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The History of capital masquerade

In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region put out a call to the community to help create an innovative new fundraiser to support “The House That Love Built.”  Kate Otis took this challenge to heart, and assembled a team of local creatives and key partners to present a grand Masquerade Ball to RMHC.  This team is now known as the “Dream Team.”  The idea was to dream up a unique and elegant event that was mysterious, intriguing, and broke the mold for charities galas.  In the first year, this upscale masked ball was scheduled to take place on Halloween weekend, and would be a major fundraiser for The House.  Additionally, it was designed to appeal to a wide range of attendees, some of whom might not attend a traditional gala.  For established philanthropsit, the goal was to create a unique experience, unlike any they had ever before.  It was also created to introduce younger professionals and creative enthusiasts to the world of philanthropy by designing an event shrouded in mystery with entertainment around every corner.  With the help of dedicated sponsors and partners, Capital Masuerade was born, and it was celebrated by over 400 masked party-goers that first year.  It was a tremendous success, and the Dream Team decided to make the Capital Masquerade and annual event to continue to support RMHC each year with a new an exciting theme.

Over the past three years, the Dream Team has added a few new creatives, which has enhanced our experience and allowed this endeavor to grow with tremendous success and sell-out events.  In addition, Capital Masquerade has collectively raised almost $293,000 for RMHC of the Capital Region.

2018

Silver screen

 If you are familiar with our events, you know that we keep you in a certain amount of suspense, and trickle down the details over time.  What we can tell you now about our 2018 event is that it will be epic, glamorous, and unlike anything you have ever experienced.  The Silver Screen is influenced by iconic Hollywood history, pulling inspiration from the pages of old scripts, classic cinema, and Golden Era Hollywood glamour.  Get ready to be wowed by a night of entertainment, delightful decor, fabulous food, and much, much more. This is your ticket to do it up to the nines, and walk the red carpet in show-stopping style. 

Stay tuned for more details!

2017

Streets of London

After a SOLD OUT event and so much excitement brewing after the Mad Hatter’s Ball, the Dream Team was challenged not only to come up with another thrilling theme, but to expand their location in order to accomodate for more attendees.  With an anticipated guest list of over 800, the Dream Team began the process of venue hunting and brainstorming.  To keep the maximum suspension, they decided to keep the venue a mystery.  By following the clues and solving riddles, attendees found themselves in what felt like the chapters of a Sherlock Holmes novel, only to later discover that they were in fact being taken back in time to the Streets of London.  Our 2017 event was hosted in our sister city of Schenectady at the Schenectady Armory.  This giant and wide open space became a playground for the Dream Team to recreate 1890s London, completely with London Tube Stations, Kensignton Gardens, classic pubs, and perfectly themed food & cocktails.  Guests danced the night away with magnificent attractions including a fully operational 45 foot high ferris wheel.  Staying true to Capital Masquerade culture, guests were surrounded by stunning performances by acrobats, character actors, Big Ben, and an epic London downpour.

2016

The Mad Hatters Ball

With the buzz generated by the inaugural Masquerade lasting for months afterward, the Dream Team expanded in order to elevate the 2016 Masquerade to the next level. The first event was full of surprise performances and design, so the team decided to give this elegant event a fanciful spin, and adopted a beloved theme for the second annual Masquerade: The Mad Hatter’s Ball. Taking on “Wonderland” allowed the event to include incredible design elements, unmatched entertainment, and inspired food and drink options. The Mad Hatter’s Ball sold out weeks before the event, welcoming a crowd of 550 guests, with over 300 names on the waiting list! The classic Wonderland characters were brought to life with the Capital Masquerade twist.  Also entertaining the crowd were some other very curious characters, including contortionists, dancing cards, sword swallowers, and living gardens.  All of these elements made this event a magnificent an transcendent evening down the rabbit hole, all to suport RMHC of the Capital Region.  The Dream Team achieved such amazing things in this collaboration, and the numbers spoke for themsevles…and what they were saying was that we needed to go even BIGGER to meet the public’s demand for this unique, black-tie event and do the most good for The House.  Almost immediately, plans began to hatch for the 2017 Masquerade.

2015

The Masquerade

In 2015, the Dream Team presented the first Capital Masquerade to benefit RMHC of the Capital Region.  The event was a first of its kind in the area, combining a unique and festive black-tie masked ball with a charitable mission – suporting “The House That Love Built.”  In its innaugural year, Capital Masquerae welcomed over 400 masked guests to kick off Halloween weekend while dancing the night away and supporting a great cause – RMHC of the Capital Region.  The event was a huge success, and the word of mouth buzz quickly turned Capital Masquerade into a “must attend” event each year.

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