French drawing room at Hillwood


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Starry Night Gala

Join Executive Director Kate Markert and Co-Chairs Kathryn Vigé Hicks, Mark Lowham, and Mary Emerson Slimp for a black tie gala on Tuesday, September 28 in support of Hillwood's mission to share the cultural treasure that Marjorie Post left for the public's enjoyment. 

Begin the evening with cocktails and tour the special exhibition Roaring Twenties: The Life and Style of Marjorie Merriweather Post at 6:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., enjoy a starlit dinner on the magnificent Lunar Lawn. 

Your support is vital to Hillwood's continuing work to educate and inspire the public through the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post's collections and gardens. Gifts will support the development of innovative new programming, educational opportunities, and special exhibitions.

Black Tie (White Tie optional)
1920s-inspired attire encouraged

Please note: We ask that all those in attendance of the gala are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The gala will take place outside, but we ask that you bring a facemask to wear if you are indoors at any point, in accordance with CDC recommendations.



Ellen MacNeille Charles • Mary and Ron Slimp

Bee’s Knees
Kathryn and Peter Hicks • William and Donna Roberts • TTR Sotheby's International Realty

Cat’s Meow
Yvonne B. Craver • Ms. Nedenia Rumbough and Mr. Jan Roosenburg • Janice and Ralph Shrader

Big Cheese
Nancy and CG Appleby • Betsy Scott Kleeblatt • Sachiko Kuno Foundation • Total Wine & More

Susan Bollendorf and Robert Broeksmit • Bradley Charitable Fund • Vince Careatti • EagleBank • EL Studio PLLC • Gloria Hidalgo • Joshua Hildreth and Richard Robinson • Aon Huntington Block Insurance • Nancy, Chris, and Valerie Itteilag, Washington Fine Properties • Jocelyn Linke • Richard and Nancy Marriott • Joan and Dan Mulcahy • Genevieve Murphy • Sharon and Michael Nemeroff • Beth Newburger • Renata and Spence Patterson • Pedersen Family • Barbara and Charles Rossotti • Stanley and Leah Rumbough • Peter and Dyson Stockman

Luanne Adams and Murrell Smith • A La Vieille Russie • Ronald M. Bradley Foundation • Michael and Charlotte Buxton • Mr. and Mrs. John E. Chapoton • Alice and Jerald Clark • Jim and Mary Goodyear • Ken and Nina Gradia • Charles O. Graham • Mrs. Monica Lind Greenberg • Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Handelman • Glenda and Stephen Harvey • Walter and Judith Jones • Luna and Daniel Levinson • Emily and Raj Madan • Jerry and Anne Marie Marenburg • Alison Cady Martin • Amy and Marc Meadows • Kathy and Les Megyeri • Charlotte Moss • Sara and Peter O'Keefe • Steven Oram and Terri Oram • Deborah and Arthur Page • Joseph Perta and Carl Davis • Dorchester Apartments & Towers by Lola C. Reinsch, Reinsch Pierce Family Foundation • Paul and Renee Skafte • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bland Smith • Spacesaver Interiors • Dr. Nickolai Talanin • Mrs. R. Eric Vigé • General and Mrs. Charles F. Wald • Mrs. Togo D. West, Jr. • Patricia and George White • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company • Diane B. Wilsey

Individual Benefactor
Ms. Priscilla R. Baker • Amy Ballard • Sue and Dave Beddow • Janice Brambilla • Kyra Cheremeteff and Thomas W. Richardson • Mollie Ann and Dale Church • Kristina A. Clark • Mary Hale Corkran • Elissa Davidson • Diane De Grazia • Claire Dwoskin • Elizabeth L. Elser • Michael and Eleanor Fulton • Phyllis and Glenn Gerstell • Michelle Martineau Green • Patrick and Sheila Gross • Sophie and Val Hawkins • John and Lynn Hooff • Melissa McGee Keshishian • Sanda and Jerry Lambert • Mrs. David A. Lefeve • Donna Limerick • Jacqueline B. Mars • The Mosaic Foundation (of R. and P. Heydon) • Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Mark Odom • Mr. John H. Pender • Lucy S. Rhame • Beth and Robin Roberts • Carol O. Roberts • Maggie and Tom Sheedy • Ms. Mary Lou Steptoe • Mr. and Mrs. David M. Thoms • Annie Simonian Totah • Marilyn and Rod Uveges • Susan A. Vallon and R. Andrew Beyer • Mrs. Shelley Wasserman • Douglas Reid Weimer, Esq. • Suzanne and John Whitmore

Kathryn Vigé Hicks • Mark Lowham • Mary Emerson Slimp

Nancy Appleby • Charlotte Clay Buxton • Jackie Copeland • Yvonne Craver • Elizabeth Emerson • Josh Hildreth • Donna Limerick • Amy Meadows • Jeff Minett • Marsha Nelms Muawwad • Sharon Leininger Nemeroff • Elizabeth Odom • Sara O'Keefe • Deborah S. Page • Joseph M. Perta • Marilyn Wald

Contact Allison Kingery at 202.243.3974 or with any questions.

Gala guests
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Tony Powell
Guests at the Black & White Gala
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Tony Powell
Drinks at the Black & White Gala
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Tony Powell
Guests at the Black & White Gala
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Tony Powell