Affairs to Remember

Because sometimes, philanthropy isn’t just about doing good—it’s about showing everyone just how much good you do. Take a look inside three of Boston’s top fundraising galas.

— Party in the Park —


BENEFITS: Emerald Necklace renewal efforts.

RAISED: More than $1 million in 2017.

KNOWN FOR: Ladies who lunch; elaborate hats—the bigger the better.

BOLDFACE ATTENDEES: Mayor Marty Walsh; former WHDH anchor Janet Wu.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: The most thrilling moment of this year’s event came at the unofficial after-party at the Bristol, where revelers happened upon Justin Bieber eating alone with his bodyguards.

— Hot Pink Party —


BENEFITS: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

RAISED: $1.7 million in 2017.

KNOWN FOR: Fanciful after-dinner performances (this year’s included human disco balls); coveted swag bags; fashionably pink attire.

BOLDFACE ATTENDEES: Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: “This event feels the most real,” says one prominent person on the gala scene. “There isn’t usually a dry eye in the entire house during the speeches.”

— MFA Summer Gala —

WHEN: June

BENEFITS: The museum’s exhibitions and programs.

RAISED: Undisclosed.

KNOWN FOR: Brahmins commingling with a new generation of art lovers.

BOLDFACE ATTENDEES: Artists Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani. Don’t recognize their names now? You will.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: This is the party where even the stiffest patrons let loose, according to one attendee: “Maybe it’s because it feels like you’re doing something wrong, being in the museum after hours.”