2018 Main Line Social Datebook

Your guide to this year’s must-attend local events.

Franklin Institute Awards.


The Lemon Ball • 1/13

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Beneficiary: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Now in its 12th year, this Main Line fixture began 13 years ago with young cancer patient Alexandra Scott. It features auctions, dancing, great food and more—all to raise funds to fight childhood cancer.

Visit www.alexslemonade.org.

Hair O’ the Dog • 1/20

Location: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Beneficiary: Center for Autism. Dance the night away at this 24th annual gala, featuring live entertainment from acclaimed electronic act Cash Cash, auctions and more. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Center for Autism.

Visit www.hairothedog.com.

58th Annual Louis Braille Awards • 1/26

Location: The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This annual luncheon recognizes recipients for their outstanding contributions on behalf of the blind and visually impaired community.

Visit www.asb.org.

Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate • 1/26

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Department of Nursing at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Join the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation for a preview of the finest automobiles featured at the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show.

Visit www.phillyautoshow.com.

Academy of Music 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball • 1/27

Location: Academy of Music and the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Academy of Music. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a much-anticipated special guest artist will dazzle guests as part of this spectacular evening.

Visit www.theacademyball.org.


Philadelphia Heart Ball • 2/10

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Beneficiary: American Heart Association. Medical professionals, community members and corporate leaders all converge at a lavish black-tie gala.

Visit www.heart.org.

Cheers for CHOP • 2/24

Location: Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, Beneficiary: Division of Orthopaedics Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This spirited evening of dancing and cocktails is hosted by the Friends of CHOP. Visit www.cheersfor.chop.edu.


PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Preview Party • 3/2 

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the preview party for the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show. This year’s “Wonders of Water” theme celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water.

Visit www.theflowershow.com.

Taste of the Main Line. 

Taste of the Main Line • 3/8

Location: Grand Atrium, Radnor Financial Center, Beneficiary: Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation. Taste of the Main Line brings together some of the region’s most talented chefs for a sumptuous and philanthropic night.

Visit www.eafoundation.org.

The Red Ball • 3/24

Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Beneficiary: Red Cross House. Join Philadelphia’s party with a purpose, where renowned area chefs and caterers prepare a gourmet buffet for attendees.

Visit www.theredball.org.

LLS’s Red & White Ball • 3/24

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Beneficiary: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The society’s Eastern Pennsylvania chapter hosts its fifth annual Red & White Ball, a black-tie gala featuring cocktails, food, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment.

Visit www.redwhiteballphilly.org.


Thorncroft’s 33rd Annual Victory Gallop • 4/7

Location: Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Thorncroft Equestrian Center. The black-tie gala benefits the therapeutic riding programs at Thorncroft Equestrian Center.

Visit www.thorncroft.org.

Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner • 4/19

Location: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Franklin Institute. This revered event has honored thousands of scientists, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs since its inception in 1824. Proceeds subsidize Franklin Institute admission fees.

Visit www.fi.edu.

Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show Preview Party • 4/19

Location: The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Penn Medicine and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Preview the 2018 Philadelphia Antiques Show at this annual teaser for one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the country.

Visit philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com.

Main Line Today Ladies’ Night Out • 4/26

Location: The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve, Newtown Square, Beneficiary: TBA. This inaugural event celebrates the Main Line lifestyle aesthetic with a curated selection of boutiques and other local style purveyors, live entertainment, drinks, expert sessions and more.

Visit www.mainlinetoday.com.

Alzheimer’s Association Casino Night: “Betting on a Cure”

Visit www.alz.org/delval.

Baker Industries’ 37th Anniversary Gala

Visit www.bakerindustries.org.

Donors Are Heroes Party

Visit www.donors1.org.

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education’s 36th Annual Benefit

Visit www.legacyyte.org.


Elwyn Ball • 5/4

Location: Springfield Country Club, Beneficiary: Elwyn. An elegant evening of hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing to benefit Elwyn’s programs, serves over 12,000 individuals with learning differences.

Visit www.elwyn.org.

117th Annual Student Annual Exhibition Preview Party • 5/10

Location: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: PAFA student scholarships. Every May, the galleries of PAFA’s Hamilton Building are turned over to the work of graduate students and third- and fourth-year undergraduates. A preview party affords a first glimpse at more than 1,000 pieces.

Visit www.pafa.org.

Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon • 5/11

Location: Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: American Heart Association. This annual event raises awareness and funds to help fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 killer of women.

Visit heart.org/philadelphiapagoredluncheon.com.

Willowdale Steeplechase • 5/13

Location: Willowdale Steeplechase Grounds, Kennett Square, Beneficiaries: Stroud Water Research Center, Quest Therapeutic Services, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. This year marks the 26th running of this family-friendly equestrian event, which also features terrier races, shopping, a tailgate competition and more.

