Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration 2014

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Alliance Française de Washington and French-American Chamber of Commerce present the Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration at La Maison Française.

This adored French fêtewill be held in commemoration of the popular tradition of uncorking the Beaujolais Nouveau wine which launches the annual wine harvest in France.

Join us for a joyous, elegant evening featuring

  • Light fare from leading DC restaurants
  • French breads, cheeses, pâtés and pastries
  • Free-flowing Beaujolais Nouveau
  • Additional selection of wines

To complement the libations, festivities will include a local Washington DJ and dancing, a blind tasting contest, trivia quiz, silent auction, and a raffle.


2014 Butterfly Bash

One of our favorite events every year, the 2014 Butterfly Bash did not disappoint.

Fair Chance improves the lives of children in DC’s most underserved communities by selecting promising youth-serving nonprofits and providing them with free comprehensive expertise in organizational management for up to two years. Their partnership model – up to 500 hours per nonprofit – results in stronger organizations and significant and lasting benefits for the children they serve. We provide our transformative services at no cost because the nonprofits we work with are critical to their communities and could not otherwise afford it.

The annual Butterfly Bash is a celebration of the work of Fair Chance. With highlights of the organization’s work from the previous year, along with forward-facing remarks from the non-profit’s leadership, the swanky gala is “feel good” in every sense of the word.

A lush open bar and multiple dinner buffet tables provided guests with sustenance–much needed resources given the hours of dancing that lasted late into the evening with the kicky Motown band that had guests on their feet all night.

Each year Fair Chance strategically selects ten promising youth-serving nonprofits through a rigorous vetting process. Once selected, we work with each partner to build a clear strategy, set priorities, and identify how to measure and increase their impact. Through weekly eight-hour coaching sessions (up to 350 hours in the first year), we work with each nonprofit’s leadership to develop a detailed work plan that prioritizes objectives and responsibilities within each of the eight core service areas. Every partnership is tailored to the needs of that specific organization.

Celebrity emcee Chris Cooley was hilarious. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was during his auctioning of an exotic Grand Cayman vacation, which he repeatedly referred to as the “Grand Canyon” package. Fortunately, guests opened their hearts and their wallets, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local-area non-profits.

Kay Unger Joins Heroines of Washington to Honor Women Improving Their Community


WHAT: The March of Dimes is thrilled to announce, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kay Unger, will be the emcee for the 2014 Heroines of Washington® Gala. The black-tie gala will recognize and honor the significant contributions of women in the D.C. Metro Area who exemplify leadership in volunteer community service. This year’s finalists include 21 women dedicated to transitional housing for young mothers and children, cancer patients and their families, breaking the cycle of poverty, and survivors of abuse among numerous other causes. They are leaders in the public and private sector who are passionate about giving back.

Tickets are still available for the event, which also includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation, and a silent and live auction. For a complete list of the finalists and to learn more, please visit

WHO:  Kay Unger’s labels, The Kay Unger New York and Phoebe Couture, have been worn by Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Her designs have been featured on television programs including “The Today Show,” “Sex in the City” and “Dancing with the Stars.” She has founded and managed four successful global fashion companies.

2014 Heroines of Washington Finalists

  • Kat Calvin, The Advisory Board Company
  • Sherry Cushman, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Karen Evans, U.S. Cyber Challenge
  • Janet Funk, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Lisa Gable, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
  • Tracy Hobiena, Intrepid Performance Partners, LLC.
  • Heather Huneycutt, Novant Health
  • Rebecca Lady, Deloitte
  • Lisa Moffett, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Jane Mosbacher Morris, To the Market
  • Angel Rich, The Wealth Factory
  • Joan Ritter, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Janis Schiff, Holland & Knight
  • Deborah Scott Thomas, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated
  • Dani Seltzer, Shay Interiors, LLC
  • Kim Shrewsbury, United Bank
  • Julie Simmons, Human Capital Strategic Consulting
  • Amanda Tiede, Cassidy Turley
  • Alice Till, PhRMA (ret’d)
  • Katie Yanushonis, Boston Properties
  • Mimi Yeh, Accenture Federal Services

The gala has attracted 400 guests in the past and include directors, CEOs, and other high-level individuals from the public and private sectors.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 6:00 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, VA 22102

WHY: Proceeds from the event will support local March of Dimes programs including research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Since 2001, the event has raised over $1.8 million to ensure that one day all babies are born full term and healthy.

Sponsors include: General Dynamics, Middleburg Wealth Management, MorganFranklin Consulting, Sapient, Womble Carlyle, Harris Corporation, DC Magazine, FedScoop, Federal News Radio, and SmartCEO.

Contact: Michele Murphy-Hedrick, March of Dimes, (571) 257-2303 o, (703) 798-6172 c,


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.