The 2014 Spring Washington, D.C., Gala Guide

MARCH 29

The 28th Annual Night of Vision Benefiting the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, this black-tie gala features dinner, dancing silent auction and the presentation of service awards. Four Seasons Hotel. Call 202-234-1010, or visit youreyes.org/events/night-of-vision.

APRIL 1

4th Annual Great Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show Saks Fifth Avenue presents a designer runway show and luncheon to benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. The Washington Ritz-Carlton. Call 212-901-8011, or visit alzdiscovery.org/events/events/upcoming.

12th Annual 'For the Love of Sight' Visionary Awards Dinner Foundation Fighting Blindness honors Ryuji Ueno, M.D., of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Timothy W. Olsen, M.D., of Emory University. Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Call 202-530-4672 , or visit blindness.org.

National Building Museum Honor Award Gala The National Building Museum will honor Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in recognition of their commitment to preserving the nation’s architectural and built heritage at its annual Honor Award gala. Mrs. Bush and Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will accept the award. National Building Museum. Call 202-272-2448 x3458, or visit www.NBM.org.

Women and Wine IX Join Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Ninth Annual Women & Wine event for an evening of briefings, given by top scientists and physicians from Georgetown Lombardi on the latest breakthroughs in breast cancer research. The event has an extensive silent auction with a section sponsored by Tiffany & Co. Four Seasons Hotel. Call 202-687-3866, or visit www.lombardi.georgetown.edu/events/WomenWine.

APRIL 3

“Camp David” Red Carpet Premiere Join honorary chairs former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter and the Arena Stage artistic team for the world premiere of "Camp David." Before the show, guests will enjoy a VIP reception and three-course seated dinner with private remarks by President Carter. After the show, mingle with the cast, artistic team and guests during dessert. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Call 202-600-4176, or visit arenastage.org.

LGW's 2014 Innovative Leadership Awards Leadership Greater Washington annual spring event honors Julie Rogers of the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and Barbara B. Lang, CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. The Fairmont Hotel Georgetown. Call 202-465-3200, or visit LGWDC.org/annual-spring-event.

APRIL 7

Signature Theatre Sondheim Awards The black-tie event starts with cocktails, followed by a seated dinner and presentation of the Sondheim Award to orchestrator Jonathan Tunick. Embassy of Italy. Call 571-527-1828, or visit signature-theatre.org/2014-sondheim-award-gala.

APRIL 9

32nd Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Party Celebrate the "Quest for the Best," mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere and get an early opportunity to see the exhibitors’ works before public viewing. National Building Museum. Call 888-832-9554, or visit smithsoniancraftshow.org.

APRIL 10

Tango with the Stars The Chamber Dance Project’s inaugural fundraiser, "Tango with the Stars," features an evening of South American food and entertainment on One Metro Center’s rooftop terrace. Performers include Del Campo’s Victor Albisu, Lost Boy’s Kelly Muccio and Francisco Lopez Achaval, the cultural attaché of Argentina. One Metro Center. Call 202-499-2297, or visit chamberdance.org/gala.

APRIL 11

The 2014 Children's Ball The theme of the eighth annual Children's Ball, a signature event of Children's National Health System, is "Dream a Little Dream" and a very special evening to help improve the health of children here and around the world. Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Call 301-565-8500, or visit giving.childrensnational.org.

APRIL 12

Fashion for Paws The Fashion for Paws Runway Show is a one-of-a-kind luxury brand event to benefit the Washington Humane Society. Fundraising models agree to raise a minimum of $5,000 in the weeks leading up to the event and walk with their pet on the runway. Omni Shoreham Hotel. Call 202-683-1822, or visit washhumane.org/f4p.

APRIL 13

2014 Blue Jeans Ball Don your favorite denim for the Capital Area Food Bank at D.C.’s exclusive charity and tasting event, the Blue Jeans Ball. Enjoy the region’s finest cuisine, dance to live entertainment and participate in a silent and live auction. Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Call 202-529-1767, or visit capitalareafoodbank.org/blue-jeans-ball.

