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The Scene Bisnow
Presented by WTOP
September 28, 2012 
Tysons Schmooze!

Last night, 250 joined us at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner for a Bisnow Schmoozarama.
Lucky winner! The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner's catering guru Ana Orellana and sales and marketing head Iman Butler surround the winner of the drawing for the weekend bed and breakfast stay at the hotel: Rockville Printing & Original Tuesdays’ Ron Dobransky.
The Ritz delivered as always; the food was fantastic. We held the Schmooze where Michel Richard’s restaurant used to be. A new restaurant is coming early next year; Dining Bisnow subscribers will learn details as they emerge. Till then you can rent the space for your next great party. Here, braised shortrib on potato foam with orange marmalade and scallops wrapped in beef bresaola with maple and rosemary—yum!
Sofio’s custom clothiers showed what they can do. Aside from being top corporate stylists, image consultants, and tailors who can make suits or do alterations, if you show them a drawing of a dress or suit, they can design and make it for you. (We learned this is called true bespoke.) They raffled off three shirts to a happy guest. We snapped the father/son duo Sofio and Michael Barone.
Enjoying the food: Chima Brazilian Steakhouse’s Shauna DiPasquale and Christina Mohr and Long & Foster’s Terri DeSadier-Canniff.
Cloud marketing software company Vocus set up a booth to let people know they work in press releases, social media and marketing and that they’re hiring and have an open house next week. We snapped their reps, Heather Lacey and Veronica Seogvia.
HGS’ Brad Morrison, The Training Institute’s Emmanuel Blackwell, Berkeley Research Group’s Phillip Gaeta, and Cetrom’s Jerry Shipley.

Livin’ La VIDA – Year Six!
VIDA Fitness celebrated its sixth anniversary on the roof of U Street’s Penthouse Pool Club. Members and guests sipped skinny lemonades and margaritas; the most adventurous took a dip in the festively lit pool; the blazing fire pits helped them dry off. Six years ago, VIDA Fitness opened at Verizon Center and has expanded its DC presence to five area locations, adding Logan Circle, Penn Quarter, Dupont Circle, and Mt. Vernon, with additional openings coming. Here, the VIDA team: membership director Alex Manners, owner David von Storch, personal training manager Chandini Hemrajani, and personal trainer Bradley Padavick. Learn more about our great sponsor VIDA Fitness here.

Italian Fashion!
Last night we also went to the Embassy of Italy as Goodwill hosted its fifth Fashion for Goodwill La Passione di Milano runway and trunk show for 400, with items from Goodwill’s local stores. We snapped ISC2’s Sunshine Sandridge, PNC Bank’s Sonia McCormick, and West, Lane, & Schlager’s Lucy Wadeson.
Representing sponsor Willis Insurance: Landmark Engineering owners Charles and Barbara Grimsley, Marriott’s Karen Johnston, and DOJ director James Johnston.
Grow's Stephanie Halley is flanked by Goodwill’s Janece Kleban and Michael Frohm and David Meloy. Profits will open a new retail store with job training and assistance to people with disabilities.

Thanks USA!
Thanks USA held a special tribute at the Grand Hyatt to Congressional Black Caucus members who served in the military. General George Casey Jr. (US Army Ret.) is with Wounded Warrior Sgt. Charles Eggleston (US Army Ret.).
ThanksUSA CEO Bob Okun is with Rep. Charlie Rangel. The No Greater Sacrifice reception honored local award recipients of ThanksUSA scholarships to relatives of military personnel and the eight Black Caucus members who served in the military.
Charlene Austin, scholarship recipient Jaquel Barnes who’s now at NIH conducting research on traumatic brain injuries, General Lloyd Austin III (Vice Chief of Staff of US Army), SGM Louis Barnes (US Army Ret.), and Jaquelyn Barnes.
D. Channing Muller contributed to this issue.

Friday, September 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, join the $290B U.S. LOHAS market at a reception of networking, cocktails, appetizers, and conversations around the lifestyles of a healthy, sustainable marketplace. Held at FLOR, 1037 33rd St. NW. $20, info

Friday, September 28-29, all day, 2012 All Access Fashion at Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., McLean. Three-day event proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic, info.

Friday, September 28, 7:00-12:00 PM, Under:40 Music Marathon at Hard Rock Café DC, 999 E St. NW. Kickoff Pinktober and Breast Cancer awareness month with 40 hours of continuous music. $40, live performances by American Idol contestants, info.

Friday, September 28, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join American Councils for International for a Silent Auction at their DC Office, 1828 L St NW, # 1200, to raise funds for international education programs. Beer, Wine, Hors D’oeuvres, and amazing silent auction items from local and national businesses. $15, info.

Friday, September 28, 6:30 - 11:30 PM, Euro Night at La Maison Française / Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $35, info.


Saturday, September 29, 6:30- 11:30 PM, Lau Heritage Foundation’s Cultural Show and Fundraiser at NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Prominent Lao artists, cuisine, and traditional dance and music. $35/ticket, info.

Saturday, September 29, 11:30 AM, Stop Modern Slavery Walk at National Mall, Constitution Ave NW and 15th St. NW. Join in the fight to stop child trafficking. $25, registration, info.

Saturday, September 29, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep and Jump DC at Woodward & Lothrop Building, 1025 F St. NW. This rappelling event raises awareness & funds for effective cancer treatments. Pre-registration $50, info.

Saturday, September 29, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, First Annual First Crush at The Winery at Bull Run, 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville. Experience the harvest with a traditional grape stomping. info.

Saturday, September 29, 2:00-10:00 PM, The Crystal City Diamond Derby in Crystal City, 2345 Crystal Drive, Arlington. Enjoy indoor courses for all abilities and Cycling-themed Fashion shows. Admission free for spectators, derby registration costs vary, info.

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Washington Humane Society’s Pet-a-Palooza and DC Walk for the Animals at Marie Reed Elementary School, 2200 Champlain St. NW. Raise support and funds for Humane Society’s programs. $20, info.

Saturday, September 29, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM, 5k Oktoberfest Run at The German School, 8617 Chateau Dr. Potomac. 5k run & family friendly Oktoberfest festival and silent auction. $20 registration, info.

Saturday, September 29-30, 10:00- 7:00 PM, Green Festival at Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW. Enjoy eco-friendly fashion show and workshops.$10/day pass, info.

Sunday, September 30, 7:00 PM, National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball and Concert at Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. Enjoy gala concert led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and violinst Anne-Sophie Mutter. $47-$125, info.


Sunday, September 30, 6:00-10:00 PM, The Food Allergy Foundation’s Kitchen Band Ball at Gannett/USA Today HQ, 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean. An evening of fun and fundraising, star chefs and celebrity mixologists. $275, info.
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