March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala

Nearly 50 of the area’s renowned chefs, mixologists and vintners will sample their best creations at the 18th Annual Signature Chefs Gala presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman and TTR Sotheby’s International.

Mike Isabella, celebrity chef/owner of G, Graffiato, Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna, served as the event’s honorary chef. Jo-Jo Valenzuela of DC Craft Bartenders Guild returned as the cocktail chair. Proceeds support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The event featured an array of adventurous foods, as always. Big on this year’s menus across the many restaurants participating were oysters–there were many options from which to choose! Additionally, mushrooms made an auspicious appearance, perfectly seasonal for DC’s chilly weather.

“It’s an honor to work with the March of Dimes, and I can’t think of a more important cause than healthy babies,” said Mark Lowham, 2014 March of Dimes Signature Chef Gala chair. “The generous contributions of the restaurants, bars, wineries, sponsors and attendees will help fund vital research and community programs to save lives.”

Since 1996, the event has raised more than $1 million to ensure the health of babies. Each year, the March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter invests in mission initiatives, including research, education and community programs. Through these efforts, the March of Dimes strives to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

The presenting sponsors of this year’s fabulous event were TTR Sotheby’s International (presenting sponsor), Dixon Hughes Goodman; DC Magazine, Washington Informer and Infinitive.

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Washingtonian Announces “On The Rocks” Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival


Washingtonian hosts our third annual whiskey and fine spirits festival, On the Rocks, on December 3, 2014. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, delectable fare from Union Market’s vendors and Amphora Catering, and sips of premium whiskey, Scotch, malt, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, and much more. This high-end tasting costs $65 to attend.

Thank you to our sponsors Bentley and Union Market.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Maurice Electric Warehouse at Union Market
500 Penn St NE, Washington, DC



Georgetown’s Design District Hosts Pop-Up Open Marketplace with Emerging Local Retailers: Pico Vela, Kim Schalk, IKKON, Elaine B Jewelry and STYLECABLE All Nicely Wrapped Up in One Showroom
***Participating Merchants to Host Launch Party
on Thursday, December 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ***
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Washington, DC – The popular “pop-up” holiday bazaar is now open for the festive season in Cady’s Alley. For the second year running, EastBanc and Jamestown are helping to make spirits bright this cheerful time of year by again hosting the original Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar running throughSunday, January 4. The pop-up indoor open marketplace features a collection of five up-and-coming online fashion and accessory brands including Pico Vela, Kim Schalk, IKKON, Elaine B Jewelry and STYLECABLE. The 8,000-square-foot split-level holiday emporium is located at 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW in the heart of Georgetown’s Design District.
On December 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the pop-up Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar merchants will host a launch party for patrons to meet the faces behind the retailers. The event is complimentary and open to the public.
            This year’s group of selected retailers showcased in the Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar offer a combination of fashionable clothing and accessories for both men and women and includes:

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Pico Vela’s beautifully modern sweaters celebrate the creativity, spirit and individuality of women. Each design is hand-loomed by artisans in the USA using natural fibers and custom blended colors. A Pico Vela sweater will become that unique piece in your wardrobe that you will go back to again and again.

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Kim Schalk women’s wear is innovative fashion at an unexpected price point. Classically cut silhouettes with a bit of an edge pretty much sums up the design aesthetic of this line. Influences range from a nautilus to the Empire State Building from one piece to the next. But there is always a bit of vintage glamour in every thing that is labored upon.


IKKON maintains one focus: Simple Luxury for the Modern Man. Named one of Details Magazine’s “Best Online Men’s Shopping Sites” in 2013, IKKON is a mecca for everyday menswear. They’ve done all the legwork to bring the best pieces from today’s top men’s designers including OVADIA & SONS, Maison Kitsuné, Rick Owens, all Slowear lines (Zanone, Incotex, Montedoro & Glanshirt), Billy Reid, Hartford, Valentino and more. Launched in the spring of 2012 by the three Pazik sisters from Bethesda, Kara, Kristen, and Marisa have a variety of backgrounds in the fashion industry.

