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Fall 2017 galas and fundraisers in New Orleans

Raise a glass (and some money)


Sept. 22

Belles and Beaus Ball
The fundraiser for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society features food from 40 area restaurants, open bar, music by Karma and an auction.
Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place;


LOVE in the Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art event honors artists Anita Cooke, Simon Gunning, Karoline Schleh and Bob Snead and there's music by the Kinfolk Brass Band and others, food from 60 area restaurants and a cocktail contest.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100;


Sept. 24

Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!
The fundraiser for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society includes performances of excerpts from The Reivers, Anne Gisleson reading from her new book, The Futilitarians and a block party on Pirate's Alley.
Pirate's Alley and The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St.;


NO/AIDS Walk & Festival for Life
The walk starts in Crescent Park, where there are airbrush tattoos, snowballs, beer and entertainment by Disco Amigos and the Gay Men's Chorus as well as Drag Queen Story Time.
Crescent Park, 1008 N Peters St.


Sept. 25

Hooters Golf Tournament
Hooters waitresses serve food and drink and the golf tournament benefits the Fore!Kids Foundation.
TPC Louisiana, 11001 Lapalco Blvd., Avondale;


Sept. 27

WRBH Women's Tennis Tournament
The women's tennis tournament benefits WRBH 88.3 FM (radio for the blind and print handicapped), and registration includes breakfast, lunch, entertainment and grab bags.
New Orleans City Park Tennis Center, 5900 Marconi Drive;


Sept. 28

Trinity Christian Community
The Trinity Christian Community serves youth at its Hollygrove center. Its 50th anniversary gala includes dinner, open bar, an auction and presentation about the organization's work.
Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.;


Wings and Wine
The fundraiser for the Northlake Nature Center features a bird slideshow, wine tastings and contests, prizes and a silent auction.
Northlake Nature Center, 2033 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 626-1238;


Women Performing for Women
There's entertainment by Darcy Malone & the Tangle, The Pussyfooters, The Camel Toe Lady Steppers and DJ Sugarcookie at the benefit for the Hagar's House women's shelter. There also is food, a cash bar, a silent auction and childcare.
Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.;


Sept. 29

Champions FORE Health
The fundraiser for the Daughters of Charity includes a longest drive, hole-in-one and closest-to-the-pin contests and a raffle. Proceeds support health programs for the disadvantaged.
Joe Bartholomew Golf Course, 6514 Congress Drive;


Scales & Ales
The Audubon Institute fundraiser features Abita beers and special cocktails, food from 40 local restaurants, music by the Molly Ringwalds and DJ Brice Nice, temporary tattoos, VR Arcade NOLA and more.
Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., (504) 861-5107;


Sept. 30

Notre Dame Seminary Gala
The seminary benefit includes dinner and cocktails, raffles and silent and live auctions.
Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-7426;


Oct. 6

Greenway Soiree
The Friends of Lafitte Greenway's fundraiser includes music from Brad Walker Quintet, David Batiste Sr. & the ReNEW Schools Turnaround Arts Choir, DJ George Ingmire and others. There's food from area restaurants and a bar.
The Cellar on St. Louis, 2500 St. Louis St.;


Up on the Roof
The event includes food from area restaurants, beer, wine and music by Bucktown All-Stars and supports the Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital.
East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie;


Oct. 7

Jump, Jive, an Jazzin'
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlines the Louisiana Museum Foundation gala.
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-0493;


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The 5K walk benefits the American Cancer Society.
Champions Square, LaSalle Street;


Unleashed! Rescue Me Gala
The St. Tammany Humane Society gala has a yacht theme and includes music by Four Unplugged, food, cocktails, live and silent auctions and a cork pull.
Pontchartrain Yacht Club, 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville;


Oct. 12

Kenner Wine and Food Event
The fundraiser benefits the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and features music by Groovy 7, food from 25 area restaurants and more than 100 wines.
Chateau Golf & Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner;


Oct. 13

Magic in the Moonlight & Moonlighters Magic
Chef John Folse prepares a four-course dinner served outdoors, and there's also a parallel event (Moonlighters Magic) featuring a DJ and dancing. There's an auction, and proceeds support construction of an outdoor teaching kitchen in the garden. Call (504) 483-9386 for information.
New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park, 5 Victory Ave.;


Oct. 14

UNCF Walk for Education
The 5K walk supports the United Negro College Fund. Call (504) 581-3794 for information.
Audubon Park Riverview, 6500 Magazine St.;


Oct. 18

Cocktails for KID smART
The cocktail party features food, drink and art and supports art programs in New Orleans schools.
Held at a private residence.


