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
  Julia Oettinger,
Development Special Events,
Senior Coordinator
  Kathryn Brill,
Development Special Events,


Tuesday–Wednesday, April 28–29, 2015,
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
Chairs: Mrs. Rogers Lacy Crain
and Mrs. C. Frank Robinson

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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. 

Floral Fête and the Illusions Lecture and Luncheon are currently sold out. To be added to the waitlist, please call Development Special Events at 713-639-7523.

Tickets for the Enchanted Evening Cocktail Reception are available. To purchase tickets, please call Development Special Events at 713-639-7523.

The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction

Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The Glassell School of Art
Texas Medical Center
Innovation Institute
John P. McGovern Campus
2450 Holcombe Boulevard
Entrance 81

Chairs: Melissa and Albert Grobmyer

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 DJ Kiss.

Individual ticket prices start at $500; underwriting opportunities start at $5,000.
View a full list of fundraising opportunities.

View the works of art available at this year's auction.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Development Special Events at 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

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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 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)