Hollywood on the Potomac
There were many reasons to attend “The Political Party” at the Embassy of Poland under the patronage of His Excellency, Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf – some less altruistic than others. Take the Vodka, for example, straight up or Mad Dog; take the lavish buffet prepared by the Embassy’s chef and desserts by Rare Sweet Bakery, gelato by Dolci Gelati, the Whiskey bar by 1776 Whiskey; or the swag bags by Beam and Malmasion…….. any one of these were enough reason to click on yes to the RSVP. Toss in Chopin by pianist Mary Anne Huntsman, add actress Melissa Fitzgerald of The West Wing and lots of Congressional Members and the Polish Embassy morphs into one of Washington’s best destinations.
But the real reason for the heavy guest list was to support Future Civic Leaders, spearheaded by John McCarthy. “Our innovative residential and non-residential leadership camps give low-income students the opportunity to come together and learn about collective problem solving. Disadvantaged students need to recognize that they have the ability to influence complex and meaningful issues that they care deeply about. All of our programs give young people the opportunity to identify real issues facing their community, and gives them the skills they need to address them collectively. Full civic engagement fosters the talents of all young people by letting them know that politics is a world available to them. If we want our Democracy to be truly representative we need to ensure that all young people have a seat at the table.” The Mission Statement
A Recap of Phoenician History: Washington came alive last week. Dignitaries, scholars, historians, and other prominent world leaders from Europe, Asia and America met in the U.S. Capital with a singular purpose – to draw attention to Tyre, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Lebanon. The week-long activities began officially with a private reception for over 70 dignitaries, celebrities, socialites, and Friends of Tyre at the elegant Washington residence of The Lebanese Ambassador to the United States, The Honorable Antoine Chedid.
“I am so proud to welcome you to my home,” the Ambassador said to Dr.Maha el-Khalil Chalabi, founder of the League of Canaanite, Phoenician and Punic Cities and of the Tyre Foundation. “You have done so much for preserving this important and ancient Phoenician site. Thanks to you and your many friends around the world Tyre has survived the test of time. You, Dr. Chabali, are truly a woman of boundless energy and vision. Welcome to my home!”
In appreciation for his generous hospitality, Dr. Chabali presented him with two magnificent reproductions of ancient artifacts for his private collection. “I would like to present you with a little gift for your gracious support and interest in Tyre,” she told the Ambassador. “It is only a small token of appreciation for all you have done for our beloved Lebanon. Thank you for receiving me and all my friends of Tyre.”
Our heart goes out to Big Bird who didn’t make the appearance cut at “The Silver Salute” – a festive evening in honor of Sharon Percy Rockefeller’s 25th Anniversary as President and CEO of WETA at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC where Clifford The Big Red Dog and The Cookie Monster from WETA Kids were schmoozing with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
“The core mission of PBS is to provide the highest quality in programming – programming that educates and inspires. Sharon, I want to thank you so much for carrying on that progress. Congratulations again, and I look forward to seeing all that you continue to achieve in the years ahead.” Michelle Obama’s remote introduction to the evening’s program.
The fundraising goal of a million dollars doubled, with funds designated to a leader’s program for excellence. The whole Rockefeller and Percy clan were there: Sharon and her husband Senator Jay Rockefeller; their children John, Valerie, Charles and Justin with their spouses; their grandchildren Lauren and Sophie, Mrs. Charles Percy and other members of the Percy and Rockefeller families.