APRIL 23

Folger Gala: Shakespeare's 450th Birthday The Folger Shakespeare Library’s annual gala is its largest, most significant fundraiser of the year, providing vital support to its cultural and educational programs. As one of Washington’s most elegant social evenings, the gala is attended by leaders of the social, business, government and diplomatic communities. The Folger Shakespeare Library. Call 202-675-0377, or visit Folger.edu.

APRIL 25

59th Annual Corcoran Ball The Corcoran Ball is the major fundraising event of the Corcoran Women’s Committee and has netted millions of dollars since 1956. Proceeds from the ball will benefit Corcoran Access, a multi-year project to digitize the Corcoran's renowned collection. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Call 202-639-1700, or visit corcoran.org/ball.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Gala Join chair Annie S. Totah for “Nine Thousand and Nine Hundred Nights.” Inspired by the number of nights in NMWA’s 27 years and the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, the gala will feature an evening of cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing. The honorary chair is Her Imperial Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi. National Museum of Women in the Arts. Call 202-266-2815, or visit nmwa.org/support/fundraising-events/spring-gala.

April 30

Refugees International Dinner The 35th anniversary dinner will honor Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Seri Bakkar, M.D., chef José Andrés and actor Forest Whitaker. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Call 202-828-0110 ext. 207, or visit refugeesinternational.org/events/35th-anniversary-dinner.

May 3

The White House Correspondents' Dinner The White House Correspondents' Association dinner is traditionally attended by the president and first lady as well as other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Parties, before and after the main event, fill the long weekend. Joel McHale will be the entertainer. The association is celebrating its centennial year. The Washington Hilton. Call 202-266-7453, or visit whca.net/dinner.htm.

May 4

Kennedy Center Gala for Michael Kaiser This year’s gala will pay tribute to Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser with a special concert performance of the classic musical "Camelot." The co-chairs of the gala are Katherine and David Bradley, Tim Keating of the Boeing Company and Laysha Ward of Target. Expect cocktails on the River Terrace, dinner on the Roof Terrace, "Camelot in Concert" in the Concert Hall and a post-show party. Call 202-416-8338, or visit kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/gala.

MAY 7

March of Dimes Gourmet Gala The 32nd Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala is a fundraising dinner with a unique Capitol Hill flavor. More than 40 Washington notables, including Senators and Representatives, are expected to participate in this competitive cook-off as celebrity chefs, preparing and serving their favorite dishes. National Building Museum.Call 571-257-2308, or visit marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc.

MAY 16

Washington Ballet's Jazz Ball With gala chair Reginald Van Lee and honorary chair Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz Ball will celebrate the Washington Ballet’s donors and outreach programs that fulfill its three-part mission: world-class performances, dance education and community engagement. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Call 202-274-4518, or visit washingtonballet.org.

Phillips Collection Annual Gala and After Party The 2014 Annual Gala celebrates the exhibition, "Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection." The Phillips Collection. Call 202-387-6522, or visit phillipscollection.org/support/annual-gala.

MAY 31

S&R Foundation's Washington Awards Gala Attend the grand unveiling of Halcyon House in Georgetown, new headquarters of the S&R Foundation, and future home of the Halcyon Incubator, for an elegant, fun-filled evening, with dinner by chef Eric Ziebold and music by this year's awardees. Halcyon House. Call 202-298-6007, or visit washingtonawards.org.

JUNE 7

Washington National Opera Ball This celebration of opera and culture will be held under the patronage of His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, the Ambassador of Japan, and Mrs. Sasae. On the evening of the ball, guests will enjoy intimate dinners, hosted by ambassadors around the city, before coming together for dessert, dancing and performances. The Residence of the Japanese Ambassador. Call 202-416-8496, or visit kennedy-center.org/wno/programs/operaball.

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