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Sport for Social Change Awards

03 Jun

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On the first day of June, French Embassy housed few hundred people to benefit the use of sport as a development tool for homeless youth and young adults. Presented by Street Soccer USA and HELP USA, 2011 Sport for Social Change Awards recognized:

Troy Vincent (Leadership in Sport Award)

Will Garofalo (Youth Service Award)

Mark Ein (Philanthropy through Sport Award)

Lisa Wrightsman (Salamander Award for Women’s Impact)

Honorable Douglas Palmer, Mayor of Trenton, NJ, presented the first award for Troy Vincent.  He “broke the ice” by making sparkling jokes, how he was younger, had more hair and also was white not_so_long_time_ago. All the speakers highlighted the importance of support of people around, and they would never be able to be where they are, if not this support.

“They go through fire, they come out alive and they do regenerate” -  Sheila Johnson about Ladies Salamander. Lisa Wrightsman, the last but not least awardee, is definite representation of Lady Salamander. Being drug addict in the past, having spent time in jail, she truly revived and now is an inspiration to others. In her most heartfelt speech, she described her experience as a miracle which she could not believe at first, and now she is on her way to even higher achievements.

Enjoy the pictures and little piece of the video.

Lisa Wrightsman and Sheila Johnson with "Salamander Award for Women's Impact"

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Are you man enough to walk in heels?

02 Jun

On behalf of Becky’s Fund and the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, we would like to invite you to the upcoming 1st Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes March.

Buy tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1482126079/efblike

This Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event will be the first global and DC March in history that will be held in multiple countries on the same day. The goal of this March is to raise awareness about the preva…lence of domestic violence in the District and highlight the role of men in responding to and preventing this critical issue facing many women, men and children in our City.

To show their support, all participating men in the March will be wearing high heels – they will truly be walking in the shoes of domestic abuse victims.
*** Women can show support by sponsoring a male friend, father, son and Men will also be able to have the option of walking in different types of shoes.

~~Join this growing list of men who have decided to go through the painful agony of walking a mile wearing women’s shoes to support the movement against dating and domestic violence:

Evan Samir Ibrahim
Reese Gardner
Manu Kennedy
Ike Nwaneri
George Karmokolias
Mike Lee
David Moretti
Howard Lee
Sean Sebastian
Dwight Dillard
Ken Suarez
Mike Knapp
Sam Harper
John Fultz
David Guttadauro
David Kamara
Brian Silver
Malik Pollard
Joe Esposito
Ryan Maddock
David Slavick
Sean Banks
Carlos Gray
Kareem Kirdassi
Ivan Carter
Rocky Parrish

Those participating include local students, concerned citizens, local celebrities, professional athletes, and members of the Media. The March will also be highlighted internationally as a part of the Pixel Project and the International Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Initiative.

Last year, the DC Metropolitan Police Dept responded to more than thirty thousand domestic violence incidences. Countless more victims silently endured violence at the hands of a loved one. Though often not acknowledged, men are a critical link in ending domestic violence in our City.

Thank you so much and we hope you will join us on June 19th!

If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING at this event, please email info@beckysfund.org.

 

My Bougie Baby celebrates alliance with KAS

01 Jun

My Bougie Baby™ has just announced a retail and marketing partnership with one of the hottest new fashion designers on the market, KAS Collection, Inc. KAS Collection Inc. is a high-end couture fashion company which specializes in sophisticated evening wear, stylish men and women business suits, and high fashion urban apparel. Based in Washington, and New York, KAS Collection Inc. has established themselves in the fashion indust…ry as a unique and visionary company who is ahead of their time. KAS is known for dressing celebrities like Rihanna, and he is the first African-American designer to be sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. KAS has a long list of discerning clients such as Rihanna, who desire unique, tailor made, high-end fashion clothing and accessories.

On June 1, 2011 My Bougie Baby™ boutique will open within House of KAS at National Harbor, the premier waterfront destination in the D.C. Metro Area which is home to fine dining, entertainment and nightlife, extraordinary shopping and five hotels. Previously sold through trunk shows Wendy’s offering of beautiful high quality, and smartly-priced pieces will now be available for retail sale at House of KAS.

Join Us on Saturday, June 4th from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. in celebrating this new partnership and the arrival of the full line of My Bougie Baby™’s Urban, Chic, Kid Couture at House of KAS!

Light Fare | Swag Bags for the first 20 Shoppers |Character Artist| Bougie Bucks & More

*A portion of the proceeds will benefit Courage for Kids, a nonprofit supporting at-risk kids in the Washington, DC area.

 

Art and Fashion show in Aaron gallery

26 May

by Shaun Sargen

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s D.C. chapter teamed up with the Aaron Gallery, renowned designer Tsyndyma Kroujilov, and exceptional abstract expressionist Abol Bahadori to raise funds to continue the fight against one of the world’s most prolific diseases. The society’s man of the year Gaston Boisson was there to lend his support along with Art Soiree’s Sandro Kereselidze and a host of D.C.’s most charitable citizens. DJ Tom “from Prague” Cvinger kept the crowd jumping and set the sounds for an inspiring evening of superlative art, fabulous designs, and the spirit of giving. The night was topped off by a top flight fashion show by Julia Bella and a host of the city’s most beautiful models.

