Hollywood on the Potomac

Ellen Tauscher Memorial

May 26, 2019

“To everyone who joins us today, who knew that wonderful spirit and dedication of a very special woman by the name of Ellen Tauscher, I would like to welcome you personally. I would like to say that we are celebrating the life of a one-of-a-kind person, very special indeed. She touched so many lives and anybody that has worked with her, had dinner with her, drank a little California wine with her, knows the special person that she was.  When Ellen Tauscher put her mind to something there was no stopping her – achievement was a given.  She was always ready with something that made friends smile and laugh.  She was such a loving mother to you Katherine and incredibly generous to all her friends and family. She was for me a best friend and that will never change.”  excerpt from Senator Diane Feinstein

Ellen Tauscher was the US Representative from the State of California from 1997-20009 and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 20009-2012.


Others who paid tribute were T.H. Hillary Clinton, T.H. Steny Hoyer and General James I. Jones, Jr.

“Growing up in Washington and going to school at Beauvoir and the National Cathedral School, the Cathedral Close was a special place for me and my Mom.  I wanted to honor her at our special place.  Thank you for all the love you have sent us.”  Always, Katherine Tauscher.

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Hefner's First Amendment Awards

May 21, 2019

The Hugh Hefner Foundation hosted their annual First Amendment Awards in the nation’s capital, showcasing some of the year’s most noteworthy free speech battles and honoring seven individuals for their commitment to upholding First Amendment rights for all Americans. Christie Hefner, Founder and Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, welcomed the 2019 honorees to the stage at the Newseumin Washington, DC.

Hefner, who spoke of the critical need to protect the First Amendment, said: “Challenges to free speech still exist today. Almost every week we see the voices of students censored on campus, newsrooms and journalists under threat of physical assault, and the value of truth a victim of those waging partisan attacks. Now more than ever we should honor those who stand up for our First Amendment rights.”

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March of Dimes

May 19, 2019

“I’m the eye candy tonight,” Honorary Chair Senator David Perdue told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 37th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala to Unite Congressional Leaders, Philanthropists & Celebrity Chefs Committed to the Health of Moms and Babies held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC featuring a celebrity chef cook-off.  Bonnie Perdue co-chaired the event along with Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Massachusetts;  Suzanne Conaway, Texas; and Julie Heinrich, New Mexico.

So how do you organize such a massive event? “The March of Dimes really does it,” Bonnie told us. “This is the 37th year they’ve done the Gourmet Gala. They have a staff that is dedicated to making this event a success, so it really sort of runs like clockwork. The main thing is we have to get sponsors to renew every year. And this year, we’re excited. We have quite a number of new sponsors.”  So maybe they should run Congress?  “Let me tell you,” responded Senator Perdue. “This is the real world here. What a great cause! Americans have always been the most philanthropic people in the history of the world. When they see a need, they respond to it. And what these wives and spouses have done this year, along with these sponsors, is got out and made everybody aware of it. So I’m very proud of Bonnie. I’m proud of the other three co-sponsors. To have a new record this year is really remarkable.”  This years’ event raised around 1.3 million.

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