The 2009 Balls and Galas Directory

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 THE CHILDREN’S BALL
WL SPON
What to Expect: Join the Children’s National Medical Center at their signature gala, featuring cocktails, dinner, an extraordinary live auction, and lively dancing.
Date: April 2010
Location: The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Attire: Black-tie
Event Chairman: NEED
Price: $500
Contact: , 301-565-8522, dbeyda@cnmc.org

THE HELEN HAYES AWARDS
WL SPON
What to Expect: Forget the Tonys – Washington has its own unique theater awards, which always bring a packed house and numberous outrageous moments. Over 2,000 of the city’s top actors, directors, producers, and performers come together under one roof to support local theatre productions.
Date: Monday, April 5; 8 p.m., ceremony, 10:30, reception
Location: Performance, Warner Theatre; reception, J.W. Marriott
Attire: Black-tie
Price: Starting at $250
Contact: , 202-337-4572, adreskin@helenhayes.org

AFTER DARK AT THEARC
WL SPON
What to Expect: The gala evening will feature cocktails, tour of the facility, a short program of surprise entertainment, and a dinner.
Date: Saturday, April 10; 6 p.m.
Location: THEARC
Attire: After-dark chic
Event Chairmen: Raul and
Price: $250; tables available for $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000
Contact: , 202-332-1888

THE CORCORAN BALL
WL SPON
What to Expect: The Corcoran’s annual fête is certainly “in” this season, as fashion guru and “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn serves as Honorary Patron. Over a thousand guests will enjoy a festive and elegant evening benefiting the Corcoran’s award-winning outreach, educational, and scholarship programs.
Date: Friday, April 16
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Attire: Black-tie
Event Chairmen:
Price: $500; junior, $350; patron, $650
Contact: Janice Marks, 202-639-1748, jmarks@corcoran.org

BACHELORS AND SPINSTERS BALL
What to Expect: Dress to impress at this annual invitation-only party bringing together a few hundred of Washington’s most eligible singles for a wild night. Have doubts? The ball has been on the city’s social calendar since the 1930s.
Date: Saturday, April 17
Location: The City Tavern Club
Attire: Black-tie
Event Chairmen: and
Price: By invitation only
Contact: Chris Larsin, 202-339-0300, larsin@aol.com

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE GALA
What to Expect: A celebration of that most ubiquitous Shakespeare play, Hamlet, inspired by Folger Theatre’s spring production. The Gala entertainment performed on the Folger’s Elizabethan stage will feature Hamlet-themed music, theater, and readings. A seated dinner served in the Library’s breathtaking Reading Room follows. Gala proceeds support the Library’s educational and cultural programming for the community.
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Location: Folger Shakespeare Library
Attire: Black-tie
Event Chairmen: Carol and
Price: $500; patron, $2,500
Contact: Essence Newhoff, 202-675-0377, enewhoff@folger.edu

Dare to Dream Gala
WL SPON
What to Expect: The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Dare to Dream Gala is an evening full of passion, commitment, and hope. In addition to networking with top entrepreneurs and business leaders, guests have the opportunity to interact with NFTE’s aspiring entrepreneurs in the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase.
Date: Wednesday, April 28; 6 p.m.
Location: Marriott Wardman Park
Attire: Business
Event Chairmen: TBD
Price: TBD
Contact: Julie Kantor, Julie.kantor@nfte.com

SEE FOREVER FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER
What to Expect: Cooking Up a Future XII is See Forever Foundation’s annual fundraising event to support the students of the Public Charter School, consisting of two successful alternative high schools and a flourishing alternative middle school campus in Washington.
Date: Friday, April 30; 5 p.m.
Location: The Lincoln Theatre
Attire: Formal
Event Chairmen: , , and
Price: $100 to $300
Contact: Ingrid Padgett, ipadgett@seeforever.org; Anne Schoolcraft, aschoolcraft@seeforever.org

THE WASHINGTON BALLET SPRING GALA
WL SPON
What to Expect: Always a classy and exciting evening, The Washington Ballet’s annual Spring Gala brings together Washington performing arts patrons for an elegant night of dinner and dancing.
Date: Friday, April 30
Location: The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Attire: Black-tie
Event Chairmen:
Price: TBD
Contact: , 202-362-3606, ext. 123, slange@washingtonballet.org

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