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June 26, 2008



With big formal charity events winding down for the summer, we had to take matters into our own hands, so last night took over DC's hottest new club, L-2 in Georgetown's Cady's Alley and put on our own party. 


Diamond King Ronnie Mervis surrounded by women who clearly appreciate his wares. Note to fellow in back: Not everyone can be Ronnie Mervis.


Those lovable Jemals are always hugging! And that's why we love 'em! Big deal developer Douglas with two of his great kids, Matthew and Norman. By the way, we see venture capitalist Mark Ein's head to the left behind them, which reminds us: His new Washington Kastles' tennis team is about to open on July 8 at the old convention center site, featuring co-ed, four person teams that, during a three week season, will play Serena Williams, John McEnroe, and Anna Kournikova. More info here.


Young guns: Gratis Internet CEO Rob Jewell, Jones Lang's Jay Farmer, KMK PR's Katherine Kennedy, Footage Firm founder Joel Holland, and Opus 8 serial entrepreneur Tien Wong.


Also last night we were on hand at Northern Virginia Technology Council president Bobbie Kilberg's house in McLean for her 7th annual Hot Ticket Awards with 450 techie guests in Hawaiian shirts around her pool. Don't make fun of Consumer Electronics Association president Gary Shapiro (the one who each year hosts the world's largest trade show in Vegas) for his formality hereHe was later hosting a 30-person dinner, and at least made an effort to look hip by wearing sunglasses; we helped him keep his job by refraining from pushing him in the water.


Still more action last night, at the Building Museum: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, at the 20th annual gala for a great cause: the Children's Inn at NIH, honoring Inn founder Debbie Dingell, vice chair of the General Motors Foundation. The Inn is a residence for children being treated for critical illnesses.   


Emcee of the night Gordon Peterson and wife Anne Fleming. The former Marine Corps officer entertained over 500 guests, though he joked with us earlier in the evening that he was expecting fellow emcee Cokie Roberts to do everything.


Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) with wife Barbara, Dingell, and former congresswoman Pat Schroeder, now head of the Association of American Publishers. 


And the other day we were delighted to see two of the highest energy people we know:  Nats owner Ted Lerner, 82, and Tower Companies founder Sonny Abramson, 91, who over 35 years have jointly developed the likes of Washington Square, White Flint Mall, and Landover Mall.  They were debuting their latest project, an amazing 200,000 square foot facility at 2000 Tower Oaks in Rockville, that implements so many state-of-the-art environmental principles many are calling "the world's healthiest building."  

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