Fun fundraisers

 33rd annual Taste of the Triangle is on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m

With the holiday season behind us, charitable events are beginning to fill the first-quarter calendar, so now is a perfect time to plan accordingly.

The last week of January looks to be plenty busy with three events Tuesday, Jan. 26, beginning with an “Old Hollywood” dinner, live and silent auction at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by Kay Miller. Proceeds will benefit the Harvest House safe house and after-care programs. 

Harvest House is a Christ-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded to respond to the heart breaking epidemic of child sex trafficking. Since 2008, they have specialized  in working with children aged 11-17.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $500 for a table of 10. For more information, call (409) 658-4364 or view

Lisa Boler says funds raised will go toward building a long-term safe house and after-care programs.

On Friday, Jan. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is the fifth annual A Vintage Affair, a wine tasting fundraising event for area wine lovers. Funds raised from this collaboration of fine art and wine will benefit AMSET’s exhibition and education programs.

Admission to A Vintage Affair is limited, so advanced reservations are recommended. Pre-sale reservations are $35 per person and $40 at the door, and can be purchased online at or by calling (409) 832-3432.

AMSET will also host the annual Go for the Gold fundraiser on March 10.

Southeast Texans will have an opportunity to step into the heart of a bygone era when the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation presents “Mad Men take La Soirée” on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. inside the Beaumont Civic Center. White gloves and tuxes, bouffants and Brylcreem, elegance and class are an absolute must for the eighth-year event. Tickets are $225 each and table sponsorships are available from $2,500-$50,000.

Guests will be seated and treated with a delicious dinner by Chef Scott Fisher from the Green Light Kitchen, then dance the night away with performances by Party Crashers and Rockestra.

Chairing this year’s event is Dr. Garrett and Mandie Peel.

To make reservations, call (409) 212-6110 or view

Laissez les bons temps rouler at the 33rd annual Taste of the Triangle on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center. Presale tickets are $20 at the Civic Center box office. Taste food from area restaurants, sample beverages from craft beer companies and listen to the sounds of Billy Poullard and The Zydeco Combo.

The Sabine Area Restaurant Association’s annual fundraiser, Taste of the Triangle benefits Southeast Texas civic and charitable organizations and area students who represent the future of the food service industry.

This year’s honorees are Iris and Jerry Nathan.

The 22nd annual Girls’ Haven Gumbo Festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Parkdale Mall. Local bands will perform, and there will be a game and carnival area for the kids. Call (409) 832-6223 to enter your gumbo team.

Founded in 1994, Girls’ Haven seeks to provide a safe home-like environment for girls who are affected by physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness and severe family dysfunction. Their only priority is to promote and enhance the quality of life for girls in need.

The Golden Triangle Heart Ball will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at the MCM Eleganté. This elite black-tie event features prominent members of the health, philanthropic and business communities. More information will soon be made available.

Family Services will host the 14th annual Celebrate Families Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the MCM Eleganté. Individual reservations are $40 and tables of eight are $300. Call (409) 833-2688, ext. 115 for more information.

All proceeds benefit important programs at Family Services of Southeast Texas. The Family Welfare Bureau, predecessor of Family Services of Southeast Texas, Inc., was founded in 1931 and their mission is to strengthen and empower families, individuals and communities through accessible counseling services, shelter services, education and advocacy

Be a superhero and help the Anayat House on Friday, April 1, as they honor the work of the Christus St. Elizabeth Neonatal ICU Team at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont at 7 p.m. Tickets are $120. Local favorite Champagne Room will perform.

Anayat House, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing overnight accommodations for family members of patients at Beaumont hospitals, especially those patients in intensive care units, parents with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, and individuals with outpatient service needs.

The annual Le Grand Bal is set for Saturday, April 2, on the campus of Lamar University. The gala evening features a silent art auction and reception from 6-8 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum, followed by a gourmet buffet, dancing and entertainment from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Montagne Center with music from Night & Day Orchestra.

Presented by Lamar University’s Friends of the Arts, Le Grand Bal is the major annual fundraiser for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Tickets are $150 per person or $300 per couple, with underwriting opportunities available at levels ranging from $750 to $10,000. Call (409) 880-8137 to reserve tickets.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician James Taylor will perform at the Christus Southeast Texas Foundation 36th Annual Benefit Gala on Saturday, April 16, inside the Beaumont Civic Center.

The black tie benefit provides an opportunity for an intimate evening of entertainment starting with cocktails at 7 p.m. followed by a gourmet meal at 8 p.m., all leading to a world class performance.

Individual seats are $375, $625 and $1,250 and tables for eight start at $3,000. Call (409) 899-7593 for more information.

Also be on the lookout for information on the Gift of Life’s Champagne & Ribs annual event, which will be held April 14 at Ford Arena.