Not all Dallas young professionals spend their fall frolicking at tailgates and cheering on their college alma maters. Okay, maybe they do, but they also get gussied up to do a whole lot of good for the community.
These are the seven fall social events in every YP’s datebook:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala After Party, September 16
Chaired by Nicholas Boulle with help from honorary chair Anna-Sophia van Zweden, this affair at Meyerson Symphony Center is the young professionals’ answer to the formal gala earlier in the evening, which kicks off the Dallas Symphony Orchestra season with a performance by pianist Lang Lang. Attendees can expect an open bar, extravagant desserts, and DJ Steffi Burns at the turntable mixing beats. There is still time to snag a ticket to the show and after-party, with prices starting at $159.
Boots N’ Roses, September 30
For the second year, the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation welcomes charitable young Dallasites to a country-themed shindig at Gilley’s Dallas. Professor D is tasked with keeping partiers on their feet, and we suspect that last year’s photo-booth action may be surpassed. Yellow Rose partners with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to fund progressive MS research. Tickets start at $35.
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Edition, October 4
We don’t mean to brag, but we do throw a pretty great party. And we also like to give to good causes. At this CultureMap Social, we honor the winners of our first-ever Top Texans Under 30. Expect ice-cold drinks, tasty bites, and some party tricks at Fearing’s. Tickets are $25, and 100 percent of sales will be be donated to nonprofits selected by our Top Texans.
BubblyQ, October 13
The champagne-infused function at Fearing’s may be the most popular fall fundraiser on the Dallas YP scene. In addition to bites from top local restaurants, there is an epic silent auction filled with trips, spa treatments, and shopping sprees. All proceeds collected by Young Texans Against Cancer support local cancer initiatives. Tickets are $110 for members and $135 for non-members and can be purchased online.
Dallas Autumn Ball, November 4
Every fall since 2013, fantastically dressed young professionals have invaded Hotel ZaZa for a dazzling dance party in support of Reading Partners. And they know how to have a good time: Emerald City Band is set to perform, and there is an open bar. Dallas Autumn Ball kickoff is September 22 at DEC on Dragon, at which time more information will be revealed. Tickets for the kickoff are $10, and you can buy them online.
Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch, November 16
With a mission to engage the next generation of leaders in the sports and entertainment fields, Heart of Dallas Young Professionals (HODYO) hosts this Shark Tank-style soiree that yields $100,000 in grants for deserving nonprofits. Finalists are chosen by the HODYO steering committee (applications are accepted through October 14), and they give three-minute pitches during the event on November 16 at a TBD location. Also that night, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn receives this year’s Community Excellence Award.
Young Friends of Wilkinson Center Christmas Bash, November 18
These lively young philanthropists decided to replace their Silent Disco event with a classy Christmas bash. Some may be sad to see the music mixer go, but others will be happy to know the location remains the same: Candleroom. Specific details have yet to surface, but this group dedicated to helping Dallasites find pathways out of poverty never disappoint on the party front.