Autumn benefits.

Oct. 1

* The Friends of the Corcoran "Factory Party: ArtCentric 05" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Bid on art and take a tour of "Warhol Legacy: Selections From the Andy Warhol Museum." Tickets: $90 in advance, $110 at the door ($70 in advance, $90 at the door for Friends members). Call 202-639-1862 or visit

* The Human Rights Campaign's 25th Anniversary National Dinner Celebration honors Julian Bond and Cyndi Lauper. Also, there will be a special presentation honoring Wanda Alston, the mayor's liaison to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community who was murdered earlier this year. Joe Solmonese, HRC president, is the featured speaker. The evening offers performances by Kimberley Locke and Sam Harris. An after party features a performance by the B-52s. Tickets start at $250. Call 1-800-494-TIXS. Also, Sept. 30, as part of the 25th Anniversary Weekend, comedians Suzanne Westenhoefer, Alec Map, Leslie Jordan and Karen William star in "Comedy Rocks" at the Warner Theatre. The show is a benefit for hurricane relief efforts. Tickets: $25, $35, $45 and $55. Call 800-555-7328 or 202-397-7328.

* The 2005 CharityWork Ball at the National Building Museum benefits Heads Up, an after-school and summer program that serves poor neighborhoods in Washington. Tickets: $350. Call 703-286-0758.

* The 20th annual Youth for Tomorrow Country Fair & Auctions is at the YFT campus in Bristow, Va. Joe Gibbs and Anthony Barbour are the hosts. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 17 and under. Preschool children are free. Call 703-631-3360 or visit

* Baltimore Clayworks' Silver Anniversary Gala is at the American Visionary Art Museum. Tickets: $125. Call 410-578-1919 or visit

* SemperComm's 1920s Casino Night at the University Club. SemperComm's mission is providing morale boosts and communications equipment to troops stationed at bases overseas. Tickets: $60. Call 703-923-7613 or visit

Oct. 2

* The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press "Barbecue With a View" is on the roof of the Freedom Forum World Center in Arlington. Tickets: $75. Call 703-807-2100.

Oct. 5

* Arts for the Aging's 17th Annual Benefit Gala at the residence of the British ambassador offers a wine tasting, a silent auction, a buffet and an exhibit of art created in AFTA classes at senior day care centers. Tickets: $250. Call 301-718-4990 or visit

* Barbara Walters is the guest of honor at the Spina Bifida Association's 17th Annual Roast for Spina Bifida at the Hyatt Regency Washington, which will offer a raffle drawing for a Porsche Boxster. Roast tickets: $500. Raffle tickets: $100. Call 800-621-3141, Ext. 20.

* The Children's Inn at NIH's 17th Annual Gala is at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tickets: $1,000. Call 301-229-0064.

* The Jete Society of the Washington Ballet's "Beer & Ballet" evening is at the Washington Ballet Studios. Tickets: $20 ($10 for Jete Society members). Call 202-362-3606, Ext. 135.

Oct. 6

* Mike Wallace will present the Russell Belyea Award to NIMH scientist Daniel R. Weinberger at "Unmasking Mental Illness," the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Entertainment by Aaron Neville. Tickets: $500. Call 202-636-8745.

Oct. 7

* "Studio 1869," the 1869 Society's Fall Fete, is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tour "Warhol Legacy: Selections From the Andy Warhol Museum" and dance. Tickets: $70 in advance, $90 at the door (1869 Society members: $55 in advance, $75 at the door). Call 202-639-1862 or visit

* "Celebrating a Legacy of Empowerment," the Hispanic Committee of Virginia's Gala at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, offers an art exhibition and silent auction, cocktails, dinner, awards and presentations, and dancing to Orquesta Latin Soul. Honorees are Col. James Allen, Leni Gonzales, Radio Latina, Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Miguel Angel Guevara and Juan Pacheco. Tickets: $120. Call 703-671-5666, Ext. 138.

* The Northern Virginia Community Foundation's Community Leadership Award Gala is at the McLean Hilton. Gary McCollum, vice president and regional manager for Cox Communications, is the honoree. There will be a musical performance by Signature Theatre. Tickets: $175. Call 703-902-3157.

* The Casey Cares Foundation, a charity serving critically ill children and their families, is host of the third annual Rock and Roll Bash at the Bethesda North Marriott. Lynn Hoffman of VH1 Classic is host; Tony Perkins of ABC's "Good Morning America" is a special guest. Sidemen and backup musicians for famous acts (including Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent and the Monkees) perform. There is also a raffle for a new Mini Cooper and Harley-Davidson V-Rod. Tickets: $250. Call 301-938-4505.

