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Charity Register: August/September 2013

Five opportunities to give back in the fall.

August 19, 2013

At sneakerball x
At Sneakerball.

SNEAKERBALL X
The Cause: The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation organizes sports and community activities to enhance children’s lives.
President: Robert T. Sweeney
How to Help: Show off your sneakers at the cause’s black-tie-and-sneakers gala, scheduled for Sept. 10 at the National Building Museum. The event will feature a silent auction. 401 F St. NW, 202-407-8555

CAPITAL CHALLENGE MS WALK
The Cause: The annual two-day fundraising event supports efforts to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Chapter President: Chris Broullire
How to Help: Join the National MS Society Sept. 21 and 22 for a 50K journey beginning at GEICO headquarters in Chevy Chase. 5260 Western Ave., Chevy Chase

SUPERH 5K RUN, WALK & WHEEL
The Cause: The Washington Paralympic Sport Club program and DC Chapter of BlazeSports America give children and adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to stay active in their communities.
Director of Philanthropy : Robert W. Marsteller
How to Help: Join the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Sept. 22 for its 5K event; meet at Tysons Sport & Health Club to register. 8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean

NFCR ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
The Cause: The National Foundation for Cancer Research supports, funds, and advocates for research on the deadly disease.
President: Franklin C. Salisbury Jr.
How to Help: Register for a tee time at the organization’s 10th Annual Golf Classic, scheduled for Sept. 23. The tournament will be held at Kenwood Golf & Country Club in Bethesda. 5601 River Rd., Bethesda, 1-800-321-CURE

WOLF TRAP BALL
The Cause: The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts supports the Greater Washington community through its artistic and educational programs.
President and CEO: Arvind Manocha
How to Help: Head to the Filene Center’s stage for the annual Wolf Trap Ball, a black-tie fête held in partnership with the Embassy of France, on Sept. 21. 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA, 703-255-1900


 

Charity Register: July 2013

Three opportunities to give back in the summer.

June 24, 2013

Runners on marathon

Friends of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail 10K

The Cause: FoWOD strives to preserve and support the sustainability of the protected 45-mile trail that wends through Northern Virginia, a green space used by runners and bikers alike.
President: Roger Neighborgalls
How to Help: Sign up for the group’s 10K, held on July 27. Dubbed the DC area’s only “green” race, the event boasts paperless entry and T-shirts printed locally using an eco-friendly ink transfer process. To register, visit The Safety and Health Foundation website

Yellow Ribbon Golf Classic
The Cause: The Bethesda-based Yellow Ribbon Fund provides financial and logistical support to military service members and their families during times of combat-related medical crises, ensuring that transportation, lodging, and other basic needs are met when families are caring for or visiting those wounded while serving our country.
Chairman of the Board: Edward J. Quinn, Jr.
How to Help: Tee up at the 6th Annual Golf Classic for Injured Service Members tournament to support the cause. Each foursome includes three donors and one injured service member. The event is scheduled for July 15 at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington

Brew at the Zoo
The Cause: A beloved Washington institution, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park showcases 2,000 animals in its leafy 163-acre facility. It also serves as a center for species conservation and education. The privately run Friends of the National Zoo offers financial support and advocacy.
Chairman of the Board : Andrew M. Shore
How to Help: Sip a pint in the name of conservation at the park’s annual ode to beer, scheduled for July 11. Guests can sample from some 60 craft and microbrews while noshing on treats from participating local food trucks, and they will also receive a commemorative mug. Proceeds from the event support animal and exhibition care, among other functions. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW


 

Marymount University Portfolio in Motion

Students showed off innovative designs while Tadashi Shoji looked on.

May 23, 2013

Marymount University held its annual Portfolio in Motion fashion show on May 2, 2013 spotlighting innovative student-created looks, varying from formal and bridesmaid dresses to casual wear. Tadashi Shoji, honored by Marymount as its 2013 Designer of the Year, was in the audience to view the student’s fashion designs.


 

Charity Register: May/June 2013

Four opportunities to give.

