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5 Top Galas in Manhattan

By James Servin and The Editors

11.15.16

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New Yorkers never pass up the chance for a party—especially in the name of countless benefit-worthy causes. Here, five of our favorite galas in the city.
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER Saoirse Ronan at this year’s Met Ball
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1. MET BALL
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It’s one of the biggest fundraising nights in the city (it netted a record $12 million in 2014 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute)—the ultimate celebrity-swans-on-the-red-carpet event of the year. Chair Anna Wintour oversees the 700-person guest list; Taylor Swift co-chaired in 2016. May 1, 2017, $30,000 (by invitation only)

 

 

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2. CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY’S FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED AWARDS LUNCHEON
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This past May, at the wildly popular annual event that has become known as the “hat lunch,” Martha Stewart, Fe Fendi, Lela Rose, Princess Firyal of Jordan and Deborah Roberts mingled with a chapeau-free Michael Bloomberg to support the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy Garden. Hats off to the total amount raised: nearly $3.9 million. May 3, 2017, $1,000 (by invitation only), centralparknyc.org 

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3. NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN’S WINTER WONDERLAND BALL
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Now in its 18th year, the ball remains one of NYC’s most fashionable parties of the holiday season. Supporting the Garden’s children’s education programs, and featuring a favorite annual holiday train show, the black-tie event has attracted the likes of Ally Hilfiger, Julia Loomis and Georgina Bloomberg. Dec. 9, $500 for patrons 40 years and younger, $750-$1,000, nybg.org  

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4. NEW YORK CITY BALLET’S SPRING GALA
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This elegant affair caters to everyone from celebrities to your next-door neighbor in the most glamorous of settings. From $350 for the cocktail reception (reduced admission for Young Patrons Circle and guests under 40), and from $1,500 for dinner tickets, nycballet.com 

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5. THE FRICK COLLECTION’S YOUNG FELLOWS BALL
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A glamorous evening of cocktails, fashion and art is guaranteed at this event sponsored by Donna Karan. This is a sophisticated venue in which to mingle, and the annual themes for dressing up provide an easy way to break the ice with others. frick.org