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Reach for the Stars Gala FAQs

What is the Reach for the Stars gala?

The gala is an annual celebration to highlight Horizons’ recent achievements and partnerships, and the tremendous impact Horizons has made in partnership with its students, alumni, and their families, as well as share their goals for the path ahead. Supporting the gala ensures that Horizons’ students can continue “reaching for the stars” through: dynamic summer learning experiences, mental health and wellbeing supports, water safety and swim instruction, and the opportunity to bolster a stronger sense of belonging within academics. 420 students will join us for this year’s signature summer program, receiving nearly 300 extra hours of academics each year. 

What can I expect at the gala?

Reach for the Stars is a cocktail-style reception, which includes live music, open bars, a signature cocktail, passed hors d'oeuvres, food stations, and a short program followed by a paddle raise - the fundraising portion of the evening. 

Where and when is the gala held? 

Reach for the Stars will be held from 7:00-10:00 PM on Friday, October 4, 2024, at the newly renovated National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20005). 

What are the parking options?

Complimentary valet parking will be provided for all gala attendees. Should you wish to self park, there are several nearby parking garages. 

Who attends the gala?

Families and faculty from Horizons’ host schools (Maret, Norwood, and St. Patrick’s), as well as partners, funders, and members of the community.

What is the attire?

Cocktail or business attire.

I’m interested in becoming a Host Sponsor. What are the obligations of a Host Sponsor? 

Host Sponsors receive two tickets to the gala in return for a $600 contribution. In addition (with your permission), your names will be listed as Host Sponsors on the event program, and Horizons’ website to encourage other supporters to become Host sponsors and attend the October 4 event. There are no committee or volunteer obligations. 

I’m unable to attend the gala. How can I provide support? 

To make a donation, please visit Reach for the Stars.

I am unable to attend the gala and would like to donate my tickets. 

Please send an email to csmith@horizonsgreaterwashington.org regarding donating tickets you are unable to use.