Phillips Collection Annual Gala

No one throws a party like The Phillips Collection, and their annual gala was no exception. Sparing no expense, the beautiful gallery was transformed for the night to wine and some of DC’s most luminous leaders and dignitaries.

With delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and a fully stocked bar, guests were immediately swept into the elegant event from the moment they stepped foot on the red carpet leading into the party space. Although the weather did not cooperate — there were sprinkles off and on throughout the night — fizzy champagne cocktails and a covered courtyard kept the rain from dampening any guest’s spirits.

Keeping this event from being too stuffy were iPads on the table setting. Provided by Brightline Interactive, an Old Town company specializing in interactive experiences, these iPads featured streaming videos and an interactive art gallery, which kept guests entertained at the dinner table. The place settings were beautiful as well, and fit perfectly with the opulence of the gallery.

The after party was when guests really let their hair down, with a live jazz band and several food stations with edibles ranging from seafood to ice cream to charcuterie to crepes. There was a 1920s theme as well, and in case guests forgot their flapper wear at home, there were plenty of boas, hats, and long pearl rope necklaces that served as both decorations and party favors.

At the end of the night, I wanted to drive home in the 1927 Rolls Royce parked outside the Anderson House, the location of the after party. Adding to its authenticity was a pair of vintage driving gloves. With the mix of old world glamour and contemporary infusions, it was a night of partying to span the decades.

Photos courtesy of The Phillips Collection.

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Cindy Crawford backs Mitt Romney (maybe)

I KNEW I liked her. Hot diggity. Of course her publicist was quick to disaffiliate her with anyone, but what the hay.

Via The Hill:

On Monday, Mitt Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted: “Cindy Crawford appears in a demonstration video at Romney call day to show people how to use ComMitt fundraising software.”

 

The “call day” Fehrnstrom refers to was held on Monday in Las Vegas, where about 800 Romney supporters placed telephone calls to raise money for the former Massachusetts governor.

Crawford’s publicist didn’t comment by press time.

UPDATED on May 17 at 2:11 p.m.: Crawford’s publicist contacted The Hill on May 17 to say Crawford “is not aligned with anyone politically.”

Asked why Crawford attended the event in Las Vegas, Crawford’s representative said, “She is friendly with Romney’s son.”

Pressed on which son she was referring to, and whether Crawford will support Obama’s reelection campaign, the publicist said she would check and get back to The Hill.

 

Arnold Schwarzeaosidjfajsdflwhatever has a love child

Hast la vista, someone else’s baby. Via Daily Mail:

A week after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced the end of their 25 year marriage, the former Governor of California has dropped bombshell.

In a shock new twist, the 63-year-old today admitted fathering a child with a long-serving member of his household staff.

And while the ‘event’ happened more than 10 years ago, the Terminator star only told his wife about it earlier this year – leading to the couple’s split.

It is believed the member of staff in question had worked for the Schwarzenegger family for more than 20 years, but retired in January.

Shriver, who has four children Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13, with the star, had ‘no comment’ today but sources say she was left ‘completely distraught’ by the revelation.

It is a humiliating blow to the 55-year-old, who publicly defended her husband as an ‘A-plus human being’ as he faced claims of sexual misconduct with women in 2003.

 

Escalators at Foggy Bottom and DuPont metro will be closed for a YEAR

 

Get ready for some crazy calf exercises this summer. Metro will be shutting down escalators at the Foggy Bottom-GWU and DuPont Circle stations soon to begin repairs. While repairs at Foggy Bottom won’t start until January, Metro has only revealed that repairs at DuPont will begin “relatively soon.” If you’ve been to any metro station within the past year, you will have noticed that there’s probably a 75% chance you have to hike up the escalators risking a heart attack and/or asthma attack. These changes come after consultants brought in to investigate/review the metro system blamed metro’s “poor maintenance practices” for the constant escalator failures.

What does this mean for drunken GWU students and folks leaving Front Page at 2am? Possible falling up and/or down escalators and serious embarrassment.

