DELUCA'S DUCKY PARTY
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ING's Marc DeLuca knows how to buy buildings—and also arrange parties. His annual holiday bash, now in its 6th year, is no ordinary event. Saturday night it consisted of 137 real estate friends coming for cocktails at his Fall Church home (within a mile of where he grew up), then boarding buses to a Chinese fiesta at the famous Peking Gourmet down the road a piece on Route 7, where a large room was set aside for some serious eating. Just when you thought they had brought the last dish and couldn't eat anymore, they'd deliver more… and more. Then back to the DeLucas for dessert. Herewith some snapshots:
Lighting up the Room. We're not saying this is a rose between two thorns, but Mary Beth DeLuca, in between husband Marc, left, and Trammell Crow's Art Santry, didn't need illumination from the Christmas tree to shine.
Party Dudes. Comparing their formal, informal, summer, and winter outfits are Jones Lang's Collins Ege, Grubb & Ellis' Eric Berlin, Tishman Speyer's Brian Berry and Dan Dooley, and Jones Lang's Tony Womack.
Faces in the Crowd. Akridge's Wilbur Pace and Rappaport's Henry Fonvielle mischievously wonder whether anyone will notice that they removed all the green M&Ms from the room's candy dishes.
Between Courses. Jones Lang's David Goldstein, left, and Tishman's Jim Evans, right, show JLL's Bob VeShancey that through the power of concentration they can predict whether the next course will be Hunan chicken or crispy beef.
Peace Train. Cushman & Wakefield's Warren Dahlstrom, right, with wife Ava, explains the subtleties of using chopsticks to Forrester Construction's Scott Forrester and wife Shelly.
Lucky Guy. Cushman's Chip Ryan, wanting more of the broccoli and snow peas, is restrained by Vicky Dodson (better half of Cassidy & Pinkard's Zeke) and Lowe's Sarah Hubbard.