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; lfeigenbaum@fairchancedc.org, 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.

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


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).


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.”

Julius Caesar and Brutus

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.

Mark Antony

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.


#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.


Momentous Occasion to Include Silent Auction with Merchandise From Bethesda-Area Restaurants and Retailers
***Complimentary Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Reception – Open To Public***
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Bethesda, MD – Urban Country loves local! The Bethesda-based home furnishings and design retailer is embracing local businesses during this year’s annual anniversary event. Marking 23 years of providing luxury interior design and fine home furnishings to the national capital region, the locally-owned quintessential boutique for countryside and urban spaces will celebrate local vendors while honoring our wounded military veterans during a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception on Thursday, October 30 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Urban Country is located in Bethesda Row at 7117 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
The Urban Country Loves Local event will boast a large selection of local merchandise in a silent auction with proceeds benefitting The Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund – a Maryland-based nonprofit organization that provides 100 percent of donations it receives directly to wounded soldiers who are recovering at military hospitals in the Washington, DC area. Urban Country and numerous Bethesda Row merchants and restaurants have donated merchandise and gift cards for the silent auction.
Numerous local and national home furnishings companies are donating a variety of items for the silent auction that include merchandise and gift baskets from Textillery Weavers, Sugarboo, Alexandra Ferguson, Maple Leaf Designs, Rosanna, Mistral, Designers Guild and Diane Markin among many more. Last year, Wesley Hall Furniture kindly donated a luxurious armchair as a featured silent auction item. This year, Wesley Hall will continue their philanthropic tradition with a generous donation of a pair of Nolan chairs, which will be available for silent auction.  Suggested retail price is $2800 for each chair.
 “During this festive season, we want to embrace American patriotism and honor our wounded heroes currently in recovery in DC area military hospitals,” says Rachelle Roth, founder and owner of Urban Country Designs. “We are also passionate about supporting local commerce and encourage our patrons to shop local.”
This year, Urban Country will pay a special tribute to the late Norman Coley, president of Lee Industries, for his contribution to the home furnishings industry and his belief in supporting local commerce. This year’s event theme is dedicated to him.
For more information please visit: www.urbancountrydesigns.com or like Urban Country on Facebook:http://on.fb.me/189a1hN.
WHO: Urban Country Designs
Home Furnishings and Design Services in Bethesda Row
Featured Silent Auction Donors include:
  • Textillery Weavers
  • Sugarboo
  • Alexandra Ferguson
  • Rosanna
  • Mistral
  • Diane Markin
  • Wesley Hall Furniture
  • Ann Gish Bedding
  • Designers Guild
  • J.McLaughlin
  • Lee Industries
  • Sassoon Salon
  • The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Green Home and Office
  • Jellycat
  • Renu Med Spa
  • Outdoor Illumination
  • Lemon Twist
  • Jos. A. Bank
WHAT: *Urban Country Loves Local Special 23nd Anniversary Event
*Silent Auction Fundraiser with Proceeds Benefiting
    The Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund                                                                                                       
WHEN: Thursday, October 30 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Urban Country
Bethesda Row
7117 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(Corner of Arlington Road & Bethesda Avenue)
About Urban Country
Urban Country is the national capital area’s most exciting, luxury, interior design & fine home furnishings showroom.  Living chic is simple with well-edited new and exclusive selections from todays most in demand designers. From contemporary cool to elegant classic, Urban Country is the definitive source for style inspiration. The home furnishings store is nationally known for having a keen design eye for furniture, gifts, accessories, lighting, bedding, jewelry, fashion accessories, baby gifts, and bath products.  A member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, Urban Country promotes products that are thoughtfully designed for a greener home. Urban Country, founded by Jeffrey and Rachelle Roth in 1991, is “the best kept secret in Interior Design” as quoted by the Washington Post. Location: 7117 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301-654-0500 Fax: 301-654-0501. Store hours:  Monday – Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
About The Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund
The Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund (CSRF) makes it possible for you to 
help our country’s severely wounded soldiers in a personal and meaningful
way. CSRF is unique in that 100% of your donation goes directly to recovering 
soldiers. With your donation, small or large, you can bring sunlight into 
a hospital room and into the life of a war-wounded soldier. By helping with an expense that they otherwise simply would not be able to afford, your 
contribution provides immediate relief and hope. Garland Miller, a business-owner in Chevy Chase, Maryland, founded CSRF 
in 2004. Wanting to help wounded soldiers, she discovered that a charitable
donation to other organizations supports their overhead, rather than 100% 
of the recipient’s needs. Ms. Miller donates her time and the resources of her 
bookkeeping firm, Schoolfield & Associates, Inc., so that every dollar of every
donation to goes to recovering soldiers. Other professionals from the 
community also donate their time and expertise to make CSRF possible.
Mission: Provide financial aid to American soldiers, sailors, and marines 
recovering from severe wounds in service of our nation.
Finances: Collect donations from individuals and corporations interested in 
supporting recovering soldiers at Washington DC area military hospitals. Volunteers 
not charging for their services disperse all donations directly to wounded veterans.
A Not-For-Profit Organization – The Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund has
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. All contributions are tax deductible.