Balls and Galas 2010-2011

The 2010 Washington Life Guide to the much anticipated Balls and Galas season.

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From left: Michele Berman, co-chairwoman of the Executive Committee, Arena Stage’s Opening Gala Celebration; Susan E. Lehrman, co-chairwoman, Washington National Opera Ball; Robert G. Hisaoka, chairman, Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala; Rachel Sullivan, co-chairwoman, Sibley Hospital’s “Celebration of Hope & Progress” Gala; Barry Dixon, co-chairman, CharityWorks Dream Ball; Nancy Brinker, founder, Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure; Mark Lowham, co-chairman, CharityWorks Dream Ball; Molly A. Meegan, co-chairwoman, Harman Center for the Arts Gala; Debra Lee, co-chairwoman, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gala; and Beth Newburger Schwartz, co-chairwoman of the Executive Committee, Arena Stage’s Opening Gala Celebration
From left: , co-chairwoman of the Executive Committee, Arena Stage’s Opening Gala Celebration; Susan E. Lehrman, co-chairwoman, Washington National Opera Ball; , chairman, “Make a Difference” Gala; , co-chairwoman, Sibley Hospital’s “Celebration of Hope & Progress” Gala; , co-chairman, CharityWorks Dream Ball; Nancy Brinker, founder, Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure; , co-chairman, CharityWorks Dream Ball; Molly A. Meegan, co-chairwoman, Harman Center for the Arts Gala; Debra Lee, co-chairwoman, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gala; and , co-chairwoman of the Executive Committee, Arena Stage’s Opening Gala Celebration

SEPTEMBER

WNO OPENING NIGHT

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Washington National Opera’s opening night gala, “A Masked Ball,” is the social season’s unofficial kickoff, proving that the best isn’t always saved for last. Guests enjoy a dinner and masquerade ball at the Italian Embassy following the season premiere of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at the Kennedy Center.

DATE: Saturday, September 11; 7 p.m., performance; 10 p.m., dinner and ball. LOCATION: Kennedy Center and Embassy of Italy

ATTIRE: Black-tie with mask

EVENT CHAIRMAN: Mrs.

PRICE: Starting at $500

CONTACT: 202-295-2449

INNOCENTS AT RISK BENEFIT

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join Canadian Amb. and Innocents at Risk as they honor Secretary of Homeland Security for her commitment to combating international human trafficking.

DATE: Monday, September 13

LOCATION: Embassy of Canada

ATTIRE: Cocktail

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Christopher Smith

PRICE: $500

CONTACT: , 202-625-4338 , dsigmund@eoc.net

THE 32ND ANNUAL AMBASSADORS BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: This annual event is a traditional way to toast autumn’s arrival. Guests mix and mingle with the diplomatic corps and Congressional leaders while enjoying dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. DATE: Tuesday, September 14; 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: JW Marriott Hotel

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Joyce Bennett and ; Tony and (Ball Committee chairmen); and Esther Coopersmith (Diplomatic chairman)

PRICE: $500

CONTACT: Abra Frankel, 202-296-536, afrankel@msandyou.org

NATIONAL SYMPHONY SEASON OPENING

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join the National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the arrival of its new music director, Christopher Eschenbach, at a major concert with dining and dancing on the Kennedy Center’s South Plaza. Proceeds benefit the orchestra’s artistic, education,and community outreach programs. DATE: Saturday, September 25

LOCATION: Kennedy Center

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMAN: TBD

PRICE: Starting at $1,000

CONTACT: Leslie Miller, 202-416-8102

NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS’ NOCHE DE GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: This event, which brings A-List Hispanic entertainers to Washington for dinner, dancing, and fundraising, is always muy caliente. Funds raised help support the foundation’s scholarship programs assisting young Latinos trying to break into the media and entertainment industries.