April 22, 2013

Child with Microphone at a Baseball Field.Nationals Dream Gala

Nationals Dream Gala
The Cause: The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and families in Washington, with programming focused on children’s health, education, and recreation.
Board of Directors: The Lerner family and partners
Chair: Marla Lerner Tanenbaum
How to Help: Attend the Dream Gala 2013 on June 22 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall, where guests will get to meet players from the Nationals and enjoy a selection of fine food, wine, and cocktails. 610 F St. NW, 202-640-7124

Chefs in the City
The Cause: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds research, supports the development of new drugs, and strives to improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.
President and CEO: Robert J. Beall
Executive Director, DC Chapter: Denise Brownlee
How to Help: Purchase seats for Chefs in the City, the dinner held on June 17 at the Army Navy Country Club, or volunteer with your local chapter. 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington; 301-657-8444

Phillips Collection Annual Gala
The Cause: The Phillips Collection’s award-winning educational programs serve 180,000 children, families, and teachers in DC and across the country each year.
Founders: Duncan and Marjorie Phillips
How to Help: Buy tickets to the annual gala, which takes place on May 3 and is cosponsored by the Embassy of Italy. 1600 21st St. NW, 202-459-0867

Heart's Delight
The Cause: The American Heart Association raises research funds to support the fight against cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death worldwide.
Chairman: Nicholas E. Calio
How to Help: Buy tickets to the 14th Annual Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting & Auction, held on May 4 at the Ritz-Carlton West End. 1150 22nd St. NW, 703-248-1720

Photography Courtesy of Washington Nationals

 

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Legendary members of the performing arts community received achievement awards.

March 04, 2013

The 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors bestowed recognition to those who have demonstrated lifetime commitments to the performing arts in America. Fittingly, Buddy Guy, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, the members of Led Zeppelin, and prima ballerina Natalia Makarova earned the most recent round of accolades on December 2. Caroline Kennedy hosted the black-tie event for the 10th consecutive year; President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama received the honorees and members of the Artists Committee that nominate them at the White House prior to the gala. Notable presents and performers included Alec Baldwin, Jack Black, Robert DeNiro, Tina Fey, Morgan Freeman, Lenny Kravitz, and Bonnie Raitt.

—laura mullen

 

Charity Register - Spring 2013

Four opportunities to give.

March 04, 2013

2013 Pink Tie Party2013 Pink Tie Party

LEUKEMIA BALL
The Cause: Provides funding for research toward finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. The nonprofit also offers support to improve quality of life for patients and their families.
Founder: Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers
How to Help: Attend the organization’s annual black-tie Leukemia Ball March 23 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Enjoy dinner and dancing with musical entertainment from Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts band and stand-up by comedian Dana Carvey.
801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, 703-399-2900.

2013 NATIONAL HOSPICE FOUNDATION GALA
The Cause: Supports and improves end-of-life care across the United States in conjunction with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Founder: Leaders of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
How to Help: Honor heroic pediatric patients April 26 at the 2013 gala, to be held inside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. If you can’t make the fête, support the foundation by donating a silent- or live-auction item. 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD, 877-470-6472.

2013 PINK TIE PARTY
The Cause: Raises essential funds to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival, an organization dedicated to providing events and programs to showcase international culture, highlight natural beauty, and build community spirit.
Founder: Began as an all-volunteer organization with Diana Mayhew as the first full-time staff member.
How to Help: Put on a fun pink frock March 20 and celebrate the blooming of DC’s beloved cherry blossom trees at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Enjoy cherry- and blossomthemed cuisine from more than 30 of the area’s top restaurants. 999 Ninth St. NW, 202-661-7567.

BE THE CARE
The Cause: Maintains a full-service health center serving diverse communities in Washington, providing medical, dental, and mental health care with expertise in LGBT communities and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Founder: Whitman-Walker Health is an independent organization, the origins of which stemmed from a program at the Washington Free Clinic.
How to Help: Make a donation to Whitman-Walker through its website or purchase tickets to the annual Be the Care event, scheduled for April 18 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 1250 New York Ave. NW, 202-745-7000.

