Here. Now. For Her: Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon


I joined nearly a thousand women and men yesterday for the annual Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon, held at the Grand Hyatt downtown.

Washington’s well-heeled professionals and volunteers joined together to honor the work of WAWF, the only public foundation solely dedicated to transforming the lives of women and girls in the Washington region. Every year at luncheon, the Foundation honors a group of Visionary Award winners—local trailblazers whose efforts to improve the lives of women and girls have made a difference in the lives of thousands. Additionally, the luncheon raises funds to invest in work that improves the economic security of women and girls and eradicates poverty in our region.

Guests heard a moving presentation by WAWF CEO and President Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, who described the plight of her mother, also in attendance. Lockwood-Shabat’s mother became the primary breadwinner when as her husband turned to alcoholism.

Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a DC-based public foundation dedicated to mobilizing our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive. Award recipients this year included Gina Adams, Artis Hampshire-Cowan, and Barbara Krumsiek.

Gina Adams is corporate vice president for government affairs at FedEx Corporation. As a native Washingtonian, she has remained committed to the community and to inspiring and supporting its youth. She’s an active member of the board of directors of American University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Town Hall Education Arts & Recreational Campus (THEARC), Fight For Children, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Economic Club of Washington and the DC Public Education Fund. She previously served as chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce.

Artis Hampshire-Cowan is senior vice president and secretary at Howard University. As a committed civic philanthropist her work effectively intertwines investing in both economic development and education to build strong communities. In addition to her board role at Venture Philanthropy Partners, she serves on the boards of the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Advisory Board of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the Prince George’s County Community Foundation and Girls, Inc.

Barbara Krumsiek is chair, president and CEO of Calvert Investments, Inc. As head of Calvert, she has successfully advocated on issues relating to the advancement of women in business, including efforts to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. Under her leadership, the Calvert Women’s Principles® focusing exclusively on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide.


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DC’s Dancing Stars Gala


The glitz, glamour and allure of competitive ballroom dancing is coming to the DMV for DC’s Dancing Stars Gala on Saturday, October 25. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner will host the first annual black-tie dancing challenge. Executive Director Susannah Moss and Fred Astaire Fairfax Studio co-owners and Gala co-Chairs Maria Coakley David and Jim David will bring together notable Washingtonian VIPs to help raise thousands of dollars in support of local charities. House of Cards actor Lamont Easter is one of the featured stars set to compete for the coveted 2014 DC’s Dancing Champion Trophy. Tickets for the extravaganza range from $195 for an individual and $395 for VIP, while sponsorship tickets range from $500 as a Benefactor up to $50,000 as a Presenting Sponsor.

Former Washington Redskins players and teammates Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley will reunite off the field to host the debut gala. Dancing with the Stars dancer Jonathan Roberts, The Bachelorette’s Chris Bukowski and former Washington Redskin Gary Clark will join forces to judge the dance competition. The night’s dancing stars vying for the trophy hail amongst Washington’s elite – House of Cards actor Lamont Easter, former NFL player John Booty, Host of The CW’s DC 50 Paul Wharton, WUSA9’s Mike Hydeck and Andrea Roane, America’s Miss DC 2012 Sarah Hillware, America’s Miss DC 2013 Antoinette Cordova, PBS’ Rina Shah, NBA wife Charrisse Jackson-Jorden, VP of DARCARS Automotive Group Tammy Darvish, Ted Britt Automotive Group General Manager Evelyn Smallwood and Senator Paul Strauss.
The event will feature a twist with The Redskins Challenge, sponsored by The Washington Redskins Alumni Foundation. It will allow dance enthusiasts the chance to compete alongside the stars, nominated and voted on by friends and family. Former NFL player and ESPN contributor Rich ‘Doc’ Walker will be on hand to reward the Redskins Challenge winner with their very own Mirrorball Trophy. ‘Doc’ will also serve as an auctioneer for the live auction portion of the evening.

