Hollywood on the Potomac

Hefner's First Amendment Awards

May 21, 2019

The Hugh Hefner Foundation hosted their annual First Amendment Awards in the nation’s capital, showcasing some of the year’s most noteworthy free speech battles and honoring seven individuals for their commitment to upholding First Amendment rights for all Americans. Christie Hefner, Founder and Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, welcomed the 2019 honorees to the stage at the Newseumin Washington, DC.

Hefner, who spoke of the critical need to protect the First Amendment, said: “Challenges to free speech still exist today. Almost every week we see the voices of students censored on campus, newsrooms and journalists under threat of physical assault, and the value of truth a victim of those waging partisan attacks. Now more than ever we should honor those who stand up for our First Amendment rights.”

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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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