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March 10, 2011 

Last Night’s Parties!

Team in Training is recruiting for the summer season. Forge friendships, get fit and help support cancer cure research. Find more info here, and see article below.


We went to parties last night at the OAS and L2. (Don’t you feel sorry for someone who just moved here and has no idea what we’re talking about?)


We started at the Organization of American States for the annual Latino Student Fund Gala, hosted by the Spanish Ambassador and his wife. Founded in 1994, it brings together community leaders, educators, and parents to reduce Latino school dropout rates. We snapped the night’s emcee, exec director Maria Fernanda with president Juan Carlos Altamar and co-founder Rosalia Miller.

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The fund provides opportunities for a strong academic foundation for students of Hispanic descent in Pre-K through 12th grade. Here, Anne Davis, Cleary Gottlieb's Sylvia Ingram, and Catarina Couto.

Spanish Embassy's Diego Fernandez Alberdu with wife Marta, Polimnia Rossin, and HACU's Laura Maristany.

Telemundo-ZGS Station Group prez Julissa Marenco and station manager Nicole Quiroga flank To Your Taste Catering’s Javier Quiroga.


Meet Our Sponsor: Team in Training!


Michelle Galvanek tells us she’s no stranger to Leukemia: she lost one of her close friends to the disease, and her husband is a 12-year Leukemia survivor. Motivated by her personal connection to the disease, Michelle has made Team In Training (TNT) a major part of her life. She’s here (left) at the San Diego Rock’N’Roll Marathon, where she raised $38,000 in 2009. She says, “The event is very uplifting—lots of participants from across the country, people who don’t know you, will be screaming go team.’”


In the National Capital Area chapter, Team in Training has three or four events each season, such as marathon, half marathon, triathlon, or century ride (this is last year’s Marine Corp. Marathon TNT team). Since the ultimate goal is to fund research to cure cancer and the money goes directly to helping find a cure, you know you’re going out to run for a greater purpose than crossing the finish line. Right now, TNT is training for the summer season: Get in shape and save a life. Interested? Potential recruits find info here.


Arts for Autism!


Last night, we also went to G'town club L2 for an Arts for Autism cocktail party to preview photographs for the November gala and runway show. It featured 50 community leaders as models, who raise money and awareness using their social networks, each accompanied last night by someone with autism. We snapped model Fabiola Kastenhuber and exec director Paola Quiroz.


Arts for Autism works with the Autism Society of NoVa, which serves more than 1,000 families with information, referrals, and small grants. Here, Booz Allen Hamilton's Donna Donella, Eats Good Media's Wendy Gordon, and Digital Media Mavens (and Arts for Autism model) Lauri Tamney.


Ameriprise's Nicholas Spring and his wife Mandy flank All Star Martial Arts’ Phil Baroody and his wife Kristin.


GW's Alaina Breitberg and NEA's Ellen Grantham.


Fashion Rules!


We went to Mazza Galleries’ Neiman Marcus for Fashion Rules last week, to celebrate new spring collections, philanthropy, and cooking. Guests played bingo, ping pong, or Wii to win prizes and enjoyed kir royale cocktails. Price Benowitz’s Martha Fortune, Revamp’s Lindsay Kin, and Corp Exec Board’s Claire Thibeau.


Hosted by DC Magazine, it benefited Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria; its rep Anastasia Dellaccio is with pastry chef Rachel Thebault, who signed her cookbook Sweet Chic: Stylish Treats to Dress Up for Any Occasion.


CORRECTION: We’re not trying to start a fight between the Dean brothers by saying Eric is marrying Bill’s date. We goofed. In yesterday’s picture, Bill Dean is with his date, Krisztina Scherer, and his brother Eric Dean is with his fiancé, Laura Jin. Eric and Laura are getting married on 9/10/11. We still send congratulations and hope all four have forgiven us.


Heather Mahoney and Quinn Kelley contributed to this issue.



Saturday, March 12 from 8:00 – MIDNIGHT, join the DC AIR Society Kunsberg School for a Benefit Speakeasy Party at One Lounge, 1606 20th Street NW. The National Jewish Hospital's local fundraising arm is hosting a 1920's speakeasy theme party. Flappers, show those gams & drape yourself in pearls or ice! Fellas, Fedoras & Capone-style suits are all the rage! Benefits the Kunsberg School for Chronically Ill Children, info
Wednesday, March 30 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM join Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA Program for a lunch/information session. Learn about the benefits of pursuing an EMBA at Virginia Tech and meet staff, other EMBA applicants, students and alumni at Chef Geoff’s in Tysons Corner, 8045 Leesburg Pike. Vienna, VA. Open to the public, info: 703-538-3757, rsvp

Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Join the Corcoran’s 1869 Society at ARTINI Feature Nights every Tuesday through Thursday of March leading up the big event on April 2. Sample artinis created by 12 of the city’s best restaurants and lounges inspired by works in the Corcoran’s collection and vote for your favorite starting on March 8.  www.corcoran.org/artini.

Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, celebrate the launch of Haughty Cosmetics at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge,2050 M St. NW. Proceeds from the event will benefit Becky's Fund for the Education and Prevention of Domestic & Dating violence. Tickets: $40/person, www.beckysfund.org.

Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Tigerlily Foundation for its Annual Spa for a Cause Kick-off at Current Lounge, 1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #1, to raise funds for young women living with breast cancer.  Ticket includes appetizers and mini spa treatment. First 50 people to purchase tickets get a swag bag! Tickets: $25 at www.tigerlilyfoundation.org

Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM, visit Rat Pack Night at Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. enjoy live jazz and 1/2 price select bottles of wine all night! Specialty martinis include Up in Smoke, Blood & Sand, The Vesper, The Aviation, and Sazerac. Free and open to the public, www.dirtymartinidc.com

Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, visit Critters and Couture for the Cure Fashion Show at Bloomingdales Chevy Chase, 5300 Western Ave. Fashion show, cocktails, appetizers, a luxury raffle, live auction, and shopping! Raise awareness and funds for women’s cancer. Tickets: $75/general or $150/VIP, info.

Thursday, March 10 at 8PM. Washington Improv Theater's Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament returns for it's fifth year! 47 teams. Single-elimination competition decided by an audience more fickle than Simon Cowell on a bender. 1 team will win. Info

Thursday, March 10 from 9:00 – 11:59 PM, BYT presents SXSW Music Kick Off at POV at the W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW.  Performance by ESL Music artists Ancient Astronauts and Frank Mitchell JR. Free and open to the public info

Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, visit the opening reception of Reflections at WVSA ARTs Connection, 1100 16th Street NW. Free and open to the public, 202.261.0204 or info.

Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Athletes for Hope presents DC Sports for Good at Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19th St NW. fun filled evening that brings together DC area teams, athletes, and fans to highlight their charitable work. All night, "Pros" will compete against regular "Joes" in a variety of fun bar games including Pool, Darts, Shuffleboard, Cornhole, Wii. All proceeds support AFH’s GOOD GAME program. Tickets: $40/person, info.

Friday March 11 from 7:00PM - Midnight, join the Prevent Cancer Foundation for its 17th Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum to raise money for cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach. Cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets: $1000, advance purchase only, rsvp

Friday, March 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, visit Midnight at the Oasis, Dress up in your brightest and escape the grey days of winter for a world of color at the Silk Road in The Textile Museum. Jewel-toned ikat garments made in Central Asia, inspired food, happy-hour priced drinks, music in the garden, gallery tours, a scavenger hunt (with prizes!) and hands-on art. Tickets: $15/ person, info

Friday, March 11 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, visit Art Soiree’s Permanence vs. Transience at L2 Lounge, 3315 Caddy’s Alley, NW. Artist Johanna Rodriguez as seen through the complex relationship between nature and man’s imposition on it. Fashionable cocktail attire. $10/person from 7pm-10pm and $30 after 10pm, rsvp

Friday, March 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM, visit the opening reception for Image/Fame/Memory at the Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St. NW. brings together photographs of Curtis Knapp, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, and Kate Simon. Free to the public, info

Friday, March 11 from 8:00-10:00 PM, check out some of the hottest Asian-American comedians at the Cocky Asians Comedy Tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Proceeds go to the artists and non-profit organizations Kollaboration DC and NAAAP-DC. Ages 18 and over. Tickets: $15/presale, $20/door, info.

Friday, March 11 starting at 7:00 PM, join Jeff Greenfield for a book signing at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. The CBS News senior political correspondent discusses his new book, Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, and Reagan, with a book signing. Info: 202-364-1919,  www.politics-prose.com.

Saturday, March 12 from 3:00-8:00 PM, shave your head (or just have fun) at the St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Fundraiser at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th St. NW. Help St. Baldrick’s Foundation give hope to people fighting childhood cancer, info.


Saturday, March 12 from 6:30 PM - Midnight, attend SELECT: Washington Project for the Arts 2011 Art Auction and Gala on the top floor of 700 Sixth Street NW, an Akridge property. Three course seated dinner, performance art and silent auction of 113 contemporary works selected by 8 nationally-renowned curators. Tickets: $300, info.

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