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September 10, 2019

Fall Gala Preview Guide

Starry Night Camp Gala Who: CAMP (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential) What: “To bring awareness to children and adults living with medical or special needs while raising critical funds to ensure no child is turned away from CAMP because of their family’s lack of financial resources.” Where: San Antonio Country Club When: September 7, 2019 […]

Starry Night Camp Gala

Who: CAMP (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential)

What: “To bring awareness to children and adults living with medical or special needs while raising critical funds to ensure no child is turned away from CAMP because of their family’s lack of financial resources.”

Where: San Antonio Country Club

When: September 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Stacked silent and live auctions offer attendees a variety of options to help those in need. Have fun explaining to your significant other how you bought a 40-person margarita pool party “for the kids,” though.

Boots, Bowties, & Bling Bash

Who: SAMMinistries

What: An evening “celebrating the legacy of Bob Martindale and his service to SAMMinistries and San Antonio’s homeless.”

Where: The Vista at Valero

When: September 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM

This event combines four of our favorite things: food, dancing, helping the homeless, and alliteration. Seeing as this is the second iteration of this event, though, we’ll admit a twinge of disappointment that it wasn’t called the “Bigger, Better Boots, Bowties, & Bling Bash.” Maybe next year.

Step Into the Light: A Night of Clarity

Who: Clarity Guidance Child Center

What: Raising funds for children’s mental health.

Where: Pearl Stable

When: September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

We normally like to keep things fun in these blurbs, but Clarity Guidance Child Center (CGCC) genuinely needs your help after some serious funding cuts earlier this year. With mental health in the spotlight, their work with children and teenagers is more valuable than ever. Plus, it is at the Pearl, so it’s not like you won’t be gastronomically compensated for your charity.

UT Health President’s Gala

Who: UT Health San Antonio

What: “UT Health San Antonio will honor Karen and Ronald Herrmann. Proceeds will benefit the Karen and Ronald Herrmann Endowment for Research to Advance Excellence in Caregiving. It will also celebrate the School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary of service to our community.”

Where: Grand Hyatt San Antonio

When: September 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

An “Endowment for Research to Advance Excellence in Caregiving?” That’s a whole heap of karma-filled nouns. Get yourself some brownie points and possibly some actual brownies at this golden anniversary.

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Magdalena House Gala

Who: Magdalena House

What: “Major fundraiser of the year.”

Where: La Cantera Resort & Spa

When: September 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

You might be tired of your mom’s old stories at this point (don’t worry, we won’t tell), but you’ll want to hear from the mothers whose lives Magdalena House changed. Hot as it is, there’s always room for some warm fuzzies, especially when they come with food and auctions.

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Landa Nights

Who: Landa Gardens Conservancy

What: “Raising important funds needed to maintain the beauty of the grounds.”

Where: Landa Library Gardens

When: September 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Landa Gardens’ annual event both supports a public library and helps keep its luscious greenery intact despite the Texas sun’s best efforts. Enjoy an “elegant and lively garden party” and revel in the knowledge that you’re outworking a star.

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Sparkles & Spurs

Who: THRU Project

What: “Help[ing] us raise funds to continue our mission of bridging the gap between foster care & adulthood for hundreds of area foster youth.”

Where: San Antonio Country Club

When: September 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM

As incalculable numbers of coming-of-age films can tell you, growing up is difficult, especially when in or leaving foster care. You can make it a little easier and simultaneously put yourself in position to win some terrific raffle prizes, including a Louis Vuitton purse and a two-night lake house stay. Sure, those sound like the sort of things the villain of a coming-of-age film would enjoy, but you’re alright in our books.

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OCTOBER

Kids Zoo Ball

Who: San Antonio Zoo

What: Sharing the zoo’s “love of philanthropy and conservation with the kids of San Antonio.”

Where: San Antonio Zoo

When: October 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Good food, exotic animals to pet and dote on, and a “time-out tent” with libations to assuage the oncoming pain of a weekend where you can’t offload your little angels onto school administrators. If that doesn’t sound like an A+ Friday evening, I don’t know what to tell you.

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Cattle Baron’s Gala

Who: American Cancer Society-San Antonio

What: “Finding the cure for cancer.”

Where: Estancia at Thunder Valley

When: October 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM (VIP starts at 5:30 PM)

Finally, an event where you can contribute to an objectively praiseworthy cause and partake in all the fun Texas stereotypes you usually consider beneath you. Reckless Kelly provides the background music for a night of Lone Star entertainment, and seeing as everything’s supposed to be bigger in Texas, we’d better not catch you skimping on your contributions.

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Kinetic Kids Hootenanny

Who: Kinetic Kids

What: “Raises one-third of the annual budget.”

Where: Pearl Stable

When: October 11, 2019 at 6 PM

Children in motion tend to stay in motion, as any parent who’s struggled to enforce bedtime can tell you. That’s where Kinetic Kids come in, and your contributions will lead to kids enjoying themselves and parents scraping out a few more restful hours once said kids are good and tired. Considering that Rosemary’s Catering is on hand for the evening, though, odds are you’ll be following those youngsters’ footsteps sooner than you know it.

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Charity Ball

Who: Charity Ball Association

What: “The mission of The Charity Ball Association of San Antonio, Inc. is to support and enhance the quality of life for children of Bexar County.”

