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Kick off for a kick off in Saks

15 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase hosted a kick-off event “Shop and champagne” on October 12. Getting ready for the main event, 13th annual “Key to the cure”,  Saks Fifth Avenue made sure all four stories of gigantic store are prepared to welcome hundreds of guests coming in a week. Champagne and light snacks were provided to help you relax and enjoy shopping even more.

Key to the cure is invented for raising both funds and awareness to fight breast cancer for Suburban Hospital.

T-shirts designed by Elie Tahari

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Breast Cancer Awareness on the Hill

13 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

The Congressional Black Caucus hosted a special event , commemorating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on October 11, in Rayburn House Office Building.  The event featured Tigerlily Foundation and the Sister’s Network, Inc.

The luncheon united over hundred women and men, – survivors and supporters of the organizations. Laurie Abraham, Editor At Large of ELLE magazine, served as mistress of ceremonies. Special guest, Congresswoman Donna Christensen, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, first took the platform. Also, speakers of the event were: U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson, Founder and CEO of Sisters Network, Inc. Karen E.Jackson, and our very DC own and favorite Maimah Karmo of Tigerlily Foundation.

Laurie Abraham, emcee

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Pink Jams! is bringing Siriano in October

09 Oct

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Annapolis native and “Project Runway Season 4″ winner Christian Siriano is coming to DC on October 21. Pink Jams!‘ special project Pink Rocks The Runway an annual breast cancer awareness fashion show, is making it happen. Young breast cancer survivors will wear pink couture by local DC designers, – dresses,  they have collaborated on for months, and Christian is bringing his whole Spring 2012 collection for an exclusive show. If you never had a chance to visit the tents during New York Fashion Week, this is your opportunity, and you don’t even have to leave DC! In addition, as it always happens on Pink Jams! events, you’ll hear live music, this time  by Charm City Devils. Needless to say, the event will sell out well in advance, so don’t postpone buying your tickets! There are still some front row seats available, for which you have to contact Pink Jams! directly, second row sells for $250 per seat and price decreases to $125 for seat at the stadium. General admission (standing) is $90 and includes hors d’oeuvres with full 4-hour open bar and access to after-party, not to mention the show itself. Buy tickets HERE.

What: Pink Rocks the Runway

When: October 21, 2011

7-10 p.m.

Where:

Ronald Reagan Bldg And International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC
 

Giving is always in fashion by “W” of Worth in L2

30 Aug

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

As a side event to support 5th Annual fall fashion show in Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, Eileen Nelson (of Worth) and yours truly (of DressHopper) hosted a benefit trunk show in L2 on August 25. Beautiful models showcased fall and winter pieces of W by Worth line, and several local photographers had their art displayed on the walls. 100% of door proceeds, 10% of sales and selected percentage of photography sales benefited St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Enjoy some pictures here and don’t forget to visit whole gallery.

Models Tiffany Henschel, Sasha Hailey, Audrey Layendecker

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Giving is always in fashion trunk show

18 Aug

Can you imagine anything worse than pediatric cancer?

Join us on fabulous W by Worth Fall 2011 trunk show and multiple artist art/photography exhibit, all at once! Proceeds benefit St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital – most trusted charity in the Nation, the place, where no family is turned away because of inability to pay for their child’s treatment.

Enjoy watching our gorgeous models showcasing the pieces, try them on yourself,… and make your wardrobe ready for windy and chilly fall. Plus, browse fashionable art and photos all around the place. Light snacks and specialty cocktails, as well as energizing music will help you enjoy your evening even more.

