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January 22, 2010
 
 
Kathy Griffin's
Surprise Visit

Support Doctors Without Borders' Haiti relief tonight, at G'town lululemon. 6:30-9pm. Drinks, DJ, food from Georgetown Cupcake, Sweetgreen, and more. Stop by, be generous. Details.

 
Last night we stopped by K Street’s Borders for a last-minute signing by outspoken comedienne Kathy Griffin for her new book, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.
 

We snapped Kathy, who told us the place was packed because she promoted it by Twittering to tell her fans she was coming. She’s here to play two shows this weekend at DAR Constitution Hall.

 
1st & Fresh - in-text
 

Borders had a little gift for Kathy’s mom, whose wine of choice comes in a box, as she jokes on her show, My Life on the D List. Kathy complained, “But, where’s my present?” Kathy told us when she visits DC, she likes to eat at Corner Bakery because she loves its sandwiches; second place: Old Ebbitt Grill.

Some of Kathy’s biggest fans, Taylor Ferbrache, Megan Pallace, Nick Mancini, Marissa Shalan, and Jennifer and David Wiskochil, got there early to be first in line.


Fashion Takes Flight!

 

The Longview Gallery on 9th Street held a sold-out crowd Wed night for a benefit fashion show for Luke’s Wings. The event included a runway show, open bar, great silent auction, and a chance to meet heroic wounded warriors. Here: Northbridge Comm's Megan Mitchell, CAPRIET’s Kate Cocklin, and Coach’s Tonya Good.

 

Liza Adamski, A Not So Capitol Idea’s Chandler Ramelli, Senator McCain’s brother Joe McCain, LexisNexis’ Amanda Deatherage and Peacock Café’s Shahab Farivar, who catered the party.

 

Luke’s Wings’ John Ennis and Fletcher Gill, DJ Seyhan Duru, AXA Services' Mark Dolfis, and on crutches, one of the night’s honorees, wounded warrior Zhan Wasim.

 

Models such as DC United’s Devon McTavish walked down a flight runway and showed us how it’s done.

 

Dessange’s marketing guru Charlotte Thomas-Magnin sported designer duds by Worth and Georgetown boutique WINK.

 

The guys who strutted their stuff on the runway to raise funds: Verizon Business’ Jessie Wilson, E Lund’s Matthew Hebert, TD’s David Whittenburg, former DC United player Domenic Mediate, DCU player Devon McTavish, and Roy Lee.


Women Power!

 

Georgetown’s Sequoia restaurant was filled by 494 enthusiastic women execs this morning for Bisnow’s second Where do Women Stand. BET Networks CEO Debra Lee (right), one of five amazing panelists who all said it’s critical to have a mentor, is here with one of hers, Steptoe & Johnson’s Sandy Chamblee, (Debra used to be a lawyer) and MyMedManager’s Grace Bender. We’ll have more pics on Monday.

Kristina D’Ambrosio, Makeda Saggau-Sackey, and Mary Kate Rasa contributed to this issue.


WHERE TO BE SCENE:

 

Friday, January 22 from 6:30-9pm  Come to Lululemon in Georgetown at 3625 M st for an Official Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser to benefit Haiti. Enjoy open bar and food.  $10 minimum donation receives food, deserts, coffee and drinks. $25 donations and up receive specialty gift cards and services.

Food sponsored by Sweet Green, Rugby Cafe and Chipotle. Wine provided by Rugby Cafe.  Liquor compliments of Smith Point and Rookery. No RSVP required, %100 of proceeds will go to the foundation, www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

Friday, January 22 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, join supporters of Haiti Earthquake Relief Benefit at Sutra Lounge, 2406 18th Street NW. The event benefits Habitat for Humanity International during their efforts in Haiti. Raffle prizes and specials with a $20 donation – Drink specials offered by Sutra and hor d’oeuvres donated by Restaurant Savour. No RSVP.

