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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 [email protected] to get your event added to our list.

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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.

National Museum of the American Indian 20th Anniversary Gala
Date: October 7
Time: 7 PM
Location: National Museum of the American Indian
Program: This event commemorates four landmark anniversaries for the museum: the 20th anniversary of the legislation that created it, the 15th anniversary of the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, the 10th anniversary of the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland. and the fifth anniversary of the museum in DC. CBS News correspondent Hattie Kauffman will emcee, and Senator Daniel Inouye will receive an award.
Ticket price: $500
For tickets, fill out the gala pledge form here. Contact Patricia Kramer at 202-633-6953 for more information.

USO Gala
Date: October 7
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Marriott Wardman Park
Program: Comedian and actor Lewis Black will emcee the event, which includes a reception, dinner, entertainment, and awards. Guests will include Washington dignitaries, members of Congress, military leadership, celebrities, and others.
Tickets: Invite-only. Conact Stacey Hacker at 703-908-6453 to request an invitation.

Saks Fifth Avenue's Key To The Cure Kickoff
Date: October 15
Time: 6 to 9 PM
Location: Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase
Program: An evening of shopping, entertainment, cuisine from local restaurants, and a raffle to kick off a shopping weekend benefiting Suburban Hospital's women's cancer programs.
Ticket price: $75; raffle tickets are $50 each or $100 for three.
Register here. For more information, call Rebecca Bull at 301-896-3971.

HSC Foundation’s Life Enrichment Awards Program
Date: October 15
Time: 7 PM
Location: Kennedy Center
Program: The LEAP Awards Evening will honor the community partners who recognize the need of youth with disabilities, and will also highlight some of the most inspirational stories from the past year. Proceeds will help keep the program running.
Ticket price: $150
Call 202-454-1220 for tickets or more information.

Fabretto Children’s Foundation’s Night for Niños: Nicaragua Revealed
Date: October 16
Time: 7 to 11 PM
Location: Human Rights Campaign
Program: The Nicaragua-themed event includes a silent auction, Nicaraguan art exhibit, and a rum-and-cigar tasting.
Ticket prices: $100; $85 for attendees under age 30.
Purchase tickets here. Call 703-525-8716 for more information.

St. Coletta of Greater Washington's 50th Anniversary Gala
Date: October 17
Time: 7 to 10 PM
Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Program: The event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, musical
performance by St. Coletta students and adult clients, seated dinner, live auction, live music, and dancing.
Ticket price: $250
Get tickets here or call 202-350-8680 for more information.

The Washington Center Gala: In Service of a Nation
Date: October 19
Time: 6 PM reception; 7:30 dinner.
Location: National Building Museum
Program: Dinner and an awards program to benefit the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
Ticket price: $500
Complete the reply form here for tickets. Contact Jackie McConville for more information.

KEENFest 2009
Date: October 29
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Program: The event will include dinner and a silent auction. Stuart Scott, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, and Michael Wilbon, Washington Post columnist, will emcee. Vinny Cerrato, executive vice president of football operations for the Washington Redskins, will accept an award on behalf of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
Ticket price: $125.
Tickets are available here. Call Christine Scott at 301-461-3086 for more information.

Pediatric AIDS/HIV Fall Fundraiser
Date: October 22
Time: 6 to 9 PM
Location: Historical Society of Washington
Program: Food, open bar, music, awards, and a screening of the short film In Our Own Voice, created by local children participating in pediatric AIDS/HIV after school programs. The event benefits the local nonprofit Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care.
Ticket price: $75
Tickets are available here. Call 202-347-5366 for more information. 

Fall Fête
Date: October 24
Time: 8 PM to midnight
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Program: The Fall Fete, hosted by the 1869 Society, is geared toward young professionals ages 25 to 42. The theme this year, A Nautical Affair, coincides with the Corcoran’s opening of the fall exhibition, “Sargent and the Sea.” The event features a DJ, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and an open bar.
Ticket price: $90 for 1869 Society members; $100 for nonmembers
Call 202-639-1753 or e-mail for more information.

Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala
Date: October 25
Time: 6 PM
Location: Sidney Harman Hall
Program: Performances based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by an award ceremony honoring Sir Ian McKellen, dinner, and dancing.
Ticket price: A limited number of $750 tickets are available; other individual ticket prices include $1,000 and $5,000 pa
Order tickets using the form here, or call 202-547-3230 ext. 2330 for more information.

