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The Scene Bisnow
September 17, 2008



We were on hand last evening for the fifth annual Sneaker Ball, creation of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and now so big it has to be held in the cavernous (and always stunning) National Building Museum. Over a thousand, including 50 professional athletes and Olympians, gathered to honor the region's greatest sports achievers.


The dress code calls for black tie and sneakers. Gheorghe Muresan, the tallest player in NBA history at 7'7", had to find a pair of size 19's for the evening. We think he may have a few.


Wizards' stars and best friends Andray Blatche and Nick Young showed their support for the event by participating in a fashion show.


Wizards' cheerleaders declined to join The Scene's dance troupe: The Scenesters. So far all we have are two tap dancers and a boombox. We're accepting applications!


The breathtaking National Building Museum played host to the event that raised money for the District of Columbia's Special Olympics and other causes.


Also last night, the throngs of people exiting the Navy Yard Metro stop weren't heading to the Nationals-Mets game; they were going to the Bisnow Happy Hour, courtesy of the Capital Riverfront Business Improvement District and developer JPI. We held it on the sprawling rooftop of their cool new Jefferson luxury apartments. From left, Capitol Riverfront's Claire Schaefer, Forest City's Gary McManus, The Financial Group's Tiffany L. Hollinger, Forest City's Vanessa Lopez-Isa, and FOX Architects' Andy Yeh relaxed on the roof of The Jefferson luxury apartments. Claire just returned from a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies and survived a grizzly bear sighting. Or as she describes it, the grizzly bear survived her.


Green Switch's Benjamin E. Dzieketey met poolside with Davis Construction's John Bornholdt. Benjamin's company was just featured on the History Channel's Modern Marvels for its energy saving invention. Our science education ends at vinegar & baking soda volcanoes, so we'll let his website explain it for us.


Tawanna Cooper, HBW's Pat Foley, Beatty Management's David Friedman, Leo A. Daly's Annie Axelrod, and Martin Architecture's Justin Martino. David is on a high after coming second in the Leukemia Cup Regatta.


Aviv Melmed and Cavalier's Ryan Bruno just moved to DC from Columbus, Ohio. The Jefferson's rooftop is a pretty good way to get familiar with the District.


Clark Construction's Anna Campos Clarke and Gaby Lega. In keeping with the theme of Capitol Riverfront's 30 LEED certified buildings, Anna is working on the National Green Strategic Initiative.


Perkins + Will's David Cordell, Ursula Albertini, and Tom Gregory. Tom is getting over jetlag after returning from a destination wedding in Italy—don't worry, not his own.

PN Hoffman
Reston Limo
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