Photo: Courtesy of the Junior League of Northern Virginia

The Masquerade’s Forever: Monte Carlo Night Supports Nutrition Education, Physical Activity

Roll the dice on March 29 and try your hand at the game of chance at the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV)’s third annual Monte Carlo Night Masquerade at the Army Navy Country Club. The local women’s organization invites locals to mingle, nosh on fancy apps, try signature cocktails and play everything from Texas hold ’em table to blackjack in their masquerade finest to raise money for the organization’s continued efforts to promote physical activity and nutrition education in low-income areas within NoVA. We caught up with Emily Wyant and the rest of her JLNV leadership team for the inside scoop on this year’s event and why it’s a don’t-miss party.

On Tap: What inspired this year’s masquerade theme?
Emily Wyant & JLNV team:
This is our third annual Monte Carlo Night event and we wanted to spice things up! Guests will also be excited to see some of our returning favorites such as our silent auction items and our raffle.

OT: What kind of attire and masks do you anticipate guests wearing? How dolled up and creative should attendees get?
EW & team:
The event itself is cocktail attire; but as for the masks, anything goes! We will have a few masks to sell at the event for our guests that may not have had time to shop.

OT: How would you describe the ambiance and décor of the event?
EW & team: Monte Carlo Night is held at the award-winning Army Navy Country Club. The atmosphere is very sophisticated and fun, and this year’s décor will feature colorful masquerade masks. Additionally, we have the new High Roller Lounge sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer and featuring a custom candy bar. We are very excited to offer this new benefit to our High Roller guests.

OT: What libations will be available at the bar? Any featured drinks or signature cocktails?
EW & team: Attendees at Monte Carlo Night will have access to an open bar serving wine and beer, and featuring two signature cocktails: an Old Fashioned and a French 75.

OT: What hors d’oeuvres will be available? Is there a theme to the food and/or drink offerings?
EW & team: We will be serving light hors d’oeuvres at the event, including desserts donated by Rx Catering.

OT: What games of chance will be available for attendees?
EW & team: Our games hosted by Always Fun Casinos feature several blackjack tables, a Texas hold ’em table, roulette and craps.

OT: Will there be a live band, or a DJ? What music can attendees expect?
EW & team: At the request of last year’s attendees, we will be welcoming back DJ Ricky Bulles to our event!  We are expanding our space this year and will be adding a dance floor for our guests to dance the night away.

OT: Why should locals that aren’t connected to the League attend? What’s the biggest draw for the 25-45 crowd?
EW & team: This is a fun event, with proceeds going toward the efforts of the Junior League of Northern Virginia. In addition to the games of chance and dancing, our guests can bid on a variety of items in our silent auction, show off their moves on the dance floor, enjoy our open bar and hors d’oeuvres and enter our raffle for a Yeti package worth over $600. Plus, we are welcoming back Kendra Scott for a mystery jewelry pull. With each $50 ticket, guests pull a mystery box of beautiful jewelry worth between $50 and $125!

OT: Where will all the funds raised go?
EW & team: Funds raised enables the Junior League of Northern Virginia to provide quality leadership opportunities and training to the women in this community, supports fundraising events that multiply sponsor dollars, and funds community programs that promote healthy eating and fitness for children in the Northern Virginia area.

OT: Can you walk us through the League’s big 2019 initiatives that the event will directly benefit?
EW & team: Our community programs include Market Explorers, the internationally renowned Kids in the Kitchen program, swim camp, and many others that positively impact children and families in Northern Virginia and increase physical activity and nutrition education. Funds raised also directly impact our members by being used for the Leadership Academy and other leadership events and learning opportunities.

Don’t miss the 2019 Monte Carlo Night Masquerade at the Army Navy Country Club on Friday, March 29 from 8-11 p.m. Tickets start at $115. Click here to learn more about the Junior League of Northern Virginia’s Monte Carlo Night, and here to purchase tickets. 

Army Navy Country Club: 1700 Army Navy Dr. Arlington, VA; www.jlnv.org/montecarlonight