Balls and Galas 2011-2012

Washington Life gives an insider’s look at the Balls and Galas of the 2011-2012 Season.
Photographs by Clay Blackmore, Hair and Makeup by Marcella Urioste

Benefit chairs: , LUNGevity’s Musical Celebration of Hope Gala; Patricia Estrada,Harman Center for the Arts Gala; Barbara Hawthorn, The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington Women’s Leadership Group Icon Gala; Brooke Carnot, Choral Arts Society 31st Annual Holiday Concert and Benefit; Kate and Vincent Burke III, Sibley Hospital’s “Celebration of Hope & Progress” Gala; Mary Ourisman, Meridian Ball and Trust for the National Mall’s 2012 Luncheon; Fletcher Gill, founder, Luke’s Wings; J.C. Hayward, Arena Stage Season Opening Celebration; Front Row: Michelle Freeman, AfterDark@THEARC

SEPTEMBER

 

WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA OPENING NIGHT GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Washington National Opera celebrates its Season Opening Night with the cast of “Tosca.”
DATE: Saturday, September 10; 7 p.m. performance followed by dinner
LOCATION: Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: and Michelle Smith
PRICE: Starting at $1,000
CONTACT: 202-416-8496, rsvp@kennedy-center.org.

NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS’ NOCHE DE GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Get ready for a night of Latin sizzle and spice as Pollywood goes Latino with Jimmy Smits, , , David Archuleta, Rita Moreno, and other stars.
DATE: Tuesday, September 13; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: , Ginny Grenham and Paul Zevnik
PRICE: $1,250
CONTACT: Richard Rodriguez, rrodriguez@hispanicarts.org

THE AMBASSADORS BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: The 33rd annual ball will raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and traditionally hosts the diplomatic corps, congressional leaders and other distinguished guests who enjoy an international-themed silent auction, superb cuisine and dancing.
DATE: Wednesday, September 14; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ritz-Carlton, Washington
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: , wife of Sen. Mark Warner, and Amey Upton, wife of Rep. Fred Upton
PRICE: $500; Sponsorships available from $5,000-$100,000
CONTACT: 202-296-5363, ambassadorsball@msandyou.org

PARKINSON’S ACTION NETWORK’S UDALL AWARDS DINNER

WHAT TO EXPECT: NPR’s will conduct a special “conversational interview” with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and will pay tribute to Morton Kondracke, PAN’s founding board member and the dinner co-chairman. Udall Award recipients will also be honored.
DATE: Wednesday, September 14; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The National Press Club
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Diane Rehm and Morton Kondracke
CONTACT: 202-638-4101, udalldinner@parkinsonsaction.org
ARENA STAGE SEASON OPENING CELEBRATION
WHAT TO EXPECT: The evening, benefiting Arena Stage’s Community Engagement and educational programs, includes cocktails, dinner and the presentation of the American Artist Award followed by the highly anticipated season opening performance of “Trouble in Mind.”
DATE: Thursday, September 15; 5 p.m. VIP reception, 5:30 p.m. general reception
LOCATION: Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
ATTIRE: Festive
EVENT CHAIRMAN: J.C. Hayward
PRICE: Performance and dessert reception, $250; dinner, performance and dessert reception, $500; VIP all-access ticket, $1,000
CONTACT: Julie Lombard, 202-600- 4176, jlombard@arenastage.org.

LAST KISS OF SUMMER

WHAT TO EXPECT: Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner and dancing throughout the night to raise funds for Second Chance Employment Services’ programs providing free employment placement and training services for at-risk women in the Washington, D.C. area.
DATE: Thursday, September 15; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Four Seasons, Washington, D.C.
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMAN: David Arkless
PRICE: $400; Junior Supporter ticket, $250; tables, $5,000
CONTACT: maggie@galaevents.com

LUNGEVITY FOUNDATION’S MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF HOPE GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: The nation’s largest lung cancer nonprofit focuses on research to end the disease. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, music and dancing.
DATE: Friday, September 16; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Auditorium
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Vernon and and Grace Bender
PRICE: $500
CONTACT: Anna Pugh, 202-302-4327, apugh@lungevity.org

WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY’S DINNER ON STAGE

WHAT TO EXPECT: Patrons get to experience the theater from a backstage perspective, with opportunities to explore the scene shop, enjoy cocktails in the Small-Alper Green Room and congregate with actors in the costume shop before dinner is served on the main stage.
DATE: Saturday, September 17; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., 641 D St. NW
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Elizabeth Friedman
PRICE: $285
CONTACT: shelley@woollymammoth.net, 202-312-5265

2011 WOLF TRAP BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: A celebration of Wolf Trap’s 40 years on the Filene Center stage, taking guests on a nostalgic journey back to Wolf Trap’s early years to showcase its continued legacy as a place where culture and community take center stage.
DATE: Saturday, September 17; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Wolf Trap’s Filene Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Tim Keating and Peter J. Lauria
PRICE: $500-$1,000
CONTACT: , grahamb@wolftrap.org

AFTERDARK@THEARC

WHAT TO EXPECT: The event supports 11 nonprofit groups with programs benefiting the residents of Anacostia, including Building Bridges Across The River and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
DATE: Saturday, September 17; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: THEARC
ATTIRE: After Dark Chic
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Michelle Freeman
PRICE: $250, individual; $1,000, Host Committee; tables starting at $5,000
CONTACT: Kay Kendall at kay@kaykendall.org

HEROES CURING CHILDHOOD CANCER GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Heroes Curing Childhood Cancer is the signature fundraiser to support continued research at Children’s National Medical Center. Organized by volunteers, the event has raised nearly $500,000 to help fund research efforts to cure cancer in the past.
DATE: Saturday, September 17; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Fairmont, Washington, D.C.
ATTIRE: Black-tie optional
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Leslie and Paul Kiernan
PRICE: Individual tickets are $250, and sponsorship packages are available.
CONTACT: cagould@cnmc.org

A STANDING OVATION  FOR DC TEACHERS

WHAT TO EXPECT: The event honoring Highly Effective Educators of D.C. Public Schools will feature a special performance from Grammy Award winning artist John Legend.
DATE: Monday, September 19; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Concert Hall, Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: , , David Rubenstein and , Jr.
PRICE: Individual tickets from $40 to $500. Sponsorships starting at $5,000
CONTACT: Amanda Bregman, 202-636- 8743, amanda@campbellpeachey.com

HELPING CHILDREN SOAR

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join patrons of the Children’s Law Center as they celebrate the ninth annual Helping Children Soar benefit. CLC is the largest legal services provider in the District of Columbia, directly assisting over 1,000 children each year.
DATE: Wednesday, September 21; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant
ATTIRE: Business
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Joe Figini and Christine Kearns
PRICE: Starting at $250
CONTACT: Jessica Gelin, 202-467- 4900, jgelin@childrenlawcenter.org

NATIONAL SYMPHONY SEASON OPENING

WHAT TO EXPECT: The NSO marks its 80th anniversary with this gala event led by Music Director with guest violinist on a program to include works by Dvorák, Bruch, Smetana and Ravel as well as a film celebrating this milestone. Dinner and dancing follow the performance.
DATE: Sunday, September 25; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Concert Hall, Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie
PRICE: Starting at $1,000
CONTACT: 202-416-8102, nsoball@kennedy-center.org

‘THE WRITING ON THE WALL’ A GALA CELEBRATION TO  BENEFIT THE PEN/FAULKNER  AWARD FOR FICTION

WHAT TO EXPECT: Readings by noted authors including Amy Dickinson, Jeanna Wakatsuki Houston and Ken Ludwig will be preceded by cocktails and followed by a seated dinner. of The New Yorker serves as master of ceremonies.
DATE: Monday, September 26; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Folger Shakespeare Library
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Sens. Thad Cochran and , and Susan Richards Shreve
PRICE: Starting at $500
CONTACT: Brenda Zimmerman, 202-636-8743, brenda@campbellpeachey.com

AWARENESS IS PREVENTION DINNER

WHAT TO EXPECT: The event benefits anti-human trafficking efforts throughout the world and is sponsored by the Innocents at Risk – Sky Angels Coalition.
DATE: Tuesday, September 27; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: The Fairfax at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW
ATTIRE: Business/Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Celebrity Chef Mark Timms
PRICE: $200 – sponsorships and program recognition available
CONTACT: Adrienne Toumayan, 202-625-4338

INAUGURAL BALLET SOIRÉE ‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ PROHIBITION PARTY

WHAT TO EXPECT: The event will transform the grand headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce into a glamorous 1920s speakeasy to celebrate ’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” Guests will be treated to a live and silent auction, prohibition cocktails, cuisine and entertainment.
DATE: Friday, September 30; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, NW
ATTIRE: Cocktail; ’20s attire admired, but not required
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Mandy Delk and Elizabeth Wrege
PRICE: Individual tickets start at $175; sponsorships available
CONTACT: Elizabeth Early, eearly@washingtonballet.org, 202-362-3606 x123

OCTOBER

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN DINNER

WHAT TO EXPECT: This gathering of over 3,000 people is the single largest annual fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign, raising money to support and advocate for the LGBT community.
DATE: Saturday, October 1; 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie optional
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Alex Ernst and Ashley Smith
PRICE: $275
CONTACT: Molly Levin, 202-572- 8911, hrcnationaldinner.org

CASINO NIGHT

WHAT TO EXPECT: The area’s top private equity professionals enjoy food, fun and gaming to support the District’s children in need. Sponsored by Capital for Children, support will bring hope and resources to kids who are waiting for their lucky break.
DATE: Saturday, October 1; 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth Street, NW
ATTIRE: Business casual
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Phil Deutch and
PRICE: $150 by September 15, $175 thereafter
CONTACT: , michelle.mccann@ey.com

ANGELS IN ADOPTION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join members of Congress as they honor this year’s Angels in Adoption. National Angel in Adoption honorees are NFL star Scott Fujita and actress/screenwriter Nia Vardalos.
DATE: Wednesday, October 5; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
ATTIRE: Business
PRICE: $250
CONTACT: Allison Cappa, 202-544- 8500, allison@ccainstitute.org

USO GALA-YEARS YOUNG

WHAT TO EXPECT: This star-studded event is set to feature well-known entertainers from USO celebrity entertainment tours. Special volunteers and honorees from each branch of the armed forces will also be honored for their extraordinary bravery, loyalty and heroism.
DATE: Thursday, October 6
LOCATION: Wardman Park Marriott
ATTIRE: Black-tie or military equivalent
PRICE: Individual ticket, $1,000; Sponsorship packages available from $15,000
CONTACT: Gilpin, 703- 908-6453, shacker@uso.org

THE 23RD ANNUAL CHILDREN’S INN AT NIH GALA ‘A RECIPE FOR GIVING’

WHAT TO EXPECT: Since opening in 1990, more than 10,000 seriously ill children and their families have stayed at The Children’s Inn. This year, the Inn is embarking on a $1.5 million Kitchen and Dining Room Renovation Initiative.
DATE: Wednesday, October 12; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Union Station
PRICE: $1,000; table sponsors, $10,000
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Debbie Dingell and Abby Blunt
CONTACT: Susan O’Neill & Associates, 301-320-0232, childrensinn@oneillevent.com

HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT’S 2011 GOING PLACES!

WHAT TO EXPECT: The fourth annual gala celebrates over 35 years of dedication and commitment by Higher Achievement scholars, staff and champions. The evening will feature a performance by the organization’s scholars, followed by a cocktail reception, buffet dinner and dancing.
DATE: Thursday, October 13; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Warner Theatre
ATTIRE: Business/cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Charles E. Smith, Doug Donatelli, Chris Gladstone, Ron Paul and Ray Ritchey
PRICE: $250
CONTACT: Cara Leidy, 202-375-7709, cleidy@higherachievement.org

POTOMAC CONSERVANCY BENEFIT

WHAT TO EXPECT: Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and special musical entertainment will be featured at this exclusive event to raise funds for the protection of the Potomac River watershed. Environmental activist and philanthropist will be honored.
DATE: Thursday, October 13
LOCATION: Walter and Patricia Moore Residence, McLean, Va.
ATTIRE: Business
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Sunny Alsup
PRICE: $500
CONTACT: Melisa Klem, 301-608-1188 ext. 206, klem@potomac.org

43RD ANNUAL MERIDIAN BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: One of Washington’s most distinguished events, the ball is widely attended by diplomats, members of the Cabinet, Congress and the international business community.
DATE: Friday, October 14
LOCATION: Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place NW
ATTIRE: Black-tie/military dress
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Mary Ourisman, and Linda Mays McCaul and Susanna Quinn
PRICE: Pre-Ball Embassy Dinner and Ball, $650; White-Meyer Dinner and Ball, $450
CONTACT: Leonor Chiarella, 202-939-5574, lchiarella@meridian.org

CHARITYWORKS DREAM BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: This year’s Dream Ball benefits Live It Learn It and ThanksUSA to create positive change in the community and unite corporate leaders, donors and volunteers to help break the cycle of poverty.
DATE: Saturday, October 15; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The National Building Museum
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: and
PRICE: Sponsorships start at $1,500
CONTACT: charityworks@aol.com

HARMAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: This event celebrates Michael Kahn’s 25 years with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and benefits the Free For All at Sidney Harman Hall and the artistic programs of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
DATE: Monday, October 17; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Sidney Harman Hall and the National Building Museum
ATTIRE: Formal
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Miguel and Patricia Estrada and
PRICE: Tickets start at $750; tables start at $10,000
CONTACT: hcagala@shakespearetheatre.org

PUBLIC CITIZEN’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: The nonprofit advocacy group’s 40th anniversary gala promises to be a special evening celebrating Public Citizen’s history of serving as the people’s lobbyists, and fighting for health, safety, democracy and justice. Featured attendees include actor Alec Baldwin and Public Citizen’s founders.
DATE: Thursday, October 20
LOCATION: Omni Shoreham Hotel
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Robert Weissman
PRICE: Starting at $250
CONTACT: Alice Butler, abutler@citizen.org

HEROINES IN TECHNOLOGY

WHAT TO EXPECT: The March of Dimes celebrates women leaders in technology who exemplify volunteer service in the community. Festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner and live and silent auctions.
DATE: Friday, October 21; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Reston
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Ardell Fleeson and Helaine Cooper
PRICE: $250; Corporate tables: $5,000
CONTACT: Tina Cavucci, 703-824-0111×20, ccavucci@marchofdimes.com

NOW AT NIGHT

WHAT TO EXPECT: Hosted by the Corcoran Contemporaries, this benefit brings contemporary art lovers together for an evening of fun and art to benefit NOW at the Corcoran. Dance to the tunes of DJ Spooky, while enjoying specialty drinks and a dessert buffet.
DATE: Friday, October 21; 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Corcoran Gallery of Art
ATTIRE: Creative cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMAN: David DeSantis
PRICE: $100 until Sept. 19; $150 thereafter. Sponsorships start at $2,500.
CONTACT: Diana Kaw, 202-639-1749, dkaw@corcoran.org

“MAKE A DIFFERENCE” GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Don’t miss this elegant dinner dance to support organizations that assist people suffering from cancer, including Life with Cancer and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.
DATE: Saturday, October 22; 5:30 p.m., VIP reception; 6 p.m., general reception
LOCATION: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMAN:
PRICE: $600; Sponsorships available
CONTACT: Vivian Thompson-Goldstein, 202-302-0053, joansdifference@aol.com

INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM GALA 2011

WHAT TO EXPECT: Enjoy a festive evening of socializing, auction bidding and live entertainment by Kool & The Gang. The “Commitment to Excellence” Awards will be presented to those who have shown extraordinary leadership and dedication to improve the health of the community through excellence in patient care, education and research.
DATE: Saturday, October 22
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Fred and Cathy Sachs
PRICE: $500
CONTACT: 703-289-2057, specialevents@inova.org

MARK TWAIN PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

WHAT TO EXPECT: This year’s prize honors comedian with a performance featuring the biggest names in comedy. The evening begins with dinner at the Roof Terrace of the Kennedy Center and concludes with a fun-filled after-party.
DATE: Sunday, October 23; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Concert Center, Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Business
PRICE: Starting at $1,000
CONTACT: 202-416-8396, marktwainprize@kennedy-center.org

THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER WASHINGTON WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP GROUP ICON 11 GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: This 12th annual event showcases the talents of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) members. Cocktails and silent auction, dinner and a live auction are followed by a performance on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage) by five winners of the BGCGW Talent Search selected after months of competitions at local and regional levels. Expect original works created by BGCGW aspiring artists and winners of the ICON Visual Arts Competition.
DATE: Wednesday, October 26; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Barbara Brown Hawthorn
PRICE: Starting at $350
CONTACT: Terri Johnson, 202-540-2323

CHAMPIONS OF DEMOCRACY AWARDS DINNER– EMPOWERING THE DISTRICT

WHAT TO EXPECT: D.C. Vote’s annual Champions of Democracy awards dinner celebrates local and national leaders for democracy and D.C. voting rights. This year, it honors Maudine Cooper, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, and Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed.
DATE: Wednesday, October 26; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave,. NW
ATTIRE: Business
PRICE: $175; Sponsorships start at $500
CONTACT: Abigail Levine, 202-462- 6000 x17, alevine@dcvote.org

CHRIS 4 LIFE COLON CANCER FOUNDATION’S INAUGURAL BLUE HOPE BASH

WHAT TO EXPECT: Patrons will enjoy dinner and live music while raising funds to support treatment and care programs, cutting-edge research, and general marketing awareness campaigns. Honored guests include D.C. Delegate and Dr. .
DATE: Wednesday, October 26; 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Decatur House on Lafayette Square NW
ATTIRE: Cocktail
PRICE: Starting at $150
CONTACT: maurisapotts@gmail.com

THEATREWASHINGTON STAR GALA & BENEFIT AUCTION

WHAT TO EXPECT: A spectacular evening to honor special champions of the Washington metropolitan area theater community. Support the year-round efforts of the newly named TheatreWashington with silent and live auctions, a three-course dinner and show tunes by pianist Glenn Pearson.
DATE: Friday, October 28; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.
ATTIRE: Black-tie
PRICE: $290; $2,900 for table of 8
CONTACT: , 202-337- 4572, adreskin@helenhayes.org

