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MLT’s annual guide to the coming season’s most fantastic galas.

With summer all but over, it’s time to shore up your social calendar for the holiday season and beyond. Sound daunting? Never fear. You can safely RSVP “Yes, I will attend” to these benefit events.

PICTURED: The Philadelphia Charity Ball at the Union League
in Philadelphia features dancing and live performances.
Photograph by Joanne Bening



Sept. 7
Tennis Auction-Ball

Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Organizers of this black-tie dinner gala expect more than 350 guests, along with local tennis pros. The event features live music, live and silent auctions and an exceptional menu from Bones Grille. During dinner, Pro-Am Tennis teams are auctioned off to the highest bidder, with prize packages given to “owners” based on their team’s placement in a tournament played Sept. 8 at Frog Hollow Racquet Club in Lansdale. For more information, call (610) 325-6001.

Sept. 9
Wine and Beer Festival

Location: Duling-Kurtz House and Country Inn, Exton
Beneficiary: Chester County SPCA
An extensive selection of wines and beers, savory gourmet food and live music welcome guests at this annual festival. Added bonuses include a galleria of specialty shops, door prizes and silent auctions. For more information, call (610) 692-6113 or visit ccspca.org.

Sept. 23
CCSPCA Annual Horse Show

Location: Radnor Hunt, Malvern
Beneficiary: Chester County SPCA
This daylong event features two show rings where riders of all ages from several divisions compete. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, call (610) 692-6113 or visit ccspca.org.

Sept. 23
Sippin’ by the River

Location: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Philadelphia-Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
The annual Sippin’ by the River event brings top-quality wine and beer, gourmet food, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment to Penn’s Landing. VIP ticket-holders spend the afternoon under a large private tent enjoying tutored wine and beer tastings. With an attendance of more than 4,000, last year’s event raised over $75,000 for the CCFA. For more information, call (215) 396-9100 or visit sippinbytheriver.com.

Sept. 28
“Give the Shirt off Your Back” Fight Breast Cancer Gala

Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Breast Health Institute
This black-tie dinner and dance features silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Haverford’s Daniel and Sarah Keating are co-chairs of the 2007 event. For more information, call (215) 732-2300 or visit breasthealthinstitute.org.

Oct. 3
Jellies to Jewels Preview Party

Location: Philadelphia Country Club, Gladwyne
Beneficiary: Philadelphia Orchestra
Be among the first to sample sweet treats from 30 vendors at the annual Jellies to Jewels benefit. National and international participants offer an array of wares. Boutique items and popular jellies, jams and candy will be available for tasting and purchasing. The event is open to the public Oct. 4. For more information, call (215) 893-1900.

Oct. 5
Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament and “Sensations of the Heart” Gala Dinner

Location: White Manor Country Club, Malvern
Beneficiary: Main Line Health Heart Center
This black-tie-optional event benefits Main Line Health’s Lankenau, Bryn Mawr and Paoli hospitals. It features dinner, along with a pro-am golf tournament and silent and live auctions where guests can bid on items from Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry and others. For more information, call (610) 645-8135 or visit mainlinehealth.org/heart.

Oct. 6
40th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Location: Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford
Beneficiary: Brandywine Conservancy
Dust off your masks for this black-tie masquerade ball hosted by the Brandywine Conservancy and the Young Friends of the Brandywine. The event features hors d’oeuvres and dancing to music from the Ward Marston Orchestra. For more information, call (610) 388-8315 or visit youngfriends.org.

Oct. 6
Glass Now Gala and Art Auction

Location: Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: National Liberty Museum
Featuring hundreds of glass art sculptures, vessels, jewelry and more, this year’s Glass Now auction highlights work from leading glass artists along with emerging talent. This year, Pennsylvania artist Lucio Bubacco will be honored as the museum’s “Artist as Hero.” The evening also includes cocktails and a full gourmet dinner. For more information, call (215) 925-2800, ext. 117, or visit libertymuseum.org.

Oct. 8
Girls Night Out

Location: Springfield Country Club, Springfield
Beneficiaries: Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Crozer Keystone Cancer Center
Enjoy an evening of fun, fashion and education at the ninth annual “Girls Night Out: Women Helping Women Fight Breast Cancer” event. More than 600 guests are expected to attend—all of them looking for the scoop on the latest trends in casual, business and formal fashions, along with tips on hair and makeup. Each attendee receives a gift basket filled with fabulous goodies and has the chance to win great prizes. Sponsors include Commerce Bank and Airtran Airways. For more information, call (610) 565-5155.

