ADMISSION TO THE MAIN GALA IS AT 8:30 PM
VIP ADMISSION IS AT 7:15 PM
- The Majesty of Palermo
- The Glory of Taormina
- The Beauty that is Siracusa
Tonight, travel thousands of miles away and hundreds of years in the past without ever leaving Washington, DC. In a rare opportunity, step on to Italian soil for a very special and elegant evening celebrating Sicilian culture at the Embassy of Italy.
As you enter this incredible and beautiful Embassy, be transported to perhaps one of the most admired countries in Europe. Experience an Italian and Sicilian evening filled with Italian food, open bar, dancing, opera, film, and more!
This classic celebration has been one of the hottest tickets to attend in Italy for centuries. Tonight, we invite you to come masquerade style (optional) and dance as they did on the most elegant of dance floors and ballrooms of Palermo and in the streets of the Sicilian countryside.
All this - plus a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of a former TTD staff member. (See below)
We are offering a VIP and GENERAL (Reduced) Admission package.
(VIP OPTION: SEE BELOW - INCLUDES DINNER AND EARLY ADMISSION)
1) ITALIAN OPEN BAR:
Toast to Venice and Italy all night long with fantastic Italian wines, beers and other (nonalcoholic beverages).
2) ITALIAN & SICILIAN DESSERTS:
Experience a buffet of authentic Italian desserts. (An optional VIP reception is also available via this website which includes a private reception with exquisite buffet dinner of Italian delicacies).
A Tuscan Village House Dessert Display
Pizzelle, Biscotti, Snowball, Apricot Occhio di Bue, Amarelli Cookies
Fresh Seasonal Fruit with Mascarpone Cream
Coconut Macaroon dipped in Chocolate
3) EUROPEAN BALLROOM MUSIC (8:30 pm to 10:30 pm):
Tonight's Ball will fill the room with Italy’s and Europe's greatest classical ballroom treasures as you dance the night away in this unique, authentic setting.
4) SICILIAN BALLROOM DANCE PRESENTATION & LESSON:
A masterful local Ballroom instructor/couple will perform a special dance show highlighting the ballroom classics as danced for centuries. Following the demonstration, our instructors will offer a brief ballroom lesson to keep you dancing the way Venetians danced for centuries.
5) SICILIAN OPERA PRESENTATION:
Tonight we present you with a unique sampling of timeless classics from the leading Opera houses of Sicily. Two opera singers will be on hand for a live exclusive performance (from the Baroque, through the romantic period and to today).
6) LATE DJ & DANCING:
In the last half of the evening, one of Washington, D.C.'s greatest D.J.s brings us the best in retro, swing and top 40 dancing - Italian style!
7) WIN A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN:
Participate in a drawing in which one lucky winner will win a trip to the Caribbean (Air and Hotel).
8) CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION: In memory of a former TTD staff member, a portion of each ticket will be going to the American Cancer Society. For full details about the organization, see http://www.cancer.org/.
Note: This is primarily a stand up, buffet style reception with limited seating throughout the evening. We will have limited tables and chairs, but will not be able to accommodate seating for all attendees at one time. If you have any special needs, please email events@thingstodoDC.com in advance.
VIP OPTION: For a little extra royalty this evening, you will get:
- Early Admission to the Gala (7:30 PM);
- Private Champagne Reception;
- Special Early Dinner Menu, including:
Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Colorful Peppers, Pickled Vegetables, Carrots, Salami, Provolone, Olives, Melon and Red and Green Grapes
A Chopped Salad of Fresh Crisp Greens, Golden Pear, Cucumber, Marinated Cranberry, Red Onion, Celery, Toasted Pine nuts
Rich Balsamic Pancetta Dressing
Breast of Chicken Marsala with Portobello Mushrooms
Handmade Little Meatballs in Rustic Tomato Sauce
Creamy Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Caramelized Onions
Green Beans with Cannellini, Sun-Dried Tomato and Oregano
Focaccia, Garlic Toasts and Warm Italian Bread
Whipped Butter, Herb Olive Oil and Pumpkin Butter