HONORING THE PROMISE

WHAT TO EXPECT: This event, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will bring together the heroes of the breast cancer movement for an evening of inspiration, world-class entertainment and awards of distinction. The evening will celebrate the survivors and supporters who share in the promise made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, to end breast cancer forever.
DATE: Friday, October 28; 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMAN: David M. Rubenstein
PRICE: Individual tickets from $150; Sponsorship packages from $2,500
CONTACT: Ariel Metzger, 202-636-8745, ariel@campbellpeachey.com

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN FOUNDATION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: More than 3,000 guests from the U.S. and Italy are expected to attend the 36th Anniversary Gala, the most prestigious Italian American event in the nation’s capital. Television anchor Maria Bartiromo will serve as mistress of ceremonies, while other celebrity guests include President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano, House Minority Leader , Frankie Avalon, Giuliana DePandi-Rancic and Joe Pantoliano.
DATE: Saturday, October 29; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The Hilton Washington
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Gabriel A. Battista
PRICE: Starting at $400
CONTACT: Jerry Jones, 202-939-3102, jerry@niaf.org

CELEBRATION OF HOPE & PROGRESS

WHAT TO EXPECT: In honor of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s rich history, the 11th annual gala returns to the Sibley campus. The evening will begin with a festive cocktail reception in the new Medical Building followed by a formal dinner under the stars.
DATE: Saturday, October 29; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Sibley Campus
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Kate and Vincent Burke III
PRICE: Starting at $500; Corporate sponsorships available
CONTACT: , 202-537-4257

NOVEMBER

23RD ANNUAL ARTS FOR THE AGING GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Hosted by the honorary gala chairmen, Luxembourg Amb. Jean-Paul Senninger and Mrs. Louise Åkerblom, the event will include a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions and the presentation of the Lolo Sarnoff Award to Dr. . A champagne reception for sponsors precedes the festivities.
DATE: Tuesday, November 1; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Embassy of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Dr. Joyce S. Hagel-Silverman and Susanne Eisinger
PRICE: Starting at $325
CONTACT: , 301-255-0103, info@aftaarts.org

FOUNDATION FOR THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: The 8th annual Records of Achievement Award will be presented to philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, whose generous loan of the Magna Carta to the National Archives has allowed millions of visitors to view the landmark British document that inspired the Founding Fathers to write the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
DATE: Wednesday, November 2
LOCATION: The National Archives
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: and Edward Schlossberg
PRICE: By invitation only
CONTACT: Renee Tsao, 917-721-9237, renee.tsao@gmail.com

LOMBARDI GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: The 25th annual celebration features an extensive silent auction and cocktail reception, a raffle of a 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit cancer research and treatment at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center.
DATE: Saturday, November 5; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Washington Hilton
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Marc DeLuca, Brian Katz, Barry Scher and Paul Schweitzer
CONTACT: Elena Jeannotte, 202-687-3866, ej48@georgetown.edu

PASSION FOR CARING GALA: ‘REACHING THE FINISH LINE’

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join Capital Caring, formerly Capital Hospice, to raise funds in support of its new inpatient center in Loudoun County. These funds are critical to the hospice, which in 2010 funded $1. 5 million in charity care.
DATE: Saturday, November 5; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC
ATTIRE: Semi-formal
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Len and Dale Adler, Jane and Mike Anzilotti, David and Diane Guernsey
PRICE: $500 and up
CONTACT: Patti DeBuck, 703-531-6227, pdebuck@capitalcaring.org

CHAMPAGNE GALA AT THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE

WHAT TO EXPECT: La Maison Française at the Embassy of France hosts an elegant gala featuring France’s legendary Champagne houses. Gourmet delights from the finest restaurants in the nation’s capital will be served along with oceans of bubbly.
DATE: Saturday, November 5; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Embassy of France
ATTIRE: Black-tie
PRICE: $250
CONTACT: www.houseoffrancedc.org

THE LAB SCHOOL OF WASHINGTON’S 27TH ANNUAL AWARDS GALA AND DINNER DANCE

WHAT TO EXPECT: NPR’s Mara Liasson emcee’s this year’s event, which honors Israeli Amb. Michael Oren and famed consumer advocate Erin Brockovich. The night begins with cocktails followed by dinner and the awards ceremony, and concludes with dancing. This inspirational event raises awareness and support for The Lab School, which educates children and adults with learning disabilities.
DATE: Wednesday, November 9; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The National Building Museum
ATTIRE: Black-tie optional
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Sheila and David Feinberg
PRICE: From $250; Table sponsorships from $7,500
CONTACT: Lizzy Gillespie, 202-944-3075, gala@labschool.org

FIGHT FOR CHILDREN’S FIGHT NIGHT

WHAT TO EXPECT: Now in its 20th year, Fight Night brings together over 2,000 prominent business, sports and media figures to raise funds for Fight for Children and other organizations that provide education and health care services to low-income children in Washington. Fight Night features great food and drinks, professional boxing bouts and other entertainment.
DATE: Thursday, November 10; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Washington Hilton
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMAN: III
PRICE: $1,000; $8,500 for table of 10
CONTACT: Liz Warnecki, 292-772-0416, liz.warnecki@fightforchildren.org