Please come and bring your friends!
$10 cover at the door (100% proceeds benefit the organization)
Cash or checks only, please

Preview the collection: http://www.worthw.com/

Artists/photographers participating:
Dominique Fierro 
Phil Kogan
Samira Georgi
Antony Brice
Arnab Kar

If you can’t attend, but still wish to support St.Jude Hospital, please make your donation online here: http://www.stjude.org/waystohelp

R.S.V.P. and media inquiries: me@shutterbloom.com

 

Fashion benefiting St.Jude Hospital – kick off cocktail hour

02 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

One of the most trusted charities of the Nation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is about to get yet another support from DC philanthropy army. On September 10, at 1 o’clock in Neiman Marcus Chevy Chase, 5th Annual Fashion benefit will take place, featuring looks from *Giorgio Armani* Fall 2011 RTW Collection! Tickets will be $150 and will include lunch, seat at the fashion show and fabulous swag bag.

Lia’s restaurant accommodated event Committee Kick-Off Cocktail Hour in its private event room on June 28. Event co-chairs Terri Carr, Amy Bischoff and April Jones Firoozabadi shared the importance of raising funds for this remarkable organization. St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, so no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.6 million, primarily covered by public contributions, which is why it is crucial to raise funds on events like this.

Please save the date and invite your friends to attend the event so this one of a kind organization continuously receives its support.

Event committee

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EmPower Ball to empower and support – Tigerlily

01 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

For the third time, The Tigerlily Foundation had its annual Gala – EmPower Ball – to raise funds and awareness to fight and prevent breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer gets younger and stronger, and therefore, The Tigerlily has more and more work. Fortunately, the organization has more followers and supporters, too. The same ballroom in Willard Intercontinental Hotel they had last year for Gala was packed from doors to the stage. Educating, advocating, empowering and supporting young women affected by breast cancer is the essential objective of the organization.

After the foyer reception with cocktails and tempting silent auction items, guests streamed into the ballroom, where Mistress of Ceremony, Natasha Barrett, welcomed everybody, and Rabbi Bonny gave a blessing and even performed a song!

Special guest, singer and harpist Rashida Jolley, “touched the strings” of everybody’s hearts with her marvelous performance (see the fragment of it in a video provided).

Maimah Karmo, Founder and President of Tigerlily, highlighted once again the importance of  early prognosis of the disease. Surprisingly, still, in XXI century, women have to fight to get their mammograms taken, even though there are cases of breast cancer known in women at the age of 25 and even younger. “Be your own advocate” is the mantra we all should repeat to ourselves.

Daughters of breast cancer survivors – Noelle Karmo (8), Molly Kaufman (13) and Kimberly O’Neil (38) shared their experiences in speeches on stage, what brought first tears of the evening…

This year, three awards have been presented. Jennifer Griffin, FOX News correspondent, received The Transformation Award (presented by Surae Chinn of W*USA 9). KM Warrior Award (named after Kristen Martinez, who passed away due to BC last June) was presented by Angela Kegler to loving husband and son of Michelle Bynum – who passed the torch earlier this year. Moving and genuinely heartfelt speech of 6 years old Reid had everybody in tears (and laughter at the same time). Inspire Award went to Doctor Michael Schultz, Director of the Breast Center Cancer Institute at St.Joseph Medical Center (presend by Tony Perkins of FOX 5 Morning News). One more title and recognition was awarded to Tigerlily 2011-2012 Ambassador of the year, who raised the most money – Jewel Green – she even got crowned!

Tigerlily offers education, help and support to young women before, during and after breast cancer. Distributing brochures to raise awareness, paying bills, providing meals etc. to those who are sick and feel alone and helpless – just to name a very few of what they do. The organization is founded and contented of women – BC survivors, so they know better than anyone, what’s needed to be helped through the fight. For more information about the organization, as well as how you can help, please visit their website HERE.

This year Gala was produced by The Posh Planner.

Enjoy the pictures and video/pictures collage and don’t forget to visit whole gallery of 123 images.

