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October 26, 2018

The Capital Masquerade was created to change the tradition of charity fundraising in the Capital Region.  This is the next generation of philanthropy.

What is Capital Masquerade?

Capital Masquerade is an event designed to be a truly unique benefit gala experience. With imaginative themes created by our Dream Team, each year we open a new world of wonder to our guests while raising funds and awareness to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region.

 

How is this event different?

This is not your mother’s gala, and let us explain why—This event was created to capture your imagination and transport you to another place, time, and sometimes, another world.  Each year our Dream Team designs an exciting event based on an imaginative theme that engages our guests with circus-like entertainment, visually stunning decor, glamorous attire, and elegant food and cocktails.  We want to break the mold of charity galas by creating a one of a kind event in the Capital Region, where everyone has a fabulous experience while raising money and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region.

 

Who attends this event?

Well let’s first say that you will be – or at least you would be – crazy to miss out on this excitement and fun!  This event is for anyone and everyone (over the age of 21) who is looking for a fabulous way to kick off Halloween weekend.  We have something for everyone: luxurious lounges, epic entrainment, divine dining, decadent drinks, music, dancing…need we go on and on?  This is a party for everyone, especially those who want to give back to their community in a classy and creative way!

 

How much are tickets?

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 15th at noon!!!

Ticket prices are as follows:

Early Bird (General Admisson) $125

General Admission $150

VIP $200

Week of General Admission $200 (if available)

Click the “BUY TICKETS” button at the top of the page to purchase tickets.  Please note our ticketing & mobile auction site may require you to update your browser in order to enter the site.  Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Sponsorships from $500 to $10,000 are available.  Please email Heather-Liz Copps, Development Manager at RMHC of the Capital Region, for more information.

 

What do tickets include?

Come eat, drink, and dance the night away.  Amenities for the event include valet parking, an amazingly designed set with world class entertainment, music, hand crafted cocktails and signature spirits courtesy of DeCrescente Distributing Company, and theme inspired passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations courtesy of Mazzone Hospitality.

 

Where can I buy Tickets?

Click the “BUY TICKETS” button at the top of this page!

 

What does VIP Included?

VIP has early access to the event beginning at 7pm, specialty cocktail creations, upgraded food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, and exclusive entrainment that is not available to General Admission ticket holders.  In addition, your ticket includes a larger donation to support the families and children who rely on the Albany Ronald McDonald House.

 

Do I have to wear a Mask?

Yes, Darling – this is a Masquerade event so a mask in some form is expected. This can be as standard (simple mask you grab at a costume store or online) or as elaborate as you like.  Even makeup and adhesive decals can be creatively worked in as a mask!  For inspiration, we suggest that you check out our past events to see what guest have done as well as our What To Wear videos that will answer all your questions! Remember the event theme is always a fun way to get inspired as well!

 

What do I wear?

This year we are celebrating in Classic Hollywood Glam circa 1910-1960.  Attendees are encouraged to be “Red Carpet Ready”.  This evening is everything Black Tie and beyond.  We are looking for the most elegant evening gowns, tuxes, and every ounce of luxury.  You are the STAR, so come as your celebrity self (we are discouraging dressing up as any other famous actors or actresses).  For more ideas on what to wear, check out our What To Wear Feature!

 

Transportation, Valet, Ride Sharing and Hotel

Guests of The Capital Masquerade have several options for their transportation needs.  We will have complimentary Valet Parking courtesy of Mazzone Hospitality.  Thinking about ride sharing?  Sign up for our email list and we will send you details and ride sharing codes.  Want to make a night of it?  Sign up for our email list and we will send you details about group hotel rates as we get closer to the event.

 The Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino will be offering a special rate for Masquerade attendees for the night of the event.  The package includes a king delux room, complementary parking in their covered garage, shuttle service to and from the event, and breakfast buffet for two the next morning.  Visit their site and use booking code RMHC1810 to reserve your room today!

The Courtyard Marriott at Mohawk Harbor will also be offering a special rate for Masquerade attendees for the night of the Masquerade.  The package includes one room, parking, and shuttle servies to and from the event.  Rooms must be booked no later that October 25th.  To book your room, visit their site today!

 

Directions to Event Location

From the North: Follow I-87 S to Clifton Park. Take exit 9W from I-87 S. to NY-146 W Continue on NY-146 W. to traffic circle.  Take Maple Ave W to traffic light.  Take left on to Freeman’s Bridge Rd. travel across bridge, bear right.  Freeman’s Bridge becomes Erie Blvd. Continue to traffic circle, go through staying on Erie Blvd.  Continue on Erie Blvd, turn right on S. Church St, then left on Washington Ave.  Driveway/Parking lot entrance is on right.

From the South: Take NYS Thruway 87N, which becomes NYS Thruway 90 westbound.  Take exit 25 to I 890 W follow to exit 4B Erie Blvd Take exit 4B Erie Blvd/GE Plant to Erie Blvd Continue on Erie Blvd, turn left on S. Ferry St., left on S. Fuller-turns into Washington Ave.  Driveway/Parking lot entrance is on right.

From the East: Take NYS Thruway 90 Westbound Take exit 25 to I 890 W follow to exit 4B Erie Blvd Take exit 4B Erie Blvd/ GE Plant to Erie Blvd Continue on Erie Blvd, turn left on S. Ferry St., left on S. Fuller-turns into Washington Ave.  Driveway/Parking lot entrance is on right.

From the West: Take NYS Thruway 90 Eastbound Take exit 26 to I 890 East follow to exit 4C Erie Blvd Take exit 4C Erie Blvd/ GE Plant to Erie Blvd Continue on Erie Blvd, turn left on S. Ferry St., left on S. Fuller-turns into Washington Ave.  Driveway/Parking lot entrance is on right.

 

After Party Information

Sign up for email notification and details as we get closer to the event.

 

More Questions?

First, we want to thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our event, and we hope to see you there on October 26th! Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email.

More questions?

First, we want to thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our event, and we hope to see you there on October 26th! Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email.

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Our Community & Charity

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region help serve and sustain families in our local area when serious illness or injury strikes the most cherished part of their lives, their children. By providing housing, meals and other assistance the RMHC aims to create comfort during truly distressful times in these families lives. Every dollar raised at the Masquerade, whether it is through ticket sales, sponsorships, auction purchases, or donations, goes directly into supporting the mission of "The House That Love Built".

Contact Us

Ronald McDonald House Charities
139 South Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
info@rmhcofalbany.org
518.438.2655