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SXSW Eco Reception with the United Nations Foundation

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SXSW Eco is excited to be back in Washington D.C. for a night of drinks, music and networking hosted by our friends from the United Nations Foundation.

Join the movers and shakers of the capital’s sustainability community on the 12th floor balcony of the UNF as we preview our upcoming conference and get the excusive on the speakers, panels, exhibitions, and parties we have lined up for October.  There will also be an opportunity to win a registration to our October 6-8 conference and meet some of the SXSW Eco and UN Foundation members.

This is an evening you won’t want to miss, so please RSVP today as space is limitedand we want you to be part of the conversation.

Special thanks to our event partners, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Le Pain Quotidien, Georgetown Trading Co. and Vintage Vault!

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AT&T Best Of Washington Happy Hour


Mix and mingle at DC’s chic new restaurant STK in Dupont Circle on Tuesday, June 17 from 6pm-8pm!

With a $15 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets and delicious hors d’oeuvres from STK.

Guests will be able to purchase discounted tickets to the greatest party in town – the AT&T Best of Washington blowout event at the National Building Museum on July 16!


Economics Gone Wild

Jon Stewart once derided economists’ prose as being so boring that “it turned my brain off.” But it doesn’t have to be that way.Pioneers in academia, the creative arts, and nonprofits have found new and provocative ways to communicate the timeless ideas of economic liberty.

Amity Shlaes, the bestselling author of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, and Paul Rivoche, a professional illustrator whose portfolio includes Iron Man and Superman, have teamed up to produce The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition which introduces the Great Contraction of the 1930s to younger readers. Such history is vital to our time and to the future. The myths and half-truths of the 1930s remain a potent cause of current policy failures. The combination of ideas and images define much of the new media and should interest younger readers who increasingly turn to unconventional publications.Please join us on June 17 as we have a look at an intriguing effort to use new media to communicate free-market economics creatively and effectively.

Featuring Amity Shlaes, Author, The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression, and chairman of the board, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation; Paul Rivoche, Illustrator, The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression; and Scott Barton, Sr. Director of Online Programs, Institute for Humane Studies; moderated by Chip Bishop, Director of Student Programs, Cato Institute.

Free; reception to follow. RSVP here.

If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.


Jose Andres and Friends’ Dine n Dash


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.


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.”



Hope for the Future Gala


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.