Philanthropy Event News: 5 of the Best Fundraisers in NYC and the Hamptons

From “Dancing to the Beat of Hope” to  The Floating Hospital’s Summer Soiree that is sure to please and pay proper tribute and raise funds to support its programs. These events spread from the City to the Hamptons are worth the travel.

1. Hope for Families and Children 2016 Gala Benefit
Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Tribeca Rooftop: 2 Desbrosses St. between Hudson and Greenwich streets

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The Hope for Families and Children Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit charity founded in 1989 to sustain the Puerto Rican Family Institute’s goals. Believing in the potential of people, regardless of race or ethnic background, the Foundation works to help those in need obtain valuable resources and accomplish their dreams. The Hope for Families and Children Foundation’s 2016 fundraiser,“Dancing to the Beat of Hope,” will include cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, awards presentations and – of course – dancing, all to benefit the Puerto Rican Family Institute. ABC television news anchor Joe Torres will be master of ceremonies, and ticket packages range from $500 to $20,000.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

2. The Floating Hospital’s Summer Soiree
Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Current at Chelsea Pier 59 off West 17th Street

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The Floating Hospital, which provides healthcare to the homeless and vulnerable populations in New York City, is celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2016. They’re planning a Summer Soiree that is sure to please, pay proper tribute and raise funds to support its programs. Attendees can look forward to a photo exhibit of images from the hospital’s archives, as well as food, cocktails, live music by the Duke Ellington Legacy, a New York City-inspired raffle with prizes, a photo booth and sparkling Hudson River views. Tickets range from $200 to $600. 

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

3. The Central Park Conservancy’s “An Evening in the Garden”
Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The Conservatory Garden in Central Park off the East 106th Street entrance

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Founded in 1980, the Central Park Conservancy raises 75 percent of the Park’s budget and helps keep the city’s best getaway beautiful. Welcoming more than 40 million visitors a year, there are 843 acres of Central Park to tend to, so they need all the help they can get. Central Park Conservancy’s network of young professionals, The Greensward Circle, is hosting the 11th annual summer benefit, “An Evening in the Garden” at one of the city’s loveliest venues — the Conservatory Garden. Attendees enjoy delicious food, cocktails and live music on the garden’s pergola beneath a canopy of wisteria, overlooking six acres of attractive fountains, flowers and lush landscapes. Everyone is welcome, most especially New York’s socially active young professionals. Tickets are $125 in advance with funds going to the Central Park Conservancy.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

4. Pilobolus 2016 CT Ball
Saturday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
6 Calhoun St. in Litchfield County, Connecticut

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More than worth the trip to Connecticut, this annual summer bacchanal supports the world-renown Pilobolus Dance Company. Enjoy a cocktail hour, a farm-to-table dinner, performances and dancing for all. Held each year, outdoors in idyllic Litchfield County, the Ball celebrates the inspiration the company takes from the beauty of nature, along with the diverse company’s innovative dance artistry. Ticket packages for this dance party under the stars range from $300 to $25,000.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

5. A Hampton’s Happening
Saturday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Maria & Kenneth Fishel, Bridgehampton

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The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to finding cures for cancer through reprogramming cancer cells. The work of the Foundation funds research that spans the spectrum of cancer — from children to adults; from men to women; and from those who are newly diagnosed to those with more advanced disease. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, the 12th Annual “A Hampton’s Happening” is set to honor philanthropists, chefs, TV personalities and entrepreneurs at the home of Maria and Kenneth Fishel. Forty local chefs will cater the event and private cabanas are available. Tickets range from $750 to $75,000.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

TOWN May Philanthropy Event News: The Five Can’t-Miss Charity Events for Late Spring 2016

It’s prime fundraising season in New York City, and some of the area’s best non-profits and advocates are pulling out all of the stops in throwing this year’s best galas, parties and soirées. Here are five of the most exciting charity events coming soon:

1. Solving Kids’ Cancer Spring Celebration
Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
The Mandarin Oriental New York: 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

