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November 24, 2008


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On Saturday night, we were on hand as the local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation held its annual Kidney Ball, featuring the Doobie Brothers and an appearance by basketball star Alonzo Mourning. Over 1000 streamed into the Hilton Washington to raise funds for the fight against kidney disease in the foundation's largest one-day fundraiser in the country.


We got this picture of original Doobie Brother Pat Simmons from Rolling Stone our own Bisnow camera! We think this makes up for every blurry picture we've ever taken, although our editor may disagree. Of course, some things have changed since The Doobie Brothers debuted: Now the audience held brightened iPhones instead of lighters during the ballads.


Not to be outdone, it's seven-time NBA All-Star (and Georgetown alum) Alonzo Mourning with National Kidney Foundation board member Bill Singleton. Alonzo received a kidney transplant in '03, but returned to the league to play five more seasons, including winning a championship with the Miami Heat in '06. He's now a spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation and was signing copies of his newly released book Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph at the event. We can only guess Bill, a huge hoops fan, was thrilled out of his mind.

A Bond Soiree!

Did you spot Daniel Craig outside The Park at Fourteenth Wednesday evening? Although it wasn't the debonair Bond himself, it was one of many Washingtonians dressed in their ultra chic Bond-inspired attire for "A Bond Soiree," hosted by the Style Savants. Casino tables, a gold-painted Bond girl and costume prizes were all part of the celebration for the recent release of the new Quantum of Solace. Above, Sylvie Luanghy, Chris Belisle and Kadreika Maiden of Fashion Fights Poverty were dressed to kill as they mingled with others on the Style Savants host committee, including City Shop Girl, Metromix, and Pamela's Punch.  


We always know it's a glamorous and cause worthy event when style mavens Paul Wharton and Pamela Sorensen are in attendance.


On March 17, 2010, hunt country gets what BET co-founder Sheila Johnson hopes will be her next five star resort (she already has one in Charleston). We snapped this in Middleburg on Friday of Sheila with Prem Devadas, an accomplished hotelier she recruited in '05 who specializes in bringing luxury visions to life. The Salamander Resort & Spa will have 168 rooms and suites just a couple blocks from town, but this is a demo room they've created on the town's main street for people to come in to "touch and feel" the luxury; they plan to have it open by the time of an annual parade Saturday, Dec. 6. It's just a "standard" room, but is oversized with fireplace, his and hers closets, and a bathroom that features flat screen TV.


We love Sheila's Salamander Market. Kind of like a smaller, funner version of the old Sutton Place. And Sheila likes it, too, here demonstrating how to eat some of the free samples we found at the checkout. With her, Della Britton, head of Jackie Robinson Foundation. (More on the resort in our Real Estate editions later this week.)


Vince Gill, country music great (19 Grammys and more than 22 million albums sold), appears at the Birchmere tonight.

Frost/Nixon ends its run at the Kennedy Center this week. It's your last chance to see it before the movie comes out on 12/5.

Trivia night at the Fadó Irish Pub is usually packed with smarties and great prizes, tonight at 8:00.

Happy Hour at McCormick & Schmick's (Bethesda/Chinatown, Downtown/Tysons Corner/Reston) means a $1.95 appetizer menu that includes tasty burgers, wings, quesadillas, oysters, and spinach and artichoke dip mussels. Monday through Friday 3:30 to 6:30 PM

Political Cartoonist Herbert Block died in 2001 but his best lampoons are on display for just one more week at the National Portrait Gallery.

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