As the Chief Party Officer at Lifestyle + Charity Magazine, I want you to know about my top 15 charity events to attend this May. I’ve got something for everyone.

24th Annual Benefit Gala for KAFSC
Date: May 3
Location:  The Grand Hyatt, Grand Ballroom (109 East 42nd Street)

Since inception, we have worked tirelessly to promote healthy and respectful relationships within families and among peers of all ages. Our programs include a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We provide advocacy and education through community-wide workshops and public campaigns. Both our outstanding children’s after-school program and youth leadership programs are in ever-increasing demand. All of our programs and services are provided by bilingual professionals, and without charge. Read more >>

The 4th Annual SSMAC Kentucky Derby Brunch
Date: May 4
Location: Cibo Restaurant, 767 Second Avenue (2nd Ave at 41st Street)

Join us for this annual event hosted by the SSMAC Junior Committee. Tickets include a 3-course brunch plus open bar of champagne, mimosa, bellini, bloody mary, and mint julep cocktails. Also includes unlimited mint juleps at the post-brunch reception held in the Club’s 19th century townhouse in midtown. Read more >>

The Run for Hope
Date: May 4
Location: Robert F. Wagner Park (North) New York, NY

Runners (ages 13+) will gather alongside the beautiful Hudson River to participate in a 5K race (3.1 miles) benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Read more >>

New York Stands with Boston!
Date: May 4
Location: Professor Thoms Sports Bar (219 2nd Avenue New York NY 10003)

The horrific events that occurred at the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 15, 2013, will forever change the city of Boston and the lives of those that were directly impacted by this senseless act. The city and the nation have shown tremendous resolve and great courage standing up in the face of terror and refusing to back down. In the wake of the jubilation of finding those responsible, the reality of the long road to recovery for the victims has only just begun. We ask that “New York and Boston Unite” to join us in a show of solidarity and support for those victims with whom the host committee each shares a special friendship. Read more >>

“Spring Gathering” Action Against Hunger
Date: May 6
Location: Rouge Tomate (10 East 60th Street)

ACF International, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. Read more >>

Children’s Aid Society Spring Cocktail Event
Date: May 8
Location: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62 St)

This year’s event will help raise funds for the Go!Healthy Program of The Children’s Aid Society. The Go!Healthy Initiative is comprised of diverse interventions aimed at preventing and slowing the rates of childhood obesity in the communities we serve. Go!Healthy follows children from birth through adolescence and beyond, educating them about wellness and the joys of healthful cooking and eating. Read more >>

RFK Young Leaders Spring Party
Date: May 9
Location: Angel Orensanz Foundation (172 Norfolk Street)

This year the RFK Young Leaders are working to win basic rights for New York farmworkers. Did you know farmworkers don’t have a right to a day off….ever? Do you know that children who work on farms can be paid below minimum wage? By coming to this event, you are standing with the 100,000 people in New York that work on farms, and will help us all pass the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. Read more >>

Crawfish for Cancer’s 5th Annual Crawfish Boil
Date: May 11
Location: Boat Basin Cafe (West 79th Street at Riverside Drive)

Unlimited Crawfish, signature cocktails and live music all included in the price of admission and benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Read more >>

Bottomless Closet to Host Annual Spring Luncheon
Date: May 13
Location: Hilton New York (1335 Avenue of the Americas)

Bottomless Closet’s Annual Luncheon is held every spring to highlight our successes and accomplishments and to raise funds to support our programming and services. Read more >>

Restore Freedom Gala
Date: May 14
Location: City Winery (155 Varick Street)

Restore NYC will host its 4th Annual Freedom Gala. Guests will enjoy wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive Silent Auction, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of trafficking in New York and how we can work to end it. Read more >>

Komen Greater NYC Luncheon
Date: May 14
Location: Hilton New York (1335 Avenue of the Americas)

The Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will officially announce its 2013-14 grantees as well as honor special supporters of the Affiliate. Keeping the Promise: The Grantees’ Luncheon will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton New York.  Read more >>

Youth of the Year Gala 2013
Date: May 14
Location: Pier 61 (23rd Street and West Side Highway)

This year, twenty of our members have been chosen to participate in this intense leadership development program that involves public speaking, one-on-one mentoring, essay writing, and team building. The Youth of the Year program fosters young people’s character, personal growth, and leadership qualities.  Members flourish into confident leaders with inspirational visions and goals for their futures.  Read more >>

Bottom Line NY: Spring Reception
Date: May 15
Location: Kellari Taverna (19 W 44th St)

Bottom Line is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. Read more >>

Bal du Printemps
Date: May 16
Location: The Plaza Hotel (768 5th Ave)

Bal du Printemps has been cultivated over the years by Page Morton Black, Chairman Emeritus of the PDF Board of Directors and wife of the late William Black, founder of PDF.  The spirit of the evening is to celebrate the community leaders who advance Parkinson’s science, and the philanthropic leaders who make these advances possible with their generous financial support.  Past attendees have included Madonna, Muhammad Ali, Frank and Kathy Lee Gifford and Lynn Redgrave. Read more >>

6th Annual Carnival of Love Fundraiser to Benefit Children with Cancer
Date: May 17
Location: 20-30 Steinway Street (Astoria, NY)

Through our contributions, we intend to offer financial relief to families enduring pediatric cancer, in addition to supporting various healing and movement activities that have the potential to lift a child’s spirit, inspire their creativity, imagination and self expression, rekindle laughter and joy, restore their energy and increase their positive outlook; all critical elements to a speedy recovery. Read more >>

Trendsetter’s Ball
Date: May 18
Location: Solo Event Space (40 Broad Street)

Trendsetters Ball will showcase emerging designers, stylists and fresh faces in modeling. A portion of proceeds will be given to Cancer Research Institute and the Boys and Girls Cub. Read more >>

Taste of Tribeca
Date: May 18
Location: Taste of Tribeca (Hudson Street)

Each year foodies and families gather in Tribeca for an extraordinary culinary experience.  Taste of Tribeca brings together over 60 of the neighborhood’s finest restaurants for one day of eating, drinking and family fun.  The best part is… it’s all to benefit arts and enrichment for Tribeca’s PS 234 and PS 150 public elementary schools! Read more >>

Lyme-Aid Benefit Party
Date: May 18
Location: Toyota of Manhattan Rooftop (645 11th Avenue)

In celebration of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we are kicking off a night of awareness for people and pet parents. The event will aim to educate the public about how to prevent Lyme Disease as well as raise money for two non-profits: the and Stray From the Heart, a local NYC pet charity. Read more >>

Fashion Fiesta for a Cause with Betsey Johnson
Date: May 23
Location: Orensanz (172 Norfolk Street)

Fashion Designer Betsey Johnson joins hands with Molecule Communications to present Fashion Fiesta For A Cause (FFFAC). The designer will go “Bollywood Style” as she revisits her closet bringing never before seen vintage pieces to sashay down the runway. All proceeds will benefit the Women’s Education Project (WEP) a non-profit organization helping young women living on less than $1 a day in India, to succeed in college and careers. Read more >>

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Special Projects Committee Annual Dinner
Date: May 23
Location: Le Cirque (151 East 58th Street)

The Society of MSKCC is well-known in New York City for its exciting and successful fundraising events. Dedicated friends of The Society and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center care passionately about our programs and come together to support them. Read more >>