DATE: Wednesday, September 15

LOCATION: Corcoran Gallery of Art

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Sonia Braga, , Felix Sanchez, and Jimmy Smits

PRICE: $1,000

CONTACT: 202-293-8330

PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Literary enthusiasts, this event is right up your alley. “Indiscretion(s),” a celebration benefiting the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, features readings by noted authors including Nicholas Delbanco, Lisa Grunwald, Jane Hamilton, Maxine Hong Kingston, Walter Kirn, Laura Lippman, Manuel Muñoz, Bich Minh Nguyen, Audrey Niffenegger, Howard Norman, and ZZ Packer, followed by a seated dinner.

DATE: Monday, September 20

LOCATION: Folger Shakespeare Library

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Sens. and Patrick Leahy, Mary Haft, and Susan Richards Schrive

PRICE: $400; $5,000 for a table of 10

CONTACT: Paige Rorick, 202-636-8743, paige@campbellpeachey.com

CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER BENEFIT

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Law Center’s tenth annual benefit delivers not only a wonderful party, but also a city view that’s hard to beat. Held on the Kennedy Center’s Rooftop Terrace, the evening helps bring in the necessary funds used to legally assist thousands of children each year.

DATE: Tuesday, September 21

LOCATION: Kennedy Center Roof Terrance Restaurant

ATTIRE: Formal business

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Diana Goldberg and Mary Liang

PRICE: $250

CONTACT: Sippel, 202-467- 4900, ksippel@childrenslawcenter.org

SECOND CHANCE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES’ “LAST KISS OF SUMMER”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, free-flowing martinis, a seated dinner, and dancing throughout the night to help raise funds for Second Chance’s programs providing free employment services for battered Washington women.

DATE: Thursday, September 23; 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMAN: Betty Thompson

PRICE: $400; sponsorships available

CONTACT: Nancy Mraz, 703-356-3099, nmraz@hpproductions-inc.com

JOAN HISAOKA “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Don’t miss this elegant evening of dinner and dancing to support organizations that assist those with serious illnesses, including Life with Cancer and Smith Farm Center. Named in honor of the late PR maven Joan Hisaoka, the gala raises funds to help those in need get through difficult times. DATE: Friday, September 24; 5:30 p.m., VIP reception; 6 p.m., reception and silent auction; 10 p.m., after party

LOCATION: Mandarin Oriental Hotel

ATTIRE: Black-tie EVENT CHAIRMAN: Robert G. Hisaoka

PRICE: $600; sponsorships available

CONTACT: Rebecca Zweig, 202- 543-7388, makeadifference@aboutbravo.com

WOLF TRAP BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: From hockey finals to the recent Vancouver Olympic Games, Canada is on everyone’s minds these days. Join the honorary host, Canadian Amb. Gary Doer, in celebrating his nation at this always glamorous event. Proceeds will benefit the Wolf Trap Foundation’s arts and education programs. DATE: Friday, September 24; 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Warren and Judy Martin with Nels and Kristen Olson

PRICE: $500 to $1,000

CONTACT: , grahamb@wolftrap.org

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OCTOBER

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY MERIDIAN BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: Meridian International Center marks a major milestone this year when it celebrates its big “5-0.” Guests will enjoy an evening celebrating the center’s efforts to strengthen international understanding at this top-of- the-line gala.

DATE: Friday, October 1; 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Meridian International Center

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Samia Farouki and

PRICE: Pre-ball dinner and ball, $650; White-Meyer dinner and ball, $400

CONTACT: Leonor Chiarella, 202-939-5574, lchiarella@meridian.org

CORCORAN’S “NOW AT NIGHT”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join special guest Chris Martin and fellow contemporary art lovers and philanthropists to celebrate the much-anticipated launch of “NOW at the Corcoran,” a program of exhibitions presenting new and sitespecific work by emerging and midcareer artists.

DATE: Friday, October 1; 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Corcoran Gallery of Art

ATTIRE: Cocktail

EVENT CHAIRMAN: Chris Martin

PRICE: $150; $500, VIP tickets

CONTACT: , 202-639-1753

CHARITYWORKS DREAM BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: This event outdoes itself year after year. Held at the always breathtakingly-decorated National Building Museum, the evening includes dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to benefit Friendship Public Charter School, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and Intrepid Fallen Heroes.

