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Pink Tie Party to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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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.

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Happy Hour Benefiting the 2014 Brain Ball

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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.

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PeacePlayers International 2014 March Madness Party for Peace

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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.

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Pink Tie Party: 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s annual fundraiser, the Pink Tie Party signals the kickoff to the Festival and the season of the blossoms. Now in it’s eighth year, guests will continue the tradition of embracing the Party’s theme by donning pink ties and springtime styles.

As you strut down the pink carpet, enter a world of stunning fashion displays, games of chance, delicious cuisine, and tempting libations.

ATTIRE: “Pink Tie” Cocktail.

The evening’s Auction Spectacular will contribute to the Festival’s fundraising efforts by offering fashion, weekend getaways, concerts sporting, dining and theater experiences, and much more.

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.

For ticket information and event details, please click here.

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SwatchRoom’s Inaugural Salon Party Brings Together DC’s Social and Creative Elite to Support the Local Art Scene and Raise Over $5,000 for Project SOAR

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Washington, DC – SwatchRoom, the new Shaw-based creative design studio, hosted their Inaugural Salon Party Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Hierarchy DC.

The weekend celebration showcased the work of over 25 local artists, craftsmen, and jewelers.  The three-day event welcomed over 400 guests, raised awareness of the thriving local art scene and successfully raised over $5,000 for Project SOAR through art and ticket sales.

“Each of the artists that exhibited their work was incredibly generous by donating a portion of their sales to Project SOAR”, says SwatchRoom Co-Founder Maggie O’Neill.  “We couldn’t have asked for better support from our family, friends, clients, and community.  This event proves that DC’s art scene is flourishing, which is part of the reason Maggie and I joined forces to create SwatchRoom”, added SwatchRoom Co-Founder Warren Weixler.

In addition to every inch of wall space covered in beautifully arranged art and photography, attendees were entertained by DJ’s, LIVE painting by Maggie O’Neill and breakdancing by The LAB DC.  The weekend wrapped up with a special presentation by Maryam Montague, author, hotelier, award-winning blogger, and founder of Project SOAR.  Art designed by the girls of Project SOAR was sold during Montague’s presentation with all proceeds benefitting the charity.

To view a full list of the artists that participated, please visit: swatchroom.com/swatchroom-salon.

To learn more about Project SOAR, please visit: projectSOARmarrakesh.org.

About SwatchRoom

SwatchRoom is an interiors, furniture, lighting, 3d art, and concept DESIGN firm that fabricates, finishes, curates, prototypes, and builds.  We MAKE what we design.  SwatchRoom is the brainchild of Maggie O’Neill and Warren Weixler, with over 20 years of combined experience in the creative industry. SwatchRoom collaborates with creatives of all types to provide a wider array of services, a much greater network of talent, and access to world’s best artisans and craftspeople.  For more information about SwatchRoom, please visit: www.swatchroom.com.

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PeacePlayers International 2014 March Madness Party for Peace

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PeacePlayers March Madness Party for Peace kicks off on March 20th at 6pm, and you’re invited to take part in the festivities.

Enjoy the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with friends and colleagues all while supporting PeacePlayers International and our mission to use basketball to create peace around the world.

Guests will be treated to a full open bar, appetizers from Hill Country BBQ, a special NCAA square competition, and a chance to win awesome prizes in our silent auction. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!
Silent Auction Items:
4 First Row, Third Base Nationals Tickets
4 Nationals Presidents Club tickets
Gift card to Reformation Fitness
Tickets to Hardball with Chris Matthews
Tickets to Meet the Press
Design Consultation from a Landscape Architect (complete with drawings plans)
Round of Golf for Two at Columbia and a meal in the Member’s Grill
and more to come!