Hollywood on the Potomac
“My father’s story is not just about my dad,” author Rita Cosby told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book signing for Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past. “What it really exemplifies is what it is to be an American.” The “Valor Knows No Gender” event was a tribute to women who are keeping memories alive. The Valor Run is a non-profit organization that brings communities together through running events to honor the US military women who served our country in the Global War on Terror, especially the 160 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In town for the Memorial Day activities, Cosby ended her long weekend at Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, “a vehicle for veterans to put their newly acquired culinary skills into practice after an innovative six-month training program that holistically fosters the growth of driven, entrepreneurial-minded wounded veterans and their spouses through a world-class education, ample leadership development opportunities and a personalized business management rotation.”
“I’ve got a wooden spoon anytime for you pal,” actor Joe Mantegna told fellow actor Tony Lo Bianco who presented Mantegna with the Saint Pio Award at a ceremony at the Naval Heritage Center. Lo Bianco had just disclosed Mantegna’s traveling accessories that always includes a collection of wooden spoons for making pasta sauce. The evening also honored Franco Nuschese, proprietor of Cafe Milano in Georgetown, for his outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church.
Both received an original oil painting created in a unique design illustrating Saint Pio and the recipient. Special guests included The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA; H.E. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT); and Singer/Actor Franc d’Ambrosia, all of whom celebrated the spiritual charisma of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, universally acclaimed saint of the Catholic Church.
“Get men involved,” said Vice President Joe Biden at a reception in honor of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) for their annual “Voices Against Violence” event at the residence of The Ambassador of Japan and Mrs. Sasae. “Pick up your damn phone. Call. Spread the word. You’ve got to stand up because we can’t beat this until there is not a single woman in America who blames herself for being victimized, not a single man in America who thinks it is justified to raise his hand. You are doing, as my mother would say, you are doing God’s work. You’re saving women’s lives.”
“Imagine what it is like for a woman to pick up the phone and call for help. Imagine what it’s like for a woman who does not have your help to be able to walk into a courtroom. It’s intimidating for her. It’s intimidating for you,” he explained to an attentive audience while thanking all the volunteer lawyers. “I was a trail lawyer. I’ve been in court a lot. I was a public defender and I don’t care how good you are, every time you walk into court, if your palms aren’t sweating, your client’s in trouble. Imagine what it is like for that woman. What happens usually is real simple: The husband says ‘You leave, I’m keeping the kids. You leave, you’re out of the house.’ Who does she have to fight for her? Any good lawyer in this town is going to cost a minimum from $250 to $400 dollars an hour to handle the case. There’s no way she can do that and is the reason why 70 percent of the kids on the street are because of domestic violence.”