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Dust off the tux and get those dancing shoes ready: Party season is here!

The scene at last year’s Make-A-Wish Ball

Make-A-Wish Ball, Nov. 2, 7PM
In the last 18 years, the Make-A-Wish Ball has helped raise more than $12 million to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. This year’s event is not holding back with an evening that includes dinner, drinks, dancing and a performance by Adam Lambert. Tickets are $500 for individuals; tables start at $5,000. InterContinental Miami hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, makeawishball.com

Miami Recognition Dinner, Nov. 9, 6:30PM
You know him from Star Trek, but did you know that out actor George Takei is also a social activist when it comes to LGBT issues? For his efforts, the main is being recognized with the 2013 National Leadership Award at the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. As the oldest national organization dedicated to achieving equality for LGBT people, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force provides a vital source of funding for the gay community. Tickets $250-$350. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305.571.1924, miamirecognitiondinner.org

Wild About Kids Gala, Nov. 9, 7:30PM
The Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade started out as a single building. Today it has five locations serving more than 10,000 boys and girls year round. They make a great deal of those initiatives happen thanks to proceeds from its annual Wild About Kids Gala, which benefits the organization’s after-school programs, computer training, social skills, dance, professional mentoring and summer and athletic programs. Tickets $500-$7,500. Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.446.9910, bgcmia.org

Best Buddies Miami Gala, Nov. 22, 8PM
Some of the Magic City’s most prominent residents attend this fundraiser for Best Buddies Miami, the local chapter of Best Buddies International, which helps people afflicted with mental development challenges. On the agenda: dinner, drinks, live music and lots of dancing! Tickets $500. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.2000, bestbuddies.org

Reach for The Stars Event, Nov. 29, 9PM
When Cheryl and Muray Epstein lost their son, Alan, in a car accident, they decided to turn their tragedy into a triumph and created Reach for the Stars, a foundation to support the Alan Epstein Reach for the Stars Scholarship, as well as organizations focusing on cancer research and support. At this annual event, they will raise funds to keep their mission moving forward. Tickets $40. W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, rftsf.org