Fundraising Events

The roster of annual fundraising events ranges from elegant, black-tie dinners and art auctions to a children’s party on the grounds of Bayou Bend and a sporting-clays tournament. Proceeds from all of these benefits help to ensure the Museum’s future success.

 
 

For information about MFAH fundraising events, please contact:

Ashley Dillard,
Senior Development Officer,
Special Events
713.639.7523
adillard@mfah.org
or Julia Oettinger,
Development Special Events Coordinator
713.639.7572
joettinger@mfah.org

Arts of the Islamic World Gala

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7 p.m.
Caroline Wiess Law Building
Executive Committee: Franci Crane, Rania Daniel, Zeina Fares, Vahid Kooros, Sima Ladjevardian, Sultana Mangalji, Cenk Ozdogan, Sabiha Rehmatulla, Aliyya Stude, Monsour Taghdisi

For detailed information, visit islamicart.mfah.org.
Celebrating the growing collection at the Museum, this gala will feature voting for Museum acquisitions, a fabulous seated dinner, live music and dancing. This event draws attention world-wide, attracting guests from all over the world.

View the Save the Date.
Individual tickets start at $500; tables start at $5,000. 

Purchase tickets or make a donation to the Arts of the Islamic World Gala today.

For more information, contact IslamicGala@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.


The Rienzi Society Annual Dinner

The Rienzi Society Annual Dinner
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7 p.m.
Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive
Chairs: TBC

The Rienzi Society is a group of Museum patrons dedicated to the success of Rienzi, the former home of Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III, and now the home for the MFAH collection of European decorative arts. While celebrating at this festive, black-tie evening, members participate in selecting objects to be acquired for the permanent collection.

Individual price to join Rienzi Society is $2,500.

For more information, contact RienziSociety@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.


The Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
The Greater Houston Gun Club, 6700 McHard Road
Chairs: Keith and Alice Mosing

This event is always a fun and relaxed gathering that includes a day of competitive shooting, and shopping with numerous vendors tailored to the sportsman. The day is complete with a fabulous buffet lunch for all participants. 

View the Save the Date.
Shooting teams of four are $3,000 and underwriting levels are available at $5,000 and $10,000. Individual shooters are $1,000, and individual tickets to the events in the tent are $100. View a full list of fundraising opportunities.

For more information, contact FineArtofShooting@mfah.org or 713.639.7572.


Bayou Bend Children’s Party

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 11 a.m.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens,
6003 Memorial Drive
Chairs: Mrs. Kelli Kickerillo and Mr. Todd Forester

A party for the whole family throughout the gardens of Bayou Bend. The afternoon features lunch under a beautiful tent, entertainment, and exciting activities for kids including face painting, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. All proceeds support the general operating budget of Bayou Bend. 

View the Save the Date.
Individual ticket price $100; family packages start at $500.

For more information, contact BayouBendChildrensParty@mfah.org or 713.639.7572.


Bayou Bend Garden Party


Sunday, March 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens,
6003 Memorial Drive
Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Linn

A traditional garden party where guests stroll through the formal gardens of Bayou Bend and enjoy music, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. Dancing follows a lovely seated dinner in a beautifully decorated tent.

 
View a full list of fundraising opportunities.
Individual tickets are $750 and $2,500; underwriting opportunities start at $7,500.

For more information, contact BayouBendGardenParty@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.
 


Rienzi Spring Party

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7 p.m.
Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive
Chairs: TBC

Rienzi, the former home of Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, is now the house museum for European decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This lovely evening includes poolside cocktails, a buffet, and delightful entertainment. 

Individual ticket price is $200; underwriting opportunities start at $2000. 

For more information, contact RienziSpringParty@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.


Florescence

Tuesday–Wednesday, April 28–29, 2015,
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
Chairs: Mrs. Rogers Lacy Crain
and Mrs. C. Frank Robinson

For detailed information, visit flohouston.org.
Florescence is one of the largest competitive national flower shows sanctioned by the Garden Club of America. This marvelous biennial event is presented by The Garden Club of Houston, River Oaks Garden Club, and the MFAH. Florescence showcases floral and horticulture arrangements by garden club experts, renowned floral designers, and other noted personalities. Many of the flower arrangements are interpretations of masterpieces from the MFAH art collections. Other exhibits include arrangements from the Asia Society, Federated Garden Clubs, Texas State Floral Association, and floral-design students at Lamar High School. 

View a full list of fundraising opportunities.
Entry to the exhibition is included in a general admission ticket for the MFAH. 

For more information, contact Florescence@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.


The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7 p.m.
The Glassell School of Art
Location: TBC
Chairs: TBC

This event is the primary fundraiser for the Glassell School of Art and celebrates its talented faculty, students, and Core artists. The evening begins with a cocktail reception in the silent auction space, followed by a casual dinner featuring food stations, and dancing to a great DJ.

Individual ticket prices start at $500; underwriting opportunities start at $5,000. For more information, contact GlassellBenefit@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.


The Latin American Experience Gala

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7 p.m.
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
Chairs: Linda and George Kelly

For detailed information, visit latinart.mfah.org.
This lively biennial black-tie gala celebrates the Latin American culture in Houston. Drawing a global audience, the evening features a seated dinner, dancing, live music, and a world-class live and silent auction of Latin American art.  

Individual tickets start at $500; tables start at $5,000. 

For more information, or to make a donation for the event, contact LatinGala@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.


Fundraising Events at the MFAH

Events take place annually, unless otherwise indicated.

The Grand Gala Ball (October)
One Great Night in November
Rienzi Society Dinner (January)
The Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational (March)
Bayou Bend Children’s Party (Spring)
Bayou Bend Garden Party (Spring)
Florescence (Spring, biennial event)
Rienzi Spring Party (Spring)
The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction (Spring)
The Latin American Experience Gala (biennial event)
The Arts of the Islamic World Gala (biennial event)