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    Guests enjoy the dance floor at last year's International House Benefit Gala.
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    Opera Carolina's general director James Meena with Stephanie Bissell at last year's event.

Fall giving in the Carolinas

By Jessica Milicevic

Posted: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012

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The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte: Red Tie Gala

It isn’t often a clown is the host of a black-tie event. But at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, it makes perfect sense. Join Ronald and The Young Professionals Society at this red-tie event, where guests are encouraged to wear red to help represent the nonprofit. After a walk down the paparazzi-lined red carpet, guests will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres with an open bar, musical entertainment, dancing and access to explore the many exhibits throughout the Levine Museum of the New South, where the event will be held. All of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit, which helps house families whose children are being treated in nearby hospitals.

When: Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.
Ticket price: $60
Contact: 704-335-1191

24th Annual International House Benefit Gala: ¡Perú Magnífico! – Celebrate its Wonders

Celebrate the culture of Peru and help raise funds for the International House during this black-tie-optional gala. As one of the most highly anticipated social events of the season, tickets usually sell out quickly. The evening will feature everything Peruvian, from the music to the cuisine to the entertainment, plus a silent auction. In the past 23 years, the gala has raised millions of dollars to help support the programs of the International House, such as providing affordable immigration assistance to low-income individuals, hosting individuals from other countries and cultural community works.

When: Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.
Ticket price: $150
Contact: 704-333-8099, www.ihdt.org

Junior League of Charlotte: Lights! Camera! Fashion!

All right, fashionistas; this one’s for you. The Junior League of Charlotte has put together a night of private shopping and a fashion show of the 2012 fall trends, courtesy of Belk at SouthPark Mall. Attendees will receive a 20 percent discount on purchases made during the event, a Belk gift card, live entertainment and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Last year’s event raised nearly $47,000 for the nonprofit, which is one the oldest in Charlotte and does community work to help improve the lives of children and families in the Charlotte.

When: Oct. 9 from 5-9 p.m.
Where: Belk at the SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road
Ticket price: $50-$170
Contact: 704-375-5993 ext. 7, www.jlcharlotte.org

NC Music Hall of Fame: 2012 Induction Ceremony

The NC Music Hall of Fame is home to the musical heritage of the state. The 2012 Inductee Ceremony will be an upscale event with a reception followed by dinner and a variety of entertainment. The artists to be inducted this year will be Stonewall Jackson, Tori Amos, Nantucket, Lou Donaldson, Sherry Reeves and Doris Jackson, Jodeci, Fred Foster and J.E. Mainer. Music and state history lovers alike will be able to enjoy this event.

When: Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: Gibson Mill Vintage Auto Club Conference and Events Center, 325 McGill Ave., Concord
Ticket price: $80
Contact: 704-934-2320

The Humane Society: Ties and Tails Gala -- Happy Tails

Animal lovers from across the county will be sure to attend this annual gala hosted by the Humane Society of Charlotte. The black-tie gala (where dogs are welcome!) raises money for the no-kill animal shelter. The dogs will be treated like VIPs with their own dog concierges, a red carpet photo with the "pawparazzi" and a Pet Promenade for strutting their stuff. The event will also feature live music, live and silent auction, dinner and dancing. The fundraising goal for the gala is $100,000 to continue the shelter’s adoption, spay/neuter and education programs.

When: Oct. 20 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.
Ticket price: $175
Contact: 704-494-7711, www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org

Opera Carolina: Bella Notte Gala

As the most exclusive event in Charlotte, the Opera Carolina Bella Notte Gala is also the most highly anticipated event of the social season. The event is by invitation only and limited reservations come at a high cost. Hosted by Barrie and Matt Benson, the evening will be staged among the set of Puccini’s “Tosca.” This formal, black-tie event turns out some of Charlotte’s best-dressed, and at this year’s gala, women are encouraged to wear a shade of red.

When: Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Ticket price: $500
Contact: 704-332-7177 ext. 205

The Mint Museum: Ballot Ball

If you consider yourself a patron the arts, this gala is for you. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 9, visitors of the Mint Museum will get the chance to vote on which pieces to add to the museum’s collection, and during the Ballot Ball, the winners will be revealed. There are six works of art, all by modern and contemporary artists from as far away as Denmark and Chile and as close as North Carolina, and three of the works represent the top current offerings from the field of craft and design, a focus for the Mint. The art reveal will be just a one of the highlights of the night; in true Mint style, the evening will be sure to have fabulous eats, treats and drinks. Usually these events are dress-to-impress, so don’t skimp on the couture.

When: Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St.
Ticket price: $250 per ticket, general seating; $300 per ticket, assigned seating; $3,000 to reserve a table for 10
Contact: 704-337-2010

Women Ambassadors of Samaritan's Feet: Barefoot Gala

It’s not every day an invitation for an event reads both “black-tie” and “shoe” optional. For the first time, the Women Ambassadors of Samaritan’s Feet will host a gala where many, in fact, will go barefoot to support the cause of the nonprofit. The evening will feature fine cuisine, a silent auction and live entertainment, and all the proceeds will help fund the nonprofit provide an estimated 4.5 million children and adults in 60 nations with shoes.

When: Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St.
Ticket price: $100
Contact: 866-833-7463, www.samaritansfeet.org

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