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2012 Charitable Events Calendar
BY REBECCA JENKINS
26 Puttin’ on the Ritz. Put a spark in a winter evening at the Zoological Society’s Puttin’ on the Ritz fundraiser. This 17th annual black-tie dining and boxing outing includes a five-course gourmet dinner and seven live amateur boxing bouts, plus premium cigars, drinks and a live voice auction. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, $185 per person. (414) 258-2333,
28 13th Annual Tartan Ball. The Tartan Ball is a social event that provides an opportunity for all members of the Mequon-Thiensville community to join together to celebrate excellence in education and to raise funds for the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation. The Pfister Hotel, 6 p.m., $125, www.mtef.org.
7 Take a Break Luncheon: Cope from the Heart. This event is a fundraiser to benefit Ozaukee County’s COPE Services Hotline. The luncheon features guest speaker Dr. Scott Stoner and a unique raffle. Ozaukee Country Club, Mequon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $50, $75; (262) 377-1477; www.copeservices.org.
2 Wines & Beers of the World. The Milwaukee Zoological Society invites you to hang out with the primates while sampling wines and beers plus dozens of gourmet treats. 7-9:30 p.m.; VIP ticket holders 6-9:30 p.m. $40 ZSM members; $50 non-members; $50 ZSM members VIP; $60 Non-members VIP. (414) 258-2333 or www.zoosociety.org.
11 Diamond of Honor Dinner. Hosted by the West Bend Baseball Association at the West Bend Mutural Insurance Company, this event includes nine West Bend Baseball greats into the WBBA Wall of Honor. Tim VanVoreen will emcee with guest speaker Larry Hisle. Guests include Jim Gantner & Gorman Thomas. Dinner, awards, silent auction and autograph session. (414) 531-2844 or www.eteamz.com/wbba.
11 An Evening of Wine and Roses. Delight in the opportunity to enjoy a sampling of rare and limited reserve wines. The Wine and Roses auction and raffle will include fine art, collector’s wines and unique auction packages. Event proceeds will support the mission of the Museum of Wisconsin Art. 300 S. 6th Ave., West Bend, (262) 334-9638,
16 Break-A-Leg Gala. SummerStage of Delafield’s annual winter fundraiser includes appetizers, sit-down dinner, entertainment, silent auction and raffle prizes. Seven Seas Ballroom, 5:30-9:60 p.m., $60. (262) 391-3110 or www.summer-stage.org.
17 Prevention at the Park.This event features a meal, live and silent auctions and a spectacular view of Miller Park. All proceeds
go toward the Prevention and
Protection of Abused Children, which offers education and support for families throughout southeastern Wisconsin. 6:30 p.m., Miller Park, NYCE Room, $100, (262) 549-5987, www.ppacinc.org.
18 Wine and Whiskers. Wine & Whiskers goes Hollywood in 2012 at the 6th annual benefit for the animals hosted by the Elmbrook Humane Society. 6:30 p.m., Westmoor Country Club, Brookfield, $75, (262) 782-9261, www.ebhs.org.
18 Matters of the Heart Gala. This enchanting evening benefits the Horizon Grief Resource Center, which provides counseling, support groups and other grief and loss resources to our community. Silent and live auctions and raffles along with the Touching Lives Award. The Pfister Hotel, 5 p.m., $160, (414) 586-6268, www.horizonhch.org.
18 Auction from the Heart: Back To The ’80s. Get your shoulder pads and leg warmers to go Back To The ’80s to support St. Francis Borgia School. The event will feature dinner, a silent and live auction to support Cedarburg’s 3K-8th grade Catholic elementary school. Hilton Garden Inn, 11600 West Park Place, Milwaukee, 5-10 p.m., (262) 377-2050, www.sfbschool.org.
21 Mardi Gras Gala. The 2012 Mardi Gras Gala to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held Fat Tuesday at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Windhover Hall. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction begin at 5 p.m. The evening also includes live entertainment, dinner and a voice auction. $200, (414) 479-8800, www.alz.org/sewi.
25 Apocalypto, The Ball 2012! Dance like there’s no tomorrow at Milwaukee Ballet’s rapturous and rocking APOCALYPTO, The Ball! at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 6:30 p.m., www.milwaukeeballet.org.
24-26 Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser. The 5th annual Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser will be held on the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center’s stage. A delicious three-course meal will be served. The night will also include a silent auction with items from area businesses, one-of-a-kind experiences and unique getaways. Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. (414) 766-5049, www.southmilwaukeepac.org.
