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March 3, 2017

Better Together!

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Wednesday, we went to Quality Trust's Better Together Reception at Momofuku CCDC. 

We snapped Quality Trust CEO Tina Campanella with Quality Trust board president Chase Phillips of Merrill Lynch and Quality Trust board member Steven Poe of Safeway.

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The reception marked a celebration to observe the accomplishments of people and organizations in the Washington disability community during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this March. It fulfills the organization's belief that communities are more diverse and vibrant when they include people with disabilities. Here, Advocates for Justice and Education's Molly Whalen; director of the DC Department of Disability Services, Andrew Reese; and DDS' Rebecca Salon.

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Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities hosted the reception, where guests enjoyed a variety of Momofuku CCDC's most popular food items and beverages. Here, former Quality Trust board president Robert Dinerstein, law professor at American University Washington College of Law, with Shared Horizons executive director Yolanda Mazyck.

Quality Trust, an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with disabilities, is celebrating its 15th year of operations. Here, DC Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Vincent Orange with Quality Trust board member Clark Madigan.

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St. Jude's Gourmet Gala!

We headed to the National Building Museum for the 18th annual St. Jude's Gourmet Gala! We snapped UBS' John Amore with State Street's Lara Roman, Scott Ellspermann, Monica Venn and First Eagle's Paul Andriulli

WH Administrators' Brian Bobby and David Hill bookend their wives, Megan Bobby, and Lynn Moore Hill while enjoying the VIP reception. WH Administrators was the presenting sponsor for the evening. 

Prior to the dinner and program, guests gathered in the famous atrium of the National Building Museum for a cocktail reception and first look at the expansive silent auction. Here, UBS' Ron Temple and Travis Troy join Lazard's Jennifer Abate

The annual gala benefits the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with contributions helping ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Here, Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers' Dave Williams and Jennifer Lynch with Belmont Bay's Jocky Creasy

General Dynamics' Rich Mendelowitz and Ray Whitehead with their wives, Vicki Mendelowitz and Vicky Whitehead

M&T Bank's Misook Kim joins St. Jude's Ethan Burke and his wife, UVA's Michelle Burke

Throughout the evening guests were treated to live music from a string quartet that incorporated pop songs into its performance. 

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Mardi Gras Extravaganza!

We went to the Mardi Gras Extravaganza at Union Market's Dock 5. We partied N'awlins style on Fat Tuesday with lots of beads, feathers and masks at the first-ever event. DC restaurants served Southern-style dishes like Acadiana's deviled eggs with Southern ham salad, The Source's roast beef po' boy with debris gravy, and Woodward Table' grillades and grits. Here, Good Stuff Eatery's Cliff Luhn, Sally Kluthe and co-chair, Bayou Bakery's Davis Guas.

Mixologists from Quill, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Hank's Oyster Bar, Bar PX and Cafe Saint-Ex created the New Orleans classic hurricane drink, with their own special twist, for a friendly competition. Here, Radiator's Sarah Rosner and Tony Burke flanking Simoneink's Simone Rathle.

We indulged in a slew of desserts, like District Doughnut's mini king cake doughnuts, Puddin's brown butter bourbon bread, and Hill Country's king cake kolaches, and washed it down with a shot of Effen Vodka from an ice luge. Here, USDA's Kim Linonis, Josh O'Rear, Ashley Foy and Alex Moses.

Guests danced to the Brass Collection's New Orleans street jazz music and the Laissez Foure Jazz Quartet's classics from the '30s and '40s. Here, Kapnos' Ethan Cook, Cara Slotkin and Rose Friederichs.

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Whiskey Launch Party!

Wednesday night we went to a Whiskey Launch Party at the Dubliner! Dubliner Whiskey launched its 10-year-old single malt, making its debut in Washington, DC, at a restaurant that shares its name. We snapped Ambassador of Ireland Anne Anderson, surrounded by Quintessential Brands' Greg Ilewski and Andrew Stewart, Dubliner Whiskey's master distiller Daryll McNally and The Dubliner's Gavin Coleman.