Visit willowdalesteeplechase.org.

88th Radnor Hunt Races • 5/19

Location: Radnor Hunt, Malvern, Beneficiary: Brandywine Conservancy. Come early to enjoy the exceptional tailgating at the 88th running of the area’s premier steeplechase event, where international horses and riders compete for a purse worth more than $200,000.

Visit www.radnorhuntraces.org.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer's Reach & Raise. 

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Reach & Raise • 5/20

Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Beneficiary: Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Hundreds roll out their mats on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps at 8 a.m. for an outdoor yoga class. Afterwards, participants enjoy a light breakfast while browsing a healthy-living expo featuring foods, natural cosmetics and loads of information on women’s health issues.

Visit www.lbbc.org.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair • 5/24-6/3

Location: Devon Horse Show Grounds, Devon, Beneficiary: Bryn Mawr Hospital. A Main Line tradition since 1896, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has evolved into a nationally recognized weeklong event that features one of the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competitions in the country.

Visit www.devonhorseshow.net.

Health Care Heroes Luncheon

Visit www.mainlinetoday.com

Women Against MS Luncheon

Visit www.nationalmssociety.org.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale • 6/16

Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Beneficiary: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. This spirited evening features an awards ceremony, dinner, drinks, auctions and more.

Visit www.mwoy.org/epa.

15th Annual Gary Papa Father’s Day Run • 6/17

Location: Eakins Oval, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Beneficiary: Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health. The annual Father’s Day 10K and 5K honors beloved local sportscaster Gary Papa, who lost his life to prostate cancer.

Visit www.garypaparun.com.

Camp Hill Special School ProAm Gala and Tennis Tournament

Visit www.camphillspecialschool.org.

Great Chefs Event

Visit www.alexslemonade.org.

Jazz at Brushwood Gala

Visit www.homeofthesparrow.org.

Lower Merion Conservancy Gala

Visit lmconservancy.org.


Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party

Location: Drexelbrook, Drexel Hill, Beneficiaries: Devereux Foundation. More than 1,000 attendees can sample the finest food and drink from local restaurants.

Visit www.mainlinetoday.com.


Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance Road Rally & Ball. 

22nd Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance Road Rally & Ball  • 9/7-9

Location: Radnor Hunt Clubhouse, Malvern, Beneficiary: Thorncroft Equestrian Center. A weekend-long celebration surrounds a nationally recognized motorcar event. The black-tie dinner features a silent auction, an art show and dancing.

Visit www.radnorconcours.org.

Brandywine Valley SPCA’s Forget-Me-Not Gala

Visit www.bvspca.org.

Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s 16th Annual Gala

Visit www.sandyovarian.org.


Pink Tie Ball. 

Pink Tie Ball • 10/13

Location: Vie, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. The Philadelphia chapter of the Susan G. Komen throws its annual Pink Tie Ball, which is held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Guests are encouraged to wear pink.

Visit komenphiladelphia.org.

Gravediggers’ Ball

Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

Main Line Today’s Women on the Move Luncheon

Visit www.mainlinetoday.com.   

Step into Fall

Visit www.steppingstonescholars.org.

USArtists: American Fine Art Show Preview Gala

Visit www.pafa.org.


Philly Fights Cancer • 11/10 

Location: The Navy Yard, Beneficiary: Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine. Dance and sing the night away at the organization’s fourth signature event. Expect world-class performances. Previous entertainers have included Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Earth, Wind & Fire. 

Visit www.phillyfightscancer.org.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Shining Star Awards.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Shining Star Awards • 11/17

Location: Vie, Philadelphia, Beneficiary: March of Dimes. Shining Star pairs children who’ve been impacted by the March of Dimes with players from the five Philadelphia sports teams.

Visit www.shiningstarawards.com.

Philadelphia Charity Ball • 11/23

Location: Union League of Philadelphia, Beneficiary: TBA. A traditional debutante gala featuring dancing and a live performance.

Visit www.philadelphiacharityball.com.

18th Annual PAFA Bacchanal Wine Auction and Gala

Visit www.pafa.org.

Butterfly Ball

Visit www.lbbc.org.

Devereux Gala Celebration

Visit www.devereux.org.

“Fashion to Fund the Future” Show

Visit www.homeofthesparrow.org.

Please Touch Museum’s Imagination Ball

Visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.


West Chester Charity Ball

Location: West Chester Golf & Country Club, Beneficiary: Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children. This black-tie ball features cocktails, gourmet food stations, a dessert bar, a photo booth, and live and silent auctions.

Visit www.friendsassoc.org.

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