#WomenDoingWell: How to Conquer Charity Galas.

Gowns, girlfriends and giving back-might be one of the best triple threats out there. And with the winter temps scaring us to stay inside, one of the best ways to have a fun (and meaningful) night on the town lies in the charity gala. Here, we’ll give you a few quick tips on how to work it on a young professional budget.



2014 Jumpstart Young Professionals Board Gala in Boston. Photo by 207Stills.

Of course the goal of a gala is to raise funds and awareness, so ticket prices typically aren’t comparable to an afternoon matinee. Fortunately, most will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and the option to participate in silent and live auctions. A few upcoming events are below and others are easy to find through your city’s young professional groups. Send us yours and we’ll add to the list:


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Young professionals and evening-wear; doesn’t exactly sound practical, and flipping through the racks at Lord & Taylor can drive anyone to an early Sweet Green lunch. Luckily, there are some wallet-friendly rental options that Cinderella (or Prince Charming) moment. As they say-fake it ‘til you make it, and try these:

  • Rent the Runway: two size options on your doorstep days before your event, and options if it just doesn’t work out
  • The Black Tux: everything from shoes to bow tie (just remember to get your own dress socks)


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Don’t know about you, but every time we plop down in front of the mirror vying to “do something different” with our look for a big night out, we almost always blink back the same smokey eye. You’ve got the ticket, the dress, why not finish if off the right way? Here’s a few ways to get a low-cost, yet long-lasting look:

  • Hair-if you haven’t been to a blow dry bar, now’s the time:
  • Makeup-grab a chair or just browse Youtube:
    • Most make up counters will take appointments with a minimum product spend. If you’re out of concealer, it’s a win-win. We love Benefit Cosmetics!
    • Jessie James Decker combines her gorgeous look and winning personality in her frequent tutorials on YouTube.
    • Pinterest-need we say more?




2015 gala season is just beginning-send us your events and we’ll add them to our post.  Just email us at info@womensilab.com with the subject: #WomenDoingWell: How to Conquer Charity Galas.


Jamie SullivanI am an account associate at a Boston branding and advertising agency. I have a passion for working with nonprofit organizations-most notably taking the field as both a player and planning committee member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Blondes Vs. Brunettes flag football program Boston chapter. A New Hampshire native and 2012 UNH alum, I love traveling, reading, and though it isn’t always enjoyable-running. You can find me exploring Boston’s neighborhoods, and confusing people when I say I’m going to the “barre” after work.
Read more about and from the author: Jamie’s WiLab Profile