That’s the Ticket! — Navigating NYC’s Fall Gala Season

Break out your formal wear and your checkbooks, because it’s that time of year again! Fall Gala season—when the fashion is great and the causes are greater. Here at Haute Giving we relish in the opportunity to get glammed up and truly party with a purpose. We want you to be in the know on the charities and networking opportunities worth your coin.

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(Photo: National Hellenic Museum)

America Needs You Annual Benefit Dinner – October 17, 2018

This year marks the 9th annual America Needs You (ANY) Benefit Dinner. Through mentorship, career development, networking and holistic support ANY ensures that the students in its cohort remain high achievers through graduation and into the workforce. The ANY Benefit celebrates the exceptional first generation college students in the organization’s pipeline, along with champions in the civic and business arena. First Gen and education-partial Haute Givers will want to be in attendance as they honor Wanda Bryant Hope, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Johnson & Johnson and Richard O’Toole, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Related Companies.

Brooklyn Historical Society 2018 Fall Gala – October 29, 2018

If there’s one thing New Yorkers are proud of it’s the history of this great city. Every borough has a story, and Brooklyn’s begins 400 years ago. Nationally recognized and now boasting two locations, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) conserves the roots of the city’s most populated borough through books and archived materials. This year BHS will honor two outstanding citizens; a leader in infrastructure and government, Christopher O. Ward, and multi-hyphenate in the world of education, Tracy Cook-Person. If you’re a proud Brooklynite or a fervent NYC history buff, you’ll want to show your support.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s 32nd Annual National Equal Justice Awards Dinner – Thursday, November 1 2018

Called “the best civil rights law firm in American history” by President Obama, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP’s) Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was founded in 1940 by renowned Justice Thurgood Marshall. A pillar in the history of the justice system, the LDF has worked tirelessly toward the goal of racial justice and equality.

Recipients of the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement award this year are Alabama Attorney U.W. Clemon and lifetime activist and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marion Wright Edelman. Also receiving the National Equal Justice Award are Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative and pharmaceutical giants Dr. P. Roy and Diana Vagelos. The fight for inclusivity and fair representation in government is currently one of the most polarizing in our country. While the civic, legal and educational elite are sure to be in attendance, we all should be bought-in to why this organization matters.

New York Public LIbrary’s Library Lions – November 5, 2018

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a pillar of New York City culture and an information mainstay for over a century. It has kept up with the changing times, offering digital collections and even an e-reader app. This year, NYPL honors acclaimed authors Claudia Rankine, Ron Chernow and Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and singer Jessye Norman for their accomplishments in their respective fields. If you’re an advocate for arts and letters, the Library Lions event is your scene.

Housing Works Fashion for Action Benefit – November 8, 2018

Housing Works always brings in the fall with in their words, “the perfect blend of fun, fashion and vital fundraising.” This organization has been on a mission to end homelessness and HIV/AIDS since 1990. You can help raise funds for this critical work by grabbing a champagne glass and engaging in some serious retail therapy. The who’s who in the NYC style world show up to shop donated accessories and apparel from hundreds of their favorite brands. All Haute Giver fashionistas are encouraged to join them.

Glamour Women of the Year Summit & Awards- Saturday, November 10 2018

This year marks the 28th annual Glamour Women of the Year Summit; a self-curated interactive experience for each attendee, complete with lesson-filled talks from women at the top of their game. The three day event culminates in an award ceremony, where the Condé Nast published imprint showers much-deserved praise upon a new class of badass women breaking boundaries in their lives and careers. Just a few of the speakers in attendance this year are Insecure actress Yvonne Orji, half of the 2 Dope Queens podcast, Phoebe Robinson, and Crazy Rich Asians triple threat Awkwafina. The 2018 honorees have not yet been announced, but with Women of the Year alumnae like Solange, Maxine Waters and Zendaya, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed if you spring for the Awards Night ticket. P.S. The goodie bag is worth more than half the price.

New York Cares Gala – November 13, 2018

If you’ve made it through a brutal New York City winter, you know the importance of a good coat, as well as the importance of New York Cares’ annual coat drive. But that activation is just one of the ways that they wrap their arms around the disadvantaged. Since 1987 the organization has been making a difference in the lives of both their volunteers and the individuals and families they impact through education programs, the revitalization of schools, disaster preparedness and response, and other social needs. Next month’s gala will mark their 30th coat drive, and the distribution of their 2 millionth coat! We think those are milestones worth witnessing!

National Urban League – 62nd Annual Equal Opportunity Dinner – Wednesday, November 14, 2018


amFAR New York Gala – February 2019

Also making boundless steps in the fight against HIV/AIDS is amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. For over two decades amfAR has raised and invested millions of dollars to go toward the research efforts to end this global health crisis. Their annual New York gala marks the start of Fashion Week and brings out the most notable attendees and honorees who have also shown dedication to the great fight. The 2018 soiree, which honored Lee Daniels and Stefano Tonchi, brought in a whopping $1.6 million. Details for the February 2019 gala are scarce, but until then, enjoy these fabulous photos from last year’s event.

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Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.