Arena Stage Wine Auction @ Arena Stage
Oct 26 @ 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Arena Stage will host a silent and live wine auction on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW). The event is helmed by Arena Stage Trustees Judith N. BattyGene Samburg and Beth Newburger Schwartz.

The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, paired with wines donated by Total Wine & More. Event attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive items and experiences throughout the event, including the Bordeaux Experience, valued at $5,000, where two couples traveling together will enjoy a three-night stay in a château in romantic Bordeaux, with VIP treatment, including one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery tours, private wine tastings and an insider’s look at winemaking in France’s most famous wine region. Also available for bid is a one-week stay in a four bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom private residence villa at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, valued at $20,000, with an infinity edged heated plunge pool, spacious covered terrace and patio, hot tub, panoramic Pacific Ocean view and full kitchen (3,600 feet of indoor space and 3,600 feet of outdoor space). Winners of the Punta Mita package will enjoy full use of the Four Seasons Resort facilities and amenities, including room service. The following wines will also be available for bid:

  • 2007 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 100; RP 100, valued at $1,000
  • 2004 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 98 ; RP 98, valued at $1,000
  • 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz, WS 100 ; RP 100,,valued at $750
  • 2007 Staglin 25th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 95, RP 96, valued at $750
  • 2002 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 99; RP 100, valued at $750

Additional auction items will be announced at a later date.

All proceeds from the evening support Arena Stage’s award-winning artistic and community engagement programs.

Individual tickets start at $300. Space is limited. For additional event details, visit arenastage.org/support/special-events/wine-auction/

Washington Area Women’s Foundation 20th Anniversary Leadership Luncheon @ Marriott Marquis
Oct 30 @ 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Event: Washington Area Women’s Foundation 20th Anniversary Leadership Luncheon

Logistics:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | Marriott Marquis | 901 Massachusetts Ave NW | Networking: 11:00am-Noon | Luncheon: Noon-1:30 pm

Details:  Be among the over 1,000 attendees representing the Washington area’s most influential businesses, foundations, individuals and legislators using their passion, influence and generosity to create real change for our community. You will experience an inspirational celebration of the power of investing in women and girls in the Washington region. And this year w’ell have a very “special guest!” Come and delight in the surprise.

Tickets: Individual tickets start at $200.

America Abroad Media Awards @ Andrew Mellon Auditorium
Nov 7 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

On Wednesday, November 7th, America Abroad Media (AAM) will recognize Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, along with writer and producer Wahid Hamed and director Marwan Hamed for their commitment to purpose driven content at their annual awards dinner. The sixth annual event will also recognize two documentaries highlighting the Kurdish fight against ISIS Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul, directed by Bernard Henri Lévy.

The annual awards dinner brings together policy makers, diplomats and the Hollywood creative community to honor the people and organizations who exemplify the power of media to inform, inspire and positively impact society. Past honorees include H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, actress Hend Sabry, award-winning directors Kathryn Bigelow and Paul Greengrass,Showtime’s critically acclaimed series, Homeland, and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

WHO: America Abroad Media Founder & President Aaron Lobel, Co-Chairs Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Ambassador Paula DobrianskyGeneral Michael V. Hayden, Former Chairman of MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures Frank Mancuso, Sr., Former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) CEOCharles H. Rivkin and former Michigan representative The Honorable Mike Rogers and honorees including Haifaa Al-Mansour, Wahid Hamed, Marwan Hamed and Bernard Henry Lévy.Members of AAM’s Hollywood-Middle East Initiative including Bill Macdonald, writer and executive producer, Rome and Rough RidersMark Goffman, writer and producer, The West Wing and Sleepy Hollow, Jessica Mecklenburg, writer and producer, Stranger Things and Gypsy and more will also be in attendance. 

WHAT: The evening will include photo-ops with honorees and other VIPs in attendance

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

 HOW: Please e-mail Thomas Walter at twalter@mww.com to attend.

Bubbles, Bites & Beats @ Fairmont Washington DC
Nov 7 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Bubbles, Bites & Beats will go on at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown on Wednesday evening, November 7th.  From 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., Thiénot Champagne will flow as guests relish complimentary hors d’oeuvres, network with new friends and dance to the many beats of a live DJ in the hotel’s stunning lobby.

Specially priced glasses and bottles of Thiénot Champagne and Rosé will be available all night long…

Thiénot Champagne – $6 per glass or $30 per bottle

Thiénot Rosé – $10 per glass or $50 per bottle

            Complimentary hors d’oeuvres including chicken croquetas, open faced lobster sliders and salmon tartine will be passed from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and the regular bar menu will be available throughout the evening.