Tigerlily Vice President Donna Guinn Kaufman (far left) and her daughter Molly (center), Tigerlily Founder and President Maimah Karmo (right) and her daughter Noelle (left)

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Mary Amons housed a benefit for Cancer Schmancer once again

27 Jun

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Mary Amons of Labels for Love (a.k.a. one of DC housewives) opened the doors of her private residence in McLean, Virginia, to benefit Cancer Schmancer. Numerous vendors presented their products and services to donate percentage of sales, there was silent auction as well, and of course, lots of mingling, spiced by cocktails and fingerfoods. “Pure” donations without claiming any of the goods were, of course, also accepted. The event went way past after the posted finish time, and attracted hundreds of philanthropic and artistic people from around the area.

By the way, the house, where Mary and her family spent last 17 years in, is now for sale!

Enjoy the pictures.

Mary AMons and guests

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Arts, music and fashions fight against autism

08 Jun

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Saturday night, June 4th, members-only City Tavern Club attracted fashion-, music- and art appreciators to benefit CSAAC Foundation. Cocktails, appetizers and cupcakes… Classical piano performances by Edvinas Minkstimas, Juliard Doctoral Fellow and widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists… Fashion shows by Don Patron and Maggie Burgess of CAS Boutique culminating the evening – it was must_attend event! Magnificent historical atmosphere of the venue just added to the crowd’s mood, and applauds did not quieten for a minute.

Spotted: Janine Schoonover, Rokas Beresniovas, Ayda Sanver, Lolly Amons, Don Patron, Bill Farrand, Wendy Gordon, Michele Lebar, Dr. Richard Meyer, Kimberly Robinson, Marilyn Thompson, Angelique Velez, Jenny Zinn, Nickie Jordan, Sherie Gabriel and many-many more!

Enjoy some pictures.

Don Patron's show

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24th Annual Bark Ball – more bark equals more love

07 Jun

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Saturday, June 4, Washington Hilton Ballroom filled with both two- and four-legged attendees for 24th Annual Bark Ball, benefiting Washington Humane Society. Each year, event attracts more and more animal lovers, willing to support their favorite charity – the one that protects underprivileged dogs, cats and others. Bark Ball, the largest annual event of WHS, is also the only black-tie gala in the Nation’s Capital where you can bring your dog as your date!

Along with reception, guests could roam around shopping at the silent auction, which took a lot of “floorage” and contented delightful items from donors. Furry friends (some of them also dressed up for a Ball) enjoyed Doggie Bar (courtesy of Barkley Square Gourmet Bakery and Boutique). As guests with their companions were filling up the tables in spacious Ballroom, some gorgeous ladies were sharing their remarks. Mistress of Ceremonies Allison Seymour of WTTG-TV presented her “not furry child” who was met by genuine laughter and ovations. Gala Committee Chair Beth Viola highlighted the importance of the WHS mission – giving the voice to animals who can’t speak for themselves. WHS Chief Executive Officer Lisa LaFontaine thanked everybody for continuous support through the years. Also took their spotlights on stage  Honorary Committee Co-Chairs, Honorable Ed Whitfield and Connie Harriman-Whitfield, and WHS Board Chairman Steve Bralove.

Evening continued with video presentation and Celebrity Parade, featuring dogs offered for adoption, as well as Live Auction and the most fun part – dancing! Nobody would ask “Who let the dog(s) out” as it was their official  night out!

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June, the Washington Humane Society (WHS), in collaboration with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) and the makers of Fresh Step® litter, is participating in a fee-waived adoption program to help find loving homes for cats. During the month of June, WHS will waive adoption fees on all cats over the age of 2 at both of its shelter locations.

WHS shelters are located at 1201 New York Ave. NE (open during the District Dept. of  Transportation New York Avenue construction project) and 7319 Georgia Ave. NW. In addition, WHS operates a low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter facility at 1001 L St. NE, in the heart of Capitol Hill. The National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center also hosts a weekly vaccine clinic every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, WHS has an animal training facility, the Behavior and Learning Center, located at 7315 Georgia Ave. NW, offering lessons, group classes and behavioral workshops.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to visit a whole gallery of 60 images.

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