Apr
23
Sun
14th Annual Blue Jeans Ball @ Marriott Marquis Hotel
Apr 23 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) has increased its fundraising goal for the 14th Annual Blue Jeans Ball to $500,000—enough to provide 1.25 million meals to those in need around metropolitan Washington. Following its recent move to stop accepting junk food donations, the CAFB received national praise among leading voices in the fight against hunger, resulting in record levels of pre-event exposure and sponsorship. Consequently, the organization is introducing new elements at this year’s gala celebration, slated for Sunday, April 23, with the goal of funding more nutritious meals than ever before.

 

New food and drink:

  • New restaurants serving 40+ savory and sweet bites include Colada Shop (“Little Havana Done Right”Washington Post), Arroz by Mike Isabella, Pub and the People
  • Mixology Chair Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen, to pour specialty cocktail
  • Chef Chair Ryan Ratino, Ripple to feature kampachi crudo with uni botarga and leche de tigre mousse

 

New entertainment:

  • New Orleans-style band Dupont Brass will entertain throughout the evening
  • Unique bottles from outstanding distilleries will be offered at a special “Spirits Pull,” where a $35 donation offers guests the chance to take home a bottle of prized liquor

 

New auction items:

  • One week’s stay at an 18th century farmhouse in Umbria, Italy
  • Tour for 20 of BrightFarms’ hydroponic greenhouse, with catered lunch and as many greens as you can carry
  • Austin, Texas dream trip: 7 days for four guests with live music, famous Austin dining, and much more
  • Tickets to the 117th U.S. Open golf tournament, with hospitality included

 

As always, guests arrive in their most fashionable denim and taste to their hearts’ content. Each ticket to the Blue Jeans Ball provides 500 life-changing meals for people in need in our area, and can be purchased at capitalareafoodbank.org/blue-jeans-ball/.

 

          When:  Sunday, April 23, 2017

                                        5 pm: VIP reception

6 pm: Tastings, cocktails and silent auction

8 pm: Program & live auction

 

Where: Marriott Marquis Hotel

                                        901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001              

Hotel valet parking available for a fee

 

 

Why: The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. By partnering with nearly 450 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly in hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food.  That’s 12 percent of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. Visit: capitalareafoodbank.org, facebook.com/CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.

Blue Jeans Ball @ Marriott Marquis
Apr 23 @ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Meet Lisa Messerschmidt, whose life was changed by the Blue Jeans Ball. With a parent who needed care and no sibling to rely on for help, she had to leave work and rely on her husband’s salary alone. When he then lost his job due to the government shutdown, they couldn’t pay their bills, had their car repossessed, and their credit crashed. Lisa spent the next couple of years at the mercy of others, at times living without heat, running water, medical care, or, very often, food.

Enter her neighborhood nonprofit, supplied with food by the Capital Area Food Bank. They provided her family with the training and resources needed to get back on their feet – starting with vegetables, fruit and other ingredients to cook with. In Lisa’s words, “having food on the table made everything else seem possible.” The Capital Area Food Bank helped to turn crisis into stability for her family, and by attending this year’s Blue Jeans Ball, guests can do the same for others.

Each ticket to the Blue Jeans Ball provides 500 life-changing meals for people in need in our area. Today, Lisa works for the food bank, helping distribute food made possible by the Blue Jeans Ball.

When:  Sunday, April 23, 2017

                                        5 pm: VIP reception

6 pm: Tastings, cocktails and silent auction

8 pm: Program & live auction

 

Where: Marriott Marquis Hotel

                                        901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20001

Hotel valet parking available for a fee

 

What:   40+ savory and sweet tasting stations from Oyamel, The Palm, Ripple, Occidental and more…Made-to-order cocktails from Mixology Chairs Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen) & Eddie Kim (Bar Dupont)…and the Washington Redskins Foundation has joined this year’s effort to end childhood hunger!

How:     Ticket details available at capitalareafoodbank.org/blue-jeans-ball/; as always, guests arrive in their most fashionable denim and taste to their hearts’ content!

