Hollywood on the Potomac

March of Dimes

May 19, 2019

“I’m the eye candy tonight,” Honorary Chair Senator David Perdue told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 37th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala to Unite Congressional Leaders, Philanthropists & Celebrity Chefs Committed to the Health of Moms and Babies held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC featuring a celebrity chef cook-off.  Bonnie Perdue co-chaired the event along with Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Massachusetts;  Suzanne Conaway, Texas; and Julie Heinrich, New Mexico.

So how do you organize such a massive event? “The March of Dimes really does it,” Bonnie told us. “This is the 37th year they’ve done the Gourmet Gala. They have a staff that is dedicated to making this event a success, so it really sort of runs like clockwork. The main thing is we have to get sponsors to renew every year. And this year, we’re excited. We have quite a number of new sponsors.”  So maybe they should run Congress?  “Let me tell you,” responded Senator Perdue. “This is the real world here. What a great cause! Americans have always been the most philanthropic people in the history of the world. When they see a need, they respond to it. And what these wives and spouses have done this year, along with these sponsors, is got out and made everybody aware of it. So I’m very proud of Bonnie. I’m proud of the other three co-sponsors. To have a new record this year is really remarkable.”  This years’ event raised around 1.3 million.


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World Heritage Day

May 15, 2019

The United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) hosted their annual Celebration of World Heritage at the Cosmos Club recognizing this year’s guest of honor – philanthropist, cultural activist and architect of change Henry R. Muñoz, III for his tireless dedication in honoring and celebrating World Heritage and Latinx heritage.  The honor was presented by Douglas C. Comer and Jan C. K. Anderson with special guest Representative Joaquin Castro.

 

Representative Joaquin Castro played a key role in the evening speaking about the importance of World Heritage and the important work of his good friend Henry Muñoz. In past years, notable recipients of the prestigious US/ICOMOS Award have included: Russell Train, Senator Patrick Leahy, Ambassador Esther Coopersmith and last year’s recipient Former Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

For decades now, Muñoz has been a leader in Latinx cultural activism, helping to secure the inscription of the San Antonio Missions as a world heritage site by UNESCO and working with the National Park Service at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Presidential Commission to establish a proposed National Latino Museum.


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#RightToBearArts!

May 13, 2019

“I’m sure many of you know, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate, that The Creative Coalition educates, activates and mobilizes its members on issues of public importance,” CEO Robin Bronk told a star-studded audience at their Annual Gala at The Intercontinental Hotel located at Washington, DC’s wharf. “We are able to do this through friends like you and especially through corporate citizens, like our partner Optune who is here tonight.”

“We’re a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded by prominent members of the arts and entertainment community who believe it is our responsibility to use our voice to educate and inspire our audiences to mobilize around issues of public importance, primarily the arts. It’s our mission to promote, protect and defend the arts as a basic human need.  So today we did some old-fashioned advocacy. We went door to door on Capitol Hill making sure that your kids, the future generations and communities, will have arts in the schools and arts in public funding.”


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