POWER OF THE PURSE. Thursday, May 1, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Willowdale Estate, Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield. Women’s Fund of Essex County’s sixth annual fundraiser features hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a raffle with chances to win purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund. Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door. www.thewomensfund ec.org.
50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA. Friday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., 35 Little’s Point Road, Swampscott. Marian Court College will hold its 50th anniversary gala to raise money for scholarships. Event features the presentation of the Beacon Award to Jack Burke of Swampscott, and silent and live auctions. $50 general, $37.50 alumni. Tickets and details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-309-5279.
TIARA FOUNDATION BENEFIT GALA. Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., Vittori Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Tiara Foundation Society hosts a benefit gala to raise funds to help a single parent pursue his or her higher education goals. Event features silent auction, raffles, and dancing and entertainment by A Train Orchestra. Tickets, $10 person, available at Casa de Moda, 272 Cabot St., Beverly, or at the door. www.thetiarafoundation.org.
RUNNING & WALKING WELL 5K. Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m., Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Calvary Christian Church’s Running Well Ministry presents the Running and Walking Well 5K to raise money to build at least one well in East Africa in partnership with the Africa Oasis Project. One well provides clean water for an entire community. Event includes cash prizes, trophies and medals for winners; silent auction, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; children’s fair, 9 a.m. to noon; and more. Packet pickup and registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Details and registration at www.runningwalkingwell.org.
ARTSFUSION. Saturday, May 3, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. Marblehead Festival of Arts and the Marblehead Arts Association present ArtsFusion, a gala in support of the local arts. Event features hearty hors d’oeuvres; silent auction; interactive art experiences; dancing to live music by Shuffle Mode; live auction hosted by WBZ’s Anthony Silva; and more. $55 ticket. Details and tickets available at artsfusion.brownpapertickets.com.