About:  The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. By partnering with nearly 450 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly in hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food.  That’s 12 percent of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. Visit: capitalareafoodbank.org, facebook.com/CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.

 

Apr
25
Tue
Taste of Shaw Gala @ Howard Theatre
Apr 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Shaw Main Streets will host its annual Taste of Shaw Gala on Tuesday April 25, 2017from 7pm to 9pm. The annual event celebrates the neighborhood’s diverse businesses and residents, and is a fundraiser for initiatives that enhance and promote commerce within the Shaw neighborhood. DC’s beloved Howard Theatre will be the backdrop for live music and libations and delicious bites from some of DC’s best bars and restaurants. Proceeds from the event support Shaw Main Streets’ economic revitalization and historic preservation activities in the Shaw neighborhood of DC, which have helped bring about the transformation of central Shaw since 2003. This year’s hashtag, #LoveShaw, represents the comradery of Shaw’s business owners and the citywide support and accolades the neighborhood continues to receive. From Michelin stars to Rammy nominations and stellar reviews, Shaw’s bars and restaurants continue to help raise the Shaw neighborhood’s profile locally and nationally.

 

A hospitality renaissance led by top chefs and mixologists has been under way in recent years, bringing fresh concepts and perspectives in cuisine and beverage, as well as a host of new talent, making Shaw the city’s top dining and imbibing destination. Recent openings such as the neighborhood craft cocktail bar Service Bar DC (a new take on the local watering hole from veteran bartenders Chad Spangler and Glendon Hartley), the Chinese-French concept Kyirisan from husband and wife team Tim and Joey Ma, and neighborhood anchors such as The Passenger, DC’s favorite industry bar, and Convivial, which was one of 2015’s opening highlights; will be among the many participants in the annual Shaw Main Streets Gala. Shaw Main Streets invites the entire region to explore some of the best of the neighborhood has to offer at one venue, on one special evening.

 

Guests can expect a festive atmosphere, open beer and wine bar, and unlimited cuisine and cocktails from a Taste of Shaw’s stellar host committee of chefs, restaurateurs, and mixologists.  Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will receive the 2017 Shaw Champion Award, chosen by the Board of Directors of Shaw Main Streets for his consistent support of economic revitalization in Shaw and SMS’ efforts to create the thriving community that Shaw is today. Appearances by Mayor Bowser and other public officials are also slated.

The 2017 Taste of Shaw host committee includes the following bars and restaurants:

 

The Brixton                             Buttercream Bakeshop           Cava    

Convivial                                 Dacha                                     Dino’s Grotto

The Tavern at Henley Park     Eat the Rich                            El Rey

Etete                                       French Quarter Brasserie       Haikan

Half Smoke                             Kyirisian                                  La Jambe

The Passenger                       Service Bar                             Seylou

Southern Efficiency                Tiger Fork

 

Advance tickets are $80 and can be ordered online at www.smsgala17.eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, tickets will be $100. Tickets include unlimited food and cocktail tastings, beer and wine, and complimentary valet parking.

Apr
26
Wed
7th Annual Great Ladies Luncheon @ Ritz Carlton
Apr 26 @ 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s (ADDF) Seventh Annual Great Ladies Luncheon &

Fashion Show will be held in partnership with Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie. All proceeds benefit the ADDF and

its mission to find effective treatments for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The event opens with a morning

presentation, “The Symposium to Conquer Alzheimer’s.” After the scientific presentation, guests enjoy lunch

followed by a runway show featuring the Fall 2017 Collection of Brunello Cucinelli.

WHO: Leonard A. Lauder will welcome guests to the luncheon. The morning’s presentation will be given by

ADDF neuroscientists Howard Fillit, MD, and Penny Dacks, PhD, with an introduction by Andrea Mitchell.