Oct. 13
Butterfly Ball

Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s annual gala, the Butterfly Ball features an awards presentation, a live and silent auction, entertainment and dinner. For more information, call (610) 645-4567 or visit lbbc.org.

Oct. 15
Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon

Location: Desmond Great Valley Hotel, Malvern
Beneficiary: Home of the Sparrow
Discover new styles and marvel at timeless looks as local boutiques display an array of fashions at this annual fundraiser for Home of the Sparrow’s Elizabeth B. Sull Education Fund. The day includes a raffle and a unique goodie-bag auction system that makes the items accessible to all. For more information, call (610) 647-4940 or visit homeofthesparrow.org.

Oct. 18
USArtists: American Fine Art Show Preview Gala

Location: 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Women’s Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
With over 55 galleries exhibiting more than 5,000 paintings, it’s no surprise that the USArtists: American Fine Art Show is the Academy of the Fine Arts’ largest annual fundraiser. This year’s show focuses on mid-century artwork, with an extraordinary collection of American art spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. More than 50 art dealers and galleries from across the country participate in the show, which is open to the public Oct. 19-21. For more information, call (215) 972-0550 or visit usartists.org.

Oct. 19
Benefit Gala

Location: Appleford Estates, Villanova
Beneficiary: Pals for Life
Themed “Get Along Little Doggies,” this year’s event will feature a live and silent auction and a pet photo contest dubbed “The Good, the Bad and the Snuggly.” The 2007 gala’s honorary chair is local TV icon Sally Starr, and Pals for Life dogs will be among the attendees. For more information, call (610) 687-1101 or visit palsforlife.org.

Oct. 19
Wishes and Dreams Gala

Location: Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Wishes and Dreams Gala typically attracts more than 350 guests and features scrumptious food and drink as well as live entertainment. The silent auction offers an extensive list of items, including trips, gift baskets and sports memorabilia. This year’s event honors “Unsung Heroes” from each cystic fibrosis care center. For more information, call (610) 325-6001 or visit cff.org.

Oct. 20
Pink Tie Ball

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The traditional black-tie gala goes pink at this sophisticated evening of dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Up for bids in this year’s auction: $100,000 in jewelry donated by Bernie Robbins, a 2007 Ford Mustang and much more. For more information, call (215) 238-8900 or visit raceforthecure.org.

Oct. 20

Location: Winterthur Country Estate, Winterthur, Del.
Beneficiary: Cancer Center of Chester County
Typically hosting more than 350 elegantly dressed guests, this annual bash includes cocktails, dinner, dancing to live music by Contagious, and a live and silent auction. For more information, call (610) 431-5329.

Oct. 26
Phantom Ball

Location: Westside Entertainment Center, West Chester
Beneficiary: Chester County Art Association
This costume benefit features music, dinner and dancing. For more information, call (610) 696-5600 or visit chescoart.org.

Oct. 27
Mommy’s Light 10th Anniversary Celebration

Location: Gulph Mills Golf Club, King of Prussia
Beneficiary: Mommy’s Light
Dance the night away with the City Rhythm Orchestra to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mommy’s Light, an organization that offers healing and hope to families dealing with the loss of a female parent. The evening features dinner, dancing and other fun. Adults and children welcome, but space is limited. For more information, call (610) 725-9790 or visit mommyslight.org.

Oct. 27
Rose Gala

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation
Among the highlights of the 20th annual black-tie dinner and dance are the presentations of the Corporate Leadership Award, National Working Parent Award and Child Care Advocate Award in Memory of Ann O. Krancer. The evening features a live performance by the Vincent James Band. Sponsors include Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry and Cartier. For more information, call (610) 992-1140 or visit childcareabc.org.

Oct. 29
28th Anniversary Celebration

Location: Inn at Chester Springs, Exton
Beneficiary: Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center
The awards dinner focuses on the achievements of CCOIC students and clients learning to become productive members of the workforce. A community partner and several students will be honored. The night also features a silent auction including items made or donated by CCOIC students. For more information, call (610) 692-2344.

