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“Raining Arts and Dogs” fundraiser at Hudson

17 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Always occupied Hudson restaurant and lounge had yet another doggy event under the roof – first annual “Raining Arts and Dogs” party, benefiting Washington Humane Society. All doggy lovers came together to support pioneer artists of the event, who were not afraid to get their paws dirty for the sake of art. Four paintings were created and auctioned off to support WHS.

Great thanks to our first and very brave artists:

Dominique Fierro and Mr.Winkles

Maureen Kelly and Copper

Liz Tutwiller and Kiss

Erin Loomis and Chloe

Great music during the evening was provided by fabulous DJ Kim Sikorski.

Spotted: Maggie O’Neill and Chris Roche, Alan Popovsky, Ashley Arias, Carmen and Michael Mason, Ky Walker, Zara Korutz, Dominique and Titou (and Mr.Winkles) Fierro, Rebecca Fulmer and Kevin Gouveia, Tina Cruikshank, Maureen Kelly, Andrea Rinaldi, Tina Krivorotova, Nader Akhili, Sandro and Tati od Art Soiree, Kevin Keefe, Howard Nelson, Cromwell III, Daniel Kramer, Alfonso Small, MarQuies Willis, Liz Tutwiller, Liz Adams, Jamia Phoenix, Gabe Oran, Christina Bertucci Kra, Melissa Anne Wilson, Erin Loomis, Faryde Yanine, Yulia Bella, Flaminia Garioni, Jessica Gowen Lilienfield, Erika Paola Gutierrez, Rosario Diaz Gonzalez, Eric Sean Williams and many more.

Enjoy the pictures and see you next year! Train your dogs how to handle the brushes!

First masterpiece by Mr.Winkles!

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Kids for animals dress up show

13 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Saturday, March 12, so many adults and kids gathered at Crystal City Shops for Junior League of Washington event. For tickets bought in advance people could purchase variety of items for bargain prices. There was also Kids Jamz – Mural – project. At the top of that, 11 families came to support “Fashion for paws” fundraiser – Kids for Animals dress-up show. Fourteen beautiful girls wore special flower girl dresses by Elizabeth St.John and get their pictures taken with their favorite stuffed animal, to symbolize real “Fashion for paws” . Alltogether, over $500 has been raised for Washington Humane Society.

Enjoy the pictures.

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Every kid’s a rock star rocked The Ritz

05 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Sunday night, February 27, Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner was lit and noisy with 2011 “Every kid’s a rock star” fundraiser. This event benefited Inova Fairfax Hospital for children. More than 300 families, donors, physicians and Inova team members attended this family- and kid- friendly event.

This unique event in the finest location featured live entertainment by nationally recognized “A+ Dropouts” and DJ Jamie Biden. Kids could enjoy numerous interactive games and activities, such as Mega Make-it Mix (to mix your own songs), Dimmer the Robot (the one with “smart” hands), Immersitron technology, Guitar Hero, and DJ Hero.

Along fashionably but contemporary dressed people there were fairy-tale dressed ladies – Miss Virginia 2010 Caitlin Uze and Miss American sweetheart 2011 Megan Lawless. Kids flanked them both and wouldn’t let go, it is like drem come true – to play ball with “real princesses”! Washington Wizards girls were also huge attraction but for older kids and adults, photos with them were taken throwout the evening consistently.

The amount of food reminded of Thanksgiving feast, and beautifully decorated tables only added to that feeling. Silent auction table (enormous size oval) was not unattended ever, no wonder, there were so many desired items from sponsors for a bargain price! Photobooth seemed to be tremendous hit – there was never-ending line, and, given the faces leaving with happiest expressions, well worth waiting.

What we can’t wait – is next year to attend 2012 “Every kid’s a rock star”, to benefit Inova – Hospital only for Children.

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

A+ Dropouts performing

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Oscar night benefiting American Red Cross

01 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

National Museum of Women in the Arts was filled with people supporting American Red Cross while entertaining themselves watching Oscar ceremonies.

Red Cross volunteers and stuff are dedicated to helping our community prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other crises in many ways. In addition to disaster response, Red Cross works with the men and women of the military and their families, trains thousands in lifesaving courses, provides the gift of life through voluntary blood donations and educates our neighbors about home and business emergency preparedness.

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Threads of unity collected threads for more than one shirt

22 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

When you think of Pakistani fashions, you know for sure it is not just pieces of fabric sewn together. It is always color, layers, embroidery, beading, layering… lots of effort and love put together to create one garment. So, to attend Pakistani fashion show is always a thrill, – you know there will be many “wows” and “awes” and other exclamations. It is extra bang when you know this show supports those in need – victims of flood.

On Saturday night, February 19, Westin Arlington Gateway was full of that color and sparkle. “Threads of unity” fashion show, featuring Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari, graced the runway and left everybody in pure ecstatic mood. There is so much elegance and femininity to these clothes, no wonder lines formed after the show to buy those off the rack!  There was men collection, too, as well colorful and embroidered.

