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April 7, 2008

Next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze:  Louis Dreyfus Property President Jeff Sussman and DC Head Bob Braunohler. Apr. 16 at BLT Steak. Come hear from one of the top developers and power players in this region. Special thanks to Tishman Construction, Gilbert Randolph, WorkSpaces LLC, and the CBRE leasing team for 801 17th NW & 700 2nd St. NE. Sign up!


You know, we ride our real estate friends because they make so much money and golf too much, but, at the same time, there aren't many other people as charitable as they are. To be serious for a moment, we really can't say enough about how so many of them, week in and week out, are involved in great causes. If we just show you a slice of life from this weekend, don't think these are the only events of the year. They're typical. 


On Saturday night, we were on hand as Rappaport Companies EVP Henry Fonvielle, left, co-chaired (with Perseus' Paul Dougherty, not shown) the Children's Ball at the National Building Museum.  The real estate-heavy crowd of 700 raised a million bucks for kids who can't otherwise afford care at the Children's National Medical Center. With Henry above, his boss, Rappaport founder Gary Rappaport and Gary's wife Daphne, who have been hugely generous supporters. This was Henry and Paul's third year as co-chairs.

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Also at the Children's Ball, Cassidy & Pinkard CEO Joe Stettinius, left, with famous though low-profile multiple building owner (eg, 1000 Connecticut Ave., 1666 K Street) Steven Gewirz.


Friday night, at the Washington Hilton, featured the JB Awards (as in CBS sports commentator James Brown), recognizing NFL players who devote themselves to charity. No, this is not a famous quarterback telling us paparazzi to stand back, but Cushman's Josh Krieder making the point to us (which we understand from friends he does frequently) that he only does Class A buildings. With him, Ellis Denning's Jeff Cordisco.   


Besides Steeler's legendary ex-coach Bill Cowher, 'Skins wide receiver James Thrash, Ravens place kicker Matt Stover, and Cleveland WR Braylon Edwards, there were lots of other football-loving celebs, including (above) art gallery owner Tina Palmer, former Redskin turned real estate developer Darryl Pounds, Ellis Denning Managing Partner Marc Weller, "Class A" Krieder again, and former Redskins superstar LaVar Arrington.


Brookfield's Paul Schulman co-chaired the event for 1000, but you're in luck, we are not going to put in his picture again. Seriously, Paul forbade it, insisting we devote the space to telling about the cause, which raised a cool million dollars for DC Special Olympics.  Above, Booz Allen's Elizabeth Strickland, KLNB Retail DC co-head Steve Combs, Booz Allen's Alicia Ambrose, and new Douglas Dev leasing guru (who came from the Cordish Company 6 weeks ago) Mike Morris.  (Good news: Steve, who switched from Newmark Knight a year and a half ago, says KLNB doesn't believe in a recession and suggested we check back with him in a week when they plan to announce some very interesting stuff. Oh, boy, intrigue!)


Also at the JB Awards, former Miami QB Dan Marino, apparently mistaking Elliott Bisnow for kicker Ray Finkle, demands the immediate return of Snowflake.

Speaking of great causes, once again our friends at Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers will be the title sponsor of the 5K Race for Hope on Sunday May 4 in DC.  They've been doing it regularly in honor of co-founder Pat Cassidy, who was diagnosed suddenly with a brain tumor and passed away in 2001. Last year the race raised $1.4 million. This year 7,000 are expected to turn out for the race on Freedom Plaza. The real estate crowd is a mainstay of this wonderful effort.  More info.

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