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Mellon Transformed Into Queen Of Heart’s Castle For TWB’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Ball!

By Daniel Swartz on April 27, 2012
Be sure to check out all 162 of our photographs from this event HERE!
The Guest List:
Aaron Jackson, Amy Baier: 1 | 2, Ashley Taylor: 1 | 2, Bret Baier, Cindy Jones, Dan Cuttica, Daniel Ahr, Don Patron, Jennifer Streaks: 1 | 2, Kait Dief: 1 | 2, Lindsay Sustarsic: 1 | 2, Matt Bronczek, Nick Cafritz: 1 | 2, Sara Lange: 1 | 2, Septime Webre, Stacey Snyder Miller: 1 | 2, Stephanie Scheider Ahr, Winston Bao Lord: 1 | 2
NORTHWEST -- Hundreds of Washington’s movers-and-shakers temporarily escaped the hustle and bustle of the workweek on Thursday evening, as they plunged down the rabbit hole at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium for The Washington Ballet’s signature spring black tie gala.

The cute card was literally well played…

Modeled after the dance company’s recent production of Alice in Wonderland, the majestic walls of the historic building had been transformed into a veritable ‘Queen of Heart’s Castle’, complete with a (hopelessly cute) army of card soldiers and rose garden featuring 5,000 red, white, and pink Ecuadorian flowers.

As one of The Washington Ballet’s premiere fundraisers of the year, the turnout was commensurately spectacular, including a variety of political, business, and philanthropic leaders.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his wife, Amy Baier, Raul Fernandez, Irish Ambassador Michael Collins, Ecuadorian Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suárez, Ashley Taylor and fiancé Matt Bronczek, Cindy Jones, Councilmember Jack Evans, and Winston Bao Lord were all spotted mingling with Ball Chair Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and members of the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Before dinner, guests were treated to a series of performances by the company’s dancers and students from TWB’s community engagement studio at THEARC. A particular highlight was a reenactment of the Caterpillar scene (modeled by Artistic Director Septime Webre off a Turkish hookah bar) from the recent sold-out production of ‘Alice (in wonderland)’ at The Kennedy Center.

And naturally – this essentially being a dance party after all – the dance floor commanded attention at the end of the night with DJ Pitch One returning from New York to preside over the festivities; much as he did for January’s
Jete Society Dance Party.

Curiouser and curiouser!

Be sure to check out all 162 of our photographs from this event HERE!
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