Jan. 6, Phoenix Theatre
The National Foundation of Arizona’s inaugural event, Talent Slam! will bring the Valley’s most talented youth together, ranging from ages 8 to 18, to showcase their special skills. From a choreographed number to musical act and beyond, these young performers are pulling out all the stops to raise funds to make a difference in the lives of children living with kidney disease. Funds raised will reinstate the kidney youth summer program, which allows kids affected by kidney disease to attend an overnight camp in Northern Arizona equipped to meet their special medical needs. 10 a.m.-1p.m. $80. www.azkidney.org.
Jan. 13, Arizona Biltmore
Childhelp, an organization that aids victims of child abuse, invites you to it’s 14th annual Drive the Dream Gala: a gala that helps the organization’s children and families realize that the wishes their heart’s make really can come true. The Cinderella fairytale-themed event features a gourmet dinner, cocktails, dancing and entertainment by American singer-songwriter Jewel. Proceeds from the event will fund Childhelp programs, which directly serve abused children and their families, and focus on meeting the children’s physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs. 5:30-11 p.m. $1,000. www.childhelp.org.
Jan. 18, Symphony Hall
Attend Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon for an afternoon that benefits the Symphony’s education and community engagement programs. This year, attendees will enjoy behind-the-scenes access to a rehearsal of hit vocal group, The Tenors. The Canadian trio is known for its operatic pop sound, a beautiful union of classical and pop music. While savoring The Tenor’s unique melodies, guests will dine on a gourmet meal prepared by a local executive chef. 11 a.m. $350. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Jan. 19, Phoenix Art Museum
Ballet Arizona’s annual Dance with Me Gala returns, and this year it’s better than ever before. This black-tie affair invites guests to enjoy an evening starting with a reception and cocktails, followed by a performance by company dancers, dinner and dancing. This year’s fundraising event honors longtime company supporters, Rose and Harry Papp, whose commitment and passion for Arizona Ballet has propelled it to become a nationally recognized ballet company. 6:30 p.m. $600. www.balletaz.org.
Jan. 20, Arizona Biltmore
The Grand Ballroom at Arizona Biltmore sets the stage for Barrow Grand Ball: an elegant soiree that celebrates the philanthropic achievements of the Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Institute. The Barrow Women’s Board has evolved into one of the most successful fundraising entities in the Valley and the largest donor to Barrow. Each year, the organization selects a special project to support. This year, the Barrow Grand Ball will benefit Alzheimer’s disease research of Dr. Marwan Sabbagh. More than 300 of the Valley’s most notable leaders and philanthropists will be in attendance. 6:30 p.m. By invitation only. www.supportbarrow.org.
Jan. 30, Phoenix Art Museum 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Independent Women’s Luncheon, now in its eighth year, is deemed as one of the Valley’s most elegant philanthropic events. The luncheon celebrates the Valley’s premier design community as locals come together to support Phoenix Art Museum’s commitment to excellence in visual arts education. This year’s acclaimed Valley designer as the keynote speaker is Amy Lau. Lau’s passion for the inherent beauty of natural materials and landscapes is represented in all of her designs in homes throughout the world. The event will be decked in beautiful decorations, including themed centerpieces created by local design firms. 10 a.m. $300. www.phxart.org.