Sally Quinn is the Honoree and other guests scheduled to attend include the event’s Founding Executive Chairs

Elise and Marc Lefkowitz; Honorary Chairs Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio and Mrs. Armando

Varricchio; Committee Co-Chairs include Shelley Banks, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly Ripkin

and Patricia Sagon; Committee Members include Amy Baier, Lisa Brandt Beek, Grace Bender, Tracy

Bernstein, Wilma Bernstein, Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, Buffy Cafritz, Sharon Collins Casey, Meryl

Comer, Debbie Dingell, Liz Dubin, Samia Farouki, Alma Gildenhorn, Marlene A. Malek, Melanie Nussdorf,

Mary Ourisman, Thomas Pheasant, Genevieve McSweeney Ryan, Lorraine Wallace, Tony Verstandig, and

Carol Gildenhorn Winer; Nancy Goodes and Judy Glickman Lauder will also be in attendance.

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

1150 22nd Street N.W.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

10:30 am | Scientific Presentation

12:00 pm | Luncheon & Fashion Show

Apr
28
Fri
Friends of the National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale @ National Arboretum
Apr 28 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Friends of the National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale will be taking place on April 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. National Arboretum.

The 27th annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale, hosted by Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), has moved to a new central location in the U.S. National Arboretum, which is celebrating its 90th year.

This year’s event, April 28-29, has been relocated and will now be outside the Administration Building and Visitor Center, adjacent to the National Capitol Columns, Azalea Collection and the Grove of State Trees. Attendees will see more of the Arboretum grounds as they shop for traditional and rare plants from nurseries around the world, including new offerings like Gentiana acaulis hybrids, Beesia deltophylla, Phygelius cultivars and eight different types of Cypripedium orchids.

The Garden Fair and Plant Sale is a weekend designed for gardeners of all levels in the D.C. area searching for their perfect plant, herbs from the Potomac Unit of the National Herb Society or horticulture guidance from expert horticulturists. The 2017 Garden Fair and Plant Sale will also feature food and drink vendors, a performance by the Washington Revels, and a strawberry potting activity for children.

 

For more information please visit www.fona.org/gardenfair. I am available to answer any questions you may have.

 

Black, White, and Read All Over
Apr 28 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Child & Family Network Center announces its Spring Benefit, its largest fundraising event of the year, that will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00pm at the beautiful home of Ray and Shaista Mahmood (4290 Neitzey Place in Alexandria). Their gorgeous house on the shores of the Potomac River has been a sought-after location for many local and international philanthropic events, and gatherings of diplomats and other political and business leaders. With 200 guests, an exclusive venue, and the theme Black, White and Read All Over, this year’s benefit is sure to be bigger and better than ever.

 

Since 1984, The Child & Family Network Centers has brought education and opportunity to thousands of families in need. In 2017, our critical focus continues to be meeting the ever increasing needs of the community we serve, the working poor of Northern Virginia. Your help is essential to ensure hundreds of children don’t enter kindergarten without the basic skills necessary to succeed. Please join us for a memorable night and help us give Alexandria’s most vulnerable children the preschool education they deserve.

For more information click here or contact Maggie Klefstad at mklefstad@cfnc-online.org

This is the link to purchase tickets: https://thechildfamilynetworkcenters.cloverdonations.com/2017-spring-benefit/

Apr
29
Sat
Friends of the National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale @ National Arboretum
Apr 29 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Friends of the National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale will be taking place on April 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. National Arboretum.

The 27th annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale, hosted by Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), has moved to a new central location in the U.S. National Arboretum, which is celebrating its 90th year.

 

This year’s event, April 28-29, has been relocated and will now be outside the Administration Building and Visitor Center, adjacent to the National Capitol Columns, Azalea Collection and the Grove of State Trees. Attendees will see more of the Arboretum grounds as they shop for traditional and rare plants from nurseries around the world, including new offerings like Gentiana acaulis hybrids, Beesia deltophylla, Phygelius cultivars and eight different types of Cypripedium orchids.

