WHCD pre-party with Quinn Gillespie & Associates, Financial Dynamics, and the American Gas Association Reception

Quinn Gillespie & Associates and Financial Dynamics teamed up again this year to throw their annual pre-party for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. With the event being held last year at Public bar, this year’s move to the American Gas Association gave the event quite a different ambiance. A guitarist played crowd favorites as attendees nibbled on gourmet food cart treats like chicken parmigiana and gyros.

Since journalists love an open bar, this media-only party was prepared with wine and spirits spread over three bar stations. Guests enjoyed breathtaking views of Washington and the Capitol with the American Gas Association’s picture windows and prime location. It was the perfect Thursday night event to kick-off a weekend of WHCD celebrations.

BYO Legs: So last season.

Seen here in what can only be described as the world’s most expensive Halloween costume are Prada’s new shoe/boots that feature red Mary Janes over fleshy leather leg panels. At least now you don’t need to shave just wear your favorite $1500 heels.

About Caroline Coppel

Caroline Coppel, Events and General Hoopla Writer
Fête Fatale

Caroline Coppel is originally from New Jersey, but decided to stay in Washington, D.C. after graduating from GW in May 2010. She lives in Adams Morgan, a neighborhood that is much cooler than she is, and loves eating the free food at providing in-depth coverage of events around the city.

Send press releases and party favors to caroline@littleblackblog.net.

The Washington Animal Rescue League’s Rescue Me Gala Supports Disaster Rescue for Animals

Animal Lovers and Their Dogs Gather at Union Station on Saturday, April 30

Washington, DC – On Saturday, April 30, The Washington Animal Rescue League will host its largest fundraising event of the year with an elegant reception and silent auction at historic Union Station.  Jim Handly of NBC4 News will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Eleanor Clift, J.C. Hayward, and other prominent animal-lovers will also be attending.

“The Gala really is a highlight of the year for us and everyone in the area who cares about animals,” says League CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman, who is also the weekly pet expert on WAMU’s “Animal House.”. “Not only is it an opportunity for the League’s growing community of supporters to celebrate the amazing work that goes on all year, but it also raises much-needed resources for our Disaster Rescue Fund, which we use to rescue animals from large-scale cruelty cases and natural disasters and bring them to the League for rehabilitation and placement in loving, forever homes.”

In 2010, the League rescued large numbers of animals from a hoarding situation in Mississippi, a dogfighting ring in Ohio, an abusive North Carolina medical research lab, a fire at an animal shelter in Kuwait, and many other dire situations. And this year looks to be even busier, according to Weitzman. “We’ve already taken in animals from hoarding situations in Ohio and West Virginia, and it’s only April,” he says.

The silent auction includes Washington Nationals Base Hit Experience Package with baseline reserve tickets and on-field passes to batting practice, hotel stays across the country, and dinner with Orioles players Matt Wieters & Brian Roberts, and much more.

Details:            Rescue Me Gala 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Union Station’s East Hall

50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

More information is at http://www.warl.org/Gala

The Washington Animal Rescue League is a non-profit organization with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals who have nowhere else to go and strengthen and preserve the human-animal bond by supporting animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.  A recent $4 million renovation made the shelter one of the world’s most humane, animal-friendly facilities for dogs and cats in transition.  Since 1996, the League has also operated a full-service, low-cost Medical Center for the companion animals of low-income area residents and shelter animals.  Its unique Project Rescue provides an array of services that help people struggling in difficult economic times to care for and keep their animals. For more information, visit www.warl.org.

Superman defecting

Life mimics comic?Via Comics Alliance (?!):

The key scene takes place in “The Incident,” a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman consults with the President’s national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East. However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.

Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day — and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective. From a “realistic” standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.