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November 8, 2007


Fight Night Check Off List:  Tuxedo.  Business cards.  Limo!  Just spoke with our friend Richard Kane, owner of a fleet of 115, who tells us the demand for car service tonight is bigger than on New Year's Eve!  But he says there’s still time to book:   International Limousine Service.  202-388-6800.  Tell them we sent you!

Yes, we know it’s a bit of a sexist and cigar infested scene, but the cause is so wholesome (“Fight for Children”) that it’s in its 18th year and just keeps getting bigger:  Over 2000 are again expected at the Washington Hilton tonight.  We keep running into you real estate types who are going, so we thought we’d get you psyched up. 

We snapped this last night at the Restaurant K pre-party:  If you’re a regular, you know it’s Fight Night founder (and international real estate tycoon) Joe Robert with his son Joe III, a former Marine who this time last year was coming off service in Iraq.

Meanwhile, our own Elliott was hanging in a booth with Smokin’ Joe Frazier (World Heavyweight Champion, 1970-73), getting tips on how to bob and weave in the fight for bigger Bisnow market share.

On the other side of the room, Elliott’s more intellectual dad (oh, that’s me), right, hangs with Justice Antonin Scalia (if we have to tell you he’s the next one over, you need to start reading the papers), and Restaurant K’s Executive Chef Alison Swope and GM Jim McVeigh.  We don't know what Justice Scalia was doing there, but actually we don't know what we were doing there either.

Then it was on to the real action (okay, we’re now off the topic of Fight Night):  by coincidence, just an elevator’s ride upstairs in the same building, to Monument’s party showing off its new space.  A whole 30k SF floor, very trophy.  Here co-founder Michael Darby with wife Susan, right, and FOX Architects’ Sabret Flocos.

And we have to give co-founder Jeff Neal, second from left, equal time, or who knows what happens.  Here he is with Madison Retail Group’s Chris Harlepp, Orchid Group’s Petra Horna, and Kane Construction’s Dennis Kane. Chris is a one-man UN:  Born in Ohio, spent 26 years in Italy, and just got back from visiting his girlfriend for a month in Bolivia, working away on town center developments in Stafford and representing all Seven Eleven sites in this region.

This was lunch yesterday at the Army-Navy Club as the Society for Marketing Professionals heard from journalists about how to get press. Elliott was honored to join Prabha Natarajan of the Business Journal and Maryann Haggerty of the Post on the panel but, since we were too cheap to send a photographer with him, he simply took out his camera and asked everyone to smile.  Hey, even Doug Fruehling of the Journal up front on the right.  (Hi, Doug!)

Meanwhile, also yesterday at lunch, our own Stacey went over to DC/MD NAIOP REEL Committee's “Changing Landscape of Southeast” luncheon in Lerner’s 20 M St. and rounded up the panelists:  EYA founder Bob Youngentob, CBRE DC office chief Ernie Jarvis, Lerner Enterprises EVP Art Fuccillo, Nationals president Stan Kasten, Capital Riverfront BID director Michael Stevens, and Opus East’s Steve Cohen.  Stan assured the crowd of 185 that “Washington’s newest monument” will be on-time and on-budget and ready for 81 home games next season.

Also last night we joined our friend Kate Carr (Cardinal Bank DC president, second from left) as she was presented with the “Guiding Small Business Growth” award at the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Small Business Network Gala at the JW Marriott.  With her:  Booz Allen’s Charlie Givans, BoT prez Jim Dinegar, NBC4 prez Michael Jack, and CB Harris’ Stephanie Harris.

One last thing we’ve been meaning to fit in:  This was an amazing moment Tuesday night at the Capital Food Fight at the Reagan Center, put on by 44 restaurants for the benefit of DC Central Kitchen.  We snapped this just as philanthropists Nancy and Bob Torray decided on the spur of the moment to give another $1 million just as they did last year.  Nancy started volunteering at the Kitchen at 425 2nd St, NW, three years ago just wearing a baseball cap and slicing onions for a couple years, with her wealth unknown. By the way, Hook’s Barton Seaver won the chef's contest for his spontaneous creation “Scallops with Red Orach” (they’re given ingredients and told to make something—kind of like us editors).

Trammell Crow
SIGAL Construction
Reznick Group
Washington DC Economic Partnership
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