Hollywood on the Potomac
“We thought that we should try to showcase to the American public what Italian culture is about so we began this program which actually comprises more then 300 events in 50 American cities all over the nation,” said Claudio Bisogniero, The Ambassador of Italy, reflecting on the Stradivari Concert he and his wife Laura Denise hosted at their residence aptly named Villa Firenze.
“Being The Year of Italian Culture, it was especially important to host the Stradivari concert,” Laura Denise agreed. “Stradivari is Italian and we thought it was important to enjoy this beautiful space, plus there are already instruments here and we have an organ that has been renovated after 60 years. We had a special concert here last year with the organ.”
It’s kinda fun watching some of our most accomplished hometown girls out of control – such was the case at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Knock Out Abuse, founded by Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorenson.
There hasn’t been this much excitement at KOA since ‘Fabio’ swooned over the ladies some years back while promoting ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter,’ or maybe it was the year that a bunch of shirtless men were up for auction. Either way, singer/heartthrob Eric Benet upped them all by getting close and personal with his most ardent admirers.
The scene at The Ritz-Carlton mimicked a 1920s speakeasy with flapper girls decked out in furs, beads, headbands and cigarette holders while sipping the bubbly. The Great Gatsby theme was a knock out and raised almost $600,000.
By contributor Donna Shor
Once a year Barry Glassman, president of McLean’s Glassman Wealth Services, puts down the stock quotes and takes up a ladle in the effort to fight the illness affecting 700,000 plus brain tumor sufferers in the U.S.
Utilizing his culinary skills, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research and offer comprehensive care to victims across the nation.
At Saturday night’s Twelfth Annual Chef Night, he succeeded yet again. As the event’s fame has spread, supporters jumped from 150 last year to 230 this year partying at The Powerhouse, a new venue in Georgetown big enough to hold the sizable crowd.
This is the repurposed building on Grace Street that housed the power source for the old paper mill nearly 100 years ago and later stored Georgetown’s streetcars. It’s a gorgeous space in industrial-chic style, with two huge floors and a terrific overlook down from the second – a great party venue.