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Elaine B. Jewelry is a line of entirely handmade jewelry at McGuffey studios in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Many of the materials are milled from recycled metals, and all of the design and construction is done by hand in studio. Inspiration helps create tiny sculptural worlds using traditional jewelry materials, incorporating geometric elements to make objects that are light and wearable but have a weighty presence.


STYLECABLE offers a new kind of shopping experience. Carefully curating a selection of classic, yet modern and edgy pieces, STYLECABLE provides a virtual marketplace for emerging designers to showcase their latest collections. It’s an outlet for shoppers to not only discover new designers but also search for that perfect find – delivered straight from the designer’s showroom to your closet.
“The Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar provides an opportunity for rising talent to display their unique merchandise and holiday gifts in a showroom setting,” says Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc.  “The open market atmosphere provides an opportunity for shoppers to explore something innovative and new and a fresh change from their regular holiday shopping routine.”
The Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar hours of operation are: Monday, closed; Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Holiday Bazaar will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
For more information, please visit the Cady’s Alley website at: or find them on Facebook:
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About EastBanc, Inc.
EastBanc, Inc. specializes in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of commercial real estate assets. The firm’s long-term appreciation strategy emphasizes the creation of enterprise value in targeted markets through targeted deployment of investor capital.  The cornerstone of EastBanc’s enterprise value strategy incorporates its unique ability to influence sizeable portions of urban streetscape with significant capital upgrades and master-planned leasing.  With an emphasis on urban mixed-use investment, EastBanc’s developments include upscale retail, luxury residential, Class A and Class B office and luxury hotel property types. For more information, visit
About Jamestown
Jamestown was established in 1983 as an investment and management company focused on income-producing real estate in the United States.  Over the last 31 years, Jamestown has expanded into a national, vertically integrated real estate operator with approximately $7.4 billion of assets under management. Jamestown’s capabilities include: acquisitions, capital markets, property management, asset management, retail leasing, design, sustainability and risk management.  Jamestown employs more than 230 professionals in the United States, with headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and New York, NY and additional offices in Washington, DC, Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA. For more information,

Toys for Tots Charity Ball


Join the NYU Washington, DC community for the 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Charity Event!

Last year, over eleven-thousand dollars was raised in support of this charity!

Check out our photos from last year!

The entry fee is $30, which includes open bar, DJ D-Mac, light food, and fun! Guests are invited to take part in the silent auction with a variety of items. Plus, there will be Marines on site!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors: Geppetto Catering, Rural Society, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Sprinkles Cupcakes, KIND Healthy Snacks, Compass Coffee, Filibuster Bourbon, Honest Tea, Washington Nationals, W Hotel DC, Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel, and Compass Coffee!

Please RSVP for this event, as space is limited. Major credit cards and cash will be accepted at the door. You can prepay by making a donation at the Toys for Tots website, however you must bring your receipt to be granted entry.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The NYU Washington, DC community is helping to support this program with the Annual Toys for Tots Charity Ball.  NYU Washington, DC at 1307 L Street, NW is a collection point for new and unwrapped toys. This site is open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday for donations. Gifts will also be accepted the evening of the charity event on November 21, 2014. Contact (202) 654-8327 if you would like to arrange a special event with your company or organization to collect toys.

Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration 2014

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Alliance Française de Washington and French-American Chamber of Commerce present the Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration at La Maison Française.

This adored French fêtewill be held in commemoration of the popular tradition of uncorking the Beaujolais Nouveau wine which launches the annual wine harvest in France.

Join us for a joyous, elegant evening featuring

  • Light fare from leading DC restaurants
  • French breads, cheeses, pâtés and pastries
  • Free-flowing Beaujolais Nouveau
  • Additional selection of wines

To complement the libations, festivities will include a local Washington DJ and dancing, a blind tasting contest, trivia quiz, silent auction, and a raffle.


2014 Butterfly Bash

One of our favorite events every year, the 2014 Butterfly Bash did not disappoint.

