The Regent and the Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Neighborhood Friends invite you to join us for the 2023 Birthnight Supper & Ball. This special tradition celebrates the birth of our founding father, George Washington with a black-tie gala in honor of the General’s 291st birthday.

The annual Birthnight Ball has grown to be a sold-out event. Secure your tickets now.

To purchase tickets, please contact Kara Hershorin at or 703.799.8658.

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George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington Birthnight Supper and Ball

Hosted by the Neighborhood Friends

Save the date for the 76th annual Birthnight Supper & Ball. Gala supporters will enjoy a cocktail reception, a three-course seated dinner, a live auction, entertainment, and dancing. A highlight of the celebration includes a birthday toast delivered to General Washington.

As Mount Vernon’s longest-running fundraiser, proceeds from the annual Ball are essential to supporting the restoration and preservation of George Washington’s beloved home.

Be part of history when you support the restoration and preservation of George Washington’s beloved home. Mount Vernon served as a private sanctuary for the Washingtons, and George Washington famously expressed his desire to finish the rest of his days “on the banks of the Potomac, and under the shadow of my own Vine and my own Fig tree.” This gala honors Washington's famous return to his beloved home where he longed to sit under his vine and fig tree and enjoy life, free of the cares of a soldier or politician.

“I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig tree, free from the bustle of a camp & the busy scenes of public life, I am solacing myself with those tranquil enjoyments.”
-George Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette, February 01, 1784

Sponsorship Opportunities

General Washington - $25,000
Two tables at the Ball (24 guests)

Platinum - $10,000
One table at the Ball (12 guests)

Gold - $7,500
Reserved seats for 10 guests

Silver - $5,000
Reserved seats for 6 guests

Bronze - $3,000
Reserved seats for 4 guests

Patron - $1,500
Reserved seats for 2 guests

Ticket - $500
1 Ticket to the Ball


Mansion Restoration

Proceeds from this year’s Ball will support the restoration and preservation of George Washington’s Mansion. This historic landmark is one of the most iconic 18th-century homes in America. However, the Mansion exterior is exposed to the extremes of weather and wear put on by more than one million visitors each year. Our preservation efforts are ongoing, and through your support, we can restore and maintain the Mansion’s weather-tight exterior. This will ensure that future generations will see Mount Vernon just as Washington did.

Neighborhood Friends

As stewards of what was once part of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon’s Neighborhood Friends take pride in being active participants in Mount Vernon’s future. Led by a steering committee of local residents, the Neighborhood Friends select a special project each year at Mount Vernon that they fund with membership dues and other fundraising activities. Previous projects include: saving the view-shed by purchasing land across the river from Mount Vernon, replacing and restoring the Mansion’s roof, basement, and windows, and extensive work on the greenhouse slave quarters. This year, the Neighborhood Friends are supporting the restoration of the exterior of the mansion.

A Long-Standing Tradition

The first annual Birthnight Ball was held in 1947 and was hosted by the Mount Vernon Citizens’ Association, a neighborhood organization that sponsored colonial fairs and other fundraisers. The original concept was a costume ball and dinner with period dancing and skits meant to represent Washington’s last birthday celebration in 1799 when his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, married Nelly Parke Custis. The balls were held at several locations including Collingwood, Woodlawn Country Club, and Belle Haven Country Club until it finally came to the Mount Vernon Inn in 1974. Proceeds from the dinner were given to support Mount Vernon.

The Mount Vernon Citizens’ Association continued the tradition until 1995 when the Neighborhood Friends took over planning and organization of the ball. It has become one of Mount Vernon’s most anticipated yearly events and our longest running fundraiser.

Mount Vernon Thanks Our Event Sponsors


Burke and Herbert Bank
Rachael Glaws and Joshua Pinedo
Julia Gluck
Historic Hotels of America
Joseph and Ann Somerset


Dick and Janice Crosby
Lee Ann Goodyear
David McCallum and Victoria Grady
Jack and Pat Veatch


John and Stavroula Alachnowicz
Matt and Audra Gannon
Jim and Jo Carol Porter


Stephen Fahy and Marjorie Roddy
Holliday Hurd and Gus Polichron
Barry and Tracy Hutchison
John H. Kerby and Theresa Thompson
Michael and Magda Patrick
Kate Shuster


Cricket Bauer and Tim Messman
Lynn and LexaLynn Hooper
Ms. Jeanne M. Defliese and CAPT. James D. Huck, USN (Ret.)
Paul and Jan Mikolashek
Kenneth and Amy Mitchell
Greg and Melissa Prunchak
Patti and Bill Turner

Safety Measures

Protecting the health and well-being of Mount Vernon’s guests and staff is our highest priority. We follow the guidelines for events set forth by the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event, is required to attend the 2022 Birthnight Ball.

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