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The Scene Bisnow (DC)

Everybody Wins & World Stages
& Reaganpalooza!

Last night we headed to the 19th annual Everybody Wins! DC Gala at the Capital Hilton for a reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions.

EW!DC is the largest literacy and mentoring organization in the area devoted to cultivating children's love for learning. We snapped BET Networks CEO and the gala's keynote speaker Debra Lee, flanked by National Geographic's Lynn Wallace with his wife Faye, and by EW!DC's exec director Mary Salandar.

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The evening's theme, Open Books. Open Doors, celebrated the inspiring work of students, mentors, community leaders, and corporate planners. Here, Proof Integrated Communications' Felipe Leon, Burson Marsteller's Minni Gupta and Jessica Smith, and Venn Strategies' Erik Olson.

Many student performances rocked the house during the three-course dinner, including the Amidon-Bowen Elementary School choir. Here, EW!DC's Lucinda Mulzac with Brent Elementary School principal Peter Young and his wife Leah.

  
  
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Sports Clubs/LA: Your Recharging Station!

Sports Clubs/LA's Tyler Pyburn tells us that the club is not just a gym, it's a 5-star fitness experience that includes every amenity you will ever need to help reach your goals or unwind.  Tyler says you can spend most of a Saturday there, taking one of their 100 group exercise classes, digging the juice bar, playing squash, hanging out in the lobby, or even networking (child care is available too). Personal services include laundry and dry cleaning as well as industry-leading fitness/nutrition consultation. Executive membership includes a world-class locker room, with super amenities provided by (MALIN+GOETZ). Blu Restaurant offers fresh local ingredients, a wine list, and catered events and cocktail parties. The Spa at the Club offers everything spa-like to rejuvenate and elevate your spirit. We get it now: There's no reason to ever leave. For more info on our great sponsor and to get a complimentary guest pass, click here.


Theater Festival!

We went to the opening night of the World Stages International Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center. During this 20-day festival, it will hold world-class productions of theatrical visionaries from around the globe. We snapped The Kennedy Center's future president Deborah Rutter bookended by Maria Kersten and Donna Cutro.

During cocktail hour, guests viewed the new installations in the atrium, such as Pequeno Teatro (Little Theater) with miniature puppets from Brazil and costume designs sketches from Lion King and Wicked. Here, WNO Board members Kristen Lund and Rose Carter are bookended by their husbands, Torch Hill Investment Partners' George Lund and Global Wireless Solutions' Paul Carter.

Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, three-course dinner, poetry reading, and a surprise appearance of War Horse by Handspring Puppet Company. Here, Palestinian Mission's Hakam Takash is flanked by his wife June-Wei Sum and Mexican Cultural Institute's Laura Ramirez-Rasgado.

HRH Foundation's Helen Lee Henderson is flanked by The Kennedy Center's Nicole Kidston and Leslie Miller.

  
  
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GEN Z is this Saturday—Last Call!

Register your GEN Z-er to join students from Churchill, Langley, NCS, St. Albans, McLean, Potomac, Gonzaga, Flint Hill, Whitman, and many others this Saturday, March 15 at EverFi in Georgetown. Meet successful entrepreneurs; hear what it takes to start a business; learn how they did it; and network with other GEN Z-ers who have great ideas and enthusiasm. Sign up your GEN Z teenagers for an experience that might change the way they think—register at www.gen-z.co.


Reaganpalooza!

We headed to Look Bar and Club on K Street for the Young Conservatives Coalition's Reaganpalooza. We snapped Tom Qualtere of Rep. Mike Kelly's office with World Net Daily's Alyssa Farah. It was a final celebration of the CPAC weekend and featured themed cocktails such as The Gipper.

American Psychological Assn's Heather Kaiser and Ashton Theodore Randle in the VIP level of the club. There was a DJ and large dance floor.

Miller Spence Group's Vaneese Cope joins Ellis Business Advisers prez Philip Ellis and Polaris Consulting's Tamara Edwards. The party was sponsored by The Daily Caller.

Partnership for Public Service's Audrey Pfund, Hensle Phelps' Madelyn Waterer, Immix Group's Alli Sharper, and Perkins Eastman's Katie Johnson.

  
  
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Women Brewers!

Female brewers from 70 breweries around the world joined for International Women's Collaboration Brew Day to raise funds for charities. Capitol City Brewing Company hosted an all-female team to create the Unite Pale Ale, tapping this month there and at Meridian Pint. Part of the beer sales will be donated to the Pink Boots Society, helping women beer professionals. Here, Port City Brewing Company's Tammy Portnoy, Allison Lange, and Andrea Wilkinson (left, center, and right) surround Devil's Backbone's April Anderson and brewer Megan O'Leary Parisi.

Richelle Manansala and Travis Holler contributed to this issue.


WHERE TO BE SCENE:

Wednesday, March 12

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Take Back the Night Launch Party at Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW. Take Back the Night and DC Rape Crisis Center host anextended happy hour with purchase raffle ticket! $5, info.

12:00 – 1:00 PM, Happenings at the Harman Free Lunchtime Performances at  Harman Hall, 610 F St NW. Bring a bag lunch; with Academy for Classical Acting. info.

5:30 – 8:30 PM, March ICT4Drinks: Unofficial NTEN Welcome Party at Local 16, 1602 U St. NW. Free, happy hour specials, rsvp.

Thursday, March 13

7:30 – 9:30 PM, Environmental Film Festival Launch Party at the Warner Building Atrium, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $25, open bar and food, info.

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM, The Capital Club Shamrock Soiree at Capitale, 1301 K St. NW. Free, open bar first hour, info.

6:30 PM, Real Food Innovator Awards, celebrates the leaders of healthful, sustainable foods at The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Benefits Healthful Food Council & James Beard Foundation, $200, info.

6:00 – 8:00 PM, Taste of Entrepreneurship at The Homer Building, 601 13th St. NW. $40, speakers, open bar, small plates, info.

7:00 PM, 7th Annual Forum on Women in Leadership: Women in Congressional Leadership with Nancy Pelosi at the National Archives, 700 Constitution Ave. Free, info.

7:30 PM, FIST: Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament at Washington Improv Theater at Source, 1835 14th St NW. Area talent competes to win the audience vote. $12-$30, info.

Thursday, March 13

8:30 PM (6:00 PM is sold out) Startupland will premiere its documentary web series at the E Street Landmark Theatre with the stories of the triumphs and struggles of 5 startup founders. Steve Case will speak along with the director, producers, and other 4 founders. Info.

6:00 – 9:00 PM, When to Take the Leap in Your Career: United Women in Business at 1776, 1133 15th St. NW. Both genders welcome. Free, pizza served, info.

6:30 – 10:00 PM, The Campagna Center's Toast to Fashion at Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Rd. Alexandria. $55, fashion show, marketplace, raffle,  cocktail reception - 100% of proceeds benefit. $55/advanced, $65/door, info.

Friday, March 14

7:00 – 9:30 PM, F4P Twist of Fate Date Auction at The Huxley, 1730 M St. NW. Benefits The Washington Humane Society thru Fashion for Paws. Donations at the door, info.

Saturday, March 15

7:00 PM, Runway Show Benefiting KIDSAVE at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. $25/suggested donation, info.

7:30 – 11:00 PM, Giving Voice Award Gala: Eat for Good at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $50, food and drink tastings, music, raffle prizes, info.

9:00 PM, Raise Your City Presents: A Benefit for Sitar Arts Center at Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Rd. NW. $10, info.


 
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