April 21, 2015

Jane Goodall!

The Washington Humane Society presents the 9th annual Fashion For Paws runway show on May 2 at the Grand Hyatt DC. Tickets and tables still available. Click here.

We were thrilled on Earth Day to have the opportunity to meet an icon, Jane Goodall.

The anthropological pioneer, now 81, travels 300 days a year and was at the home of Daphna Tapiero and her husband, Alan Fleischmann, here with their daughters, to talk to folks in DC about why she's become so passionate about conservation and the environment.

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As regular readers of The Scene know, we don't have the same person's picture in twice in one issue, but we happily break that rule for living legends. Here, Jane's surrounded by former USAID Administrator Raj Shah and his wife, Shivam. He led a fireside chat with Jane before dinner, asking her about her childhood in London, and how she became so interested in chimpanzees in Africa.

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Earlier in the day, Jane held a group of kids in rapt attention at the National Zoo, talking about animals and conservation, after a walk and scavenger hunt.

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Sterling Women Honors Leslie Curran!

Leslie Curran, a nationally recognized attorney who specializes in business expansion strategies, is the poster child for the saying “You can't keep a good woman down.” At the April Sterling Women luncheon, the Plave Koch partner drew a standing ovation after she shared how she overcame childhood poverty and other harrowing life challenges. She's with Sterling Women founder and Reston Limousine CEO Kristina Bouweiri. For info about Reston Limousine, click here. For information about Sterling Women, visit sterlingwomen.org.


Women & Wine!

Last night we went to Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's sold-out 10th annual Women & Wine at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons. We snapped FORM Architect's Judy Shaffer, Meribeth McCarrick Wiersberg, Erica Cummings and Judy Butler.

The silent auction and on the spot donations raised over $30k for mammograms. Here, Hunton & Williams' Jason Zeigler, Haworth's Christine Wallace, Marriott's Susan Davis and Kristin Smith, and Goulston's Tim Watkins.

Over 40 wine dudes served the area's top business women and donated their tips to the cause. Here, Tishman Speyer's Paul DeMartini, CBRE's Joe Wallace, Brookfield Properties' Greg Meyer and MRP Realty's Bob Murphy.

Gensler's Gigi Webb, Cityline Partners' Donna Shafer, Bentall Kennedy's Jeanette Flory and Amedia's Ari Antonelli.

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Mama Hope!

We're excited that one of our favorite nonprofits, Mama Hope, is in DC for a few days raising awareness, and today from 6-8pm is holding an info session at Maketto. We snapped founder Nyla Rodgers bookended by Dreams for Kids exec director Glenda Fu and The Scene Bisnow reporter Liz Ovits and by Glorious co-founder and co-sponsor of tonight's meet-up Katie Carey. Glorious empowers communities in Tanzania through education and micro-finance. Mama Hope goes to developing countries and asks them what they need, and then raises funds to provide it. The nonprofit has 50 sustainable projects in Africa. Info.


Best Buddies Rooftop Yoga!

Sunday we went to Georgetown's The Graham Hotel for the Best Buddies rooftop yoga fundraiser. All proceeds went to Best Buddies VA and the 2015 Best Buddies Prom for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Yogis enjoyed picturesque views of DC during class from the roof, which officially opened for the season the night before.  

We snapped EY's Lauren Covington, Politico's Sloane Potter, American Heart Association's Alee Petrucelli, Choice Hotels' Lindsay Coffelt, Cushman & Wakefield's Lindsey Davidson, National Journal's Sara Mazzoleni, Mercuri Urval's Blake Elder, Evolent's Sterling Neilson, LivingSocial's Michaela Ghigliazza, WeddingWire's Kristin Godfrey, the Y's Amber Battey Hootman, Deloitte's Dani Mattek, Beacon Hill Staffing's Mary-Kate Corcoran, IJ Review's Amanda Ghessie, Government Executive's Colleen Rasa, Mid South Building Supply's Claudia Grant, YoGirl Yoga's PeggyAnne Hewitt Olson, WeddingWire's Zach Garfinkel, Choice Hotels' Shelley Crockett and Tiffany Sy, and Science's Ali Crawford.


YoGirl Yoga's PeggyAnne Hewitt Olson took attendees through a high-energy Vinyasa flow class. She's flanked by LivingSocial's Michaela Ghigliazza and Choice Hotels' Tiffany Sy.

Baked & Wired brought sweet treats to reward those who sweated for the cause. Here, National Journal's Sara Mazzoleni, Cushman & Wakefield's Lindsey Davidson and the Y's Amber Battey Hootman.

Mary Kate Rasa & Liz Ovits contributed to this issue.

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Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 – 9:30 PM, celebrate spring and beauty at the 8th annual Spring Beauty Night Out at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW. An evening of shopping, complimentary cocktails, makeup bar by Estee Lauder, eye treatments, mini-manicures, massage and more! $19, info
Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, April 25, 16th annual Heart's Delight Wine Tasting & Auction Series at select venues. Four days of intimate dinners at private residences, restaurants and embassies; elegant black-tie dinner with the world's best wines; collector's events; Sotheby's-lead live auction; tasting receptions, and more! Benefits the American Heart Association. $200/Tasting Reception, $500/Collector's Dinner, sponsorships available, info

Tuesday, April 21

6:00 – 8:00 PM, Step Into Spring Cocktail Class at Buffalo & Bergen, 1309 5th St NE. $55, cocktail class, cocktails, light fare, info.  

6:30 – 7:30 PM, Toned Up Tuesdays (Free Fitness Class) at Plaza at CityCenterDC, 950 I St NW. Guests will receive fitness swag, healthy snacks, shakes. Free, info.  

7:00 – 9:00 PM, An Evening with Celtic Chefs at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St NW. Honoring Susan Ann Davis for her years of service to the Washington Ireland Program. $150, awards ceremony, food and drink, info.

Wednesday, April 22

5:00 – 9:00 PM, Everybody Wins! DC: 20th Anniversary Gala at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St NW. Benefits underserved and caring mentors. $150, info.  

6:00 – 8:30 PM, Venue Book DC Launch Party at the US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Meet event planners, venue partners. Free, must rsvp.  

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Charity Off The Hook Fund Raiser at Tony & Joe's, 3000 K St NW. Each chef given a seafood product to cook. Small dishes, raw bar, oyster shucking. Clinton Global Initiatives partners. Benefits UN Foundation and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. $125, info.  

Saturday, May 2, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 90th Virginia Gold Cup Races: Galloping for Greatness at 5089 Old Tavern Rd The Plains, VA. $175/General, sponsorship tents available. Don your Derby hats and seersucker suits! info.
Saturday, May 2, 8:00 PM, Fashion for Paws, the one-of-a-kind runway show and dinner benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Held at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St NW. VIP reception begins at 7PM, attire: cocktail. $100/general, $200/VIP, info
Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 PM, Women Making History Gala at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW. Honoring all women by recognizing three who are making history today: Dr. France CordovaChief Cathy Lanier, and Dr. Ellen Ochoa. $25-$75, info.

Thursday, April 23

10:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. 121 craft artists, showing one-of-a-kind works – including furniture, ceramics, glass and wearable art. Continues through Sunday. $20, info.   

11:30 AM, Trust for the National Mall hosts its annual Benefit Luncheon to raise funds to restore, improve and preserve America's most visited national park: the National Mall, Constitution Ave & 18th St NW. $500, info.  

5:00 – 10:00 PM, Dining Out For Life at area bars and restaurants. Benefits Food & Friends for those with HIV/AIDS. Free to book, info.  

6:30 – 10:00 PM,2nd annual Casey Trees Canopy Awards at Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE. Held every Arbor Day Eve, to pay tribute to those who protect DC's trees. $50, food, drink included, info.  

6:30 – 8:00 PM, A Novel Event: A Fundraiser Benefiting the Washington Literacy Center at The Homer Building, 601 13th St NW. $100, info.