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Jose Andres and Friends’ Dine n Dash

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José Andrés and Friends Present “Dine n Dash” –a Culinary Tour of Penn Quarter Restaurants in Benefit of World Central Kitchen

What: José Andrés and friends launch the second annual Dine N Dash in support of World Central Kitchen. At this wandering feast of Penn Quarter, guests will stroll between ten of the top dining destinations in DC including Cuba Libre, Del Campo, Jaleo, Menu/MBK, Oyamel, Partisan, Poste Brasserie, Proof, SEI, and Zaytinya, sampling specialty plates and delectable cocktails. Each restaurant will feature musical acts, and participants will be able to visit an additional five participating food trucks, including Pepe, DC Empanadas, BBQ Bus, Takorean, and Red Hook.

Tickets start at $99 for the culinary tour and $249 for a VIP pass, which includes pedicab access and an after-party at Zaytinya with José Andrés himself. All proceeds will benefit World Central Kitchen’s smart solutions to hunger and poverty.

To purchase tickets, please visit: www.dinendash.info

When: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Why: José Andrés believes strongly in leveraging the power of food to find solutions to many of the world’s problems When he and partner Rob Wilder founded World Central Kitchen, they did so with the hope of helping to end food insecurity and malnutrition in Haiti and the world. All Dine N Dash proceeds will go directly to support the remarkable development programs that World Central Kitchen is undertaking, including a Sustainable School Canteen in Palmiste Tampe, Haiti; a honey harvesting operation in rural Dominican Republic; the Bakery in Zamni Beni, Crois de Bouquetes, Haiti; and the Elie du Bois Culinary School in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Where: Penn Quarter, Washington, DC.

www.worldcentralkitchen.org

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Back on My Feet Blue & Green Birthday Bash

BOMFAfter hearing about Back on My Feet, you’ll never again have a good excuse not to run.

The organization, which hosted its annual birthday bash at the JW Marriott last Thursday, helps rehabilitate the homeless through running. BOMF believes running fosters discipline and determination and helps members move toward self-sufficiency. Often, it’s the only activity that gets its members out of bed in the morning.

Just ask Stephen Bridges, a BOMF alumnus who spoke at the event. Bridges, a former drug addict, said he first heard of the group while staying La Casa, a transitional rehab program.

“I could hear people in the courtyard yelling, ‘Back on My Feet! Back on My Feet!’… I thought it was the neighbors,” he said. He eventually started going on the early morning runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and said it was “one of the best things I have ever done for myself.”

“I was determined to do this one thing right, and it just started working … I love my life just the way it is,” he said. He now works as a hairdresser, has a savings account, and has reconnected with his nephews.

Attendees also heard from BOMF volunteer and honoree Linda Singh, a managing director at Accenture, one of BOMF’s long-time sponsors. She is also a brigadier general in the Maryland Army National Guard. Singh, who had a rough upbringing and was homeless for a time, said BOMF was the ideal support structure.

“All of you become the wind beneath someone’s wings,” she said, speaking to the volunteers in the crowd. “And that’s what it takes to move forward.”

 

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Hope for the Future Gala

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Who: Benefiting & Hosted by Project HOPE
Notable guests in attendance include International Diplomatic Staff, International Health Ministers, and Washington, D.C.’s Philanthropic Elite.

What: Gala Program, Dinner, Cocktails, and Silent Auction

Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20240

When: June 10th, 2014
Cocktails: 6:30 PM
Gala Program & Dinner: 7:30 PM
After Party on the 3rd Floor of the Mellon Auditorium: 10:30 PM

Why: Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked in more than 120 countries to make quality and sustainable health care available for people around the globe. Our work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health systems, improving the health of women and children, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help. Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. Over the past five decades, Project HOPE has demonstrated its ability to develop and permanently institute long-term solutions to pressing health problems, the true essence of helping people help themselves. Project HOPE remains as committed as ever to addressing the world’s new health threats by playing a leadership role forging new alliances among those on the frontlines of health and together seeking new solutions.

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Millennial Week Opening and Awards Reception

Photo credit: Gee James / @CMediaUSA of www.CMediaUSA.com

Last night, at the opening reception of Millennial Week, four outstanding Millennials were given top honors for their influence on culture, entrepreneurship and social good. During a lively party at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, awards were given to the people most dramatically shaping Washington, D.C., and the country at large, including:

 

  • Social Good – Darla Bunting, founder of First Book-DC, won for her work supplying schools and programs with books and the funds to buy books, as well as her role as capital director of Capital Cause, which trains teams to fund grants for local nonprofits.
  • Entrepreneurship – Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist were honored as co-founders of Union Kitchen, which lowers the barriers for entry into the food business and helps change kitchen and restaurant spaces throughout the DC Metro.

 

  • Arts + Culture – Ariana Austin, founder of Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC, won for organizing the mash-up of 20 venues, 50 visual artists, 11 cultural partners, and more than 15,000 attendees. She is the founder of the production agency French Thomas Creative, and her writings on travel, culture and foreign affairs have appeared in several major publications.

