Hope for the Future Gala


Who: Benefiting & Hosted by Project HOPE
Notable guests in attendance include International Diplomatic Staff, International Health Ministers, and Washington, D.C.’s Philanthropic Elite.

What: Gala Program, Dinner, Cocktails, and Silent Auction

Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20240

When: June 10th, 2014
Cocktails: 6:30 PM
Gala Program & Dinner: 7:30 PM
After Party on the 3rd Floor of the Mellon Auditorium: 10:30 PM

Why: Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked in more than 120 countries to make quality and sustainable health care available for people around the globe. Our work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health systems, improving the health of women and children, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help. Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. Over the past five decades, Project HOPE has demonstrated its ability to develop and permanently institute long-term solutions to pressing health problems, the true essence of helping people help themselves. Project HOPE remains as committed as ever to addressing the world’s new health threats by playing a leadership role forging new alliances among those on the frontlines of health and together seeking new solutions.

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66.Millennial Week - Awards Reception - June 2014

Millennial Week Opening and Awards Reception

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Last night, at the opening reception of Millennial Week, four outstanding Millennials were given top honors for their influence on culture, entrepreneurship and social good. During a lively party at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, awards were given to the people most dramatically shaping Washington, D.C., and the country at large, including:


  • Social Good – Darla Bunting, founder of First Book-DC, won for her work supplying schools and programs with books and the funds to buy books, as well as her role as capital director of Capital Cause, which trains teams to fund grants for local nonprofits.
  • Entrepreneurship – Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist were honored as co-founders of Union Kitchen, which lowers the barriers for entry into the food business and helps change kitchen and restaurant spaces throughout the DC Metro.


  • Arts + Culture – Ariana Austin, founder of Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC, won for organizing the mash-up of 20 venues, 50 visual artists, 11 cultural partners, and more than 15,000 attendees. She is the founder of the production agency French Thomas Creative, and her writings on travel, culture and foreign affairs have appeared in several major publications.


  • Millennial of the Year – Steven Olikara was honored for founding the Millennial Action Project, the country’s first national nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting political gridlock with innovative, post-partisan Millennial leadership. Steven also organized the bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus, the nation’s first Millennial-led Congressional Caucus.


The reception kicked off with an energetic speech by restaurateur and philanthropist Andy Shallal, who spoke about how Generation X was revolutionary, but Generation Y is more solutionary.

Last night’s opening reception kicked off Millennial Week, a series of events focusing on the impact the Millennial generation is making on culture, enterprise and society. Millennial Week looks to cultivate, promote and present meaningful ideas and trends that reflect the impact of Millennials. Find a full listing of upcoming events





Break out your best blue and green cocktail attire (no running sneakers) for an evening of celebration, inspiration, music, dancing, and memories! The Back on My Feet Bash is our annual gala and biggest fundraiser of the year. Bash provides an opportunity to applaud our Members, volunteers and supporters for their work in growing an organization that is changing lives on critical step at a time. 

  • Who: 450+ Back on My Feet friends, family and those who want to make a difference
  • When: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
  • Where: JW Marriott 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
  • What: Decadent seated dinner, beer, wine, specialty drinks, and a stunning array of silent auction items. Guests will dance the night away.
  • Dress: Blue & green cocktail attire
  • Tickets: $100 per person until May 1st; $125 per person until May 26th
    $150 at the door
  • Table Sponsorship: $7,200 Marathon Sponsorship and $3,600 Half Marathon Sponsorship. To sponsor a table or for more information contact Ashley Kilpatrick at 404.824.9690  or email

Check out pictures from last year by our Bash photographer Brian Silver and DJ Urban Cowboy’s recap of the event! Even Ask Miss A wrote an article about the Bash!


Washington Humane Society Announces 27th Annual Bark Ball


DC’s Premiere Black-Tie Gala for the Four-on-the-Floor Crowd

Washington, DC – Shake out that suit and brush off your tails, the Washington Humane Society Bark Ball returns for the 27th year on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Guests are invited to celebrate in style at DC’s original black-tie gala for humans and their canine companions.

This year we welcome a new Master of Ceremonies, the Washington Redskin’s Vice President and Executive Producer of Media, Larry Michael, Sr. The gala will also feature stage design and production by Design Foundry.

The benefit kicks off with a reception, an extensive silent auction and Bark Bar at 7:00pm, followed by dinner, a formal program, dancing, live auction, and special surprises from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Leashed dogs are encouraged to attend (no retractable leashes please).

General tickets are $250 each and tables are $2,500. Once again, we are offering a limited number of Young Professionals tickets for those 35 and under at just $150. Tickets and tables are available online at

Last year’s event brought together more than 800 animal advocates and 400 dogs, raising over $550,000 to benefit the critical programs and services of the Washington Humane Society. All proceeds from the event will support the critical programs and services that benefit thousands of homeless, lost and abused animals in the District of Columbia.