Guests got to taste the Dubliner's bourbon cask-aged whiskey, honeycomb whiskey and its newest whiskey, which spent a decade maturing in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Here, Open Society Foundation's Alex Johnson, Kyle Chase, Bob Vitas and DoD's Deak Roh.

Guests also enjoyed bites of Reuben sandwiches, mini shepherd's pies, fruits and cheeses. Here, Ilewski, Whisky Advocate's Laurie Barata, Joan McGinley and Melanie Schwenk.

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Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 PM, The Learn-Serve Gala at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. Join former Scene publisher Margot Machol Bisnow as she discusses her book Raising an Entrepreneur and raising kids whose lives have joy and purpose, along with four super moms in the book, Jayne Plank, Caren Merrick, Maimah Karmo & Jane Scott. This great organization helps middle and high school kids become social entrepreneurs & global citizens. info.

Friday, March 3

4:00 – 8:00 PM, Engaged! Magazine Weddings & Celebrations Event at the Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sample foods, dance and sip some bubbly while reviewing the latest bridal trends. $35, info.  

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Opening Reception: March 2017 Art Exhibitions at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Featuring: Nik Ajazi Free, info

7:00 PM, DC premiere screening of "Generation Revolution" at St. Stephen's in Columbia Heights, 1525 Newton St. NW. Screening followed by a Q&A panel with co-directors Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis along with local activists, presented by Positive Force. $10, info.

8:00 PM, Sounds of the City Fest at venues across DC all weekend! Friday: Tropicalia with rappers Ace Cosgrove and Ciscero alongside DJ Ayes Cold. Saturday: record label expo at Songbyrd and a main-stage showcase at the Black Cat. $12, info.

7:30 PM, Discussion: Beauty and the Bizarre at The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Join two speakers, photographer Anand Varma and scientist Rodrigo Medellín, will tell tales of bizarre happenings in the animal kingdom. $25, 7:30 PM.

7:00 PM, join attorney Jerome F. Buting, to discuss Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix's Making a Murderer, as he discusses and signs his new book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System, at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, info.  

Saturday, March 4

10:15 – 11:15 AM, Vinyasa Yoga Class at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW. All-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer. Free, must rsvp.

10:00 AM, Exhibit: The Command Module Columbia, Apollo 11 at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Enjoy a day of behind-the-scenes events with objects on display, such as Neil Armstrong's helmet and gloves. Free, info

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Saturday, March 11, 9:00 PM The Leukemia Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Young Professional tickets still available for Greater Washington DC's largest non-political black tie event. Tickets include balcony seating, open bar and dessert, as well as an opportunity to view the Mission Moment, a Mercedes-Benz raffle drawing, and comedic performance and musical entertainment by Jim Gaffigan and Andy Grammer. $175, info.

3:30 PM, Craft Cider and Cocktail Making Event at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Join beer historian Mike Stein for discussion and lesson. $45, info.

7:00 PM, Brewer's Ball at The National Building Museum,  401 F St. NW. Enjoy more than 40 of the best breweries and 30 popular restaurants with unlimited samplings. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $150, info.

10:30 – 11:30 AM, Practice with Love Pop-Up Yoga at U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave .SW. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a big open heart. First come, first served. Free, info.  

12:00 – 6:00 PM, step into the world of the Bloomsbury Set at CityCenter DC, 825 10th St. NW. Celebrate free spirits and unconventional lives and receive a luxurious hand and arm massage, treats and cocktails. Free, info.  

8:00 PM, Sounds of the City Fest at venues across DC all weekend! Saturday: record label expo at Songbyrd and a main-stage showcase at the Black Cat. $12, info.  

Sunday, March 5

5:00 – 8:00 PM, Czech Heritage & Basketball Night at The Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $23, includes basketball game and T-shirt, use promo code: CZECH for special offers, info.  

11:00 AM, celebrate the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, at The Sackler Gallery and Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Enjoy storytelling, calligraphy, live music, and food. Free, info.

1:00 PM, Coffee, Cameras and Conversation Workshop at The Leica Store, 977 F St. NW. Learn the process of editing down photographs. Attendees can bring up to five photos (digital or print) to be critiqued. Free, info.