Hunger to Hope Gala: Emceed by WCCO’s Kim Johnson, this event features holiday shopping, a live auction and raffle to raise money for Feed My Starving Children. (6 p.m., Nov. 12. $100-$1,000, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls.

MCAD Art Sale Opening Night: Get first dibs on original artwork by students and recent graduates of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, plus drinks, a Taste of Whittier food experience and valet parking. (6 p.m. Nov. 17. $150. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Av. S., Mpls.

Interact Center for the Arts 20th Anniversary Party: Celebrates 20 years of Interact’s mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability. Live and silent auctions, art for sale, live music and theater performances, dinner and special guests Kevin Kling and Shanan Custer. (5:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $100-$500. The Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls.

Light Up the Night Gala: Hennepin Health Foundation’s annual fundraising event features a dinner and live auction to benefit Hennepin County Medical Center. (6 p.m. Dec. 2. $300-$3,000. U.S. Bank Stadium, 511 11th Av. S., Mpls.

Get Lucky: Soo Visual Arts Center’s hip fundraising gala features food, drinks, live DJ sets and an art auction. (7 p.m. Jan. 21, 2017. $35-$55. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Av. S., Mpls.

Date for Life: Dating meets fundraising at this event that auctions off dates with the Twin Cities’ most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund. (6 p.m. Feb. 11. $40-$500. Aria, 105 N. 1st St., Mpls.

Ready or Hot: A fundraiser for Planned Parenthood disguised as a party and fashion show. (Feb. 16, 2017. International Market Square, 275 Market St., Mpls.

Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual gala features dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and a cheeky construction-zone theme. (April 8, 2017. River­Centre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Art in Bloom Gala Preview Party: The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s annual Art in Bloom exhibition (April 27-30, 2017) kicks off with a gala event to raise funds for Friends of the Institute and features a dinner, auction and party. (April 26, 2017. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls.

Star Gala: Raises funds for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation. Silent and live auctions and dinner. (6 p.m. April 22, 2017. The Depot, 225 3rd Av. S., Mpls.

MIA Gala: Seated dinner, cocktails, program and party with live entertainment and DJs to support programming at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. (May 20, 2017. 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls.

Medicine Ball: Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s annual gala features a three-course dinner and program. (Sept. 23, 2017. Location TBA.

Minnesota Opera Gala: Cocktail reception, three-course dinner, program, live auction and a performance by the Minnesota Opera. (Sept. 23, 2017. St. Paul Hotel, 350 Market St., St. Paul.


Heartbeat Gala: Raises funds for the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. (Date and location TBA.

HeartLink Gala: Children’s HeartLink’s annual gala. (Date and location TBA.

Women United Flight of Fashion: Fashion show raising funds for United Way’s Women United programs that support school success for children and financial stability for women. (Date and location TBA.

Jahna Peloquin