By Elizabeth Liberatore
March 10, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
One of the nation’s most exclusive charity events is back — the 24th annual Celebrity Fight Night, which pays tribute to Muhammad Ali. Join VIPs from the sports and entertainment worlds for a fun-filled night that benefits a handful of local charities, namely the Barrow Neurological Institute. Reba McEntire returns for her 13th year as the event’s emcee. Special guests included Lonnie Ali, Steven Tyler and his Nashville band, The Loving Mary, Smokey Robinson and many others. There will be a cocktail reception, live performances, and a live auction with incredible items up for grabs. $1,500. 5 p.m. www.celebrityfightnight.org.
March 10, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Children’s Museum of Phoenix turns 10 this year and invites you to its birthday celebration. The 10 Years of Magical Moments Gala is a party not to be missed. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a cocktail hour featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres from some of the Valley’s hottest kitchens. There will be magical performances throughout the night, a silent auction, raffle, dinner underneath the stars, post-dinner drinks and plenty of dancing. Proceeds from this magical event benefit the museum’s Every Child Program, which gives all Valley children and their families access to the museum. $275. 6 p.m. www.childrensmuseumgala.org.
March 10, The Phoenician
The Fresh Start Gala honors the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and its 25 years of service helping Valley women succeed. There will be an awards ceremony honoring Jacquie Dorrance and her philanthropic work that has enhanced the lives of countless women in the community. Additionally, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, dancing, live entertainment and surprises throughout the evening. Proceeds from the event benefit the organization’s services, workshops and programs that empower women to transform their lives. $600. 6 p.m. www.freshstartwomen.org.
March 11, Herberger Theater Center
Enjoy a delicious three-course meal for a good cause; that’s how Plated & Stated...A Herberger Experience rolls. The evening begins at the center where guests will delight in cocktails, small bites, a silent auction and live entertainment. Dinner will be hosted at a fine dining establishment — guests will not know where they are dining until they arrive to the restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefit Herberger Theater Center’s outreach programs for children. $250 (includes cocktail party, auction and dinner); $50 (includes cocktail party and auction only). 5 p.m. www.herbergertheater.org.
March 17, Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa
It’s a golden afternoon with Arizona Opera as they host their 2018 Gala Luncheon. This year’s theme, Luncheon on the Rhine, pays homage to Arizona Opera’s spring production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Nearly 300 guest will be in attendance for a program, awards ceremony, cocktails on the lawn, a seated luncheon, opera performances and a live auction with top-notch goodies. Also on the docket is a special guest appearance by the internationally acclaimed baritone Richard Paul Fink. Proceeds from the golden afternoon will support Arizona Opera’s mainstage and community activities. $150. 11 a.m. www.azopera.org.
March 17, Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa
What do you get when you combine the luck of the Irish with furry friends? An Evening to Paws St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! The event is Arizona Animal Welfare League's largest fundraiser where proceeds support Valley animals rescued, rehabilitated and cared for by AAWL. Guests can quench their thirst with green beer after dancing to some Irish tunes. There will also be a silent and live auction full of unique treasures, a traditional Irish dinner, and, of course, plenty of puppies onsite. Don’t risk getting pinched — wear green! $250. 5 p.m. www.aawl.org.