the helping hand they can lend in our community,” explains Anne John, owner of Cone 10.

“We are excited to host this Empty Bowls event as a way for Charleston potters and Cone 10 Studios to join together in the effort to fight hunger in our community,” said John.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that has been used to raise money in communities across the United States. Find out more at www.emptybowls.net.

The event will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cone 10, 180 Morrison Drive. To purchase tickets, call Cone 10 at 853-3345.

Find out more about the working studio and gallery at www.cone10studios.com.

Art competition

Love the art of the Charleston Renaissance?

Here’s a chance for you to create impressionistic works inspired by that time period and possibly win some cash, too.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Charleston Artist Guild have created a nationwide contest called “Garden of Dreams.”

Tom Johnson, Magnolia’s executive director, said the competition “presents an excellent opportunity for us to attract artists from around the country and pay homage to a historic period in Charleston’s art history.”

The contest is open to original artwork that depicts a scene at Magnolia Gardens.

A top prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the painting that best “embodies the impressionistic style of painters during the Charleston Renaissance.”

There also will be a $1,000 prize for second place, $500 for third place and five honorable mentions, each winning $100.

The works selected for the final judging will be on display at the Charleston Area Visitor Center as well as the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation.

The show will take place Nov. 10-24 with the deadline to enter Sept. 10. The entry fee is $25 for the first painting and $15 for each additional piece; there is no limit to the number of entries.

Details on how to enter “Garden of Dreams” can be found at www.magnoliaplantation.com and www.charlestonartistguild.com.