Guests will be delighted as the elegant Mrs. Garance Thiénot, owner of Thiénot Champagne,  makes a special appearance to enjoy Bubbles, Bites & Beats with all.

Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for a champagne celebration, no ripped jeans, t-shirts, caps or sneakers please.

            There is no fee required for Bubbles, Bites & Beats.  Reservations can be made through Eventbrite at https://goo.gl/Jci9Lp. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Horton’s Kids.

YPFP’s Affairs of State Awards Gala and Fundraiser @ Sidney Harman Hall
Nov 10 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

WHO: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)

WHAT: YPFP’s Affairs of State Awards Gala and Fundraiser

WHEN: Saturday, November 10 at 8PM

WHERE: Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHY: YPFP is bursting bubbles and broadening minds at this year’s Annual Affairs of State Awards Gala and Fundraiser, where hundreds of DC’s young professionals will mix and mingle at the hottest foreign policy event of the year. Two awards will be presented to outstanding leaders in foreign policy. This year’s gala is also part of the ongoing “Burst Your Bubble” initiative that challenges traditional approaches to foreign policy conversations. YPFP is hosting events that bring diverse topics, people, and places to the foreign policy space.


YPFP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to building the leaders the world needs. Headquartered in Washington, DC with locations in New York City, Brussels, and London, the YPFP network consists of 20,000 rising leaders from 80 countries across the globe.

Rock the Block @ Various Old Town Alexandria
Nov 14 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

– On Nov. 14, 2018, NCMEC will host its first ROCK THE BLOCK. Guests will enjoy
specialty plates and craft drinks at more than 12 of Old Town Alexandria’s top restaurants and food
trucks in one evening – all for one price. All proceeds from the event will benefit NCMEC – a national nonprofit located in Old Town Alexandria – that leads the fight against child abduction and exploitation – because every child deserves a safe childhood.

From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., event-goers will walk through Old Town Alexandria, enjoying food, drink and music at all of the participating restaurants. Restaurants include: Vermilion, Augie’s Mussel House, The Majestic, Columbia Firehouse, select food trucks at Market Square, Pizzeria Paradiso, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Virtue Feed & Grain, Hi -Tide Lounge and more to come.

VIP ticket holders will have access to two VIP-only restaurants, including Hi-Tide Lounge. VIP access will also include a pre-party reception from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (location TBD) and an “after-party” with live music upstairs at Virtue Feed & Grain from 9-11 p.m.

General Admission tickets are $125 and include unlimited food and drinks at all participating
restaurants. VIP tickets are $300 and include admission to all participating restaurants, the VIP pre-party reception, VIP-only restaurants and the VIP-only after-party.

– Pre-sale Tickets (20 percent discount) are available on Sept. 10
– Full Price Tickets are available starting Oct. 1
– www.Rocktheblocks.org

Washington Business Hall of Fame @ National Building Museum
Nov 28 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Washington Business Hall of Fame founders Junior Achievement
of Greater Washington, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Washingtonian
announced the 2018 Hall of Fame laureates. Since 1988, the Washington Business Hall of Fame
has recognized the professional and philanthropic contributions of outstanding business leaders in
our region who have made Greater Washington the city that it is today. The annual gala benefits
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and its innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship K-12 programs that inspire the next generation of leaders to navigate their path to the American Dream.

This year’s laureates are:
José Andrés
Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés

Donald A. Brown, Joseph B. Gildenhorn, and Benjamin R. Jacobs
Founding Partners, The JBG Companies

Mark D. Ein
Founder & CEO, Venturehouse Group, LLC

Dr. Sachiko Kuno
Founder & Chair, Halcyon

“This year’s laureates are an example of what’s possible from our region’s business leaders,” said
Ed Grenier, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. “Their passion for
excellence and steadfast commitment to this community is an inspiration to all of us and a lesson in leadership for Greater Washington’s future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.”

Washington Business Hall of Fame laureates have shaped the regional landscape of Greater
Washington and consistently demonstrated outstanding business accomplishments, visionary
leadership, integrity and strong core values, and, passionate community engagement. Following a
call for nominations from the general public, final selections are made by a nomination committee
led by representatives of the three founding organizations. More than 100 remarkable laureates
have been inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame since its founding in 1988. A full list is available at www.myJA.org/halloffame/laureates.

