We’re entering peak season for parties with a purpose— black tie galas that raise money for some of our city’s most deserving causes. Whether you’re a regular at many of them or a newcomer to the charity circuit, this cheat sheet can help you add a few festive evenings out to your calendar.

October 21

The Doctors’ Ball at the Marriott Louisville Downtown: This classic formal includes an elegant four-course meal and a chance to honor physicians and community members who bring hope and healing to the community. The attire tends to fall on the formal end of black tie: a lot of long black gowns and stunning jewelry. Go to for more info.

November 3

The Giving Tree Gala at the Marcus Lindsey. This new-on-the-scene gala raises money to support organizations which encourage and assist domestic adoption. Bourbon by Rabbit Hole Distilling, dinner and dancing will all be part of this fun-filled evening where guests tend to get creative with their formalwear. Call Anissa Neubauer at 1 (888) 765-4833 for more info.

November 4

The Louisville Orchestra’s 80th Anniversary Gala and World Premier of Teddy Abram’s The Greatest: Muhammad Ali. The pre-show event will be held at 809 West Main Street starting at 5pm with valet parking, cocktails, and dinner created by renowned local chef Chad Welch. Transportation will be provided to Kentucky Center for the performance and guests can then head back to West Main for an unforgettable after-party. Expect an evening of incredible music, exquisite attire and a fabulous food and drink. For ticketing options and more info, go to

November 4

Hosparus Candleglow Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. You’ll have half of the what-should-I-wear equation figured out at this black and white ball! There will be wonderful food, an open bar, live and silent auctions and a fabulous band. There will also be a lounge area with an open bar, appetizers and a photo booth (and less expensive tickets). Proceeds from this night will go towards the renovation and expansion of the Hosparus inpatient unit at Norton’s Downtown. For more info, go to

November 11

The Metro United Way 100th Anniversary Gala at the downtown Louisville Marriott. This is the first-ever gala fundraiser for the organization that supports and aids a huge network of nonprofits in our community. There will be live music, a unique, interactive activity that will result in a permanent tribute for attendees and plenty of accolades and surprises in this one-time-only celebration. Go to for more info.

November 18

Norton Children’s Hospital’s Snow Ball at the Marriott Louisville Downtown caps off a week of holiday-themed activities benefiting Norton Children’s hospital. Magical touches like artificial snowfall at the entrance, a receiving line with the Louisville Ballet Snowflakes and illuminated sorbet (you have to see it yourself) make this a can’t-miss holiday kick-off for many locals. Since it’s the 125th anniversary of the hospital, expect especially elevated attire and décor. Says Lynnie Meyer, Norton VP of Development, “The fashion will not disappoint. Guests tend to go all out for this every year!”

Posted on 2017-10-06 by Christine Fellingham