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Blue Jeans, Bachelors & Spinsters!

Grand spring tradition (as well as a fixture on the social calendar): The 89th running of the world-famous Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race, Saturday, May 3 at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA. RSVP here.

We went to the 11th annual Blue Jeans Ball for the fight to end hunger, hosted by the Capital Area Food Bank at the Wardman Park Marriott.

The Capital Area Food Bank has been feeding those suffering from hunger in the DC area for over 34 years. They also educate the community about hunger and nutrition. We snapped DC Public Education Fund's Catherine Townsend and Karen Cowden, Bradley Pine, and L3's Rob Cowden.

Area restaurants provided tastings for this great cause. Some of our faves were EPIC Smokehouse's pulled pork sliders, The Palm's lobster salad, and Ping Pong's dim sum. Here, TASC's Diane Hynes, Merrill Lynch's Jim O'Sullivan and his wife Leslie, and Mary Goodyear.

Zeke's provided coffee to compliment desserts such as La Tasca's churros, Melting Pot's strawberries dipped in chocolate fondue, and PAUL's macaroons. Here, Capital Area Food Bank's Saundra Gordon, Ave Hair Gallery's Tangy Sibert, Specialty Hospital of Washington's Natalie Washington, and UMD's Chirice Cade-McAllister.

Guests enjoyed an open bar and sips from Distillery Lane Ciderworks' wines, while they danced and listened to The Elastic Waist Band. Here, Tina McGinn, and Saratoga Insurance's Bryan McGinn and Jeremy Maloney.

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GEN Z, April 27:
Early Bird Prices to Expire

GEN Z is Bisnow's new half-day and hands-on program for high schoolers interested in what it means to be an entrepreneur. Our next GEN Z event is around the corner: April 27 at the red-hot start-up campus 1776. Join more than 50 students from schools like Bullis, Chantilly, National Cathedral School, Robinson, St. Albans, St. Stephen's–St. Agnes, Maret, Yorktown, Montgomery Blair, Washington Latin, and many others. Early Bird prices end this week—sign up now! See more on our March GEN Z event here.

Bachelors & Spinsters!

We went to the Bachelors & Spinsters Ball at The City Tavern Club and snapped Farnum Co's Sam Farnum, State Dept's Peter Neville, and CSC's Dalton Hamilton.

The invitation-only ball featured drinks on each floor including including the Grey Goose Eden Lounge, Heineken Red Star Tavern, WhistlePig Rye Showcase, and live music by Soular Power. Here, Will Fedora, EHT Traceries Kim Daileader, and United Capital's Bernard van Raijen.

The Ball benefits TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, helping military families. Here, volunteers Colleen O'Hara, Megan McDonald and Colleen Nolan flank ball chairmen Christopher van Roijen and Chris Larsin.

The sold-out ball, which dates to 1949, brought almost 400 of DC's most eligible singles for a night of dancing and fun. Here, Mission's Fritz Brogan with BrandLink DC's Brooke Henderson.

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Seeking Dining Reporter!

Bisnow Dining seeks a reporter to cover DC's sizzling hot restaurant industry. Food critics need not apply—we're looking for a reporter with journalism chops. Coverage includes reporting on the business side of restaurants: breaking news, emerging trends, new restaurants, new locations, and (most importantly) the people behind it all. We need you to be as driven and as competitive as the restaurant business itself. The position is part-time, with flexible hours—a great way to network in the restaurant community while earning some extra cash. Send us a 75 to 125-word sample, complete with photos, that could appear in our next newsletter. Only attempt this after studying our archives here. The writing sample should display your ability to replicate the unique Bisnow format and style. So seriously, study the archives. Email your sample and resume to bryce.nielsen@bisnow.com.

Stroud 5K!

We headed to brunch at Surfside after the Stroud Foundation 4th annual 5k through Georgetown. The Foundation was established in honor of pediatrician Dr. Frank Stroud to improve the lives of children with learning disabilities, specifically ADD/ADHD; proceeds will continue his lifelong dedication. We snapped Dept of Agriculture's Paulo Almeida, and Stroud Communications' prez Kandie Stroud and Derel Farmer.

On this beautiful spring day, 300 walkers and runners brought their children and dogs for a stroll, starting at Fletcher's Boat House, to Georgetown and back. Here, Stroud Foundation's Marine Rossel and Shannon Stroud, who are holding Finley and Griffin, and Carmen Group's Alison Cricks.

At Surfside, one of their sponsors, guests had a private brunch on the deck and ate buttermilk waffles with cinnamon butter, huevos rancheros, and poached eggs with braised carnitas. Here, Stroud Foundation's Stephane and Brooke Carnot, with their kids Olivia and Alex.

Alfredo Flores and Richelle Manansala contributed to this issue.

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Tuesday, April 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, BISNOW's Schmoozarama at the new Toro Toro, 1300 I (EYE) St. NW. Pan Latin hors d'oeuvres, open beer and wine bar, specialty cocktails, and high-level business networking. $44, info.

Tuesday, April 15

7:30 PM, celebrate National Poetry Month with poet Derrick Weston Brown for reading from his book, Wisdom Teeth at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free, info.

Wednesday, April 16

5:00 - 9:00 PM, Corcoran Uncorked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $12, henna tattoo-design workshop; artists' “Bad Decisions Tour”, dance contest, and tastings, info.

7:30 PM, Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon performs at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. Performances every Wednesday thru May. Free, info.

1:00 PM, Fun Run for Boston beginning at the Washington Monument, Constitution Ave. and 15th St. SW. Take a lunch break and be support. Free, rsvp.

6:00 - 8:00 PM, DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network and Washington Council Happy Hour at City Tap House, 901 9th St. NW. $5/craft, $6/wines, $7/cocktail, info.

7:00 PM, American Futures: A Conversation with Jim & Deborah Fallows at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $15, info.

5:30 - 8:00 PM, The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce 2014 Scholarship Reception, 4031 University Dr. Suite 204, Fairfax. $20-$210, info.

Wednesday, April 16

7:00 PM, American Futures: A Conversation with Jim & Deborah Fallows at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $15, info.

5:30 - 8:00 PM, The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce 2014 Scholarship Reception, 4031 University Dr. Suite 204, Fairfax. $20-$210, info.

Thursday, April 17

6:00 PM, DC City Council hosts In My Own Words: Celebrating a Decade of DC's LanguageAccess Act atPepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St NW. $10 - $50, info.

10:00am - 7:00 PM, Rebecca Minkoff Trunk Show at Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Champagne and treats - 15% off all Rebecca Minkoff purchases, info.

6:00 PM, A Tourist of Saints Launch Party at Malmaison, 3401 Water St. NW. Deeply engaging account of relief efforts in Haiti. Free, info.

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Millinery Magic! Hat Exhibition and Sale at Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10, info.

6:30 - 8:30 PM, Google City Experts: Suddenly SpringSocial Launch Event at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. 21+ only, free, info.

8:30 - 10:30 PM, Legalize It with Students for Sensible Drug Policy Comedy Show at Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. $10, info.

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