Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
About Our New Year’s Eve Charity Gala
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?
Because our theme is Maryland Mask-querade, you MUST wear a mask or face covering when you enter and when you are not eating or drinking. You can dress to impress for the Red Carpet, and you may want to add a mask of some sort on the Venetian model; OR dress in elaborate costumes of your choosing. You can cover or hide your face covering, but you need it while at the party. You don’t need to wear a 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 accessories that say “Red Carpet”.
(Note to gentlemen: Please, no t’s, jeans, or sneakers!).
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 thirteenth 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. The entire hotel is at your disposal. You’ll have fun and stay safe at the same time!
5. How will you keep us safe?
We are working very hard to ensure a safe and fun time for all.Following CDC guidelines as well as State and County regulations, masks will be required upon entry and at all times when you are not eating and drinking. Staff will check temperatures upon entry; anyone with a fever will not be admitted. We will have plenty of hand sanitizer available. Favors will not include horns this year, and dancing will be encouraged at tables, to enhance our social distancing protocol. Room capacities, as well the entire hotel, is limited to 50% of normal.
Other protocols will address elevator usage, restroom cleanings, and drink lines. Appetizers will be served pre-packaged for individual use, and meals will be served as plated dinners. table capacity and spacing will be planned for appropriate and safe dining.
As the situation is fluid and could easily change by New Year’s Eve, we continue to watch developments such as infection rates and positive test rates, and we adjust these plans as needed.
6. 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, delicious Maryland crab dip, shrimp cocktail, Oyster Raw Bar. We will be serving delicious plated dinners like Shrimp Scampi, Braised Short Ribs and Petite Crab Cakes, plus a chicken dish and and a vegetarian dish as well. All drinks are available at our HUGE open bars located in the different zones. We doubled the bartenders to ensure NO LONG WAITS (Note: lines may be long, but that’s because everyone is standing 6′ apart.). They will have a wide selection of premium beers, wines and mixed cocktails, as well as a few specialty drinks. Plus three specialty Bars including the Shooter Bar. And after midnight, enjoy a continental breakfast available at the food stations.
7. Where do we park?
There will ample free parking on site. Also, The Hilton BWI will be running shuttles around the parking lot for your convenience.
8. Are there hotel packages available?
9. 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 Lord Baltimore Ballroom, Acoustic acts, Photo opportunities, and more surprises!
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. Note: If you are refused entrance because of a fever, we will gladly refund your money or give you a full credit for next year’s party. Let’s sincerely hope that doesn’t happen.