October 31, 2014

Guide to the Galas

Southwest Florida has a big, big heart. yes, those who enjoy the good life here pay it back with good deeds. And while philanthropy is a year-round endeavor, the next several months bear witness to a heady whirl of social events-some formal, some not-so-that benefit a host of groups and organizations. From balls and fancy dinners to fashion shows and high-end auctions, our guide lists more than 50 events worthy of your support. So mark your calendar, get out your checkbook and have a good-hearted time.

November 2001

Alzheimer's Support Network
Elephant Fest
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001
9 a.m. to noon
Caribbean Gardens, Naples
Ticket price: $25 suggested donation
Contact: (941) 262-8388
Benefits Alzheimer's Support Network programs.

Southwest Florida Symphony
Opening Gala-"Puttin' on the Ritz"
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001
Barbara B. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Myers
Ticket price: $175 per person for dinner, auction and concert; $25-$45 per person for concert only
Contact: (941) 418-1500
Benefits the Southwest Florida Symphony.

Boys & Girls Club
Gilligan's Island Bash
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001 6 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Naples
Ticket price: $150 per person
Contact: (941) 430-1562
Benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

March of Dimes
Star Chefs of Southwest Florida Gala
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 6:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Ticket price: $75 per person; $750 for table of 10
Contact: (941) 433-3463
Benefits the March of Dimes.

Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Festival of Trees 2001 Opening Gala
Friday, Nov. 16, 2001
Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples
Ticket price: Act I, 5:30 p.m., $100 per person; Act II, 7:15 p.m., $250 per person Patron tickets $1,500 per couple
Contact: (941) 597-1900
Benefits the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and youth music education programs.

Community School of Naples
The Angel Ball
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001 7 p.m.
The Registry Resort, Naples
Ticket price: $2,500 per couple
Contact: (941) 597-7575 ext. 121
Benefits the Community School of Naples Financial Aid Program.

Humane Society of Collier County
Pet Lovers Gala/Walter Turken Awards
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001 7 p.m.
The Club at Mediterra, Naples
Ticket price: $150 per person
Contact: (941) 643-1880 ext. 212
Benefits the Humane Society of Collier County.

David Lawrence Foundation
Gianfranco Ferre Fashion Event
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001 6 p.m.
Jet 1 at Naples Airport
Ticket price: $1,000 per person; $2,500 per patron; $7,500 per Haute Couture patron
Contact: (941) 354-1434
Benefits the David Lawrence Center and Seacrest Country Day School.

December 2001

Collier County Historical Society
Designer's Showcase
Dec. 1-31, 2001 Tuesday-Friday 1 to 4 p.m.; Sunday 5 to 8 p.m. Palm Cottage, Naples
Ticket price: $10 suggested donation
Contact: (941) 261-8164
Benefits the Collier County Historical Society.

Collier County Historical Society
Dinner Gala
Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 7 p.m.
Palm Cottage, Naples
Ticket price: $250 per person
Contact: (941) 263-9600
Benefits the Collier County Historical Society.

January 2002

American Heart Association
The Heart Ball
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 7 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Ticket price: $750 per couple; $1,000 per patron couple
Contact: (941) 498-9288
Benefits the American Heart Association, Collier County Division.

Ethan Allen
Chairs That Care
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002
The Hyatt Coconut Point, Bonita Springs
Contact: (941) 436-4511
Benefits the NCH Healthcare System of Naples and Lee County Memorial Health System pediatric care.

Hope for Haiti
Hope for Haiti Gala
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 6:30 p.m.
Naples Aviation Center
Ticket price: $200 per person
Contact: (941) 434-7183
Benefits Hope for Haiti.

Jewish Federation of Collier County
Annual Community Dinner
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 6 p.m.
Contact: (941) 263-4205
Benefits 2002 UJA/Federation Annual Campaign.

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Naples
The Crystal Ball-"Fusion"
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland Clinic Naples
Ticket price: $350 per person, by invitation only
Contact: (941) 348-4234
Benefits Cleveland Clinic Naples research and education programs.

Shelter for Abused Women with Robb & Stucky
Five Star Evening
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 7 p.m.
Robb & Stucky, Naples
Ticket price: $75 per person
Contact: (941) 775-3862
Benefits the Shelter for Abused Women of Collier County, Wings of Hope Capital Campaign.

Eden Florida
Naples Invitational Art Fest
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27, 2002 at 10 a.m. Fleischmann Park, Naples
Ticket price: $2 per person
Contact: (941) 437-5335
Benefits Eden Florida.

Naples Players Theatre Guild
Wines Around the World
Exact date not yet determined
Private Naples home
Contact: (941) 263-2673
Benefits the Naples Players Theatre Guild programs.

February 2002

Naples Children and Education Foundation
Naples Winter Wine Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-3, 2002
Tiburon Golf Resort, Naples
Ticket price: $5,000 per couple
Contact: (888) 837-4919
Benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County and Youth Haven of Naples.

Wishing Well Foundation
Dance Under the Stars
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 7 p.m.
Fiddler's Creek
Ticket price not yet determined.
Contact: (941) 213-0397
Benefits ill children in Lee and Collier counties.

David Lawrence Foundation
Back to da Bayou with Jo-El Sonnier-King of Cajun
Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 Wrenwood Farms, Naples
Ticket price: $250 per person; patron tickets also available
Contact: (941) 354-1434
Benefits the David Lawrence Center.

American Cancer Society (Collier County Unit)
The Hope Gala
Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 6 p.m.
Private Collier County residence
Ticket price: $250 per person
Contact: (941) 261-0337
Benefits the American Cancer Society (Collier County Unit).

