Gourmet Gala: 6-9 p.m., May 20, Acura of Peabody, 233 Andover St., Peabody. Area residents may sample food from local restaurants, including Daniella’s Cafe, Pizza Goddess and Legal Bar C, and participate in an auction to benefit cancer treatment and programs at North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. Auction items include memberships to Freedom Boat Club, General Electric’s Luxury Box seating for 20 people at a Red Sox game and a limousine ride and dinner for four guests at Pellana Prime Steakhouse.