 

The Garden Fair and Plant Sale is a weekend designed for gardeners of all levels in the D.C. area searching for their perfect plant, herbs from the Potomac Unit of the National Herb Society or horticulture guidance from expert horticulturists. The 2017 Garden Fair and Plant Sale will also feature food and drink vendors, a performance by the Washington Revels, and a strawberry potting activity for children.

 

For more information please visit www.fona.org/gardenfair.

 

May
3
Wed
Room to Rebloom @ The Hepburn-Grand Apartment Residences
May 3 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Room to Rebloom Announces Third Annual Fundraising Event to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence in the DC Metro Area
Barry Dixon and Will Thomas host as Rebloom on the Roof empowers low-income women and families with healing home environments
Who: Room to Rebloom’s third annual Rebloom on the Roof fundraiser
Co-Host Barry Dixon, Principal Interior Designer, Barry Dixon
Co-Host Will Thomas, Emmy-Winning Journalist
 
What: Join Co-Hosts Barry Dixon and Will Thomas for Room to Rebloom’s Third Annual Rebloom on the Roof Cocktail Fundraiser. Help celebrate the power of design to change lives for survivors of domestic violence. Cocktails from DC magazine and lite fare from Casa Luca by renowned DC Chef Fabio Trabocchi. Ticket purchases plus Capital Artist Collective Live Auction and Pop-Up Show and a percentage of sales in April and May will benefit Room to Rebloom. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower women and families in the National Capital Area who have been victims of domestic violence by providing them with design services and other resources needed to create beautiful home environments and rebuild their lives.
Where: The Hepburn – Grand Apartment Residences
1901 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
 
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6-8:30 p.m.
 
About Room to Rebloom: Room to Rebloom is a 501c(3) organization centered on the restorative impact of interior design with a mission to empower low income women and families in the National Capital Area who have been victims of domestic violence by providing them with design services and other resources needed to create beautiful home environments and rebuild their lives. Room to Rebloom is the only organization in the region whose mission is to serve domestic violence survivors in independent housing.
May
11
Thu
Ball for the Mall @ National Mall
May 11 @ 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM

The Trust for the National Mall will celebrate its tenth anniversary as an official partner of the National Park Service with a benefit gala, the BALL for THE MALL.

 

WHAT:            CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the program, which will include a celebration of accomplishments to date and a look ahead to continued progress. The event will honor businessman and philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, with the “History, Heroes, & Hope Award” for his dedication and continued support in restoring and improving the National Mall and visitor experience. Award-winning author and historian Douglas Brinkley will present Rubenstein with the honor. The benefit gala will also include a VIP reception, seated dinner with guest speakers and live music and entertainment. Ticket information at nationalmall.org/ballforthemall.

 

WHO:              Honoree:             David M. Rubenstein, Co-CEO & Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group

Emcee:                 Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor

Speakers:            Douglas Brinkley, Author & Historian

Catherine Townsend, President & CEO of the Trust for the National Mall

Chip Akridge, Chairman, Trust for the National Mall

 

WHEN:            May 11, 2017

6:30 P.M.

 

WHERE:           On the grounds of the National Mall

Madison Drive at Twelfth Street

 

Celebrating ten years of partnership with the National Park Service, the Trust for the National Mall is dedicated to sustainably restoring, improving and preserving the National Mall for present and future generations. Stretching from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, the beloved but well-worn National Mall hosts 36 million visits each year but requires more than $840 million in deferred maintenance and needed upgrades. This public-private partnership is a model for bringing critical resources to the National Mall, home to the enduring symbols of our democracy.

May
16
Tue
National Women’s History Museum’s Women Making History Awards Honoring Laura Bush @ Carnegie Institute for Science
May 16 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHO:  National Women’s History Museum
WHAT:  National Women’s History Museum’s Women Making History Awards Honoring Laura Bush
WHERE:  Carnegie Institute for Science
                1530 P Street, NW
                Washington, DC
WHEN:    Tuesday, May 16, 2017
                6:00 PM Reception
                7:00 PM Program
To learn more, please visit:  womenshistory.org/womenmakinghistory

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