Photo Courtesy of Tony Powell
WOLFTRAPIAN APPROACH: “It’s really crazy and emotional,” President and CEO for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Arvind Manocha told guests from the Filene Center stage as the 50th Anniversary Gala event came to full fruition. “Over these last few months, we went from the intimate to the spectacular … and all the while, the twists and turns and trials and tribulations … we did it in typical Wolf-trapian style.”
That style, in this case, meant that nearly every aspect of this year’s event took place outdoors, including the opening welcome reception, a seated dinner (beef pavé topped with crab imperial), a private concert by the American folk rock band Avett Brothers and an after party with dancing and decadent apple desserts. It also meant shifting from a previous black-tie gala standard to more rocker concert chic attire. That forge-ahead approach (while forgoing formal floor-length gowns and dinner jackets) ended up raising a record $2 million. Beyond the milestone, the event marked the official kickoff of Wolf Trap’s “Next Chapter” initiative to raise $50 million in honor of the park’s 50-year history. SPOTTED:Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia’s Democratic candidate for governor, his Republican rival, Glenn Youngkin along with gala co-chairs John Feiger, Nancy Laben, Shashi and Margaret Gupta, and Gen. (Ret.) Lester L. and Mina Lyles.