Charity events are fun ways to help your fellow humans. Here are some top-earning - and top-entertaining - charity events across the country.
Crystal Charity Ball, December 9, 2006, Dallas. Town & Country has called this the best children's charity in the U.S. The ball, which is the preeminent social event in Dallas, raises more than $4 million each year for local children's organizations. www.crystalcharity ball.org
Robin Hood Foundation Ball, May 2007, New York. Organized by a board rife with Wall Street bigwigs and boldfaced names like Tom Brokaw, Harvey Weinstein, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this is the Manhattan event of the year, raising $48 million in a single night for the Robin Hood foundation. www.robinhood.org
Auction Napa Valley, June 7 to 10, 2007, Napa Valley and online. To be spearheaded next year by the Joseph Phelps Vineyards family, this is the biggest wine auction in the world, raising about $8.4 million annually for regional charities. In 2006, a single lot sold for $1.05 million. www.napavintners.com
The Carousel of Hope Ball,M October 2008, Los Angeles. This superglitzy, celeb-studded event comes around only every other year, but it’s worth waiting for. It raises more than $5 million for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation of Denver. www.childrensdiabetesfdn.org
Shell Houston Open, March 26 to April 1, 2007, Houston. Event organizers are so committed to this tournament, they built a golf course for it this year. Plus, the event raises more than $4 million for several local charities. www.shell houstonopen.com