Balls and Galas 2009-2010

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What to Expect: The annual SOME gala continues to feature a silent auction and dinner dance after over 20 years to benefit So Others Might Eat and is attended by Washington leaders in support of the organization’s commitment to bettering life for the homeless and underprivileged by providing affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling.
Date: Wednesday, December 2; 6 p.m., cocktails and silent auction; 7 p.m., dinner
Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Price: Tables from $5,000 to $25,000
Attire: Cocktail
Event Chairmen: Patrick Butler, chairman; Maya Angelou, honorary chairman
Price: $200
Contact: Susan O’Neill & Associates, 301-229-2046,

The Nutcracker Party at THEARC
What to Expect: Attend Septime Webre’s unique version of The Nutcracker performed by The Washington Ballet professional dance company at THEARC Theater. Following the performance, attend a holiday reception for featuring holiday refreshments, music, and interactive holiday activities for kids and parents. All proceeds benefit the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus.
Date: Saturday, December 5; 1 p.m., performance; benefit party begins immediately after the performance at 3 p.m.
Attire: Holiday festive
Event Chairmen: Toni Brody, Renee Esfandiary Crupi, Sonja DeCarlo, Dalia Fateh, Patti Franco, Jane Hill, Sharon Johnson, Michele Jolin, Janet Laird, Elisabeth LaMotte, Colleen Markham, Elizabeth Raymond, Karen Thomas, and Barrett Tilney
Price: Adults, $75; children, $50
Contact: 202-889-5901,

What to Expect: Celebrities descend on Washington for one of the biggest cultural nights of the year, and the President and First Lady Michelle Obama take their seats for the first time to honor those chosen for the awards. In addition to the gala performance in the Kennedy Center Opera House, the honorees are treated to a White House reception and a banquet at the State Department.
Date: Sunday, December 6; 7 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House
Attire: Black-tie
Price: By invitation only
Contact: 202-416-8396

What to Expect: A long-standing tradition, The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party is held at the lavish Willard Intercontinental Hotel after an early afternoon performance of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker. Guests enjoy sweet treats as they mingle with the stars of the production, and each child leaves with a special gift.
Date: Sunday, December 13; 1 p.m., performance; 3 p.m., reception
Location: The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Event Chairmen: Meredith Cymerman and Stacey Lubar
Price: $200
Contact: Sara Lange, 202-362-3606, ext. 123,

What to Expect: Celebrate the season with The Choral Arts Annual Gala, a highlight of the Washington holiday season that attracts 500 of the city’s most prominent leaders. Enjoy the French-themed Christmas Music in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, followed by a reception on the Roof Terrace and a silent auction featuring an array of luxury items and travel, dining, and social opportunities. Finish the night with a gourmet dinner and dancing.
Date: Monday, December 14; 7 p.m., performance; 8:30 p.m., reception and silent auction
Location: The Kennedy Center
Attire: Black-tie
Event Chairmen: Tiffanny Gates; Amb. Pierre Vimont, Honorary Chair
Price: $600, $750, $1,000, and $2,500; tables $7,500, $10,000, $15,000, and $25,000
Contact: Emily Riffle, 202-244-3669,

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