2011 KNOCK-OUT ABUSE AGAINST WOMEN ANNUAL GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: While the guys are at Fight Night, the gals will be settling in for an exciting evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment to support the group’s beneficiaries, including Bethany House, Crossway Community, Safe Shores, and  The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.
DATE: Thursday, November 10; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Jaci Wilson Reid
PRICE: $500; Sponsorships from $7,500
CONTACT: Jessica Zachar, 703-417-2701, jessica@lindarothpr.com

LUKE’SWINGS 2ND ANNUAL HOMECOMING GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Enjoy a night of fun with live music and a silent auction to benefit Luke’s Wings, an organization that provides complimentary airfare for wounded warriors and the families of wounded warriors recovering at military hospitals throughout the country.
DATE: Friday, November 11; 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Terminal A, Reagan National Airport
ATTIRE: Black-tie
PRICE: $150
CONTACT: www.lukeswings.org

INSPIRING HOPE THROUGH RESEARCH

WHAT TO EXPECT: The presentation of the 2011 National Alliance on Mental Illness will present its Scientific Research Award to actor and former NFL running back Ed Marinaro at the annual celebration benefiting NAMI’s education programs.
DATE: Wednesday, November 16; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Newseum
ATTIRE: Cocktail
PRICE: Invitation only
CONTACT: Natalie Shear, 202 833-4456, natalie@natalieshear.com

31ST ANNUAL KIDNEY BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join more than 1,000 Washington leaders as well as kidney patients and their families for cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, dancing and entertainment by KC & the Sunshine Band. Proceeds benefit ongoing programs in medical research and organ donation awareness.
DATE: Saturday, November 19; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Washington Hilton
PRICE: $350; Corporate sponsorships from $5,000
EVENT CHAIRMAN:
CONTACT: Teresa Marchetti, 202-244-7900 x28, teresa.marchetti@kidney.org

CAPITAL CITY BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: Help raise money and awareness to fight human trafficking and modern day slavery at this annual ball. Proceeds benefit Innocents at Risk, Polaris Project and The Emancipation Network.
DATE: Saturday, November 19
LOCATION: The Washington Club
ATTIRE: Black-tie
PRICE: Starting at $125; Sponsorships starting at $1,000
CONTACT: , 202-625-9210, lsara@bestmarketing.net

STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Starlight MidAtlantic’s annual Taste of the Stars Gala is an intimate, premier fundraiser featuring cocktails, a gourmet dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions dedicated to using technology to “put a smile on the face” of childhood illness.
DATE: Saturday, November 19
LOCATION: The Four Seasons, Washington, D.C.
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMAN:
PRICE: $500; Sponsorships starting at $7,500
CONTACT: Janeen Said, 202-297-7827 x100, janeen.said@starlight-midatlantic.org

DECEMBER

SOME DINNER GALA AND SILENT AUCTION

WHAT TO EXPECT: This year’s gala begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction and will be followed by a seated dinner with a presentation of SOME’s annual McKenna Humanitarian of the Year award to Liz and Tom Donohue. Proceeds benefit the poor and homeless in the District.
DATE: Friday, December 2; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The National Building Museum
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Loretta and and Leslie and John Hortum
PRICE: $300; Sponsorships start at $5,000
CONTACT: Susan O’Neill & Associates, 301-320-8232, oneillevnt@aol.com

THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S ‘NUTCRACKER’ TEA

WHAT TO EXPECT: A quintessential Washington tradition, the Tea Party is a delight for ballet lovers of all ages. In addition to holiday entertainment, an elegant tea with white glove service will be featured along with a holiday buffet. Guests will have the opportunity to meet TWB’s dancers and pose for photos with “The Nutcracker” cast.
DATE: Sunday, December 11; 1 p.m. performance, Tea Party immediately following.
LOCATION: Performance: TheWarner Theatre; Tea Party: Willard Intercontinental Hotel
PRICE: Starting at $200
CONTACT: Elizabeth Early, 202-362-3606×123, eearly@washingtonballet.org

‘HOLIDAY TREASURES FROM RUSSIA’: THE CHORAL ARTS’ SOCIETY’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT AND BENEFIT

WHAT TO EXPECT: This year’s concert and benefit will allow guests to experience the majesty of a glorious Russian holiday. Beginning with a festive concert featuring a mix of Russian carols, beloved sing-alongs and popular holiday standards, the evening continues with delectable Russian fare, a sampling of top-shelf vodkas, a silent auction with vacations, jewelry, embassy access, and more.
DATE: Monday, December 19; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: The Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Brooke Stroud Carnot and Stephane Carnot
PRICE: $600; Tables, $7,500
CONTACT: Amy Moore, 202-244-3669