2011 DC SCORES Inspired Art Gala

WHAT: Join DC SCORES for an evening of student voice and artistic vision at the second annual Inspired Art Gala, featuring a silent auction and showcasing the talents of DC SCORES youth and area professionals through spoken word performances. More than 200 guests are expected to attend the gala in support of DC SCORES’ unique focus on creative expression and poetry for students across the District.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Corcoran Gallery of Art

500 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20006

 

TICKETS: $200. See the event website for ticket and sponsorship information

DETAILS: The Inspired Art Gala provides artists with the unique opportunity to support the instruction and cultivation of creative expression through poetry among DC SCORES poet-athletes. The unique silent auction features works of art created by local and national artists inspired by the poetry of DC SCORES poet-athlete. Poetry readings by DC SCORES’ most outstanding students cap off the night.

 

The event will honor Beverly Perry, Vice-President of Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Congresswoman Mary Fudge as the recipients of the evening’s Inspiration Award recognizing individuals whose leadership in the Washington, DC community directly or indirectly inspires creative, athletic, and/or civic growth of Washington, DC youth.

 

For more information about the gala, visit the event website.

 

DC SCORES is an affiliate of America SCORES, the nation’s largest after-school soccer and literacy program. For more information, please visit www.DCSCORES.org.

 

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One Home, Many Hopes annual reception

Editorial credit: Caroline Coppel

The DC chapter of One Home, Many Hopes celebrated its Kenya director’s U.S. visit last Thursday, hosting “Small Things with Great Love: An Evening with Anthony Mulongo” in his honor. The reception and presentation highlighted the mission of the humanitarian group, which rescues, houses and educates abandoned children in Kenya.

 

The DC chapter has grown rapidly over the past year, as this event clearly showed. It was held in a sleek downtown office building near Judiciary Square, and featured an open bar, hors d’ oeuvres and a drawing to win a $50 certificate to Founding Farmers.

 

That’s not to say that the evening was focused on self-indulgent partying, far from it. Throughout his presentation, Mulongo emphasized the need for people to think of others and give what they can to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.

 

“Here’s what’s happening everywhere: need,” he said, when asked about what he saw in his day-to-day operations for OHMH. “Even in the U.S., there is need.”

 

Mulongo left his job as a journalist to combat the grinding poverty he saw around him in Kenya; he founded OHMH in 2007.  The group works with children in order to break the cycle of desperation and destitution into which they are born. By providing them with a home and education, OHMH hopes to raise a generation of intelligent, passionate individuals who will pass on the opportunities given to them.

 

As an example of the group’s success, Mulongo told the story of Gift, one of the girls OHMH has rescued. Gift’s mother died when she was four; left to take care of her infant brother, she began begging in the streets. Mulongo heard about the girl and organized a group of people to find her. She is now a teenager soon to graduate high school; she hopes to become a doctor.

 

Mulongo discussed current projects as well. The group recently opened a girls’ home, which houses 60 on four floors. It is also building a school, and is working with local courts to prevent what Mulongo called “child criminalization for being poor.”

 

“We are giving these children an identity, so that they cannot be arrested and imprisoned over and over again,” he said.

 

Additionally, OHMH is working on expanding its donor base while simultaneously developing other streams of income. Besides DC, there are now chapters in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, London and Belfast; Mulongo said that they recently started a fish farm, which they would sell to local businesses in Kenya.

 

Yet, Mulongo believes the one element essential to OHMH’s sustainability is patience.

 

“Programs like this usually run for one or two years,” he said. “We need to give them time to focus on the new generation.”

 

There should be some local OHMH events in the next few months; visit http://www.onehomemanyhopes.org/ for details.

 

Ron Paul announces 2012 Prez Bid.

 

 

The 75 year old Republican Texas congressman has officially announced his intent to pursue a GOP presidential nomination. He tells Good Morning America, “At this moment I’m officially announcing I am a candidate.”

He continues:

“The time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years so I think the time is right.”

It shall be interesting to see which other folks come forward with GOP nods!