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THE 2006 BALLS AND GALAS DIRECTORY

This season's guides to the most exclusive blacktie events.
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The following is a compilation of this season's hottest blacktie events. Visit Washingtonlife.com to visit our extensive online social calendar.

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SEPTEMBER

The Celebration of African Americans in the Arts
What to Expect: The Creative Coalition and ESSENCE magazine partner up to put on this VIP event, which pays tribute the contributions of the nation's greatest African American artists. Hollywood's leading talent will join with Members of the 109th Congress to honor Congressman Charles B. Rangel and American business leader and philanthropist Edward Lewis when they receive the top Spotlight awards. Date: September 6, 2006 Contact: Kimball Stroud at 2025439700

Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony
What to Expect: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation will be rolling out a national public awareness and educational campaign in celebration of its 20th anniversary awards ceremony. The event, themed "Looking Back, Moving Forward," will be broadcast nationally over NBC and Telemundo. Date: September 7, 2006 Location: Kennedy Center Contact: (202) 8619797

 

Smithsonian Institution's Young Benefactors Autumn Gala
What to Expect: The Autumn Gala and Silent Auction celebrates the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The event includes a silent auction, gallery viewing, hors d'oeuvres, dessert, music, and a postgala party. Date: September 8, 2006 Location: Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center Event Coordinator: Sarah Papazoglakis Contact: Sarah Papazoglakis at (202) 7863233

Children's Law Center Celebration and Benefit
What to Expect: At this year's event, the Children's Law Center celebrates "Ten Years of Helping Children Soar." The CLC is an organization that helps atrisk children in Washington, D.C. fi nd safe, permanent homes and the education, health and social services they need to fl ourish by providing a range of legal services to children and their families. Date: September 13, 2006 Location: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant Contact: Catharine Clarenbach at (202) 4674900 ext. 567

Wolf Trap Ball
What to Expect: This year's ball, themed "Sailing Denmark," is hosted in association with the Danish Embassy and will channel the history and culture of that land. All proceeds from the ball go to Wolf Trap's education programs. Date: September 15, 2006 Location: Filene Center Stage, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Event Chairs: Michael & Elizabeth Hopkins and Thomas & Eileen Culligan Contact: Wolf Trap Special Events (703) 2554030

Washington Opera Opening Night Gala
What to Expect: A double bill performance at Kennedy Center of Béla Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi followed by an elegant dinner and dancing. The Date: Sept 16, 2006 Location: Performance at Kennedy Center, gala at Organization of American States Contact: www.dcopera. org

Spices and Rices Gala
What to Expect: The 3rd Annual Celebration of Asian Cuisine and Culture will feature a unique silent auction, live painting demonstration, performances, and Asian cuisine. CBS News Correspondent Joie Chen will act as master of ceremonies and awardwinning fi lm director Mira Nair will be the guest of honor and award recipient. Proceeds will benefi t Asia Society Washington Center's Arts & Culture Series. Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Embassy of Australia Gala Chair: Shigeko Bork Contact: (202) 8332742

Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition
What to expect: Hosted by Herbie Hancock and Billy Dee Williams, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition, a nonprofit education organization, highlights the world's most promising young musicians college level training by America's jazz. Date: September 17 Location: Kennedy Center Contact: (202) 3647272.

Angels in Adoption Gala
What to Expect: Bright colors will light up the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's "Painting a Brighter Future" Angels in Adoption Gala. Angels in Adoption are nominated by members of Congress, and can be anyone who deserves recognition for making a difference in the lives of children through adoption or foster care advocacy. The gala is a special way to honor all of the chosen Angels from across the country. Date: September 20, 2006 Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Honorary CoChairs: Sen. Larry E. Craig, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Ginny BrownWaite, and Rep. Jim L. Oberstar Contact: Chelsea Buffi ngton at (703) 2889700 or Chelsea@ ccainstitute.org

Ambassadors Ball
What to Expect: The 28th Annual Ambassadors Ball to benefi t the Multiple Sclerosis Society honors the diplomatic corps for its support for charities and humanitarian endeavors. The event hosts over 140 prominent ambassadors, Congressional leaders and a variety of local and national celebrities. Date: September 21, 2006 Location: The Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St., N.W. Contact: Christie McDonald at (202) 3755631

National Symphony Ball
What to Expect: At the season opening ball of the National Symphony Orchestra, the NSO Leonard Slatkin will conduct an allTchaikovsky program, including the "Violin Concerto in D major" featuring Joshua Bell. The concert is followed by a gala dinner and dancing. Date: September 24, 2006 Location: Kennedy Center Event Chairs: William and Sarah Walton and James and Elaine Wolfensohn Contact: (202) 4168102