Nov. 2
Pennsylvania Ballet Opening Night Gala

Location: Academy of Music and the Union League, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Pennsylvania Ballet
The annual black-tie event begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Academy of Music’s Ballroom, followed by a short performance. Guests then walk to the Union League for dinner and dancing. For more information, call (215) 551-7000, ext. 1209, or visit paballet.org.

Nov. 3
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Bacchanal! Wine Gala and Auction

Location: Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Academy of the Fine Arts’ Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
The evening will feature live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and the presentation of the Thomas Jefferson Award to acclaimed winemaker Château Lynch Bages of the Bordeaux region of France. The award is given annually to a distinguished member of the winemaking community. As always, fine wines from around the world will be available for sipping and bidding. For more information, call (215) 972-2037 or visit pafa.org.

Nov. 3
Borrower’s Ball

Location: Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Free Library of Philadelphia
The 14th annual black-tie event features a baseball theme, with a catered dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a significant Phillies presence. For more information, call (215) 567-7710.

Nov. 9
Clara Barton Ball

Location: Springfield Country Club, Springfield
Beneficiary: American Red Cross
An open-bar cocktail hour, auction, sit-down dinner, live music and dancing are all part of this black-tie gala. Other highlights include the presentation of the Corporate Award and the David Henderson Humanitarian Award. Honorees this year: Comcast and Sen. Dominic Pileggi. For more information, call (215) 299-4022 or visit redcross-philly.org.

Nov. 10
Bayberry Gala

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Crozer-Chester Medical Center Emergency Department
Where the Bayberry Gala got its name, no one remembers—but the medical center’s signature fundraising event of the season is as fragrant as the plant itself. This year’s 30th anniversary gala has a ’30s Hollywood theme and features cocktails, a sit-down dinner and a live auction. For more information, call (610) 447-6122.

Nov. 10
Cup Day Gala

Location: Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square
Beneficiary: St. Edmond’s Home for Children
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2007, St. Edmond’s Home’s Women’s Auxiliary will be honored at this black-tie gala, which features live music, dancing and a live auction. For more information, call (610) 647-0278.

Nov. 12
Marian Anderson Award Gala

Location: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Marian Anderson Award grant programs
The star-studded event features dinner and a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. This year’s headliner is Richard Gere, who will receive the Marian Anderson Award in honor of his humanitarian leadership. For more information, call (215) 893-1837 or visit marianandersonaward.org.

Nov. 23
Philadelphia Charity Ball

Location: Union League, Philadelphia
Beneficiaries: SquashSmarts, Peter’s Place
Featuring dancing and a live performance, the 128th Philadelphia Charity Ball is a traditional debutante gala that places strong emphasis on family involvement. For more information, call (610) 525-4294 or visit philadelphiacharityball.com.

December (no date at press time)
Mistletoe & Magic

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: Paoli Hospital
A festive Christmas season gala with a silent auction, wining and dining. Proceeds benefit the hospital’s new Comprehensive Breast Health Center. For more information, call (610) 648-1448.

Dec. 1
West Chester Charity Ball

Location: West Chester Golf & Country Club, West Chester
Beneficiary: Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children
More than 200 attendees are expected at the 19th annual West Chester Charity Ball. The black-tie event features cocktails, gourmet food, gaming tables, live and silent auctions, and more. For more information, call (610) 436-8491.

Jan. 12
Lemon Ball

Location: Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
The “yellow-tie” affair features an evening of cocktails, dinner, auctions and entertainment. This year’s event will honor CBS news correspondent Tracy Smith. For more information, call (610) 649-3034 or visit alexslemonade.org.

Jan. 26
Academy of Music Concert and Ball

Location: Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia
Beneficiaries: Academy of Music Restoration Fund, Philadelphia Orchestra Association
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns once again for a performance at the magnificent Academy of Music. Following the concert, guests will make their way to the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue for a white-tie gala featuring a champagne dinner and dancing. The theme for this year’s event: “From this Moment On.” For more information, call (215) 893-1940 or visit academyofmusic.org.

Feb. 2
Heart Ball

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: American Heart Association
This black-tie event features fine food and wine, dancing to the music of Slippery and a live and silent auction. For more information, call (610) 940-9664 or visit americanheart.org.

Feb. 9
Media Theatre Grand Gala

Location: Media Theatre, Media
Beneficiary: Media Theatre
This black-tie-optional event features an opening reception for honorees and sponsors, an awards ceremony, a concert with Broadway performers and a closing reception with champagne and desserts. For more information, call (610) 891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.

