The Hatter’s Mad Tea Party: 2018 Moth Ball at Capitale. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Moth.

On Tuesday night, over 500 hundred guests—dressed according to the evening’s “Hatter’s Mad Tea Party” theme—attended this year’s Moth Ball fundraiser at Capitale in New York City. The Moth, a non-profit founded in 1997 by novelist George Dawes Green, celebrates and promotes the art of storytelling through live events, radio hours and educational programs.

Writer Panio Gianopoulos and actor Molly Ringwald attend the Moth Ball. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Moth.

Notable guests including Darren Aronofsky and Molly Ringwald gathered to watch the centerpiece of the event, a show hosted by R. Eric Thomas, that featured stories by national Grand SLAM champions, students from The Moth’s high school program,
alumni of The Moth Community Program and artist/activist Alistair Bane. New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast was awarded the 2018 Moth Award. Capping off the festivities, DJ Twig the Wonderkid spun at the night’s closing  dance party.

Winner of the 2018 Moth Award, Roz Chast. Photo by Filip Wolak.

This year’s Moth Ball broke fundraising records. Proceeds will go to support over 550+ live storytelling shows in the U.S. and abroad this year; The Moth Radio Hour, airing on 475 public radio stations across the country; The Moth podcast (downloaded more than 47 million times per year) and the organization’s community and education programs.

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