The Ricky King Fund
For the Love of Kids
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002 6 p.m.
Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
$100 per reservation
Contact: (941) 262-1808 or therickykingfund.org
Benefits the Ricky King Fund, Lee and Collier counties.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Signature Event
Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 and 21, 2002
Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Ticket price: $350 per person; $3,500 per patron table
Contact: (941) 403-4207
Benefits The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Art League of Marco Island
Annual Gala
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 6 to 11 p.m.
Art League of Marco Island
Ticket price: $125 per plate
Contact: (941) 394-4221
Benefits the Art League of Marco Island.

Seacrest Country Day School
Gala for Treasures
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 6 p.m.
The Registry Resort, Naples
Ticket price: $250 per person
Contact: (941) 793-1986
Benefits Seacrest Country Day School's scholarships,need-based financial aid.

Naples Art Association, The von Liebig Art Center
23rd Naples National Art Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, 2002 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cambier Park, Naples
Contact: (941) 435-3938
Benefits The von Liebig Art Center programs.

Shelter for Abused Women
Celebrity Author Luncheon
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Contact: (941) 775-3862
Benefits the Shelter for Abused Women of Collier County, Wings of Hope Capital Campaign.

March 2002

Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida
The Storybook Ball
Saturday, March 2, 2002 6:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Ticket price: $250 per person
Contact: (941) 437-0202
Benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida.

Wishing Well Foundation
Stars Over Stan's
Saturday, March 2, 2002 1 p.m.
Private home
Free admission
Contact: (941) 213-0397
Benefits ill children in Lee and Collier counties.

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
Celebration Luncheon
Saturday, March 6, 2002 11:30 a.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Ticket price: $100 per person
Contact: (941) 430-1562
Benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

Naples Antique Show/Sale
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7, 8 and 9, 2002 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Trinity by The Cove Episcopal Church, Naples
Admission: $15 per person
Contact: (941) 262-0353
Benefits Collier County charities.

American Association of University Women (Naples Branch)
Luncheon and Fashion
Show honoring women of achievement
Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:30 a.m.
The Registry Resort, Naples
Ticket price: $50 per person
Contact: (941) 597-4041 or (941) 992-7849
Benefits women returning to school by providing scholarships.

Naples Woman's Club
Easter Parade and Fashion Show
Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:30 a.m.
Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Ticket price: $50 per person
Contact: (941) 403-4378
Benefits the Naples Woman's Club philanthropy contributions to the community.

The League Club, Inc.
Designer Runway Fashion Show
Thursday, March 14, 2002 11 a.m.
The Registry Resort, Naples
Ticket price: $100 per person; $250 per patron; $500 per benefactor; $1,000 per grand benefactor
Contact: (941) 594-2902
Benefits the League Club's community trust fund.

Florida Literacy Coalition
Celebration of Reading
Friday, March 15, 2002 7 p.m.
The Registry Resort, Naples
Ticket price: $500 per couple
Contact: (941) 275-5758
Benefits the Governor's Family Literacy Initiative.

Catholic Charities in Collier County
The Emerald Ball
Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Ticket price: $225 per person
Contact: (941) 566-1029
Benefits Catholic Charities in Collier County programs.

Art League of Bonita Springs
Gala 2002-"Evening in Tuscany"
Saturday, March 16, 2002 6 p.m.
The Club at Mediterra, Naples
Contact: (941) 495-8989
Benefits the Art League of Bonita Springs' community outreach programs.

American Heart Association
Heart Ball
Saturday, March 23, 2002 6 p.m.
Harborside Convention Center, Fort Myers
Ticket price: $175 per person
Contact: (941) 466-1800
Benefits the American Heart Association, Lee County Division.

United Arts Council of Collier County
Dig the Arts
Saturday, March 30, 2002 10 a.m.
Lowdermilk Park, Naples
Small fee to participate; admission is free
Contact: (941) 263-8242
Benefits community arts and education programs.

National Audubon Society
Corkscrew Swamp Gala
Exact date to be determined
Contact: (941) 435-3938
Benefits Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

April 2002

Guadalupe Center
Maynard Cup Gala
Saturday, April 6, 2002
Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs
Ticket price: $100 per person
Contact: Barbara Marcella (941) 947-4664
Benefits the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee.

Collier County Education Foundation
Golden Apple Dinner
Friday, April 12, 2002 5:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Ticket price: $3,000 for party of four
Contact: (941) 643-4755
Benefits the Collier County Education Foundation.

Naples Visitors Bureau
Wanderlust
The Registry Resort
Exact date not yet determined
Contact: (941) 598-3001

Child Protection Team
Spring Gala
Exact date not yet determined
Contact: (941) 263-8383
Benefits Child Protection Team.

May 2002

Florida Restaurant Association
Taste of Collier
Sunday, May 5, 2002
Third Street South, Naples
$3 admission, $1-$3 per taste
Contact: (941) 261-3307 or (941) 434-8888
Benefits Collier County charities.

Eden Florida
Alive in the World
Saturday, May 11, 2002 6 p.m.
Sugden Theatre, Naples
Ticket price not yet determined
Contact: (941) 437-5335
Benefits Eden Florida.

Naples Alliance for Children
Child Advocacy Dinner
Exact date not yet determined
Contact: (941) 649-5260
Benefits the Naples Alliance for Children of Collier County.

Project HELP
The Chocolate Extravaganza
Exact date not yet determined
Contact: (941) 649-1404
Benefits Project HELP.

Editor's Note: This list is based on information that was available at press time. Charity golf tournaments and other events of that nature were excluded. For more information regarding a specific event, please refer to the contact information provided. If your event has been omitted, please contact Gulfshore Life at (941) 594-9980 so we may update our files.

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