March (no date at press time)
Annual “Touching a Life” Gala

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
Featuring dinner, dancing and auctions, this black-tie event typically welcomes more than 200 guests. Last year’s gala raised $228,000. For more information, call (215) 735-8818 or visit bgcphila.org.

March (no date at press time)
The Red Ball

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: American Red Cross
This popular black-tie gala sells out fast. The event’s cocktail reception is enhanced by a smorgasbord of samples from more than 45 area restaurants, along with a martini bar, dancing to live music, live and silent auctions, and a raffle. Last year’s raffle prizes included a Vegas trip for two, a Jack Kellmer Co. gift certificate and a Toppers Spa & Salon gift basket. For more information, call (215) 299-5491 or visit theredball.org.

March 1
Philadelphia Flower Show Preview Reception and Dinner

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Be among the first to experience this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show—themed “Jazz It Up”—at the black-tie Preview Reception and Dinner. Guests from all over the world enjoy this delightful celebration the night before the show opens to the public. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while strolling through the beautiful garden displays. Then make your way to the Grand Ballroom to savor a gourmet dinner. Open to the public March 2-9. For more information, call (215) 988-8830 or visit theflowershow.com.

March 8
Angel Flight East Monte Carlo Night

Location: Top of the Tower, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Angel Flight East
At Angel Flight East’s ninth annual Monte Carlo Night, it’s hard not to have a great time. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, a light dinner, an open bar and chips for blackjack, poker, roulette and craps. For more information, call (800) 383-WING or visit angelflighteast.org.

March 8
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gala

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gala honors the accomplishments of those who have assisted and worked in blood cancer research efforts to further the society’s mission. The night features cocktails, dinner, an awards ceremony and a live and silent auction. For more information, call (800) 482-CURE or visit lls.org.

March 8
Notre Dame Academy BLAST Dinner and Auction

Location: Notre Dame Academy, Villanova
Beneficiary: Notre Dame Academy
BLAST (Building Lasting Academic Social Ties) is Notre Dame’s largest fundraising event of the year. The themed evening includes silent, live and luxury auctions, raffle drawings, and food and drink. For more information, call (610) 687-0650 or visit ndapa.org.

March 29
Viva La Voce!

Location: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Academy of Vocal Arts Scholarship Fund
The black-tie event features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an hour of operatic performances. The evening also includes dinner, dessert tables and dancing. For more information, call (215) 735-1685 or visit avaopera.com.

March 29
Melmark’s Dancing With the Stars

Location: Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Melmark
This year’s event hopes to raise awareness and funds to support educational, residential, nursing and rehabilitation programs and facilities at their Berwyn campus. For more information, call (610) 325-4976 or e-mail cgm@melmark.org.

April (no date at press time)
St. Aloysius Academy Auction and Gala

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: St. Aloysius Academy
Parents and supporters of this prestigious all-boys grade school enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and bidding on hundreds of auction items. For more information, call (610) 525-1670.

April (no date at press time)
The Gift of Life: “Organ Donors Are Heroes” Fundraising Event

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: The Gift of Life
The Gift of Life’s sixth annual event kicks off National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month with music, cocktails, food and fun. For more information, call (888) DONORS-1 or visit donors1.org.

April (no date at press time)
Annual Spring Gala

Location: Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Prince Music Theater
This annual gala features a cocktail reception followed by a musical performance and party honoring a worthy patron of the arts in the community. Dining and dancing take place on the Prince Music Theater stage. For more information, call (215) 972-1012 or visit princemusictheater.org.

April (no date at press time)
Delaware County Memorial Hospital’s Annual Gala

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: Delaware County Memorial Hospital Patient Care Services
Doctors, hospital administrators and community members converge for this annual black-tie event, featuring cocktails, a sit-down dinner, dancing, live entertainment and an auction. For more information, call (610) 284-8565 or visit crozer.org.

April (no date at press time)
Radnor Hunt Races Preview Party and Auction

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: Brandywine Conservancy
Bid on silent and live auction items while enjoying hors d’ouevres and an open bar. For more information, call (610) 388-8324.

April 5
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Gala and Silent Auction

Location: Union League, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia
The Cherry Blossom Festival, a two-week celebration running April 5-19, kicks off its festivities with the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Gala. Now in its 11th year, the black-tie event features Japanese-American cuisine, a Kagamibiraki sake barrel-breaking ceremony, a silent auction and more. For more information, call (215) 790-3810 or visit jasgp.org.

