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Ball for the Mall

June 10, 2017

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The Trust for the National Mall celebrated its tenth anniversary as an official partner of the National Park Service with an evening benefit gala, the “Ball for the Mall.” The event hosted more than 750  guests on the grounds of the National Mall, for an evening of food and fellowship in support of the Trust’s mission to improve, preserve and restore the National Mall.

Massive structure tents by Select kept the spring showers at bay while guests enjoyed cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and a specialty bar stocked with whiskeys from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery.

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After cocktails, guests were invited to the main tent for dinner and the recognition program.BZ1A2264BZ1A2798blizter at ball

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer served as the Master of Ceremonies for the program, which included a celebration of accomplishments and a look ahead to continued progress.

Photo © Tony Powell. 2017 Ball on the Mall. May 11, 2017

As the centerpiece of the event program, the Trust for the National Mall honored businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein with the History, Heroes and Hope Award for his dedication and continued support in restoring and improving the National Mall. Award-winning author and Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley presented Rubenstein with the honor. The event also honored Volkswagen Group of America with the Distinction in Corporate Service Award as recognition for a generous $10 million gift.

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Dinner featured a springy salad of Gulf shrimp, gingered grapefruit, black sesame crisps with little gem lettuce, watercress sauce and fresh nasturtium blossoms.

BZ1A2342BZ1A2949The main course carried on the springtime theme with roasted lamb loin with pistachio-mint pesto, carrot barlotto and snow pea ‘linguini’ with a smear of fava and mint purée.


After dinner, the party continued with live music by The Source, dancing and a grand dessert buffet presented on Occasions’ custom ‘National Mall’ display tables.

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With gratitude for a terrific team:

Event Logistics & Planning: Linder Global Events

Tenting & Flooring: Select Event Group

Lighting, Staging & Sound Production: EventEQ

Décor: Event Revolution

Florals: Devers Design Group

Valet: MJ Valet

Photography: Pepe Gomez Photography

Additional Photos: Trust for the National Mall,  Tony Powell