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May 13, 2011 

Jill Biden & the JTCC!

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Last night we went to two great events for the area’s top tennis program and a top charity, but we’re starting with the Lourie Center Benefit Reception where we went to meet the US’ Second Lady.

We snapped the VP’s wife—and NoVa Community College prof—Dr. Jill Biden on the rooftop of Room & Board Wednesday night. The event raised $75k to serve behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in infants and young children at the Lourie Center.

Catherine Leggett, MoCo exec Ike 's wife, accepted the Public Service Award on behalf of her husband. She’s with Adventist's Elizabeth Franzino, Lourie Center's Jim Litsinger, MGG's Dr. Larry Winderlife, board treasurer Tom Burlin, and his wife Chris.

Inside were skewers of salmon and pineapple, but outside there was beautiful weather. DOC's Ellen Herbst, honorary co-chair Jill McGovern, ITA's Joel Secundy, Patricia Lloyd and Dan Addison.




The DC area is lucky to have one of the world’s top tennis facilities at its doorstep, the Junior Tennis Champions Center, JTCC, in College Park. Last night we went to its gala at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador. Former Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle are big supporters since their twins train there; they’ll go full time starting in the fall.

CashEdge’s Brett Weinroth chaired the sold-out event. He’s with his wife Leah, a freelance journalist, Walker & Dunlop's Willy Walker, and his wife, Georgetown prof Sheila Walker. Guests walked around the beautiful grounds sipping cocktails and watched rising juniors play on the courts before sitting in the tent for a Swedish barbeque.


NBC’s Jim Handley emceed the awards ceremony. Luckily, he only had to walk across the street from his office to get to there. He’s with colleague Bob Okun, who’s starting The O-Team July 1, and Bethesda Country Club tennis director Frank Hatten.


SDI’s Nina Benton, whose husband Ray is JTCC CEO, is with Bettan Laughlin and Washington Fine Properties’ Cindy Howar.


Miriam's Kitchen!


Last night we also went to the National Building Museum for 100 Bowls of Compassion benefiting Miriam's Kitchen. CNN's Taryn Fixel, Miriam's Kitchen's Sara Gibson, US-India Business Council's Melissa Frakman, Frontier CFO Elaine Fide, Baker-Tilly's Raina Rose Tagle (who’s chaired this for 10 years and tells us she wants to find a successor), and board member Deloitte's Geoff Dudgeon.


The silent auction offered special experiences with staycations, dinner with a restaurant critic and rides in food trucks. We snapped some of the artists who donated their work: Dept. of Treasury's Mike Seto, Kari Minnick, and Emberley SOS's Daniel Emberley.


The volunteer-prepared food followed the Silk Road, starting with Japanese lobster in a smoky bacon dumpling. Apex founders' Margaret Boryczka and Shashi Gupta said the food was as great as always. They’re with attorney Tobey Marzouk and his wife Molly.


Volunteering at the kitchen is so popular, there’s a six month wait. Many end up going into the culinary field, so look out for Hill staffer Noelle Melton, Tracy Reines, and Treasury's Edward Garnett.




Hollywood joined with DC leaders Tuesday through the Creative Coalition at Art & Soul Restaurant to celebrate the launch of CQ Press’ First Street, a platform that consolidates congressional and federal government and lobbying data to track money and influence. Brothers & Sisters Steven Weber; Desperate Housewives’ Andrea Bowen, She’s All That’s Rachael Leigh Cook, Larry Crowne’s Wilmer Valderrama, and The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk.




RSDSA held a Happy Hour for Hope at Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro Wednesday night. Attendees enjoyed sliders, cupcakes, and macaroons. Here, the IRS’s Jim Olsen, organizer BTS’s Rachel Charlesworth, the American Association of Justice’s Rachel Skolnick, and Erickson & Co’s Denny Salas.


Hunks with Heart!


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater DC’s 3rd annual Hunks with Heart at Old Town Hall was packed with women who wanted to change a child’s life and have fun. thre was champagne, food, and live jazz. Balfour Beatty's Paulette Smithgall is congratulated on her winning bid by “Hunks” David and Cole Smith.


