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.

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

The Rienzi Society Annual Dinner

Thursday, February 16, 2023
Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive
Chairs: Rosanna and Myron Blalock

The Rienzi Society is a group of patrons dedicated to cultivating the collection of European decorative arts established by Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III within their former home, Rienzi. As a member of the Rienzi Society, you help to build upon this unique collection by voting on a selection of artworks available for acquisition at the annual black-tie Rienzi Society Dinner. Tickets from $2,500 per person.

For more information, contact or 713.639.7581.



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)