Fundraising Events

From glamorous black-tie dinners in the halls of the Museum to poolside parties and runway shows at Rienzi and Bayou Bend, the MFAH is host to many of Houston’s most celebrated events of the year. By joining one of these memorable occasions, you are helping to connect the communities of Houston with extraordinary experiences of art.
For information about MFAH fundraising events, contact Development Special Events at 713.639.7581.

Grand Gala Ball

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Fayez S. Sarofim

Friday, November 18, 2022
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street

The Grand Gala Ball is the Museum’s premier fundraising event of the year. Benefiting the general operating budget of the MFAH, support for this event funds the Museum’s acclaimed educational programs and advances efforts to conserve and exhibit its expansive collections spanning 5,000 years and six continents.

For more information, contact or 713.639.7581.

Honorary Chairs
Christopher and Courtney Sarofim
Allison Sarofim and Patrick Seabase
Andrew and Mona Sarofim
Phillip Sarofim and Christy Cham

Ticket Pricing
$500 Junior Ticket (40 years & younger)
$1,000 Individual Benefactor Ticket
$2,500 Individual Underwriter Ticket
$5,000 Individual Major Underwriter Ticket
$10,000 Benefactor Table
$25,000 Underwriter Table
$50,000 Major Underwriter Table
$100,000 Grand Underwriter Table

Art of the Islamic Worlds Gala

Friday, January 20, 2023
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street

This biennial gala provides support for accessions to the MFAH collection of Art of the Islamic Worlds, one of the largest permanent displays of its kind in the United States. The evening features a fabulous seated dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and a vote for Museum acquisitions. Culminating a 15-year initiative, the 2023 gala commemorates the opening of the new Art of the Islamic Worlds galleries in the Caroline Wiess Law Building. 

For more information, contact or 713.639.7581.

Executive Committee
Rania Daniel; Zeina Fares; Vahid Kooros; Sima Ladjevardian; Sultana Mangalji; Franci Neely; Cenk Ozdogan; Sabiha Rehmatulla; Monsour Taghdisi

Ticket Pricing
Individual tickets start at $500
Tables start at $5,000



Wednesday & Thursday, April 26 & 27, 2023
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street
Chairs: Mundi Elam and Madeleine Elmer

Florescence is a biennial flower and horticulture show presented by The Garden Club of Houston, the River Oaks Garden Club, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The public exhibition features floral and horticultural arrangements from garden club experts, prominent floral and garden designers, and noted personalities interpreting masterpieces in the Museum’s art collections. Visit to see updates and additional details.

For more information, contact or 713.639.7581.

Underwriter Opportunities
$1,500 Patron
$2,500 Benefactor
$5,000 Sponsor
$7,500 Major Underwriter
$10,000 Grand Underwriter

Fundraising Events at the MFAH

Events take place annually, unless otherwise indicated.

• Grand Gala Ball
• Rienzi Society Dinner
• Bayou Bend Fashion Show & Luncheon
• Bayou Bend Children’s Party
• Bayou Bend Garden Party
• Florescence (biennial)
• Rienzi Spring Party
• The Glassell School of Art Benefit & Auction
• Latin American Experience Gala (biennial)
• Art of the Islamic Worlds Gala (biennial)