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This year’s Solving Kids’ Cancer spring gathering is billed as “celebrating children everywhere and the renewal of spring” with cocktails, music, dinner and an auction, all hosted by Donna Karan and mistress of ceremonies Amy Robach of “Good Morning America.” Proceeds from the event will go toward research and efforts that improve survival rates for the deadliest childhood cancers. Youth tickets are $250, while adult packages range from $650 to $25,000.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

2. Girls Write Now Awards
Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.
Three Sixty° Tribeca: 10 Desbrosses St. between Hudson and Greenwich streets

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Girls Write Nowis New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls. The group guides the next generation of writers, and honorees, including Jenni Konner of “Girls” fame, are helping to ignite change for girls. The 2016 Girls Write Now Awards will help support a three-year strategic plan to double the number of girls the organization serves. There will be a reception with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, the awards ceremony, a performance by a Girls Write Now mentor-mentee pair and the private launch of the 2016 anthology “(R)evolution.” Festive attire is recommended, and tickets range from $175 to $1,000.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website. 

3. The Boys’ Club of New York Awards Dinner
Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.
The Mandarin Oriental New York: 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

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The Boys’ Club of New York is the nation’s oldest boys’ club. This year, the group will pay tribute to excellence in leadership and generosity of service at its annual Awards Dinner. William B. Tyree, who has just been named BCNY’s board president after serving as a trustee for 26 years, is one esteemed honoree, and Jacqueline R. Williams, former Women’s Board president, is another. The most crucial and anticipated fundraiser of 2016, all proceeds from the event will support BCNY’s programs, including music and art, social and recreational activities, academic and career support and health and fitness education. Cocktails and dinner will be served.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

4. Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Celebration of Hope
Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
28 W. 27th St. between Sixth Avenue and Broadway

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Celebrating Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, the New York chapter of the HD Society is paying homage to hope with a luau party in the heart of NoMad. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and raffle giveaways. Proceeds will go to the society’s unending efforts to find a cure for HD, educate the public about the disease and support those afflicted. Available tickets are $75.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

5. Glasswing International’s Benefit Gala
Thursday, May 19 at 10:30 p.m.
Three Sixty° Tribeca: 10 Desbrosses St. between Hudson and Greenwich streets

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Transforming the lives of thousands of young people across six Central American countries, Glasswing International has raised over $17 million in funding for programs that improve children’s health, education and quality of life. Tickets and packages to this year’s fundraising gala, which will feature cocktails, dinner and dancing, while honoring the Hanes corporation, range from $500 to $25,000. Formal attire requested.

 

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

Town April 2016 Philanthropy News: The 6 Can’t-Miss Upcoming Fundraisers in NYC

Are you a fan of Shakespeare? Into contemporary rock? Do you enjoy exquisite dinners and fabulous get-togethers? This coming month in New York, you can enjoy all of the above, all while contributing funds to fantastic causes. Here are six of the most exciting fundraisers heading our way in April:

1. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation Give Hope Walk
Sunday, April 17 at 10 a.m.
West 79th Street Boat Basin off Riverside Drive

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Participate in a scenic 5-kilometer walk through historic Riverside Park in the name of pediatric cancer patient support. A post-walk party at the Boat Basin Rotunda with a live band, face painters, raffles and refreshments, will immediately follow, and walkers will receive t-shirts and giveaways, too. Tickets are $50 for young professionals, $35 for adults, and children 18 and under cost $20. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation has been committed to funding patient-parent support groups for 45 years through efforts like this, their 22nd annual walkathon.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.