Friday, January 22 from 6:30 – 10:30 PM visit Local 16, 1602 U Street NW, for Friday for Haiti Happy Hour. With a $25 donation guests will enjoy free beer (until 8 p.m.) and an appetizer buffet with 100% of donations and 10% of the evening’s bar proceeds to be donated to Oxfam America’s Haitian Earthquake Response fund.  Donate at the door or visit www.oxfamamerica.org & bring your receipt with you.

 

Friday, January 22 at 5:30 PM, The Kennedy Center, in coordination with the Embassy of Haiti, invite you to attend a free musical benefit on the Millennium Stage for the relief efforts underway in Haiti. This performance is prior to the 8:00 p.m. National Symphony Orchestra concert where tickets are only $49, from which proceeds will benefit the relief efforts underway in Haiti going to the "Haiti Relief and Development Fund" of the American Red Cross. At both performances, there will be designated receptacles where patrons can deposit donations for the Haitian Relief Effort. www.kennedy-center.org


Friday, January 22 at 7:00 PM, join the Fairfax Hotel for the opening reception of the 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.

 

Friday, January 22 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM laugh with self proclaimed “D-list celebrity,” Kathy Griffin at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW. Tickets range from $48 - $58 www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, January 22 Come to a conan o'brien party at tattoo bar to watch the last show. Complimentary admission before midnight to those who show a Red Cross "HAITI" donation confirmation text. If you have not done so, please text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. OR Receive complimentary admission before midnight by who wearing all orange, or by sporting an orange wig, or an "I'M WITH COCO" t-shirt!

Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM, BLACK: One World for Haiti at Cre8 Studio Gallery, 1314 9th St, NW. Art auction, concert & cocktails. Admission: $5 w/ non-perishable canned goods and $10 general admission. 100% of the proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, please email marquis.perkins@gmail.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.

Saturday, January 21 from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM, visit Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW, for its Big Top One Year Anniversary Party! The event includes an open bar from 8-10 PM, circus acts, popcorn, corndogs etc. Party attire encouraged – circus attire preferred! RSVP required: www.towntaverndc.com.

Saturday, January 23 from 8:30 PM - 1:30 AM 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 beginning at 11:30 AM the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, 8th and F Streets NW, celebrates the 75th birthday of the King with an all-day Elvis Presley event. Including: tours of Elvis exhibits, Elvis-tribute performances, and a screening of Elvis’ film Viva Las Vegas. Event: Free, no RSVP required. For questions please call: (202) 633-1000.

Sunday, January 24 from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM newlyweds visit the Washingtonian Bride & Groom Ultimate Wedding Showcase at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1331 Maryland Avenue SW. Event includes an exclusive wedding showcase and bridal show with appearances by celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson. Price: $55 which includes tastings (food, desserts, and of course wedding cakes), champagne/cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP required: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Invitation.aspx?e=18e4ffff-e899-4dfd-8356-bfdc01275b94.

Sunday, January 24 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for a Happy Hour Fundraiser at Cedar Restaurant, 822 E Street NW. The event benefits LLS, specifically its Team in Training. No RSVP required $5. For more information contact Sharon: (202) 637-0012.

Sunday, January 24 starting at 9:00 PM join some of D.C.’s top DJs for Funkin’ 4 Haiti! Nadastrom, Fort Knox Five, Will Eastman and Stylus Chris are teaming up to raise money for the International Red Cross. Event takes place at Modern, 3287 M St. NW with a minimum $10 donation suggested.

Tuesday, January 26 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM join celebrated African hip-hop artist and cultural icon Hip Hop Pantsula/Jabba and a host of friends at a fundraiser for Haiti at Policy, 1904 14th Street NW. Funds will support` non-profit art organization BloomBars and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti fund. Complimentary specialty cocktails from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Suggested donation: $20, for more information visit http://www.bloombars.com/about/

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

Thursday, January 28 from 9:30 PM - 2:00 AM, join Innocents at Risk and Free the Slaves for "A Night at George: Raise Your Glass and Lend Your Voice to Support Victims of Human Trafficking," at George (3251 Prospect Street, NW). Suggested donations of $5 will be collected at the door between 9:30 and 11:30 PM, and donations to be collected throughout the evening inside. Please RSVP via Facebook here or via email at hunter@georgeofdc.com.

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