PEN/Faulkner Awards Gala
What to Expect: The annual gala for the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction celebrates with the theme "Revenge." The event features original readings by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lisa Fugard, Matt Klam, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Elizabeth Kostova, Jim Lehrer, William Henry Lewis, Thomas Mallon, Kyoko Mori, Mary Morris, Sigrid Nunez, Richard Rodriguez, Roger Rosenblatt, Joan Silber, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Deborah Tannen. Date: September 25, 2006 Location: Folger Shakespeare Library Event Chairs: Sen. and Mrs. Thad Cochran, Mr. and Mrs. Haft, Sen. and Mrs. Patrick Leahy, and Susan Shreve Contact: (202) 6368743

USO World Gala The USO World Gala (19412006): Celebrating 65 Years of Service
What to Expect: An estimated 700 guests will gather to pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Guests will include Washington dignitaries, military leaders, celebrities, USO World Board of Governors, USO corporate sponsors, entertainers and the media. This year the USO will recognize General James L. Jones with The Spirit of the USO Award. Date: September 28, 2006 Location: National Building Museum Contact: (703) 9086400

Charityworks Dream Ball
What to Expect: The "Shadows to Light" ball benefi ts Higher Achievement Program, an organization that provides resources to help middle school children from lower income families achieve acceptance into top high school programs in the area. The blacktie ball includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Date: September 30, 2006 Location: The National Building Museum Event Chairs: Paige Bishop and Meredith LaPier Contact: (703) 2860758

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OCTOBER

National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Gala
What to Expect: The 10th Annual "Noche de Gala" will feature a lively dinner, lots of celebrity guests. Last year, honorees included Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Vargas of ABC news. Date: October 3, 2006 Location: Renaissance Mayfl ower Hotel, Washington, D.C. Event Chairs: Jimmy Smits, Felix Sanchez, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales Contact: Jennifer Castillo at (202) 2938330 or www.hispanicarts.org

The Spina Bifida Roast
What to Expect: Bob Shieffer will be "roasted" this year at the 18th annual dinner to benefi t Spina Bifi da research. The emcee will be Mark Shields and roasters will include Tom Daschle, Tony Snow, and Don and Deidre Imus. Date: October 3, 2006 Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel Honorary Cochairs: Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Bill Frist Contact: Mary Corcoran Knoll at (888) 8378777 or KnollMC@aol.com

American Cancer Society's Capital Baron's Ball
What to Expect: The American Cancer Society celebrates its 60th year of cancer research with a Caribbeanthemed blacktie event called "Twilight in the Tropics" to raise awareness about the impact of cancer in Caribbean nations. The event includes a reception, live and silent auctions, awards ceremony, a live steel band, dinner and dancing. Date: October 4, 2006 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Event Chair: Maureen Bunyan Contact: Sonja Hird at (202) 4832600 ext. 153

The Children's Inn at NIH Gala
What to Expect: The annual gala supports familycentered care for children receiving treatment at NIH. The event, which includes a dinner and reception, is attended by a mix of leading journalists, members of Congress, and socialites. Date: October 5, 2006 Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Event Chairs: Karen Frist, Debbie Dingell, and Cokie Roberts Contact: Susan O'Neill at 3012291314

Arts for the Aging Gala
What to Expect: The 18th Anniversary Benefit Gala for Arts for the Aging features an international wine tasting, silent auction, buffet, and an exhibit highlighting AFTA programming at senior care centers and senior art. Each year the event is held at a different Embassy. Date: October 11, 2006 Location: Residence of the French Ambassador Event Chair: Dr. and Mrs. Steven B. Hopping Contact: (301) 7184990

Meridian Ball
What to Expect: The Annual Meridian Ball benefi ts the Meridian International Center, a nonprofit institution that promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. The event includes dinner at selected embassadors' residences followed by dessert and dancing at the Meridian House. A special Lyndon Circle dinner for Meridian's Young Benefactor guests under 40 is held at the White Myer House. Date: October 13, 2006 Location: Meridian International Center Event Chairs: Lilibet Hagel, Debbie Dingell, and Diane Nelson Contact: Judy Singer (202) 9395522

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
What to Expect: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill presents its 2nd Annual Gala Dinner themed "Unmasking Mental Illness." A cocktail reception, dinner, and the presentation of the Mind of America Scientific Award will be attended by VIPs from Congress, journalism, medicine, and the business world. Date: October 18, 2006 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Honorary Chair: Patty Duke CoChairs: Sen. Susan Collins, Kay Redfi eld Jamison, Ann Pincus, and Rep. Pete Stark Contact: (202) 6368745

National Italian American Gala
What to Expect: The gala celebrates the 31st anniversary of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and is part of a twoday convention. The weekend of receptions and dinners honors outstanding Italian Americans in science, sports, business, entertainment, and philanthropy. This year's honorees include Tom LaSorda, Justice Samuel Alito, Frankie Vallie, Raffaello Follieri and Anne Bancroft. Proceeds go to the NIAF scholarship and education program. Date: October 21, 2006 Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chairs: Mike Renzulli, Jerry Colangelo, Anthony Mozilo, and Joseph Moglia Contact: Cara Elliot at (202) 9393104

