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:

Julia Smith
Senior Development Officer, Special Events
713.639.7572
 
Kathryn Brill
Development Special Events, Senior Coordinator
713.639.7581
 
Arianna Gazis
Development Special Events, Coordinator
713.639.7523
Megan Gallagher
Development Special Events, Associate
713.639.7517

Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show and Luncheon

Presenting Resort 2018
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 12 noon
Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

• Save the Date

Guests enjoy a delicious catered lunch in Cullinan Hall, while enjoying a runway show featuring the 2018 Resort collection from Oscar de la Renta.

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

The Grand Gala Ball

Celebrating The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
Chairs: Cherie and Jim Flores

• Save the Date
Reservation Card

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

Ticket Pricing
$750 Individual Patron Ticket
$2,000 Individual Benefactor Ticket
$10,000 Sponsor Table
$20,000 Benefactor Table
$35,000 Underwriter Table
$50,000 Major Underwriter Table
$75,000 Grand Underwriter Table
$100,000 Principal Underwriter Table

One Great Night in November

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

• Save the Date
• Reservation Card

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

Ticket Pricing
$500 Junior Ticket (35 and younger; limited availability)
$1,000 Individual Benefactor Ticket
$1,500 Individual Underwriter Ticket
$10,000 Benefactor Table
$15,000 Underwriter Table
$25,000 Major Underwriter Table

Art of the Islamic Worlds Gala

Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

• Save the Date
• Reservation Card

Celebrating the growing collection at the Museum, the gala features voting for Museum acquisitions; a fabulous seated dinner; live music; and dancing. This event draws international attention, attracting guests from all over the world.

For more information, visit Art of the Islamic Worlds and contact IslamicGala@mfah.org or 713.639.7572.

Ticket Pricing
$500 Individual Patron Ticket
$1,000 Individual Underwriter Ticket
$2,500 Individual Major Underwriter Ticket
$5,000 Patron Table
$10,000 Underwriter Table
$25,000 Major Underwriter Table
$50,000 Grand Underwriter Table

The Rienzi Society Annual Dinner

Thursday, January 30, 2018, 7 p.m.
Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive

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.

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

Ticket Pricing
$2,500 Individual Membership
$5,000 Couple Membership

The Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational

Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Greater Houston Gun Club, 6700 McHard Road

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. 

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.

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

Bayou Bend Fashion Show

Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive
Chair: Eliza Stedman

Guests enjoy a delicious catered lunch in the beautifully decorated open-air tent, while enjoying a runway show.

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

Bayou Bend Children’s Party

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11 a.m.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive
Chairs: Lane and Jeb Bowden; Mary Kay and Brandt Bowden

An event for the whole family throughout the gardens of Bayou Bend. The party features lunch under the tent along with entertainment and fun activities for kids, including face painting, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. All proceeds support the general operating budget of Bayou Bend. 

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

Ticket Pricing
$50 Individual Child Ticket
$100 Individual Adult Ticket
$500 Family Package for four
$1,000 Half table for five
$2,000 Table for ten
$3,500 Table for twelve
$5,000 Premium Table for twelve

Bayou Bend Garden Party


Sunday, April 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive
Chairs: Polly and Murry Bowden

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 the beautifully decorated tent.

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

Ticket Pricing
$750 Individual Benefactor Ticket (limited availability)
$2,500 Individual Major Underwriter Ticket
$7,500 Benefactor Table
$15,000 Underwriter Table
$25,000 Major Underwriter Table

Rienzi Spring Party

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive
Chairs: Laura and William Kelsey; Janet and Will Cravens

Rienzi, the former home of Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, is now the European decorative arts collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This lovely evening includes poolside cocktails and a light dinner buffet.

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

Ticket Pricing
$250 Individual Ticket
$2,000 Underwriter package (six individual tickets)
$3,500 Major Underwriter package (eight individual tickets)
$5,000 Grand Underwriter package (12 individual tickets)

The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction

Friday, May 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

This year, this annual event marks the first time in the new Glassell School. Guests will enjoy cocktails while enjoying a silent auction. The event features dancing and a buffet dinner. The art can also be viewed online.

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

Ticket Pricing
$250 Faculty/Student Ticket
$500 Individual Ticket
$1,000 Individual Underwriter Ticket
$10,000 Underwriter Table
$15,000 Major Underwriter Table

Fundraising Events at the MFAH

Events take place annually, unless otherwise indicated.

The Grand Gala Ball (October)
One Great Night (November)
Rienzi Society Dinner (January)
The Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational (winter/spring, biennial)
Bayou Bend Fashion Show and Luncheon (spring)
Bayou Bend Children’s Party (spring)
Bayou Bend Garden Party (spring)
Florescence (spring, biennial)
Rienzi Spring Party (spring)
The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction (spring)
Latin American Experience Gala (biennial)
Art of the Islamic Worlds Gala (biennial)