Little Brothers of the Poor Benefit at the Ritz-Carlton

In 1939, and after a long intellectual and spiritual process, Armand Marquiset decided to dedicate his life to the poor. This project was carried out in 1946 with the creation in France of the association of les petits frères des Pauvres. He committed himself in helping elderly destitute people, to love the poorest as brothers and to help them as much as possible.

I joined François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, celebrity chef Carla Hall, CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante, and culturally-minded Washingtonians at the Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the non-profit with an intimate wine tasting and seated dinner.

Les petits frères des Pauvres France created the American Fund of the little brothers of the Poor to support Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly American network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.

Participating restaurants included Ris, Blacksalt, Bastille, and L’Académie de Cuisine. Guests perused beautiful luxury silent auction items while tasting hors d’oeuvres and sampling wines before heading to the dining room to hear more about the organization.

The action of the les petits frères des Pauvres is still achieved today around fundamental values of respect and brotherhood. Volunteers and staff offer a long term accompaniment to allow people to rebuild their lives, to weave relational networks and to be released from their isolation.

Go Fox Yourself: Bottomless Brunch Edition


If you were at our last “Go Fox Yourself” Happy Hour, you had a blast with us and raised almost $2,000 for the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research!

This time, Team Fox YPDC is doing it brunch style.

Don your best fox gear and join us for an all you can eat Mexican brunch (think huevos rancheros under bacon, over bacon) and all you can drink mimosas and Bloody Maries for $40.

As per usual, we will have great gift certificate give-aways, raffles, and costume prizes for the foxiest fox and best Michael J. Fox character (still waiting for a Teen Wolf to show up).

Every ticket constitutes a donation to MJFF, which is working every day to cure Parkinson’s Disease.

Buy your tickets here:

If you’re looking to get more involved, check us out at

As always, #GoFoxYourself

2014 Butterfly Bash

Each year, Fair Chance hosts the Butterfly Bash, our signature event to raise funds and honor local leaders who are committed to helping children in Washington, DC. In 2013, the Butterfly Bash raised more than $300,000 and was attended by more than 700 people supporting our mission.


Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, & Dancing
Cocktail Attire
Valet Parking Available

~ Honoring ~

Carrie & David Marriott
for their commitment to children and youth
in Washington, DC.

~ Featuring ~

Celebrity Emcee
Chris Cooley
Former Redskins Tight End

With special thanks to our 2014 Butterfly Bash Co-Chairs: Patrick Chauvin, Myles King, Julie Rienzo, & Kaci Williams

Your support of the Butterfly Bash is an investment in Fair Chance and our work improving the lives of children in Washington, DC’s most underserved communities. Fair Chance selects promising, youth-serving nonprofits and provides them with free, comprehensive expertise in organizational management for up to two years. The results are transformative: our nonprofit partners become more sustainable, increase their impact, and, on average, double the number of children served.

Learn More:

Contact Linzee Feigenbaum, Development and Events Manager;, 202-467-2421

Sahasra Deepika’s Sweet 16 Gala Celebration


It’s Sahasra Deepika’s 16th anniversary of service to children in need. Funds will benefit the education and care of the girls at Sahasra Deepika Institute in Bangalore, and our outreach programs for impoverished children in the community.


The Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization helping children in need in Bangalore, India since 1998. Our students are orphans or children from destitute single-parent households. We empower kids to believe in their ability to make a difference and motivate them to reach their greatest potential as productive members of society, one child at a time.

An Evening with John Cleese: Evening Lecture with Book Signing


There can only be one Minister of Silly Walks: John Cleese. As with all comic geniuses, a mere mention of his gags—like the attempt to return a dead parrot to a pet store—brings a smile to our lips every time.

Join Cleese in an interview with NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” host Scott Simon as he shares the stories behind his success, one laugh at a time.

Tickets (includes a copy of Cleese’s new memoir So, Anyway).

#SoWineDays with Sofitel Luxury Hotels


I stopped by the Lafayette Square Sofitel last week for a private reception to honor the luxury chain’s #SoWineDays campaign.

Their call to action sums it up in a perfectly French way: “Ambassadors of the French “Art de Vivre” all over the world, Sofitel invites you to discover magnifique French wines during unique events in our luxury hotels.”

Through October 31st, share a photo taken during the Wine Days on your social networks using #SoWineDays and you could win a luxury immersion for two persons* in the Alsace wine country in partnership with Air France and Sofitel Luxury Hotels.

Given the bountiful passed Louis Roederer champagne and savory nibbles, guests had no trouble finding snap-worthy moments to tweet, instagram, and post.


• Round trip from the United States to Paris with Air France
• Round trip by train from Paris to Strasbourg
• 5 night stay at the Sofitel Strasbourg Grand Ile, including
continental breakfast
• Exclusive visit of the world-renowned Trimbach vineyards
• VIP welcome gifts

Participating hotels include Sofitel Miami, Sofitel San Francisco Bay, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Sofitel New York, Sofitel Philadelphia, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, and Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile.