It's gala season and we couldn't be more excited! We've gone through dozens of event listings, taking into account popularity, charity donations raised, longevity, and other factors, in order to provide you with 25 of the best Houston Fall/Winter 2014 galas, charity balls & black tie events this season. Be the best dressed guy at the event, and schedule a fitting your custom tux today.
25 HOUSTON FALL/WINTER 2014 GALAS, CHARITY BALLS & BLACK TIE EVENTS
Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Kickoff – Fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, luxury handbag designer Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, are coming to the city for this event. The evening will also honor the “2014 Class of CancerForward Houston Forward Movers” – eight civic leaders who are cancer survivors. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres over live entertainment and a showing of Saks’ newest fashion trends. The evening will also serve as the formal unveiling of the limited edition “Key to The Cure Tee.” When: Oct. 15, 2014. Where: Saks Fifth Ave in the Galleria. Cause: CancerForward. Organization Est.: 2010
Bayoutopia – The Perfect Place to Be – What better way to fete the Bayou Preservation Association than on the banks of Buffalo Bayou? The 15th annual gala will be held in Michael and Natasha Bleyzer’s Memorial home, which has been featured on the American Institute of Architects Tour. The evening will include live music by Lainey and the Tramps and culinary concoctions by Tony’s. When: Oct. 15, 2014. Where: Michael and Natasha Bleyzer’s homes on the banks of the bayou. Cause: Bayou Preservation Association. Raised last year: $220,000 Organization Est.: 1966.
Call of the Wild Celebration and Gala – Proceeds from this gourmet dinner and evening of entertainment will support a summer camp for children and teens with seizures, statewide clinics that offer free medical care, a fitness program for adults with epilepsy and seizure first aid education for school staff, students and the general public. When: Oct. 16, 2014. Where: Houston Zoo. Cause: Epilepsy Foundation of Texas Organization Est.: 1983.
Rue Des Bourbon - A Night in the Quarter Gala – Let the good times roll at this black-tie optional party inspired by the Big Easy! Support the Children’s Museum of Houston’s educational and outreach programs by shopping the live and big board auctions. When: Oct. 17, 2014. Where: The Corinthian Cause: Children's Museum of Houston. Raised last year: $900,000. Organization Est.: 1980.
Art League Gala: Found & Profound – The evening begins with cocktails and music by Flash Gordon Parks, followed by dinner and dancing to the grooviest DJ in town – A Fistful of Soul. A silent auction will feature a selection from the city’s best artists – including Richard Stout, Patrick Palmer, the Art Guys and Robert Hodge. When: Oct. 17, 2014. Where: Hotel ZaZa. Cause: Art League Houston Organization Est.: 1948
Grand Gala Ball: This annual black-tie event celebrates the four seasons and features mesmerizing videos by artist Jennifer Steinkamp. The evening is all about vibrant colors and exciting entertainment. When: Oct. 18, 2014. Where: Caroline Wiess Law Building. Cause: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Raised last year: $1.96 million Organization Est: 1900.
Spirit of Collaboration Gala: Don’t be late for this very important date! This Alice in Wonderland themed gala was inspired by the Cheshire cat’s quote: “Every adventure requires a first step.” When: Oct. 23, 2014. Where: Hotel ZaZa Cause: Collaborative for Children Organization. Est.: 2004
Project Row Houses 20th Anniversary Gala: This gala will celebrate 20 years for the nonprofit Project Row Houses. Guests will be greeted with live percussion music and cocktails before they embark on a path through the property. When attendees arrive at the Inner Courtyard, hors d’oeuvres will be served, followed by dinner. The evening will continue with a silent art auction and dancing to a jazz band under the stars. When: Oct. 24, 2014. Where: Delia’s Lounge and Project Row Houses. Cause: Project Row House Organization. Est.: 1993
The Bash: A Halloween Happening: Incorporate a suit into your classy Halloween costume – and support a good cause while you party like a demon. Enjoy dinner, live music by Skyrocket and Disco Expressions, a live auction and an open bar. When: Oct. 25, 2014. Where: Hotel ZaZa. Cause: Easter Seals Greater Houston. Organization Est.: 1947
Wild Things: This black-tie men’s evening brings together prominent members of Houston’s business and philanthropic community to celebrate and support live theatre. The evening features cocktails, a sumptuous wild game dinner, live entertainment and silent and live auctions. When: Oct. 28, 2014. Where: The Coronado Club. Cause: The Alley Theatre. Organization Est.: 1947
Crime Stoppers of Houston 2014 Gala – Have a great time while fighting crime at this party that includes cocktails, dinner and a live auction. When: Oct. 30, 2014. Where: Omni Houston Hotel. Cause: Crime Stoppers. Organization Est.: 1981
The Orange Show Gala: Celebrating the Hand – This gala for the funkiest arts group in town is honoring the inner artist in everyone. Entertainment will be provided by the Celebrity Allstar Band. There will also be live and silent auctions. When: Nov. 1, 2014. Where: Heritage Center at Crowne Plaza Reliant. Cause: The Orange Show Organization. Est.: 1980
