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Galas Galore This Weekend!

Apr 09, 2014 01:58PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Photo by Tony J Lewis

By Jake Russell

'Tis the season for lavish gatherings and social fundraisers that coincide with the late-arriving warmer weather. Fundraisers serve a strong purpose in the local community, raising awareness for causes and those in need. This weekend provides a strong offering of charitable causes, from Annapolis to Baltimore to the Eastern Shore.

The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation will host the Shoot for the Stars Casino Night Fundraiser at The Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown on Saturday from 7-11 p.m. The event includes casino-style games, 50’s and 60’s music by "Daddy O" Dan Saunders and more. Proceeds benefit the UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The annual AAMC Foundation Gala: Care Beyond the Walls will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The theme “Care beyond the Walls” symbolizes the lack of boundaries when it comes to striving for proper health care. The night includes dinner, dancing, live music by Right On and a silent & live auction.

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold Memory Ball 2014, its annual black tie gala and dance competition, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel on Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. ABC2 news anchor Jamie Costello returns as the event’s emcee for a night filled with a cocktail reception, full-course gourmet dinner, live music by Highway Star and a performance featuring local ballroom and Latin talent. Trophies will be awarded to the top dancers of the night.

Rams Head Live in Baltimore will host Rock Your Heart Out: A Benefit for the Children's Heart Foundation, an evening of music from local artists covering a wide variety of tunes, including punk, metal, bluegrass, 90’s and more. Featured bands include Here's To The Night, Anubis Unbound and Hearts & Spades. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to The Children's Heart Foundation Congenital Heart Walk.

Tonight at 5 p.m., the Annapolis Design District will hold their Paint the Town Blue for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Maryland Chapter. The event, which includes cocktails, local food, music and silent auction, will take place at the Maryland Paint & Decorating in Annapolis.

The 5th Annual Hope in the Harbor Gala will take place tonight from 6-10 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The gala includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and tastings the some of the top restaurants in Baltimore. Tickets are $175 per person and $1,750 for a table of 10. Proceeds from this event benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Lord & Lady Baltimore Gala at The Lord Baltimore Hotel will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. Guests will have exclusive access to the rooftop bar, providing spectacular views of Baltimore. The night includes dinner, cocktails and dancing in the grand ballroom. Tickets for this black tie event are $175 per person.

On Friday, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Chesapeake Arts Center’s Hammonds Lane Theatre in Brooklyn Park will host the Voices of Africa Benefit Concert featuring top local musicians and dancers. Proceeds will benefit the education project sponsored by Friends of Togo Outreach. Performers include Chelsey Green and the Green Project, Cassia the Poet, Shannon Wright Dulin, Tim & Shalese Sabb, Charm City Dancers, Soulful Praise Dancers and S- Dee.

The Brown Center in Baltimore is playing host to UNMARKED: 21st Annual Benefit Fashion Show on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The show helps support Maryland Institute College of Art students involved in diversity programming. UNMARKED features the designs of two dozen student designers who are striving to show off their creativity through their work.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents the 16th Annual BB&T Spring Swing Design for a Cure, which will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The night features entertainment, a dynamic program and live & silent auctions.

To view more events occurring this weekend, please browse our online calendar. Be sure to also follow What’s Up? on Twitter and like us on Facebook.