Hollywood on the Potomac

Sec. Hagel at Villa Firenze

September 18, 2014

The International Student House of Washington, DC helps create outstanding international citizens by giving them the opportunity to live, study and work together,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at a Tribute Dinner hosted at the residence of The Ambassador of Italy and Mrs. Bisogniero, “creating friendships and bonds that span the globe.

These young scholars and students grow in international understanding and develop a capacity for making a better world for all of us.”  The Bisognieros are the Diplomatic Chairs of the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Program, the Hagels are Honorary Chairs.

“We are pleased to welcome you tonight,” said Grace Tompkins, ISH Board President, “and to thank our Diplomatic Chairs and Hosts Ambassador and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero for opening their lovely residence for this Tribute Dinner honoring this year’s awardees and generous supporters.

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Sneaker Ball XI

September 11, 2014

"I’m wearing Ruthie Davis shoes,” said guest Harriet Fowler – one out of 400 attending the SneakerBall XI at The National Building Museum.  “They’re phenomenal.  She’s actually my mom’s cousin.  They’re very high, very comfortable and perfect. I had to wear them!”

SneakerBall is the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the Greater Washington, DC region, “organized to recognize and benefit the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, the non-profit foundation of the Sports Alliance that uses the philanthropic generosity of individual and corporate donors to make strategic investments in emerging non-profits that use sports to enhance children’s lives,” according to their mission statement.

This year the honorees were Sheila Johnson with the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Community Impact Award; Washington Redskin London Fletcher into the Hall of Champions and Katie Ledecky with the DC Sportsperson of the Year Award.

“This is truly an honor,” said Johnson.  “As I look around the room, I can’t help but notice what remarkable accomplishments this event has achieved. On behalf of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, I am humbled and thankful for this recognition, especially since named after a local hero – Joe Robert.”


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Miss America STEM Awards

September 4, 2014

Pass the PhD:  It’s more likely that this year’s Miss America contestants will receive a PhD than a modeling contract. 

Such is the case of Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, a finalist in the S.T.E.M. competition.  She’s in with the Alpha crowd at Harvard Dental School specializing in endodontics. …. both a scholarly accomplishment and an economic burden. 

Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with Lauren at a reception in Washington, D.C. where we discussed the ‘student loan’ problem, a huge political issue currently being debated among lawmakers. “The total outstanding student loan balance is $1.08 trillion,” according to FORBES.  We both agreed that it wasn’t fair.  If we want an educated society, students shouldn’t have to mortgage their lives.

The Miss America Organization re-announced the STEM scholarship finalists. “These scholarships will allow women to pursue numerous careers in the sciences and mathematics, fields that continue to grow exponentially as we enter into a new age of technology and medicine. The lives of women who wish to pursue careers in STEM subjects will significantly change as they engage in dynamic careers where women can thrive and grow as humans, learners, and teachers for future generations to come.” 

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