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January 21, 2010
A Heart for Haiti

Crystal City BID's Crystal Couture returns, with runway shows, makeovers, and 30 boutiques each night selling at incredible prices. We're co-sponsoring its closing night, Feb. 6, which is already garnering lots of buzz; we can't share what's happening--and yes, we're teasing about tees. It's free every night. Info

Last night we attended a huge rapid-response fundraiser for Haiti at the Hyatt Regency, planned in only a few days, raising $180,000 for the American Red Cross’ Haiti Disaster Relief Fund.

The phenomenal success of A Heart for Haiti was due in large part to the very generous sponsors, including philanthropic law firm Arent Fox’s Ralph Brabham and Denise DeLorey, M.O.I.’s Khalid Itum, and Barbara Nolan’s Marie Davis. Khalid, who masterminded the event, even flew in his parents from Jordan.

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The American Red Cross’ Liz Foster is flanked by Helping Haitian Angels’ Terrie Owens and its founder Debbie Harvey, who told us it provides support to children in Haiti who have lost one or both parents, and that they need funds now more than ever.

M.O.I.’s Jessica Barno, WDG Architecture’s John Lowe, M.O.I.’s Stephanie Bernard, and DBL’s David Burrows and his daughter, Kelly Burrows-Reeves.

Annie Axelrod Consulting’s Annie Axelrod and Davis Construction’s Greg Jasiota and Kady Hillman. We want to give a special shout-out to Whiting Turner Construction chairman Willard Hackerman for his donation of $100,000. Although he couldn’t make the event, he’s visited Haiti many times and said it touched his heart.



We stopped by Georgetown salon Alchimie Forever to join The Georgetown Dish for an ultimate skincare experience Tuesday night and snapped Dish founder Beth Solomon, Alchimie prez Ada Polla, and Rachel Johnson. Ada told us we have to set aside 10 minutes each day to take care of ourselves.


Pamela’s Punch’s Pamela Sorensen and Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery’s Tina Alster, who also writes The Face of Georgetown for The Georgetown Dish.


Guests sampled products and got mini-facials. Here: Hisaoka’s Wendy Gordon and City Shop Girl’s Kelly Fredrick.

Supporting the Smithsonian!


Last night we also joined Smithsonian Young Benefactors for a happy hour at Penn Quarter’s CoCo Sala. Here: Verizon Center’s Anthony Fears, Deloitte’s Stephanie Phillippy, QinetiQ’s Karen Petty and Genius Rocket’s Peter Lamotte.


YB is one of the nation’s largest museum-based philanthropic organizations for young professionals. Choral Arts’ Emily Riffle, Smithsonian YBs Coordinator Kate Stilwill, and Freeviolet’s Heather Neisworth.


YBs support the Smithsonian through fundraising and the community through volunteering. Here: leadership chair Angela Markelonis, Roll Call’s Trumg Nguyen-Dinh, Smithsonian’s Lana Householder, and Classical Movements’ Tanya Lervik.

Heather Mahoney and Mary Kate Rasa contributed to this issue.


Thursday, January 21 from Noon – 1:30 PM, join Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency for an afternoon information session. Its Executive Education department is having a lunchtime dine and learn for anyone interested in pursuing a Global MBA or Executive Master's in LeadershipRSVP

Thursday, January 21 from 8:00 – 11:00 PM lend your support in attending the Haiti Benefit Concert at Bloom Bars, 3222 11th Street NW. Donations will be made to Wyclef’s Yele Haiti fund. Price: $5 – You can also donate directly at http://www.yele.org.

Thursday, January 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM come meet Bridie Clark, author of “The Overnight Socialite” at Ginger Boutique, 7114 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD. Cocktails and hour d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to RSVP@Fingerprintdc.com.

Thursday, January 21 starting at 7:30 PM attend a “State Dinner” at the Bombay Club, 815 Connecticut Ave, NW. This is your very own opportunity to “crash” a State Dinner! It is re-creating the dishes from the official presidential menu served steps away by the Obamas for the Indian Prime Minister at the White House. Dinner $65 – no formal invitation is required, just reservations:  (202) 659-3727.

Thursday, January 21 at 6:30pm, BORDERS 18th & L, Is hosting comedienne Kathy Griffin for a signing of Official Book Club Selection.

Friday, January 22 at 6:00 PM Come to the Kennedy Center for a free Haitian-themed, Millennium Stage performance. Following this, at 8:00 PM is a Haiti Earthquake Relief Benefit with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall. Only $49 for all Orchestra Seating and All proceeds will benefit the relief efforts in Haiti from the concert conducted by Iván Fischer and featuring tenor Stig Andersen and mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn. Kennedy-center.org


Friday, January 22 at 7:00 PM, join the Fairfax Hotel for the opening reception of its First Annual Capital Wine Festival at 2100 Mass Ave, D.C. The reception will feature more than 50 wines from around the world paired with a bountiful buffet created by Jockey Club Chef Levi Mezick.. The hotel will donate a portion of the proceeds from all January Capital Wine Festival ticket purchases to the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Buy your tickets online at www.capitalwinefestival.com.

Saturday, January 23 from 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., join On Tap Magazine for their CD Release Party to celebrate On the Verge-Volume IV, an annual CD featuring all local bands, at the Clarendon Grill, 1101 N Highland St. Arlington, VA. The evening will toast to another year and another CD full of talented area artists who are on the verge. The Cheaters, Rome In A Day, Crash Boom Bang and Hotspur are all performing. No cover before 10 p.m., so get there early! <www.ontaponline.com>

Saturday January 23 from 8:00p.m.-12:00a.m. join the Tenfold Forty at the Rookery 2519 Pennsylvania Ave, NW for its Winter Wonderland fundraiser benefiting Cervical Cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Tickets are $50 and include open bar/champagne bar and live band.  Cocktail attire.  Please go to http://awinterwonderland.eventbrite.com/ to purchase your ticket.

Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Ellen & Todd Gray for the Annual Sugar and Champagne Affair at the Ritz Carlton Hotel downtown, 1150 22nd St nw, to raise funds for Washington Humane Society. Sparkling wines, lots of snacks, bring your dog!  New this year VIP Chefs tasting room. Tickets: $90; VIP Reception: $150.00 http://washhumane.org/Sugar/sugar_about.asp


Thursday, January 28, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Landon School and Joslin Diabetes for a kick off event for Mark's Run, an annual 5k race open to all (this year’s will be on Sunday, May 2) at  G’town’s Tony & Joe's restaurant, 3000 K St. Dinner, music, silent auction and cash bar. Mark's Run raises funds for the Mark Ferris Scholarship Fund at Landon School and Joslin Diabetes. Admission is free, support the fight to end juvenile diabetes and have a great time www.marksrun.org

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