DATE: Saturday, October 2; 6 p.m.

LOCATION: National Building Museum

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Barry Dixon and Mark Lowham

PRICE: $1,500 per couple

CONTACT: Sat Suko, 703-286-0758, charityworks@aol.com

CAPITAL FOR CHILDREN CASINO NIGHT

WHAT TO EXPECT: Capital for Children ups the ante this year at its annual Casino Night – an evening filled with friendly gambling games (craps, black jack, etc.) to benefit local children in need.

DATE: Saturday, October 2; 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Long View Gallery

ATTIRE: Casual cocktail

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Phil Deutch and

PRICE: $125 to $150

CONTACT: , 703-747-1964, michelle.mccann@ey.com

HARMAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join the Shakespeare Theatre Company in a tribute to William Shakespeare’s Italy. This elegant red-carpet event, complete with dinner and dancing, is a can’t-miss affair that supports the company’s education and outreach programs.

DATE: Sunday, October 3; 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Sidney Harman Hall and National Building Museum

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Giuseppe and Mercedes Cecchi, Abbe David Lowell, and Molly A. Meegan

PRICE: $750 to $1,000

CONTACT: , 202-547-3230, ext. 2330, hcagala@shakespearetheatre.org

“THANKS A MILLION!” GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Habitat for Humanity’s gala salutes the life and service of two of its most famous volunteers – Jimmy and – on World Habitat Day. The gala, which draws over 500 Washington leaders, kicks off a week of building activities that will engage over a thousand volunteers in neighborhood revitalization in six U.S. cities.

DATE: Monday, October 4; 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Auditorium

ATTIRE: Cocktail

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Frank Blake, , Andrew N. Liveris, Larry Stone, and Trisha Yearwood PRICE: $1,000 CONTACT: Sarah Lapeyre, 703-714-2368, slapeyre@hayespr.com.

ANGELS IN ADOPTION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Everyone needs a home, and this year’s “Angels in Adoption” has made that dream a reality for many local children. Members of Congress join activists in the Washington adoption and foster care community to honor this year’s “angels” and the children they have helped.

DATE: Wednesday, October 6; 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Building & International Trade Center

ATTIRE: Business PRICE: $500

CONTACT: Chelsea Cathcard, 202-544-8500, chelsea@ccainstitute.org

USO GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Celebrities and entertainers from around the world, including Trisha Yearwood and Trevor Romain, will pack the house to support the USO and the work it does overseas to boost morale in the U.S. Armed Forces.

DATE: Thursday, October 7; 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

ATTIRE: Black-tie or military uniform

EVENT CHAIRMAN: Dave McIntyre

PRICE: $1,000 CONTACT: Stacey Hackner, 703-908-6453, shacker@uso.org

ARTS FOR THE AGING GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join this organization’s many supporters at its 22nd annual benefit to support free arts programs for older and disabled adults in the Washington area. The evening features a dinner dance with live and silent auctions, plus the presentation of AFTA’s Lolo Sarnoff Award to performance artist and teacher Jerome Barry.

DATE: Friday, October 8

LOCATION: Washington Golf and Country Club

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Joyce S. Hagel-Silverman and Joan Polk

PRICE: $300; sponsorships available

CONTACT: Chateau Gardecki, 703-728-7766, chateaumrg@gmail.com

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN DINNER

WHAT TO EXPECT: This gathering of over 3,000 people is the largest annual fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign’s efforts to support and advocate for the LGBT community. With last year’s star-studded performances by and the stars of “Glee,” we can only imagine the surprises HRC has in store for this year.