Photography by ImageLink Photography

 

Charity Register: Spring 2013

Four opportunities to give back.

February 25, 2013

2013 Pink Tie Party
2013 Pink Tie Party

Leukemia Ball
The Cause: Provides funding for research toward finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. The nonprofit also offers support to improve quality of life for patients and their families.
Founder: Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers
How to Help: Attend the organization’s annual black-tie Leukemia Ball March 23 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Enjoy dinner and dancing with musical entertainment from Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts band and stand-up by comedian Dana Carvey.
801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, 703-399-2900

2013 National Hospice Foundation Gala
The Cause: Supports and improves end-of-life care across the United States in conjunction with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Founder: Leaders of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
How to Help: Honor heroic pediatric patients April 26 at the 2013 gala, to be held inside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. If you can’t make the fête, support the foundation by donating a silent- or live-auction item.
201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD, 877-470-6472

2013 Pink the Party
The Cause: Raises essential funds to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival, an organization dedicated to providing events and programs to showcase international culture, highlight natural beauty, and build community spirit.
Founder: Began as an all-volunteer organization with Diana Mayhew as the first full-time staff member.
How to Help: Put on a fun pink frock March 20 and celebrate the blooming of DC’s beloved cherry blossom trees at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Enjoy cherry- and blossom-themed cuisine from more than 30 of the area’s top restaurants.
999 Ninth St. NW, 202-661-7567

Be the Care
The Cause: Maintains a full-service health center serving diverse communities in Washington, providing medical, dental, and mental health care with expertise in LGBT communities and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Founder: Whitman-Walker Health is an independent organization, the origins of which stemmed from a program at the Washington Free Clinic.
How to Help: Make a donation to Whitman-Walker through its website or purchase tickets to the annual Be the Care event, scheduled for April 18 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
1250 New York Ave. NW, 202-745-7000

Photography by ImageLink Photography (pink tie party); Jack Hartzman (LEUKEMIA BALL)

 

Argo's DC Premiere

The A-list cast of Argo premieres the thrilling film in Washington.

December 10, 2012

Ben Affleck visits DC’s premiere of Argo.

The Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 hosted the DC premiere of Ben Affleck’s latest film, Argo, a daring tale based on the CIA’s rescue of six Americans in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Affleck, who directed, produced, and starred in the film, walked the red carpet Oct. 10 with his wife, Jennifer Garner, and castmates John Goodman and Bryan Cranston.

—LAURA MULLEN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WIREIMAGE

 

The Greater Washington Sports Alliance's Annual Sneaker Ball

Athletes and game enthusiasts raise funds and have fun.

October 15, 2012



LaRhonda Lombardi, Chris Pontius, and Katherine Kennedy.

The Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s annual Sneaker Ball—the city’s only black tie and sneakers gala—kicked into gear on the evening of September 11 at the National Building Museum, raising funds to support athletic programs for District youth. Guests were treated to a Maker’s Mark dipping station as well as sports-themed arcade games. Among the crowd were Kastles owner Mark Ein and DC United’s Chris Pontius.

—Laura Mullen
PHOTOGRAPHy by Daniel Swartz/REVAMP.com

 

2012 Impact Awards Honor People Dedicated to HIV/AIDS Cause

Hosted by PSI, UNAIDS, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the event drew notables like actress Debra Messing.

August 27, 2012

Debra Messing and Congressman Jim McDermott feel the global reward of their efforts.

The 2012 Impact Awards, held July 25 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, spotlighted those making strides to combat HIV/AIDS. Hosted by PSI, UNAIDS, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the award presentation honored Dr. Bertran Auvert, Congressman Jim McDermott, Senator Dick Durbin, Alere, John Donnelly, and Blessing Chebundu for their continued involvement with and dedication to the cause. PSI Ambassador and award-winning actress Debra Messing along with UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway were also in attendance.

—Laura Mullen
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOMINIQUE FIERRO, DOMINIQUEFIERRO.COM

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