Tsyndyma designs

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Sport for Social Change Awards Celebration

23 May

Time: Wednesday, June 1 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location

Ambassade de France

4101 Resevoir Rd
Washington, DC
Celebrate the Use of Sport for Social Change at the 2011 Sport For Social Change Awards.

–A Parisian themed event to benefit the use of sport as a development tool for homeless youth and young adults. Please join us in celebrating our esteemed honorees:

(You must get tickets here to reserve your place
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1196064461
email questions to event@streetsoccerusa.org

Also Learn more about the 20 city National Cup at Kastles Stadium and the chance to enter your team/company team at www.streetsoccerusa.org)

Leadership in Sport Award
Troy Vincent
The National Football League

Philanthropy through Sport Award
Mark Ein
Washington Kastles, World Team Tennis / Venturehouse Group

Youth Service Award
Will Garofalo
Senior, St. Alban’s School

Salamander Award For Women’s Impact
Lisa Wrightsman
SSUSA Program Graduate, Sacramento, CA

 

Fashions, Florals and Tea to make wishes come true

16 May

Text by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Photos by Kipp Burgoyne

On Saturday, May 14 The Fairmont Washington DC and Pink Palm Bethesda Row hosted “Tickled Pink, VIII” to benefit Make a Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. The Mother-Daughter Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea was sold out way in advance, so only very selected Moms and Daughters might attend to compose almost Royal atmosphere, celebrate Mother’s day once again (Mother’s day should be every day!), and support a great cause.  You can not find more appropriate place for event like that than The Colonnade at the Fairmont!

Enjoy the pictures of Moms and Daughters in matching “Lillies” and stay tuned for 9th Annual.

"Newsbabes" Angie Goff and Eun Yang with their daughters (swapped)

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True philanthropist would even use his Birthday to give back

07 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Don Patron celebrated his “17″-th Birthday to support “Open door shelter” in Southeast DC. For very famous “Unbirthday Birthday” party more than 300 people RSVP-d and seemed like even more came.  Every guest has been asked to buy a present… for a child in shelter. Those who didn’t have time (or simply didn’t know how) for toy shopping, could simply leave a check made to that charity. Who else but Don knows how to throw a fabulous party where everybody would eat, drink, dance, love and be loved, and enjoy artistic atmosphere of the house! That house was soaked in creativity, and guests felt free to correspond – there were lots of costumes and elements – the party was anything but plain! And, benefited a great cause.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to see whole gallery.

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Modus Union 2011 – this year even wider and louder

06 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

The only thing uncooperative that evening was the weather, but who will remember! Despite the freeze and breeze (Lumber shed at “The Yards”), the atmosphere was so heated by passion, love and laughter, and all were so ecstatic…  that you might possibly light matches off the air.

This year Modus Union pleased everybody by spectacular fashion show of Marc Bouwer‘s fall collection. Gorgeous, feminine gowns, fine detailed, celebrating woman’s body, graced the runway and provoked lots of “awwws” and “aaaahs” and applauding. Famous Ted Gibson, celebrity hair stylist and star of “What not to wear”, leaded the hair team.

There were musical performances by Sheena Alexis, Gordon Sterling Trio feat, Cadice Mills, Sam James & GMB, and Reagan Richards. More warmth by laughter in the crowd was delivered by Fran Drescher – actress, philantropist and President of Cancer Shmancer movement.

Art section of event was presented by Lolly Amons, Walter Grio, Yanique Moore, Maggie O’Neill and Roger Schultz.

Modus Union 2011 was produced by “Labels for Love” and benefited Cancer Shmancer movement. Co-emceed by Boxer (morning personality on 98.7) and Kimberly Suiters (News4).

Spotted:  Mary Shmidt Amons, Catherine Ommanney, Lynda Erkiletian, Ebong Eka, Paul Wharton, Rich Amons, Lolly Amons, Maggie O’Neil, James Cornwell, Elaine Mensah, Nicole Devolites, Andrea Rinaldi, Allison Priebe Brooks, Daniel Kramer, Lindsay Kin, April Jones Firoozabadi, Maurissa Turner Potts, Deidree Bennett

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Fran Drescher, Marc Bouwer, Mary Amons

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My Bougie Baby launch party

17 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

My Bougie Baby line launched on April 15 in Courtyard Marriott on F street. Seven girls demonstrated spring and summer outfits followed by lumbering applauses. Wendy Pittman, the founder of My Bougie Baby, was extremely happy with the outcome, looks like Washington, DC is about to get “fashionized” even more. The venue was packed and sales went on and on for even longer than event was planned for. 10% of all sales benefited Courage for Kids.

Spotted: Wendy Pittman, Sonya Lowery, Andrea Rodgers, Jonathan Thorpe, Andrew Roby

All the models and Wendy Pittman, founder of My Bougie Baby

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Flowers helping Earthquake in Japan

16 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

L2 once again “arted up” to entertain and to help. On April 14, Don Patron and Ladies DC hosted an art exhibit benefiting Japanese Red Cross Society.  About 10 artists and photographers presented their visions for relief of recent (another yet) earthquake affected our friends in Japan. This is how Cherry Blossoms are paying back! 3000 trees, gifted by Tokyo Mayor in 1912, bloom annually in DC and have become National attraction. Now artists, capturing this beauty and reflecting it on their paper/canvases, return the favor by helping Japan in need. Beauty will continue saving the world forever. Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to see whole gallery!

Don Patron, Maggie O’Neill,  Collander Malone, Walter Grio,  Dominque Fierro,  Aaron Craven,  Junelle Cavero,  Anna Davis,  Rodger Shultz,  Deidree Bennett, Alejandro Martin, Lindsey Mask, Leah Dyrud, Nina Snow, Wendy Gordon, Donna Donella, Alexa Holcombe, Ky Walker, Zara Corutz, Sam Kavenchy, Yulia Mikhalchuk

Wendy Gordon, Deidree Bennett and Donna Donella holding Deidree's triptych

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