Hollywood on the Potomac

Knocked Out!

November 24, 2013

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.

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Pass the Foie Gras

October 23, 2013

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.

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Meridian: Ties that Bind

October 21, 2013

It was a pitch perfect evening of elegance for the 45th Annual Meridian Ball. The sky was clear, the moon was full and the October air was crisp and cool. As one guest remarked: “If you can find a better one let me know.”

The ball is a staple event for Washington influencers that celebrates the work of the Meridian International Center whose mission is hinged on bringing together people from around the world to create international awareness and understanding.

The evening attracts a mix of media, ambassadors, politicos and diplomats–the best-of-the-best in Washington turns out for this evening and this year did not disappoint. A blend of VIPs from dozens of countries crowded the historic house and garden mingling with dozens of government workers who were breathing a sigh of relief that they could be out and celebrating now that the infamous shutdown had ended.

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