Generations of Generosity Gala
Date: November 1
Time: 7 PM
Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Program: Awards will be given honoring Arlene and Robert Kogod for their work with the synagogue and the community. The evening will feature live music performances and a dessert reception.
Ticket price: $36 to $100, depending on seating location.
Tickets are available here. Call 202-266-3237 for more info. 

Afternoon Tea with Jill Robinson from Animals Asia
Date: November 1
Time: 2 to 4 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel
Program: Meet the founder of Animals Asia, Jill Robinson, who is starting her North American Roadshow in Washington, DC. Hosted by ABC News correspondent Ann Compton, the event will feature silent and live auctions to benefit the animal rehabilitation and education programs in China and Vietnam. There will also be a raffle; click here to view prizes.
Ticket price: $125; raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.
For tickets or more information, contact Susan Hechinger at

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
Date: November 2
Time: 6:30 PM chefs’ sampling and silent auction; live auction begins at 8:15.
Location: Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC
Program: More than 30 of Washington's top chefs serve tastings of their signature dishes. The evening includes silent and live auctions of dining packages, hotel stays, and weekend getaways.
Ticket price: $200
Tickets are available here, or call 703-824-0111 ext. 19 for more information.

Knock Out Abuse Against Women Annual Gala
Date: November 5
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Ritz-Carlton Washington DC
Program: The made-for-women event includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing. The event benefits victims of domestic violence.
Ticket price: $500
Call 202-725-5604 for more information.

Fight Night
Date: November 5
Time: 6 PM
Location: Hilton Washington
Program: The men-only evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and a professional boxing match. The event benefits the organization Fight for Children, which helps underpriviledged youth access high-quality education and health care.
Ticket price: $1,000
Fill out the order form here for tickets. Call 202-772-0437 or e-mail for more information. 

Celebration of Hope & Progress Gala
Date: November 7
Time: 7 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel
Program: This benefit for Sibley Hospital’s cancer programs and services includes dinner and silent and live auctions.
Ticket price: $500
Download the registration form here for tickets, or order by phone (202-537-4257).

First Star’s Shine the Light on Children’s Rights
Date: November 10
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Lounge 201
Program: The event includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, and raffle. Robin Sax, Gregory Jacob and Melissa Smith will be honored for their work to improve the lives of abused and neglected children.
Ticket price: $80
Tickets are available here. Call 202-293-3703 ext. 103.

Equal Justice Awards Reception
Date: November 12
Time: 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Location: Mandarin Oriental
Program: The event includes a buffet spread, desserts, awards, and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Hispanic Bar Association of DC.
Ticket price: $100
Tickets go on sale October 1 here. Call Argus International at 202-756-2991 for more information.

March of Dimes Heroines in Technology
Date: November 13
Time: 6 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Reston
Program: The event honors women in the technology field who exemplify volunteer service in the community. The black-tie gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner, live band, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Heroines in Technology is a benefit for the March of Dimes.
Ticket price: $250
Information and tickets are here, or call 703-824-0111 ext. 21 for more information.

Taste of the Stars

Date: November 21
Time: TBA
Location: Four Seasons Hotel
Program: Cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic.
Ticket price: $500
Purchase tickets here.

LeapOut DC: Getting Fit to Breathe Better
Date: December 5
Time: 10 AM to noon
Location: National Capital YMCA
Program: LeapOut DC is an aerobics event where certified personal trainers will lead four intense sessions of Zumba (Latin cardio), boot camp, body sculpt/kickboxing, and yoga to participants. Track-and-field star Michael Walton will be promoting lung health and healthy living. The event raises funds for the American Lung Association.
Ticket price: $20 advance-registration fee, $30 at the door.
Register here or call 202-464-4330 for more information.

Georgetown Jingle 2009
Date: December 13
Time: 4 to 8 PM
n: Four Seasons Hotel
Program: This family-friendly event will feature holiday trees and vignettes by leading Washington designers (on view in the hotel lobby December 2), holiday tastings with local chefs, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds benefit the pediatric oncology programs at Georgetown University Hospital.
Tickets: $150; $50 for children ages 2 to 18. Kids under 2 are free.
For more information, call 703-558-1588 or e-mail