Hollywood on the Potomac
The only thing missing from The Stroud Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities hoedown at the Georgetown home of Brooke and Stephane Carnot was Willie Nelson.
No one rode in on a horse – that we know of – nor did anyone bring their own banjo, but most guests showed up in full cowboy regalia and after a few ‘beverages’ hit up the dance floor for a little Do-si-do Square dancing and “yee-haws.”
There was lots finger-licking good eats: classic cowboy sides, barbecue baked beans, coleslaw and succulent chocolate fudge brownies all washed down with wine by the bottle …
The Stroud Foundation was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Washington DC’s favorite pediatrician Dr. Frank Stroud.
“Dr. Stroud cared for tens of thousands of children but he was particularly devoted to children with learning differences and their families. He consulted with Psychologists and Psychiatrists who specialized in Learning Disabilities, including ADD and ADHD; he consulted with schools, their nurses and teachers on behalf of the children he treated; and he advocated for children who needed someone that believed in them. He often said, ‘No child wants to fail'” according to the mission statement.
Frank and his wife Kandie lived for many years on the small block of 31st and O that was littered with lots of colorful media personalities: Rollie Evans, half of the “Evans-Novak Political Report” – Barbara Gamarekian, Society writer for The New York Times and assistant to President Kennedy’s press secretary Pierre E. Salinger who ironically lived across the street with his wife Poppy. So it was fitting that Frank’s daughter Brooke currently resides just a few blocks away.
“I’m on the inherited staff from the prior Secretary of State,” Sebastian Arcelus told Hollywood on the Potomac at the premiere screening of CBS’ MADAM SECRETARY event at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington DC.
“I play Jay Whitman, her senior policy advisor who’s a bit of a hot head, a little direct. He’s a smart, very forward thinker, but he’s a bit results oriented. There’s a bit of a rub between her inherited staff and herself but they grow to really have an appreciation for each other. They think the same, they have the same intentions, but they also think a little different.”
“It’s very interesting to flip the script and join the stage department and get to be a part of this amazing piece with this remarkable group of actors and storytellers and taking on world events in a very realistically fictional way,” he added. “It’s really ambitious in the best way. We’re dealing with some major issues and not doing so in a political way but in a new exciting and human way.”
“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.