11 upcoming galas to brighten winter’s social season

Dec. 3

The SIMS Foundation’s True Stories, Sordid Confessions & Music from the Heart of the City

What: Live entertainment from members of Grupo Fantasma, Carson McHone, Redd Volkaert, Stephanie Bergara of Bidi Bidi Banda and more at this “Moth Radio meets rock show” event.

Cost: Sponsorships start at $600

Where: Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Drive

Information: simsfoundation.org/events/

Dec. 10

Black Fret’s 2016 Black Ball

What: A celebration of Austin musicians, a select number of whom win grants from Black Fret each year, including Golden Dawn Arkestra, Magna Carda, Walker Lukens and more.

Cost: Join the organization for about $100 per month in membership costs

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Information: blackfret.org

Dec. 31

The Huston-Tillotson International Alumni Association’s New Year’s Eve Gala

What: Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouevres, a midnight champagne toast, a breakfast buffet at 12:30 a.m. and a silent auction to raise funds for deserving students.

Cost: $100 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $500

Where: Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville Road

Information: eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-gala-tickets-27729519740

New Year’s Eve Gala for Help Our Wounded

What: An unforgettable night filled with cocktails, dinner and dancing to the music of Groove Knight, followed by a champagne toast at midnight.

Cost: $125 individual tickets; $175 VIP tickets

Where: Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel, 12525 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave

Information: helpourwounded.org/gala

Jan. 28

Dell Children’s Believe Gala

What: Cocktail reception, elegant dinner, live and silent auctions, casino and live music to benefit the children who need the world-class medical center.

Cost: Sponsorships start at $2,500

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Information: dellchildrens.net/support-dell-childrens/dell-childrens-gala/

HRC Austin 2017 Gala

What: The Human Rights Campaign Austin’s evening of celebration features a cocktail reception, extensive silent auction, elegant dinner, live entertainment and thought-provoking speakers and guests.

Cost: $250 early-bird tickets; sponsorships start at $2,500

Where: J.W. Marriott, 110 E. Second St.

Information: hrcaustin.org

Feb. 4

CASAblanca Gala

What: Don your finest red carpet attire with CASA of Travis County for a night featuring a casino, live and silent auctions and swag bags that will make Oscar attendees envious.

Cost: $200 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $1,500

Where: J.W. Marriott, 110 E. Second St.

Information: casatravis.org/events/casablanca

Con Mi Madre’s Corazón Awards

What: A ceremony honoring community leaders and supporting their mission to help young Latinas pursue higher education.

Cost: $100 individual tickets; sponsorships start at $500

Where: Brazos Hall, 204 E. Fourth St.

Information: conmimadre.org/coraz-n-awards.html

Feb. 11

The 2017 Blanton Gala

What: The black-tie event will mark the celebratory unveiling of the museum’s renovated and reinstalled permanent collection galleries.

Cost: Tables start at $15,000

Where: 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Information: blantonmuseum.org/get-involved/support-the-blanton/gala/

Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links’ Mardi Gras Magic

What: The annual fundraising event features live music, games and auctions. Bid on unique culinary and travel experiences to raise funds for scholarships, arts initiatives and STEM programs for disadvantaged youth.

Where: Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road

Cost: $110 individual tickets

Information: townlakelinks.org/mgm-fundraiser/

Feb. 12

The Nobelity Project’s Feed the Peace Awards

What: An awards ceremony with dinner, an auction and a concert will feature two Austin legends, Jerry Jeff Walker and Gilbert Tuhabonye, this year’s recipients.

Cost: Ticket start at $500; sponsorships start at $5,000

Where: Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Information: nobelity.org/feed-the-peace-awards-dinner-concer

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