Gala Guide for Spring 2013

Spring has sprung, although it may not have been clear to those who looked out their windows on Monday morning to see snow topped trees in early blossom. There will be no end of festivities in coming months. The nation’s capital offers treats for all—the Opera Ball, the Washington Ballet’s Hemingway in Paris Ball, Washington Performing Arts Society Annual Gala, Corcoran Ball, National Museum of Women in the Arts Spring Gala and Phillips Collection Annual Gala are high on social lists. Theatergoers have the Helen Hayes Awards, Folger Gala, and Will on the Hall. Foodies can delight in Taste of the Nation, March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, Taste of Georgetown and RAMMY Awards Gala. Dog lovers and treasured pets can strut their stuff at Fashion for Paws and the Bark Ball. Cats tend to shun the social scene.

April 2
Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards
Join Vital Voices to celebrate 12 years of honoring extraordinary women leaders working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and protect human rights around the world. Kennedy Center. For more information, call (202) 636-8743 or


April 6
Washington National Opera’s Annual Opera Ball
This prestigious black-tie celebration begins with intimate, pre-Ball dinners hosted by ambassadors at their elegant residences and embassies. The Ball continues at Villa Firenze under the patronage of the Ambassador of Italy and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero. Guests will be treated to an evening of dessert, dancing and opera performances. For more information, call (202) 416-8496.
James Renwick Gala

This celebratory night during the Spring Craft Weekend will feature dinner, auctions and the presentation of the One-of-a-Kind Award to Elmerina and Paul Parkman. The Willard Hotel. For more information, call (301) 907-3888 or visit

April 8
The 29th Helen Hayes Awards
One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, the Helen Hayes Awards recognize and celebrate artistic achievement and bring significant local, national and international recognition to the remarkable artistry on Washington area. The Warner Theatre, The J.W. Marriott. For more information, call (202) 337-4572 or visit

Taste of the Nation
Top local chefs, restaurants and mixologists come together to raise funds to ensure that no child goes hungry. National Building Museum. For more information, call (202) 675-0377 or visit

April 10
N Street Village Gala
The award-winning social services agency that provides shelter and support to homeless and low-income women in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will host its annual gala to honor the clients, volunteers and supporters of the organization. The Ritz-Carlton, West End, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

April 11
Sitar Arts Center
“Paint the Town” is the theme of this year’s gala to support high-quality arts education to families lacking these opportunities. Cocktail reception and special musical performance from Origem. Mexican Cultural Institute. Please call (202) 797-2145 or visit

Folger Gala
This event pays tribute to the Bard and his timeless plays. The evening includes cocktails, a performance in the Elizabethan Theatre and a seated dinner in the reading rooms. Folger Shakespeare Library. Please call (202) 675-0377 or visit

April 12
A Moveable Feast: The Hemingway in Paris Ball
The Washington Ballet’s Gala, a highlight of Washington’s social season, raises funds to support TWB’s community engagement and education activities, such as the DCPS in-school residency DanceDC, and the groundbreaking programs at THEARC in Anacostia. The Library of Congress Jefferson Building. Call (202) 362-3606 or visit

April 13
Fashion for Paws
The Fashion for Paws Runway Show features local personalities as the models, many accompanied by fashionably dressed canines, to benefit the Washington Humane Society, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the nation. National Building Museum. For more information, call (202) 723-5730 or visit

Washington Performing Arts Society
Annual Gala & Auction
A highlight of the spring gala season, the WPAS Gala raises funds to support the organization’s main stage and education programs. The evening features an auction, dinner, dancing and a headlining performance. The Ritz-Carlton Washington. For more information, call (202) 533-1891 or visit

April 16
“For the Love of Sight” Visionary Awards Dinner
The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sight-saving retinal research, will honor former Ambassador Tom Korologos and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin Korologos with its Visionary Award. The Ritz-Carlton, West End, Washington, D.C. For more information, call (240) 423-0643 or visit

April 17
March of Dimes Gourmet Gala
The Gourmet Gala is a fundraising dinner where Members of Congress and other Washington notables participate in a competitive cook-off to support the March of Dimes. National Building Museum. For more information, call (703) 637-1334 or visit

April 19
58th Annual Corcoran Ball
A highlight in Washington’s spring philanthropic calendar, the black-tie benefit features uniquely decorated formal dining rooms within the Corcoran’s historic galleries, among priceless works of art. Club Corcoran is a special late-night option for the junior set. Corcoran Gallery of Art. For more information, call (301) 951-3780 or visit

April 20
Spring Gala at the Strathmore
Michael Feinstein will headline Strathmore’s 2013 Spring Gala. This magical night helps support Strathmore’s education and artistic programming, master classes, Artist in Residence programs, free community events and festivals. Strathmore. For more information, call (301) 581-5135 or visit

April 24
Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit
Meet the artists whose skill and passion have created exceptional American works of art and preview the prestigious juried show before it opens to the public. Produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, all proceeds support the Smithsonian. National Building Museum. For more information, call (202) 633-5006 or visit

April 26
National Museum of Women in the Arts Spring Gala
The spring gala is the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising event. Proceeds support the exhibitions and programs that make the National Museum of Women in the Arts the leading museum dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. National Museum of Women in the Arts. For more information, call (202) 266-2815 or visit

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