This event will sell out!


To purchase tickets and for more information, including sponsorship information, visit us online at, call 202-683-1822, or


A limited number of Bark Ball Press Passes are available. Please contact ChristieLyn Diller at or 202-695-0080 for information.





The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services. For more information, please visit


A Day at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, Cartagena

Following a fantastic fine dining experience at Sofitel DC’s iCi Urban Bistro, the one of the city’s best kept secrets for a low-profile yet high-quality power lunch and cocktails, I spent a day at Cartagena, Colombia’s Sofitel Legend Santa Clara.

The history surrounding Cartagena’s Sofitel is rich enough to stand as its own blog. The famed crypt beneath the bar, which provided Gabriel García Márquez the inspiration behind Of Love and Other Demons, is a major attraction in itself.

Currently, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is in the running for Conde Nast’s Reader’s Choice Award. It’s not hard to see why: the old world style courtyard, complete with lush tropical horticulture and preserved wells, is the perfect contrast to the new world pool, spa, hot tub, and lounging area. Guests receive the best of both worlds, with the charm and history of Santa Clara, and the luxury of the hotel’s lavish pool. Vote for them here (deadline is June 3rd):

Leopold, the charming attendant who lead me on a tour throughout the grounds, spared nothing in giving me a truly luxurious experience. The spa attendants greeted me with refreshing fruit-infused iced tea, a cool face towel, as well as a granadilla, a signature South American fruit. It takes a bit to get over the Harry Potter-esque look and texture of this seeded fruit, which is rather ungraceful to eat as you basically shove your face into it, but the taste was mild, sweet, and unique.

I also toured the grand hall, a premiere destination for weddings. The space can be transformed into all kinds of unexpected attraction with space for hundreds of guests, a stage for a band, and several other arrangements typical for romantic evenings.

I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with both David Kianni, the hotel’s manager, as well as Isabelle Alexandre, the extremely talented and delightfully down-to-earth chef de cuisine. As exquisite fare was laid out before me, I enjoyed hearing the inspiration, elements, and story of each plate.

To start, I had the freshest ceviche I’ve ever tasted, the ceviche de camarones al estilo Peruano (Peruvian-style ceviche). Served in a martini glass, the shellfish paired perfectly with the lightly zingy marinade and truly encapsulated the spirit of Cartagena: non-pretentious and beautiful in its simplicity. David enjoyed the ceviche de corvine al leche de coco, a creamier take on the dish. This course was served with the restaurant’s most well-known beverage, a mint lemonade that could not have been more refreshing. The mint lemonade was joined by a shot of light rum.

I asked Isabelle for a recommendation to try the most characteristic fare of the city. Without hesitation, she directed me to langostinos al ajillo con arroz de coco y paremsano estilo risotto, grilled prawns with garlic and white wine sauce over risotto-style coconut rice. Coconut rice, arroz con coco, is a very traditional Colombian dish that is unlike anything America has in its usual cookbook. The name of it evokes the idea of a sweet rice, almost like tapioca, but in reality arroz con coco is quite different. Instead, it’s a savory, homogenized blend of stewed coconut and rice, giving it a dark, almost smoky color.

Chef Isabella explained that unlike other arroz con cocos, hers was created only after a very arduous process of fully stewing out any bitterness from the coconut, rendering the resultant impressively complex, with a depth of earthy and mellow notes. The perfectly cooked prawns complemented the risotto-style starch.

I spent the remainder of my day relaxing at the pool. The unsurpassed serenity of the luscious green space was the perfect send off as I headed to the airport to fly back home to DC. I even got a friendly salutation from Mateo, the hotel’s wild toucan. He certainly knows his place in the court: Mateo is sassy, stealing food right off guest’s plates as they dine al fresco, and nipping rather forcefully when ignored.

If visiting Cartagena, you should stay at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara.  If not, it is well worth the visit. Don’t let the luxury chain name and immaculately-dressed staff scare you off: the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara perfectly encapsulates the leisurely feeling of no-fuss serenity in one of the world’s most breathtaking cities.


Cocktail Reception with K9s for Warriors


You are cordially invited to a cocktail reception introducing K9s For Warriors featuring Captain Jason Haag and Axel, along with special friends: Lee Cohen, Lilly HarrisGoldy KamaliFran HolubaAndrea RinaldiKenneth D SuarezMark Vargas and Dr. Katy J. Nelson.

Enjoy cocktails, small bites and music provided by Donald Syriani.

About K9s for Warriors: K9s for Warriors is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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