Shannon Grewer, founder of Fashion for Pakistan flood relief, highlighted in her speech, that there are still tons to be done, although media almost don’t talk about it anymore. It is not “hot” anymore? Yes, tragedy happened more than half year ago, but considering that about 20 million people got directly affected by it, and fifth part of whole country went underwater, the amount of resources needed to rebuild and recover is enormous. And of course, fashion is always there to help.

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Chocolate paws happy hour fundraiser at CO CO SALA

16 Feb

It is International Women’s day! What, you didn’t know it? Check HERE. My favorite part: “...the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day”

So, how we celebrate it? By spoiling ourselves. We accept flowers. We go beautify ourselves. WE DO…N”T DO ANY HOUSEWORK (UGH!!!) Homework doesn’t count though. We buy ourselves something nice (and get gifts, too). And then we go celebrate our fabulousness and beauty. And femininity. What is all women’s favorite? Chocolate, of course! Chocolate equals love, and hey, there is never too much love you can get!

Come and enjoy the whole lounge kindly provided to our group by
Co Co.Sala – chat, sip, chocolatize yourself and enjoy great company. And hey, guys are invited, as well! Who else is to remind us how precious we are!

I encourage everybody to come, especially my Russian girls, there is no reason for you to miss “Mimosa day” in the States, it_is_International!!!

Those who can’t just_donate, or can’t attend other fundraisers – this is your chance to feel good about supporting a cause, and have deliciousness delivered to your belly, all for Happy_Hour_Prices.

10% of bar sales go to Washington Humane Society.

Please share with your friends!

Happy Spring you all.

 

Color Burst photo exhibit benefiting WHS

12 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Tired of cold, gloomy winter? It is time to spring up! Bright colors are like vitamins for your mind and soul, they charge you with cheerful energy that will help you through unpleasant times.

Come enjoy the last hours of the weekend, complimentary sips and bites from Peacock Cafe and artsy photopieces by yours truly. You can buy ones you like right off the wall to benefit Washington Humane Society. Arts for Animals!

$20 suggested donation at the door and it provides you 1 raffle ticket with a chance to win spa treatments, gym memberships, jewelry and more! Also, there will be artistic silent auction items you can’t get anywhere else!

If you can’t come, please consider helping WHS by going to http://support.washhumane.org/goto/yulia , click on “Support Yulia” below the picture to purchase tickets for “Fashion for Paws” show or make a contribution.

Exhibit will go on for 3 weeks starting March, 6, welcome yourself into this wonderful venue – “Peacock cafe”, just off M street in Georgetown, and have some food&color therapy!

RSVP: me@shutterbloom.com

 

10th annual “Sugar and Champagne affair”

04 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Tuesday night ballroom of Ritz Carlton DC transformed into almost Thanksgiving feast in February! Tenth annual “Sugar and champagne affair”, hosted by Chef Todd and Ellen Kassoff Gray of Equinox, attracted hundreds of people with their furry (and not so) companions. Over 40 restaurants and gourmet food trucks presented their best creations for animal lovers – sweets, finger foods and, of course, elite sparkling nectars. “Sugar and champagne”, which started in 2001 as a small fundraiser, now became huge significant event that all the dog owners and dog “wanters” are happy to attend and support. 100% of funds collected benefit Washington Humane Society, which relies solely on donations and does tremendous amount of work. There have not only been many “wealthy” four legged friends, there were also rescued and offered for adoption ones. It is amazing how kind and forgiving dogs are to people, no matter what they have been through, they still are full of love and sparkle and trust.

Spotted: Cheff Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox restaurant and Watershed, Lisa LaFontaine of WHS, Holly Morris of Fox5, Tommy McFly, Stef Woods, Mark Drapeau of Microsoft, Tara de Nicolas of WHS’s Fashion for paws, Nikki Schwab, Svetlana Legetic, Donna Donella, Wendy Gordon, Leslie Maggos, Dr.Alex Naini, Stephanie Williams and many-many more of DC’s animal lovers.

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Threads of unity

12 Jan

An event to benefit Fashion for Pakistan flood relief is coming on February, 19. General admission is $65 ($75 at the door), VIP is $100. Tickets can be purchased here

Yours truly is an official photographer for this event. Stay tuned for article with pictures.

 

“Work it girl!” brings hot Santa Helper to support Blessed Haven

18 Dec

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

It was the last Happy hour “Work it girl!” had to offer this year, and it was coolest (or hottest?) ever. Despite the freeze and snowflakery in DC area, hot swimwear model Cheryl Preyer flew from Florida to help raising funds for Blessed Haven. And, it was a huge success! You bet, Cheryl would sell icicles by the price of crystals! As Teresa Young informed, event raised over $500, plus, made happy so many people, who are going to cruise to Bahamas for just $5 raffle ticket! Turns out, at the end of the day, giving to others does pay off!

Staying warm isn’t about clothing in this season, but it’s about uniting in doing great things, for example, supporting foster teens, as Blessed Haven does.

Work it Girl's Teresa Young, overexcited attendant, swuimsuit model Cheryl Preyer

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