Waterford Foundation Celebrates with Valentine’s Gala

The Waterford Foundation will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a repeat of last year’s big success—the “Sweetheart Ball.”

The 73-year-old preservation group invites those with sweet thoughts and romance on their mind to sign up for the ball, which will be held on Saturday, Feb 13, at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn.

The brainchild of Foundation’s Development Committee Chairwoman Connie Moore, who organized last year’s inaugural event, the ball is seen both as a successful fundraiser and a fun event that can be built on as a permanent social calendar fixture year after year.

The foundation is not just celebrating its long history as a grassroots preservation nonprofit, but also hopes to raise significant funds to help it recover from the weather-related cancellation of the annual Waterford Fair last October. The fair losses wiped out 65 percent of the nonprofit’s annual revenues.

Although year-end giving helped re-fill the coffers somewhat, the foundation is still in a severely limited financial condition, according to Executive Director Tom Kuehhas.

Guests are invited to dress up to the nines in 1940s-era finery or other festive garb. Tickets, at $150 each, $1,700 for a table of 12, include champagne, cocktails and a 6:30 p.m. silent auction held in the historic mansion at Belmont, followed by dinner, drinks, dessert and a live auction.

Auction items include vacation stays, air flights, parties in historic homes, antiques, fun vintage items and artwork.

Gala attendees can compete for offerings by Waterford residents, including Tom Simmons, who will pilot a one-hour ultralight trip over Waterford, and young artist Alexander Behan, who will paint the winner’s favorite dog or cat. Other items include a week in a Santa Fe, NM, condo that sleeps four, a 72-piece Noritake china set, paintings by watercolor artist Catherine Hillis, antique Waterford chairs, and a full-length black lamb’s wool coat with mink collar.

Dancing follows with the 17-piece Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. The Dance King will make sure everyone knows how to dance the foxtrot, swing and cha cha, while the three “Anderson Sisters” from Stage Coach Theater will serenade guests.

To reserve tickets, go to waterfordfoundation.org or call 540-882-3018. Proceeds will go toward the foundation’s preservation and education programs in the 1,420-acre Waterford National Historic Landmark, that includes the village and surrounding open space.


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