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Suicide Prevention PSA for military families – world premiere, dinner and “Rock the vote” afterparty

30 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On April 28, The Creative Coalition brought their newly created PSA for premiere launch in Nation’s Capital. TCC, in partnership with Blue Star Families, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Health Net, Inc, are joining forces to raise awareness and educate military families, veterans and service members about crisis and suicide prevention.

Actors from The Creative Coalition performed live readings from vignettes of military family life highlighting emotions ranging from the joy of homecoming to the frustration of reintegration and recovery at the event. Also speaking at the reception were Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Peter W. Chiarelli, Robin Bronk of The Creative Coalition, Kathy Roth-Douquet of Blue Star Families, Mrs. Patty Shinseki from U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Jerry DeFrancisco the President of Humanitarian Services for the American Red Cross. Event took place in American Red Cross Hall of Service.

Actors from The Creative Coalition in attendance: Tim Daly (“Private Practice”); David Arquette (Scream, Never Been Kissed); Emmy Award-winner Patricia Arquette (“Medium,” Holes); Jason Biggs (American Pie, “Mad Love,” My Best Friends Girl, Over Her Dead Body); Omar Epps (“House,” Alfie, Against the Ropes, Love & Basketball); Simon Helberg ( “The Big Bang Theory”); Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” The Ugly Truth, Waitress, RV); Angus T. Jones (“Two and a Half Men,” Bringing Down the House, The Rookie); Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”); Alyssa Milano (“Charmed,” “My Name Is Earl”); Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, Requiem for a Dream, Norbit, Scary Movie); Shay Mitchell (“Pretty Little Liars”, “Aaron Stone”) and Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”).

Then there was a dinner hosted by Lani Hay of Lanmark Technology, Inc., in Ritz Carlton. Special guest of the evening was Roberta “Robbie” Myers, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Magazine.

After that, Lani Hay also hosted “Rock The Vote” after-party at her private DC residence, where Australian/L.A. rock band “Juke Kartel” performed their best tunes and voices.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to visit whole gallery of 191 (one hundred ninety one) images. There is also a mentioned above PSA video, more can be seen on The Blue Star Families youtube channel HERE.

Whole gallery of 191 images of premiere event, dinner and afterparty is available to enjoy HERE


Cherry Blossom Ball 2011

12 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

As a culminations of Chery Blossom Festival, annual Grand Ball and sushi reception took place in Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel on April 8, 2011. Honoring the 2011 NCSS Princesses and the official crowning ceremony of the 2011 United States Cherry Blossom Queen Celebrating the 99th Year anniversary of the first planting of Cherry Blossoms trees. Allison Speaker of Shperdstown, West Virginia was chosen as the 2011 United States Cherry Blossom Queen. The crown for the Queen to wear (for about a minute) is a Mikimoto Crown given by the Mikimoto Company to The Washington Board of Trade in 1957 for use at this annual ball.  The crown has 1,585 pearls personally selected by Mr. Mikimoto and they are set in a frame of 14 karat gold and a band of ermine.  Above the base is a coronet of perfectly matched pearls and delicately hand crafted gold blossoms, scrolls and leaves. It was appraised in 2005 for about $300,000.

2010 Cherry Blossom Queen Margo Pfefferle of Wisconsin, Cherry Blossom Princess Varvara Mikhalchuk of Maryland, with Mikimoto Crown

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Hair Gaga: Washington’s Premier Fashion Event

06 Dec

by George Njiiri

The mercurial and effervescent Glynn Jackson, was hosting his annual Golden scissors event in the Nation’s capital.  There were thousands of participants and patron’s of the 19th version of this annual extravaganza.  Current Mayor elect of D.C., Vincent Gray made a guest appearance in honor of Glynn Jackson.  Other notable celebrities were actor Darrin Hanson, WPGC’s Anji Corley and WKYS’ Jeanie Jones. DC diva Lola Monroe also performed her new single, “overtime.”  This year’s theme was “Hair Gaga, fashion to the extreme”.  Costumes were unabashed, hair designs woven like a basket, shoes riddled with bullet shells and glass!  The foremost Costume was a wedding cake outfit, with a couple on the top, to boot.  There were spectacular outfits reminiscent of something from a sci-fi movie, that would make Lady Gaga proud.  The overall winner of the stylist of the year  and accompanying $1000 prize, was Christopher D. Fountain aka the Pastor, from Connecticut. Next years’ event will be bigger and better and Washington holds its’ collective breath, for what’s in store.

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Project Fundway named the winners!

05 Nov

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On Thursday night, The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce hosted Second  Annual Project FUNDway Fashion Design Competition. For such promising and exciting event you can’t choose a better location than regal and sublime historic Warner Theater.

In this bouncy economy, it is important to support young emerging talents, and this is what Project Fundway does. It assists young men and women, who demonstrated outstanding academical achievements, to FUND their way towards brighter future as fashion designers.

Four finalists had to be scored by very distinguished judge panel, in order to compete for scholarships. Guest judges were:

Aba Bonney Kwawu of  The Aba Agency;
Stacie Turner – cast member of Real Housewives of DC;
Surae Chin, WUSA 9, Anchor Reporter;
Katy Adams of Yeas & Nays;
Kara Allan of Style for Hire, DC;
Janice Wallace –  The Capital Fashionista;
Linda Lee –  VCU Fashion Design Professor;
Jewell Green, Founder of POSH Boutique and wife of Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green;
Maurisa Potts of Spotted MP;
L’Shandi of L’Shandi Designs;
Ryan Charchanian of Rein Online

After fashion shows competitors had to offer, scholarship winners have been announced:

$3000 FEDEX Scholarship: Angela Robinson of West Potomac Academy;
$1000 Bruno Mazli Scholaship: Agata Miczek of Virginia Commonwealth University;
$500 Downtown Silver Springs Scholarship: Daniel Herbick of Bethesda Chevy Chase High School;
$250 Honorary Fashion Judge Scholarship: Kim Truong of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Congratulations on your hard job being appreciated, and keep going to achieve your goals!

Happy winners!

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The Power 30 Under 30 Awards presentation in DC

22 Oct

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by Yulia Mikhalchuk

City Club of Washington has already probably used to many upscale and private events but the one happened on Thursday night, October, 21, was still one of a kind. FIRST in DC “Power 30 under 30” awards presentation attracted all the young nominees  in this fabulous venue, where finally “the 30” out of 140 finalists were announced.

Event chair of APEX society Chelsey Rodgers announcing the winners

What is Power 30 under 30? It is one of the most prestigious awards given to young professionals today. It was created to honor and encourage outstanding young individuals, in following categories:

*Arts, Entertainment & Media

* Business

* Community Service

* Politics

* Science & Technology

* Sports

It is National organization and you can nominate someone you know and who, by your opinion, deserves to be noticed and rewarded for their outstanding accomplishments.

Cities where currently The power 30 under 30 are being held: Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, New York, Seattle, and, of course, the very close to the heart Washington, D.C. If your city is not on the list, you can still apply under “All other cities not listed”.  All award should go where they are due!

Congratulations to the chosen!

The list of the honorees and some pictures

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