Oct. 20

Pasta and Puccini
The JPAS Orchestra and vocalists perform at the annual dinner fundraiser for Jefferson Performing Arts Society.
Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St., (504) 886-2000;


Oct. 21

Cocktails & Blues
The fundraiser for Lake Forest Charter School features music from T-Ray the Violinist (at the patron party) and DJ Captain Charles and there's a silent auction. Call (504) 593-8264 for information.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd.;


Harvest Cup Polo Classic
The polo event is a benefit for the Junior League of Greater Covington.
Summergrove Farms, 16191 Highway 40, Folsom;


Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Foundation holds 1-mile and 5K run/walks and a kids' dash to raise money to fight breast cancer.
New Orleans City Park New Orleans, Practice Track Facility;


O What a Night
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's black tie gala features music by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jeremy Davenport and food by chefs Justin Devillier (La Petite Grocery) and Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig (Coquette).
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., (504) 539-9650;


Strike for STEM
The team bowling competition raises funds for Core Element, which advocates for math and science education for kindergarten through 12th grade students. There's food, cocktails and live music.
Rock 'N' Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave.;


Oct. 22

Fete du Jardin
Louisiana Landmarks Society honors Preservation Resource Center director Patricia Gay. There's music by the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble.
Pitot House, 1440 Moss St.;


Oct. 27

The Bash
The gala honors Southern University at New Orleans alumni and raises funds for scholarships. There's dinner, open bar and entertainment.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.;


Nov. 2

A Night of Blue
There's music by Rockin' Dopsie Jr., James Andrews, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Charmaine Neville and the Bucktown All-Stars, food from local restaurants, open bar and a silent auction at the fundraiser for Crimestoppers GNO.
Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive;


Nov. 3

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats headline the Emeril Lagasse Foundation fundraiser. There's dozens of versions of boudin from local and visiting chefs, Abita beers, Buffalo Trace bourbon and wines from Au Bon Climat.
Champions Square, Lasalle Street;


Just Say YAYA
The Central to the City event supports YAYA's arts and entrepreneurship training for local youth. The event includes an auction.
YAYA Arts Center, 3322 LaSalle St., (504) 529-3306;

Magnolia | Moonlight | Mardi Gras

The benefit for Magnolia Community Services has a Mardi Gras theme and features music by Mixed Nuts, food and an auction.
Magnolia Community Services, 100 Central Ave., Jefferson, (504) 733-2874;


Nov. 3-4

Carnivale & Soiree
The benefit for the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans features rides, face painting and cotton candy in the Carousel Gardens in New Orleans City Park Saturday. The Friday Soiree features food, open bar, music and a live auction at a private residence.
New Orleans City Park, Carousel Gardens, 1 Victory Ave.;


Nov. 4

Carnivale du Vin
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation fundraiser features a wine auction, a five-course dinner, entertainment and more.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.;


Fashion Gala
The fundraiser for Dress For Success is a salute to Coco Chanel and there's live music, food from 15 area restaurants, a raffle, a silent auction and giveaways.
Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive;


The New Orleans Museum of Art's annual gala has entertainment by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, dancing, tailgating activities for the LSU versus Alabama game and food from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and a silent auction.
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100;


Touro Foundation Gala
The gala includes cocktails, dinner and an award presentation.
Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place;


Nov. 10

Howling Success
The LA/SPCA fundraiser features food, drinks, entertainment and an auction. Cocktail attire or costumes matching the outer space theme are encouraged.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.;


Moonlight & Miracles Gala
The fundraiser for the Ochsner Cancer Services includes a seated dinner at the Superdome, with a roaming buffet train as well, and there's entertainment by Jeremy Davenport and Simply Irresistable and a raffle for a Mercedes-Benz.
Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive;


Victory Ball
The National World War II Museum event features a salute to veterans, music by the Victory Belles and the Victory Swing Orchestra, food and an open bar.
National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944;


Nov. 11

Big Easy Awards Dance Krewe Invitational
Dance teams compete in a bracketed competition, and there's live music, food and drinks. The event supports Gambit's Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education.
Holy Cross High School Gymnasium, 5500 Paris Ave.;


Oracle Gala
The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana's costume ball features an auction and raffle and celebrates the donation of BreakOUT's archival materials to the Newcomb Archive.
Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St.;


Second Line for Literacy
There's a 5K and kids' half-mile race to support the YMCA of Greater New Orleans' adult literacy programs.
New Orleans City Park;


Nov. 12

Kidney Walk
The walk raises funds and awareness about kidney disease.
Audubon Park, Bandstand Shelter No. 10;


Dec. 1

Son of a Saint Gala
The gala features dinner and entertainment and benefits the organization that provides mentoring to fatherless teen boys.
Le Meridien, 333 Poydras St.;


Dec. 2

Azucar Ball
The benefit for New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation includes music, dancing, food from area restaurants, a raffle and more.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.;


Dec. 22

Home for the Holidays
The fundraiser for the Daniel Price Memorial Fund features music by Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Rebirth Brass Band, Troy Andrews and others.
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.;

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