Bal Masque
Benefits: Link Stryjewski Foundation
Event Info: A celebration of New Orleans’ Creole carnival roots with music, dance and food, featuring world-renowned chefs and Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band. The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the cycle of violence and poverty and the lack of quality education and job training for the young people in New Orleans
Tickets: $1,000
Location: Orpheum Theater
Contact: 588-2189, extension 100

An Afternoon with WYES: “Downton Abbey” Tea and Wine, Too!
Benefits: WYES
Event Info: As the season finale approaches, WYES invites fans of “Downton Abbey” for a tea celebrating the most-watched drama in PBS history – there’s wine, too!
Tickets: $175 Patron; $100 Tea
Location: Home of Frances & Calvin Fayard
Contact: 486-5511

Crimestoppers 31st annual Awards Luncheon
Benefits: Crimestoppers GNO    
Event Info: This annual awards luncheon and fundraising event benefits Crimestoppers, which works to assist law enforcement by solving crimes and empowering citizens to report alleged crime activity by working with the media, victims’ families and law enforcement to close cases.
Tickets: $125
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Contact: 837-8477


Cookies & Cocktails
Benefits: Girl Scout Louisiana East
Event Info: Twenty chefs and bartenders from New Orleans’ best restaurants will prepare appetizers, cocktails and desserts, all made from Girl Scout cookies. The evening also includes an open bar, music from Papa C & The Slammin’ Horns, a photo booth and a silent auction. The theme for this year’s gala is “An Evening in Paris.”
Tickets: $125 Patron Party;
$100 Gala
Location: Generations Hall
Contact: 355-5885, gsle.com

2016 Good Apple Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Appleseed
Event Info: Louisiana Appleseed announces the 2016 Good Apple Award recipients, which are given to community members who have shown tremendous generosity to pro bono excellence. Louisiana Appleseed recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to solve problems at their root cause.
Tickets: $100
Location: The National WWII Museum
Contact: 561-7304

Seventh annual Recycled Fashion Show
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info: A fashion show featuring clothing from the Bridge House Thrift Store that has been transformed into fashionable outfits by local designers. The mission of Bridge House/Grace House is to provide gender specific treatment to men and women who have become dependent on drugs or alcohol.
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Location: Rock ‘N’ Bowl
Contact: 821-7288

Go Red for Women Luncheon
Benefits: American Heart Association
Event Info: Guests can participate in free health screenings and a silent auction, alongside this luncheon that includes speeches by survivors. The Go Red for Women Movement works to educate people of the fact that more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.
Tickets: $100
Location: New Orleans Marriott
Contact: 830-2300

King Cake Festival
Benefits: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Event Info: A celebration benefiting babies and children at Ochsner Hospital for Children, featuring samples of Louisiana’s finest King Cakes from the state’s greatest bakers.
Tickets: Free    
Location: Champions Square
Contact: 842-7113


Lark in the Park
Benefits: Friends of City Park
Event Info: Lark in the Park 2016 will raise funds to benefit the expansion of the conservatory in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The gala will feature an auction, raffles, live entertainment, full bars and cuisine from over 40 local restaurants.
Tickets: Starting at $75
Location: City Park
Contact: 483-9369

The Mad Hatters Luncheon
Benefits: The Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association
Event Info: A silent auction, hat auction and a hat contest judged by local celebrities with Saks Fifth Avenue putting on their style show.
Tickets: Starting at $75; Patron and Benefactor-level available
Location: Hilton Riverside New Orleans
Contact: 267-9527

Spring Benefit at Arnaud’s
Benefits: Lighthouse Louisiana
Event Info: This fun cocktail reception celebrates the work of Lighthouse Louisiana, which has been providing jobs and services for people who are blind or have other disabilities for the past 100 years.
Tickets: $150 or $100 under 30
Location: Arnaud’s
Contact: 899-4501

Blue Jeans Ball with Battle of the Bands 2016
Benefits: MKO Foundation
Event Info: Food and refreshments will be provided, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Youth Service Bureau and the Boys and Girls Club Covington Unit. Bands Lost in the Sixties and Boogie Falaya will be battling it out.
Tickets: Starting at $75
Location: Covington Trailhead, Mandeville
Contact: KreweOfOlympia.net

Egg Hunt and Family Festival
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art
Event Info: A fun and festive event for families featuring arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, food, drinks and music.
Tickets: Starting at $10 for Members
Location: Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Contact: 658-4121

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Benefits: United Negro College Fund
Event Info: Designed to involve civic leaders, celebrities and public officials in the local fundraising of UNCF, this elegant event will feature live national entertainment, dining by celebrity chefs, dancing, student testimonials and a parade of masks. UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.
Tickets: $500
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Contact: 581-3794

Art in Bloom: Art Entertaining presented by IberiaBank
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art
Event Info: Art in Bloom showcases spectacular floral designs created by over 100 exhibitors that stay in the NOMA for five days from March 16-20. This year’s theme is “Artful Entertaining.”
Tickets: Starting at $75
Location: NOMA
Contact: 658-4121

