7 snazzy Dallas-Fort Worth galas and parties going virtual in May
While life is sure to feel “normal” again as more Dallas-Fort Worth residents receive COVID-19 vaccinations, things are not yet “normal” enough for large, overcrowded ballroom and venue gatherings to take place. For at least another month, local nonprofits host pandemic safe events to raise funds that are more important than ever to their activities and services. Below are a handful of galas, lunches, and parties going virtual (or at least offering a virtual option) in May. Here, here, here and here you can find more. Click here to join the fun they have planned for good causes.
Mayfest @ Home, now – May 2nd
For the second year in a row, Fort Worth will miss the festival food, live music and entertainment at Mayfest. Although the personal event was canceled due to the pandemic, those responsible have started Mayfest @ Home on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Like their pages now through May 2nd, join them virtually as they share pictures and videos of the event’s favorite features – confetti eggs, dance competitions, music, food, freebies and more. (Then look forward to the event returning May 5-8, 2022.) Mayfest raises funds annually to improve the Trinity River, surrounding parks, and community programs. Visit www.mayfest.org for more information.
TACA Silver Cup Luncheon, May 4th
The TACA Silver Cup Award, presented annually, recognizes two people for their outstanding volunteer leadership and contribution to the arts in North Texas. This year’s lunch will be honoring Donna Wilhelm and Sam Self. All lunch, which starts at 12 noon, takes place outdoors in the Annette Strauss Square of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and complies with COVID-19 protocols for safety and social distance. New this year there is also the possibility of taking part virtually and buying competition tickets online (you don’t have to be there to win). Virtual tickets are $ 50, and a $ 200 virtual ticket also includes a wine and cheese pairing for two. Virtual event and competition tickets are available online. To inquire about personal seating, call 214-520-3930.
Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer presents Buddy Bag Bash on May 4th
Practically this year, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer will be hosting the Buddy Bag Bash, presented by Dallas Magnolias. Broadcaster and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Babe Laufenberg will share the personal journey of his late son Luke with childhood cancer in conversation with CBS 11 Anchors Karen Borta. Fellow stars of the Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, and Jason Garrett will also make special virtual appearances. The virtual event will benefit the Dallas-based childhood cancer charity. With each ticket, a special WOKC Buddy Bag is financed, a rolling suitcase with special entertainment and practical articles for children who are approved for cancer treatment in WOKC’s partner hospitals. All WOKC Buddy Bag Bash attendees will receive a $ 10 digital gift certificate to Jersey Mike’s upon registration. Tickets for the 7pm event start at $ 250 on the website.
Arlington Charities Help and Hope Celebrity Chef Showcase, May 6th
The Help and Hope Celebrity Chef Showcase will benefit the charitable pantry Arlington Charities and will be broadcast live from 7 p.m. in the Urban Alchemy Coffee Shop and Wine Bar. Virtual attendees can connect via Facebook Live, where the longtime crusader of Arlington OK Carter will chat with restaurant owners Dear Kobty from Prince Lebanese Grill and Randy Ford by J. Gilligans – both of Food Network famous in the past. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. A live raffle for four fantastic dining packages will also take place. Buy $ 25 worth of tickets here. All proceeds go to Arlington Charities.
Dallas Opera presents Viva Opera !, May 7th – June 4th
The Dallas Opera’s annual glittering spring gala has been reinterpreted this year as a special virtual fundraiser, which can be viewed on the TDO website from May 7th at 7pm. This year’s event, which will be on-demand until June 4th, will play the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, Soprano Ailyn PerezCountertenor John Holidayand baritone Lucas Meacham in a selection from The Barber of Seville and Great Scott and in a recital. Admission is free and donations are welcome. The funds raised will benefit the Dallas Opera arts and learning programs.
Dallas Mavericks present Mav’s Ball: House Party Edition, May 8th
The Dallas Mavericks are proud to present the sixth annual and first-ever Virtual Mavs Ball, a one-of-a-kind experience that guests can enjoy in the comfort of their own home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will include entertainment and appearances from the entire team, including the players from Dallas Mavericks, CEO Formerly Marshall, Head coach Rick Carlisleand owner Mark Cuban. Presented by AT&T, this Virtual House Party is held in support of the Mavs Foundation and helps build a stronger community by empowering youth, women and families in need. Exclusive auction items can be offered from Monday, May 3rd. Virtual tickets and packages starting at $ 125 are available at Mavs.com/MavsBall.
Runway for Rise Virtual Event, May 18
The Ashford Rise School in Dallas is hosting the fourth annual Runway for Rise, a fun fashion show, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The entire event takes place virtually. Participants can register on RunwayForRise.org or on YouTube or Facebook. The event will be continued by Katy Blakey from NBC 5 and Sherry and Barry Rosenberg receives this year’s “Heart and Soul Award”. Runway for Rise enables the school to introduce its students with and without developmental disabilities through an exciting – and very cute – runway show with the students of the Rise School. In addition to the runway show, a raffle will be held at the event. It’s free to tune in and donations are encouraged. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund the children attending the Rise School. Visit RunwayforRise.org to register, donate, and view the sweepstakes.