A Season of Galas

Each year, the good citizens of Coral Gables stage a series of galas to raise money for worthy causes — and to give those who attend a chance to wear their finest couture. It’s all part of the social season, and represents a glittering pathway to help charities and those who are less fortunate. Here is a compendium of the best and brightest. We include not only the galas benefitting locally-based organizations, but also ones that are being held in Coral Gables for community-wide organizations. So, mark your calendars and order your ball gowns!

Centennial Fundraising Gala

Organization: Coral Gables Preparatory Academy
Location: Biltmore Hotel
Date & Time: Sept. 23, 7 pm
Description: A dinner and silent auction will help the Eagles Nest Fund raise $100,000 for a century of excellence at Coral Gables Prep
Contact: eaglesnestfundCGPA@gmail.com

Be A Voice Luncheon

Organization: Voices for Children Foundation
Location: Loews Coral Gables Hotel
Date & Time: Oct. 6, 11 am to 2 pm
Description: Some 450 philanthropists show up to raise funds to help the 1,600 abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Miami-Dade’s foster care system
Contact: kblack@beavoice.org

Coral Gables Galas
Past gala hosted by the Coral Gables Community Foundation

Under the Cherry Blossom Sky

Organization: Coral Gables Community Foundation
Location: Loews Coral Gables Hotel
Date & Time: Oct. 13, 7 pm till midnight
Description: An enchanting evening including Japanese drummers and karaoke in support of the Foundation’s grantmaking and scholarship programs
Contact: katherine@gablesfoundation.org

Out of This World Gala

Organization: Beaux Arts
Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Coconut Grove
Date & Time: Oct. 14, 7 pm till midnight
Description: The 71st annual ball — and super fun costume contest — to benefit the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and its educational programs
Contact: aymee@zubizarretagroup.com

Coral Gables Galas
Past gala hosted by Beaux Arts

Welcoming Tomorrow Grand Gala

Organization: Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center
Date & Time: Oct. 21, 6 pm to midnight
Description: The “party of the year” to benefit the world-class hospitals, institutes, and programs of Coral Gables-based Baptist Health South Florida
Contact: annemarie@baptishhealth.net

Bal de la Mer (To Save the Sea)

Organization: The International SeaKeepers Society
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Fort Lauderdale
Date & Time: Oct. 25, 7-11pm
Description: Celebrate 25 years of ocean conservation and research by this Gables-based organization with dinner, dancing, and a stage program
Contact: ivonne@seakeepers.org

Wild About Kids: A Night in Motown

Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Location: Loews Coral Gables Hotel
Date & Time: Oct. 28, 6:30 to midnight
Description: An annual black-tie event with cocktail reception, three-course dinner, and then a night of dancing to Motown sounds
Contact: rhunter@bgcmia.org

2023 Diamond Ball

Organization: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation
Location: Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Date & Time: Oct. 28
Description: Dinner, dancing, and fundraising to benefit the quality of life and programs and services for children in need
Contact: carmen.hidalgo@nicklaushealth.org

Coral Gables Galas
Past gala hosted by The Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida

Campfires to Cocktails

Organization: The Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Location: Camp Mahachee, Old Cutler Rd.
Date & Time: Nov. 4, 7 pm
Description: The third annual “glamping experience” held on the Girl Scout campgrounds at Camp Mahachee to support the organization
Contact: hkarl@girlscoutsfl.org

PAMM Art of the Party

Organization: PAMM
Location: Pérez Art Museum Miami
Date & Time: Nov. 11, 6pm
Description: Presented by Tiffany & Co., PAMM’s largest fundraiser of the year, marking the ten-year anniversary of the museum
Contact: sflores@pamm.org

Coral Gables Galas
Mark Trowbridge hosting a previous Coral Gables Community Foundation gala

A Million Dreams Illuminations

Organization: Chapman Partnership
Location: JW Marriot Marquis Miami
Date & Time: Nov. 11, 7 pm till midnight
Description: Celebrate a legacy of empathy, humanity, and the achievements of the organization founded by Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. to help the disadvantaged
Contact: rsvp@chapmanpartnership.org

The Sylvester Gala

Organization: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Location: Superblue Miami
Date & Time: Nov. 30, 6 pm
Description: Meet leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists at the interactive Superblue museum. Help support UM’s Sylvester Cancer Center
Contact: sarahchristensen@med.miami.edu

Coral Gables Galas
Mayor Vince Lago speaking at the the City of Coral Gables First Annual Mayor’s Ball last year

The Mayor’s Ball

Organization: Liga Contra el Cancer
Location: Loews Hotel Coral Gables
Date & Time: Dec. 9, 7:30 pm till midnight
Description: Cocktails, dinner, DJs & live entertainment at the Mayor’s Ball to help Liga Contra el Cancer and the Coral Gables Community Foundation
Contact: jackie@heydaymarketingpr.com

95th Diamond Anniversary Gala

Organization: Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Location: The Biltmore Hotel
Date & Time: Jan. 2, 2024
Description: More than 300 philanthropists will enjoy cocktails overlooking the golf course, followed by dinner, a live auction, and music.
Contact: csisser@miamilighthouse.org

Coral Gables Galas
A previous gala hosted at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Gala in the Garden

Organization: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Location: Lakeside, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Date & Time: Feb. 3, 2024
Description: 400 guests, a who’s who of South Florida philanthropists, dine and dance in the gardens to benefit horticultural research
Contact: contactus@fairchildgarden.org

Lowe Art Museum’s Evening of Art

Organization: Lowe Art Museum
Location: 1301 Stanford Dr.
Date & Time: Feb. 22, 2024, 7-10pm
Description: Mingle with talented artists, collectors and philanthropists. Enjoy the Spring 2024 exhibition: Reckonings and Reconstruction: Southern Photography, art auction and more.
Contact: eventslowe@miami.edu; 305.284.3603

Gables Stage 25th Anniversary Gala

Organization: Gables Stage
Location: El Espacio 23
Date & Time: April 20, 2024, 6pm
Description: Celebration of the milestone season and setting the stage for the next 25 years!
Contact: kkramitz@gablestage.org