JANUARY

CHILDREN’S NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER’S ‘DANCING AFTER DARK’

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Children’s National Junior Council’s 5th annual gala for young Washington philanthropists features cocktails, dessert, dancing and a silent auction to benefit the hospital’s work throughout the year.
DATE: Saturday, January 21, 2012
LOCATION: House of Sweden
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: AmandaKeating and Krystina Afable
CONTACT: Liza Tanner, ltanner@childrensnational.org

FEBRUARY

THE ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER OPENING NIGHT GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Enjoy a thrilling opening night performance followed by dinner and dancing in the Kennedy Center’s South Gallery and Roof Terrace. Proceeds support the company’s Washington, D.C. outreach programs and provide scholarships to talented young dance students in the Washington area at the Ailey School in New York.
DATE: Tuesday, February 7
LOCATION: Opera House,
Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: , Lyndon K. Boozer, Chris Cowan and Debra Lee
PRICE: $500; $25,000 for a table for 10
CONTACT: Ariel Metzger, 202-636-8745, ariel@campbellpeachey.com

14TH ANNUAL ST JUDE GOURMET GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Mingle with Washington’s elite and experience an exclusive opportunity to taste some of the area’s finest restaurant cuisine. In addition, many one-of-a-kind auction items are up for bid. Proceeds help children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
DATE: Tuesday, February 21
LOCATION: National Building Museum
ATTIRE: Business
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Judy Heisley-Bishop, and
PRICE: $350
CONTACT: Daniela Romero, 703-351-5171, daniela.romero@stjude.org

MARCH

THE LATINO STUDENT FUND 10TH ANNUAL GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: Celebrate with music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from around the Latin world at this festive annual gathering, which also includes silent and live auctions and the signature Ambassadorial Dinner.
DATE: Monday, March 12
LOCATION: Organization of American States, 200 17th St. NW
ATTIRE: Cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Costa Rican Amb. Muni Figueres
PRICE: Starting at $125
CONTACT: Maria Fernanda Borja,202-244-3438, mfborja@latinostudentfund.org

ARTINI

WHAT TO EXPECT: During this annual month-long fundraiser, hosted by the Corcoran gallery of Art’s 1869 Society, local restaurants and lounges take inspiration from the museum’s collection and compete to create the most artistic martini. The month culminates in a festive evening at the Corcoran; proceeds benefit ArtReach, the Corcoran’s arts education program.
DATE: Saturday, March 31
LOCATION: Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
ATTIRE: Creative cocktail
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Matthew S. Donohue and Lindley Thornburg
CONTACT: Diana Kaw, 202-639-1749, dkaw@corcoran.org

LEUKEMIA BALL 25th ANNIVERSARY

WHAT TO EXPECT: Join 2,000 guests at this popular annual event which has raised more than $42 million for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the fight against blood cancer. This year’s 25th anniversary ball features star-studded comedic and musical performances, a Mercedes Benz raffle and a silent auction with over 400 items.
DATE: Saturday, March 31
LOCATION: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Robin Lineberger and James H. Davis
PRICE: Sponsorships from $10,000; Call for details on individual packages
CONTACT: Sarah Allen, 703-399-2900, sarah.allen@lls.org

APRIL

FIGHT FOR CHILDREN’S SCHOOL NIGHT

WHAT TO EXPECT: School Night raises much-needed funds to help Fight For Children improve education for children in the Washington, D.C. area. This year’s fundraiser promises to be a fun-filled evening of non-stop entertainment, auctions and dancing for a good cause.
DATE: Contact for details
LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
ATTIRE: Cocktail
CONTACT: Simon Jackson, 202-772-0437, simon.jackson@fightforchildren.org

57TH ANNUAL CORCORAN BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: This special evening at the country’s first dedicated art museum invites guests to enjoy a multi-course dinner and dancing in spectacularly appointed galleries designed by Jack Lucky Floral Designs. Guests get to mix and mingle amid artworks, including those created by students in the NEXT exhibition.
DATE: Friday, April 20; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Deborah de Gorter
CONTACT: Libby Helfer, hampdenla@corcoran.org

MARCH OF DIMES GOURMET GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: The March of Dimes Gourmet Gala is an annual fundraising dinnerwith a uniquely Capitol Hill flavor. Members of Congress serve as celebrity chefs who participate in a competitive cook-off prior to the seated dinner. They compete for six awards including Best in Show. Local chefs serve as judges.
DATE: Wednesday, April 25
LOCATION: National Building Museum
ATTIRE: Business
PRICE: $1,000
CONTACT: Shannon Gilbert, sgilbert@marchofdimes.com

THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Washington Ballet’s 2012 Spring gala will transport guests down the rabbit hole into Alice’s “Wonderland,” in celebration of the company’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s ballet “ALICE” (in wonderland, of course).
DATE: Thursday, April 26; 7 p.m.
LOCATION: TBD
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
PRICE: Sponsorships start at $1,000
CONTACT: Elizabeth Early, 202-362-3606×123, eearly@washingtonballet.org

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA AND AUCTION

WHAT TO EXPECT: Celebrating a milestone both for the museum and for women in the arts, this black-tie affair begins with an auction, cocktails and a viewing of the featured exhibition: “Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections.” Guests then move to the elegant Great Hall for dinner and dancing.
DATE: Friday, April 27
LOCATION: National Museum of Women in the Arts
ATTIRE: Black-tie
CONTACT: Ginny Page, 202-266-2815, gpage@nmwa.org

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE’S ‘WILL ON THE HILL’

WHAT TO EXPECT: This perennially sold-out event includes Washington insiders, members of Congress and media personalities who take the stage to perform scenes from Shakespeare infused with comedic references to contemporary politics.
DATE: Contact for details
LOCATION: Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW
ATTIRE: Business
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Stephen M. Ryan and Bernard McKay
PRICE: $50 performance only; $250 for reception and dinner with performance
CONTACT: 202-547-3230 x2342, willonthehill@shakespearetheatre.org

MAY

THE TRUST FOR THE NATIONAL MALL BENEFIT LUNCHEON

WHAT TO EXPECT: Over 650 of Washington’s most influential civic and social leaders will gather for a formal luncheon in a vast tent to support the restoration and improvement of the National Mall. Last year’s event raised $1 million.
DATE: Thursday, May 3
LOCATION: The National Mall
ATTIRE: Business; Spring hats encouraged for ladies
EVENT CHAIRMAN: Mary Ourisman
PRICE: $500
CONTACT: ; asignorelli@nationalmall.org

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION GALA

WHAT TO EXPECT: This spectacular event features dining amid the Phillips’ priceless masterpieces and post-dinner dancing in the stunning ballroom of neighboring Anderson House. Proceeds support the gallery’s educational programs serving over 90,000 local children, teachers and families each year.
DATE: Friday, May 4
LOCATION: The Phillips Collection
ATTIRE: Black-tie
PRICE: $1,000
CONTACT: Keith Costas; 202-387-2151×267, kcostas@phillipscollection.org

BALL ON THE MALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: The best view in town, the most important parkland in the country and the nation’s leading young professionals are an integral part of this fun-filled annual event. The sponsoring L’Enfant Society raises awareness and funds for the restoration and improvement of the National Mall and efforts to make it the most majestic public space in the world.
DATE: Saturday May 5; 6 p.m.
LOCATION: The National Mall
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Mary Ourisman and L’Enfant Society Co-Chairmen and Chris Gullot
PRICE: Starting at $150
CONTACT: Allison Signorelli, asignorelli@nationalmall.org

THE CHILDREN’S BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: About 750 guests are expected to attend this inspirational evening to support the Children’s National Medical Center’s efforts to provide the best treatment possible for its young patients. Expect dinner, a live auction, dancing to both a live orchestra and DJ, and an after-hours lounge and dance party.
DATE: Saturday, May 12
LOCATION: The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
ATTIRE: Black-tie
EVENT CHAIRMEN: Amy Baier and Mae Grennan
PRICE: Starting at $500; Sponsorship packages also available.
CONTACT: Diana Kurnit, 301-565-8530, dkurnit@cnmc.org

WOODROW WILSON HOUSE GARDEN PARTY

WHAT TO EXPECT: Step into spring with your best garden party attire at this annual garden party. There is always fierce competition to win prizes for the best ladies’ and gentlemen’s hat.
DATE: Wednesday, May 16; 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW
ATTIRE: Garden Party
CONTACT: Sarah Andrews, sandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org

JUNE

VITAL VOICES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS

WHAT TO EXPECT: This inspirational event honors remarkable women leaders from around the world. The evening– attended each year by founder and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – encourages women to propel the cause for peace and prosperity in their communities.
DATE: Wednesday, June 6
LOCATION: Opera House, Kennedy Center
ATTIRE: Cocktail
PRICE: Individual tickets start at $350
CONTACT: , 202-380-9487, annielieberman@vitalvoices.org

WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA’S OPERA BALL

WHAT TO EXPECT: Always a highlight of Washington’s social year, Washington National Opera’s annual celebration marks the conclusion of the renowned company’s performance season. This year’s ball is slated to be held in early June, though full details had not been finalized at press time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202-467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org/wno

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