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Black Tie Charity Events & Galas in Philadelphia

Every year, Philadelphia plays host to a number of black tie galas designed to help charitable organizations raise funds and spread awareness about their causes. When planning next year’s charity happenings schedule, here are six events worthy of your consideration.

The Red & White Ball

In their fight against blood cancers, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has a secret weapon: the Red & White Ball.

More than $1.5 million was raised for cancer research in the ball’s first three years, and every year proceeds from the gala are on the rise.

Featuring one of Philly’s top bands, an exquisite sit-down dinner and both silent and live auctions, the Red & White Ball is becoming one of the premier social events of the year.

Preakness at the Piazza

Held annually the night of the running of the Preakness, fans of the ponies love donning their best race day hat or bow tie in support of the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of the National MS Society. The organization works tirelessly to alleviate the issues faced by those who suffer from multiple sclerosis in the community.

Enjoy a light-hearted evening of great food and drinks, live music, dancing and plenty of laughs at a different sort of formal affair.

Red Ball

Support the operation of Red Cross House – The Center for Disaster Recovery at one of the largest charity events of the year. Hosted at Lincoln Financial Field, the event features craft beers from top local breweries as well as food from Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Academy of Music Concert & Ball

Classy & fabulous. Join the Philadelphia Orchestra in a stylish evening of fine music and even finer guests.

100% of proceeds support the Academy of Music Restoration Fund, a non-profit with the sole purpose of maintaining and restoring a true National Historic Landmark.

Ball on the Square

One magical night per year, on the third Thursday in June, Rittenhouse Square transforms from public park to glitzy elegant ballroom. Perhaps the season’s most prestigious black-tie affair, the event is generally attended by invitation only—with a guest list that truly includes Philly’s finest.

Industry leaders, philanthropists, politicians, celebrities and business executives share an evening of exquisite dining and sophisticated entertainment in support of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. The non-profit organization has worked tirelessly to preserve, protect and beautify the park for more than four decades.

The Donors Are Heroes Party

Raising public awareness of the importance of participating in organ and tissue donation programs, the Gift of Life foundation has helped coordinate over 35,000 transplants across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Their annual party, held in an upscale hotel ballroom, features catering from a number of Philadelphia’s top restaurants. In 2017, Aquimero, Morton’s Steakhouse and Urban Farmer were all participating vendors.

Known as “The Party”, the gala is famed for garnering a livelier dance floor than traditional black tie events. Prepare to dance and dine for a good cause.

FringeArts Feastival

To quote Richard Vague, the President of the FringeArts board, “World class cities need world class culture. Feastival celebrates our artistic and culinary scenes—two great economic engines that push Philadelphia forward.”

Combining innovative, ground-breaking art with the city’s hottest chefs, Feastival treats ticket holders to a night of spectacular performances both on the stage and on their plate.

Black Tie Preview Party for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Enjoy a sneak peak of the famed displays at the Philadelphia Flower Show during an evening of music, food, dancing and mingling.

By supporting the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, you help to promote a number of workshops, classes and activities that combine to keep Philadelphia teeming with lush gardens and greenery.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Renaissance Ball

Aid the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter in alleviating the frustration for patients dealing with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The money collected at the annual Renaissance Ball funds cutting-edge research, promotes up-and-coming investigators and finances underdeveloped areas of study.