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January 25, 2010 
Wine With Wolf,
Jose & Greg!

Crystal City BID's Crystal Couture returns, with runway shows, makeovers, and 30 boutiques each night selling at incredible prices. We're co-hosting its closing night, Feb. 6, which is already garnering lots of buzz; be there every night. It's free! Info

Lots of weekend parties—and we’ll have the rest tomorrow. We started at Sequoia Saturday night for an evening of cocktails, dessert, and dancing to benefit Children’s Hospital.

Children’s Hospital’s Natalie Cox, It’s Just Lunch’s Patrice Dizebba, and The Business Journal’s Kelly Muscolino. The party featured The Winn Brothers band and a great time for a great cause.

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Grant Thornton’s Sara Carver, Modern Day’s Bill Gerrish, Transwestern’s Jackie Raff, Brian Whalen, and Lululemon’s Elisa Yoch.

Hogan & Hartson’s Dan Keating and Michelle Adams, makeup artist Megan Riddle, Matt Schwartz, Meyer Group’s Jimmy Rayborn, and Williams & Jensen’s Courtney Rosellini.

Wolf & Wine!

Last night, we went to a fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table. We snapped Lynn Blitzer, SIPS coordinator Jennifer Visick, wine journalist and Le Baccanti director Filippo Bartolotta, who flew in from Florence for the event, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and super lawyer Allan Gerson, who’s defended victims of terrorism, such as the families of Pan Am flight 103.  
The FAO’s Sarah Fulton, Blue Ridge exec chef Barton Seaver, Growing Chef’s Annie Novak, who operates a rooftop farm in Brooklyn, and FBR’s Elena Castellanos. Sustainable agro and aqua-culture was the talk of the evening. Barton, a DC native who was named 2009 Chef of the Year by Esquire, uses locally grown sustainable products and recommended how to save the Chesapeake Bay: eat as many farm raised oysters as possible.

The hosts of the evening, Crowell & Moring’s Jose Cunningham and agencyQ’s Greg Nelson, with Arbo, the inspiration for Labradoodles for Obama, which they launched with Ted Kennedy.

Forty-five & Fabulous! 


On Friday night, we stopped by The Cosmopolitans’ Elegant Over 45 Cocktail Dance at The National Press Club. Guests enjoyed live music and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. We snapped Booz Allen’s Judy Schwartz and real estate broker Jon Thestrup mid-dance.


The Cosmopolitans host social events for single professionals and have donated to 20 charities. Here, host Charlie Richardson, Becky Krausman, and American Airlines Captain Rob Calcote.



More pics from our packed Where do Women Stand breakfast at Sequoia Friday, as almost 500 business execs—most of whom were women—came to network, share their experiences, and talk about how they got where they did. Here: Morgan Lewis’ Grace Speights and Repotting’s Ginger Pape. Ginger’s husband Stuart runs one of DC’s biggest law firms, but when she thought her daughter might have a sore throat, she told him, if someone had to stay home that day, it would be he, because she was going to the breakfast. You go girl!


McLean Capital’s Andrea Young, American Bar Association CEO Carolyn Lamm, Microsoft Federal head Teresa Carlson, The Red Cross National Capitol region head Linda Mathes, and Robert Half Legal’s Tara Gray. Carolyn told us she’s the first head of the National Bar from the DC area in 50 years and has a $200 million budget. The federal government is Microsoft’s biggest customer, and Teresa has billions (with a B) in sales. And nobody could believe that with all her work on Haiti, Linda was still smiling.


One of the breakfast’s sponsors, Arent Fox’s Denise DeLorey and Sarah Maguire, The Rehnquist Group’s Janet Rehnquist, and Ruttenberg Consulting’s Tory Ruttenberg.


Cohen Mohr’s Tenley Carp, Shulman Rogers’ Tina Hsu, Drake Construction’s Stephanie Drake, Aperio International’s Jo Anne Nelson, and CEB’s Alex Roda.

Kristina D’Ambrosio contributed to this issue.



Monday, January 25, Doors open at 10 PM. LA Laker Josh Powell, in DC with his teammates to meet with President Obama for winning the NBA championship, is celebrating his birthday tonight at Shadow Room. He's invited his teammates, and you're welcome to party with them. No cover and it's open to the public. Please be dressed fashionably. 2131 K St. NW For table reservations, call 202.887.1200.

