Announcing YPFP's Affairs of State Concert & Fundraiser!

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is excited to announce the4th Annual Affairs of State Concert & Fundraiser, to be held onFriday, June 3, 2011, at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown! Tickets cover admission to the event of the summer, three hour open bar, special treats, a concert by U.S. Royalty, DJs, and admission to our after party at George.

Purchase regular or VIP tickets, or a membership package with admission, now by visiting

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For the past three years the Affairs of State fundraiser has been a tremendous showcase for DC-area businesses, restaurants, and local non-profit organizations. Some of the District’s most sophisticated businesses have had their brands exposed to a targeted demographic of thousands of young professionals. Businesses and restaurants support the fundraiser through cash donations, in-kind gifts, and gift certificates, which will be presented at the event.

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We look forward to seeing you in your finest cocktail attire on June 3rd for partying at the City Tavern Club!

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Washington Animal Rescue League's Rescue Me! Gala

Everytime I’m in Union Station, I’m basically miserable. There are a million crazy people asking for money and tourists walking into you and random bag checks and trains and buses and Circulators and everything is overwhelming. Last Saturday night was no less overwhelming, but not for the clueless Metro riders. The central station was inundated with puppies for Washington Animal Rescue League’s annual Rescue Me! Gala, which features people and pets in black tie enjoying the huge ballroom of Union Station.

In keeping with the animal-friendly theme, vegetarian and vegan food was served, while cocktails were poured at one of several bars stationed alongside the room. Delicious doggie treats that looked like people food were passed around as well, keeping the pooches happy. Adorable animals for adoption were also guests at the event, and attendees were encouraged to take home a four-legged friend from the Washington Animal Rescue League.

The Washington Animal Rescue League’s Rescue Me Gala Supports Disaster Rescue for Animals

Animal Lovers and Their Dogs Gather at Union Station on Saturday, April 30

Washington, DC – On Saturday, April 30, The Washington Animal Rescue League will host its largest fundraising event of the year with an elegant reception and silent auction at historic Union Station.  Jim Handly of NBC4 News will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Eleanor Clift, J.C. Hayward, and other prominent animal-lovers will also be attending.

“The Gala really is a highlight of the year for us and everyone in the area who cares about animals,” says League CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman, who is also the weekly pet expert on WAMU’s “Animal House.”. “Not only is it an opportunity for the League’s growing community of supporters to celebrate the amazing work that goes on all year, but it also raises much-needed resources for our Disaster Rescue Fund, which we use to rescue animals from large-scale cruelty cases and natural disasters and bring them to the League for rehabilitation and placement in loving, forever homes.”

In 2010, the League rescued large numbers of animals from a hoarding situation in Mississippi, a dogfighting ring in Ohio, an abusive North Carolina medical research lab, a fire at an animal shelter in Kuwait, and many other dire situations. And this year looks to be even busier, according to Weitzman. “We’ve already taken in animals from hoarding situations in Ohio and West Virginia, and it’s only April,” he says.

The silent auction includes Washington Nationals Base Hit Experience Package with baseline reserve tickets and on-field passes to batting practice, hotel stays across the country, and dinner with Orioles players Matt Wieters & Brian Roberts, and much more.

Details:            Rescue Me Gala 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Union Station’s East Hall

50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

More information is at

The Washington Animal Rescue League is a non-profit organization with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals who have nowhere else to go and strengthen and preserve the human-animal bond by supporting animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.  A recent $4 million renovation made the shelter one of the world’s most humane, animal-friendly facilities for dogs and cats in transition.  Since 1996, the League has also operated a full-service, low-cost Medical Center for the companion animals of low-income area residents and shelter animals.  Its unique Project Rescue provides an array of services that help people struggling in difficult economic times to care for and keep their animals. For more information, visit

Modus Union Spring Uniting Members of Congress, Philanthropic Community and Fashion Industry for One Night


Featuring the Fall 2011 Collection by Acclaimed Designer Marc Bouwer;

Benefitting Fran Drescher’s Charity Cancer Schmancer

Washington, DC — Members of Congress, local athletes, philanthropists and the fashion industry are assembling for DC’s Modus Union Spring 2011 – a unique event supporting prevention and early detection of cancer in women.


