With the Washington Monument as its backdrop, Saturday, May 4, marked the fifth annual Ball on the Mall, geared toward DC’s young professionals and hosted by the L’Enfant Society for the Trust for the National Mall. As always, the black tie affair was held under an open air tent on the Mall, near 13th Street and Madison Drive, and took place the Saturday after the Trust’s Annual Benefit Luncheon, serving as the glammed-up nighttime yin to the daytime hats-and-pearls yang.
VIP ticket holders began the evening with a dinner buffet served by five local celebrity chefs: Michel Richard (Citronelle), Todd Gray (Equinox), Scott Perry (Floriana), Aaron McCloud (Cedar) and Xavier Deshayes (Reagan Building and International Trade Center). The ball itself started at nightfall and offered cocktails, a reception and dancing to a DJ as well as a live band. Very impressive was the music this year. Everyone was lively and dancing in their glittering spring gowns and men in black tie as DJ DC Heather played everything from “Sweet Home Alabama” to “Call Me Maybe.” The atmosphere was relaxed and the room just seemed to have an overall feeling of excitement and bliss. With a confirmed 1,000 revelers in attendance at this one-of-a-kind celebration, the development team and the Trust have tallied the night’s proceeds to exceed their $2 Million fundraising goal.
The embodiment of a public-private partnership, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall was founded in 2007 and works alongside the National Parks Service to restore the National Mall, which welcomes more than 25 million visitors every year and ranks as America’s most visited national park. Last week, the Trust announced its newest sponsor, Volkswagen of America, which has pledged $10 million to the project, to be given over a five-year span.
You must say that it’s a magical feeling you get walking down the gravel paths at dark, headed to seemingly dim tents to be awestruck with a perfect ballroom. It’s like a fairy tale knowing that the enchanting tents with cheerful people and a fun party will all disappear until next year.