THE PARTY Around 600 performing arts enthusiasts filled the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Saturday evening to celebrate the Washington Performing Arts 50th anniversary. Guests started the night enjoying cocktails and placing their bids on silent auction items before sitting down for a dinner by Top Chef alum, Kwame Onwuachi. After dinner there was a live auction followed by dancing and a variety of performances. Soprano vocalist and D.C. native Alyson Cambridge emceed the event.
THE PEOPLE Reginald Van Lee, the Washington Performing Arts Board President, was honored at the event for his advocacy of the arts and continued service efforts. Along with his position as President of the Board, he is also a Chairman of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, Vice Chair of the Board of The Washington Ballet and Chairman Emeritus of the Evidence Dance Company. In addition, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by former President Obama.
BEST IN SHOW All of the proceeds raised at the event will benefit Washington Performing Arts’ education efforts geared towards young adults, children and families in the DC area. These initiatives include Capital Arts Partnerships, Embassy Adoption Program, In-School Art Residences, Gospel Choirs, professional development, master classes and lectures. -Marissa Paiano
Photography by Nick Klein