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October 20, 2011 
 
 
Night of Fashion!

Get ready to party for a cause, Oct 26, at the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation’s Inaugural Blue Hope Bash at The Decatur House. Enjoy great food, entertainment, and raise funds to support the fight against colon cancer. RSVP now!

 

Last night we stopped by the W Hotel for An Evening of Fashion to benefit Children’s National Medical Center.

 

All profits go to the hospital. We snapped MCs Telemundo Sports Anchor Jorge Andres and ABC Sports Anchor Britt McHenry.

Guests at the VIP reception enjoyed specialty cocktails like Acai mojitos, bite-sized burgers, and shrimp cocktail; DJ Neekola spun tunes. We saw photographer Jonathan Norris and stylist Beverly Rivers.

Designers at the runway show included Red Chapter, TSYNDYMA, and Donovan England. George Mason social work student Sarah El-Ghoul, Home Exteriors’ Markus Horner, and Sunset Learning’s Sara Fredrickson came from Vienna.


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Paws at the Park!

 

Never mind the rain! The dogs came out last night for Halloween Happy Hour, Paws at the Park, a Halloween-themed costume contest and happy hour at downtown’s Park Hyatt. Trader Joe's Brian Pressel brought his dogs Regina and Lili.

Proceeds went to the Washington Animal Rescue League. Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Center donated a gift basket of goodies for the contest winner; its marketing director Tracy Kinnahan is with Foggy Bottom Grocery owner Kris Hart and his dog Jade.

 

Heather Roberts, who’s studying for the CPA exam, and GW student Nicole Robert made French bulldog Chloe very happy with the complementary doggie ice cream treats.


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Hearts & Homes!

 

We went to the Bolger Center Tuesday night for Honors 2011 benefiting Heart & Homes for Youth to honor those who make a difference in the lives of Maryland kids. We snapped Minority Whip Steny Hoyer flanked by his COS Terry Lierman, who paid tribute to the family of Abe Pollin for paying for college degrees for 59 PG Co kids, and by Prof Robert Pollin and Sen Cardin’s Ken Reichard.

 

MoCo first lady Kathy Leggett chaired the event. We saw her on the outside patio, where guests enjoyed Legacy cocktails, pomegranate martinis, and perfect weather, with MCCC Foundation prez Barbara Ashe. Then everyone had Provençal shrimp and herb marinated chicken breast with polenta while they listened to the awards.

 

HHY started in 1964 when several juvenile court judges wanted to stop a pattern they saw in their courtrooms. Since that time, HHY has offered foster care, independent living and the support children need to succeed. We snapped FirstPic SVP Robbie Callaway, who led the live auction, with former MD Sen. Larry Levitan and Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation’s Steve Salem.

 

Guests had a bidding war over the doggie basket, a hot item in the silent auction. Here, UBS’ Howard Rothman, HHY prez Rex Smith, Clovis’ Glen Bass, and Victor Seested, whose family donated $20k in honor of Avis Bierly, who spent 40 years working for HHY; it plans to open a center named for her next year.


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Carmine’s!

 

Joe Biden and Chris Dodd lunched at Penn Quarter’s Carmine’s Sunday. Not to be outdone, since we were starving and they have huge portions, the Bisnow crew and friends went there for dinner. We’re surrounding PR expert Jill Collins (in blue) and exec chef Rudy Volpe. He’s wearing his Yankees cap because Carmine’s started in the Big Apple.

 

We were impressed with the various menus Carmine’s has to make it easier for people with different food requests to know what to order, such as menus for various allergies, gluten free, and vegan.


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Host a Toast!

 

We went to Gibson Guitar Showroom last week for a launch party for new events company Host a Toast. We snapped its founders, Jacqueline Geyfman and Roxanne Dillon, surrounding DC Housing Authority’s Carlos Gray, son of Mayor Vince Gray.

 

Erica Moody and Caitlin Byrnes contributed to this issue.


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WHERE TO BE SCENE:

 
Friday, October 21 at 7:00 PM, NY Fashion Week comes to DC for breast cancer awareness at Pink Jams Rocks! Christian Siriano’s entire Spring 2012 collection, live music, open bar, young survivors, VIP swag, celebrity models. $75-$500, info.

 

Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 PM, 2011 Miss Sinergy Woman of the Future Competition. Dancing With The Stars (Australia) Joshua Horner and D.C.'s Stefanie Ball MC this final event where 20 top beauty queens compete for the coveted Miss Sinergy Crown. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres; all proceeds benefit the Libby Ross Foundation for breast cancer, $100- $200 info.

 

Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM, Join the Montgomery County Humane Society for The Love Ball, a top event for all animal lovers, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda. Enjoy a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, doggie bar, and dancing – your dogs are welcome guests! Tickets and more info.
 
Friday, October 28 starting at 6:30 PM, theatre Washington’s Star Gala & Benefit Auction at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. The Gala features a silent auction and live auction hosted by Sebastion Clark of Antiques Roadshow. Jaylee Mead honored. $290, info.
 
Monday, October 31 at 6:00 PM, join Maxim for its Halloween Masquerade party at The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St NW. Doors open at 5pm, $40-$75 - info.
 

Thursday, October 20 from 5:00 – 8:30 PM, join CityLife pre-game for the start of Howard University Homecoming at Blackbyrd, 2005 14th St NW (14th & U) info 

Thursday, October 20 - Sunday, October 23 (all day), CityDance four days of performances from 20 professional dance companies. For more information on featured artists, festival schedule. Free, info

Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, an evening of shopping, entertainment, cuisine and a kick-off to a shopping weekend benefiting Suburban Hospital’s women's cancer programs at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase. $75/person,rsvp / info.  

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, the 4th Annual Taste of Success DC at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. Sample from DC notable restaurants & networking. $65, RSVP required – info.

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM, A Night of Sitar Stars, the Sitar Arts Center 7th Annual Benefit supporting arts education for DC youth at the Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place NW. Tours of the Sitar Arts Center will run from 6:00 – 7:00. $100, info.

Thursday, October 20 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, Project Panda at BoConcept Georgetown, 3342 M St. NW. Take fun photos and help raise money for organizations helping women fight breast cancer. $10, info

Friday, October 21 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Pink Rocks the Runway featuring Christian Siriano at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $75+, RSVP required – info

Friday, October 21 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Wine Riot DC Opening Night at the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW. Event includes 250 wines to sample, DJ, crash courses and photobooth. $60, RSVP required – info.

Friday, October 21 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, the Advance Chance Party as part of Craft 2 Wear at The National Building Museum, 401 F. St. NW. Enjoy first-choice shopping, wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as ABC World News Weekend Anchor David Muir. $50, rsvp required – info.

Friday, October 21-22 - Brick Penguin, DC's premier sketch comedy group, returns with an all-new show. Brick Penguin Presents: Whitney. You don't have to go to New York for great comedy. 10pm. Info

Friday, October 21 from 8:00 - 11:59 PM, NOW @ Corcoran at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Join fellow contemporary art lovers and philanthropists for NOW at night and your last chance to view Chris Martin: Painting Big. (Pre-event cocktails and snacks on the Pink Line HQ terrace if you say you were referred by Philippa!). $150, info.

Saturday, October 22 starting at 8:30 AM, the National Autism Walk on the National Mall, 700 Independence Ave., SW. RSVP required, info.

Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 - 11:00 PM, the Arts for Autism Gala at the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. $75, RSVP recommended – info.

Saturday, October 22 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Zoo Day by the LLDH Home at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt-Home, 5425 Western Ave. Free petting zoo, artwork for sale, and photo booth with $25 donation. Free, info

Saturday, October 22 from 6:00 – 11:30 PM, the 4th Annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. $600, info.

Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Wine Riot DC Night 2 at the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW. Event includes 250 wines to sample, DJ, crash courses and photobooth. $50, RSVP required – info.

Saturday, October 22 from 6:00 - 10:00 PM, join Fashion Fix at “Chic Society”, a fall fashion affair to raise funds for Calvary Women’s Services, at L2 Lounge at 3315 Cady’s Alley, NW. Doors open at 6:00 for VIP, 7:00 regular admission. $30/general, $50/VIP – info.

Sunday, October 23 starting at 7:30 PM, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presentation at the John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. This year’s prize will be given to Will Ferrell and the presentation will feature an array of top comedians. $50+, info.

Sunday, October 23 starting at 11:00 AM, Curating Your Closet as part of Craft 2 Wear at The National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Includes panel discussion and coffee. $30, info

Sunday, October 23 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Wine Riot DC Night 3 at the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW. Event includes 250 wines to sample, DJ, crash courses and photobooth. $50, RSVP required – info.

Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30 - 10:00 PM, the 3rd Annual Walk This Way Fashion Event to support Becky’s fund at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. $125, info.

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