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Have a Ball: Galas and Benefit Events for Fall 2009
Get your calendar ready—here are the see-and-be-seen events for the next few months. Think we missed something? Send an e-mail to to get your event added to our list. By Emily Leaman
Comments () | Published September 10, 2009

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Washington National Opera Season Opening Night Gala
Date: September 12
Time: 7 PM performance; dinner follows at 10.
Location: Opera House at the Kennedy Center
Program:The season-premiere performance of The Barber of Seville followed by dinner and dancing with the cast in the Hall of the Americas, Organization of American States Building.
Ticket price: $500 for the dinner; tickets to the performance, which start at $110, are sold separately.
Use the reply card here to order tickets for the dinner and the performance. Call 202-295-2449 for more information.

Noche Musicál
Date: September 15
Time: 6:30 PM red carpet; event begins at 7:30.
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Program: Hosted by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the event includes guest performances by Bobby Sanabria and La India. Producer and writer Roberto Orci—think Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Proposal—will receive an award.
Ticket prices: $500 for young professionals (ages 21 to 35); $1,000 for individuals.
Tickets are available here. Call 202-293-8330 for more information.

The Ambassadors Ball
Date: September 16
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Hilton Washington
Program: The event, which benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Capital Chapter, includes a reception, silent auction, dinner, and dancing.
Ticket price: $500
For more information and to get tickets, contact Hillary Dowden at 202-296-5363 or e-mail

March of Dimes 80s for Babies
Date: September 19
Time: 6 to 10 PM
Location: The Park at Fourteenth
Program: Party like it's 1985 at this 80's-themed dance party—and come dressed for the part. The event will include contests, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar.
Ticket price: $20 at the door; $15 in advance.
Get tickets here. For more information, call 703-824-0111 ext. 16.

Alzheimer’s Family Day Center’s 25th Anniversary Garden Party
Date: September 24
Time: 6 to 9 PM
Location: The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Program: The event includes food, drinks, live music, and a silent auction.
Ticket price: $25
Fill out the response card here for tickets or call 703-204-4664 for more information.

Wildlife Conservation Awards Dinner
Date: September 24
Time: 6 PM reception; 7 PM dinner.
Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Program: CNN founder Ted Turner will be awarded for his environmental work. Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin will emcee. Proceeds from the dinner support Defenders of Wildlife, a national wildlife conservation group.
Ticket price: $250
Tickets are available here. For more information, call 202-682-9400 ext. 223.

National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball
Date: September 26
Time: Performance begins at 7 PM; dinner follows at 9.
Location: Kennedy Center
Program: A concert featuring pianist Evgeny Kissin, Hungarian violinist József Lendvay Jr., and the NSO’s principal conductor, Iván Fischer. Dinner and dancing to follow on the South Plaza.
Ticket price: $1,000
Register online here or call 202-416-8063 for more details.

Committee for Education Funding Gala
Date: September 30
Time: 6 to 9 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Washington
Program: Reception, dinner, and awards ceremony honoring education-funding champions.
Ticket price: $270
Tickets are available here. For more information, call 202-383-0083.

Fall Fiesta
Date: October 2
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Location: Rosemont Center
Program: Live and silent auctions, international cuisine, live mariachi music. Ward 1 councilmember Jim Graham will serve as auctioneer. Proceeds benefit Rosemont Center, a Head Start early childhood development center.
Tickets: $30
Tickets are available here or at the door. For more information, call Jordan Mixter at 202-265-9885.

Fight For Children Inaugural Golf Challenge
Date: October 5
Time: Registration at 10:30 AM; tee time at 11:45; 5 PM dinner.
Location: TPC at Avenel
Program: Golfers will receive breakfast before warmup and lunch served on the course. Non-golfers can socialize in the club house, where philanthropist Katie Rost will host a lunch party featuring fall fashion, on-site spa services, golf clinics, and more. In the evening, golfers and non-golfers will join for cocktails, dinner, awards, and live entertainment.
Ticket price: $1,200 for golfers, $500 for non-golfers.
Register here, or call 212-629-4920 for more information.


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