At the Washington Ballet’s Dracula Soiree, glam vamps and
mod monsters were looking for fun, not blood.
“It’s at the cleaners,” Jack Davies said of his Count
Dracula cape, a sartorial favorite of many of the other male
guests. Davies is the former president of AOL International, and
served as co-patron of the evening.
The ladies of the night turned out in macabre chic: black
gloves, skeletal accessories and a few love bites on their
Event benefactor Bruce Lipnick, chairman and CEO of Asset
Alliance Corp., came prepared. He sported pointy teeth. Nothing
to fear, however. He said he was just getting in the spirit to
support his daughter, Olivia, a dancer.
Lipnick compared choppers with Bill Marcus, senior managing
director at Hedgeharbor, in nocturnal eyes and fangs.
Artist Dana Westring opted for the genteel vampire look,
pairing a top hat with his ensemble.
The soiree was held to celebrate the ballet’s fall season,
which will be inaugurated later this month by the company
premiere of “Dracula” at the Kennedy Center.
The museum was decorated to resemble Dracula’s castle, with
red bats fluttering across the ceiling and creepy creatures on
A mini-casket was left ajar, revealing a treasure trove of
Also among the 400 guests were former U.S. ambassador to
Morocco Marc Ginsberg, president of Layalina Productions;
Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre; and Maribeth
Bersani, senior vice president of public policy for the Assisted
Living Federation of America.