Modus Union Spring 2011 features a full runway show by acclaimed fashion designer Marc Bouwer (, a 3-D film presentation previewing Bouwer’s Fall 2011 line, and an art installation and silent auction featuring some of the most talented visual artists in DC. The proceeds from this one-of-a-kind gathering will benefit Cancer Schmancer (, an organization founded by actress Fran Drescher to prevent cancer in women through education and early detection.


WHAT: Modus Union Spring 2011

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

6:30 – Red Carpet Entry & Cocktail Hour

8:00 – Remarks by members of Congress

8:30 – 3-D Film & Runway Show

WHO:            Marc Bouwer, Fashion Designer;

Fran Drescher, Actress & Cancer Schmancer Founder; and

Mary Amons, Philanthropist & Real Housewives of DC Cast Member.

WHERE: The Historic Lumber Shed Plaza at the Yards Park

1 block south from the intersection of N Street SE & 3rd Street SE

(3 blocks from Navy Yard Metro, New Jersey Ave. exit)


Tickets on sale today, ranging from $75 to $250. Media admitted for free with RSVP. To secure a press pass, please contact Chris Cassidy at (415) 374-0400 or


Labels for Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that stages fashionable events to raise funds and public awareness for women’s and children’s organizations. Labels for Love was founded by Mary Amons, prominent DC philanthropist and former cast member of the Real Housewives of DC. For more information, go to

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Washington Improv Theater's Vive La Révolution

Photo credit Neshan H. Naltchayan.

Editorial credit Caroline Coppel.

You wouldn’t think that an improv group would excel at party planning, but Washington Improv Theater organized a lovely fundraising gala this past Saturday at Muléh in DC.

The annual event is always revolution themed, in keeping with WIT’s slogan: “The Revolution will be Improvised.” Past years have used the Cuban and Russian revolutions, and this year’s drew inspiration from France’s 18th century uprising. Costumes were encouraged, and people happily obliged – boat shirts, berets and bustiers abounded. There was even a Marie Antoinette in drag making the rounds, looking every bit as regal as the real thing.

Muléh, a chic home furnishings and clothing boutique, filled up quickly as partygoers sampled hors d’oeuvres and bid in the silent and live auctions.  The food, provided by Masa 14, was not French themed (sushi, shrimp, meatballs, etc.) but there was a specialty drink called the Bon Marché, a refreshing vodka, lime juice and cucumber cocktail.

The items for auction were fairly typical, but there were some creative surprises among the restaurant gift certificates and improv workshops. One improv team called the Evil Skivvers offered to make a mockumentary about the winning bidder’s neighborhood. Another brave soul volunteered to wear whatever costume, T-shirt or body paint the winning bidder desired while running in an upcoming 10K.

Guests could also purchase the many pieces of clothing or furniture on display at Muléh, with 10 percent of all furniture proceeds going to WIT.  Owner Chris Reiter wasn’t too worried about any damage to store wares, saying that a sophisticated event like this would dictate how people behaved. Reiter also has experience in hosting events; the AprilMay Foundation recently held a fundraiser at Muléh.

Bipolar, the winning group from WIT’s 2011 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, performed a 12-minute scene at the start of the event. They fittingly began in an art shop in Paris; the command performance then covered amorous cops, mineshafts and live auctions.

Still, one of the funniest moments of the night came out of the live auction itself: One gentleman offered to start the bidding on two business class tickets to Paris at $500. (They went for $3,500.)

It’s settled then: WIT throws a great party. If you can get tickets, definitely go, especially since next year’s theme is rumored to be the sexual revolution.