May galas and benefits calendar for Delaware: arts and entertainment

DCAD Scholarship Gala
May 3 The Delaware College of Art and Design presents a sale of student work, a silent auction and live entertainment by Gina Roche at the World Cafe Live at the Queen. 622-8000,

Breath of Spring Gala
May 5 Watch the Kentucky Derby live on the big screen, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions at the Wilmington Country Club in support of the American Lung Association. 737-6414,

Wilmington Garden Day
May 5 WGD celebrates 65 years of benefiting underserved children with this self-guided tour of Brandywine Valley homes, gardens and landscapes.

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Mela-No-More KENTucky Derby Party
May 5 Raise money for the Melanoma Research Foundation with live and silent auctions, music, and Derby-style activities and delicacies at NorthBeach Restaurant and Bayside Bar in Dewey Beach.

Melmark Dream Maker’s Ball
May 5 Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and theatrical performances at the Hotel du Pont in support of Melmark’s services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. (610) 325-4976,,

Rehoboth Young Life Silent Auction
May 6 Take in a menu tasting, silent auction and entertainment at Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth Beach to benefit Southern Delaware Young Life. 725-7777,

Superstars in Education Awards Dinner
May 7 See, learn, share, network and celebrate with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

OperaDelaware Speakeasy Fundraiser
May 9 OperaDelaware celebrates its run of “Porgy and Bess” and honors exiting executive director Lee Kimball with “Prohibition-era Pastimes” at the World Cafe Live at the Queen, including a jazz trio, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. 442-7809,

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Party on the Patio
May 10 This event at the Vicmead Hunt Club in Wilmington includes food, drinks, entertainment, and live and silent auctions to benefit Supporting Kidds. 235-5544,,

Kind to Kids Spring Breakfast
May 11 Rise and shine and support Kind to Kids during this celebration at the Blue Rocks Diamond Club at Frawley Stadium.

JDRF Delaware Hope Ball
May 12 “Lights! Camera! Take Action!” is the theme at this year’s event for the Delaware chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Club Phred provides the musical entertainment at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

“At Your Service” Auction
May 12 Savor potluck appetizers and enjoy a silent auction featuring specialty services donated by NAA members, all to benefit the Newark Arts Alliance. 266-7266,

Delaware Marathon Running Festival
May 13 This Christiana Care Health System event offers a marathon, a half marathon, a four-person relay and a new eight-person relay, all to benefit local health organizations. The start-finish location is Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.

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Tee it Up for Tails
May 15 This golf tournament at Hartefeld National Golf Club includes lunch, beer, soda, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, games, door prizes, a silent auction and an awards ceremony, all to benefit Faithful Friends Animal Society.

Make-A-Wish Golf Classic
May 16 Now in its 17th year, this 18-hole scramble format tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation takes place at White Clay Creek Country Club. An awards reception follows including dinner and a silent auction. (410) 580-9474,

Go Red for Women Luncheon and Fashion Show
May 17 Support the American Heart Association during this luncheon and fashion show at the Ammon Center at Christiana Care. 286-5704,

An Affair with the Arts
May 19 Help the Biggs Museum of American Art celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a gala including cocktails, gourmet food, a silent auction, live music and dancing.

Chimes Delaware Stride for Awareness Walk
May 19 Local celebs Miss Delaware and Rocky Bluewinkle will be on hand for this 1K/3K walk at the Wilmington riverfront to support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Diamondback Dash 5K Run/Walk
May 19 Do it for the turtles! Help kick off the diamondback terrapin breeding season with this event at the north side of the Indian River Inlet.

American Cancer Society Benefit Concert
May 20 The Newark Symphony Orchestra dedicates a concert to cancer survivors and their caregivers at the Independence School in Newark, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Tails & Trails Dog Walk
May 20 Help support the programs of the Delaware SPCA with a walk in the park and a day of family fun including pet contests, canine demos, kids’ activities and refreshments at Lums Pond State Park. 998-2281,

Buddy Walk
May 20 Take a one-mile walk to promote the understanding, inclusion and acceptance of those with Down syndrome. Following the walk are free activities and entertainment for toddlers to teens at the UD Athletic Complex in Newark. 995-1004,

Children’s Beach House Golf Classic
May 24 Kick off the summer season at The Peninsula on Indian River Bay Golf Course to support the Children’s Beach House in Lewes.

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