FOUNDATION FOR THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES ANNUAL GALA
What to Expect: For its 75th anniversary, the National Archives celebrates with a VIP dinner and reception honoring Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annette Gordon-Reed with the “Records of Achievement Award,” an annual prize recognizing someone who has impacted the public’s understanding of U.S. history.
Date: Tuesday, September 15; 6:30 p.m.
Location: National Archives
Event Chairmen: Michael and Afsaneh Beschloss
Price: By invitation only
Contact: Corrie Gilchrist, 202-357-5056
THE AMBASSADORS BALL
What to Expect: Unofficially the international kick-off to the fall gala season, the ball hosts diplomatic corps, Congressional leaders, and other VIPs for a luxury silent auction, dinner, and dancing to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Honorees include Dr. Susan Blumenthal Markey, Patricia Oxley, Dr. Annette Shelby, and Janet Waxman.
Date: Wednesday, September 16; 6:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Hilton Hotel
Attire: Black-tie or national attire
Event Chairmen: The Honorable Elaine L. Chao and Simone-Marie L. Meeks
Price: $500; tables from $5,000 to $50,000
Contact: Hilary Dowden, 202-296-5363, email@example.com
THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION GALA
What to Expect: Guests gather for this literary evening featuring readings on revelation by renowned writers including Geraldine Brooks, David Anthony Durham, Debra Magpie Earling, Ralph Eubanks, Beth Henley, Nam Le, Alice McDermott, Jay McInerney, Ana Menéndez, Francine Prose, Amy Tan, and Luis Alberto Urrea, followed by an elegant seated dinner in the historic library.
Date: Monday, September 21; 7 p.m.
Location: Folger Shakespeare Library
Event Chairmen: Senators Thad Cochran and Patrick Leahy; Mary Haft, and Susan Richards Shreve
Price: $400; tables starting at $5,000
Contact: Deborah Richard, 202-636-8743, firstname.lastname@example.org
6th ANNUAL LAST KISS OF SUMMER
What to Expect: Say so long to summer with this annual fundraising gala which includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, seated dinner, and dancing to live music. Funds benefit Friends of Second Chance Employment Services, an organization providing free training and employment services for abused women and children.
Date: Thursday, September 24; 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Four Seasons, Washington, D.C.
Event Chairmen: Carole Funger and Janet Ochsman Sussman
Contact: Nancy Mraz, 703-356-3099, email@example.com
30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF “THE DIANE REHM SHOW”
What to Expect: “The Diane Rehm Show” marks 30 years with a gala to support WAMU 88.5’s news, public affairs, and traditional American music programming. NPR celebrities Tom Gjelten, Liane Hansen, Michel Martin, Cokie Roberts, Robert Siegel, Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, and Juan Williams serve as table hosts.
Date: Thursday, September 24; 6:30 p.m., reception; 7:15 p.m., dinner
Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Event Chairmen: Emily and Antoine van Agtmael, Jodie and George Allen, Mary Beth and David Busby, Jane Holmes Dixon and David Dixon, Bitsey Folger and Sidney Werkman, Sylvia Greenberg, June Hechinger, Patricia King and Roger Wilkins, Ann and Knight Kiplinger, Lee Kirstein, Kate and Jim Lehrer, Forbes Maner, Vicki and Roger Sant, and Victoria and Harvey Zuckerman
Price: $250, $500, and $1,000; tables available for $10,000 and $25,000
Contact: Mary Catherine Manning, 202-636-8745, firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 NSO SEASON OPENING BALL
What to Expect: Classical musicians collaborate when world-renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin and Hungarian violinist József Lendvay, Jr., join the orchestra’s principal conductor, Iván Fischer, for an performance in the Concert Hall, with dinner and dancing following on the South Plaza. Proceeds from the evening support the orchestra’s artistic, education, and community outreach programs.
Date: Saturday September 26; 7 p.m.
Location: The Kennedy Center
Event Chairmen: April and John Delaney, and Lou Kerr and Dick Sias, national chairmen; Helen Henderson, honorary chairman
Contact: National Symphony Orchestra, 202-416-8063
CHARITYWORKS DREAM BALL
What to Expect: An always-elegant evening featuring spectacular silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing. This year’s annual ball, “The Heart of CharityWorks,” benefits Friendship Public Charter School, Injured Marine Semper Fi, and Intrepid Fallen Heroes.
Date: Saturday, September 26; 6 p.m., reception and silent auction; 7:45 p.m., dinner and live auction; 9:30 p.m., dancing
Location: National Building Museum
Event Chairmen: Robin Fitch and Barbara Wynne
Contact: 703-286-0758, email@example.com.
CAPITAL FOR CHILDREN CASINO NIGHT
What to Expect: Feeling lucky? Show off your casino skills at Capital for Children’s second annual event, featuring black jack, craps, and other Monte Carlo favorites, including a special high rollers room. Proceeds support local children in need who are waiting for a lucky break of their own.
Date: Saturday, September 26; 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Women’s Club of Chevy Chase
Attire: Business casual
Event Chairman: Paul Feeko
Price: $125; $150 after September 15
Contact: Michelle McCann, 703-747-1964, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN’S INN AT NIH GALA
What to Expect: It’s all for the kids. This year’s annual gala, “Renewing the Promise: Campaign for the Woodmont House,” brings together supporters from around the country to help raise essential funds needed for the new Woodmont residence, which will house families whose children receiving lifesaving treatments at NIH.
Date: Tuesday, September 29; 6:30 p.m., reception; 7:30 p.m., dinner
Location: W Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Event Chairmen: The Honorable Chris Van Hollen and Katherine Van Hollen
Contact: Susan O’Neill & Associates, 301-229-0124
ANGELS IN ADOPTION GALA
What to Expect: Join members of Congress, the Obama administration, and representatives from the Washington adoption and foster care community for a heavenly dinner honoring this year’s “Angels in Adoption” and the children they help on a daily basis.
Date: Wednesday, September 30; 6 p.m.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Attire: Business or cocktail
Contact: Chelsea Cathcart, email@example.com
CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER BENEFIT
What to Expect: Children’s Law Center celebrates its ninth annual fall benefit, “Helping Children Soar,” on the Kennedy Center Rooftop with fantastic food and unparalleled city views. Funds raised benefit CLC, Washington’s largest legal services provider directly assisting over a thousand children each year.
Date: Wednesday, September 30; 6 p.m.
Location: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant
Attire: Business or cocktail
Event Chairman: Nancy Sidamon-Eristoff
Contact: Kate Moen, 202-467-4900, ext. 567