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WASHINGTON POST: Opera Ball Celebrates Italian Culture With Special Guest Joe Biden

Opera Ball celebrates Italian culture with special guest Joe Biden

This weekend we brought a taste of Italy to DC for the Italian edition of the Opera Ball hosted at the Italian Ambassador’s Villa Firenze.  We set up a tent whose interior resembled an Italian Piazza.  Read more about this exciting event in The Washington Post.

Photo courtesy of The Washington Post / Yassine El Mansouri.

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Sackler Gallery 25th Anniversary Celebration

“Partnering with the Sackler Gallery was an invigorating experience at every turn.  Inspiration was easy to come by, be it from the original Arthur Sackler collection or the contemporary installations like that of Ai WeiWei.  And the amazing opportunity to work in close collaboration with Director Julian Raby, as well as co-chairs Mrs. Susan Pillsbury and Mrs. Ann Nitze, and of course the incomparable Dame Jillian Sackler, made for an engaging process and an incredibly magical night.” – Bryan Rafanelli

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Photo gallery above courtesy of Womens Wear Daily / Tony Powell.


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Biz Bash DC: State Department Dinner

Boston-based Rafanelli Events exercised restraint when it came to the decor at a Thursday night celebratory dinner, hosted by secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the U.S. State Department. Standing in the center of the heavily detailed and richly draped Franklin, the building’s largest of 42 Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Bryan Rafanelli gazed from side to side at the venue’s series of massive Corinthian columns and gilded decorative plasterwork. “The room is so extraordinary, so you don’t want to compete with it,” said Rafanelli, who also planned Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in July 2010.

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