Wolf Trap Ball Celebrates 100 Years of the National Park Service

Local and national arts devotees will gather on stage at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial and support Wolf Trap’s arts and education programs

Vienna, Virginia (August 8, 2016) Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces the 2016 Wolf Trap Ball, to be held Friday, September 16, 2016 on the Filene Center stage at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Hosted in cooperation with the National Park Service, this year’s Ball celebrates the National Park Service Centennial. As Wolf Trap Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, the Ball and its proceeds benefit the Foundation’s nationally recognized arts and education programs.

In recognition of Wolf Trap’s unique role as the only National Park for the Performing Arts, The Honorable Sally Jewell will serve as Honorary Chair for the evening. Mrs. Laura Bush, honorary co-chair of the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration and former honorary chair of Wolf Trap Foundation’s Board, will address guests and speak to the special role that the National Park Service plays in America’s cultural heritage. The Ball is Co-chaired by Fred and Kim Humphries and Tim and Ann Keating.

“As the nation’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap proudly continues our season-wide celebration of the National Park Service Centennial at this year’s Ball,” said
Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO Arvind Manocha.  “We are especially privileged to have Mrs. Bush and Ms. Jewell joining us for the festivities.”

Wolf Trap has crafted an evening that rejoices the importance and grandeur of the 400+ National Park sites across America. Upon entering, guests will see the Filene Center stage – the second largest stage in the nation – transformed with scenes from majestic, iconic, historical landmarks that make up our National Parks. A spectacular multi-course dinner and dancing is a highlight of the evening.

The Wolf Trap Ball benefits the Foundation’s renowned arts and education programs, including the
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Wolf Trap Foundation has served millions of preschool and kindergarten children, teachers, and caregivers around the country and abroad using performing arts disciplines to enhance academic and social skills. Similarly, Wolf Trap’s artistic programs range from eclectic multi-genre performances to classical, opera, and dance productions, including initiatives to commission new works and programming that reflect the culture and diversity of the Washington, D.C. region.

Each year, the Wolf Trap Ball attracts a diverse guest list of philanthropic, business, political, and cultural leaders, and generates more than $1 million in support of Wolf Trap Foundation’s arts and education programs. Approximately 800 guests are expected to attend this year’s Ball.

The 2016 Wolf Trap Ball Lead sponsors are Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, with The Boeing Company and Microsoft as Presenting sponsors. Margaret and Shashi Gupta and Suzy and Bob Pence serve as Host sponsors. Diamond level sponsors to date include Hillary and Tom Baltimore, Christina and Gary Mather, KPMG, MicroStrategy, PWC, SunTrust, and USAA.

2016 Wolf Trap Ball –Friday, September 16, 2016

Event Timeline
7:00 p.m.             Cocktail reception begins on stage
8:15 p.m.             Program and dinner begin
                            Remarks by Co-Chairs, Honorary Host, and Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO
9:45 p.m.             Dancing begins
10:30 p.m.           Raffle prize drawing from stage
Midnight              Event concludes

Tickets start at $750 for individuals, with access to a VIP Reception starting at $1,500. Sponsorship opportunities range from $10,000 to $100,000. 

For details on reserving a seat or table for the 2016 Wolf Trap Ball, please contact Wolf Trap Special Events at 703.255.4030 or email


Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

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Emily Smalling, Coordinator, Public Relations
703.255.4096 or emilys@wolftrap.org

Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations
703.255.1917 or michellep@wolftrap.org