Tuesday, January 26 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM join celebrated African hip-hop artist and cultural icon Hip Hop Pantsula/Jabba and a host of friends at a fundraiser for non-profit arts organization BloomBars and Haiti at Policy, 1904 14th Street NW. Funds will support BloomBars and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti fund. Complimentary specialty cocktails from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Suggested donation: $20, for more information visit http://www.bloombars.com/about/

Tuesday, January 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM celebrate the grand opening of District, 2473 18th Street NW with an Adams Morgan wine tasting. Enjoy red and white wine selections to compliment a fantastic appetizer selection. Author Charlie Adler will be on location to promote his new book, “I Drink on the Job.” Price: $25 - (202) 232-1960.

Tuesday, January 26 from 5:00 PM –1:00 AM support Rock and Roll Relief for Haiti at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE. The Rogue Wave Project presents this benefit for Partners in Health and Shelterbox with local bands. %100 of the door proceeds will go to Partners in Heath, a Haitian support group. Price: $10 – No RSVP necessary, (202) 388-7625.

Wednesday, January 27 starting at 7:00 PM -VIP reception 6:00 PM - Join Ellen & Todd Gray and animal lovers for Sugar and Champagne 2010 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Downtown, 1150 22nd Street NW. The Washington Humane Society’s 8th annual dessert and champagne reception will include champagne, gourmet desserts for humans and their four-legged friends to support the organizations ongoing efforts. New this year VIP Chefs tasting room Price: $90; VIP $150. Call: (202) 723-5730 ext. 204 or visit: www.washhumane.org/Sugar/sugar_tickets.asp.

Wednesday, January 27 from 8:00 – 11:00 PM celebrate the 2010 Washington Auto Show with the Green Anthem Kickoff Party at Lux Lounge, 649 New York Avenue NW. Hosted by Automotive Rythms and Nissan, commemorate the auto show with a Ciroc open bar, six course, and gift bags/prizes. Guests will also get a first look at Nissan’s new electric vehicle, the LEAF. Price: Free with RSVP: infodesk2@artvlive.com.

Wednesday, January 27 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM join Partners in Health Fundraiser for Haiti at Sign of the Whale, 1825 M Street NW. Price: suggested donation of $10 at the door which includes food & drink specials. All donations will go towards Partners in Health, an organization working on the ground in Haiti. For more information visit: www.standwithhaiti.org.  

Wednesday, January 27 from 8:00 – 10:30 PM play BINGO while watching the President’s State of the Union address at The Exchange, 1719 G Street NW. The Center for Global Development is hosting this unique political event. Price: Free, RSVP required http://www.join.cgdev.org/site/R?i=bI0uSoiXWLwyzKJj9uF7gw.

Thursday January 28 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM support Tigerlily Foundation at the Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction and Singles Mixer to benefit breast cancer awareness at Josephine’s, 1008 Vermont Avenue NW. Price: $20 which includes: a bid on a date, drinks, and a chance for one of the fabulous door prizes. Two bars, door prizes, and a chance to win one of DC’s finest Bachelors or Bachelorettes!  WPGC 95.5’sGuy Lamber to host.  To pre-register: (202) 347-8601 or visit  https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=33acf2 or http://www.tigerlilyfoundation.org

Thursday, January 28 from 9:30 PM - 2:00 AM, join Innocents at Risk and Free the Slaves for A Night at George. Raise Your Glass and Lend Your Voice to Support Victims of Human Trafficking, at George, 3251 Prospect Street NW. Suggested donations of $5 will be collected at the door between 9:30 and 11:30 PM, and donations to be collected throughout the evening inside. RSVP via Facebook here  or via email to hunter@georgeofdc.com

Thursday, January 28 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM attend Art Auction to Benefit Haiti at the Embassy of Uruguay, 1913 I Street NW. Hosted by The Embassy of Uruguay and The Uruguay Cultural Foundation for the Arts are requesting assistance in aid of the victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. With 100% of the proceeds being donated this art auction is going to a great cause. RSVP required, www.uruwashi.org.

Thursday, January 28 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM visit Work It, Girl’s Lunch starring Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch at the Hyatt Regency – Reston Town Center, 1800 Presidents Street Reston, VA. Work It Girl! Is NoVa’s newest young professionals business networking organization. Price: $35 to, “laugh a bit, learn a lot, and grow your business family!”  For more info: www.workitgirlnetworking.com.


Thursday, January 28, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Landon School and Joslin Diabetes for a kick off event for Mark's Run, an annual 5k race open to all (this year’s will be on Sunday, May 2) at  G’town’s Tony & Joe's restaurant, 3000 K St. Dinner, music, silent auction and cash bar. Mark's Run raises funds for the Mark Ferris Scholarship Fund at Landon School and Joslin Diabetes. Admission is free, support the fight to end juvenile diabetes and have a great time www.marksrun.org

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