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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

 
 

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.

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A+ Dropouts performing

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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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