Where: Mays Family Center

When: October 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM

It’s more than a little difficult to keep things fresh for over six decades, but the Charity Ball Association has managed it, serving Bexar County children since Eisenhower was in office . They’ve even got an online auction this year, allowing you to simultaneously satisfy your cravings for helping the needy and participating in cutthroat Internet bidding wars.

Paws for Celebration Gala

Who: San Antonio Pets Alive

What: Annual fundraising dinner. Proceeds will go towards “saving the lives of dogs and cats from euthanasia in our city.”

Where: Enchanted Springs Ranch

When: October 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM

They already included a pun in the title, so we feel pretty redundant. Plus, how are we supposed to further sell you guys on a dinner dedicated to saving animals? Y’all already have hearts and stomachs.

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Witte Game Dinner

Who: The Witte Museum

What: “This year’s theme, Branded by Time, celebrates the Witte’s past, present and future, and we invite you to celebrate how you have put your own brand on the community.”

Where: Mays Family Center

When: October 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

A universal question has lived in the collective soul of mankind since the first hungry caveman, arising unbidden whenever some new creature is spotted: “huh, I wonder what that tastes like.” With the Witte Game Dinner, aged to perfection over 49 years, you can find out. Munch on all the mysterious meat you can stomach as you celebrate one of our city’s most beloved attractions.

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Kaleidoscope

Who: St. Luke’s Episcopal School

What: “Proceeds from our 2019 Kaleidoscope will benefit all SLES students as we raise money for the school AND build community.”

Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal School

When: October 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

If you’re like us, you still have the occasional nightmare about being back in school. But what if being at school meant great food, open bar, silent auctions, and no homework? Why not head over to Kaleidoscope at St. Luke’s and find out for yourself! Get ready to have the most fun you’ve ever had on campus. But don’t get too wild – you’ll still have to see those people in tomorrow’s carpool line.

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SAMA Destination Party

Who: San Antonio Museum of Art

What: “Funds raised from the Destination: Maine party support the Museum’s Collections and Operations and make it possible for the Museum to present its extraordinary collections to San Antonio.”

Where: San Antonio Museum of Art

When: October 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Enjoy lobster, the music of the Rick Cavender Band, and a “sneak preview” of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit, Becoming John Marin. Unfortunately, unlike the similarly named John Malkovich feature, we don’t believe you’ll be able to walk into Mr. Marin’s head and pilot him like a mech suit. At least not without a VIP pass. 

This event is unfortunately sold out!

 Catrina Ball

Who: San Antonio Public Library Foundation

What: “To raise essential funds for the Library Foundation to continue our mission of strengthening the library in service to our community and giving a generous gift to the library system from the event proceeds.”

Where: Central Library

When: October 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM

The third iteration of the SAPLF’s Dia de Muertos-themed celebration offers a delightful taste of Mexican culture and, of course, Mexican food. Just save your rewatch of Pixar’s Coco until afterwards; the tears will ruin your calavera makeup.

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NOVEMBER

Greater Heights Night

Who: Alamo Heights School Foundation

What: “AHSF raises money to support academic excellence in the AH School district through funding of teachers, innovative programs and unique learning opportunities.”

Where: Mays Family Center

When: November 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM

On the plus side, this is a great event for a great cause at a great location. On the negative side, its name reminded us of Iron & Wine’s incredible “Such Great Heights” cover, so we’ll be stuck listening to it on YouTube for the next three hours if you need us.

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SSA Mumbai by Moonlight

Who: Southwest School of Art

What: “Art Sale, Gala & After Party.”

Where: Southwest School of Art

When: November 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Oh hey, there’s some alliteration again, though it’s not like this event needed any more help being awesome. Get yourself something that’ll look good above the fireplace; it’ll be an even better conversation piece when you can say you’re helping develop the next generation of artists. Don’t worry, you’ll have curried up enough goodwill to get away with some bragging.

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Brighton Center’s Best Night Ever

Who: Brighton Center

What: Raise funds to “Build Brighter Futures” for children with disabilities and delays in San Antonio.

Where: Mays Family Center

When: November 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM

The last couple of “Best Nights Ever” have lived up to their names with truly bonkers levels of charitable giving. Make the most of this opportunity to be part of the Bestest Night Ever, at least for the next 365 days or so.

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Zoo Ball

Who: San Antonio Zoo

What: “Zoo Ball is an annual black-tie gala benefiting our efforts to secure a future for wildlife.”

Where: San Antonio Zoo

When: November 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Hop onto the “Polar Express” at the 37thedition of this beloved event, which will help the zoo purchase two upgraded trains to give our venerable San Antonio Eagle some much-needed backup. Mildly terrifying CGI Tom Hanks not included.

Mission Road’s Grand Western Shindig

Who: Mission Road Ministries

What: “Shindig is an annual gala event benefiting the children and adults served each day by Mission Road Ministries.”

Where: Mays Family Center

When: November 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Last year’s event raised a staggering $669,000 for children with developmental disorders, and they’re gunning for $750,000 this time around. This marks the 40thinstallment of this event, so it’s safe to say that they can’t stop, addicted to the Shindig.

We’ll see ourselves out.

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Red & White Ball

Who: The Blood & Tissue Foundation

What: “For over 13 years, the Ball has raised more than $2.5 million for critical research, equipment, and therapies which have helped further the mission of saving lives in South Texas.”

Where: JW Mariott Hill Country & Spa

When: November 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

This year’s theme is “Dancing for a Cause,” namely the advancement of regenerative therapy. Even for the sake of medicine and life-changing treatment, however, The Worm is still frowned upon, though the hopak and capoeira are welcome.

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