DATE: Saturday, October 9; 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Convention Center

ATTIRE: Black-tie optional

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Marjorie Chorlins and Kirkland Hamill

PRICE: $275

CONTACT: Joshua Meyer, 202-572-8911, joshua.meyer@hrc.org

DC VOTE DINNER

WHAT TO EXPECT: Over 300 leaders from the political, business, and corporate communities will join together to support DC Vote for this special commemorative evening, emceed by . Rep. will present a posthumous award to Arca President for his dedication to democracy, while DC Vote grassroots leader Kathy Schmidt and Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal are honored for their unwavering democratic commitment.

DATE: Tuesday, October 12; 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

ATTIRE: Business

PRICE: $175

CONTACT: Abby Levine, 202-462-6000, ext. 17, alevine@dcvote.org

HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT’S 2010 “GOINGPLACES!”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join education activists at Higher Achievement’s annual benefit honoring Steven Goldstein for his support of the organization’s scholars and staff. Make sure to catch a special performance by middle school students honoring the group’s mission to prepare for high school and beyond.

DATE: Thursday, October 14; 6:30 p.m., performance and awards; 7:30 p.m., reception

LOCATION: The Warner Theatre

ATTIRE: Business

EVENT CHAIRMEN: , Michael Glosserman, , Mitchell Shear, and PRICE: $300; sponsorships available CONTACT: Cara Leidy, 202-375-7709, cleidy@higherachievement.org

STAR GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: An entertaining evening honoring Washington theater supporters featuring cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and raffles– all to benefit the year-round efforts of the Helen Hayes organization to promote and raise the visibility of local professional theater.

DATE: Friday, October 15

LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown

PRICE: $290

CONTACT: , adreskin@helenhayes.org

“HONORING THE PROMISE”

WHAT TO EXPECT: This event recognizes the 30th anniversary of Nancy G. Brinker’s promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to rid the world of breast cancer. The evening will feature performances and award presentations to Laura Bush, Rep. , , Dr. V. Craig Jordan, Dr. Mary-Claire King, Dr. , and Ida Odinga.

DATE: Saturday, October 16

LOCATION: Kennedy Center

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMAN: Annie S. Totah

PRICE: Starting at $500

CONTACT: , 202-636-8745, ariel@campbellpeachey.com

A NIGHT OF HOPE GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Over 600 Washingtonians will gather for cocktails, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Capitol Chapter. A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Living & Giving Award to Blackbird Technologies Inc., for its significant contribution to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

DATE: Saturday, October 16

LOCATION: National Building Museum

ATTIRE: Black-tie EVENT CHAIRMEN: Doug and Shelley Lowenstein

PRICE: $250 to $400; sponsorships available starting at $5,000

CONTACT: 202-371-0044

20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Center for Public Integrity celebrates a major milestone with dinner and a presentation of the Founder’s Award to Charles Lewis. Legendary broadcaster will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

DATE: Thursday, October 21

LOCATION: The Newseum

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Ed Asner, , Cheryl and David Einhorn, , and William R. (Billy) Martin, Cokie and Steve Roberts, and Vivian Schiller and Phil Frank

PRICE: $300; $10,000 for tables of 10

CONTACT: Katherine Van Wyk, 202-636-8743, katherine@campbellpeachey.com

NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: One thing is for sure, guests are guaranteed first class Italian fare at this event. NIAF celebrates its 35th anniversary by honoring Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide; Joseph Uva, CEO of Univision Communications Inc.; Aurelio De Laurentiis, Italian film producer and president of the Naples Soccer Club; Tom Izzo, head coach of Men’s Basketball at Michigan State University; and Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. DATE: Saturday, October 23; 6p.m., reception; 7 p.m., dinner

LOCATION: The Washington Hilton

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMAN: Robert E. Carlucci

PRICE: $400

CONTACT: Elissa Rufino, 202-939-3106

INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM GALA 2010

WHAT TO EXPECT : A festive evening of socializing, networking, dinner, auction, and live entertainment by Gloria Gaynor, the Queen of Disco. Over 850 donors and supporters are expected, including politicians, Inova team members, and physicians.

DATE : Saturday, October 23; 6 p.m.

