First Friday Dupont Circle DC Reception


Hillyer Art Space presents three solo exhibitions featuring new artwork by Michael Havneraas, Kimberley Parr Roenigk, and Everitt Clark. Havnerass’s It’s All About Me is aptly named, featuring ink drawings of over 1,000 portraits of himself.  In the tradition of American Landscape painters, Parr Roenigk presents Change of Place, a series of paintings focusing on real estate development’s encroachment on nature, and how our daily landscapes are constantly evolving.  Clark will show Cities in the Air, a series of photographs of Belle Isle, Richmond, focusing on the contrasts presented by Richmond’s rich history from Civil War remnants and an abandoned hydroelectric plant, to sunbathing college students.

Guests can meet the artists at the reception on Friday, April 4th from 6-9pm during Dupont Circle’s First Friday, sponsored by Duke’s Grocery pub.


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Celebrating 25 Years of Reading The Reading Connection’s 10th Annual Of Wine & Words Fundraiser Set for April 4


February 27, 2014- (Arlington, VA) – Arlington based children’s non-profit The Reading Connection (TRC) announces the date for its 10th Annual of Wine & Words annual fundraiser to be held Friday, April 4, 2014.  This year marks TRC’s 25th anniversary – celebrating its achievements in providing literacy-rich programs and services for at-risk children and families.

Of Wine & Words will celebrate the region’s culinary excellence featuring the area’s top restaurants.  2014 Participating restaurants and beverage partners include the following:


Artisan Confections

Circa, Open Road and Trio

Eventide Restaurant

Green Pig Bistro

The Hamilton

Lebanese Taverna

P.F. Chang’s

Rosa Mexicano

Beer Partners

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. and Mad Fox Brewing Company

Wine Partners

The event will also include a silent auction that has something for everyone.  Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit TRC’s local literacy programs.

The Reading Connection is pleased to have NBC4 Evening News Anchor Doreen Gentzler return as the event emcee.

For over 25 years, TRC has touched the lives of 15,000 local at-risk kids and has given out nearly 100,000 new books to those kids. In 2013, TRC read with over 1,400 kids and gave them nearly 12,000 new books.  TRC’s programs span the metro DC area, from DC to Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County.  The organization plans to expand to Maryland in its 25th anniversary year.

In 2013, Of Wine & Words raised more than $82,000. This years fundraising goal is $100,000.  The ticket prices for the event are $50 for TRC volunteers, $100 for individual tickets and $150 for tickets that include the VIP Reception.  For ticket information and a listing of our 25th anniversary sponsors, visit: http://www.thereadingconnection.org/contribute/of-wine-and-words.



7:15 – Opening Remarks

7:45 – NBC4 News Anchor Doreen’s Gentzler’s Remarks- 25th Anniversary Component

9:10 – Silent Auction Closes

9:15 – Silent Auction #2 Closes

9:17 – Client Testimonial Video

9:20 – Raise Up for Reading



What: 10th Annual Of Wine & Words

Presented by: The Reading Connection

When: Friday, April 4, 2014

Where:Jones Day Rooftop Terrace, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20001

Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (VIP Reception 6:00 p.m.)


Website/Ticket Purchasing:www.thereadingconnection.org

Twitter: @TheReadingConn #oww14

About The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection (TRC), founded in 1989, is celebrating a quarter century of sharing the magic of reading!  TRC’s four literacy programs offer a continuum of services to encourage at-risk kids to spend more time reading and their families to make reading a family tradition. In fiscal year 2013, TRC gave away 11,500 books, reached more than 450 children in Read-Alouds, enrolled more than 650 children in the Book Club and held 67 workshops and trainings.  www.thereadingconnection.org


Pink Tie Party to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival


Photo courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

To kick off the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washingtonians gathered at the Pink Tie Party last Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The stylish party is held every year on the first day of spring, which also coincides with the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Guests began the evening strutting the pink carpet, and the majority of attendees were dressed in pink cocktail attire to celebrate the city’s best known flower. In addition to a luxurious open bar and multiple tasting stations with both sweet and savory treats, supporters of the National Cherry Blossom Festival could try their hand at the multiple “games of chance” lining the huge party space. These games included a “bud burst,” where people burst pink and white balloons with a dart, a “Petal Pitch,” where one can bounce a ball and try to land it in a glass, mini golf, a ring toss, event the Penny Pitch bar where patrons bounced a penny into a glass behind the bar to win specialty cocktail glasses.

A diverse and upscale array of silent auction items benefitted the cause, and included items like airfare on Turkish Airlines (who also sponsored the unique Turkish coffee bar), a stay at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and many other dining, concert, sporting, and theater experiences.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2014 Festival, March 20 – April 13, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  The 2014 Festival commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.


Happy Hour Benefiting the 2014 Brain Ball


The Brain Ball Young Professionals Committee invites you to a Happy Hour benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter’s 1st Annual Brain Ball.

A $10 wristband, available for purchase at the door, provides drink specials lasting through 8:30 pm. All wristband sales directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

The Brain Ball on May 2 will raise the profile of Alzheimer’s and its devastating toll on America’s families and raise funds for cutting edge research and critical support services for individuals, families and caregivers facing the daily challenges of the disease.http://www.alz.org/nca/in_my_community_62495.asp

A few quick facts on Alzheimer’s:
– It affects more than 5 million people in our country.
– It is the sixth leading cause of death and the only disease in the top 10 without a cure, way to slow down, or stop its progression.
– More Americans die annually from Alzheimer’s than from prostate and breast cancer combined.
– Just in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area alone, half a million people are affected by Alzheimer’s.


PeacePlayers International 2014 March Madness Party for Peace



We headed to K Street’s Capitale, normally a late night club destination, during normal daylight hours to attend the annual Party For Peace. Almost 200 young professionals and PPI supporters came together to watch the first round of March Madness and raise money–$23,000– for PPI, and to further its reach and impact across the globe.

Guests enjoyed an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from Hill Country BBQ while mingling and bidding on an impressive array of silent auction items. Some standout items included 4 First Row, Third Base Nationals Tickets, Tickets to Hardball with Chris Matthews, Tickets to Meet the Press, and The Ron Burgundy ‘Anchorman’ Package with NBC4, among many others that helped raise thousands of dollars.

PeacePlayers International (PPI) was founded in 2001 on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” In its twelve years of operations, PPI has reached more than 60,000 participants and trained more than 800 youth leaders. Through a groundbreaking peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum, PeacePlayers International uses basketball to bring children together and teach them proven tactics for improving their communities. PeacePlayers International currently operates year-round programs in South AfricaNorthern IrelandIsrael and the West Bank, and Cyprus.

Next up, PeacePlayers is holding the annual Dropping Dimes for Peace Party in New York City on April 7. More information can be found here.