Treasures of Texas Gala – Speakers at this dinner gala will include Spirit of Hope Honoree Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, the daughter of Houston-area businessman Jim McIngvale, and Dr. Drew Pinsky, national behavioral health specialist and reality show host. When: Nov. 4, 2014. Where: River Oaks Country Club. Cause: Mental Health America of Greater Houston Organization. Est.: 1954
Fashion Fête This event promises to be unlike any other in Houston – with art, fashion, dance and music colliding to benefit DiverseWorks. This year, cutting edge fashions will cavort on the catwalk within a Rococo-inspired wonderland. When: Nov. 7, 2014. Where: DiverseWorks. Cause: DiverseWorks. Organization Est.: 1982
One Great Night in November – Guests at this annual black-tie gentleman’s event will choose artwork to add to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s permanent collection. After curators present pieces for consideration, attendees get to vote on their favorite potential additions. When: Nov. 11, 2014. Where: Caroline Wiess Law Building Cause: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Raised last year: Organization Est: 1900
Legacy Gala – The evening will honor legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, one of the game’s all-time greatest. Celebrity guests promise to pop up during the event, which will include dinner and a silent auction.When: Nov. 13, 2014. Where: Hilton Americas. Cause: The Stacey and Bo Porter S.E.L.F. (Sports Education Life-Skills Faith) Foundation. Organization Est.: 2012
Art on the Avenue Preview Party – Get your tickets for first night of this two-day art auction. The preview party is a dressier, more exclusive event. Also, you get the first opportunity to bid on art and the chance to purchase at “buy now prices” before everyone else. When: Nov. 13, 2014. Where: Winter Street Studios. Cause: Avenue CDC. Organization Est.: 1991
UTHealth Constellation Gala – This inaugural event will honor local rock star doctor James H. “Red” Duke, Jr. The evening will also celebrate all of the ourstanding physicians, nurses, dentists and scientists in UTHealth. There will also be an afterparty – “Club No Ursa Minor” benefiting the Children’s Learning Institute Texas School Ready Project, starting at 9 p.m..When: Nov. 14, 2014. Where: Hilton Americas. Cause: UTHealth. Organization Est.: 1972
Pink Ice Awards Ball - Crystals & Pearls -- The Ladies of the Lake Foundation and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority- Tau Zeta Omega Chapter are partnering up to host this black tie affair. A reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. The dinner program is slated for 8 p.m. and will be followed by a dance. When: Nov. 21, 2014. Where: Crystal Ballroom At the Rice Hotel. Cause: Ladies of the Lake Organization. Est.: 2001
Annual Celebrity Paws Gala: Paws Across Texas – This black-tie affair is animal friendly. Grab a cocktail and toast to your four legged companion, and then bid on the silent live and big board auctions. There will also be a presentation of Top 10 Elite Honorees and their pets. When: Nov. 22, 2014. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. Cause: Citizens for Animal Protection. Raised last year: $640,000. Organization Est.: 1972
Annual Holiday Gala – A reception and silent auction for this black-tie optional gala begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:45 p.m. When: Dec.4, 2014. Where: Westin Galleria. Cause: Houston Achievement Place. Organization Est.: 1974
Hall of Fame Gala –Raise a glass to the influential leaders who will be inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame during this event, which also includes a raffle, auction board and dinner. When: Dec. 5, 2014. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. Cause: The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Organization Est. : 2007.
Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner –Houston Ballet launches its first-ever onstage dinner, immediately following the Jubilee of Dance performance. Celebrated American ballerina Julie Kent, a principal dancer with New York’s American Ballet Theatre, will make a special guest appearance. Houston Ballet will also pay tribute to beloved first soloist Kelly Myernick, who is retiring after 14 years with the company. The evening concludes on a high note with a performance of Stanton Welch's blockbuster staging of Bolero, featuring the entire company of 55 dancers. When: December 5, 2014 Where: Brown Theatre at Wortham Theatre Center Cause: Houston Ballet Organization Est. : 1955
Messengers of Love: 2014 Christmas Charity Gala – Dine in style at this gala, which includes a delicious eight-course wedding style meal and wine bar. World class ballroom dancers Uliana Maslovskayaand Stefan Golubovic, national champions of Russia and Montenegro, will take the stage, along with guitar virtuoso Dat Nguyen. The evening will also offer up an exciting auction, dancing into the night with the popular CBC band -- and an opportunity to make an important difference in the life of a child in need. When: Dec. 6, 2014. Where: Kim Son Ballroom. Cause: Messengers of Love. Organization Est. : 2003.
Holiday Schmooze – Mingle over holiday cocktails and bite by caterers Jackson and Company, while supporting a worthy cause. There are no speeches or lengthy dinners at this event – just schmoozing and celebrating the holidays. When: Dec. 10, 2014. Where: A private residence. Cause: Legacy Community Health Services. Organization Est. : 1990.
New Years Eve Black Tie Masquerade Ball – Don’t forget your masquerade mask! Dance the night away, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. When: Dec. 31, 2014. Where: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown