April 27, 2016

Great Initials: RI, DC CAP & HBS!

Last night we headed to Mellon Auditorium for the 37th Annual Refugees International anniversary dinner. 

Sir Richard Branson was honored with the Humanitarian Award for his efforts around the world on the refugee crisis. We snapped him, right, with RI president Dr. Michel Gabaudan and senior advocate Francisca Vigaud-Walsh.

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Before the dinner program, guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail reception with passed hors d'oeuvres. RI Board Member and the evening's emcee, actor Matt Dillon, continued his support for RI, surrounded here by communications director Dara McLeod and Board member Sarah Bacon.

Refugees International has been center stage addressing the current refugee crises. Because of their efforts, more aid will help in desperate situations around the world. Here, RI board chair Eileen Shields West is surrounded by Repsol's Maria Isabel de Luis and Maria Victoria Zingoni.

During the cocktail reception, guests bid on a great silent auction in the Grand Ballroom; we tried for the Tasting Menu dinner for 10 at Fiola Mare. Here, former Gov. Bill Richardson is flanked by Azerbaijan Ambassador Elin Suleymanov and his wife, Lala Abdurahimova.

Guests went to the Grand Ballroom for a delicious three-course dinner featuring an heirloom tomato salad and Coq Au Vin. Here, RI Board member, actor Sam Waterston is surrounded by Caterpillar's Katie Hays, Melissa Russell, and Daniel Russell

Commonwealth Academy's Meagan Hawkins, RI board members Michael Hawkins and Tatiana Maxwell, with Michael's wife, Diane Hawkins

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DC CAP!

Last night we also went to the 8th annual DC Capital Stars Gala at the Kennedy Center. DC Cap encourages DC public school students to enroll and excel in college. The Stars Gala brings out students' musical talents in a friendly competition to raise money for scholarships, programs and activities. We snapped Graham Holdings' Don Graham, former owner of the Washington Post, and DC CAP chairman Ted Leonsis.

DC CAP president Argelia Rodriguez is with Radio One disc jockey Donnie Simpson, who was one of the celebrity judges, along with musician Mark Rivera, TV star Kellie Williams, and So You Think You Can Dance's Fik Shun. 

There were 10 DC Capital Stars finalists. The second and third place winners were Ellington School of the Arts seniors, singer Samira Plummer and dancer Eriq Bridgett. The emcee, ABC 7's Leon Harris, announced the winner, Wilson High School senior and opera singer Saloni Rao, who was awarded a $10k scholarship. Congrats to all!

After the wonderful performances, guests went to the Roof Terrace for an after party and dancing to a band. Everyone was greeted with wine, a display of cheese, truffle mac n' cheese, spinach and goat cheese dip, and grilled prosciutto sandwiches. Here, Ramsey Asset Management's Russ Ramsey, Marcy Cohen, and Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Neil Cohen and Jack Davies.

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HBS Honors David Bradley!

We joined an elegant group at Tiffany & Co in Tysons as the Harvard Business School Club of Washington honored Atlantic Media CEO David Bradley with its Lifetime Achievement Award. We snapped him with his wife, Katherine, and Mary and Bobby Haft. David and Bobby were classmates at HBS Class of '77, and Bobby introduced his longtime friend. David said he had an insular youth, and HBS showed him there was a world of possibilities.

NBC4 anchor Barbara Harrison, philanthropist Cindy Jones, HBS Club of Washington CEO Antonio Alves, who organized the evening, and City Bridge founder Katherine Bradley. One of David's former employees, now running a billion-dollar business, said, "I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, and no one who knew me then would be surprised to hear I was in a jewelry store after hours."

Pedro and Christine Burelli are with philanthropist JoAnn Mason. It wasn't Breakfast at Tiffany: it was Dinner at Tiffany! Chilean sea bass with heirloom tomatoes and sugar snap peas, followed by beef tenderloin with haricot vert and swiss chard, and a dessert buffet had caramels covered in chocolate with sea salt.  

Travis Holler & Richelle Castillo contributed to this issue.

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WHERE TO BE SCENE:

Sunday, May 1, 7:00 AM, Cushman & Wakefield presents the 19th annual Race for Hope DC 5K Walk/Run beginning at Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW.  American Idol's David Cook, will speak as the race's honorary chair. Benefits the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2). $45 + donations, info.  
Saturday, April 30, 12:00-8:00 PM, the 7th annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will celebrate spring and community as thousands listen from noon to dark. Over 40 bands will play on six stages on a beautiful island in the Anacostia River behind RFK Stadium. Benefits Living Classrooms, dozens of bands will play all afternoon at DC's biggest & best folk festival, headlined by Spirit Family, Reunion, & our personal fave Magic Giant at 5:40pm. Also top food trucks, free kayaking, giveaways, kids activities. 
Thursday, April 28, 12:00 PM, The Trust for the National Mall Annual Benefit Luncheon in West Potomac Park with views of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Potomac River. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Speakers, décor and other programming will celebrate the Centennial. $500/individual, sponsorships available, info

Wednesday, April 27

5:30 – 9:30 PM, Girls Going Global: #PowerofaPassport Salsa Social at Gazuza, 1629 Connecticut Ave NW Salsa dance your way into the season to benefit Girls Going Global. $15, info.  

5:30 – 8:30 PM, Providence Gala After-Party Happy Hour at Hawthorne, 1336 U St NW. Join the countdown for Providence's Gala! We'll enjoy this beautiful spring weather with some drink specials, delicious food, a raffle prize or two – and all for a great cause. Small donations encouraged at the door. Free, info.

6:30 – 9:00 PM, Beer & Ballet & Bubbly at The Washington Ballet Studios, 3515 Wisconsin Ave NW. See a rehearsal of The Washington Ballet's upcoming production, followed by a reception with beer, sparkling wine, and light snacks. $15/members, info.

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Become More Right-Swipable: A Night of Online Dating Crowdsourcing & Mingling at WeWork (Chinatown Location), 718 7th St NW.  $5/advance, $10/door: includes beer and light appetizers, info.

Thursday, April 28 

6:00 – 8:00 PM, HumanitiesDC Thursday Social Hour series at Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, 829 Upshur St NW. Join author Patsy M. Fletcher to talk about her new book Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington, DC. Benefits HumanitiesDC. Free, donations welcome, info.   

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, 20th annual Dining Out for Life at participating dc bars & restaurants. Join 100 area establishments that agreed to donate 25 percent or more of their sales to Food & Friends. Prices vary, info.

5:30 – 7:30 PM, AT&T Best of Washington Happy Hour at Hawthorne, 1336 U St NW. $15/donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the door will get you two drinks and light bites, info.

5:30 – 7:00 PM, Luce Unplugged (Free Concert): Humble Fire at The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 8th and F St NW. Join in the monthly concert series. Includes art talk and show. Free, info.

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Portfolio in Motion: Student Fashion Show & Presentation of ‘Designer of the Year' Award honoring Designer Reem Acra at Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Rd Arlington, VA. Portfolio in Motion is the culminating academic project for both programs. Reception, fashion show, and Designer of the Year Award, present to the designer. $50, info.  

6:00 PM, The Canopy Awards at Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE.  Enjoy music,  good food, drinks and people. No stuffy affair, no long remarks, no formal seating and no formal dress code. Benefits DC's trees and Arbor Day. $65, info.

 

Saturday, May 7, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Hawthorne Hemlock Virginia Gold Cup Tent at Great Meadows Race Course, North Rail Tent# 131, 5089 Old Tavern Rd The Plains, VA. Food and drinks by award winning nationally renowned chef Michael Shikany. Premium open bar, hors d' oeuvres, champagne, desserts and cigars! Benefits Youth Service America (YSA). $125 - $175, info.  
Thursday, May 12, Join us for a great fundraiser so underprivileged kids can learn tennis from the best. Bisnow Media is thrilled that co-founder Elliott Bisnow will be honored by the Junior Tennis Champions Center, where he trained, along with tennis great Jim Courier at JTCC's annual fundraising gala. It's at the Swedish Ambassador's residence, with cocktails, great Swedish BBQ, and a fun, casual setting. All proceeds support free tennis & academic instruction for under-served DC kids. Tickets are $400 here, which all goes to the Center. For sponsorship packages, including tennis rackets and court-side box seats at the US Open, Ray Benton will customize a package rbenton@jtcc.org or 301-779-8000 x 102. See you there!

Friday, April 29

7:30 PM, 10th anniversary conclusion of Tender Tears and Love and Life at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct NW. $55 includes a wine and dessert reception with the artists, info.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Georgetown French Market in the Georgetown BID/Heart of Georgetown, Reservoir Rd to P St along Wisconsin Ave NW. Join more than 35 local boutiques, cafés, and galleries for up to 75% off on designer goods, art, home furnishings, French fare, and more. Free, info.

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Tudor Nights: Washington's Revolutionary War Tent Sneak Peek at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St NW. $20, includes tent and artifact viewing, appetizers, soft drinks, two bar beverages and signature cocktail, info.

7:00 – 10:00 PM, Art on the Rocks at Art League Inc, 105 North Union St Alexandria, VA. $65, include six works of art paired with six new cocktails, appetizers, and jams by DJ Ayes Cold, info.  

Saturday, April 30

11:00 AM, Crawfish for Cancer's 4th annual DC Crawfish Boil at Pinstripes, 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW. Enjoy five-hours of unlimited crawfish, drinks, music. Benefits cancer research - $60 - $150, info.

12:00 – 6:00 PM, Leesburg Beer Fest at The Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Blvd. Featuring more than 75 beers, music, food and family fun.  . VIP tasting includes two extra hours, souvenir glass, unlimited beer sampling and live entertainment.  $35, info.

11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Sidewalk ArtJamz at North End Shaw The Shay DC, 1924 8th St NW. Paint in DC's newest and hippest neighborhood, North End Shaw. Space is limited and tickets are first come, first serve. Free, info.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Volstead's Picnic In The Park at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW.  Enjoy a 1920s-themed picnic sprawled out on the property of the cathedral. Wear your best flapper dresses, boater hats, and enjoy the big band sounds of period, folly girl performances, lawn games, drinks and more! $35, info.

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Bread for the City's Good Hope Gala at The Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW. Enjoy a live auction and seated dinner to support our poverty relief services in the District. $250, info.

Sunday, May 1

7:00 AM, Cushman & Wakefield presents the 19th Annual Race for Hope DC 5K Walk/Run beginning at Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW.  American Idol's David Cook, will speak as the race's honorary chair. Benefits the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2). $45 + donations, info.  

 

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