26 Oscar Night America Gala. Guests at the COA Youth & Family Centers’ glamorous, black-tie optional event will feel like stars themselves as they walk down the red carpet, dine on a magnificent meal, take part in an elaborate silent auction and watch the 84th Academy Awards presentation. Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 5 p.m., $150, (414) 263-8383 ext. 114, www.coa-yfc.org.
3 Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball. The Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence is presented annually to a person who has made a world-class contribution to a sport, profession, business or community. Proceeds benefit Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics. For more information, (414) 649-5463, www.lombardifoundation.org.
3 Starlight Night. The North Shore Academy of the Arts major fundraiser and celebration will feature dinner, silent auction, live artist demonstrations, children’s performances and dancing. This family friendly event is to be held at North Shore Country Club in Mequon. For tickets call (262) 377-3514 or go to www.northshoreacademyofthearts.org.
3 Stride & Glide for Independence First. A 5K through Wisconsin State Fair Park or fun run/walk/wheelchair roll/skate at the Pettit National Ice Center. Support Independence First’s programs and services that help people with disabilities live independently in the community. Call (414) 226-8386 or visit www.independencefirst.org.
3 Wisconsin Desert Classic. The 18th annual Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Desert Classic raises money for patient care, clinical research, the purchase of medical equipment and educational programs for patients and staff at the Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital. Gainey Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz., $500 per golfer, 10:30 a.m., (414) 805-2933 or www.froedterthospitalfoundation.org.
10 Grand Slam Charity Jam. Kapco’s 2012 Grand Slam Charity Jam features Smash Mouth and a number of other local and national celebrity performers. This event raises more than $100,000 for Hometown Heroes and other local charities. $100-$500, (262) 377-6500, www.thegrandslamcharityjam.com.
10 Peace, Love, Cure Gala. The 16th Annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala will be held at The Pfister Hotel. The night will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the silent auction, dinner, live auction packages, entertainment and dancing. $200, corporate tables are available for sponsorship. (414) 453-4673 or www.jdrf.org/sewi.
11 Raisin’ O’ the Green Dinner and Auction. This celebration of all things Irish is an opportunity to raise funds supporting the ministry and mission of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Pfister Hotel, 3-9 p.m., $65, (414) 276-9814. www.stjohncathedral.org.
17 An Emerald Evening Gala. Join the Bel Canto Chorus for an Irish-themed evening featuring silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and more. Funds to benefit the mission and programs of Bel Canto Chorus. 5:30 p.m., The Pfister Hotel, $150-$175, (414) 481-8801 or www.belcanto.org.
23 Wine, Beer & Chocolate Tasting. Decadent chocolates, fine wines and specialty beer can all be sampled during St. Francis Children’s Center’s 19th annual event that also includes a silent auction, raffle, jazz music and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds support children with special needs. St. Francis Children’s Center, 6700 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, 7-10 p.m., (414) 351-0450, www.sfcckids.org.
29 Interfaith Caregivers Spring Luncheon & Fundraiser. Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee’s signature event with a silent auction and raffle to help keep services free of charge for clients. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., $30, Cedarburg Cultural Center. (262) 284-7130, www.interfaithozaukee.org.
29 Awear Fashion Show. Raise awareness about domestic violence and get a sneak peak of the season’s hottest fashions at the Awear Fashion Show to benefit the Sojourner Family Peace Center. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction, a live auction and fashion show. 5-10 p.m., Harley-Davidson Museum, (414) 276-1911, www.familypeacecenter.org.
29 Host Night Gala. Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Project Wish signature gala will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, raffle and wine pull and continues with dinner and program featuring wish children and live auction. Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 4 p.m., $300 per ticket or $3,000 per table, (262) 781-4445, www.wisconsin.wish.org.
30 The Big Friday Night Auction. Silent auction featuring unique items followed by dinner and a lively verbal auction. Proceeds to benefit Wisconsin Lutheran High School and its tuition assistance program. Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee, 5 p.m., (414) 453-4567, www.wlhs.org.
30 Mad Hatter’s Reception: Through Our Looking Glass. Experience Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation’s Mad Hatter’s Reception. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live and silent auctions and raffles. The Pilot House, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. 5:30 p.m., $75, (414) 937-6780, www.glhf.org.
