“They say you never forget your first time.”
– Mr. Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, on his first fundraising ball Saturday night after taking the helm from longtime president Terre Jones last year. The evening, always the staple of a Washingtonian social calendar, also marked a historic moment for the program’s fundraising arm. The foundation pulled in more than $1 million, the most in its history, and nearly set a record for attendance despite periodic downpours.
The French Embassy and French Ambassador to the United States served as co-hosts for the night, inspiring the ‘Joie de Vivre’ theme.
“We all know that the arts are not an optional indulgence, they are essential to a civilized existence. They can serve as a common ground between people and between nations,” said Ambassador Francois Delattre, before praising the current relationship between the U.S. and France, especially regarding the countries’ similar views on terrorism and the turmoil in Syria.
“That is why we consider that cultural diplomacy plays a critical role in international relations. The arts are a critical force for understanding sharing and change.”
Earlier: Wolf Trap President Arvind Manocha hopes to put education center stage, 4/12/13