Best Buddies Ball
What to Expect: The 18th Annual Best Buddies, "Tzedakah Ball," features live and silent auctions, cocktails, a seated dinner and entertainment to benefi t the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Date: October 28, 2006 Location: The Potomac, Md. home of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver Contact: Joslyn Matthews at (305) 3742233 ext. 207

Lombardi Gala
What to Expect: The 21st Annual Lombardi Gala "Beating the Odds" benefi ts the Lombardi Cancer Center at the Georgetown University Medical Center. The blacktie event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, the renowned silent auction, a live auction and an awards ceremony for remarkable individuals in the fi ght against cancer. Date: October 28, 2006 Location: The Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Donohue Contact: Bonnie Roberts at (202) 6871067

Trick or Treat Ball
What to Expect: This allnew event benefi ts So Others Might Eat and includes dinner, dancing, and an auction. Date: October 28, 2006 Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Contact: (301) 2292046

NOVEMBER

Fight Night
What to Expect: This blacktie event supports Fight for Children's commitment to increasing the number of urban youth who are prepared for post secondary education and career opportunities. A highlight of every Fight Night is the appearance of such boxing legends as Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfi eld, and Joe Frazier among others. Date: November 2, 2006 Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chair: Charles S. Kuhn Contact: Jackie Alafoginis at (202) 7220429

Freer and Sackler Galleries Gala
What to Expect: This year, the annual event is themed "Celebrating 100 Years of the Freer Gallery of Art." First Lady Laura Bush is the Honorary Patron. Date: November 2, 2006 Location: Reception in the Sackler Gallery, dinner in the Freer Gallery Contact: (202) 6330417

National Rehabilitation Gala and Victory Awards
What to Expect: The event honors distinguished individuals who have overcome disabilities. Past honorees include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, and former Sen. Bob Dole. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions, followed by the awards ceremony. Date: November 6, 2006 Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Contact: Leslie Concha at (202) 8771781

Celebration of Hope and Progress
What to Expect: The 6th Annual Celebration of Hope and Progress supports the Sibley Cancer Center and related programs. Washington journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts will headline the evening's festivities. Date: November 11, 2006 Location: Four Seasons Hotel Event Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott Andrews Contact: Christina Berkemeyer at (202) 5374362

Lab School of Washington Gala
What to Expect: This annual blacktie awards gala celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Lab School and honors individuals who have achieved success in their chosen fi elds despite their learning disabilities. The event includes a reception, awards, dinner and dancing. Date: November 14, 2006 Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chairs: Sally Smith and Betsy Babbington Contact: Marty Cathcart at (202) 4542259 marty.cathcart@labschool.org

StarlightStarbright Taste of the Stars Ball
What to Expect: The Taste of the Stars event benefi ts the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, a nonprofi t organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of seriously ill children and their families. Date: November 17, 2006 Location: The Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown Event Chairs: Sharon Dougherty, Jocelyn Greenan, Kristen Olson Contact: Cara Martin at (202) 2937827

National Museum of Women in the Arts' Fall Benefit
What to Expect: Cocktails, dinner, and a performance in the Great Hall benefi t the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts. Approximately 300 guests will be in attendance, including VIPs and luminaries from Washington's diplomatic, government, and social communities. Date: November 2, 2006 Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts Event Chairs: Irene Natividad and Gina Adams Artistic Directors: Gilan Tocco Corn and Linda Hohenfeld Slatkin Contact: NMWA Development Events Coordinator at (202) 2662815 or timm@nmwa.org

ThanksUSA Gala
What to Expect: ThanksUSA is nonpartisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces. Guests will enjoy a festive and patriotic evening, including dinner and dancing. Location: Mellon Auditorium Contact: Jeri Thomson at 5712773249 or thomson22302@comcast.net

DECEMBER

Kennedy Center Honors Weekend
What to Expect: Honors recipients are recognized for their contributions to American culture and the performing arts. Proceeds from the event support the Kennedy Center's performing arts, education, and public service programs. The weekend of events includes a formal dinner, a brunch, a televised gala attended by the President, and dinner after the show. The Date: December 3, 2006 Location: The Kennedy Center Contact: www.kennedycenter.org

Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Tea Party
What to Expect: Following the matinee performance of The Nutcracker, guests make their way to the Willard Hotel for an afternoon of tea, treats, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and an exclusive autographed pointe shoe favor. Children of all ages enjoy this unique Washington event. Date: December 10, 2006 Location: Performance at the Warner Theatre, tea at the Willard Hotel Contact: (202) 3623606 ext. 125 or events@washingtonballet.org

Choral Arts Society of Washington
What to Expect: This Christmas concert followed by a dinner, silent auction, and dancing brings out the Christmas spirit in all who attend. Proceeds from this blacktie event benefi t the annual activities of the Choral Arts Society. Date: December 18, 2006 Location: The Kennedy Center Honorary Event Chair: Amb. of Austria Eva Nowotny and Prof. Thomas Nowotny Contact: (202) 2443669

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