Marin Galas

Fundraisers and galas across Marin and the Bay Area are an important part of keeping the community thriving by supporting a wide range of causes, whether humanitarian concerns, animals, arts or healthcare. Plus, they offer a chance for everyone to get out looking their best and enjoy a great evening.


Here’s some of the latest local galas and celebrations:

MarinMOCA’s Annual Auction Raises 125K

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Two hundred guests gathered on October 15 at MarinMOCA in Novato for the closing party for the museum’s yearly benefit auction, ArtForward. The auction raised $125,000 for the museum’s exhibition and education programs. Hot auction pieces were artworks by Bay Area legends Maija Peeples-Bright and Chester Arnold.

MarinHealth Foundation Boots and Bling Gala Raises Nearly $1M     

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MarinHealth Foundation held its annual black-tie gala, “Boots and Bling,” on Saturday, October 8, attracting a crowd of more than 450 supporters. The fundraising event exceeded financial expectations by raising nearly $1M, which will support MarinHealth Medical Center’s ‘ouchless’ pediatric emergency department with child-friendly protocols that help take the pain and anxiety out of a visit to the emergency room. 

Cedars Shake, Rattle and Dance-a-Thon

On August 20, 110 people took to the dance floor to raise funds for their beloved nonprofit, Cedars of Marin. The 102-year-old organization enables adults with developmental disabilities to live creative, fuller lives through its fine arts and textile programs as well as its residential services. By the time the moving and grooving wound down, they had collectively raised more than $80,000. 

Marin Humane Gala Turns Sweet Sixteen

Held under the stars on its campus in Novato on September 10, Marin Humane held its sixteenth fundraising gala, drawing in more than 265 guests and a few well-behaved dogs. Guests of the two-legged variety enjoyed specialty cocktails while browsing silent auction items, and later feasted on a gourmet plant-based dinner. Supporters raised more than $588,000 for the nonprofit’s programs and services that help animals in Marin and beyond.

Animal Ambassadors Greet Guests at WildCare Gala

WildCare’s 2022 Gala, held at the beautiful Acqua Hotel adjacent to Richardson Bay was a hybrid of both in-person and live streaming events. The glamorous evening on August 20, which included special appearances from WildCare’s animal ambassadors, raised more than $265,000 for WildCare’s important work in wildlife medicine, nature education and wildlife advocacy. 

Side by Side Reach for the Stars Gala

Held on Saturday, September 17 at a private home in San Rafael, Side by Side’s Reach for the Stars Gala turned up the giving for the Bay Area’s young people, raising nearly $270,000 for its behavioral and mental health programs. Emceed by California State Senator Mike McGuire, the nightclub-themed evening drew in 230 guests and featured al fresco haute cuisine by Fork Full of Earth and music by notable Bay Area DJ Malachi, aka Uncle Snax.

Marin Art and Garden Center Celebrates Joining the National Register of Historical Places

Ross’ famed, historic Marin Art and Garden Center is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The center commemorated the new designation with a public ceremony on August 3, which coincided with its 77th anniversary and attracted more than 50 community members, donors and local officials. Amongst them was Sam Livermore, the grandson of Caroline Livermore who founded the center back in 1945 along with a small group of women from the Marin Garden Club. 

Antonia Adezio, executive director of the Marin Art and Garden Center honored the 30-person team of historians, architects and center staff and board members who worked for six years to achieve the designation. The Marin Art and Garden Center joined a prestigious list of more than 30 landmark sites in Marin, including the Angel Island U.S. Immigration Station, China Camp, the Dipsea Trail, Muir Woods National Monument and the Marin County Civic Center.

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