Oct. 11

* Studio Theatre's fall benefit begins with a reception at the French ambassador's residence and is followed by a special performance of "Hilda" and after party at Studio Theatre. Tickets: $200. Call 202-232-7267, Ext. 371.

* "Celebrating Peacemakers," Refugees International's annual dinner at the Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace restaurant, honors former senator and United Nations ambassador John C. Danforth and actor Sam Waterston. Tickets: $250. Call 202-828-0110, Ext. 201.

Oct. 13

* Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell will receive the 2005 Bishop John T. Walker Humanitarian Service Award at Africare's John T. Walker Memorial Dinner at the Hilton Washington. Tickets start at $200. Call 202-328-5364 or visit

Oct. 14

* "Champions of Choice," Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington's seventh annual luncheon at the Hilton Washington, honors Wendy B. Morgan, Planned Parenthood volunteer; Emily Goodstein, founder of George Washington University's Voices for Choices; and Faye Wattleton, former president of Planned Parenthood. Tickets: $125. Call 202-347-8500, Ext. 7223.

* The 37th Annual Meridian Ball, a benefit for the Meridian International Center, is preceded by embassy dinners. Tickets: $500. (There is also a Linden Circle Young Benefactors Dinner in the White-Meyer House that precedes the ball. Tickets: $225.) Call 202-939-5560.

Oct. 15

* Cyndi Lauper is special musical guest at the 17th annual Best Buddies Ball, "An Asian Affair," presented by the Leonsis Foundation, May Liang and James Lintott, and UBS at the home of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Potomac. Tickets: $500. Call 305-374-2233.

* "Gala 2005 -- Palace of Wonders," the Walters Art Museum's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the original Palazzo Building and the reinstallation of more than 1,500 objects at the museum, offers cocktails and gallery viewing with dinner and dancing, with music by the Janis Nowland Orchestra. Tickets: $350. Call 410-547-9000, Ext. 212.

* The National Italian American Foundation's 30th anniversary awards gala at the Hilton Washington honors Paul S. Otellini, president and CEO of Intel; Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Michelle Peluso, president and CEO of Travelocity; and Ambassador Peter F. Secchia, chairman of the board at Universal Forest Products and managing partner of Sibsco LLC. Tony Danza is master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the dinner benefit NIAF scholarship and education programs. Tickets start at $400. Call 202-939-3114 or visit

* The American Cancer Society's Capital Barons Ball "A Celebration of Life," at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, honors Booz Allen Hamilton and features entertainment by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Tickets: $350. Call 202-483-2600, Ext. 152.

Oct. 18

* DC Central Kitchen's second annual "Capital Food Fight" at the Ronald Reagan Building will pit top Washington chefs against each other in a cooking competition while guests enjoy food prepared by 25 of Washington's finest restaurants. Tickets: $125, $150 at the door. Call 202-338-6100, Ext. 112.

* The Whitman-Walker Clinic's 12th Annual Art for Life Art auction/exhibit is at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Tickets: $75. Call 202-797-3520.

Oct. 19

* Barrios Unidos and Judge Juan Guzman Tapia of Chile are the honorees at the Institute for Policy Studies' 29th annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award reception and program at the National Press Club Ballroom. Tickets: $45, $150 and up. Call 202-234-9382 or visit

* The Center for Security Policy's "Keeper of the Flame" dinner honoring Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) and heroes of the home front is at Union Station's East Hall. Tickets: $500. Call 202-338-6100, Ext. 133.

* The National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association's 12th annual "Washington Monuments" luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel honors Dorothy Height, president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women. The luncheon also honors Ruth H. Buchanan and Cecilia Marshall, who founded the event. Thomas Obisesan of Howard University Hospital is the luncheon speaker. Tickets: $125. Call 703-359-4440.

* Ana Marie Cox, Joe Scarborough and Clarence Page are among the contestants at the 12th Annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest, a fundraiser for Bread for the World and Bread for the City at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Tickets: $250. Call 202-250-9193 or visit

Oct. 20

* The National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America's second annual Woman of the Year award dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel honors BET co-founder and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson. Tickets start at $250. Call 301-214-9116 or visit and click on Council Events.