2. Houses on the Moon Theater Company’s Annual Benefit
Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Gotham Comedy Club: 208 W. 23rd St. between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue

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The fourth-annual Houses on the Moon’s cocktail benefit, titled “Amplify,” will help support their mission to dispel ignorance and isolation through performance, discussion and workshops. In addition to cocktails, there will be hors d’oeuvres, a dessert bar, live music by the Juancho Herrera Trio, a special Houses on the Moon performance and an award presentation to special honorees. Tickets range from $150 to $600.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

3. The Annual CancerCare Gala
Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
Cipriani 42nd Street: 110 E. 42nd St. between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue

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CancerCare will hold their annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction led by Sotheby’s Hugh Hildesley. The auctions will feature a selection of fine wines, scintillating dinners, luxury items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and vacation getaways. Frank Doroff, vice chairman of Bloomingdale’s, will be honored with the Help & Hope Award. Tickets start at $750 and various packages run up to $10,000.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

4. An Elizabethan Feast: To Benefit New York Classical Theatre
Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Alger House: 45 Downing St. between Bedford Street and Varick Street

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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the passing of the mighty bard, William Shakespeare, the New York Classical Theatre is throwing a benefit titled “An Elizabethan Feast,” featuring cocktails, a seated dinner and a pop-up performance. Tickets and packages start at $500 and run up to $25,000, and guests can arrive in either cocktail attire or Elizabethan dress. The benefit will help fund the group’s free pop-up performances that take place in non-traditional settings throughout the city.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

5. We Are Family Foundation Gala
Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Manhattan Center: 311 W. 34th St. between Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenue

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We Are Family, a not-for-profit organization founded by musician Nile Rodgers. We Are Family is dedicated to creating a global family by facilitating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world. At this year’s annual gala, Bono will receive the group’s Humanitarian Award, honoring a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts in making the human condition better throughout the world. President Jimmy Carter will be honored as well, the evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner, program and live concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Bono himself.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

6. Sailing Foundation of New York’s Golden Spinnaker Gala
Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
New York Yacht Club: 37 W. 44th St. between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue

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The Sailing Foundation of New York will hold its biennial Golden Spinnaker Gala on May 4, benefiting the United States team athletes representing the U.S. at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer in. All proceeds will go to the athletes’ expenses, including travel, shipping and accommodations. The entire Olympic Sailing team will be named on April 12 and presented for first the time at the gala. The Golden Spinnaker Gala includes cocktails, dinner and a live auction led by renowned Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

Philanthropy Event News: Five Can’t-Miss Charity Events for Spring

From popping corks and granting wishes to bidding on art to help the hungry, this spring features five philanthropic events that prove this truly is a season of hope.

1. Help USA Scholarship Awards Luncheon
The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Avenune
Wednesday, March 16th at 11:30am

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A national housing and homeless services organization dedicated to the concept that everyone deserves safe, stable housing, HELP USA organizes homelessness prevention programs, manages emergency and transitional shelters, and builds and operates affordable permanent rental apartments. Join the group at their awards luncheon, and celebrate the strong survivors of domestic violence. The organization is honoring Walmart, What2WearWhere and Heart/NSMF, along with HELP USA’s scholarship award winners, who have overcome homelessness and graduated from their domestic violence program.

For more information and tickets, visit the organization’s official website.

2. Wine & Wishes Annual Wine Tasting and Auction
Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and the Hudson River
Wednesday, March 23rd at 6pm

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Looking to continue the tradition of helping kids with life-threatening illnesses, Wine & Wishes celebrates its 13th anniversary as one of New York’s premier wine and food events. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $7 million in support of Make-A-Wish Metro New York, enabling them to grant more than 800 wishes. VIP admission tickets include access to the exclusive “Coveted Corks” tasting room, featuring sought-after wines and food pairings by the city’s premier restaurants and chefs. General admission entry is also available, and the event will be co-hosted by CBS news anchor Chris Wragge.

For more information and tickets, visit the organization’s official website.

3. The Guggenheim Young Collectors Party
The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue
Thursday, March 31st at 7pm  

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The Guggenheim Young Collectors Party benefits the Young Collectors Council (YCC), and will be an intimate dinner with YCC co-chairs at The Wright restaurant. A post-dinner celebration in the museum’s rotunda will offer dessert and drinks. Funds raised from the evening will benefit the YCC Art Fund to support the acquisition of works by emerging artists for the museum’s contemporary collection. Guests will see some of the current exhibition Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, as well as the museum’s masterpieces by Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, and van Gogh. There will be a DJ and dancing throughout the night, and individual tickets are $300 through March 16th.