Fêtes des Chefs
Benefits: The John Besh Foundation
Event Info: Top chefs from around the United States will be hosting dinners in private homes in New Orleans and will come together after for an after party with music, food and drink. The John Besh Foundation provides scholarships, grants and loans to individuals in the New Orleans community whose passion will work to enact change in New Orleans by preserving the culinary history and culture of the city.
Tickets: Fêtes Fest Party (18th) $80; Fêtes des Chefs Dinners (19th) $1,000
Location: 18th at The Civic; 19th at homes around New Orleans
Contact: 475-4709

Soul Revival
Benefits: Legacy Donor Foundation
Event Info: This unique block-party event features delicious cuisine by New Orleans’ best restaurants, a gospel choir, a headliner band as well as DJ Rob Nice, all to celebrate the gift of life made possible by organ donation. The Legacy Donor Foundation’s mission is to prevent the loss of human life due to lack of available organs for transplantation.
Tickets: Starting at $100
Location: 1530 Third St.
Contact: 558-8900

LPO’S 25th anniversary Opus Ball
Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Event Info: This event will also celebrate Carlos Miguel Prieto’s 10th anniversary as Music Director and Principal Conductor of LPO. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra transforms the New Orleans community and its people by engaging diverse regions and neighborhoods through music.
Tickets: Starting at $250
Location: Orpheum Theater
Contact: 523-6530

18th annual Children’s Word Fair Presented by Dow
Benefits: Louisiana Children’s Museum
Event Info: Remarkable event that explores the cultural diversity in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) through cultural performances and games, music, literature and crafts.
Tickets: $20    
Location: Louisiana Children’s Museum
Contact: 266-2415

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Annual Gala
Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Event Info: This year’s annual fundraiser will welcome Mary Badham who played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, who will be interviewed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg. There will also be a meet and greet post reception in the apartment Tennessee Williams worked on A Streetcar Named Desire.
Tickets: Starting at $25
Location: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
Contact: 581-1144


Al Copeland Foundation Annual Golf Fest
Benefits: Al Copeland Foundation
Event Info: Included in this exciting event is chef-prepared food, a 19th hole party with auctions and prizes, and drinks throughout the day. All proceeds go to benefit the ACF to support local cancer research programs in partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center.
Tickets: $250; $1,000 per Team
Location: Beau Chene Country Club
Contact: 620-3727

Cochon Cotillion 20
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info: This 20th anniversary event functions as a parody of traditional black-tie galas and of Mardi Gras Balls. Guests attend in tacky, pig-themed clothing and other costumes. The evening will also feature a live band, silent auction and a raffle.
Tickets: $100    
Location: Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
Contact: 821-7134

French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s
Benefits: French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Event Info: Kickoff party and fundraiser featuring Antoine’s signature dishes, libations by Brown-Forman and music entertainment. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit New Orleans’ Roots of Music.
Tickets: Starting at $150
Location: Antoine’s
Contact: 522-5730

ACCESS Jazz Brunch
Benefits: ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Center
Event Info: Guests are welcomed by an open bar, live music and a live auction, as well as presentations by the Archbishop and the CEO of Catholic Charities. ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Center provides pro-life pregnancy and support services.
Tickets: $75
Location: Audubon Tea Room
Contact: 888-1223

An Edible Evening
Benefits: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans/Firstline Schools
Event Info: This event will feature Langston Hughes Academy’s interactive seed-to-table education program sites, signature red and white wines and other specialty drinks from New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants, as well as live music, a silent auction and raffle.
Tickets: $50 for Early Birds
Location: Langston Hughes Academy
Contact: 421-1060

21st annual Peake BMW Leukemia Cup Kickoff Celebration/Regatta/Post-Race Party
Benefits: Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Event Info: Raise a sail and help raise funds to help find a cure for blood cancers. The kickoff party is free and will be January 26 (featuring ESPN Commentator Gary Johnson); the Regatta takes place on the 16-17; the post-race party will be April 16, and will featuring tastings as well as live and silent auctions.
Tickets: $50 Post-Race Party; $600 Table of Eight
Location: Southern Yacht Club
Contact: 837-0945, LeukemiaCup.org/msla

Fifth annual “Keeping our Promises” Gala
Benefits: Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans
Event Info: This exciting event, featuring delicious food and an auction, will kick off with a Patron Party 7-8 p.m., and the Gala will immediately follow. The Daughters of Charity provide high-quality primary comprehensive care to the community regardless of their ability to pay.
Tickets: $175 Patron Party;
$100 Gala
Location: New Orleans Lakefront Airport
Contact: 212-9568

City Nights
Benefits: Metairie Park Country Day
Event Info: The Patron Party is held at a private home and the Auction Party on campus is filled with food, drinks and music, and the theme of the evening is “Vintage Palm Springs.”
Tickets: Starting at $75
Location: Patron Party at a private home; Auction Party at Metairie Park Country Day School
Contact: 957-3134

New Orleans Film Society Patron Party & Gala
Benefits: New Orleans Film Society
Event Info: This event includes a live auction and a presentation on this year’s “Celluloid Hero.” The New Orleans Film Society supports local audiences and filmmakers, serving close to 40,000 attendees in 2014 alone.
Tickets: N/A
Location: N/A
Contact: 309-6633

Prix D’Elegance Luncheon
Benefits: Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO)
Event Info: This event will pay tribute to the 10 male and 10 female honorees who exemplify unique personal style as well as excellence in business, civic and charitable endeavors.
Tickets: Starting at $100
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Contact: 522-0996, WomenOfFashion@gmail.com