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5 Parties for Fall

Ray Dennison | September 19, 2017 | Feature Features

As autumn approaches, Houston's social calendar fills back up with fundraisers, parties, soirees and opening nights. These are five formal fetes, for a variety of causes, that shouldn't be missed.
Houston Symphony 2016 Opening Night

1. Big Black Tie Ball
Hannah and Cal McNair chair Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual black-tie ball Sept. 22. Support the youth mentorship program as a premier sponsor and get a 12-top table front and center for $50,000.

2. Ballet Onstage Dinner
Dine with Houston Ballet dancers onstage immediately following this season’s opening performance, Poetry in Motion, Sept. 8. It’s the inaugural event, but it’s sure to set a long-running tradition for years to come.

3. Grand Gala Ball
Expect a parade of glamour at the Museum of Fine Arts’ most formal fundraiser Oct. 5. Cherie and Jim Flores chair the event, which this year draws inspiration from the museum’s exhibition celebrating the work of Oscar de la Renta.

4. Razzle Dazzle Luncheon
Grammy winner Steve Tyrell speaks at Memorial Hermann’s luncheon, honoring Hallie Vanderhider, for breast cancer prevention and awareness Oct. 12. Don’t forget to wear pink!

5. Symphony Opening Night
Opera star Susan Graham joins the Houston Symphony Sept. 9 for opening night. The performance at Jones Hall is followed by a dinner and gala at the Hobby Center.


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