Charitable institutions benefitting from the night’s entertainment include: The Washington Humane Society, Girls Health Ed, T.A.P.S, Hope for Henry Foundation, The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Washington Redskins Alumni.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
6:00 p.m. – midnight
Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd.
Mclean, VA 22102

Individual General Admission Ticket – $195
VIP Ticket – $395
Sponsorship tickets range from $500 to $50,000

Tickets can be purchased at:

Event Co-Chairs and Owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Fairfax – Maria Coakley David and Jim David
Executive Director – Susannah Moss


Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon


The Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon is going to be an inspirational celebration of the extraordinary power of investing in women and girls in the Washington region.

You’ll learn about the groundbreaking programs The Women’s Foundation is sparking and hear from women in our community for whom these programs are more than just innovative – they’re life-changing.

Please join us as we bring together the resources and voices of our community to create a path to prosperity for all women and girls in our region.

Tickets: A variety of sponsorships are still available. Individual tickets are $200. Tickets are available at or call (202)347-7737.

2014 DCLY Fall Ball



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DCLY Fall Ball: General Admission

**Ticket price includes unlimited beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
Oct 23, 2014 $75.00 $2.87 0

DCLY Fall Ball: Student and Non-Profit Rate

**Students and non-profit employees. Ticket price includes unlimited beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
Oct 23, 2014 $35.00 $2.92 0

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DC-Based Fitness and Lifestyle Company Unveils VIDA Fitness, Penthouse Pool Club, Bang Salon and Aura Spa in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront


Washington, DC – Health, beauty and wellness have stylishly arrived all under one roof to DC’s Capital Riverfront neighborhood. Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. announced today that its Fitness and Lifestyle Complex has opened for business at The Yards mixed-use development project at 1212 4th Street, SE. Fully encased in a floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around glass façade with panoramic views of the Potomac River and Nationals Park, the four-level VIDA Fitness anchors the 30,000-square-foot complex and like VIDA’s U Street flagship location, the venture also includes its affiliated concepts Bang Salon, Aura Spa and the Penthouse Pool & Lounge. This is VIDA’s sixth location, the fourth sites for both Bang Salon and Aura Spa and the second rooftop home for the Penthouse Pool Club.

VIDA Fitness at The Yards includes the club’s full suite of deluxe services, well-appointed facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and more than 100 customized exclusive classes with fresh additions that are unique to this location. The Experiential Cycling Studio offers cyclists an immersive experience in real world biking situated in a tri-level, stadium-seating atmosphere with 30 stationary cycles. The Synrgy 360 globular multipurpose exercise apparatus presents a full-service training nerve center that can be individually tailored to exerciser goals focusing on interval training and functional movement. The Hot Yoga Studio provides an intensified heat environment with a specially designed, wall paneled insulation temperature-warming system in a 1,500-square-foot studio space. Well-appointed, gender-specific European sauna and steam rooms are located in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms. New top line enhancements introduced at The Yards location include cutting-edge Concept2 indoor rowers and Woodway treadmills. Also new to VIDA Fitness at The Yards is a 1,000-square-foot Kids Zone where parents may closely watch their children play. Child babysitting assistance is also available.

Designed by Stoneking-von Storch Architects of Charlottesville, VA and Hallock Design Group of Miami, FL, VIDA Fitness at The Yards displays a nautical design aesthetic throughout the multi-level facility that pays homage to the Navy Yard locality. Special to this site is an LED high-ceilinged illuminated atrium that extends 1,200 square feet.

VIDA Fitness at The Yards also houses the popular Penthouse Pool & Lounge. The 10,000-square-foot private rooftop pool club features a 60-foot pool, pool deck, five resort cabanas, eight poolside day beds on deck with several stretching into shallow waters. The member lounge holds 78 chaise lounge chairs, modular furniture with communal fire pits, café tables, chairs and bar stools with a full food and beverage menu identical to its U Street counterpart (the Penthouse kitchen will open at the beginning of the 2015 summer season). The Penthouse also plays on the nautical theme featuring ship and aquatic elements; porthole windows, blue lighting, rope finishes, bubbled accent walls and gray flooring.

Located off the VIDA lobby is the sophisticated Bang Salon, which officially opened for business on Thursday, October 2. The 2,200 square foot hair salon features 15 styling stations and boasts its full collection of services and treatments that are characteristically found at its other three DC-area locations. Bang Salon at The Yards showcases an entirely new interior design — a fusion of lively configurations that incorporates elegant hues of purple, black and white creating a classic, chic retro look.

