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Ladies America: Ready, Set, Relaunch!

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Ladies America is thrilled to share some of our most recent advancements as a national organization and on behalf of professional women across the country — which includes formally launching our NEW LOGO and Membership platform! This all is coming together perfectly this month as a way of honoring Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

We would absolutely love for everyone (women and men) to join us in celebrating our new look and programs — not to mention officially signing up as legit “members” (at a mere $8/ month) of Ladies America/ Ladies DC and other city chapters.

We will also have a very special guest, Simon Dixon, CEO of the company that created our new logo, Idea Engineering. Simon is not only an avid supporter of Ladies America, but he is an expert branding professional and international speaker on entrepreneurship. He is coming all the way from Santa Barbara, CA just to help us usher in this new era for Ladies America!

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SAVE A CHILD’S HEART GALA

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SACH DC Young Professional’s Committee invites you to:

“Give Your Heart Out”!

You, and your significant others are invited to Save a Child’s Heart on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Guests will be invited to the exclusive Embassy of Ethiopia for a special evening of cocktails, music and Caring Hearts. Join us and be a part of SACH and their new partnership with Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia.

March 8, 2014

Embassy of Ethiopia

3506 International Dr . NW,

Washington, DC 20008

Doors open at 8:30 PM / Dress to impress

Tickets Available

Mix and mingle while saving children’s lives.  Anticipate the thrill of victory at our exclusive luxury raffle, including two round trip tickets with Ethiopian Airways, a leather bag from Zaaf Collection and more!!

www.saveachildsheart.com

Event sponsors:

Danya and Globalnet Services. Ethiopian Airways, Bete Ethiopian Cuisine & Café, Neb FotoZAAF Collection bag and Aveniu Brands.

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St. David’s Day Celebration at the British Ambassador’s Residence

Photo credit: Sandy Schaeffer on behalf of the Welsh Government

Ahead of St. David’s Day, March 1st, the British Ambassador hosted guests for a culture-filled reception at his residence last week to celebrate the patron saint of Wales.

Guests enjoyed traditional Welsh fare served with a creative twist, as each item was sized as an hors d’oeuvres. Mini fish and chips baskets, shepherd’s pie, and rarebit were just a few of the authentic dishes passed, while single malt Welsh whiskey Penderyn was on the bar, in addition to Mumm and other festive cocktails.

First Minister Jones and Sir Peter Westmacott both gave remarks beneath the iconic Andy Warhol painting of the Queen. Following the remarks, distinguished Welsh harpist Claire Jones, who served as royal harpist to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and performed for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, played for the audience.

The event was hosted by the British Embassy with support from the Welsh Government under First Minister Carwyn Jones. The celebration was also timed to coincide with the launch of the  Congressional Friends of Wales Caucus, which is chaired by Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and includes members Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX).

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St. Jude Gourmet Gala

Photo credit: Amanda Holcomb

Our favorite event of 2013, the St. Jude Gourmet Gala was held last week at its usual iconic venue, the National Building Museum. This storied museum is the largest event space in DC, a good thing for the Gourmet Gala, which attracts over 700 Washingtonian’s for the midweek event.

Over the past fifteen years, the gala has raised more than $4,000,000 in much needed funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and spread awareness to the over 700 annual attendees about the important work that takes place at St. Jude daily. This year’s gala raised over $558,000.

The gala included cocktails, delicious tastings from 40 top celebrity chefs representing DC’s most renowned and commercially acclaimed restaurants, silent and live auctions and a VIP Post Gala Reception. All proceeds from the gala allow St. Jude to continue to find cures and save children.

Chef Scott Drewno of The Source DC won Taster’s Choice for his delectable lobster toast canape.

The vent was emceed by Rick Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospial. Standout St. Jude Board members who attended included Dr. Amin Barakat, Terri Carr, General George Joulwan, Eunice Mazloom, Allan McArtor, Arnold Schwartzman, Tom Wertz

The event was chaired by Sanju Bansal, co-founder of MicroStrategy, and Charlotte Pined, and Chef Mazier Farivar of Peacock Cafe served as Honorary Chef Chair.

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A Chic Affair

Photo credit: Amanda Holcomb

Capping off a month of bridal shows, “A Chic Affair” at Longview Gallery was held last weekend for brides- and grooms-to-be looking for inspiration and ideas to implement at their upcoming weddings.

Vendors included the usual suspects: caterers, hair and makeup professionals, photogs, stationery specialists, and everyone else one might need to consult before the big day. Guests enjoyed on-the-spot mini spa treatments, all while sipping mimosas and enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cake samples.

A fashion show concluded the Sunday afternoon event. On the catwalk were Spring 2014 Collections by Lovely Bride, featuring Amaryllis, 2hands studio, John Farr Lighting Design, and Carola Meyers. Headpieces seem to be big this year, and many models traipsed down the outdoor runway with pieces ranging from delicate and intricate to ginormous and overstated. The collections included gowns of all different varieties, with the expected tulle and chiffon fabrics most heavily represented.

Brides looking for help got what they came for: several guests walked home with raffle prizes, and the swag bags included thoughtful, useful items for every bride.

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Engaged! in DC

A fave event every year, Team LBB headed to Engaged! in DC, one of the city’s best bridal expos.

The event ferries guests between the storied St. Regis and the stately Willard Intercontinental, where vendors like caterers, florists, event planners, seamstresses, and calligraphers showed off their finest services and designs for brides-to-be, their bridesmaids, friends, mothers, and even some fiancees.

