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May 14, 2012 

Tennis & the Troops!


We went to the Marriott Wardman Park Saturday night for A Salute to Service, the Red Cross gala, with actor Jimmy Smits.


We snapped Jimmy with DC Red Cross CEO Linda Mathes. The star-studded evening included the National Anthem sung by Denyce Graves, a presentation by Kimberly Dozier, and an honor to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike and Deborah Mullen.

Sarah and Don Upson, who’s the former VA Technology Secretary, are with Chris and Teresa Carlson and her mom, in from Kentucky. Teresa, who’s with Amazon, is the board chair of the DC Red Cross.

IMC’s Suresh Shenoy and ICF’s Sudhaker Kesavan. Guests were entertained by 4 Troops, a quartet of combat vets, who sang stirring patriotic songs, and got everyone to stand up when they sang those words in Proud to be an American.

As Jimmy Smits looks on, Col. Gregory Gadson, director of Ft Belvoir’s Wounded Warrior Program, motivated the crowd. The former football star, who served for 20 years, has three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. A wounded warrior from all of the Services was honored.




The Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, which was just chosen USTA’s first Regional High Performance Training Center, and whose Vesa Ponkka was named USOC National Coach of the Year, held a gala at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence Thursday. A highlight of the GEICO Champions Celebration for 300 guests was the tributes to each other by the honorees, Hall of Famer Pam Shriver and former nine-term Rep. Jane Harman.  


The Tennis Ball!


We went to the downtown Ritz Carlton Friday night for The Tennis Ball, to support WTEF, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. We snapped the Voice of Tennis (“Thank you!”) Charlie Brotman, tennis legend Fred McNair, and realtor Amy Shafer.


Willy and Dee Jolley are with Isabel and Jerry Jasinowski, a long-time board member and the night’s gala chair. WTEF has raised almost all the funds for its new $10 million Tennis, Education and Community Center in Ward 7.


Major supporters, Hair Cuttery’s Gary Ratner, The Rappaport Companies’ Henry Fonvielle, and Bev and Tien Wong. The new Southeast DC center will have six indoor and nine outdoor tennis courts, classrooms, a computer lab, an exercise room, a community room, and locker rooms.

Thursday, May 17, 6:00 PM, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for its 16th Annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St NW. $350/individual, info

Monday, May 14, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, DoubleTree by Hilton's Little Things Project Tour at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free wi-fi, cookies, and great deals on local attractions. Free, info.

Monday, May 14, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, visit with Ross Perot at the GI Film Festival, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $250, info.

Tuesday, May 15, 8:00-11:00 AM, support scholarships for local high school students at ACE Mentor Program’s Scholarship Awards Breakfast at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. DC City Administrator Allen Lew to Keynote, rsvp.

Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, HD Happy Hour’s SAFE AT HOME at Vapiano Ballston, 4401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, The AACH provides homeless women and families the shelter, tools, and skills for a better future. Free, donations welcome, info.

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, ReLaunch Party at Nival Spa & Salon, 5481 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase. Hosts: Wizards DJ Big Tigger, DJ MIM & DJ Pedram, 2 open bars, light fare. Free, rsvp.

Thursday, May 17 – 19, (all day), The Front Row 2012 (with Bravo's Andy Cohen) at Bethesda Row, Bethesda Lane. Free, info.

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 - 9:30 PM, ZooFari at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Food tasting with 100 top restaurants. $200, info.

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 - 10:00 PM, The Ekatva Oneness Tour at Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, rsvp.

Thursday, May 17-25Urban Corps Festival at various locations. Festive evenings filled with harmonious clashes of cultures celebrating hip-hop culture and dance. info.

Friday, May 18, 6:00-9:30 PM, join Academy of Hope for Bee and Bubbly Bash at the AU Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, to celebrate 27 years serving DC and raise funds for education. Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, $150, rsvp.

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