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December 8, 2008

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Ever wonder what a backyard tent full of a thousand people looks like? We were on hand Saturday night at developer Chris Donatelli’s sprawling home in Forest Hills, DC, as he welcomed wall-to-wall contributors for Adrian Fenty’s first 2010 re-election fundraiser. Yes, it was crowded, but they had 40 parking valets; we are asking the Mayor to make that a law for all the events we attend.


We snapped this of hosts Karen and Chris Donatelli with the Mayor, and a happy sea of humanity behind them. There was no fixed ticket price, but a maximum of $2000. Since most were invited guests of the large, real estate-heavy host committee, we assume many checks were on the higher side. Not bad for a popular candidate without a lot of apparent opposition.


Former ABC of Maryland chair Brian Mattingly (of excavation and site preparation firm Goldin & Stafford), Miller & Long vice chairman Nick Paleologos, and engineering firm MC Dean’s Bill Dean.


Developer Adrian Washington, former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development (under Tony Williams) Doug Patton of Oldaker, Biden & Belair, Reta Lewis of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (now on the Obama transition), Fenty campaign co-chair (and Obama DC fundraising chair) Jim Hudson, and William C. Smith’s Ed Wolynec .


Jan and Phil Fenty, the mayor’s parents, listen proudly in the crowd. It was also the mayor’s 38th birthday, so they had an extra reason to be there. Before they opened their Fleet Feet running shoe store in Adams Morgan 24 years ago, Jan was a DC public school teacher.  Which is interesting to know, given the mayor’s ongoing shakeup of the school system; he specially saluted DC schools chief Michelle Rhee. (She was also on hand, even though her being on the cover of Time Magazine this week might have caused a lesser mortal to be at home writing pitches for a movie autobiography.)


Nope, we don’t mean Arent Fox’s Dave Osnos, left, even though he’s still reigning as “dean of the Washington real estate bar” in his 52nd year of practice. Legal Times named him best real estate lawyer last time they made bold to pick an individual for the distinction, which was back in 2003. This time they (and an online vote) picked his Arent Fox colleague, Kimberly Wachen. Kimberly credits great mentors like Dave, Joe Fries and Earl Colson.  The former CPA specializes in representing big owners like Marriott and Sunrise Assisted Living in the purchase and sale of major properties, and commercial borrowers in large loan transactions. All she needs now is a Wizards scarf to go with Dave’s Wizards tie (he’s the team's general counsel and one of its most avid fans).

BLT Action

We are happy to report that, despite these rocky times, BLT remains hopping whenever we see it, like on lunch Friday when we gathered several friends there:  Reston Limo’s Tony Simon, Structure Tone’s Joanna Hoffschneider, Drinker Biddle’s Mike McManus, Bozzuto’s Toby Bozzuto, Structure Tone’s Nick Colucci, and Ten Ten Mass developer Steve Etminani. (In this picture, Mike’s closing his eyes in disbelief about his good fortune that having stepped down as managing partner he finally has time to eat lunch.)   

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