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May 20, 2010 

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Last night we went to fun Penn Quarter restaurant Ping Pong Dim Sum to celebrate the Kastles return.
We snapped coach (and former tennis great) Murphy Jensen, team owner Mark Ein, WUSA9 sportscaster (and former serious tennis player) Brett Haber, and his wife, Washingtonian's Jennifer Haber. Since Venus and Serena are both on the team this year, Mark said there's no excuse not to win it all.
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Tennis fans who came out to cheer the WTT champs for the new season: Pamela's Punch's Pam Sorensen, Van Scoyoc Assoc' Mark Tavlarides, architect Christy Schlesinger, and RNDC's Jessica Gibson.

Scoring with Art!
Last night, we also headed to the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the DC SCORES Inspired Art Gala, featuring student poetry readings, live performances, and an art auction. Here, attorney Sterling Ashby, Amy Nakamoto, and Clark Construction's James Grauberger
Allan Lew, Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization exec director, received the 2010 Inspiration Award. He's flanked by OPEFM's Tony Robinson and DC SCORES Board member Lisa Koteen Gerchick.
Coldwell Banker's Jason Mandel and Commerce Dept's Eric Teeters.
Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, fresh off his beatbox performance, waits for an autograph from DC SCORES poetry and soccer stars. 

Grasping the Dream!
We went to the OAS' Hall of the Americas for the Grasping the Dream Gala on Tuesday, to honor the achievements of four extraordinary organizations. We snapped former NBA player, Wizards analyst Phil Chenier, and his daughter Adelle.
Lifting As We Climb founders Curtis Blackwell (left) and Siraaj Hasan (center) with board members Caesar Nettles, Billy Dunn, and Samir Cummings. Together with the El Foundation, they developed the Sound Mind, Sound Body Academy to tutor and mentor high school students in summer sports camps.
We snapped celebrity chef Lauren VonDerPool, the youngest CEO, and only woman of color, who spoke at the White House Green Energy Economy Forum. She created non-profit VonDerPool Gourmet to bring health education to the next generation and is working on a reality TV cooking show.
Skins' Rocky McIntosh is flanked by Ruth's Chris exec chef Seth Olinger and event director Carrie Hood
Dream In Color founder Kim James is flanked by OASIS' Delfina Iervolino and Mariano Vales. Both organizations were honored for their contributions to youth through dance and music programs.

Mark Fights Fat!
Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins launched Going Green from the Inside Out campaign to fight childhood obesity with a 3K race and a 1K fun run along the Mall with children from the National Park Trust's Buddy Bison program. Mark's worked with Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Beyonce, and Busta Rhymes, but this may be his biggest challenge.

Docs Honored!
The American Heart Association and CGI honored members of the US Military who save lives in the battlefield and at home at a physicians reception at Arlington's Women in Military Service for America War Memorial. CGI Federal prez George Schindler and VP Cheryl Campbell flank the doctors: Saira Aslam, Todd Villines, Brian Hemann, and John Stephen Thurber.
Heather Mahoney and Vanessa Meccarielli contributed to this issue.

Tonight, Thursday, May 20, come to a reception and dinner at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to honor Mark Ein and tennis great Mats Wilander and raise funds for the Junior Tennis Champions Center, JTCC, providing talented youth what they need to excel on the court and in the classroom.All proceeds100% matched to fund scholarships for promising inner city youth through GAME ON.Tickets from $300 at www.jtcc.org, rsnyder@thetccp.com, or 301-779-3000, ext 106
Monday, May 24 - 6:00-9:00 PM. American Marketing Association SPRING MIX networking event on the rooftop of the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Music by DJ Adrian Loving. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Mark Bisnow announced as 2010 Marketer of the Year. Famed CP+B chair Chuck Porter to speak. Sponsored by Grafik, the Liaison Hotel and DC Magazine.415 New Jersey Ave, NW. Tickets $50-75 at www.amadc.org
Tuesday, May 25, from 6:30pm - 10:00pm Second Annual Couture for a Cure Runway Show featuring DKNY at the Kogod Lobby of the Woolly Mammoth Theater in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood. Proceeds will benefit former DC United soccer player Joe Vide, who has stage 3 Hodgkins, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets:http://couture4cure.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, May 20 from 5:30-8:00 join Work It, Girls (& Guys) for a Veinte de Mayo Happy Hour. You can grab cheap Margaritas and free chips & guac at the event meant to keep the Cinco de Mayo fun going- held at M&S Grill- Reston Town Center, 11901 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA. Work It, Girl! Networking is NoVa's newest young professionals business networking organization. Price: $20  For info visit: www.workitgirlnetworking.com

Thursday, May 20 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, DC Magazine and The Dandelion Patch invite you to meet Anna Post, great-granddaughter of Emily Post at the Luncheon & Book Signing in celebration of the launch of her newest book, Great Get-Togethers at The Ritz-Carlton's Entyse Restaurant, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean VA.  Tickets: $95/person, including autographed book - 10% of proceeds are donated to Childhelp. Tickets must be purchased in advance: www.thedandelionpatch.com.

