Main Line Area Gala Guide 2019
Here are this year's must-attend benefits.
Ukee Washington and Jessica Dean of CBS emcee the 12th annual Lemon Ball. Photo courtesy of Alex's Lemonade Stand.
Hair O’ the Dog • 1/19
Location: Crystal Tea Room. Beneficiary: Morris Animal Refuge Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Hair O’ the Dog hosts one of the first benefits of the year.
The Lemon Ball • 1/19
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Beneficiary: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Now in its 13th year, the Lemon Ball brings together hundreds of guests to raise funds to help fight childhood cancer.
(Left to right, front row) Samantha Salerno, Tony Salerno, Lilah Matz, Ellie Matz, Ryan Cartafalsa,
Superhero Gala 2019 • 1/25
Location: Crystal Tea Room. Beneficiary: The Superhero Project Inc. In 2018, over 500 attendees were part of the Superhero Gala. This year’s event will run for 5.5 hours and includes an open bar, dinner, live music, plus a live and silent auction, all in benefit of premature babies in the NICU.
Academy of Music 162nd Anniversary Concert and Ball • 1/26
Location: Academy of Music and Bellevue Hotel. Beneficiary: Academy of Music. Celebrating this Philadelphia stalwart’s 162nd birthday, the concert features music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The white-tie ball follows at the Bellevue.
19th Annual Beach Ball Gala • 1/26
Location: Vie. Beneficiary: For Peter’s Sake. Expect cocktails, dinner, dancing and auctions—all to help raise funds for cancer patients.
Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate • 2/1
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center. Beneficiary: Department of Nursing at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kicking off the Philadelphia Auto Show, the Black Tie Tailgate lets attendees mix and mingle with some of the world’s nicest automobiles.
Philadelphia Heart Ball • 2/9
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Beneficiary: American Heart Association. Celebrating those who are helping to eradicate heart disease, the Philadelphia Heart Ball includes a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and more.
The 2nd Annual Gala of Hope. Photo courtesy of ALS Hope Foundation.
Gala of Hope • 2/23
Location: Vie. Beneficiary: ALS Hope Foundation. Now in its third year, the ALS Hope Foundation’s Gala of Hope features hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a formal dinner.
PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Preview Party Gala • 3/1
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center. Beneficiary: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Before the Philadelphia Flower Show debuts on March 2, gala attendees can preview the exhibits, enjoy cocktails and food, and see the Best in Show awards.
Cheers for CHOP • 3/2
Location: The Fillmore Philadelphia. Beneficiary: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Cocktails, dancing, music and a silent auction are highlights of this annual event, which benefits research focused on fighting brain tumors.
2019 Greater Philadelphia Gala • 3/9
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Beneficiary: Human Rights Campaign. This event benefits the Human Rights Campaign, which aids marginalized individuals and ensures that their voices are heard.
Longwood Rotary Annual Gala • 3/9
Location: Longwood Gardens Conservatory. Beneficiary: TBA. This year’s gala has a Broadway theme, with local high school students performing show tunes kick things off. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dinner and a silent auction round out the festivities.
Party in Purple • 3/9
Location: Please Touch Museum. Beneficiary: Alzheimer’s Association. To help fight Alzheimer’s, the association hosts its Party in Purple, with music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, games, raffles and more.
Emergency Aid’s 105th Anniversary Celebration • 3/12
Location: The Bercy. Beneficiary: Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation. In lieu of its annual Taste of the Main Line celebration, Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation will celebrate its 105th anniversary with this bash.
Congresso Gala Latina. Photo courtesy of Congreso de Latinos Unidos.
Congreso Gala Latina • 3/23
Location: The Bellevue Hotel. Beneficiary: Congreso. This annual event is all about spotlighting Latin American culture.
Red and White Ball • 3/23
Location: Marriott Downtown Hotel. Beneficiary: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Now in its sixth year, this year’s black-tie event will feature a three-course dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions.
United Way Gala • 3/27
Location: Crystal Tea Room. Beneficiary: United Way. The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey hosts its annual gala, which celebrates one local honoree who’s gone above and beyond.
Donors are Heroes Party • 3/29
Location: The Bellevue Hotel. Beneficiary: Gift of Life Donor Program. This party celebrates organ donors and aids the Gift of Life Donor Program.
Baker Industries Gala • 4/6
Location: Merion Cricket Club. Beneficiary: Baker Industries. This year’s Baker Industries Gala honors Frank Leto, president of Bryn Mawr Trust and former Baker Industries board member.
Victory Gallop • 4/6
Location: Bellevue Hotel. Beneficiary: Thorncroft Equestrian Center. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Malvern’s Thorncroft Equestrian Center. The organization celebrates in grand style with its annual Victory Gallop at the Bellevue.
Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show • 4/26-28
Location: The Navy Yard. Beneficiary: Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Museum of Art once again hosts its antiques and art show, which includes a preview party, an awards dinner and a guided show tour.
Peter’s Place Gala • 4/27
Location: Merion Golf Club. Beneficiary: Peter’s Place. Peter’s Place was founded in 2001 to aid grieving parents who’ve lost a child. This year’s annual gala is dubbed “Constellations: A Night of Shining Stars.”
Elwyn Ball • 5/4
Location: National Constitution Center. Beneficiary: Elwyn. Now in its 39th year, the Elwyn Ball includes cocktails, dinner and dancing. Since 1852, Elwyn has helped people with autism, intellectual, developmental and behavioral challenges lead meaningful lives.
2019 JCHAI Spring Gala • 5/8
Location: National Constitution Center. Beneficiary: Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence. Helping those with learning disabilities achieve independence, JCHAI celebrates its community and supporters with a dinner and auction.
PAFA Student Annual Exhibition Preview Party • 5/9
Location: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Guests can wander the galleries of PAFA to view student works and meet the artists at this preview party.
Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon • 5/10
Location: Crystal Tea Room. Beneficiary: American Heart Association. The association hosts its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cardiovascular diseases in women.
Willowdale in White • 5/10
Location: TBA. Beneficiary: Stroud Water Research Center, Quest Therapeutic Services, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center. Preceding May 12’s Willowdale Steeplechase, this event takes its cues from Dîner en Blanc, where attendees wear white and dine in a secret outdoor location.
Women Against MS • 5/16
Location: Crystal Tea Room. Beneficiary: Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, the MS Society will present its Woman of Spirit Award to Lori Reiner, EisnerAmper’s Chief People Officer, with a goal of raising $250,000 to help fight MS.
Wildflower Bash • 5/17
Location: Radnor Hunt. Beneficiary: Brandywine Conservancy. Ahead of the 89th Radnor Hunt Races on May 18, Radnor Hunt will host its second annual Wildflower Bash, all to benefit open-space preservation and clean-water programs.
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair • 5/23-6/2
Location: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Beneficiary: Bryn Mawr Hospital. The oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the country features eventing, a fair, Ladies Day and more.
MWOY Philadelphia • 6/8
Location: Loews Philadelphia. Beneficiary: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society honors its Man and Woman of the Year at this event. Proceeds help fight blood cancers.
Great Chefs Event • 6/9
Location: Urban Outfitters Headquarters. Beneficiary: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Dozens of well-known chefs gather from around the country for the Great Chef’s Event, which aids in the fight against childhood cancer.