14 One Voice. The Dominican Center for Women is holding its annual auction at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. (414) 476-4381 or www.dominican-center.org.
19 Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame. Join executives and other business leaders from more than 50 of metro Milwaukee’s largest companies. Laureates being inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame are Daniel Spalding, School
Specialty; Frederick Stratton Jr., Briggs & Stratton; Ron Wanek, Ashley Furniture. The Pfister Hotel,
20 Celebrity Waiters: A 1940s Celebration in Full Swing. A dinner and auction event that raises much needed funds to benefit all programs and services of La Causa. Local celebrities volunteer to wait on guests. Italian Community Center, 5 p.m., $150, (414) 902-1511, www.lacausa.org.
20 Circle of Women. Join nearly 1,000 of the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee’s supporters at a luncheon that will raise funds for its programs dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Frontier Airlines Center. A $125 donation is recommended, but guests give at the level they choose. (414) 267-3220 or www.ywcamilw.org.
21 Scenic Run & Walk. St. Gabriel School Scenic Run & Walk features a two-mile walk and 5K run. Food and refreshment will be available before and after the race. Silent auction with proceeds to benefit education programs. 9 a.m., St. Gabriel School, Hubertus, $25, (262) 623-4277, www.scenicrunwalk.org.
21 SCORES CUP. Held indoors at Uihlein Soccer Park, the SCORES CUP presented by America SCORES Milwaukee features an adult coed soccer tournament for recreational and competitive teams. Participants are guaranteed three games, T-shirt and free food and beverages. 6 p.m.-midnight, America SCORES Milwaukee, (414) 881-1189, www.americascoresmke.org.
24 A Passion for Fashion. A Passion for Fashion show and luncheon, benefiting Columbia St. Mary’s Breast Health Centers, will take place at The Pfister Hotel and feature the fashions of designer Bruce Paul Goodman. Please contact (414) 270-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
25 Ozaukee Family Services Spring Brunch. Barbara Rinella, dramatist, book reviewer and storyteller, will entertain guests as they enjoy brunch at Shully’s Garden Tent in Thiensville. Annual Family Fun Raffle. Tickets for brunch are $40 each with all proceeds going to benefit child abuse prevention programs. (262) 376-7774 or www.ozaukeefamilyservices.org.
26 A Kentucky Derby Evening. St. Joseph’s Community Foundation is hosting an evening of virtual horse racing, Derby-style fare and live, silent and super silent auction packages. Bring out your fashionable fun side with a lavish Derby hat, diva accessories or flashy tie. 5:30 p.m., Prairie Center at West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., $75, (262) 836-7828,
28 Bal du Lac. An evening of cuisine, cocktails, dancing and entertainment to benefit the Milwaukee Art Museum. 6:30 p.m., Milwaukee Art Museum. Individual reservations are $300, corporate table sponsorships available for $4,000-$10,000. Contact Krista Renfrew, at (414) 224-3856 or email@example.com.
28 Hope for Haiti. Friends for Health in Haiti is holding its annual fundraiser at The Wisconsin Club with proceeds going towards supporting construction of a health clinic in Haiti. (414) 476-4381 or www.friendsforhealthinhaiti.org.
28 Spring Splendor: Red Carpet Glitz. The 22nd annual black-tie optional event includes silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Heart and Vascular Center at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. For more details, go to www. communitymemorialfoundation.org or call (262) 257-3761.
1 Ladies’ Spring Benefit. Since 1975, a group of Milwaukee women have gathered to lunch with friends and raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s goal of eliminating cancer through research and awareness. 11 a.m., Woman’s Club of Wisconsin,
$80, (414) 967-0199
1 Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon. To recognize women and young women living or working in Waukesha County with qualities of outstanding leadership and excellence in their profession and/or community involvement. $65, Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee, 11:30 a.m., Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County, (262) 513-1861, www.waukeshafoundation.org.
4 The Geneva B. Johnson Leadership Award Luncheon. Volunteers of America hosts a luncheon in honor of retired board member Geneva B. Johnson for her leadership in business and community service. Proceeds benefit elderly, disabled and mentally ill clients. The Pfister Hotel, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., (414) 847-1515, www.voawi.org.
