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Galas Galore!

May 18, 2011 - 5:06 am 4 Comments

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As the May issue of Newport Life Magazine confirms, event season is rapidly approaching. As I studied the enclosed 2011 Gala Social Calendar, I noted 23 summer galas, nine of which are occurring in the month of July alone. Social butterflies all over Newport County will be marking their calendars and solidifying their party plans – choosing one cause over another, or perhaps making the bold move to party hop. It will undoubtedly be an exciting season.

Newport’s galas are generally philanthropic in nature. From the Preservation Society of Newport County to Child & Family to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, non-profit organizations know that the best way to gain support is to host a fundraiser to remember at one of Newport’s many fine venues.

This season, themes will play a large role in setting the tone of each event. Some of our favorites include a “Black and White Party” and “Treasured Island.” Going international is also a well-loved theme this year with three balls incorporating elements from Japanese, Chilean, and British culture. London Calling, anyone?

Screen shot 2011-05-18 at 7.56.09 AMUpcoming galas are also doing their best to create unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences – in other words, being more than just your typical fundraiser or ball. Fashion shows, outrageous floral displays, art exhibits, and jazz performances are a few examples of integrated elements that lend a touch of pizzazz…and make that ticket price well worth it.

One event you absolutely cannot miss this season? Ophelia’s Wardrobe, benefitting Child & Family’s Ophelia Programs. Featuring the StyleWeek Providence Runway Show of up and coming designers, an auction of iconic heiress Doris Duke’s finery, and racks of beautiful donated clothing for sale, Ophelia’s Wardrobe is a goldmine for the fashion enthusiast and vintage lover. Plus all the proceeds go towards a great cause – supporting teenage girls during those rough high school years. The event takes place June 10 at gorgeous Ochre Court Mansion. Hope to see you there! You’ll find the Spada ladies lingering by the shoe section.

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