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February 5: Children’s National Medical Center’s Monte Carlo Night
An evening of mystery awaits! Arrive incognito in an elegant mask and enjoy a night of cocktails and casino games with live music by Voodoo Orchestra. A Blackjack Tournament and Poker Lessons hosted by WSOP tour player and poker millionaire, Rhett Butler are to name a few of the night’s unique events. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Children’s National Medical Center. Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.; 7-12 p.m.; $250 all inclusive, $125 dessert and dancing; black-tie optional; contact Washington Property Company, 240-482-8110, email@example.com.
February 9: Washington Press Club Foundation’s 67th Annual Congressional Dinner
Don’t miss the WPCF’s major fundraising event of the year! Joining master of ceremonies Christiane Amanpour of ABC News will be members of the Washington press corps, members of Congress, elected officials and other DC notables. Spend an evening of good-natured fun with those who make the laws and those who cover them. Proceeds from the dinner will fund internship and scholarship programs that encourage diversity in the media and preserve the history of women in journalism. Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental; 6:30 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. dinner and program; $175, tables for 12 available $2,100; black-tie optional; contact Suzanne Pierron, 202-393-0613, firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 11: SOME Jr. Gala
The younger social set will flock to the Corcoran for cocktails and dancing. All proceeds benefit So Others Might Eat, an organization that helps break the cycle of local poverty and homelessness. Corcoran Gallery of Art; 8 p.m.-12 a.m.; $85; black-tie optional; contact Megan Gannon, email@example.com.
February 12: Washington National Opera Midwinter Fiesta
Get ready to spice things up with the WNO as Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and his wife Veronica host a Mexican affair to remember. The Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW; 6:30 p.m.; starting at $250; cocktail; contact Michelle Pendoley, 202-295-2468.
February 26: Washington Ballet Jeté Society Dance Party
The ballet’s young membership group hosts a can’t-miss- and usually sold out in advance – event for under-40 Washingtonians. Supporting the company’s signature education program, DanceDC, the event is oh-so entertaining with cocktails, carousing, and of course, dancing. A secret Georgetown waterfront location; 9 p.m.-2 a.m., VIP reception 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $145, $175 for VIP, discount for members; cocktail; contact Elizabeth Early, 202-362-3606, ext. 123, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1: St. Jude Gourmet Gala: Mardi Gras for the Kids!
Who says Mardi Gras is only for the New Orleans crowd? This event gathers many of Washington’s most acclaimed restaurateurs to create a wonderful carnival event to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. National Building Museum; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $350; business casual; for more information visit www.stjude.org/gourmetgala.
March 8-10: Care National Conference and Celebration
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and CARE’s 65th anniversary. Events include a two-day conference, where hundreds of CARE advocates will bring their message of ending global poverty to Capitol Hill. The event will include keynote speakers such as Laura Bush and Melinda Gates. The Washington Hilton; $800 per person, $1,500 per couple; business; contact Shira Lawrence, 202-595-2837, email@example.com.
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