Hollywood on the Potomac

The Final Round

August 14, 2017

Written by guest contributor Joe David


The ornate, French-style grand ballroom of the Cosmos Club came alive with music last Sunday; it was the piano music of some of the world’s greatest masters – Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, and more. For over three hours, the ballroom filled with beautiful sonatas, nocturnes, rhapsodies, interpreted by six talented, amateur pianists. Each of these finalists performed their music with peak skill in hopes of winning one of the three top prizes provided by Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC). For three days, leading up to the Sunday events, 23 talented aspiring winners from around the world competed for the grand prize. Of the 23, only six were selected for the final round on Sunday at the Cosmos Club.


The Festival of Music 2017, which has become an annual WIPAC event in Washington for the past fifteen years, has been providing new opportunity for talented pianists from around the world with dreams of bringing their music to the American stage. “Considerable time has been dedicated to preparing for each festival, but the results have always been well worth it,” Clayton Eisinger, WIPAC president, said. “Thanks to the hard work of Chateau and John Gardecki, the annual festival has been enhancing the lives of our community since inception by bringing joy to its participants and its many attendees.”


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The Rhinestone Cowboy

August 9, 2017

Grammy-winning musician and Alzheimer’s champion Glen Campbell inspires with Goodbye Tour.  Campbell turns 80 today.  Happy Birthday!


Country music legend Glen Campbell still has it. Calling for action to end the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, the musical star and his family are giving fans a run of free performances across the nation this summer. “It is wonderful having my kids join me on stage. I love it,” says Campbell. “Ashley is on keyboards, Shannon plays guitar and Cal is on drums.” They jammed and crooned on Capitol Hill for more than 60 members of Congress and supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association, with Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey, co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, saying that “the fight against Alzheimer’s has needed a Rhinestone Cowboy for a long time and now Glen Campbell is shining his spotlight on this epidemic, raising the awareness that is needed to ensure we meet the bold goal of curing the disease by 2025.”

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By the Numbers!

August 7, 2017

“It’s a tiny investment for Americans that can help prevent conflicts, prevent state failure, help stabilize countries coming out of war – a tiny investment for big strategic impacts. I think tonight’s about making that case.” Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) and former Joint Chief of Staff told Hollywood on the Potomac at a dinner in his and Michèle Flournoy’s (CARE) honor at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter. The cause? CARE.  Both are concerned about the possibility of fund cutting.


“It’s really about trying to make a strategic case for why development assistance is in United States’ strategic interest. We both served in the Pentagon and there is a national security case to be made for smart, effective development assistance. It’s less than one penny on the dollar,” he added.


Considered one of the most influential CJS as the top military advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Mullen is widely recognized as an “honest broker” by policymakers, Members of Congress and senior military officers with emphasis on strengthening the U.S. military and advocating for those who serve. “I think the whole issue of USAID, foreign assistance has been highly politicized in recent years, and there is a strong desire to pull back on that; and thus they’ve chosen to do that. The military can’t do this stuff alone. I’ve been there. It doesn’t work, it won’t work in the future. The more we bleed this area the military is going to bleed in the future in conflicts around the world.”  Most recently, he is considered a hero in the LGBT community for telling Congress to allow medical care for transgender troops.

Michèle is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies and joined the Board of CARE in 2014.

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