Hollywood on the Potomac

'To Catch a Thief'

October 31, 2019

"I think her artistic legacy is what we are celebrating this year as she would’ve turned 90,”  H.E.Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States, told Hollywood on the Potomac at a private event at the Motion Picture Association in downtown Washington, DC to mark the 90th Anniversary of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, co-hosted by Ambassador Charles Rivkin, Chairman MPA. “She is though – through film – young and beautiful forever. As a Princess of Monaco, of course we have fond memories of her and how generous she was of spirit and heart and how she relentlessly worked for Mediterranean causes. She continued to support and love the arts and that is why after her passing, Prince Rainier and his children launched this foundation which continued artistic legacy. The foundation helps identify emerging artists in three categories: dance, film and theater for special grants, scholarships and fellowships. And for the past 37 years, the foundation has awarded $16 million in prizes to more than 800 individuals nationwide, including here at home in Washington, DC. So that’s also why we are having this event today, to celebrate Princess Grace here in Washington.”


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Chefs for Equality

October 27, 2019

The Human Rights Campaign approached me in 2012 to put on a fundraiser to raise money for the marriage equality act that was on the ballot in Maryland and I was too happy to do that,” David Hagedorn told Hollywood on the Potomac at the HRC Foundation 8th Annual Chefs for Equality Gala held this year in grand style at The Washington National Cathedral and themed ‘Stirred, Not Shaken.’ “I don’t think that my idea was quite what they had in mind –  thinking on such a grand scale. They were a little dubious maybe, but we pulled it off that first year in like a month and a half. We put that together at the Ritz Carlton and now it’s grown and grown.”

“We knew back then not to call it Chefs for Marriage Equality. I knew we would achieve marriage equality, but I also knew the backlash would be very severe.  I never really imagined back then exactly where we would be now and how threatened our community would be in this current political climate. We’re really in for the fight of our lives. We just had a Supreme Court case two weeks ago today where our government was defending making it all right to discriminate against LGBTQ people in the workforce. You know, that is our very security that threatens our very livelihood, our very existence. And so that’s why our theme this year is ‘Stirred, not Shaken’ because we’re used to having the rug pulled out from under us.”


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Full Court Press

October 21, 2019

Veteran news anchor Greta Van Susteren wasn’t the only star in the room at a launch party in her honor for Full Court Press in Washington, DC hosted by Hilton Howell, CEO of Gray Television. It’s hard to compete with 107 year old Roberta McCain, widow of Admiral John S. McCain Jr. and mother of late Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ) who arrived to celebrate the occasion with son Joe McCain.

“This is the red letter day for our company,” said Howell, “and for what I view as responsible and consistent and professional journalism because we’re gathering here today to recognize the 5th Anniversary of our Washington, DC Bureau which all of you know has been a pioneering effort here at Gray Television. That then led us into the opportunity to launch Full Court Press and so one lucky moment has led to another lucky moment and that brings us all here today.”


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