LOCATION : The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Paula and Andrew Darling

PRICE: $250

CONTACT : Kim Perry Ellis, 703-289-2012, kim.perry@inova.org

ARENA STAGE OPENING GALA CELEBRATION

WHAT TO EXPECT: Celebrate the grand re-opening of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The special evening will include cocktails throughout the Mead Center, an exclusive one-night performance featuring Tony Award winner , and dinner. President and Mrs. Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs, along with Mayor and his wife Michelle, noting the event’s both local and national significance.

DATE: Monday, October 25

LOCATION: Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT Chairwomen: Michele Berman and Beth Newburger Schwartz

PRICE: $1,500 and $2,500

CONTACT: April Irwin, 202-554-9066, ext. 207, amirwin@arenastage.org

SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION

WHAT TO EXPECT: March of Dimes hosts this entertainment-packed event featuring over 30 local chefs preparing their signature dishes. Silent and live auctions will take place, with hotel stays and dining packages among the items up for bid.

DATE: Tuesday, October 26; 6 p.m., tastings and silent auction; 7:45 p.m., live auction; 8:30 p.m., dessert LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington

CONTACT: , 703-824-0111, ext. 19, nvagnerini@marchofdimes.com

SIBLEY HOSPITAL’S “CELEBRATION OF HOPE & PROGRESS” GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: This year marks Sibley Hospital’s tenth annual “Celebration of Hope & Progress” gala to benefit its cancer services and programs. Guests won’t want to miss the always-spectacular silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing.

DATE: Saturday, October 30; 7 p.m.

LOCATION: National Building Museum

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: , Nina Pillsbury, and Thomas and Rachel Sullivan

PRICE: Starting at $500

CONTACT: Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, 202-364-7696

CAPITAL HOSPICE PASSION FOR CARING GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Capital Hospice honors Dr. Elisabeth Simms and other community partners who have promoted the organization’s mission to improve care for those facing life limiting illnesses. A reception and silent auction start off the night before dinner and dancing to a live band.

DATE: Saturday, October 30

LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Dr. Kathleen Fink, Dr. Matt Kestenbaum, and Dr. Cameron Muir and Susan Bond Muir PRICE: $500; sponsorships available

CONTACT: Catherine Sanders, 703-538-2037, csanders@capitalhospice.org

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NOVEMBER

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS FALL FÊTE

WHAT TO EXPECT: Held at the beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts, this evening is full of entertainment and opportunities to honor some of the most celebrated women in performing arts.

DATE: Thursday, November 4

LOCATION: National Museum of Women in the Arts

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: TBD

PRICE: TBD

CONTACT: 202-266-2815

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION AMERICAN PATRIOT GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Nearly 600 of Washington’s most powerful and influential leaders will gather to celebrate Secretary of Defense for a lifetime of patriotism. The evening features a reception and dinner, with late night dancing. serves as emcee.

DATE: Friday, November 5; 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: TBD

PRICE: $1,000 to $2,500

CONTACT: Sarah Lapeyre, 703-714-2368, slapeyre@hayespr.com

THE LOMBARDI GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: The evening marks the 40th anniversary of the Lombardi Center and will be celebrated with a cocktail reception, renowned silent auction, raffle, and presentation of awards to outstanding individuals who have campaigned for the fight against cancer. Proceeds go directly towards cancer research, education, and treatment.

DATE: Saturday, November 6; 6 p.m.

LOCATION: The Washington Hilton

ATTIRE: Black-tie

EVENT CHAIRMEN: Honorary Chair: Mr. DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, National Football Players’ Assoc.; Co-Chairmen: Mr. Marc DeLuca, ING Clarion; Mr. Brian Katz, American Real Estate Partners; Mr. Barry Scher, Policy Solutions, LLC; Mr. Paul Schweitzer, Studley, Inc.

PRICE: $400

CONTACT: Elena Jeannotte, 202-687-3866

MARK TWAIN PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

 

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