It will soon be fall, and invitations to parties and balls will be sent out shortly; all “virtual” of course. I’m not sure how you can hold a “virtual” ball but I am sure several societies will make the attempt if only to show their members that they still exist during this still “unprecedented” time. Yet, I recall one event in particular, in the days when you could actually meet and speak to people in person. The Russian Nobility Association holds the Russian Ball at the Plaza Hotel each year and the proceeds go to charities in Russia such as hospitals, orphanages, and schools. It’s a dazzling event and the funds raised actually aid worthy causes.