Fair Chance improves the lives of children in DC’s most underserved communities by selecting promising youth-serving nonprofits and providing them with free comprehensive expertise in organizational management for up to two years. Their partnership model – up to 500 hours per nonprofit – results in stronger organizations and significant and lasting benefits for the children they serve. We provide our transformative services at no cost because the nonprofits we work with are critical to their communities and could not otherwise afford it.

The annual Butterfly Bash is a celebration of the work of Fair Chance. With highlights of the organization’s work from the previous year, along with forward-facing remarks from the non-profit’s leadership, the swanky gala is “feel good” in every sense of the word.

A lush open bar and multiple dinner buffet tables provided guests with sustenance–much needed resources given the hours of dancing that lasted late into the evening with the kicky Motown band that had guests on their feet all night.

Each year Fair Chance strategically selects ten promising youth-serving nonprofits through a rigorous vetting process. Once selected, we work with each partner to build a clear strategy, set priorities, and identify how to measure and increase their impact. Through weekly eight-hour coaching sessions (up to 350 hours in the first year), we work with each nonprofit’s leadership to develop a detailed work plan that prioritizes objectives and responsibilities within each of the eight core service areas. Every partnership is tailored to the needs of that specific organization.

Celebrity emcee Chris Cooley was hilarious. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was during his auctioning of an exotic Grand Cayman vacation, which he repeatedly referred to as the “Grand Canyon” package. Fortunately, guests opened their hearts and their wallets, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local-area non-profits.

Kay Unger Joins Heroines of Washington to Honor Women Improving Their Community


WHAT: The March of Dimes is thrilled to announce, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kay Unger, will be the emcee for the 2014 Heroines of Washington® Gala. The black-tie gala will recognize and honor the significant contributions of women in the D.C. Metro Area who exemplify leadership in volunteer community service. This year’s finalists include 21 women dedicated to transitional housing for young mothers and children, cancer patients and their families, breaking the cycle of poverty, and survivors of abuse among numerous other causes. They are leaders in the public and private sector who are passionate about giving back.

Tickets are still available for the event, which also includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation, and a silent and live auction. For a complete list of the finalists and to learn more, please visit

WHO:  Kay Unger’s labels, The Kay Unger New York and Phoebe Couture, have been worn by Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Her designs have been featured on television programs including “The Today Show,” “Sex in the City” and “Dancing with the Stars.” She has founded and managed four successful global fashion companies.

2014 Heroines of Washington Finalists

  • Kat Calvin, The Advisory Board Company
  • Sherry Cushman, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Karen Evans, U.S. Cyber Challenge
  • Janet Funk, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Lisa Gable, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
  • Tracy Hobiena, Intrepid Performance Partners, LLC.
  • Heather Huneycutt, Novant Health
  • Rebecca Lady, Deloitte
  • Lisa Moffett, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Jane Mosbacher Morris, To the Market
  • Angel Rich, The Wealth Factory
  • Joan Ritter, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Janis Schiff, Holland & Knight
  • Deborah Scott Thomas, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated
  • Dani Seltzer, Shay Interiors, LLC
  • Kim Shrewsbury, United Bank
  • Julie Simmons, Human Capital Strategic Consulting
  • Amanda Tiede, Cassidy Turley
  • Alice Till, PhRMA (ret’d)
  • Katie Yanushonis, Boston Properties
  • Mimi Yeh, Accenture Federal Services

The gala has attracted 400 guests in the past and include directors, CEOs, and other high-level individuals from the public and private sectors.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 6:00 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, VA 22102

WHY: Proceeds from the event will support local March of Dimes programs including research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Since 2001, the event has raised over $1.8 million to ensure that one day all babies are born full term and healthy.

Sponsors include: General Dynamics, Middleburg Wealth Management, MorganFranklin Consulting, Sapient, Womble Carlyle, Harris Corporation, DC Magazine, FedScoop, Federal News Radio, and SmartCEO.

Contact: Michele Murphy-Hedrick, March of Dimes, (571) 257-2303 o, (703) 798-6172 c,