 

  • Millennial of the Year – Steven Olikara was honored for founding the Millennial Action Project, the country’s first national nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting political gridlock with innovative, post-partisan Millennial leadership. Steven also organized the bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus, the nation’s first Millennial-led Congressional Caucus.

 

The reception kicked off with an energetic speech by restaurateur and philanthropist Andy Shallal, who spoke about how Generation X was revolutionary, but Generation Y is more solutionary.

Last night’s opening reception kicked off Millennial Week, a series of events focusing on the impact the Millennial generation is making on culture, enterprise and society. Millennial Week looks to cultivate, promote and present meaningful ideas and trends that reflect the impact of Millennials. Find a full listing of upcoming events atwww.millennialweek.com/events.

 

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BLUE & GREEN BIRTHDAY BASH PRESENTED BY MARRIOTT AND WELLS FARGO

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Break out your best blue and green cocktail attire (no running sneakers) for an evening of celebration, inspiration, music, dancing, and memories! The Back on My Feet Bash is our annual gala and biggest fundraiser of the year. Bash provides an opportunity to applaud our Members, volunteers and supporters for their work in growing an organization that is changing lives on critical step at a time. 


  • Who: 450+ Back on My Feet friends, family and those who want to make a difference
  • When: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
  • Where: JW Marriott 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
  • What: Decadent seated dinner, beer, wine, specialty drinks, and a stunning array of silent auction items. Guests will dance the night away.
  • Dress: Blue & green cocktail attire
  • Tickets: $100 per person until May 1st; $125 per person until May 26th
    $150 at the door
  • Table Sponsorship: $7,200 Marathon Sponsorship and $3,600 Half Marathon Sponsorship. To sponsor a table or for more information contact Ashley Kilpatrick at 404.824.9690  or email ashley.kilpatrick@backonmyfeet.org.

Check out pictures from last year by our Bash photographer Brian Silver and DJ Urban Cowboy’s recap of the event! Even Ask Miss A wrote an article about the Bash!

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Food & Friends’ Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction

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Chilled Potato and Ramps Soup from Poste

It’s an event that never fails to disappoint: Dozens of D.C.’s finest restaurants showed their support for Food & Friends May 13 by whipping up tasty dinners and desserts for its 24th annual Chef’s Best Dinner and Auction at the Washington Hilton.

The organization, which delivers meals to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, put on an event that was packed with people, food and prizes. While we didn’t see much of the VIP reception this year, we did do a full tour of the main event in the ballroom, which seemed to have even more offerings than last year.

Favorites included Georgia Brown’s take on deviled eggs; the restaurant served up a truffle deviled egg with duck confit and one with piquillo peppers and a chipotle vinaigrette. Hank’s Oyster Bar had an appetizer-sized shrimp and grits—literally one shrimp with one spoonful of grits—but the small dish packed a lot of flavor.

Ramps are a popular vegetable this spring, and naturally made their way into a least one event dish—Poste’s chilled potato-ramp soup.

For dessert, the Washington Hilton’s house chef, Andre Cote, had bacon ice cream, served with a bacon praline. The ice cream was nice for the novelty of it, but the pralines could be eaten alone (and probably by the dozen).

Guests could also bid on silent- and live-auction items; all proceeds went to Food & Friends. Since 1988, the organization has delivered more than 17 million meals to 25,000 individuals.

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Washington Humane Society Announces 27th Annual Bark Ball

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DC’s Premiere Black-Tie Gala for the Four-on-the-Floor Crowd

Washington, DC – Shake out that suit and brush off your tails, the Washington Humane Society Bark Ball returns for the 27th year on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Guests are invited to celebrate in style at DC’s original black-tie gala for humans and their canine companions.

This year we welcome a new Master of Ceremonies, the Washington Redskin’s Vice President and Executive Producer of Media, Larry Michael, Sr. The gala will also feature stage design and production by Design Foundry.

The benefit kicks off with a reception, an extensive silent auction and Bark Bar at 7:00pm, followed by dinner, a formal program, dancing, live auction, and special surprises from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Leashed dogs are encouraged to attend (no retractable leashes please).

General tickets are $250 each and tables are $2,500. Once again, we are offering a limited number of Young Professionals tickets for those 35 and under at just $150. Tickets and tables are available online at www.barkball.org.

Last year’s event brought together more than 800 animal advocates and 400 dogs, raising over $550,000 to benefit the critical programs and services of the Washington Humane Society. All proceeds from the event will support the critical programs and services that benefit thousands of homeless, lost and abused animals in the District of Columbia.

 

This event will sell out!

 

To purchase tickets and for more information, including sponsorship information, visit us online at www.barkball.org, call 202-683-1822, or emailevents@washhumane.org.

 

A limited number of Bark Ball Press Passes are available. Please contact ChristieLyn Diller at cdiller@washhumane.org or 202-695-0080 for information.

 

 

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The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services. For more information, please visit www.washhumane.org.