April 5
Thorncroft Victory Gallop Dinner

Location: Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Now in its 23rd year, this black-tie dinner features a live and silent auction. For more information, call (610) 644-1963 or visit thorncroft.org.

April 5
Presidential Scholarship Community Gala

Location: Hollinger Field House, West Chester University
Beneficiary: Scholarship Students of West Chester University
Hollinger Field House is transformed for this annual black-tie-encouraged event. For more information, call (610) 436-2868.

April 11
Philadelphia Antiques Show Preview Gala

Location: 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
This gala initiates the four-day show in style. The sell-out event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an elegant buffet. Running April 12-15, the Philadelphia Antiques Show hosts more than 50 of the nation’s leading antique dealers. At the preview reception, guests can view—and take home, if they’re lucky—fine pieces from this year’s show. For more information, call (215) 387-3500 or visit philaantiques.com.

April 17
Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Gala

Location: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute’s most important fundraising event, the Awards Ceremony and Gala is nearly unmatched in its importance to the advancement and recognition of achievement in science and technology. Each year, scientists, inventors and engineers from across the globe are singled out and recognized at this black-tie ceremony and dinner, which includes a cocktail reception, an elegant dinner and a champagne dessert buffet. For more information, call (215) 448-1200 or visit fi.edu.

April 18
Chocolate Symphony: Spring Sensation

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley
Guests enjoy an elegant gourmet dinner, an awards presentation, a silent auction and the chance to savor delectable chocolate creations from a handful of the region’s most notable pastry chefs. Auction items have included a seven-day Caribbean cruise and a day package at Galloway National Golf Club. For more information, call (215) 561-2919 or visit alz-delawarevalley.org.

April 25
Grandslam Open in the Park

Location: Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center, East Falls
Beneficiary: Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center
With more than 1,000 guests, the event features a live and silent auction with an extensive list of items. Previous live auction items have included a deluxe 18-day trip to Australia, a catered dinner in the winner’s home for 30 people by Philadelphia’s most famous French chef, Georges Perrier, and private travel for up to eight people on a Gulfstream IV Jet anywhere on the East Coast. Guests enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. For more information, call (215) 487-3477 or visit ashetennis.org.

April 25
Historic Yellow Springs Art Show Preview

Location: Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs
Beneficiary: Historic Yellow Springs
Historic Yellow Springs’ annual art show is April 26-May 11. The preview reception typically draws more than 100 guests—all among the first to view and purchase work from the show’s artists. The night features hors d’oeuvres and music. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Historic Yellow Springs. For more information, call (610) 827-7414 or visit yellowsprings.org.

April 26
Man O’War Ball

Location: Springfield Country Club, Springfield
Beneficiary: Riddle Memorial Hospital
This annual black-tie gala features a night of dinner and dancing followed by live and silent auctions. The hospital will be honoring Thomas A. Bruder Jr. For more information, call (610) 891-3651.

May (no date at press time)
Not-So-Black-Tie Affair

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: YMCA Childcare Endowment Fund
Dubbed “the business man’s alternative to corporate fundraisers,” this fun and festive afternoon event tosses aside the sequins and bowties. It features a live and silent auction, cocktails and a buffet dinner. For more information, call (215) 963-3788 or visit philaymca.org.

May 1
Azalea Garden Party

Location: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Beneficiaries: Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Philadelphia Green Program
Guests at this event leisurely walk the pathways of the four-acre Azalea Garden, gateway to Boathouse Row. The evening includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, raffles and children’s activities. For more information, call (215) 988-8830 or visit pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org.

May 2
Friends of Elwyn Ball

Location: undetermined at press time
Beneficiary: Friends of Elwyn This 28th annual themed ball features cocktails, dinner, dancing and live entertainment. For more information, call (610) 891-2411 or visit elwyn.org.

May 2
Rock School of Education Gala

Location: Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Rock School of Education Scholarship Fund
This invitation-only gala celebrates the art of dance and the value of education with a refreshing mix of cocktails, dinner, dance performances and a silent auction. This year’s theme is “The Big Green Ball,” with an environmentally friendly emphasis. For more information, call (215) 551-7010 or visit therockschool.org.

May 3
Promise Ball

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia
Beneficiary: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
This annual black-tie dinner and dance typically attracts more than 600 guests with

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