Thursday, May 20 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, visit My Moody Booty Shoe Party at D'Brows, 1203 U Street NW. Event is free and includes discount on shoes, services, and cocktails! For more information: Info.

Thursday, May 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 join the Young Consultants of DC (YCDC) for Inaugural Government and Politics (GAP) Hill Happy Hour at Top of the Hill, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. YCDC recently launched its GAP program to expand their reach to young professionals working in government and politics. Event is free, drink specials available: http://ycdc.org/GAP.

Thursday, May 20 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, visit the National Zoo, 2001 Connecticut Avenue NW for ZooFari! The event brings together 100 of DC's best restaurants for great food, silent auctions and dancing to benefit zoo programs including care, conservation, and education. Tickets $125/FONZ members or $175/non-members, Info.

Thursday, May 20 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, join in FAIR Fund's 2010 Pearls of Purpose Gala, bringing together more than 300 diplomats and key influential people in the stop of trafficking youth at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Special guests include congresswomen, ambassadors, along with fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Guests will enjoy live music, tastings, wines, and silent auction of luxury goods. Tickets $125, http://www.fairfund.org.

Thursday, May 20 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM,  visit benefit for the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce's (GWFCC) DC Fashion Foundation held at District, 2473 18th Street NW. Tickets $75 and include open bar, food and lots of fashion (along with luncheon/fashion awards and advocacy day packages). Celebrate the first ever Congressional Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Business Caucus GWFCC. For tickets and two day schedule visit, http://stateofstyleonthehill2010.eventbrite.com.

Friday, May 21 from 6:00 - 11:59 PM, join NightlifetoNature.com's fundraiser and silent auction to aid in sponsoring volunteer missions to protect endangered species in Costa Rica at FunXion, 1309 F Street NW. The website wants to continue community outreach, environmental protection, animal rehabilitation and aid entrepreneurs who wish to establish their own businesses in underdeveloped countries. For info, www.nightlifetonature.com.

Friday, May 21 from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM, visit the YNPN-DC's 2nd Annual Spring Conference at The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW. Tickets: $50/person, including availability to speakers, sessions, networking, opportunities, breakfast, lunch, and a post-conference reception. Food and happy hour specials available. RSVP: http://ynpndcevents.org/registration.

Friday, May 21 from 11:30 - 1:30 PM, visit The Taste of 12 Luncheon, a two hour luncheon featuring a full selection of area restaurants including the Metropolitan Washington's 2010 RAMMY nominees. Enjoy lunch from a collection of over 30 area restaurants for only $12 at the Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW.For a full list of restaurants/chefs or more information visit: www.wizardscare.com.

Friday, May 21 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, stay at the Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW for Wine & Cheese & Basketball Night in the Dwar's Club to sample wines from Notaviva and Northgate Vineyards, a pre-game retreat before the Mystics take on the NY Liberty. Tickets: $35/person ($20/season ticket holders. For tickets contact Kim Peters, 202-527-7537 or email kpeters@washmystics.com.

Friday, May 21 from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM, celebrity designer Betsey Johnson invites guest to her Tyson's Corner store, 1809 G International Drive McLean VA, for Betsey's Beach Party, a chance to check out her new summer collection. Event includes champagne, strawberries and chocolate www.betseyjohnson.com.

Friday, May 21 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, join the Smithsonian Young Benefactors for a Cocktail Party at L'Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming St NW. Celebrate French artist Yves Klein with Young Benefactors and the Alliance Francaise de Washington. Tickets: $10 http://youngbenefactors.org/ticketing/events/may10/yves-klein.aspx.

Saturday, May 22 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM, join HostDC in celebrating 1-year of Recess Game Night by enjoying grilling, games, ice-cream, bathing suits and more at the Liason Capitol Hill Hotel Rooftop, 415 New Jersey Ave NW. Sounds by 99.5 DJ Chris Styles , WKYS DJ Gemini, DJ Geometrix, DJ Rainier, DDJ Huckfin, and DJ Big Des. Limited early bird recess tickets $10/person.

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