4 Black-N-Blue Ball. The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 19th Annual Black-N-Blue Ball features a Harley-Davidson motorcycle theme with guests dressing the part in their black leathers and blue jeans. Frontier Airlines Center, www.milwaukeeblack-n-blueball.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Night with the Saints: Kentucky Derby Gala. Please join Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare — All Saints Foundation for its 2012 Kentucky Derby Gala. Dress in your Derby day finest, enjoy a Southern-inspired afternoon filled with great food, drink, music and make a difference in the health care of our community. The Johnson Bank Building, 555 Main St., Racine. $100, 4-9 p.m., (262) 687-8652, www.mywheaton.org/asfoundation.
5 Creative Fusion. Milwaukee’s most avant-garde celebration will be held at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design to benefit student scholarships. 6:30-11:30 p.m, (414) 847-3237, www.miad.edu.
5 Feast for the Senses. Join Vision Forward (formerly Badger Association) at the 10th annual Feast for the Senses. Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by chefs from the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Milwaukee. Potawatomi Bingo Casino, $125, 6 p.m.-midnight, (414) 615-0128, www.vision-forward.org.
5 ProHealth Care Lake Walk for Cancer. A local walk organized by the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Foundation raises funds to benefit patients at the Regional Cancer Center in Oconomowoc. Funds raised stay local and support clinical research trials and supportive services for patients and their families, 8 a.m., Fowler Park, Oconomowoc, $20 in advance or $25 the day of, (262) 569-4565, www.lakewalk.org.
10 85th Anniversary Gardens Luncheon. Celebrate the Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness 85th anniversary with local gardening expert Melinda Myers. Networking, music, silent auction and more. Proceeds support the center’s language and literacy programs for children with hearing loss. Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $65, (414) 604-2200, www.cchdwi.org.
10 Tapestry Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction. Benefit for Interfaith Senior Programs. 5:30 p.m., Milwaukee Marriott West, Waukesha, $75, (262) 522-2402, www.interfaithwaukesha.org.
10 KidShare 2012. Now in its 24th year, KidShare, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center’s major fundraiser, supports scholarships for children and families. The event includes raffle, silent and live auction and more than 30 local chefs, restaurants and caterers. 6 p.m., The Pfister Hotel, $180, (414) 967-8235, www.jccmilwaukee.org.
11 A Day for Meta House. Join Meta House for a complimentary breakfast, lunch or evening reception and hear the inspirational
stories of change told by the women who are served by Meta House. Pier Wisconsin/Discovery World, catered by Bartolotta Catering. Free event, RSVP required. For more information, go to www.metahouse.org.
11 Date with a Plate. ABCD’s (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis) fundraiser features small plate samplings from Milwaukee’s finest chefs a silent auction, raffle, live music, libations and games of chance. Attire is casual. 5:30-9 p.m., location and ticket price TBD. Call (414) 918-9222 or (414) 977-1780 or go to www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org.
12 Starfish Walk and 5K Run. The primary purpose of Royal Family Kids’ Camps is to give abused and neglected children in the foster care system a week of positive memories in a safe and loving environment. Grant Park, Area 5A, South Milwaukee, $15 for adults, $5 children under 18, (414) 573-6408 or www.milwaukee.rfkc.org.
14 Play A Round for Special Kids. Join Lutheran Special School & Education Services at North Hills Country Club for its 23rd annual golf outing that benefits students with learning and emotional difficulties, providing them with specialized learning programs and services. The event includes an 18-hole scramble with contests at every hole, auction and dinner program. (414) 461-8500 or www.lsses.org.
14 Salon Soiree. Renaissance Theaterworks annual fundraiser featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages, silent auction, raffle, live auction, entertainment, desserts and piano bar. 5:30-9 p.m., Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, (414) 273-0800 or www.r-t-w.com.
22 8th Annual Women’s Gathering. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at this inspirational and educational women’s luncheon supporting mental health and the patients and programs at Rogers Memorial Hospital. The Wisconsin Club, 11:30 a.m., $60, email@example.com, (262) 646-1651, www.rogersmemorialfoundation.org.
1 Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Annual Gala. Dinner, silent auction and live auction supporting environmental education programs at the Schlitz Audubon Center, 6 p.m., $200, (414) 352-2880, www.sanc.org.
3 Ride for the Art. The Ride for the Arts, benefiting the United Performing Arts Fund, offers five routes ranging from five to 75 miles, including three that travel over the Hoan Bridge. Finish Line Party at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage with plenty of food, fun and entertainment. $34-$45, 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Summerfest Grounds, (414) 270-4492 or www.upafride.org.
