It‘s gala season when nonprofits host their biggest fundraising events of the year. Many of these events have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, but others have been put online and are open to those who don’t have $ 1,000 or more for a table (donations are strongly encouraged).
The Public Theater’s free virtual event last week featured a long list of stars, including Meryl Streep and Alicia Keys. And a benefit for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation earlier this month brought together celebrities such as George Clooney, Jay Leno and Jane Fonda. Here are some celebrity fundraisers you can attend from your couch this season.
#FightLyme with Avril and her friends
On October 24, singer Avril Lavigne will perform at this virtual benefit concert to shed light on Lyme disease, which she contracted in 2014. Organized by the Global Lyme Alliance, an association that works to eradicate the disease, and the Avril Lavigne Foundation, the show will also include performances by the group OneRepublic and singer Rob Thomas. Broadcasts begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time; tickets start at $ 25.
The International Center for Photography’s annual performance celebrates women in film and photography and supports the centre’s education and exhibition programs. This year’s event on October 27 will honor Nadia Hallgren, the director of Michelle Obama’s documentary “Becoming”; photographer and artist Deana Lawson; and Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. Stream it for free on YouTube at noon EST. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the winners on Zoom; tickets start at $ 250.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as “Hocus Pocus” during this spooky performance for the New York Restoration Project, an open space conservatory founded by Ms. Midler. Starting at 8 p.m. EST on October 30, the series will play as a documentary that delves into the characters’ comeback stories and will feature cameos from Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson and more. Tickets cost $ 10.
Organized by the non-profit organization VetsinTech, this gala will raise funds for scholarships to support the training of veterans in technology careers. The lineup includes military leaders and special guests like rapper Snoop Dogg and singer Jordin Sparks. The show airs on November 6 at 9 p.m. EST. Veterans and their spouses can connect for free; others can buy tickets starting at $ 25.
ABT’s 80th Anniversary Fall Gala
This fall, the American Ballet Theater commissioned virtual programming from four choreographers, who then formed “ballet bubbles” with their dancers and created the quarantined works. The results will be filmed and premiered at this gala on November 18, which will benefit programs that advance diversity and inclusion. Watch the event on the theater company’s YouTube channel for free starting at 7 p.m. EST.
Arts organization Performa is hosting its first-ever online telethon on November 18, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. The event will be broadcast from New York’s Pace Gallery and will feature live performances by pianist Lang Lang, artist Laurie Anderson and others. The event is free, and home viewers can purchase limited edition household items ordered for the telethon.
Annual Center for Fiction Awards Benefit
This virtual awards and awards ceremony hosted by the Center for Fiction, a not-for-profit literary organization, will celebrate the work of writer James McBride, publisher Chris Jackson and a number of novice novelists . Scheduled to air on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST, the event also features guest appearances by actor Ethan Hawke and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Register online to watch for free.