Hollywood on the Potomac

Gridiron Wrap

March 18, 2019

“This is our second year of hosting this Gridiron Club event,” said T. Dean Reed at a brunch at The Four Seasons in Washington, DC co-hosted by The Embassy of the State of Qatar. “Gridiron, as you know, has nothing to do with football.  It’s a news organization that had its 134th dinner last night. It originated in 1885 when Grover Cleveland was President. I am privileged to be a senior member but it’s not true that I’ve been to all the dinners.”

 

The dinner draws about 1,000 guests every year made up of journalists, lawmakers, administration folks and lots of boldface names that congregate in White Tie and are actually cordial to each other despite the political barbs that fly in numerous skits.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat now running for President claimed: “My speech will be shorter than a Robert Kraft visit to Orchid’s Day Spa.”  After a bite back about the New York Times story on how she treats her staff and the eating her salad with a comb incident she hit back: “I’m telling you. You guys haven’t lived until you’ve toasted a bagel with a blow dryer or ironed a grilled cheese sandwich on an ironing board.”

 

Ivanka Trump on being born into a life of luxury: “The press seems to think it is ironic that I, born of great privilege, think people want to work for what they are given,” she said, “as if being Donald Trump’s daughter isn’t the hardest job in the world.”

The Club’s motto is “singe, not burn.”


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40th Anniversary!

March 13, 2019

If any scandals birthed at The Four Seasons in Georgetown, DC since it opened forty years ago, the walls weren’t talking; nor were the many managers both past and present that showed up to celebrate the 40th Anniversary. There have been no Eliot Spitzer-like hookups as in Room 871 at The Mayflower, no toe sucking presidential advisors like Dick Morris at The Jefferson – at least that we know of, but then again, the walls weren’t talking.

Here’s what we do know: Around 500 guests showed up and plucked Champagne from a model’s dress, food stations were abundant and overflowing, artists sketched enthusiastically, the entire lower floor was taken over for the event and everyone had a blast.


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Knock Out!

March 11, 2019

"We are proud recipients of the generosity of Knock Out Abuse," said Kathleen Biden at a cocktail reception hosted by Nesrin and Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld— owners of Susheria in Georgetown — and Cheryl Masri, co-founder of Knock Out Abuse. “Since DC Volunteer Lawyers Project started, our volunteer attorneys have donated over one hundred thousand hours, allowing us to serve over five thousand people, children and victims. Knock Out Abuse was an early and loyal supporter of our program. With your help we will continue to grow and serve more victims escaping domestic abuse.  For every one dollar donated to our program we’re able to leverage that into four dollars of legal services. That is a great investment. We are also proud to report that we have success in over 95% of our cases. For survivors, studies have shown that having an attorney can increase the likelihood of obtaining a civil protective order from 32% to 86%. Restraining orders, in turn, can reduce the occurrence of violence and help survivors feel safe and more empowered. Our attorneys can also help survivors through child custody and divorce.”


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