For more information and tickets, visit the museum’s official website.

4. Tribeca Ball for the NY Academy of Art
The NY Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street off West Broadway
Monday, April 4th at 6pm

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The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school offering intensive technical training in the fine arts alongside critical discourse, while serving as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art. Students are taught traditional methods and techniques to create important contemporary works. Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, the 21st annual Tribeca Ball to benefit the academy will honor Eva and Michael Chow, the renowned fashion designer and restaurateur, respectively. Guests will enjoy the always chic ambiance along with new art by the school’s students.

For more information and tickets, visit the organization’s official website.

5. City Harvest’s Annual Gala
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street
Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30pm

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City Harvest’s 22nd annual gala, “An Evening of Practical Magic,” will honor supporters whose efforts have played a significant role in the fight against hunger in New York City, while raising funds to support the group’s work rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to those in need. Last year, the event attracted 600 people and raised over $3 million for City Harvest’s hunger relief programs. The 2016 edition will honor François Payard, chef of FP Patisserie, FPB, Payard Patisserie & Bistro; Michael A. Young, City Harvest Board member; and Credit Suisse for their ongoing commitment to helping to feed the hungry. Guests will enjoy cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dynamic live auction. Tickets range from $1,000 to $100,000.

For more information and tickets, visit the organization’s official website.

Philanthropy Event News: Four Can’t-Miss Fundraisers for Winter 2016

The New Year always brings new opportunities to better yourself, and one of the best way to do so is to give to others. As the calendar flips to February and winter persists, there are a number of exciting events sure to motivate you to brave the cold in an effort to make your own contributions to charity. Here are four of the finest:

1. Climb to the Top 2016
Sunday, February 28th at Rockefeller Center, 6 a.m.

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Prepare yourself for an exhilarating, productive Sunday morning in support of MS research. Participants hike up 66 flights of stairs to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in Rockefeller Center and take in the amazing Manhattan skyline views. Climb to the Top is a timed event, so feel free to challenge yourself and see how fast you can make it. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal this year is to raise $1 million.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website

2. New York Junior League 64th Annual Winter Ball
Saturday, March 5th at the Pierre Hotel, 6 p.m.

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Once again recognizing several Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers—the group’s highest honors—this year, the NYJL’s winter ball for 2016 is dubbed the “Starlight Soiree.” The fundraising event commemorates groundbreaking community service projects and the women volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts on behalf of the NYJL. With approximately 600 guests, this is the largest annual fundraiser for the group, and its proceeds benefit the organization’s numerous charitable activities throughout the community. Tickets start at $250.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website

3. National Center for Learning Disabilities’ 39th Annual Benefit Dinner
Wednesday, March 9th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 6:30 p.m.

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An astounding one in five individuals across the country have learning disabilities or attention issues, but the NCLD has been advocating on their behalf for four decades. Looking to add to a fundraising total of more than $2.5 million from past benefits, all helping to maintain their myriad educational programs, this year’s dinner will be held at the always-chic, five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website

4. Dancing Classrooms’ Mad Hot Ball 2016 Gala
Wednesday, March 9th at The Pierre Hotel, 7 p.m.

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Cultivating essential life skills in children through the practice of dance, Dancing Classrooms hosts in-school residencies, welcoming thousands of kids to learn ballroom dancing each year. At the group’s 2016 benefit gala, the organization will offer cocktails, dinner, music, and a special performance by a dance youth group from P.S. 045. They will also recognize Cynthia Germanotta’s humanitarian efforts of the past year. As President and co-founder of the Born this Way foundation, Ms. Germanotta, along with her daughter—best known as Lady Gaga—have connected youth in safe ways, while empowering them with skills to create a kinder world. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dancing Classrooms’ educational programs.

For more information, visit the organization’s official website