Tickets are now on sale for Key to the Cure's gala event. Key to the Cure is a shopping event hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue (The Shops at Canal Place, 301 Canal St., 504-524-2200; www.saksfifth-avenue.com) where 2 percent of proceeds benefit the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. The gala event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, and features food from more than 30 restaurants, drinks, live music and complimentary parking. The charity shopping weekend is Thursday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 20. To buy tickets, contact Gillian Stagg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 888-7608, or visit www.louisianacancercenter.org. Tickets are $75.