This Season's Balls and Galas
Washington's most essential and exciting events for 2007-2008
Portraits by Clay Blackmore
iSMITHSONIAN CON SABOR! GALA
What to Expect: The Smithsonian Latino Center will will gather 700-1,000 national Latino community leaders, elected offi cials, members of the diplomatic community, corporate executives and other prominent guests to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month The gala will feature a special awards ceremony to recognize prominent individuals of Mexican descent who have made positive contributions to U.S. art and culture. Funds raised from the event will support the Center’s educational activities, public programming and outreach.
Date: September 5, 7:30 —10 p.m.
Location: National Museum of the American Indian
Contact: (202) 298-7704, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Expect: Every year, Wolf Trap’s Filene Center Stage is transformed to represent a featured host country – this time the Embassy of Greece accepted the laurel wreath. The ball is one of the cultural center’s largest fundraisers, with all proceeds benefi ting numerous Wolf Trap Education Programs.
Date: September 15, 7 p.m. cocktails, 8 p.m. dinner and dancing
Location: Filene Center Stage, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Va.
Event Chairmen:Michael and Cynthia Rebibo, Jacqueline and Thomas Indelicarto
Tickets: Diamond Sponsorship $25,500; Platinum Table $15,500; Gold Table $10,500; Silver Table $5,500; Individual Seat $900, $400
Contact: Ricki Marion, 703-255-1991, email@example.com
WASHINGTON OPERA OPENING NIGHT GALA
What to Expect: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace is the setting for an evening of dinner and dancing with a decorative theme in regal tones of gold and purple to conjure images of romance and glamour. The gala begins immediately following the Washington National Opera’s season opening performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. Glenn Pearson and his Orchestra provides music for dancing.
Date: September 15
Location: Kennedy Center Roof Terrace
Event Chairman: Betty Casey
Tickets: $1 000
Contact: Elizabeth Early 202-295-2449
THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SEASON
What to Expect: NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct and introduce teen-age pianist sensation Peng Peng to Washington along with a performance by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. Deutsche Bank is the presenting sponsor.
Date: September 16
Location: The Kennedy Center Concert Hall and River Terrace
Event Chairmen:Daris Clifton and Martin Alloy, Laurel and Vinod Gupta (Ball); Linda and Leonard Slatkin (Honorary)
Tickets: $1,000 to $50,000
Contact: Leslie Miller, 202-416-8102, www.nationalsymphony.org/nsoball
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES RECORDS OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
What to Expect: A gala evening featuring a cocktail reception, awards presentation and seated dinner followed by champagne on the Portico of the National Archives.
Date: September 18
Location: National Archives
Event Chairmen:Honey Alexander and Riley Temple
Tickets: By invitation
Contact: Ariel Metzger, 202-636-8754, firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPING CHILDREN SOAR I CELEBRATION AND BENEFIT
What to Expect: Hosted by The Children’s Law Center to support Washington find safe permanent homes education health care and social services. The gathering on the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace includes a buffet overlooking the Potomac entertainment and the presentation of the Distinguished Child Advocate Award.
Date: September 18 6 p.m - 9 p.m
Location: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant
Attire: Business formal
Event Chairmen:Wayne and Dina Curtis
Contact: Catharine Clarenbach 202-<467-4900 x567
I THE AMBASSADORS BALL
What to Expect: Traditionally under the honorary patronage of the President and First —' Lady, the Ambassadors Ball raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Washington diplomats, Congressional leaders and local and national celebrities enjoy a silent auction, dinner and dancing.
Date: September 19
Location: Washington Hilton and Towers
Event Chairmen: Diana Enzi and Deborah Dingell
Tickets: $500, tables range from $5,000 - $50,000
Contact: Nancy Landers, 202-296-5363, AmbassadorsBall@MSandYou.org
USO WORLD GALA
What to Expect: USO World Headquarters pays tribute to our men and women in uniform at this annual event. Guests include Washington dignitaries, members of Congress, military leadership, celebrities and members of the USO World Board of Governors. Well-known entertainers from USO tours will honor patriotic heroes, including service members selected by the Senior Enlisted representatives from each branch of the armed forces. The Spirit of the USO Award will be presented to Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England.
Date: September 20
Location: National Building Museum
Event Chairmen: David McIntyre (Chairman); Lynne Pace, Jeanne Warner and Lea Ann Edwards (Co-Chairmen)
Tickets: $1 000
PEN/ FAULKNER’S “TWILIGHT ZONES” NINETEENTH ANNUAL GALA CELEBRATION
What to Expect: A cocktail reception, followed by readings devoted to the topic “Twilight Zones” by renowned writers Chris Abani Amy Bloom Lynn Freed Allan Gurganus Helon Habila Amy Hempel Walter Kirn Melissa Pritchard Richard Rodriguez and Anna Deavere Smith. A seated dinner follows the readings. The evening benefi ts the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Date: September 24
Location: Shakespeare Folger Library 201 East Capitol Street S E
Event Chairmen: Sen. Thad Cochran Mary Haft, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Susan Richards Shreve
Tickets: $400; $1,000 patron ticket
Contact: Deborah Richard, 202-636-8743, Deborah@campbellpeachey.com