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

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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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gofoxyourself-brunch-with-team-fox-ypdc-tickets-13767142895

If you’re looking to get more involved, check us out athttp://teamfoxypdc.org/

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.

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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:

Questions?
Contact Linzee Feigenbaum, Development and Events Manager; lfeigenbaum@fairchancedc.org, 202-467-2421

Sahasra Deepika’s Sweet 16 Gala Celebration

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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.

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sahasra-deepikas-sweet-16-gala-celebration-tickets-12800880779

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

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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).

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Julius Caesar at the Folger Theatre

It’s election day, so go vote! After, you can reward yourself for doing your civic duty by getting tickets to Julius Caesar at the Folger Theatre.

The Folger Shakespeare Library timed the run of this play well, knowing that its 415-year-old message is relevant today. It opened October 28, just a few days shy of the midterm elections, when campaigning was at a feverish high. The play reminds us that public opinion is still disturbingly fickle, and even intelligent statesmen are easily influenced by passionate speeches.

Director Robert Richmond eagerly wrestles with the questions Julius Caesar presents, just as he did with Richard III and Henry V,  his previous directorial efforts for Folger. “Are Brutus and Cassius ‘the men who gave their country liberty’?” he asks in his director’s notes. “And, more importantly, what is the cost of that liberty?”

Consequently, Richmond’s version of Julius Caesar is awash in shades of gray. The set and costumes are drab—Portia’s and Calpurnia’s purple dresses are the only color in sight—underscoring the fact that this play has no real hero, only men who are motivated solely by their own ambitions. Even Brutus (Anthony Cochrane) is blind and foolish. He’s so caught up in being Rome’s savior that he never once questions the convenient timing of the anti-Caesar propaganda that arrives at his doorstep, on the eve of the famous “ides of March.”

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Et tu, Brute?” Caesar (Michael Sharon, right) has a few last words for Brutus (Anthony Cochrane) in Julius Caesar. On stage at Folger Theatre October 28 – December 7, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood.

There was one aesthetic choice, however, that seemed a little jarring and out of place. While the other outfits belonged to no specific time or place in history, the battle scenes featured WWI–era gas masks, helmets, and overcoats. Richmond explains this choice somewhat in his director’s notes; he says that he noticed the commemorations of WWI’s centennial while on a trip to the UK this past summer, and how clearly they showed “the cost of war.” Nevertheless, while watching the play, I found myself thinking more about why he chose those particular costumes than focusing on the actual scenes. They were more of a distraction than a helpful illustration of the cost of war.

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Mark Antony (Maurice Jones) mourns the death of his good friend in Julius Caesar. On stage at Folger Theatre October 28 – December 7, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood.

Still, one of the most disquieting scenes in the play is one that needs no historical context. When Mark Antony—played expertly by Maurice Jones—easily sways the crowd against Brutus and Cassius (Louis Butelli), he displays all the charisma and disingenuousness of a modern politician. Same for Brutus, who only moments before had the crowd calling for him to be crowned king (the very reason he agreed to help kill Caesar, whom the public initially wanted to be king). Julius Caesar shows us that, whether in ancient Rome, Elizabethan England, or now, whoever has the last word also has the public support. Happy election day, everyone!

Julius Caesar runs through December 7. Get tickets here.