Fundraisers Full of Fun

Help others—and have a great time doing so

Whether you like dancing, attending an elegant gala, sampling delicious food and drink or a simple stroll with your pet, you can have the perfect day or evening out while also contributing to local cultural, philanthropic and art-focused nonprofits. Here are a few upcoming fundraisers to get started:

DHATails Around the Tower

Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Rockford Park, Wilmington

This is Delaware Humane Association’s 25th Annual Walk for the Animals, which is a one-mile walk around the park for dogs and their owners. A fun atmosphere, dressed-up dogs, music, refreshments, pet-oriented vendors, pet contests, and more make this a great outing for the entire family while raising funds for homeless animals waiting for their forever home.

For more information, visit

A Night in Cuba: A Celebration of a New Era

Saturday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel, Wilmington

The Latin American Community Center’s 46th Annual Grand Ball, A Night in Cuba: A Celebration of a New Era includes a cocktail hour, dinner and lots of dancing.
Call Sindy Rodriguez, 655-7338, ext. 7701, for information about individual tickets, a table for 10 and sponsorship opportunities.

For additional information, visit

vendemia_daVinciVendemmia da Vinci

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2-6 p.m.
Bellevue State Park, Wilmington

The 12th annual Vendemmia da Vinci is a fundraiser for the da Vinci Society of Delaware, which promotes the cultural heritage of Italian people through education, service, charity and community events. The gala includes samples of Italian wine, Italian food, an Italian Beer Garden, live entertainment, and a Vendemmia 2015 commemorative wine glass. Also featured are a handcrafted wine and homemade gravy contest, silent auction and Italian vendor displays.

For more information, visit; tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate.


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington

The Ministry of Caring, a nonprofit serving the underprivileged, is hosting its 27th annual event, a luncheon and fashion show featuring styles of Lafayette 148 New York from designer Neiman Marcus. The fundraiser includes a live auction and prize drawings (win a two-year lease of a 2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan). Admission is $100 per person, which includes the lunch. Money raised by this event supports the Ministry of Caring’s four emergency homeless shelters for men, women and children, along with the Ministry’s Job Placement Center.

For tickets, call 428-3702.

The Ultimate Tailgate

Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m.
Sheraton Wilmington South, New Castle

Enjoy local restaurants serving their unique interpretation of tailgate food. This sophisticated yet casual event will feature wine and spirits, live entertainment, and a beer garden. (For full description, see page 39).

For additional information, visit

Christi Awards

Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.
Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc., Wilmington

Launched in 1991, the Christi Awards are Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc.’s signature event. The awards ceremony honors unsung individuals and organizations making significant contributions to promoting the arts in Wilmington. The awards ceremony also raises public awareness of the organization’s mission, program impacts and financial support needs.

This year’s theme is “Arts for Our City’s Sake,” celebrating the impact of the arts on the quality of life in Wilmington. Three honorees have been chosen this year: Kenneth C. Brown, for Achievement by an Arts Educator; Juhi Jagiasi for Volunteerism; and Darrell Andrews, Jr., for Achievement in the Arts by a Youth.

General tickets are $75 each and are available at

all-hallows-eve-ballAll Hallows’ Eve Costume Ball

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Brandywine River Museum of Art Courtyard, Chadds Ford, Pa.

Calling all witches, ghosts and ghouls—will your costume be the winner? The event is the Young Friends’ annual fundraiser, and all proceeds will support programs of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Enjoy cocktails, light refreshments, music and more.

Prizes go to people in the most creative costumes, and to those not in costume, beware: You will suffer an unspeakable fate, according to the website.

Tickets start at $85. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, visit

Blue Jean Ball

Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Food Bank of Delaware, Newark

Help combat hunger in the First State at the Food Bank of Delaware’s 10th annual Blue Jean Ball with a spooky new twist—a Halloween theme.

Come dressed in a costume—there will be a contest—or casual blue jeans.

The event will feature a fall harvest small plate menu prepared by students from the Food Bank’s Culinary School with guidance from presenting sponsor Iron Hill Brewery’s team of chefs. Food will have a distinct autumnal theme and each item will be carefully paired with a seasonal brew from Iron Hill.

In addition to fine food, beers and wine, the evening will feature entertainment and dancing with Mike Hines and the Look.

Tickets are $75 a person, which covers unlimited beer, wine, food and a commemorative beer mug. For more information, visit

wine_women_shoesWine, Women & Shoes

Friday, Nov. 6, 6-10 p.m.
Hercules Plaza, Wilmington

This event benefits Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. It includes a wine tasting, a fashion show, a silent auction, food, shopping, complimentary valet parking, and more. Tickets start at $100.

For more information, visit or call 302-651-4383.

Delaware Antiques Show

Nov. 6-8, times vary
Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington

Sixty of the country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more at this 52nd annual event. The show benefits educational programming at Winterthur.

For more information, visit

Contemporary Gala

Saturday, Nov. 14, 7-10pm
DCCA, Wilmington

Join supporters of the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts for this elegant evening of food, dancing, auctions, and unconventional entertainment. Proceeds raised from the event will help with DCCA exhibitions and educational programs.

The Patron Pre-Party from 6-7 p.m. includes specialty appetizers, VIP wine tastings presented by Frank’s Wine, early bidding on auction items, and a curatorial tour with honorary chairs, Gov. and First Lady Jack and Carla Markell. Tickets are $250. General admission for the Contemporary Gala from 7-10 p.m. is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. Tickets cover a silent art auction, silent luxury auction, open bar, dancing, music, and more.

For more information, visit

the_GrandThe Grand Gala

Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
The Grand Opera House, Wilmington

At the 39th annual Grand Gala, all proceeds benefit Arts Education at The Grand Opera House. This year’s event features internationally-renowned music ensemble Celtic Woman, accompanied by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Ellen and Michael Kullman are this year’s distinguished honorees for their commitment and service to Delaware. As usual, the Ultimate After Party will take place following the Gala at the Hotel du Pont. It will feature live music, dancing, an open bar and gourmet fare in six rooms.

For more information, visit

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