* DC Vote's 2005 "Champions of Democracy" awards reception at the Madison Hotel honors Joe Sternlieb, co-founder of DC Vote and deputy director of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, and Joslyn Williams, president of the AFL-CIO's Metropolitan Washington Council. Tickets: $150. Call 202-462-6000, Ext. 14 or visit

Oct. 21

* Centro Familia, an organization dedicated to increasing the quality and availability of early child care and education in new American communities, hosts a dinner at Los Arrieros restaurant in Silver Spring. The evening features Quique Avile's show, "Latinhood." Tickets: $45. Call 301-754-1801 or visit

* "Halloween Howl 2005," a masquerade for dogs and animal lovers to benefit People Animals Love, is at L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. Tickets: $125 ($10 for dogs). Call 202-966-2171 or visit

* Greater DC Cares' "Spark a Change Legacy Award Gala" at the Kennedy Center honors James V. Kimsey, founding CEO and chairman emeritus of America Online. Tickets: $250. Call 202-777-4451 or visit

Oct. 22

* "Miami Nights," the Capital Hospice's "Passion for Caring" gala, is at the National Building Museum. Al and Joan Van Metre and the Van Metre Cos. are the honorees. Tickets: $300. Call 703-531-6208.

* "Viva Las Vegas," the Arlington Free Clinic gala, is at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Tickets: $250. Call 703-979-1425, Ext. 12 or visit

* Imagination Stage's 26th annual gala is at the Imagination Stage in Bethesda. The evening begins with a one-hour musical theater performance. The guest of honor is Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. Tickets: $250. Call 301-280-1627.

Oct. 24

* The Women's Leadership Group of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's benefit at the Mandarin Oriental hotel offers cocktails, auctions, dinner and a talent showcase by the winning acts of ICON 05, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's recent talent search. Tickets: $275. Call 301-562-2003.

Oct. 25

* The Washington Chorus benefit -- an evening of music and a reception at the residence of the British ambassador -- honors Diane and John Rehm. Tickets: $125. Call 202-342-6221.

Oct. 26

* The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Gala offers guests a preview of the exhibition "Style and Status: Imperial Costumes From Ottoman Turkey" and honors Turkish fashion designers. Tickets start at $500. Call 202-633-0447.

* The U.S. Navy Memorial 2005 Lone Sailor Awards dinner honoring Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and the late Rear Adm. Grace Hopper is at the Ritz-Carlton Washington. Ernest Borgnine is master of ceremonies. Tickets: $425. Call 202-380-0728 or visit

* The Washington Performing Arts Society's 40th anniversary Season Opening Celebration offers a reception and dinner at the Kennedy Center followed by a performance by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and Orchestra La Scintilla, followed by a dessert reception with the artists. Tickets start at $500. Tickets for the concert and dessert reception only start at $300. Call 202-293-9325.

* KEENFest Fifth Annual Dinner and Silent Auction is at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Kids Enjoy Exercise Now provides free one-on-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. Tickets: $85. Call 301-229-4465 or visit

Oct. 27

* "Unlocking Doors to Affordable Housing For All," the 10th Annual Friends of Manna reception and silent auction, is at the City Museum of Washington. Tickets: $40. Call 202-832-1845 or visit

* The Duncan Phillips Award Ceremony and dinner at the Phillips Collection honors philanthropist and collector Monique Barbier-Mueller. Tickets: $1,000. Call 202-387-2151, Ext. 267.

Oct. 28

* The 17th annual Helen Hayes Awards benefit auction is at the Four Seasons. Tickets: $250. Call 202-337-4572 or visit

* "Entertaining People: An Evening of Jazz," a benefit for the Washington Home and Community Hospices at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, features the Hal Sigerton Jazz Quartet with Anthony A. Lewis, a member of the Washington Home board of governors and president of Verizon DC, on drums. Tickets start at $350 ($250 for patrons under 35). Call 202-895-9680 or visit

* Friends of the National Zoo's Halloween extravaganza for kids -- Boo at the Zoo -- is sold out on Oct. 29. Tickets are still available for the 28th and 30th. Tickets: $23 ($13 for FONZ members). The event is free for kids under 2. Call 202-633-2922 or visit

Oct. 29

* "Miracles" is the theme of the 20th annual Lombardi Gala at the Hilton Washington, a benefit for Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Peggy Fleming and Dan Jansen, Olympic gold medalists, and Paul Schweitzer of Julien J. Studley Inc. are the honorees. Tickets: $400. Call 202-687-2604.

* The National Building Museum's 25th Anniversary Bash at the museum offers a raffle, cocktails and a fireworks show at midnight. Tickets start at $95 ($75 for members). Call 202-272-2448 or visit