September's arrival means it's time to start thinking about society season. From now through the first week of December, altruistic Dallasites flex their philanthropic muscles to raise money for causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Won't you join them to support your charity of choice?
TACA 50th Anniversary Gala, September 8
Happening a couple weeks early, this art-focused fundraiser jumps into the spotlight as this fall's official philanthropic kickoff event. The Custom Auction Gala is celebrating five decades, so it's sure to be a glittering affair. The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek will open for a night of fine wine, decadent dining, a lively auction, and a commissioned performance by the area's finest dance companies. Funds raised for TACA support various performing arts organizations in North Texas.
Crystal Charity Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show & Luncheon, September 15
This ultra-exclusive luncheon always sells out. On the guest list are the crème de la crème of Dallas society. Luncheon chair Christi Urschel will welcome guests to Neiman Marcus Downtown, where honorees — Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Amy Hegi, and Piper Wyatt — will model the Zac Posen Resort 2017 Collection. Charlotte Jones Anderson is the 2017 Hall of Fame honoree.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala, September 16
Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and music director Jaap van Zweden for this musical tradition, which kicks off the symphony season each year. Lisa and Clay Cooley will welcome guests to the Meyerson Symphony Center for a cocktail reception and seated dinner with wine pairings before the performance. A lively after-party will take place once the final notes are played.
Susan G. Komen 35th Anniversary Luncheon, September 27
Each fall, there's always a stellar luncheon speaker or two at Dallas events, and this year the buzz is about TV personality Giuliana Rancic giving the keynote address at the Susan G. Komen 35th Anniversary Luncheon at the Belo Mansion. Luncheon chair Gigi Hill Lancaster and honorary chairs Linda Custard, Ruth Altshuler, and Gene Jones are pulling out all the stops to honor those who have helped fund life-saving breast cancer research and programs through Komen.
The Dallas Opera First Sight, First Night, October 19, 20
The festivities, which celebrate 60 years of The Dallas Opera, will start with the First Sight luncheon, chaired by Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, and Bela Pjetrovic; it will showcase the latest fashions of Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo provided by NorthPark Center, along with lunch by Wolfgang Puck. First Night chairs Dianne and Mark LaRoe and honorary chairs Nancy Nasher and David J. Haemisegger then will welcome opera fans to the gala, with both a pre-performance dinner and an after-party. The featured production will be "Samson & Delilah." All events will take place at the Winspear Opera House.
Cattle Baron's Ball, October 21
Talk about serious pressure. Each year, Cattle Baron's event chairs are expected to bring in the best of the best in country music (past acts have included Tim McGraw and Toby Keith). This year's co-chairs, Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill, don't disappoint, as they've snagged legendary duo Brooks & Dunn. Add endless food, stiff drinks, and auctions galore, and you've got yourself one of the best cowboy-boot balls in the land. The event, themed "Shooting for the Stars: A Dream as Big as Texas," will take place at Gilley's Dallas.
Two x Two for Aids and Art Gala and Auction, October 28
This Rachofsky House event packs the party with contemporary art and benefits the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR. The 2017 honored artist is Jonas Wood. Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and her husband, Thomas, are co-chairing the black-tie gala dinner, which will feature a live and silent auction of significant contemporary art, as well as live entertainment.
Black Tie Dinner, November 11
This downtown Dallas gala attracts a long list of celebrity guests who help raise funds for LGBTQ organizations in North Texas. This year's keynote speaker will be the 22nd secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning. The annual Kuchling Humanitarian Award will be presented to Rev. Eric Folkerth for his positive impact on Dallas’ LGBTQ community, and Terrance McNally will be this year’s Ally for Equality Award recipient.
Crystal Charity Ball, December 2
Atop the social hierarchy, the Crystal Charity Ball is the city's most drop-dead gorgeous gala. This year's theme, "Evening in the Alps," is sure to see the Hilton Anatole's Chantilly Ballroom drenched in snowflake crystals. The 2017 ball beneficiaries are Autism Treatment Center, Inc.; Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star; Children’s Medical Center Foundation; Dallas Holocaust Museum; Hunger Busters; Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation; Rainbow Days; Santa Clara of Assisi Catholic Academy; The Crystal Charity Ball Educational Scholarship Project' and The Crystal Charity Ball Endowment Fund.