Countdown to Tropicalia

Countdown to Tropicalia

Aidan's Tropicalia Gala & Auction is right around the corner and we are buzzing with excitement! 

If you are unable to attend Saturday's event in person, you can submit proxy bids for any of our amazing Silent or Live Auction items or raise your virtual paddle as part of our Fund-A-Student campaign. 

Review the digital version of the catalog linked below and submit your proxy bids by no later than Wednesday, March 6. Physical catalogs will be available in the auction welcome packets.

Digital Auction Catalog Submit Proxy Bids
Fund-A Student Tropicalia Website

If you are planning on join us for Tropicalia, please review the event details below as we gear up for an amazing Saturday evening! 



Tropicalia will take place in the Foyer and Salon 1 & 2 at The Ritz-Carlton in DC's West End neighborhood (1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037). To get to the Foyer, simply select the "Ballroom" button on the elevator or proceed down the main staircase in the lobby and take a left. 

What to Wear

Formal attire meets tropical chic. Think bright, floral, and bold! Consider colors or patterns inspired by an evening in steamy Brazilian tropics or any formal attire in which you feel most comfortable.


Attendees may park for an event-sanctioned reduced valet rate of $22 for the evening. If you park in standard parking, parking price is full and cannot be reduced. Alternatively, we encourage use of a taxi or rideshare program such as Uber or Lyft. 

Check In (6:00 PM)

Upon arrival at the event, stop by the check-in table in the Foyer in order to pick up your bidder packet. Coat check will be available, if needed. 

Silent Auction (Sections Close 7:25 & 7:45 PM)

Use your bidder number to bid on a fantastic array of Silent Auction items. There will be two section closings, one at 7:25 PM and one at 7:45 PM, so be sure to bid early and often! 

Samba Performance, Dinner, Live Auction, & Fund-A-Student (7:50-10:00 PM)

At the conclusion of the Silent Auction bidding at 7:45 PM, all attendees will proceed into Foyer 1 & 2 as festivities continue. Grab your name card and place it at your desired table within the ballroom. Be sure your place card is visible so that the wait staff can ensure you receive the appropriate entrée.

We are delighted to kick-off our dinner with a special performance by Royalty Samba. After dinner, we will commence with the Live Auction & Fund-A-Student Paddle Raise. Make sure to lift your bid placards high and often as every bid directly supports Aidan's Financial Aid Program!

Check Out (10:00 PM)

At the conclusion of the evening, please stop by the check out table in the Foyer to collect your Auction winnings. All items must be picked up by the winners before leaving the event. 

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