Veterans Empowering Veterans Annual Venetian Masquerade Ball is our signature major fundraising event of the year.
This years Formal Black Tie Event will be held TBD, November 7, 2019 from 6 pm until midnight.
Mask is required and can be purchased at the door.
The meet and greet will begin at 6 pm with the formal event starting at 7 pm.
Ticket prices: $70 / person
$135 / couple
You may purchase your tickets three ways:
- At our location downtown Fayetteville
- You can contact any of our board members or
- You can purchase them through our website at the donate link below
Iron Mike Conference Center
(AKA, Fort Bragg Conference Center)
2658 Reilly Road,
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Shop for your Mask
The following is a list of places that you can shop for your mask for the event. However, this is just a list that was comprised to shop from because of the site content. VEV does not support or endorse any of these sites or businesses.
|Mardi Gra Party Sales||http://www.mardigraspartysales.com|
Shop for your Costume
These are a few sites for costumes and accessories for our event. Costumes are relatively inexpensive depending on your taste. We ask that if you choose not to get a costume that you wear a formal gown or suit with your mask. VEV does not support or endorse any of these sites or businesses.
|Love To Know||http://costumes.lovetoknow.com|
|Annie's Costumes||http://www.anniescostumes.com/ Type in: Medieval|
|Costume 4 Less||http://www.costumes4less.com/|
History of the Venetian Carnival
In 1094 Doge Vitale Falier was in power in Venice. In this year the first edition of the Carnival of Venice began unconsciously, as a public celebration to honor the days preceding Lent. Everything is reported in an official document so that the tradition could be followed. But it took long time before the Venice Carnival became a proper festival, ending the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Once the Carnival began the first Sunday of October, grew with Epiphany and ended with a grand celebration in the day preceding Lent (Shrove Tuesday); its atmosphere was different as the festival was much longer and more intense.
Carnival at that time was an opportunity to break down all social differences and get everyone on the same level, it was the time to forget life problems and frustrations enjoying this popular festival all together. The mask was a symbol of the game but also of equality: as people could hide behind it all their shame. Wearing masks and costumes people could completely hide their identity therefore eliminating all forms of personnel belonging to social class, gender, religion. Anyone could become what he wanted, he could have attitudes and behaviors according to his custom and to his changed appearance. For this reason, it was customary to greet the masks with a “Hello madame mask”!
The joyful participation in disguise was and still is, the Carnival essence. A period of light-heartedness and freedom from the daily routine and from the prejudices and slanders. It was all part of a masked big stage, where actors and spectators were merged into a unique and immense procession of figures and colors.
The Carnival in Venice has accompanied every moment of history: in the nineteenth century Venice and its Carnival become a destination for artists and celebrities from around the world. After the fall of the Venice Republic Carnival underwent a sharp break due to the French and Austrian domination. In this sad period the Carnival continued only in the island of Burano and Murano, home to Venetian artists.
Carnival resurrected in 1979 when a group of citizens from civic associations helped to create the new edition of the Venice Carnival, a festival lasting eleven days, full of joy and happiness to celebrate this anniversary, so dear to the Venetian people.