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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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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Aidah: 3 years old career – prosperity, not crisis

08 May

text and photos by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Local designer Aidah Fontenot celebrated her 3rd anniversary in fashion on Saturday, May 7 in Hillyer Art Space. The place was packed with no single standing spot left, and anxiously awaiting spectators could fairly enjoy a collection of unique dresses and gowns, jumpers and even business suites! Although the fabrics and silhouettes were so variable – from silky and flowy to businessy and well-fitted, you could always recognize “the_aidahs” by signature monogram. The show was hosted by famous  style-setter Paul Wharton, who also helped to raise $1,000 in less than 10 minutes for Girls, Inc. of WDCMA by selling brunch table to share with him and his friend Omarosa. Best tunes in town were delivered by noone else but Neekola and Rex Riot.

Spotted: Aidah Fontenot, Paul Wharton, Ashley Arias, DeeJay Neekola, DeeJay Rex Riot, Camelia Mazard, Maggy Fancy Francois, Kara Allan, Maimah Karmo, Mustafa Tariq, Christine Warnke, Anisha Malik, Adra Williams, Indrid Elmore, Dylan Serres, Nora Sommercamp, Juelles Chester, Anna Castillo, Kori Lei, Chelsey Sophia Rodgers, Mariah Schoolfield, Amy McNish, Simon Bechara

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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.

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