14Danceworks Mad Hot Celebration. Performances by the winning dancers of the 2012 MHBT Competition at Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program. Cocktail fare and a silent auction featuring arts and entertainment packages. La Lune Collection Headquarters, 930 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee, 7 p.m., $50, (414) 277-8480, www.danceworksmke.org.
16 Bay View Historical Society’s Wine & Beer Tasting. Sample 75 types of wine and beer along with hors d’oeuvres and desserts from G. Groppi Food Market. This event will also feature live music and a silent auction. Proceeds support the preservation of the historic Beulah Brinton House. $45 in advance or $55 at door, Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St., Milwaukee, 5-8 p.m., (414) 975-1210, www.bayviewhistoricalsociety.org.
21 Spirit of Community Luncheon. The Jewish Museum of Milwaukee is honoring Marianne Lubar at its Spirit of Community Luncheon at the Milwaukee Art Museum. (414) 390-5730 or www.jewishmuseummilwaukee.org.
22 The Parenting Network’s 24th Annual Pro-Am Golf Classic. This annual golf event will be held at The Brute at Grand Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. Proceeds will benefit The Parenting Network’s mission
to strengthen parenting and to prevent child abuse. For tickets,
call (414) 671-5575 or go to
23 Berry Big Run for the Kids. The 20th annual 5k run and walk to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County kicks off the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival. The run/walk course is through historic Cedarburg and is USATF Certified with computerized results. Cedar Creek Park, 9 a.m., $18 in advance, (262) 377-0784, www.bigs-ozaukee.org.
23 Midsummer Magic. Old World Wisconsin Foundation’s Midsummer Magic has live music on four stages, artisan craft fair, local cuisine and wine and beer from more than 30 purveyors in the 1870s village at Old World Wisconsin, 6-9 p.m., tickets $55 each, (262) 594-2922 or www.friendsoww.org.
23 Summer Solstice Soiree & Auction. Celebrate the longest day of the year with local organic culinary delights, silent auction, music and the magic of the Urban Ecology Center, $150, 6:30 p.m., (414) 964-8505, www.urbanecologycenter.org.
23 Zoo Ball. This annual charitable event hosted by the Zoological Society at the Milwaukee County Zoo features cocktails, silent auction, dinner and entertainment. 6 p.m. $300; $4,000 corporate table. (414)258-2333 or www.zoosociety.org.
Cheers to Chamber! . To benefit Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, entertainment, a silent auction and a chance to mingle with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre artists. Location TBD, $95, (414) 276-8842, www.milwaukeechambertheatre.com.
Rally for the Cure. The Executive Women’s Golf Association Milwaukee Chapter will be hosting the Rally for The Cure golf outing at a Milwaukee-area golf course during the 2012 golf season. www.ewgamilwaukee.org.
3 Rotary Music Festival. Performances by world class and open class drum and bugle corps. Sponsored by Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club with proceeds used for community service and student scholarships. Premium seats are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; $10 for backfield seating. Children 7 and under are free. 7 p.m. Cedarburg High School Athletic Field, (262) 376-6161, www.cedarburgmusicfestival.com.
16 35th Annual Ben Marcus Memorial Variety Golf Classic. Lunch, golf outing, cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction and more at The Links at Grand Geneva to benefit Variety-The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, which serves children with physical disabilities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., $250, (414) 266-3812, www.varietywi.org.
17 Marcus Center’s 7th Annual Broadway Bash. The Marcus Center’s Broadway Bash features an evening of gourmet dining, Broadway’s biggest hits, desserts, dancing, auctions and a few surprises. $400, 5-11 p.m., Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, (414) 273-7121, www.marcuscenter.org.
28 Discovery World Gala. Celebrating Discovery World’s 30th anniversary, Discovery World, $350 and up, 6 p.m.-midnight, (414) 840-5000 or www.discoveryworld.org.
3 Teal Tie Gala. The Marek Foundation presents the Teal Tie Gala benefitting the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance at The Wisconsin Club. Included in the event is a teal silk bow-tie for all male supporters. (262) 422-2243 or www.wisconsinovariancancer.com.
6-7 Badger Mutual Insurance/
Brown Deer Women’s Amateur Tournament. A six-flight handicapped golf tournament that raises money for Lissy’s Place, a residence for young women who previously lived in foster care, and the Sojourner Peace Center. Brown Deer Golf Course, Glendale, 7 a.m, $100 entry fee, (262) 243-5237.