The luxurious Aura Spa also opens at The Yards featuring an expanded menu of services and cutting-edge design finishes. Positioned just off the VIDA lobby, the 1,500 square foot tranquil day spa offers therapeutic and rejuvenating services in four large massage therapy and esthetician treatment rooms.

“We’ve made The Yards fitness and lifestyle complex a desirable urban destination and are excited to introduce our wellness concept to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood,” said David von Storch, president of Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. “Whether you want to workout, chill out or simply hang out, this facility has something for everyone and we believe it is a valued addition to the growing waterfront community at The Yards.”

By 2017, von Storch plans to have a total of eight VIDA Fitness locations opened and operating throughout the national capital region. This project brings the company 75 percent toward that goal.

For more information on all of the fitness, beauty and lifestyle offerings located at The Yards complex, please visit the Urban Adventures Companies website that directly links to each affiliate business at: also at the VIDA Fitness website: or on Facebook at:

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About Urban Adventures Companies, Inc.

Since 1986, Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. has been providing urban lifestyle services and entertainment destinations to Washingtonians and visitors alike in the national capital area. The DC-based company is the umbrella corporation for Capitol City Brewing Company, VIDA Fitness, Bang Salon, Aura Spa and the Penthouse Pool Club & Lounge. Urban Adventures Companies owns and operates each facility and together employs more than 2,000 in its 14 establishments citywide. Its mission is to help DC area residents live more interesting, exciting and healthier lives with a goal to take care of you, make you look great, and reward you each and every day. The corporate headquarters is located at 1612 U Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009.



METrio Performs at Evermay


I joined well-heeled Washingtonians at Georgetown’s beautiful Evermay estate last weekend for an intimate perfomance by METrio, a New York-based act comprised of pianist Tanya Gabrielian, violinist Emily Daggett Smith, and cellist Matthew Zalkind.

Like every Overtures Series event, the evening began with guests swilling wine, nibbling on savory passed hors d’oeuvres, and lounging around the estate’s beautiful parlor, living, and dining rooms. After cocktail hour, we all gathered in the performance room, a small, open space where cafe tables and chairs surround a beautiful Steinway.

Following remarks from Dr. Kuno and Dr. Ueno, the married couple who own Evermay, METrio processed into the room to begin their show. The spunky Tanya gave a few opening remarks, breaking the stiffness of the room with her cheerful manner and bright smile. Emily at the Violin was composed and elegant, and Matthew the cellist was extremely passionate and emotional thought the hour he spent performing.

First on the list was Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello in D Major “Ghost,”Op. 90, B.166. Tanya instructed the audience that the name of this Beethoven suite came from the frenzied images conjured up by the mobile, fluid pieces, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s King Claudius of Hamlet. Rumor has it that the music may have been inspired from a Macbeth opera that Beethoven was contemplating during the time of its composition. Ghost was fitting for the crisp fall evening, with Halloween just around the corner.

Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor “Dumky,” Op. 90, B. 166 followed, and was masterfully executed in the way  technically-challenging Dvořák demands. The six-piece suite alternated between upbeat, bright, pieces and pensive, moody counterparts, as defined by the pieces title; a “Dumky” is a Slavic folk song that alternates in character between sadness and gaiety.

METrio was formed in 2013. Each of the trio members has distinguished themselves as leading soloists, recitalists, and chamber musicians of their generation and in their own right, though their musicality as a group is certainly unquestionably impressive. Each international prizewinners, METrio has performed at prestigious venues on six continents.

As a piano trio, they are passionate about inspiring new generations of music and art lovers in both traditional and untraditional settings, dedicated to community engagement and education. METrio aims to blend their unique cultural diversity through collaborations promoting social causes, art as activism, and inviting audiences to become active participants in the experience.

Playtime Project’s Fall Fundraiser

Please join us to support the Playtime Project and celebrate the power of play through time.


October 8, 2014
6-9 pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW

All proceeds ensure that 600 youth have the opportunity to play and heal from the trauma of homelessness each year.

Remembering our past. Securing their future.