1. Who is Caring Communities?

Caring Communities, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization (501-c3) that helps all persons with disabilities in Maryland and surrounding states. They run training and disability awareness programs and have started the largest online searchable respite care provider registry in the Maryland / DC region. They also produce World of Possibilities disAbilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo, an annual consumer shopping, learning and networking event that is the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. Caring Communities helps thousands of people with disabilities every year, and they are always looking for ideas to raise funds to offset operating expenses. New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to celebrate on a magical night, have a great time at this all-inclusive extravaganza, and help us help the Maryland community with this must-be-at-event. www.caringcommunities.org

Because of the many events produced entirely by Caring Communities staff, as well as the contacts and resources of its partner organizations, Caring Communities is well established as a professional event producer and is fully capable of bringing you the finest, most exciting New Year’s party you have ever attended in Baltimore.

2. Will a portion of my ticket price be tax-deductible?

Yes, $25.00 per ticket should be considered as tax deductible contribution to Caring Communities, a 501c-3 charitable organization. Please consult your tax adviser.

3. How should I dress?

Dress to Impress! We have created a fantasy-themed party with plenty opportunities to create unique looks, costumes or characters. Or not. You don’t need to wear a mask or costume to attend or to have fun. But it might just be cool!

Basic dress should be nighttime formal to cool casual. Dress it up a bit with a simple mask or indulge with an elaborate costume. Royals, villains, sorcerers are all welcome. A little or a lot, the important thing is feel connected to the evening and set the stage to live Happily Ever After in 2017! So, embrace our fantasy theme, and feel free to recreate your own interesting characters, dressing in your finest evening outfit, or just a bit racy and bold. Evening gowns, shark skin jackets, spike heels with fishnet stockings, tuxedos, or cowboy boots will all be equally welcome and expected! Any way you’ll fit in! (Note to gentlemen: Please, no t’s, jeans, or sneakers!).

For all kinds of Once Upon A Time Ball fashion ideas, check out our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/charmcitycountd/

4. What sets our New Years Eve Celebration apart from the rest?

Well, we have been going to New Years’ Galas for years, and we LOVE New Year’s parties: Dressing up, arriving, the food, the people, the music, the good times. In previous years we went to many hotel and banquet hall parties, including a huge hotel-based New Year’s party in Baltimore advertised as the biggest and best. We spent plenty, and we had a pretty good time. We had friends, drinks, a little dancing. But, it was so disorganized we lost each other! The band, well, we’ve heard better; the food was second rate, and every “themed area” looked identical: a hotel ballroom with a DJ. We knew we could do better, and help a charity out at the same time!

This event will be so different. This is our ninth year and we’ve got it right! Just ask the folks who are returning from last year. We will have multiple party areas with different kinds of music. Working with the Hotel, and entertainment, we have ensured that each zone will be different than the last, with different food, specialty bars, entertainment and decor. The evening will go so quickly between food, drinks, music, dancing, New Year’s toasts, you may not have time to see it all. There’s the Casino gambling, Cinderella’s Ballroom, The Knight’s Steed and Club Jester, The Knight’s Steed, Chill Lounge and multiple specialty bars all waiting for you!

5. What is there to eat and drink?

Unlike those other parties, we don’t try to stuff you up with pasta and rice. This is a fancy event, so let’s live a little! We will have an elegant assortment of vegetables, fruits and cheeses, bruchetta stations, delicious Maryland crab dip, Homemade spinach and artichoke dip, shrimp cocktail, Oyster Raw Bar stations, Sirloin Beef tips. Want something different? Try the Chicken Provancale or the Buffalo Chicken Dip. All drinks are available at our HUGE open bars located in the different zones. We doubled the bartenders to ensure NO LONG LINES. They will have a wide selection of premium beers, wines and mixed cocktails, as well as a few specialty drinks. Plus 3 specialty Bars including the Shooter Bar in the Cinderella’s Ballroom, the huge space with live band and laser light show. And after midnight, enjoy a continental breakfast available at the food stations.

Looking to treat yourself? For an upgraded bar selection and menu, plus access to four additional areas, purchase a VIP ticket that includes Beef Tenderloin with a mushroom Demi-Glaze, Petite Maryland Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, and Tuna Ceviche on endive spears, Ultra Premium Bar Service with Grey Goose and other top shelf brands, exclusive lounges with table seating and access to all the entertainment, plus exclusive VIP entertainment areas. And you can always access the rest of the party, including the Queen of Hearts Casino Palace, the Knight’s Steed Disco and Cinderella’s Ballroom with Hot Tub Limo playing live.

6. Where do we park?

There will ample free parking on site. Also, our Transportation Partner Extrordinar Limousine will be running shuttles around the parking lot for your convenience.

7. Are there hotel packages available?

Rooms at Hilton BWI Hotel are available at only $119.00 plus tax, including breakfast for two! CLICK HERE to learn more.

8. I need lots to do at a party. Will this keep me busy?

For starters, we’ll have plenty of food and drink to enjoy. Then there are our themed entertainment areas -visit them all! We have a live band in the Cinderella’s Ballroom, an electronic Disco with lights in The Knight’s Steed, Visit the Queen of Hearts Casino, get your FREE GAMING CHIPS and let it ride! Plus Karaoke, The Ice Castle Chill Lounge, Club Jester, a digital Graffiti Wall and more surprises!

9. We like some quiet time where we can escape from the crowd and talk with our friends. Is there an area to chill out?

Of course, there are many corners to which you can escape. Hang out in the Casino or in The Enchanted Forest Lounge. Step right outside the The Prince’s Table to Ariel’s Outdoor Lounge. Or, visit our Chill Lounge, sip wine, and enjoy a great selection of acoustic acts. After dinner, The Prince’s Table’s will be a great place to sit and hang with friends. So in short, yes we expect there are ample options for a quiet retreat should you wish.

10. What is the age limit to attend?

You must be 21 or over. Valid, up-to-date photo ID with date of birth will be required, in accordance with Maryland State Law. Sorry, if you forget your ID, you will not be admitted, and NO REFUND will given.