16 Champions of Change. Join community and business leaders, nonprofit donors and volunteers for the Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee’s Champions of Change featuring the 23rd Annual Commitment to Justice Awards. Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 6-8:30 p.m., $75, (414) 342-0883, www.communitysharesmke.org.
23 Homes for Kids Golf Outing. The Adoption Resources of Wisconsin’s 4th annual golf outing will be held at The Bull in Sheboygan. 10:30 a.m., $175, (414) 475-1246, www.adoptionresourcesofwi.org.
25-26 The Milwaukee Masterpiece. Jewish Family Services’ Club Day showcases more than 300 vehicles from more than 50 regional clubs. The Concours d’Elegance is held Sunday with more than 150 rare, collectible automobiles. Veterans Park, Milwaukee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., (414) 225-1344, www.milwaukeemasterpiece.com.
27 Burn Center Golf Invitational. The annual Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation golf event will be set amid the backdrop of the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. Golfers enjoy lunch, 18 holes of golf, great giveaways, dinner and a silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit CSM’s Regional Burn Center and other fire safety programs. Tickets begin at $400 and sponsorships are also available. For more information contact (414) 270-4900 or www.supportcsm.org.
31 Lobster Boil. The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center’s annual lobster dinner fundraiser will raise funds for MCSC support programs for at-risk youth and persons with disabilities. Tickets can be purchased by calling (414) 277-9094 or visiting www.sailingcenter.org.
An Evening with Hank Aaron. Baseball legend and former Braves and Brewers great Hank Aaron returns to Milwaukee each year for a special fundraising event held in Miller Park’s NYCE Stadium Club and hosted by the Brewers Community Foundation. Proceeds from his event are directed to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 Monarch Ball. Proceeds from the Monarch Ball benefit the mission of the Lutheran Home. Dinner, silent auction, raffle and music. 5:30 p.m., The Pfister Hotel, $150, (414) 258-6170, www.thelutheranhome.org.
9 Starving Artists’ Show at Mount Mary College. The Mount Mary College Alumnae Association presents the 44th Annual Starving Artists’ Show featuring more than 200 artists presenting pieces for $100 or less. Entrance fee is $5 and parking is free on the Mount Mary College grounds. The show supports the Mount Mary College student scholarship fund and campus improvements. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (414) 256-1254, www.mtmary.edu.
10 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Tee-Up Fore Kids. Children’s Hospital Tee-Up Fore Kids will support the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Milwaukee Country Club will open its doors to nonmembers to champion this event. Individual player spot is $3,000. Call (414) 266- 6344 or email email@example.com.
11 Back to School Golf Event. Backing Jack means backing a “hole” bunch of children affected by childhood cancer. Your support of the I Back Jack Foundation will help fund new therapies, drugs and less toxic strategies in an effort to save children’s lives. Chenequa Country Club, Hartland, 11 a.m., $200 golf, $75 dinner, (414) 378-4420, www.ibackjack.org.
15 2012-13 Opening Gala. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League will host the 2012-13 Season Opening Gala featuring the MSO under the direction of Maestro Edo de Waart at The Pfister Hotel from 6 p.m.-midnight, (414) 226-7851, www.mso.org.
15 City Slickers: Company B. Join the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Elmbrook Memorial and St. Joseph Foundations for the 9th Annual City Slickers: Company B event to raise funds for cancer care programs. The evening of USO fun will be held at Milwaukee’s historic Pritzlaff Building, 5 p.m., $200, (414) 447-3198, www.mywheaton.org/sjfoundation.
15 Bay View Bash. The Bay View Community Fund is hosting this free event from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Kinnickinnic Avenue between Potter and Clement. Food, art, music and crafts. Proceeds fund neighborhood projects, (414) 272-3787 or www.bayviewbash.org.
20 Show of Support. Supporting Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin, this fashion show features cancer survivors who will walk the runway with the latest fall fashions. Each model will be accompanied by someone who provided critical emotion and social support. Intercontinental Hotel, 6 p.m., (414) 962-8201 ext. 102 or www.gildasclubsewi.org.
Challenger Golf Outing and Fundraiser. Life Navigators (formerly ARC of Greater Milwaukee) will host lunch and 18 holes of golf at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, followed by cocktails, dinner, raffle, silent auction and voice auction. Proceeds benefit children and adults with disabilities. Golf attire for day; business attire for evening, $150, sponsorship opportunities are available. (414) 774-6255 or www.arcmilwaukee.org.
