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May 4 6:00PM - May 4 10:00PM

Black Hat Bash

Variety’s Black Hat Bash is our annual fundraising gala in Philadelphia to celebrate Variety and connect with the many supporters of our work. Join us for this special evening to support Variety’s mission of serving children and young adults with disabilities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and to celebrate the 2023 Golden Heart of Variety Awardees.

This year, we are honoring:

Pat Eiding, President (Retired), Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

Sheila Hess, City Representative, City of Philadelphia

Please join us at Water Works on Thursday, May 4th and use the button below to begin your plans for sponsoring this special evening, purchasing tickets, and sharing a message in the 2023 commemorative program book. Stay tuned for more details about the 2023 event auction and information for you to begin bidding on unique items while supporting Variety.

All guests will be treated to a VIP evening that includes complimentary valet parking, cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, Cescaphe’s celebrated cuisine, and top-shelf open bar. Guests will enjoy an evening under the stars with special entertainment and will make long-lasting memories together while overlooking Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row. Please remember that we are not asking guests to dress in black tie attire, but we are hoping you wear a black hat to the event. We look forward to seeing you in your traditional black top hat, most festive and creative headpiece, or a black hat in a style of your choosing!

Interested in downloading the event materials to purchase your tickets, sponsorship, or program book message via email or postal mail? Please click the button below for complete details and to download your event reply form.

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Fedora Sponsor 

Fascinator Sponsors


Bowler Sponsors

Allan Myers

Brandywine Realty Trust

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Philadelphia Soccer 2026

Visit Philadelphia

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