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Get dressed up to get down: A guide to upcoming Charlotte charity galas

Charlotte Ballet’s annual gala fundraiser pairs local celebrities dancing with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each local celebrity’s chosen charity. There was dancing onstage after the performances, dessert and an after-party with a DJ.
Charlotte Ballet’s annual gala fundraiser pairs local celebrities dancing with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each local celebrity’s chosen charity. There was dancing onstage after the performances, dessert and an after-party with a DJ.

If your college experience was anything like mine, it was a pretty sad day when you had to say goodbye to sorority and fraternity formals.

It seemed like company Christmas parties and friends’ weddings would be the closest you’d get to another get-dressed-up-to-get-messed-up situation. It felt like the most serious of all first-world problems.

Turns out there are plenty of affordable opportunities for Charlotte’s 20-somethings to don our finest and do our worst for some of the best local causes.

Dance the night away and act like a real-life charity-donating, champagne-sipping adult — maybe.

Here are three options:

(1) Guys with Ties’ Casino Night

When: Saturday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Where: The Atrium at The Design Center of the Carolinas (under that big water tower in South End).

Charity Beneficiary: Hospitality House of Charlotte, offering housing for family members of patients being treated at local hospitals from all over the world.

casino night

Cost: $85 online, $100 at the door. Includes casino games, a DJ, free food and an open bar, dancing, raffles, contests, a silent auction.

Dress code: Black tie optional.

More deets: Check out the Facebook event here.

(2) The Great Gatsby Gala

When: Saturday, August 29th, 7-11 p.m.

Where: Wells Fargo Atrium Uptown.

Charity Beneficiary: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Carolinas Chapter, an organization dedicated to research, patient support, and legislation “to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.”

Cost: $65 or 2 for $100. VIP tickets with Speakeasy access are $100. Includes live music, best dressed competition, swing dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

Dress code: Black tie or 1920’s attire (be a good “old sport” and do your best Daisy or Jay).

great gatsby

More deets: Check out the Facebook event here.

(3) The Young Affiliates of the Mint’s Fall Ball: Moulin Mint

When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Where: The Mint Museum Uptown

Charity Beneficiary: The Mint Museum’s program for museum tours for Charlotte-Mecklenburg students.

mint

Cost: TBD, usually around $100. YAM members receive discounted admission but this event is open to the public. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1 and include French-inspired cuisine, an open bar, live music, and access to The Mint’s galleries.

Dress code: Formal; Moulin Rouge-inspired attire encouraged.

More deets: Check the YAMs Facebook page for more event info soon.

I take anything involving a theme/costume very seriously and anything for a worthy charity cause even more seriously. See y’all on the dance floor!


Nicole Brantley
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