The laureates will be honored at a black-tie gala and awards ceremony, chaired by Grant Thornton
Partner in Charge, Markets, Industries, and Clients – Atlantic Coast Region, Richard P. LaFleur on
Wednesday, November 28 at the National Building Museum. At this year’s gala, more than 1,200
business and civic leaders will come together to honor this year’s laureates and raise more than
$1.4 million to support Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s K-12 programs and their work to inspire over 66,000 students in our region annually to be financially capable, tenacious, and
equipped with the tools to manage risk effectively, solve problems creatively, and welcome
opportunity in an increasingly complex modern economy. The gala is presented by Capital One and
Grant Thornton.

To reserve a table and for event details, please visit

Second Annual Light Up The Season Event to Benefit Children’s National @ Four Seasons DC
Dec 16 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Light Up The Season is a family-friendly community fundraising event to benefit Children’s National to be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Four Season’s Hotel in Washington, DC. It is co-hosted by Children’s Health Board and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC.

Who: Light Up The Season’s Second Annual Event

What: This event highlights collaborations between Children’s National patients and notable area designers and artists – 23 in all from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, see list below and in attached press release. Together, they will create holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths, menorahs and artwork – all available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Children’s National. Activities for all ages include holiday cookie decorating, ornament making, musical performances and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear. Entertainment expert Penny Lyons of Lyonslifestyle will offer an exclusive presentation focused on her “making the ordinary extraordinary” approach to entertaining at home.

April McClain-Delaney, regulatory attorney and Washington Director of Common Sense Media, will serve as this year’s Light Up The Season Honorary Chair. McClain-Delaney is a longtime advocate for children. She has served on the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, was named an outstanding woman alumnae by Georgetown Law Center, is a John Carroll Society Awardee and is married to Maryland Congressman John Delaney.

Event Co-Chairs Shannon BurkhartSusan Hayes-Long and Muffin Lynham are working closely with design advisors Barry DixonLauren Liess and Frank Babb Randolph. High res images from last year’s inaugural event as well images of this year’s designers and patients are available upon request.

Where: The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

When: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 12- 4 p.m.

Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets


Designers, florists and artists participating:

Jeff AkseizerAkseizer Design Group

Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul SherrillSolis Betancourt

Molly Bruno, Molly Bruno Interiors, Molly Bruno

Susan Burke, Susan Burke Style

Iantha CarleyIantha Carley Interiors

Suzie Clayton, Dalton Brody

Wendy DanzigerDanziger Design

Miriam Dillon and Hannah BockBarnes Vanze

Laura Dowling, Laura Dowling

Eve FayeFarrow & Ball

Yvette FreemanDistrict Designers

Rachel and Charles Gang, Helen Olivia Flowers

Ashley Greer, Atelier Ashley Flowers

Sarah HayesSarah Hayes Design

Liz Levin and Tess FinneganLiz Levin Interiors

Lauren and David LiessLauren Liess

Lanie MannLanie Mann Art

Anna MathewsAnna Mathews Interiors

Marika MeyerMarika Meyer Interiors & Textiles

Claire Niermann and Eleanor NiermannNiermann Weeks

Maggie O’NeillMaggie O’Neill Fine Art

Sascha Roth, Urban Country

Roger Whyte, RJ Whyte Events


Entertainment/Pop-Up Shops:

Metropolitan School of the Arts (Dance), The Georgetown Saxatones Acapella Group, Rhythmaya Dance (Bollywood Fusion) and Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist. Popup shops include Dalton Brody, Julia Farr Boutique, Suzanne DesignsWhyte House Monograms, Christi Perez DesignsSonya FlanaganMary Making Design, and Georgetown Paperie. The décor coordinator is Quintece Hill-Mattauszek.

Wanderlust Mindful Triathlon
May 19 all-day

Wanderlust, producer of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, in partnership with adidasbrings Wanderlust 108, the world’s only mindful triathlon, back to Washington DC on May 19, 2018.  Coming to The Lawn at Oklahoma Avenue, Wanderlust’s unique triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a music-fueled, outdoor yoga class led by Faith Hunter and a guided meditation led by Tracee Stanley. Mindful triathletes can also groove to the sounds of DJ Jesse Blake, browse the marketplace of local craft and food vendors, and experience bonus fitness classes throughout the day.

New for 2018, participants in North America will be able to choose from an array of premium ticket options to create their perfect Wanderlust 108 adventure.  Prices start at $30, with premium packages from $99.  Wanderlust will donate $1.08 from every ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS with (RED). To date, (RED) has generated more than $500 million for the AIDS fight, supporting HIV/AIDS programs and services in eight countries in Africa. 100% of money raised goes to work on the ground—no overhead is taken. For more information, visit red.org.

At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store experience created by adidas and Wanderlust housed in a 60’ geodesic dome.  Items from the adidas x Wanderlust co-branded collection will be sold on site at each event.

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