We started at the St. Regis, where specialists from Carola Meyers Makeup & Hair Artists greeted us to do our makeup as attendants handed us Chandon rosé. Looking aroudn the room, rows and rows of stationery lined whimsical twine clotheslines, where Laura Hooper Calligraphy displayed dozens of invitation styles. A room over, which designer and event production company Design Foundry dubbed “The Man Cave,” anything a groom and his party might want on his wedding day could be found in masculine (but tasteful) proportions: scotch, a charcuterie station from the hotel’s in-house catering team, and a cigar lounge by The Cigar Box, which offers both real cigars and vapor cigars (if you’re having an indoor shindig).

We then headed to The Willard Intercontinental, which is a more fitting venue for weddings on the extravagant end of the spectrum. Several magnificent ballrooms and lounges greet each guest with free flowing bars, lavishly decorated tablescapes, and savory, exotic hors d’oeuvres. Bridal and bridesmaids dresses from Rizik’s were live modeled, and out-of-the-box dessert mavens Astro Donuts and The Pie Sisters served up non-traditional wedding fare with their signature sweets.

Jo Malone Perfumes also had a station, where brides-to-be tried out fragrances for their big day. Would they be a blushing bride? A smoldering starlet? A whimsical (almost) wife? Guests walked off with dozens of samples, in addition to fragrance cards calling attention to the high notes and subtle undertones of each scent.

We got our hair done by Red Door Spas, which made us picture perfect for the extremely trendy photobooth by Shutterbooth, where guests accessorized with kitschy props. Wedding guests using Shutterbooth walk away with a string of printed photos to commemorate the big day.

Another successful pre-wedding event at two of DC’s best bridal venues concluded with a string quartet in the hallway as happy brides-to-be headed home with swag bags full of vendor discount cards, fabric swatches, and, of course, wedding cake samples.

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The Weekly Round-Up: 2/26-3/5

Friday

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Cocktails for a Cause to benefit We Will Survive Cancer

Please join us for Cocktails for a Cause at Mio on Friday, February 28th to benefit We Will Survive Cancer.

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-for-a-cause-at-mio-to-benefit-we-…

A night of Latin American music and signature cocktails for a good cause.

Donations may be made via eventbrite, or at the event, and your donation amount is fully tax deductible.

$20 Donations

All proceeds from the entrance fee, as well as a percentage of the bar sales will benefit We Will Survive Cancer.

We Will Survive Cancer is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which supports families affected by cancer.

www.wewillsurvivecancer.org

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Leprechaun Lap Bar Tour 2014

DC’s official kick-off to St. Paddy’s! Celebrate all things Irish with a day of bar-hopping, great specials at over 20 bars, bagpipers, and thousands of your closest friends!

ENJOY:
– 20+ Dupont Area Bars
– $2 Coors Lights
– $3 Blue Moons
– $5 Bushmills & Baileys
– Strolling Bagpipers
– St. Paddy’s Giveaways

REGISTRATION FROM 1-6pm:
– James Hoban’s (Map)
– Mackey’s Public House (Map)
– BlackFinn DC (Map)
– McFadden’s (Map)
*All participants must select their registration location when purchasing tickets online in advance

FEATURING 20 DUPONT BARS:
Rumors, Madhatter, Bread & Brew, Sign of the Whale, Public Bar, BlackFinn, Black Rooster, Mackey’s, The Front Page, Fiesta Lounge, Buffalo Billiards, James Hoban’s, Mighty Pint, Recessions, McFadden’s, Cafe Citron, Irish Whisky Public House, Maddy’s, The Bottom Line, and More!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – PRICES INCREASE SOON!

1K Wine & Beer Walks

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Calling racers and couch potatoes alike! The semi-annual 1K Wine & Beer Walk is around the corner so you better start training! Pass the start line and sip your way along the race course, stopping at “Wine” and “Beer” hydration stations along the course. Sample 20 wines or 20 beers we’ll be pouring for your racing pleasure, and end at a giant dance party! Wine and Beer both are being served in EVERY room.

New this year: due to popular requests, we are combining the 1K Wine and Beer Walk together so folks can attend in groups and choose either wine or beer tasting option. More details here.  Also, event takes place on Saturday ONLY…no Sunday race will take place.

Join us for DC and Northern VA’s most unusual wine and beer indoor wine and beer tasting/sporting event/dance party!

Sunday

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Boqueria’s Oscars Viewing Party

Boqueria DC will host an Oscars Viewing Party, featuring unlimited tapas and drinks.

Tapas offerings will be divided in two categories, with “Supporting Role” dishes including Pan con Tomate, Pinxtos de Tortilla, and Patatas Bravas, and “Leading Role” dishes like Gambas al Ajillo, Coliflor Rustida (caramelized cauliflower, yogurt, mint, raisins, garlic and pine nuts), Mejillones con Chorizo (Blue Bay mussels, chorizo, thyme, garlic white wine), and Albondigas (lamb meatballs, tomato sauce, sheep’s milk cheese).

The viewing party will conclude with a sweet treat of Churros con Chocolate, the traditional Spanish fried dough with thick hot chocolate dipping sauce.

Unlimited drinks will include red, white, and rose sangria, draft beer, and cava.

The dinner will cost $45 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 205-558-9545.

Snuggle with the Stars Oscar Party

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Join us for DC’s Most Relaxed Oscar Party!

Come in your Pajamas — Seriously!

Experience DC’s most relaxed Award Show Event – SNUGGLE WITH THE STARS! Lounge in your favorite pajamas in the Navy Memorial’s comfortable underground theater. Experience the broadcast on a giant 2-story HD screen, while sipping the champagne and cocktails and munching on snack food and pizza.

This event benefits DC Shorts and Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Ages 21+

General Admission (includes snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks) – $25

VIP Admission (includes above + pizza and specialty cocktails – and a special gift!) – $50

Tickets & information online dcshorts.com/oscars