MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will host its 5th annual Las Vegas Night benefit on Friday, May 2 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20005) beginning at 6 p.m. The benefit will feature Texas hold ‘em Poker, Roulette, Black Jack, and Craps tables. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the night for all guests.
Tickets are available and range from $100 to $250. All proceeds from this event will go towards the network’s many programs helping those with disabilities including brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke recovery.
Those who attend will get the chance to test their gambling skills all in good fun. There will be a raffle featuring fabulous prizes for attendees to bid on with their night’s winnings. A silent auction will also be held for guests to bid on throughout the evening. The goal of this event is to have fun while helping the patients of MedStar NRH and those with disabilities in the community.
To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets call 202-877-1781 or visit MedStarNRH.org.
About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.
The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.
Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.
For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.
Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Photo by Rebecca d’Angelo.
The Young pARTners Circle of NMWA and the International Club of D.C. hosted an after-hours party at National Museum of Women in the Arts Friday, complete with music, dancing, food, and drinks.
The museum’s current featured exhibit, “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts, stayed open beyond its normal bedtime through 10 p.m, allowing guests to enjoy a private art show feel at one of DC’s swankiest venues.
The Young pARTners Circle brings together professionals in their 20s and 30s in the D.C. metro area who are interested in advancing women in the arts.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.
NMWA Nights: After-Hours Soirée
The Young pARTners Circle of NMWA and the International Club of D.C. will host an after-hours event at the museum with music, dancing, food, and drinks.
“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts will be open for viewing until 10 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: YPC members: $25; Non-members: $30.
VIP tour of “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts at 8:30 p.m.
3rd Annual Hats & Fan Brunch
On Saturday, January 25th from 10am-3pm, diners wearing their best hat and “hattitude” will receive a fancy fan to wave while enjoying Eatonville’s popular brunch menu.
Sips Fundraiser Hosted by José Andrés, Joan Nathan, and Alice Waters
The sixth annual Sips & Suppers, hosted by José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters, and supporting the vital work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table in addressing the challenges of hunger and poverty in the nation’s capital, will be held on January 25th and January 26th 2014.
Sips is a lively benefit featuring some of the best chefs, mixologists, and wineries from DC and across the country. The three event hosts will welcome guests and over 35 participants showcasing the region’s bounty with a bevy of food, wine and cocktail tastings. With music and exceptional food and drink, the evening celebrates the role of the community in addressing the challenges of poverty and developing sustainable food solutions. For a preview of 2014 participants and a full list of 2013’s participants visithttp://www.sipsandsuppers.org/sips/artisans-mixologists
Tickets: Sips tickets are $95 per person** and can be purchased by visiting www.2014sips.eventbrite.com
Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2014: Ultimate Wedding Showcase
Like last year, we outline the most exciting and innovative events of the year. Unlike last year, however, we’re factoring in something even more important than the cocktails and the couture. Our list for 2013 highlights the best events combined with the best philanthropies–the high dollar parties that are doing the most good. Check out what the District had to say for itself this time around:
10. DC Wine Week
Well, who doesn’t love wine? While this week-long festival isn’t technically a philanthropy by the textbook definition of the word, it’s certainly an invigorating force in stirring up interest, knowledge, and revenue of small and local businesses. DC Wine Week is an awareness campaign that creates support for local wineries, wine shops, and bars. Standout events this year included an outrageously sumptuous closing brunch at Sonoma, and a mid-week evening of authentic Italian food and wine on the patio of I Ricchi.
The DC Chapter of Build.org, a non-profit that teaches entrepreneurship skills to middle school and high school students, has had an awesome year. For starters, its Taste of Entrepreneurship event at the Homer Building was a roaring success, with dozens of students seeing their business plans–a requisite to create and execute as part of the program–come to fruition. For another, BuildDC just got a new office, hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate pledges, and tons of community attention for their hard work. I had the honor of serving as a judge of student teams presenting their business plans for actual start-up investment money. These kids are impressive.
Another newcomer to the do-gooder (and party-harder) scene, the DC Lawyers for Youth held its inaugural ball earlier this autumn at the historic and charming Woolly Mammoth Theater. As one of the minority non-lawyer attendees at Youth Fall Ball, I had a blast getting pretty smashed with some of the city’s brightest minds that are working hard to combat juvenile imprisonment and recidivism. Can’t wait to watch this event expand even more in the coming years!
More than 1,500 guests gathered on a Monday night in May to enjoy tastings from 60 of the region’s brightest culinary stars while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. The event benefits Food & Friends. Founded in 1988, this organization began in the basement of Westminster Presbyterian Church and has since grown into a far-reaching philanthropic endeavor. Their mission is to foster a community caring for illness-afflicted men, women, and children by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.
We’ve been going to this event for years now, and it never disappoints. Held at a fave venue, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Casino Night is about as close as you can get to Vegas without actually flying out there. The casino, the Tropicana dancers, the cocktails–there’s nothing that perks up a winter evening more than this dazzling event.
Native Vision is a nonprofit youth initiative which mobilizes professional athletes to serve as mentors to thousands of American Indian youth in health and education programs designed by Johns Hopkins public health experts. Since its inception, more than 10,000 youth and 40,000 Native community members have been served through the Native Vision initiative. This event attracts NFL players at the Embassy of Italy for a magical evening of sports, philanthropy, and entertainment.
This invitation-only ball dates back to the 1940s and is dedicated to the “legally single.” Though primarily a social event, B&S has recently benefitted TAPS, a tragedy assistance resource for those who have suffered the loss of a military loved one. This black-tie party is not messing around: they sent out save the dates for April 2014 in early November.
