On Sept. 21, the home of Founding Father George Washington will be transformed from a beloved relic to a gala venue for the third annual MVunderground Masquerade, attracting over 300 guests from the DMV, all donned in black-tie attire and masks.
From the outfits to the setting of the estate, this fundraiser is unlike any other celebration in 2019, as it pays tribute to the lifestyle that once existed on the grounds in the 18th century.
While the event is a party to remember, the concept stemmed from a desire to connect with young professionals—a self-defining term for those 45 and younger—and create interest in the legacy of George Washington for a different market.
“In 2017, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association decided they wanted to launch an initiative for young professionals, which we did through the membership program,” says Membership Manager Kara Hershorin. “The Mount Vernon Underground consists of special programming hosted on a regular basis, which all started with this signature event.”
According to Hershorin, the majority of Mount Vernon Underground members are not in their 20s, but rather are more established in their careers, have an interest in history and want to be part of something unique and different.
This year’s event will consist of a variety of activities, all dedicated to the life George Washington might have lived during his time, including tours of the estate, a Colonial magician and some 18th century gambling games. The few modern aspects of the affair will stem from the DJ playing music of this decade, a fireworks show on the Potomac and bites and cocktails served from local restaurants.
The masquerade serves as the annual renewal opportunity for Mount Vernon Underground members, as the price of the event and membership are rolled together.
While tickets are selling fast, there is still time left to purchase a single ticket to the event, a ticket with membership or even a sponsorship package, giving you a number of benefits depending on the level you choose.
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