Caitlin Byrnes and Kristina D’Ambrosio contributed to this issue.



Tuesday, May 17 at 7pm, join the National Building Museum for its 25th Anniversary Honor Award Gala, 401 F St NW. Support the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs with a black tie reception, dinner, and program with remarks by visionary designer David Rockwell. Tickets and info.

Friday, May 13 from 6:30 – 11:00 PM, come to one of the year’s top events – the best food and definitely the best wine! Heart’s Delight Vintners Dinner highlights the wines of Château Haut-Brion with Prince Robert of Luxembourg, followed by an auction led by Sotheby’s Jamie Ritchie. Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution Ave NW to benefit the AHA $1,000 here

Friday, May 13 from 3:00—7:00 PM, join The Junior Tennis Champions Center for a fun, competitive tennis tournament and barbecue at the Tennis Center at College Park (5200 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD). All funds raised support JTCC’s inner city tennis initiative, GAME ON, which teaches the sport to underprivileged youth and puts them on the pathway to earn a college scholarship. 301.779.3000 x 106 for ticket information.


Friday, May 13 from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM, join the GI Film Festival for Filmmaker Boot Camp at Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Hollywood’s top producers, directors and financiers teach independent filmmakers the nuts and bolts of the industry. $75, info.

Friday, May 13 from 6:00-9:00 PM, check out the Happy Hour FUNdraiser to Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Town Tavern, 2323 18th St. NW. Enjoy drink specials that benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets: $5, info.

Friday May 13 from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, join Curating for a Cause and Glenda Fu at Lamont Bishop Gallery, 1314 9th St. NW for Curating for a Cure, an exhibition and art auction to benefit LLS.  Featuring a wide variety of artwork by the area's top visual artists.  $10 suggested donation at the door, www.lls.org.  

Friday May 13 from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, The Phillips Collection Annual Gala After Party at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW to celebrate its 90th year with a night inspired by the Roaring Twenties. Vintage cocktails, classic savories and sweets, big band music, and dancing to Glenn Pearson Orchestra and BLUEBRAIN. $100 for members, $150 non-members, info.

Friday, May 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM, the Friday Evening Concerts at The Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE. Enjoy live music, food, beer & sangria garden, and a Kids Activity Zone. Free to the public, info.

Friday, May 13 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Club 15 hosts the Preakness Soiree at The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. Celebrate the 136th annual running of the Preakness Stakes with hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes. $15, info.

Saturday, May 14 from 8:00 PM– 2:00 AM, join Sofia HD and Nida for a Spring Fashion Fling with award winning Deepak Perwan Spring/Summer 2011 line, DPhilosophy, jewelry by Queen Bee Designs' Allison Priebe Brooks, at Cafe Asia Rosslyn, 1550 Wilson Blvd. Fashion showcase, cocktails, live music. $10 at the door.

Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 PM-1:00 AM, the Chef’s After Party following Heart’s Delight wine tasting and auction at Birch & Barley, 1337 14th St. NW. Join celebrity chefs and top sponsors. $100+, info

Saturday, May 14 from 8:00-11:00 PM, Dreams for Kids and the National Volleyball League host Volley for Dreams at Midtown Loft, 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW. After a long day of volleyball events, the League’s pro players will be hanging out for an evening of entertainment. 20% of proceeds go to Dreams for Kids. $20.

Saturday May 14 from 8:30 – 11:30 PM, join the Animal Welfare League of Arlington for their 16th Annual Walk for the Animals at Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester St. Arlington, VA to help raise money for homeless animals in the community.  Activities, demonstrations and walks.  $25/registration, info/registration.

Saturday, May 14 at 8:00AM, join Bright Beginnings for a 5K Race benefitting the Child Development Center at Hains Point in East Potomac Park. Race prizes include an American Express card and raffle for a stay at the Mandarin Oriental. The first 200 racers receive a one day pass from Capital Bikeshare. $30, info.

Saturday May 14 at 8:30 AM, join the Spinal Research Foundation for its 4th Annual “We've Got Your Back” 5k Run/Walk and Spinal Health Fair at 1831 Wiehle Avenue, Reston  Walk, learn how your spine works, and how to prevent injuries. $25, info.

Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, check out the 2011 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market at Welburn Square, across from the Ballston Metro. Support local artists and enjoy free music, giveaways, and yoga classes. All donations go toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, info.

Saturday, May 14 from 4:00 – 10:00 PM join the Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting & Auction with a tour of Bordeaux led by Jancis Robinson, with a wine tasting of the 2008 vintage and older vintage selected by visiting Château owners. Exciting seminars and food prepared by some of the nation’s top chefs including President Obama’s favorite, Graham Elliot from Chicago and Elizabeth Falkner from San Francisco. During the Grand Tasting Reception, guests can bid on travel, dining, and wine. Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert St NW, to benefit AHA. $250 & $400 here


Saturday May 14 at 6:00 PM, check out The Washington Chorus 50th Anniversary Season Gala Auction at the National Education Association, 16th and M Streets NW.  Featuring live and silent auctions, cocktails, dinner, raffle, musical performances.  Proceeds benefit their education and outreach programs - info.

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday May 15 from 12:00 -6:00 for the 4th Annual National Harbor Wine and Food Festival, outdoors on the banks of the Potomac River, more than 150 wines, beers and spirits poured all day, Viking Cooking Stage with recognized chefs, food fun and festivities for all. Proceeds go to DC Central Kitchen. General admission starts at $35. info here or (800) 830-3976.

Saturday May 14 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM, join CSE, the Usual Suspectz, and the A List Group for the Seersucker & Sundress Day Soiree at Muse Lounge, 717 6th St. NW.  Enjoy food, cocktails, live music and dancing.  Tickets: $10.

Saturday May 14 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, check out the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival located in Bethesda, MD's Woodmont Triangle along Norfolk, Auburn, and Del Ray Avenues for the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland.  Free admission, info.

Saturday May 14 all day, visit the Old Town Boutique District in Alexandria, VA for Boutique Charity Day, a spring event where retailers create an activity or promotion in their stores to benefit their charity of choice.  For info, a list of participating stores and their chosen charities, info.

Sunday, May 15,11 am-2 pm, get a haircut at NOLAS Salon’s annual Cut-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Live It Up festival at Market Common Clarendon, 2700 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington. $15/cut. Check or cash only, first come first served. info

Sunday, May 15 from 12:00-3:00 PM, D.C. Taco Experiment at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Enjoy tasting samples and a beer at this unique cooking competition. Proceeds benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Tickets: $10/advance or $15/door, info.

Sunday, May 15 from 1:00-4:00 PM, check out the International Vegetarian Food Fair at Capital Memorial Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. Sample vegetarian dishes from around the world. Tickets: $12, free for ages 9 and younger, info.

Sunday, May 15 from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, check out Taste of Wheaton at Wheaton Triangle, corner of Grandview Ave. and Reedie Dr. Enjoy inexpensive food from the neighborhood and kid-friendly performances. Free to the public, info

Sunday, May 15 starting at 7:00 PM, see Zip Through a Tight Space at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Jane Franklin Dance performs one of its most popular works, info.

Monday May 16 come to the 16th Annual Steve Buckhantz St. Jude Celebrity Open at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, 10000 Oaklyn Dr. Potomac, MD to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Individual Golfer spots and Sponsorships still available contact Lisa Galik at (703) 351-5171 or visit info

Tuesday May 17 at 6:30 PM, join Teach for America for its first Gala: Leadership Changing Lives at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW to support the effort to reform public education.  Dinner and reception.  Tickets: $500+, info

Tuesday, May 17 starting at 6:30 PM, check out the 3rd Annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer at The Fairmont Washington DC, 2401 M St. NW. Enjoy a wine bar and light appetizers to support the 2011 Newsbabes Team for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure. Tickets: $100.


Tuesday, May 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join Calvary Women’s Services for the Tenth Annual Hope Awards Dinner held in the Atrium Hall at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW to raise funds to support women who are homeless in DC. Cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner. $250 here

 Wednesday May 18 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, join DC SCORES for the 2nd Annual Inspired Art Gala at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW to honor Beverly Perry, Pepco VP and Rep Mary Fudge. Silent auction has art by local and national artists. $200, info

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