Held in the thick of gala season, Butterfly Bash competes with some pretty heavy-hitting organizations and their black-tie balls. However, this locally-organized party, put on by Fair Chance, is not to be missed. Fair Chance was founded in 2002 to ensure that children living in poverty have access to quality programs that will enable them to follow their dreams. Thematic without being cheesy, the Butterfly Bash is an evening of lifting spirits, raising money, and sharing feel-good success.
A new one for us this year, Carols and Cocktails wowed us with holiday cheer. The two-part event begins with a full concert at the Kennedy Center, and is followed by an exclusive cocktail party. The event is put on by the Choral Arts Society of Washington, whose mission is the pursuit of excellence in choral repertoire and performance, and the commitment to promote and share the art of choral music through education and public outreach.
It’s pretty difficult to incorporate an hour-long
plea for money program about your organization in the middle of a huge foodie event. Guests are liable to aggressively rebel against an auctioneer or speaking CEO in order to get to any number of the tempting, award-winning creations the city’s best restaurants are serving up at the tasting stations lining the titanic National Building Museum. The St. Jude Gourmet Gala seems to be able to do both fundraising and entertaining with boundless aplomb, however. This mid-week fête incorporates the most uplifting stories of love and charity while keeping the atmosphere convivial. Guests are so inspired, in fact, that it’s common to see corporate sponsors or representatives pledge tens of thousands of dollars on the spot. Heading into its 16th year, the St. Jude Gourmet Gala is a must-attend for every philanthropic Washingtonian.
WHAT: MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) will host its 4th annual Las Vegas Night Benefit to help raise money for the hospital’s various patient disability programs, including those geared towards brain and spinal cord injuries, and stroke.
The event is a celebration of those who have overcome adversity in the community through a night of food, entertainment, and gambling. The event features popular games including Roulette, Black Jack, Craps, and Texas Hold’em. There will also be a silent auction. Event emcee is Mike Walter.
WHO: Charles and Christiana Chiang, Colleen Evans, Shahin Mafi, Howard and Dotsy Steele, Timothy and Patricia Trudeau
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 2013, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
WHERE: National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20005
(FOR MORE INFO CONTACT DEREK BERRY AT 571-218-7594)
VALET PARKING AVAILABLE AND DEREK WILL BE ON HAND TO HELP WITH ANY INTERVIEWS, PHOTO OPPS.
PHOTOS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE APPROXMATELY ONE WEEK AFTER THE EVENT FOR YOUR PUBLICATIONS IF YOU WISH TO HAVE THEM THROUGH THEO KOSSENAS PHOTOGRAPHY.
MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN FOOD AND BEVERAGES.
About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit facility with 137 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. MedStar NRH’s services are designed specifically for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and disease, arthritis, amputations, post-polio syndrome, chronic pain, back and neck pain, occupational injuries, cancer and cardiac disease that require medical rehabilitation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. Annually, MedStar NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients and provides nearly 350,000 ambulatory visits at 34 MedStar National Rehabilitation Network outpatient sites located in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. We treat patients from the age of 6 and up and our pediatric unit — the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation — is a joint service of MedStar NRH and Children’s National Medical Center.
MedStar NRH has appeared on the “Best Hospitals” list in U.S. News & World Report for 18 consecutive years and is currently ranked among the top hospitals for medical rehabilitation in America. MedStar NRH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We have CARF accredited specialty programs for Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke. MedStar NRH is a proud member of MedStar Health., parent company to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the MedStar Visiting Nurse Association. For more on MedStar NRH, log on to medstarnrh.org.
Washington glitterati gathered at the National Museum of Women in the Arts to celebrate Lolly’s Locks, an up-and-coming non-profit organization that helps women afflicted with chemo-induced hair loss regain their femininity by providing them with high-quality human hair wigs.
Lolly’s Locks is a way to honor the memory of wife and mother-extraordinaire, Lolly Toll, who lost her 15-month battle of cancer in March, 2012. While she was sick, Lolly endured more than 20 chemotherapy treatments and eventually lost her hair. Despite this, Lolly never let her cancer or the effects of chemo keep her from living and enjoying her life. She went out and bought two high-end, human-hair wigs that made her look and feel as close to herself as possible, and she went right on making beautiful memories with all of the people that she loved.
When Lolly and her daughters first went to purchase her wig, they were stunned to learn that high-quality, human-hair wigs typically range from $1,500-$3,000. They were even more surprised to find out that insurance covers very little, if any, of this cost.
Guests enjoyed food stations served up by some of DC’s finest chefs like Haidar Karoum of Proof and Estadio; Scott Drewno of The Source; Nathan Anda of the Red Apron Butchery; and Victor Albisu of Taco Bamba, a taqueria set to open in Falls Church, Va., later this year. Desserts included delectable pies from Livin’ the Pie Life.
In addition to standard wine and beer bars, specialty drinks were provided by Adam Bernbach of Proof and Estadio.
The evening was emceed by Dr. JC Hayward, Vice President of WUSA-TV9. The guest honoree of the evening was Lainie Mara Jones, a five-time cancer survivor who recently was featured on NBC News and MSNBC. The 27-year-old Jones believes that life doesn’t end with a cancer diagnosis and that the quality of life is an important component in the battle against the disease. Her last diagnosis and treatment came as she was planning her wedding.
A fashion show kept the evening lighthearted, and the unmistakable panache of the set design was instantly recognizable as the work of John Paul Hamilton, who served as the Creative Director. Models traipsed down the runway in beautiful fashions and jewelry from eco-friendly Washington designer Alberto Parada. Philanthropic powerhouse Michelle Schoenfeld served as the event chair, and the first-ever event of its kind for Lolly’s Locks carried guests late into the evening celebrating the life of an inspirational woman and a great cause.