Haute Weekend Happenings in Boston 11/20/15

The weekend is finally here so it’s officially time to celebrate. From benefit galas to a tree lighting spectacular, here’s a roundup of this weekend’s hautest events in Boston:

Melanoma Foundation of New EnglandPhoto Credit: David DiNisco

The Shades of Hope gala is being held tonight at the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston Street to raise money for the Melanoma Foundation of New England. The annual benefit celebrates anyone who has been touched by melanoma from survivors to advocates. More than 500 guests are expected to attend the elite event, which starts at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception. The emcee of the evening is WCVB’s Phil Lipof and this year’s honorees include Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Kathy Earley, a melanoma survivor and advocate, will discuss her nonprofit organization (Team Earley), which she formed to help support the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

Joslin High Hopes Dylan DreyerPhoto Credit: Joslin Diabetes Center

Tomorrow night, the 16th annual Joslin Diabetes High Hopes Gala is being held at the Westin Copley Place. In celebration of National Diabetes Month, NBC’s Weekend Today Show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer will be in town to emcee the event, which starts at 6 p.m. The black-tie event will get started with a cocktail reception followed by live entertainment featuring The Sultans of Swing along with American Idol semifinalist Erika Van Pelt and lead singer Jeffrey Thomas. A live and silent auction will also be held with a chance to win two tickets to Elton John’s 2016 Oscar Party and two-night stay at the W Hotel in West Hollywood. This year’s Global Achievement Award recipient and honoree is Doug Melton, Ph.D., Xander University Professor at Harvard University and the 2015 Spotlight on Hope will be 13-year-old Lilly Branka, a long-time patient and supporter of Joslin Diabetes Center.

Faneuil Hall MarketplacePhoto Credit: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

One of the season’s most anticipated events is upon us this weekend with the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular being held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. More than 30,000 people attended last year’s opening night ceremony to view the biggest tree in the northeast (it’s larger than the one in Rockefeller Center). The light and sound extravaganza features the music of the Holiday Pops and includes nightly performances through New Year’s.