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What Is The Whitman Education Foundation’s “Vike Night” Social?

Your Questions Answered!


Q. Where is the Social being held this year?

A: We are so excited to have our first event since March 2019! This year we will be at Tommy Joe's in downtown Bethesda. 7940 Norfolk Ave. There is ample public parking in the surrounding garages using Park Mobile.

Q: Will I be asked to pull out my checkbook? Is there an auction?

A: No, unless you want to bid on one of our limited live auction items.

Q: Is it a formal, sit down dinner? Do I have to buy a table?

A: No! This is a casual, mix and mingle evening. Your ticket includes two drinks for either beer, wine, or a cocktail and Tommy Joe's favorite appetizer selections and dessert. There will be a few cocktail tables for anyone who wants to sit, but most attendees spend the evening up mingling and dancing.

Q. Is there a dress code?
A. No, however most attendees wear clothes appropriate for a fun night out. We encourage you to show your Viking spirit and wear a splash of something blue and/or white.

Q: Will there be long speeches?

A: No! Dr. Dodd will speak briefly about how the Foundation is encouraging innovation in the classroom at Whitman. Mostly, we’ll spend our evening talking with teachers and friends new and old, enjoying a drink and a bite to eat, dancing and being entertained by some of Whitman’s amazing musical groups, which is always a highlight!


Q: Do teachers pay to attend the Social?

A: The Foundation will provide a limited amount of complimentary tickets to Whitman teachers and staff. Whitman parents are invited to purchase additional staff/teacher tickets, which will allow more to attend at no cost.

Q: Do I need to register in advance or can I pay at the door?

A: We ask that attendees register and buy tickets in advance. The venue has a maximum capacity and we don't want anyone to be disappointed upon arrival.

Q: Can you tell me more about sponsorships?
A: Both individuals and companies can be sponsors. Sponsorships are the primary way the Foundation raises money to underwrite teacher tickets and support its ongoing work. Sponsorships start at $250 and include admission for two people and listing on the event website, other event communication, and day-of onsite at the venue.

Q. I can’t attend the Social but I’d like to support the Foundation’s work. How can I do that?
A. We would love to see you at the event on March 15, but understand that schedules can conflict. You can still support the Foundation’s work by sponsoring the event or underwriting a teacher’s ticket; we are grateful for your support! Please visit the Foundation’s website to donate.

Q. What does the Foundation do with the money it raises at the Social?

A. We’re happy to tell you! Here is a comprehensive list of the grants the Foundation funded in 2022-2023.


Have additional questions about the 2024 "Vike Night"?

Contact Kristi Gunster at or Felicia Kolodner at

Join us! You’ll be glad you did!

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