13 Milwaukee Empty Bowls. At this annual event guests choose from more than 2,000 ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artists, teachers and students. Soups prepared by more than 50 local chefs are served with bread and other refreshments. MATC
Oak Creek Campus, 10:30 a.m., $20 for adult bowls, $10 for kids bowls, (414) 916-1982,
18 Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration. This elegant Taste of Historic Central Library event will feature a menu of literary-inspired delicacies. The Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration is the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation’s premier event to support the library. $85 MPL Friends members, $100 for nonmembers, 5 p.m., Milwaukee Public Library – Central. (414) 286-3784 or www.mpl.org.
20 Milwaukee Public Museum Annual Gala. The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum Annual Gala funds exhibits and educational programs at the museum. Milwaukee Public Museum, 6 p.m.-midnight, (414) 278-6983, www.mpm.edu.
20 Seeds to Harvest. The Grafton Education Foundation celebrates fall and the harvest season with a great evening to raise money for educational grants. The event features a silent and live auction, raffles, great food and entertainment. Held at The Family Farm in Grafton. Visit www.graftoneducationfoundation.org for more information.
Columbia St. Mary’s Annual Gala. The Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation annual black tie event is a favorite of community volunteers and physicians. Guests enjoy an elegant meal, lively entertainment and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction packages. Proceeds benefit the greatest needs of CSM patients. Tickets begin at $275 and sponsorships are also available. For more information contact (414) 270-4900 or supportcsm.org.
2 Feed Your Soul. Feed Your Soul is a silent auction of one-of-a-kind bowls and original artwork to benefit Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Flux Design, 811 E. Vienna, Milwaukee. 7:30 p.m., $25 in advance; $35 at the door, (414) 831-6345,
2 2011 ADA ‘UnGala’ Gala. An UnGala event to raise awareness and funds to benefit the programs of the American Diabetes Association in Wisconsin. Music, entertainment, silent and voice auctions. Pier Wisconsin, 6 p.m., $200, (414) 778-5500, www.diabeteswi.org.
3 Cedarburg Education Foundation’s Fall Gala. Proceeds assist local children by providing programs and equipment
that go beyond the lesson plan. 6:30 p.m., Cedarburg Cultural Center, $60, (262) 389-8397, cef4kids.org.
3 Big Gala: A Celebration of Mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee dinner and auction to raise money for mentoring programs in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. The Pfister Hotel, 6 p.m., $250, (414) 831-4580, www.bbbsmilwaukee.org.
8 The Cathedral Center’s Fall Gala & Wine Tasting. The 7th Annual Fall Gala & Wine Tasting celebrates 10 years of The Cathedral Center, which assists homeless women and families. (414) 831-0394 or www.cathedral-center.org.
12 Night by the River. ArtWorks for Milwaukee’s annual Night by the River benefit is an opportunity to network and support ArtWorks for Milwaukee’s job training programming for underserved Milwaukee teens. (414) 708-9994 or www.nightbytheriver.com.
15 HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner & Auction. This annual fundraiser for the Hope Center supports those in need in Waukesha County, providing free meals, clothing and household items. Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, $65 per person or $650 for a table of 10, 5 p.m., (262) 549-8726, www.hopecenterwi.org.
18 Performathon & Open House. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music students will be performing on multiple stages with recitals throughout the day. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, 1-5 p.m., (414) 459-3452 or www.wcmusic.org.
6 Hope Shining Gala. The Healing Center's Hope Shining Gala honors survivors of sexual violence. The Healing Center provides free individual counseling, group therapy and bilingual advocacy to men and women. The event raises money to support these free programs. The Marcus Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $70, www.thehealingcenter.org
6 Spirit of the Nonprofit Sector Holiday Celebration of Diversity. A family friendly celebration of the diverse culture of Milwaukee with music and dance performances, food, refreshments and a holiday craft fair. Italian Community Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $30 for 1; $50 for 2; $8 children 12 and under,
9-10 Christmas at Concordia. An event featuring Concordia University’s music ensembles. Chapel of Christ Trimphant, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive. 7:30-9 p.m., $10 for adults, free for children 17 and younger, (262) 243-4243, www.cuw.edu.
25 Christmas Family Feast. The Salvation Army along with 1290 WMCS will feed more than 8,000 people on Christmas Day. The Christmas Family Feast is open to everyone. Frontier Airlines Center, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., (414) 302-4300, www.samilwaukee.org.