Hollywood on the Potomac
Written by Guest Contributor Nick Farano
The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) held its Night of Vision gala at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. The theme of the event was “Oh Say Can You See?” and featured more than 200+ silent auction items, a live auction, and music by Speakers of the House.
POB presented the Professional Service Award to Dr. William L. Rich III of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates for his for his outstanding work in the field of vision care. POB also presented the Community Service Award to Pete Piringer, of Montgomery County, Md. Fire and Rescue Service, for his tireless commitment to the mission of the organization.
“The Night of Vision gala is our opportunity to shine the spotlight on individuals who have set a high standard of leadership and commitment to the issues surrounding vision loss and blindness,” said Michele Hartlove, POB executive director. “We are so very grateful for Dr. Rich’s contributions to the ophthalmology community and Mr. Piringer’s commitment to our organization’s work.”
Written by Guest Contributor Stuart Allen
A spring snow storm didn’t stop this crowd! N Street Village welcomed nearly 900 guests for their Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Tuesday, March 14th. It was a record-breaking Gala, raising well over $1,500,000 for N Street Village programs and services. Last year was the first $1M gala for N Street Village.
Two-time Grammy nominee, Andra Day served as special musical guest singing “Rise Up” with the N Street Village and Luther Place Ambassadors of Praise. Before singing, she told the moved crowed “My prayer for this song that it is healing and inspiring. I see music in its purest form as healing, and the women at N Street Village are examples of the power of healing.”
“Tonight we are here to make our unity visible and to lift up what connects us. This is our ‘compassion economy’ and we see this currency at work every day in the halls of N Street Village,” said N Street Village Executive Director Schroeder Stribling who welcomed the record-breaking crowd. N Street Village opened two new locations– The Patricia Handy Place for Women and services at the newly renovated Phyllis Wheatly YWCA. The Village now provides safe and dignified housing for 500 individuals, and support services for 2000 each year. Stribling reminded us that “We are all more alike than we are different.”
Culinary wizard and whimsical raconteur Michel Richard, a longtime fixture on the DC culinary scene who died last year, was celebrated on the occasion of his birthday at his downtown French-American bistro Central Michel Richard.
In honor of the legendary namesake, the four-course prix-fixe tribute dinner was inspired by the signature dishes Richard passed down to Executive Chef David Deshaies over 16 years of mentorship. The event featured a combination of Michel’s favorites (classic fried chicken nuggets and mushroom grilled cheese sandwich) mixed with new Central dishes (beets & goat cheese tulipes and scallop pizza with mango chutney). VIPS included Laurence Richard (Michel’s wife), Francois Dionot (owner of L’academie de Cuisine), Annie Boutin-King and Gladys Abi-Najm (Lebanese Taverna).