Sitar Arts Center's Bet on the Arts Benefit Gala

Hybrid Dinner and Auction

Thursday, October 21, 2021

6:30 PM Cocktail Reception *SOLD OUT*

7:30 PM Live Broadcast at

The Bet on the Arts Gala will include outdoor seating at The LINE and nearby residences. Or virtually experience the magic of the Gala broadcast live. Inspiring student performances and presentations will be pre-recorded, creatively connecting all of these spaces into one event. 

Sitar will ask in-person guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before attending. We will abide by health guidelines provided by the CDC and any District of Columbia emergency order. Inclement weather plans may include indoor dining.


Jill Minneman
Visionary Award

Joe Link and the Saints Band
Special Tribute

Gala Committee


Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda and Hector Sepulveda
Marla and Peter Schnall


Be Dismond Sweet


Greg Albright and Wes Combs
Quanda Allen
Rhonda Buckley-Bishop and Kelley Bishop
Samantha Dean and Robert Mileff
Charles DeSantis and David McDermott
David DeSantis and Todd Malan
Carroll Dey
Melissa and Ken Doyle
Mario Garcia Durham and Craig Horness
Ellen Fern and Brett O'Brien
Jean-Marie and Raul Fernandez
Nancy "Bitsey" Folger
Jill Herscot and Andrew Bartley
Grace Hong and David Olsen
Sara and Chris Lange
Jana Nelhybel
Ellin and Jim Nolan
Nan and Nick McConnell
Jaya Saxena and Viyas Sundaram
Vivek Srivastava

About Sitar Arts Center

Sitar Arts Center's Annual Benefit Gala raises essential funds for equitable arts education and year-round out-of-school-time activities for DC's children, teens, and young adults. 80% of Sitar's students are from households with low income and 85% are Black or Latinx.

At Sitar, our talented students take classes in art, music, dance, drama, creative writing, digital arts, and design, taught by a teaching corps of volunteers and partners from our city's finest institutions. Sitar offers transformational possibilities, creative exploration, and community, so that all young people can discover their full potential. By supporting Sitar Arts Center's 2021 Benefit Gala, you are investing in their future.


Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Rd NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-2145 |
Tax ID # 52-2113471

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